Creating Social Value

Misconceptions about Social Value Creation

By Krista Buckland Reisner, Babson MBA student. This post is the first in a series providing a glimpse inside the stories and experiences in the newly released book, Creating Social Value. Before taking a class on social value creation at Babson, these words had little or no meaning to me, other than the broad idea…

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Honoring Social Innovators

We are proud to announce our 2014 Social Innovator Awards recipients, Mick Jackson and Razia Jan. Mick is the Founder and Chairman of WildHearts, a charity that launches businesses and uses their profits to fund global micro-finance. We’ve written about them here and here, and are inspired by their pioneering business model just as much…

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Notes from the Case Files: The Most Extraordinary Thing About Adam

By Jesseca P. Timmons, a case writer in Entrepreneurial Studies and Social Entrepreneurship for the Lewis Institute at Babson College. Meeting entrepreneur Adam Braun in person had an enormous impact on how the Pencils of Promise case was positioned, developed and written. After talking to Adam on WebEx, Mary Gale and I wanted to hear…

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MindSnack: Anything is Possible

Every once in a while it is just great to STOP and have a MindSnack. Small doses of meaningful diversions for mental energy… As Steve Jobs famously said: “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not…

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Spotlight on Social Innovation: CGI U

Emily and the 12 Babson students selected to attend this year’s CGI U annual meeting had a great time exploring the ASU campus, networking and sharing their work. Check out photos from their trip here! In the coming months, you’ll be hearing from the students about their experience there and get the inside story behind…

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CSR Check Up: Healthy or Not?

By Bradley Googins & Philip Mirvis A monthly installment from two of The Lewis Institute’s Social Innovation Fellows: Bradley Googins and Philip Mirvis. The Lewis Institute is proud to give thought leaders, innovators and risk takers in their fields a platform to share their perspective with our community. The opinions expressed here are their own.…

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Fifteen Shades of Green

By Vikram Sokkalingam, a graduate student at Babson College and Co-President for the Babson Energy & Environmental Club. With a background in the business of coal based power plant construction, I saw first hand the need for a systemic shift in our approach to energy and the environment. I decided to get an MBA to…

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Nominate a Changemaker!

The Lewis Institute’s Changemaker Award was created to recognize members of the Babson community who have set something in motion in order to create positive change. This type of change is not always flashy or incredibly visible in the public eye, but it is the kind of real change that is lasting and impacts all…

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Notes from the Case Files: Meeting Adam

By Jesseca P. Timmons, a case writer in Entrepreneurial Studies and Social Entrepreneurship for the Lewis Institute at Babson College. Last fall, Professor Les Charm told Associate Professor Mary Gale he had a fantastic new case for us: New York-based Pencils of Promise (POP), founded by 27-year old Adam Braun.  Les, whose son had attended…

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My Friday Morning Routine

By Irene Laochaisri, Babson Undergraduate Student and Intern at The Lewis Institute. The typical Babson student doesn’t have any classes on a Friday morning. As a result, Thursday evenings have become our equivalent of Friday nights, and our Friday mornings are usually dedicated to a deliciously satisfying amount of sleeping in. Many students take advantage…