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

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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

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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

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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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Justice Albie Sachs: Reflections of Social Transformation

By Laura Mueller-Soppart To say the social trans­for­ma­tions occur­ring in South Africa are sweep­ing would be an under­state­ment. Only 19 years ago, the beau­ti­ful coun­try was plagued with laws that incar­cer­ated pro­gres­sive lead­ers and sup­pressed any notion of major­ity rule in every indus­try. Today, new-found har­mony amongst races and classes is con­tin­u­ously emerg­ing. How­ever, it can­not …
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