When Microfinance and Morality Do Not Go Hand-in-Hand

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By Olivia Gon­salves Through­out this past week, I have found myself reflect­ing on the level of moral­ity and truth that the social entre­pre­neurs that are stud­ied in ENTR 2206 bring to their pro­fes­sion each and every day. Ear­lier this week, the Social Enter­prise Insti­tute wel­comed John Wood of Room to Read and I think every­one who …
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D'Amore-McKim Alumna Opens Saudi Arabia's Retail Sector for Women's Employment

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By Olivia Allen On Thurs­day, Novem­ber 14th, the D’Amore-McKim Busi­ness School hosted Reem Asaad, a 2002 North­east­ern Uni­ver­sity School of Busi­ness grad­u­ate and finan­cial advi­sor and writer based in Jed­dah, Saudi Ara­bia whose cam­paign to over­turn a ban on female employ­ment in the retail sec­tor in Saudi Ara­bia cre­ated much-needed oppor­tu­ni­ties for eco­nomic inclu­sion.  The dis­com­fort Asaad …
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Don't Teach Fishing...

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By Dr. Gor­don Adomdza The proverb “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and he will feed him­self for a life­time” is par­tic­u­larly rel­e­vant to social enter­prise. An exten­sion of it goes “help a man set up a fish­ing busi­ness and he will sup­port a local …
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Eighth Grade Academy: Mentorship for a Brighter Future

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By Melissa Gold­berg  This semes­ter, 41 SEI affil­i­ated stu­dents are vol­un­teer­ing their time for the Cit­i­zen Schools Eighth Grade Acad­emy (8GA) pro­gram. The pro­gram, which meets seven times through­out the semes­ter, pairs each North­east­ern stu­dent as a writ­ing coach with an eighth grade stu­dent from the Orchard Gar­dens School in Rox­bury. The eighth graders come to …
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3Qs with Professor Gordon Adomdza

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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

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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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