SEI September 2014 Newsletter In This Issue ▪ From the Founder & Executive Director▪ Faculty Spotlight▪ Citizen Schools Spotlight▪ News & Spotlig

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SEI September 2014 Newsletter

In This Issue

From the Founder & Executive Director
Faculty Spotlight
Citizen Schools Spotlight
News & Spotlight
Upcoming Events
Alumni Corner
Contact Us

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From the Founder & Executive Director

Alicia Keys' 'We Are Here' Movement

by Dennis Shaughnessy

In speaking with college students every day around campus, I’m always so impressed by the many passionate young people who are deeply interested in issues of social and economic justice. Many of these committed young people are also very frustrated by the absence of accessible opportunities to advance their ideas into meaningful action. >> read more

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Faculty Spotlight

What Social Enterprises Can Teach Corporate America About Measuring Social Impact

By Sara Minard, PhD., Executive Professor, DMSB

In a recent New York Times editorial (“Paralysis Isn’t Inevitable” Sept 27), Joe Nocera wonders out loud how we will ever find solutions to intractable problems in our current state of paralyzed politics. He draws us to an article by Roger Martin of the Rotman School of Management that appeared in the Harvard Business Review about the phenomenon of the “talent economy” where talent has replaced both labor and capital as the most important factor in the economy; so much so that the talented can become billionaires while the medium income has stalled and slipped back. >> read more


Citizen Schools Spotlight

The way we deal with conflict is a choice

"ask big enough questions in such a way that kids start thinking about the world a little bit differently."

By Caitlin Morelli

How can we tackle con­flict in our daily lives, both at home and on a global scale? What causes con­flict and can it be avoided? These ques­tions are at the root of Cit­i­zen School’s newest after-school cur­ricu­lum pro­gram, cre­ated to edu­cate mid­dle school stu­dents about deal­ing with con­flict on a day-to-day basis. >> read more

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News & Spotlight

Notes from the field, Aakar Innovations. Maya Carlson's updates on life and work in India. >> read more

Shoes, bags and accessories. Find out why "Impact Matters" at Nisolo with Kate Pellegrino. >> read more

Paris, Impact Investing and how SEI helped to shape my perspective. Habib El Magrissy's co-op at Planet Finance. >> read more

South Africa, entrepreneurship and how we use business to survive by Vincent Armentano and Rebecca Darling. >> read more


Upcoming Events


Lecture Series: Aakar Innovations
Featuring Sombodhi Gosh
October 15th: 6:00-8:00pm in Curry West Addition Mezzanine.

Kyle Westaway
Author of Profit and Purpose: How Social Innovation is Transforming Business for Good. October 1st: 6-7pm in 335 Shillman Hall.
Learn more about Kyle here.

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SEI Student Association

First annual weekly-meeting: October 9th in 15 Snell Library Classrooms. For more information, like their Facebook page!

Dudley Square Clean Up on Saturday 10/4 from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. via Haley House
Register here.


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Entrepreneurs Club

Entrepreneurs Club Wednesday, October 8th: The Entrepreneurship Immersion program, an E- Club subset, is hosting Bureo Skateboards! Bureo was an IDEA venture that launched their kickstarter in the Spring and are traveling to Boston to roll out their line of skateboards. They will be coming in to run a workshop on building socially sustainable businesses, and you're invited! Join us for a night of brainstorming with a socially responsible startup. Join the event, here.


Become a Campus Advocate for Change with One Acre Fund! Apply here.

Clinton Global Initiative University: make a commitment, earn a spot! Apply here.

SAP and Net Impact: Impactathon
In partnership with software leader SAP, Net Impact’s Impactathon is a lively, 1-day innovation challenge that combines design thinking and social impact. Over the course of a day, teams of students and professionals will come up with creative solutions to a local issue related to education. No prior experience necessary – and it's free!
Apply here.

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Alumni Corner

Read Myles Lutheran's, NU '10, recent article in The Unreasonable Institute: "How Avoiding Multi-Million Dollar Investments Saved Our Startup"

"we learned invaluable lessons about our business, our markets, and most importantly our team’s ability to work with our backs against the wall—lessons that no multi-million dollar investment could have provided"
- Myles Lutheran, Director of Business Development at Eco Fuels Kenya (EFK) Group

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Contact Us

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Boston, Massachusetts 02115

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

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