Green Mountain Coffee Roasters: Brewing Change for Smallholder Farmers


By Olivia Allen On Wednesday, March 26, the Social Enterprise Institute hosted Rick Peyser, Director of Social Advocacy and Supply Chain Community Outreach for its monthly lecture series event to give a lecture titled “Behind the Bean: Brewing Change at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.” Peyser, who has worked for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) since 1987 became […]

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SEI Students Commit to Social Change at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative University Conference


By Olivia Allen On March 21st, six students from the Social Enter­prise Insti­tute trav­eled to Phoenix, Arizona to take part in the Clin­ton Global Ini­tia­tive Uni­ver­sity con­fer­ence (CGIU). Over the week­end, they pre­sented projects, inter­acted with stu­dents from 89 countries around the globe. The conference was held at Arizona State University, an institution that echoed CGIU’s ethos of social […]

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Is it our Job to Tell the Poor What they Want?

By Gordon Adomdza, Ph.D Steve Jobs was known to give a standard answer to the question of how much market research went into new product designs: None. He would add “It’s not the consumers’ job to know what they want”.  Further, one of the common quotes attributed to him is “A lot of times, people don’t […]

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Social Enterprise Institute Alumni Shed Light on Careers in Impact Investing at Collegiate Alternative Investments Summit

By Michael Gallagher  March 22nd and 23rd saw the second annual Collegiate Alternative Investments Summit here at Northeastern.  This year, the CAIS committee was determined to incorporate the Social Enterprise Institute, with an emphasis on impact investing, an emergent area of the non-traditional investing space.   The Summit featured speakers from traditional alternative investments such as venture […]

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Not One, but Sixty Jumbo Jets Crashing Each Day….


By Professor Dennis Shaughnessy  While watching the news coverage of the tragedy of Malaysia Flight 370 over the past three weeks, I was reminded of a compelling analogy used by author Roger Thurow in his book “Enough:  Why the World’s Poorest Starve in An Age of Plenty”.  Based on information provided by the United Nations World […]

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SEI Global Fellow Report from the Field: Aakar Innovations


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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