The Role of Design Thinking in Social Enterprise

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By Dr. Gor­don Adomdza It was the morn­ing of July 29, 2013. SEI stu­dents on the South Africa field study were gear­ing up for their “10 Meter View” pre­sen­ta­tions – a “birds eye view” analy­sis of their respec­tive client orga­ni­za­tions, mark­ing the con­clu­sion of an inten­sive ten-day design-driven project. Each team of five stu­dents uti­lized design think­ing …
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Thoughts on Business and Social Justice from Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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By Den­nis Shaugh­nessy On a late July after­noon in Cape Town, amidst the daily updates on the health of Nel­son Man­dela, we were blessed to meet with the Arch­bishop Desmond Tutu, one of four South Africa Nobel Peace Prize win­ners.  (The other South African Nobel Peace Prize win­ners being Chief Albert Luthuli, for­mer Pres­i­dent F. W. …
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Caitlin Ferguson’s Work to Promote Sustainable Development in India

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By Olivia Allen  Caitlin Fer­gu­son, a 2013 North­east­ern Uni­ver­sity grad­u­ate is return­ing to India for the third time to start The William J. Clin­ton Fel­low for Ser­vice in India with the Amer­i­can India Foun­da­tion. The ten-month fel­low­ship places young pro­fes­sion­als in orga­ni­za­tions work­ing to cat­alyze sus­tain­able devel­op­ment in India within the fol­low­ing sec­tors: advo­cacy, edu­ca­tion, human rights, …
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South African Connectivity

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By Caitlin Fer­gu­son and Laura Mueller-Soppart Take a walk around any US uni­ver­sity cam­pus and you will imme­di­ately notice stu­dents engrossed in tech­nol­ogy; from smart­phones to iPads and lap­tops, you would be hard pressed to find a col­lege stu­dent with­out imme­di­ate access to all the inter­net has to offer. In the major­ity of the devel­op­ing world, though, …
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Esperanza: Restoring Hope Through Microfinance

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by Rachel Sha­heen Esper­anza, a span­ish term mean­ing “hope,” reflects the empow­er­ing expe­ri­ence felt by stu­dents work­ing in the Domini­can Republic’s social enter­prise sec­tor. Melissa Furci, a ris­ing junior major­ing in inter­na­tional affairs and mod­ern lan­guages, spent the past six months at Esper­anza Inter­na­tional, a non­profit orga­ni­za­tion in the DR and Haiti striv­ing to rid poverty …
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Two Degrees Food

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Mal­nu­tri­tion is the num­ber one killer of chil­dren under five in the devel­op­ing world. Community-based Ther­a­peu­tic Care (CTC) and Ready-to-Use Foods (RUF) have rev­o­lu­tion­ized how mal­nu­tri­tion is diag­nosed and treated. By treat­ing chronic hunger and under­nour­ish­ment by pro­vid­ing for­ti­fied meals to chil­dren through school-based health clinics, Two Degrees is help­ing chil­dren receive the care they need to live …
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