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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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What Motivates the Best Social Entrepreneurs?

Let’s con­sider the ques­tion of what is the right or best kind of moti­va­tion for the rapidly grow­ing class of social entre­pre­neurs. It’s a hot area, with a lot of new entrants, and not much in the way of rules and guidelines.

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Teaching Impact Investing in High Performance Social Enterprises

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The idea of “impact invest­ing” is gain­ing a great deal of atten­tion these days, includ­ing in under­grad­u­ate edu­ca­tion. While many insti­tu­tions have offered classes in strate­gic phil­an­thropy in recent years, and of course in tra­di­tional busi­ness invest­ing for many, we have focused our efforts at SEI on devel­op­ing edu­ca­tional pro­grams for a new third way of invest­ing. This new invest­ment dis­ci­pline involves socially minded investors pro­vid­ing cap­i­tal to both for profit and non-profit enter­prises that are com­mit­ted to effi­ciently address­ing social prob­lems in both a sus­tain­able and inno­v­a­tive way.

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