Social Enterprise Lecture Series February 2012

Tech­nol­ogy and Inno­va­tion for the Base of the Pyra­mid” fea­tur­ing Pro­fes­sor Iqbal Quadir On the evening of Wednes­day Feb­ru­ary 22, the Social Enter­prise Insti­tute wel­comed Pro­fes­sor Iqbal Quadir, the Founder and Direc­tor of MIT’s Lega­tum Cen­ter for Devel­op­ment and Entre­pre­neur­ship. Pro­fes­sor Quadir is per­haps most well known as the founder of Grameen­phone, a com­pany that paved …
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Root Cause: A Glimpse of a Social Impact Market at Work

For stu­dents seek­ing co-operative edu­ca­tion oppor­tu­ni­ties in the social enter­prise space, just across the river an orga­ni­za­tion called Root Cause, a lead­ing research and con­sult­ing firm for non­prof­its in Cam­bridge, has embraced North­east­ern stu­dents like Justin Berg­eron through it’s co-op pro­gram with the Soci­ol­ogy Depart­ment. Berg­eron, a Polit­i­cal Sci­ence major cur­rently work­ing in Root Cause’s …
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Net Impact Members Simulate the Grameen Bank Experience

This spring, Net Impact is chal­leng­ing its mem­bers to sim­u­late the expe­ri­ence of a Grameen Bank bor­rower. The inspi­ra­tion for this project is derived from the first micro-loan Muham­mad Yunus issued in 1976 to a group of poor women in Jobra, Bangladesh. The small loan of just $27 ended the groups’ reliance on ruth­less money­len­ders, …
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NYU’s Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship

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As social entre­pre­neur­ship devel­ops a greater rep­u­ta­tion as a field of stud­ies in acad­e­mia, more stu­dents are demand­ing that uni­ver­si­ties incor­po­rate social entre­pre­neur­ship into their edu­ca­tion. New York Uni­ver­sity Sterns (NYU) has responded to stu­dent demand by offer­ing grad­u­ate fel­low­ships through the Cather­ine B. Reynolds Foun­da­tion Pro­gram in Social Entre­pre­neur­ship. Every year, the Reynolds Pro­gram …
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A First Hand Look into Rural Poverty in Kenya

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With two co-ops at social invest­ing firms under her belt, Rosie Sharp, a senior study­ing finance and social entre­pre­neur­ship with a minor in inter­na­tional affairs had devel­oped a com­pre­hen­sive under­stand­ing of impact invest­ing and rural agri­cul­ture. In August 2011, a co-op oppor­tu­nity with One Acre Fund enabled Sharp to put her knowl­edge into prac­tice. Sharp spent …
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Fellowship Opportunity with the Piramal Foundation

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The Pira­mal Foun­da­tion Fel­low­ship for Sus­tain­able Busi­ness is a two-year pro­gram that places bright and tal­ented indi­vid­u­als into lead­er­ship posi­tions within devel­op­ing social busi­nesses in India. The Fel­low­ship begins with an ori­en­ta­tion at the Indian School of Busi­ness where the fel­lows attend work­shops, lec­tures, and dis­cus­sions to form a cru­cial bond with other fel­lows. The …
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