3Qs with Professor Gordon Adomdza

Gordon Adomdza

by Esther Chou With five field studies under his belt, Professor Gordon Adomdza is now a seasoned veteran in leading students abroad to research and develop tools for the base of the pyramid (BOP). In the recent decade, designers have been using the human centered design (HCD) process at the BOP as a new tool to […]

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Tenacity, Determination & Leadership: John Wood's Lessons from the Front Lines of Social Change


By Olivia Allen Each year in the Social Enterprise Institute’s introductory social entrepreneurship class, Professor Shaughnessy designates a handful of high-impact social entrepreneurs to the proverbial “Mount Rushmore” of social entrepreneurs — a group of innovative social disruptors that have pioneered a fundamental impact. This currently includes Muhammad Yunus of Grameen Bank, Govindappa Venkataswamy of Aravind […]

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Reasons for Hope: Investigations of Extreme Injustice and Poverty in Mumbai with Katherine Boo


By John Taylor During Welcome Week, as a part of this year’s freshman collective reading assignment, Pulitzer Prize winner, author and journalist Katherine Boo spoke to our new students about her book, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers.” This non-fiction investigational piece is set in Mumbai. Amongst rusted tin shacks in the Annawadi slum, overshadowed by luxury hotels and […]

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Empowering Poor Women with Affordable Sanitary Pads


By Dennis Shaughnessy Only 2% of women in India use sanitary products during their menstrual cycle.  Nine of every ten women instead use rags, plastics, san and ash to manage their period.  This leads to pain, infection and maternal health complications, along with embarrassment and lowered self-esteem.  Many women suffer through an “unclean” period in which […]

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Mobile Schools: Where Street Kids and Execs Find a Win-Win


As a grad­u­ate from the Uni­ver­sité Catholique de Lou­vain and Belgium native, I am very excited to spot­light Mobile School. This social entre­pre­neur­ship story started in 1996 when Arnoud Raskin, its founder, returned to Belgium after six months in Colombia as an edu­ca­tor, deter­mined to make a change in the daily life of street kids. As an […]

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Lumni: Revolutionizing Access to Higher Education

By Nina Angeles As a current student in Professor Shaughnessey’s Social Entrepreneurship course, my peers and I have explored several areas of the developing world this semester, evaluating high-performing social enterprises with a heightened focus on sustainability. At the beginning of each lecture, Professor Shaughnessey presents an organization for his students to analyze and determine whether […]

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