Social Enterprise Institute August 2013 Newsletter In This Issue ▪ From the Founder & Executive Director▪ Faculty Spotlight▪ News & Student Spotli

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Social Enterprise Institute August 2013 Newsletter

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SEI and TSiBA students tour the Imizamo Yethu township in South Africa

In This Issue

From the Founder & Executive Director
Faculty Spotlight
News & Student Spotlight
Upcoming Events
Internships & Co-ops
Student Venture Spotlight
Contact Us

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From the Founder & Executive Director

Thoughts on Business and Social Justice from Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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. deClerk, and of course Madiba.) The “we” in this case was a class of forty Northeastern undergraduates enrolled in SEI’s social enterprise field study program held for the sixth year in Cape Town, South Africa.
Read more here.

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Faculty Spotlight

The Role of Design Thinking in Social Enterprise

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 to present innovative solutions to their clients: a cohort of organizations working to address some of the toughest social problems in South Africa.
Read more here.

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SEI students on a site visit on the 2013 South Africa Field Study Program

News & Student Spotlight

Each year, two outstanding TSiBA students are awarded laptops on behalf of Professor Dennis Shaughnessy and the Social Enterprise Institute. Learn about this year's recipients here.
Learn about Melissa Furci's co-op experience with Esperanza International in the Dominican Republic.
SEI alumna Caitlin Ferguson embarks upon a William J. Clinton Fellowship to India.


Upcoming Events

The Ashoka U Exchange is a global convening for social entrepreneurship education, bringing together 650 individuals representing over 150 institutions from 40 countries. At the Exchange, entrepreneurial students, faculty, administrators and community members come together to share action-oriented best practices on how to foster a campus-wide culture of social innovation.

Crowdfunding Meet Up with Guest Speaker David Laituri

Are you planning on launching a Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or another crowdsourcing project? If yes, then come to to hear David Laturi, an entrepreneur who has successfully raised over $200,000 on Kickstarter speak about best practices for crowdsourcing. The event will be held at 175 Harvey Street, Cambridge on September 8th.

Millennium Campus Conference

The 5th annual Millennium Campus Conference will be held at Northeastern University on November 1-2, 2013 and bring together over 1,000 student leaders from around the globe to reaffirm our generation’s commitment to reducing extreme poverty and achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

More than Words

More Than Words is a social enterprise that empowers youth to gain critical skills through running a business. Join More than Words at their Waltham location on August 18th for a scavenger hunt and book sale. All recycled books will sell for $0.25.

Internships & Co-ops

Freight Farm

Freight Farm is a social enterprise that works to grow food in any environment by turning up-cycled shipping containers into a source for high yield crop production. Freight Farms is currently seeking a Graphic Design Intern to assist with a variety of design projects and a Farm Technician Assistant that will work directly with the farm manager to operate the farm and work on new methods of growing, and a Research Intern. All positions are 15 hours/week, unpaid, and start in the beginning of September. Please find more information here.


Partners in Health

Partners in Health is seeking a Community Organizing Assistant to join their team. The Community Organizing Assistant (COA) will work alongside the Community Engagement Coordinator to execute the year-long PIH | Engage campaign. Key responsibilities include coaching community organizers, monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on progress, and helping to develop campaign strategy. Please apply here.


Root Capital

Root Capital seeks an Investor Relations Operations Associate to join the Investor Relations team. The IR Operations Associate contributes to the data needs of the department and provides logistical and administrative support to ensure smooth and efficient operations. Responsibilities include managing gift and investment data processing, running reports, continually optimizing the team database, and providing some administrative support to the vice president and director. For more information, please click here.

World Teach

WorldTeach is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for individuals to make a meaningful contribution to international education by living and working as volunteer teachers in developing countries. They are currently seeking a Curriculum Editor to update WorldTeach curricula designed for programs in Colombia, Namibia, Costa Rica, Thailand, Tanzania, and the Marshall Islands. Editors will adapt curricula based on teacher feedback and national content standard and assessments. Previous teaching experience, as well as proficiency with Adobe InDesign, is required. Candidates with experience and/or training in assessment design are encouraged to apply. Please apply here.

Student Venture Spotlight


Reweave, an organization founded by a former SEI student helps social enterprises grow organizational capacity by providing business consulting, media development, impact measurement consulting, and direct impact investments facilitated by on-the-ground grow teams. They work to connect enterprises with passionate people, potential funders, and partners to share best practices, increase product sales, and facilitate investment and partnership opportunities. Click here to donate to Reweave's Indiegogo campaign.

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SEI and TSiBA students celebrate the completion of the entrepreneur consulting project during the South Africa Field Study

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Disclaimer: The content of this newsletter is developed by SEI undergraduate students. Submissions are solicited and in some cases edited by students, with the guidance of SEI’s staff. Nothing herein has been specifically endorsed by the DMSB

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