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Hila Mehr
Hila Mehr is an MPA candidate at Columbia SIPA and a StartingBloc Fellow in Social Innovation. She is a co-author of Education Technology in India: Designing Ed-Tech for Affordable Private Schools. Follow her on Twitter (@HilaMehr) and her blog (

Entries by Hila Mehr

Social Entrepreneurs Need to Think Beyond the Business

(3) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 3:08 PM


In the past few years, the social enterprise space has evolved rapidly from a concept that required explanation to a trend everyone is eager to join. Business schools have drastically increased their social entrepreneurship course and club offerings, and many businesses...

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Is Experience the New Graduate Degree?

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 10:14 AM


With news that the graduate Stafford loan rates will increase next year, and New York Times headlines like "It Takes a B.A. to Find a Job as a File Clerk," you don't need to look far to see that the higher...

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Why Every Social Entrepreneur Needs to Read This Book

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 5:05 PM

2014-05-05-pedagogy_of_the_oppressed1.jpgPaulo Freire, author of the seminal 1970 book Pedagogy of the Oppressed, saw the world not as a given reality, but as "a problem to be worked on and solved." That mindset is a quality we attribute to the...

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How to Assess a Social Enterprise

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 5:29 PM

A friend transitioning from the corporate world to the social enterprise space recently asked me how to assess a social enterprise. How do we really know when an organization is doing quality work we should rally behind and having a real, positive impact, versus just using the right buzzwords?


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Adding Life to the Days of Terminally Ill Children in India

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 9:23 AM


When a child is terminally ill in India, they face a difficult road ahead. Their family is burdened with grief and expenses. Children are segregated from peers in their community due to a culture of fear and taboo for the terminally ill. When...

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Why We Need to Fund and Build Leadership Capacity for Start-up Social Entrepreneurs

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 2:33 PM

After spending a year voluntarily living in transitional housing for homeless and day laborers in Charleston, South Carolina, Derek Snook had an idea that could guide the homeless in his community towards self-sufficiency by creating a better model of a temporary employment agency. The only problem was that he didn't...

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