SEI Global Fellow Report from the Field: Aakar Innovations

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By Gail Batutis Our tiny auto-rickshaw swerves through traf­fic, the wind bathing our faces in a sen­sory assault of dust and fried food, con­stant con­struc­tion by bare­foot men on bam­boo scaf­fold­ing and the cries of chil­dren at inter­sec­tions, hands ges­tur­ing plain­tively at their mouths, swarm­ing when they notice my light skin. “Beg­ging is one of the biggest …
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Social Enterprise Institute Student Examines Strategies for Poverty Alleviation in Native Jamaica

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By Olivia Allen  For the past three years, the Social Enter­prise Insti­tute (SEI), housed within the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness has led stu­dents enrolled in ENTR 4506 “Advanced Stud­ies in Social Entre­pre­neur­ship” to devel­op­ing coun­tries to study the role of social enter­prises and other market-based solu­tions in alle­vi­at­ing poverty.  This year, SEI’s cap­stone stu­dents trav­eled to Kingston, …
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Advanced Studies in Social Entrepreneurship: Jamaica Field Practicum Preview

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By Olivia Allen On Sun­day, March 2, 30 stu­dents enrolled in “Advanced Stud­ies in Social Entre­pre­neur­ship” will travel to Kingston, Jamaica to study sus­tain­able enter­prise solu­tions to extreme poverty in rural com­mu­ni­ties. The inter­na­tional field practicum com­po­nent of the course will allow stu­dents to closely exam­ine and eval­u­ate the play­ers in agri­cul­tural value chains – from …
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Examining Embrace Through the Zero Based Design Framework

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By Palak Sheth “Design is Cre­ative Prob­lem Solv­ing” – Paul Polak The zero-based design frame­work that pro­lific social entre­pre­neur Paul Polak, founder of Inter­na­tional Devel­op­ment Enter­prises (IDE) and author of “Busi­ness Solu­tions to Poverty,” devel­oped pro­vides social enter­prises push­ing inno­v­a­tive prod­ucts that help to ame­lio­rate poverty with a frame­work empha­siz­ing rapid scale and sus­tain­abil­ity.  IDE has pio­neered low …
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The B Corp Revolution: From Good Products to Good Companies

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By Pro­fes­sor Den­nis Shaugh­nessy  The Social Enter­prise Insti­tute (SEI) hosted Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab, for its Lec­ture Series this Feb­ru­ary. B Lab is an inno­v­a­tive orga­ni­za­tion that has spear­headed the cre­ation and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of Ben­e­fit Cor­po­ra­tions (hence­forth referred to as B Corps), i.e. busi­nesses com­mit­ted to both doing well and doing good. Gilbert, to …
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Social Entrepreneurship Research in Undergraduate Education

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By Dr. Sophie Bacq On Fri­day Feb­ru­ary 21, I had the chance to take part in the Ashoka U Exchange hosted by Brown Uni­ver­sity. Ashoka U cat­alyzes social inno­va­tion in higher edu­ca­tion through a global net­work of entre­pre­neur­ial stu­dents, fac­ulty and com­mu­nity lead­ers. The Ashoka U Exchange is their annual, global con­ven­ing for social entre­pre­neur­ship edu­ca­tion, …
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