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Lemonade Day Goes to Jackson, Mississippi

By Sarah Schwartz, the City Director for Boston Lemonade Day. During the first ten days of the new year, Babson Master of Science in Management students traveled to Jackson, Mississippi. There they worked with middle school students teaching them the life skills of the Lemonade Day Program. Our MSM students utilized their ET&A® training while…

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12 Babson Students Accepted to CGI U 2015

Twelve Babson students have been invited to attend the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative University, held from March 6-8 at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. The meeting will bring together over 1,000 student leaders from more than 35 universities across the country who have pledged a Call to Action in one of CGI…

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Notes from the Case Files: Succession Planning

By Jesseca P. Timmons, a case writer in Entrepreneurial Studies and Social Entrepreneurship for The Lewis Institute at Babson College. We never know exactly what we’re getting into when we start a new case study. When Les Charm, Ed Marram and I started writing about Sy Friedland and Boston’s Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS),…

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The Power of Downtime

By Irene Laochaisri, Babson Undergraduate Student and Scholar at The Lewis Institute. Downtime can be a rich fountain for the much needed productive non-productivity. Those few hours a day each week set aside for everything but school, meetings, or work of any kind are opportunities for growth and reflection. Here are a few ways downtime…

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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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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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