SEI March 2014 Newsletter In This Issue ▪ From the Founder & Executive Director▪ Faculty Spotlight▪ Enterprise Spotlight▪ News & Student Spotligh

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SEI March 2014 Newsletter

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SEI Capstone students visit Mavis Bank in coffee producing Blue Mountain region of Jamaica

In This Issue

From the Founder & Executive Director
Faculty Spotlight
Enterprise Spotlight
News & Student Spotlight
Upcoming Events
Internship & Job Opportunities
Alumni Fundraising
Contact Us

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From the Director

Not One, but Sixty Jumbo Jets Crashing Each Day...

By Professor Dennis Shaughnessy

While watch­ing the news cov­er­age of the tragedy of Malaysia Flight 217 over the past three weeks, I was reminded of a com­pelling anal­ogy used by author Roger Thurow in his book “Enough: Why the World’s Poor­est Starve in An Age of Plenty”.

Based on information provided by the United Nations World Food Program, Thurow writes in his compelling book on global hunger that the number of people throughout the developing world who die every day from hunger, malnutrition and related diseases is the equivalent of sixty jumbo jets crashing each day.

Read more here.


Faculty Spotlight

Is it our Job to Tell the Poor What they Want?

By Dr. Gordon Adomdza

Steve Jobs was known to give a standard answer to the question of how much market research went into new product designs: None. He would add “It’s not the consumers’ job to know what they want”. Further, one of the common quotes attributed to him is “A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” These quotes particularly resonate with designers who utilize the human centered design framework. They will often argue that users are often unable to articulate their needs for new innovations because such innovations lie outside of their socio-cultural realms. This leaves the onus on designers to empathize with users to reach deep into their aspirations and draw out unmet needs – even if they weren’t acutely aware of them—before a solution was presented.

Read more here.

News & Spotlight

Learn more about the day to day life of the SEI Inagural Global Fellow, Gail Batutis
Read about Ali Matalon, a SEI student examining the social enterprise landscape in her native country of Jamaica
Three SEI alumni discussed their career paths in impact investing at the recent Collegiate Alternative Investment Summit. Read an overview here.
Last week, 6 SEI students traveled to the Clinton Global Initiative University conference.Click here to learn more about their experience.
Missed the SEI's March Lecture Series? Read about Green Mountain Coffee Roasters sustainable supply chain initiatives here.


Ben Kneppers, co-founder of Bureo Skateboards with musician Jack Johnson

Upcoming Events

Bureo Skateboards: A Social Enterprise Making Waves

Join the Social Enterprise Institute Student Association (SEISA) on Wednesday, April 16th as we welcome Northeastern alumnus Ben Kneppers, as well as David Stover, and Kevin Ahearn, co-founders of Bureo Skateboards for a discussion on scaling enterprise solutions to global environmental challenges. Bureo Skateboards is a start-up social enterprise that manufactures a unique line of sustainable skateboards by utilizing the growing amount of plastic pollution in Chilean communities and coastlines. The enterprise is a recipient of gap funding from IDEA, Northeastern's student-run venture accelerator and a member of the Start Up Chile accelerator. Learn more here.

To register, click here. For more information, please contact the Social Enterprise Institute at

Education: Empowering Girls One Book At A Time

Join SEI for its April Lecture Series event on Monday, April 23rd as we welcome back John Wood, Founder of Room to Read along with Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, co-authors of Half the Sky for a discussion entitled "Education: Empowering Girls One Book At A Time." The panel will be moderated by Sheila Marcelo, Founder and CEO of For ticketing information, click here.

2014 Legatum Conference: Elements of Entrepreneurship

Join MIT's Legatum Center for its "Elements of Entrepreneurship" panel focusing on agricultural technology, water security, and alternative energy in the developing world. The event will feature speakers from Ignia, Wambda, and Sanergy. The conference will take place on Saturday, May 10th from 8:00a.m - 6:00p.m. Register here.

Internships & Job Opportunities

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Rosie's Place

Interns at Rosie’s Place work alongside staff, joining in our fight for justice for poor and homeless women. Interns gain valuable non-profit experience, enhance academic studies, receive course credit and provide community service. All internships are unpaid and range from 12 to 35 hours/week for at least six weeks. There is availability in the following areas: direct service, arts, hunger relief, women's craft cooperative, and development & communications. Click here to apply.


Citizen Schools

The National External Engagement intern will join a dynamic office team at the Citizen Schools headquarters and partner with the Individual and Foundation Engagement Team to build a pipeline of individual and foundation prospects for the national team. She/he will support this team in many aspects, with a focus on prospect research profiles, management of the prospect pipeline in the Salesforce database, stewardship activities, meeting preparation, and additional special project management as needed. This role is based in Boston and will report to the National Director of Individual Engagement. For more information, click here.


Impact investing internship

Heart Capital is an impact investment company based in Cape Town, South Africa with the mission of creating high impact, high growth social enterprises that tackles poverty at the bottom of the pyramid. Heart Capital is looking for interns to work on their projects selected by The World Design Capital. For more information please contact Frank Gonzalez at


Ashoka Fall internship Opportunities

Ashoka is the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide. Ashoka has provided start-up financing, professional support services, and connections to a global network across the business and social sectors, and a platform for people dedicated to changing the world. Learn about the fall internship opportunities available for undergraduates here.


Summer Internship

Do you want to spend your summer working to help Nyaya Health deliver health care to the world’s poorest? Applications are being accepted on an immediate, rolling basis for a Development Assistant, Design Assistant, Marketing Assistant, and Finance & Operations Assistant. Apply here!


Alumni Fundraising

Eco Fuels Kenya

Help support Eco Fuels Kenya, a social enterprise that produces organic fertilizer from an indigenous material sourced through a collection network of rural BoP individuals in meeting their Unreasonable Africa fundraising campaign targets. Please contact Myles Lutheran, an SEI alumnus at for more information.

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The Social Enterprise Review

The SE Review has issued its second edition! View it here.
To contribute to the SE Review, please check out our submission guidelines.

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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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