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Panera Cares Cafés: Inviting Dr. V for Lunch!

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Along comes Ron Shaich, founder and co-CEO of Pan­era Bread, and most recently the cre­ator of Pan­era Cares cafés. Pan­era Bread is among the most valu­able pub­licly traded restau­rant com­pa­nies, with more than 1,600 restau­rants and a mar­ket cap­i­tal­iza­tion of more than $5 bil­lion. Pan­era Cares looks and feels a lot like Dr. V’s Indian eye care hos­pi­tals, adding an inno­v­a­tive new twist to the idea of cor­po­rate social responsibility.

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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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Business Model Design for Social Impact— How NEU Students are Bridging the ‘Valley of Death’

Dr. Gordon Adomdza

The Val­ley of Death is the chasm between a new social inno­va­tion and the mar­ket that could greatly ben­e­fit from that inno­va­tion.”   - Pro­fes­sor Gor­don Adomdza  “The Val­ley of Death is where all good prod­ucts go when you don’t have the right busi­ness model to carry them across the val­ley to suc­cess­ful launch.”  - John DiRienzo, …
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Root Cause: A Glimpse of a Social Impact Market at Work

For stu­dents seek­ing co-operative edu­ca­tion oppor­tu­ni­ties in the social enter­prise space, just across the river an orga­ni­za­tion called Root Cause, a lead­ing research and con­sult­ing firm for non­prof­its in Cam­bridge, has embraced North­east­ern stu­dents like Justin Berg­eron through it’s co-op pro­gram with the Soci­ol­ogy Depart­ment. Berg­eron, a Polit­i­cal Sci­ence major cur­rently work­ing in Root Cause’s …
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