SEI October 2018 Newsletter

In this Issue of SEI

This is our first edition of the SEI Newsletter for the 2018-2019 academic year. We have a brand new staff and SEI Student Association executive board who are busy planning informative and inspiring events for students. In this edition, Professor Shaughnessy delivers his thoughts on the issues of unemployment and the reality of a living minimum wage in the US, the need for intellectual property rights for indigenous artisans in Mexico, and the increasing number of B Corps in the public market. Students write about their international travels on the Social Entrepreneurship Dialogues, a newly launched 3D Printing initiative in Boston public schools, the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, and exciting organizations in the social enterprise space.

On a separate note, SEI encourages all students to vote. With Election Day right around the corner, we want to make sure everyone is able to participate. If you're interested in voting in Massachusetts but still haven't registered, don't worry - you have until October 17th to sign up. Just click here to register online. Remember, you can still register to vote in MA even if you're already registered in your home state (just make sure you only vote once). Let's get voting!

It's not too late to take advantage of SEI meetings and opportunities this semester. We hope to see you at our upcoming events to learn more about what's in store!


From the Founder & Executive Director

When Intellectual Property Meets Social Impact: Empowering Women Micro-Entrepreneurs in Chiapas
By Professor Dennis R. Shaughnessy
Many women in and around the city of Chiapas, San Cristobal de las Cases (or Tzotzil), make traditional women’s clothing for sale in their communities and beyond. These indigenous designs, which typically include bright flowers on a white fabric, are passed down from generation to generation among the local Mayan community. Read more here

The Public Capital Markets and Etsy and Warby Parker
By Professor Dennis R. Shaughnessy
Since we last wrote about B corporations, the tally of companies who have met the requirements for B Corp certification has soared to more than 2,600. B corps attempt to balance profit and purpose, agreeing to be transparent on five measures of performance. These measures generally align with the “stakeholder” theory of business, which continues to advance though perhaps not as rapidly as many of us would hope. Read more here

A Living Wage at Amazon; Quality of Jobs Created
By Professor Dennis R. Shaughnessy
Earlier this month Amazon announced it would increase its internal minimum wage for full-time, part-time and seasonal employees to $15 per hour. That’s more than twice the Federal minimum wage. As many as 250,000 employees will get a raise starting November 1, with many “blue collar” workers at Amazon receiving nearly a 50% raise. Read more here


Featured Read

Creating Inspiration and Social Impact with 3D Printing
By Kayla Vestergaard
Addditive (3D’s for 3D Printing) is an NU student-led program to teach 3D printing to high schoolers. It began last spring, with the Social Enterprise Institute (SEI) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME) dreams to teach kids how to 3D print prosthetics for those in need. Read more here.

News & Spotlight

3 Influential Social
Enterprises in Boston

By Tess Alonge
Last year, Forbes ranked Boston as the number one city in the U.S. to be a social entrepreneur. Boston is home to several social enterprises, which are organizations using commercial strategies to make a social impact. These companies range from small startups to larger, more established entities. Read more here.

Social Entrepreneurship Dialogue in South Africa – A Student Reflection
by Allison Barth
Twenty hours of travel later, we stepped off the plane to a harmonious chorus of “Happy Birthday!” Of course, it was nobody’s birthday, but our South African companions were passionate about properly welcoming us to their country, American-style. After learning about South African culture and history during one intensive and sleepless week, none of us were truly prepared for what the three weeks had in store. Read more here.

Barefoot College: Built By the Poor, For the Poor
by Sara Jog
Skills are important attributes that a person develops over time, regardless of their level of education. People living in poverty, or on less than $1 per day, have skills that are never identified or leveraged. However, if brought to use, these skills could empower individuals to become the drivers of change within their communities. Read more here.

Social Entrepreneurship Dialogue to India – A Student Reflection
By Charlotte Fall
India, home to almost 1.4 billion people, holds one third of the world’s poor. Living on less than $1.90 a day, or the international poverty line established by the World Bank, causes citizens to live in severe conditions, lacking access to basic survival necessities such as water, food and shelter. During Summer 2, myself and sixteen other Northeastern students were able to travel to India to study Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development. Read more here.

Prerna Girls School: Empowering Underprivileged Students in India
By Sophie Kelly
Dr. Urvashi Sahni is the persistent and brave trailblazer behind Prerna Girls School in Lucknow, India. She is a social entrepreneur, women’s rights activist, and a leading expert in school governance, curriculum reform, and teacher training. As the founding President and CEO of the Study Hall Educational Foundation, Dr. Urvashi Sahni has achieved massive impact throughout Uttar Pradesh, India. Read more here.

Sustainable Development Goals 3rd Anniversary
By Maria Bermudez Pizano
September 25th, 2018 marked the third year anniversary since the establishment of the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. Created to address the most pressing challenges of our time, these goals aim to build a better, sustainable future for everyone. By targeting the areas such as education, health, economic development, and the environment, they create a framework for the nations of the world to advance public policy and organize efforts that will contribute to them. Read more here.



SEISA Co-op Panel on Tuesday, October 16th at 7pm (location TBD)
SEI Speaker Series with Professor Horton - Monday, November 5th, 6:00-7:30PM, 440 Egan Center

Jobs & Internships

▪ The Boston Consulting Group, Global Social Impact (Boston, MA)
▪ Generation Citizen, Talent Manager (Boston, MA)
▪ Dimagi, Recruiting Coordinator (Cambridge, MA)
▪ Boston Community Capital Inc, Portfolio Management Analyst (Boston, MA)
▪ City Year, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director (Boston, MA)
▪ Skoll Foundation, Marketing, Communications & Public Engagement Manager (Palo Alto, CA)
▪ Green City Force, Office Manager (New York, NY)
The Boston Consulting Group, Global Social Impact (Boston, MA)
Generation Citizen, Talent Manager (Boston, MA)
Dimagi, Recruiting Coordinator (Cambridge, MA)
Boston Community Capital Inc, Portfolio Management Analyst (Boston, MA)
City Year, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director (Boston, MA)
Skoll Foundation, Marketing, Communications & Public Engagement Manager (Palo Alto, CA)
Green City Force, Office Manager (New York, NY)

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