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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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Doing Something That Changes Lives Every Morning, One Cup at a Time….

SEI students visiting fair trade cooperatives in coffee country, Nicaragua

If you are one of the mil­lions of peo­ple who drink cof­fee every morn­ing, con­sider drink­ing Green Moun­tain Cof­fee, or using one of their Keurig machines. Here’s one rea­son why.

I was walk­ing up a steep hill in 100 degree heat in North­ern Nicaragua ear­lier this month, with 25 of our social enter­prise stu­dents, as part of our senior cap­stone class. We were in the sec­ond poor­est coun­try in the West­ern Hemi­sphere, and in one of its poor­est regions, when we came upon a sign say­ing that Green Moun­tain Cof­fee, through its cor­po­rate social respon­si­bil­ity pro­gram, had sup­ported a poor small­holder farmer coop­er­a­tive with com­mu­nity investments.

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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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