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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