SEI Capstone students visit Mavis Bank in coffee producing Blue Mountain region of Jamaica
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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.
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.
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Ben Kneppers, co-founder of Bureo Skateboards with musician Jack Johnson
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.
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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 Care.com. 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
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Social Enterprise Review
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