Investing in Impact — Northeastern’s Social Enterprise Institute in Nicaragua

This is an amazing promo video that my friend Abhi Nangia put together to promote the work of Northeastern’s Social Enterprise Institute at Northeastern. I met Abhi when we were assigned to design a successful business model around providing clean cookstoves to people in rural areas of Haiti. That project was incredible and now he is working to start his own social enterprise called reweave. The organization’s goal is to use media development much like you see in this video to promote the work of under resourced social enterprises around the world. It will also connect entrepreneurs, students, and volunteers to each other to create relationships that cultivate the greatest possible impact. The website is scheduled to launch next spring. If you like this video please vote for it in the Global Business School Network’s Competition. If you want to learn more about the Social Enterprise Institute check out their website or ask me! I’ve done a lot of cool stuff with them over the past 3 years.

Vote for Abhi’s video here: http://promoshq.wildfireapp.com/website/6/contests/316681/voteable_entries/66324999

Learn more about Northeastern’s Social Enterprise Institute here: http://www.northeastern.edu/sei/

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Informal City Dialogues

Check out this video trailer for Next City Magazine’s Informal City Dialogues project. They have contributors in Accra, Bangkok, Chennai, Lima, Manila, and Nairobi who write regularly about the informal economies of these six cities.

Whoever they have posted in Nairobi is a schmuck. Regardless, it’d be cool if you read and shared his stories every week.

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Story of House Music Culture in South Africa

This is a really cool video about the obsession with house music in South Africa, especially in Johannesburg. My housemate Reggie is from Jo’burg and was going crazy when I showed him this video. He said this is a completely accurate description of the social scene in the city and he is a huge fan of Black Coffee, Black Motion, and some of the other DJs featured in this video.

Today I met an entrepreneur/music producer who goes by “Smokey.” He is trying to establish a music club/restaurant/bookstore/creative arts center in Gugulethu, a township of Cape Town. He said they primarily have hip hop artists come in, but they play house music as well. He and his girlfriend were some of the coolest people I’ve met this time around in Cape Town. We exchanged numbers and I might go check out a show on Sunday if I can get some people interested.

Check this video out to get a taste of modern South African culture.

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Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenyan Presidential Candidate Accused of War Crimes talks to Al Jazeera

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This is a pretty revealing interview. How can two people who will be on trial for inciting mass violence allow themselves to run for President and Vice President of their country? The scarier thing is that they have a legitimate chance of winning the election and “leading” the country from the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands. It will be interesting to see how things unfold on March 4th. Check out my article in the Northeastern Political Review for a brief overview of the climate around the upcoming election in Kenya.

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