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The Essential Social Enterprise Playlist

History has demonstrated that there is an undeniable connection between music and social change. Here’s a playlist of songs that motivate us to do well by doing good. Follow our playlist on Spotify and let us know what you think! 1. “Home” featuring the Gulu Widows Choir Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros In July 2009, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros held a release party for their first full-length [...]

 
 
 
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15 Signs You Study Social Entrepreneurship

For our inaugural post to the Social Enterprise Review Blog, we list 15 signs you study social entrepreneurship. You couldn’t read this list without your Warby Parkers. Whenever you buy one, you give one. You don’t just read labels – you investigate them. You’ve purchased from just about all Ten Thousand Villages. Your travel blog has more data sets than photos. Your favorite celebrity couple is Billinda. You’re still not [...]

 
 
 
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Challenges and Approaches to Tackle Youth Homelessness and Disengagement

In a nation with a population of over 300 million people, 46.2 million Americans are in poverty, and over one in five of those are children. The homeless youth population, a difficult and quickly increasing statistic, was estimated at 24 percent of the total population in 2011. According to a study on trends in high school dropout and completion rates by the Department of Education, dropout high school status dropout [...]

 
 
 
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Microfinance and the Ultra-poor

According to the World Bank, almost half of the people in the world (over 3 billion people) live on less than $2.50 a day. In addition, the poorest forty percent of the world’s population accounts for five percent of global income while the richest twenty percent of the population accounts for three-quarters of world income (Ibid). To address this great income disparity and eliminate the cycle of extreme poverty, microfinance [...]

 
 
 
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Innovation in Education: The End of the Achievement Gap?

Imagine yourself as a high school freshman. You come from a neighborhood that used to be thriving with business, but is now considered the worst off in several respects: poverty rate, crime rate, and unemployment rate. It’s true your high school has a freshman academy to provide support for incoming high school students, a floor dedicated to an academy of math and sciences, and state-of-the-art science lab sponsored by NASA. [...]

 
 
 
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Rethinking Fair Trade Structure: Nicaragua

Background: In March of 2013, the Social Enterprise Institute (SEI) traveled to Nicaragua as part of its capstone course focused on poverty alleviation for small-scale, rural farmers. SEI partnered with Root Capital, Technoserve, and Manna Project International, three social enterprises that are working with communities in Nicaragua to improve their livelihoods. Over 400 million cups of coffee are consumed every day, worldwide. As such, coffee is the world’s second largest [...]