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Lean for Social Innovation: The Next Frontier

By Wiljeana Jackson Glover, Assistant Professor of Technology, Operations and Information Management at Babson College. This post is the last in a series that explores how Toyota Production System (TPS) principles were applied at the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) to support social innovation. Posts include the opinions of thought leaders and Babson student perspectives.…

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Lean for Social Innovation: Kaizen Applied

By Benjamin Simon, 2014 Babson Undergraduate and a Research Analyst at RetailNet. This post is the fourth in a series that explores how Toyota Production System (TPS) principles were applied at the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) to support social innovation. Posts include the opinions of thought leaders and Babson student perspectives. I’m pretty sure…

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5 Questions for an Eater Entrepreneur: Gail Simmons

Last month at Babson, Entrepreneur-in-Residence Gail Simmonsc co-hosted the fourth Babson Food Day alongside Food Sol and fellow foodie Entrepreneur-in-Residence Andrew Zimmern. Food Day and all year, Gail epitomizes food entrepreneurship and eater entrepreneurship of all kinds, inspiring and activating students to uncover and act on their own desire for a better food system. Gail…

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Lean for Social Innovation: Teaching Rapid Trial and Error

By Wiljeana Jackson Glover, Assistant Professor of Technology, Operations and Information Management at Babson College. This post is the third in a series that explores how Toyota Production System (TPS) principles were applied at The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) to support social innovation. Posts include the opinions of thought leaders and Babson student perspectives.…

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Lean for Social Innovation: Yes to TPS

By Wade Vincent, Toyota Production System advisor. This post is part of a series that explores how Toyota Production System (TPS) concepts are applied in the nonprofit sector to support social innovation. Posts include the opinions of thought leaders and Babson student perspectives. I have worked for Toyota for 15 years in many capacities –…

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10 FME Good Business Fridays Takeaways

By Irene Laochaisri and Katherine Hendrickson, Babson Undergraduate Students and Undergraduate Scholars at The Lewis Institute. On Friday Sept 12th we kicked off Good business Fridays with a conversation about how good business practices can be integrated into FME businesses to maximize their potential. Here are our top 10 take-aways from that discussion: 1. Get…

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Escape From Alcatraz: Using Everyday Entrepreneurship to Unlock Innovation

By Craig Bida, Senior Fellow in Social Innovation at The Lewis Institute and independent marketing, communications and strategy consultant focused on creating economic and social value. As a strategist and consultant, I work with organizations of all kinds and across all sectors, from companies to non-profits, social enterprises, foundations even government agencies. One thing I’ve…

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Lean for Social Innovation: Students and Toyota Activate Social Change

By Wiljeana Jackson Glover, Assistant Professor of Technology, Operations and Information Management at Babson College. This post is the first in a series that explores how Toyota Production System (TPS) principles were applied at the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) to support social innovation. Posts include the opinions of thought leaders and Babson student perspectives.…

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Notes from the Case Files: Learning by Doing

By Jesseca P. Timmons, a case writer in Entrepreneurial Studies and Social Entrepreneurship for The Lewis Institute at Babson College. In the fascinating six-month process of writing a case on Year Up, we learned Year Up is very different from most other organizations which focus on inner city youth. Unlike Teach for America or City…

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Creating Social Value Where Opportunity Knocks

By Nisha Munshi, Babson MBA Student and Sr. Regulatory Nutrition Specialist for Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. “You’re a Registered Dietitian and you work for Dunkin’ Donuts?” A bit of an oxymoron, right? I thought so too until I took Babson’s Social Value Creation (SVC) Matters class. After three years of working as a regulatory nutrition specialist,…

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