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Michael Seo
Michael's interests and projects include global health, international development and fashion. In the area of health his projects focus on health innovation initiatives in low resource environments. In fashion he is a co-owner of 51inc, a women's lifestyle and active apparel brand. He writes on a diversity of issues such as global health, social enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Entries by Michael Seo

What If Every Purchase You Made Gave Back?

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 6:31 AM

It is an increasingly asked question and many companies answer this by incorporating a contribution at point of purchase. Companies such as Warby Parker use a buy-one-give-one model; in this case it's buy-a-pair-give-a-pair. To date Warby Parker has distributed a million pairs of eyeglasses. In parallel Warby Parker...

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Scaling Hope

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 1:00 AM

The good news is that the number of Americans who are uninsured (without health insurance) dropped eight percent in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013. The bad news is that this means 41 million Americans are not insured, which often represents a...

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3 Things I Learned as a Shop Girl in Southampton NY That I Brought to My Work in Mozambique

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 1:09 PM

Six years ago my sister, Jin Seo, started a women's luxury active apparel brand called 51inc. It only focuses on women's apparel and women are slightly more than half the U.S. population, thus "51". I help where I can but I am essentially a roadie assisting the talent....

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Leadership in Education -- Enhancing the 'Other' Pipeline

(3) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 10:27 AM

As a sector K-12 education is a $600 billion industry responsible for the second largest workforce in the United States. And for the past 50 years the ratio of teaching to non-teaching positions has remained steady at 1:1. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of...

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A Seven-fold Return: Investing in Early Childhood Education

(4) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 1:27 PM

President Obama's State of the Union address this past January highlighted the value of investing in early childhood education. He noted that "Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than 7 dollars later on." Putting words in to action, Obama's budget proposes USD 75 Billion over...

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Made in the Lower East (miLES) -- A Community Incubator

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 11:23 AM

Founded by Eric Ho, miLES (made in the Lower East Side) seeks a better way to utilize underused storefronts and " turn them into vibrant community hubs for working, learning, connecting, and starting up new projects." miLES reports that the Lower East Side of Manhattan has over 200...

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A Developing World Strategy for Personalized Medicines

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 3:24 PM

In 1990, the U.S. National Institutes of Health began an effort to map the human genome. This effort known as the Human Genome Project is considered the genesis of personalized medicine and was successfully completed in 2003. Although the Project was funded by the U.S. government and carried forth by...

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Online Auctions Become More Competitive

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 5:11 PM

Online auctions were supposed to change the way people shop. Technology enabled dynamic pricing would create an efficient way for demand to meet supply by reducing transaction costs (such as setting up a physical auction site) while increasing the pool of potential bidders. Sounds logical but the irony of economics...

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'Portion Distortion': Why the Soda Ban Makes Sense

(9) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 1:12 PM

Nearly six months ago, September 2012, the New York City Board of Health approved changes that:

... would establish maximum sizes for beverages offered and sold in FSEs (food service establishments). The limits would apply to cups and containers used for sugary drinks. The limits would also apply...
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The 25th Anniversary of World AIDS Day: How Water Filters and Bed Nets Can Help Fight HIV

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 12:30 PM

Dec. 1, 2012 marks the 25th annual World AIDS Day. Since the first case of HIV, globally nearly 30 million have died from HIV/AIDS, more than 34 million people now live with HIV/AIDS, and more than 7,000 are newly infected every single day. Couple...

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Labeling, Calorie Counts and Prop 37

(8) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 10:40 AM

"Anyone who thinks we're going to walk away from trying to tell the public what they're eating and what it's doing to them doesn't understand the obligation this city's Health Department has... We have to tell people how to lead better lives." -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, September...

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