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Research

The SEI's research-related goal is to conduct leading-edge research into the social economy for the purpose of actionable knowledge.

Over one third of our professors' research topics relevant to the social economy, including:

Teaching

Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship and Social InnovationThe SEI's teaching-related goal is to prepare a dynamic workforce to lead and serve organizations within the social economy by providing a world-class education.

SEI Leadership Council

The SEI Leadership Council (SEI-LC) was formed in 2012 to ensure that its teaching, research and outreach activities are closely tied to the real issues facing the world. The following members are actively involved in leading social economy initiatives and provide valuable insight for the SEI.

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What is the social economy?

The social economy is the part of the economy that is neither privately nor publicly controlled. It is sometimes referred to as the third, citizen, or plural sector. In seeking to leverage the efficiencies of the private sector in pursuit of traditionally public goals such as improving social wellbeing, the social economy is a pragmatic response to the economic and social challenges of globalization.  

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Outreach


Mary Gordon, Founder, Roots of EmpathyThe SEI's outreach-related goal is to provide catalyzing experiential learning opportunities outside the classroom for our students by engaging with individuals and organizations active in the social economy.

The Social Economy Initiative (SEI)

The Social Economy Initiative (SEI) is an important vehicle through which the Desautels Faculty of Management integrates social entrepreneurship and social innovation more formally into its teaching, research and outreach activities.

Across the globe, social entrepreneurs are applying innovative approaches to addressing social problems that have not been satisfactorily addressed by the public or private sectors.

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