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The Growing Field of Corporate Social Innovation

Earlier this year, Senior Fellows in Social Innovation Bradley Googins and Philip Mirvis released a white paper for The Conference Board looking at the growing field of Corporate Social Innovation (CSI). This white paper, The New Business of Business: Innovating for a Better World, identifies three interlocking challenges businesses face today: “shareholder demands for growth,…

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Erika Buckley

Meet Babson Summer Study’s New Faculty Director

By Erika Buckley, Communications and Development Associate for Youth Entrepreneurial Leadership Programs Angela Randolph wants high school students to understand that none of us, including herself, know what we don’t know. Angela sees her role as Faculty Director of Babson Summer Study as helping students widen the lens of their current perspective. “I help students…

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Blue Sky Resolution: Recognizing Companies Combining Profits and Ideals

Recently, Senior Fellow in Social Innovation Lynnette McIntire launched the website Blue Sky Resolution. We caught up with her about the inspiration behind this process and what defines a “Blue Sky” business. Q. You’ve started a new website that features companies combining profits and ideals called Blue Sky Resolution. Why? A. I’ve seen a lot…

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What Do Regenerative Organic Farmers and MBA Students Have in Common?

By Evadne Cokeh, Andrew Franks, Maureen O’Brien, Amanda Roosevelt and Ty Thiele (MBA’17). Each year Patagonia and The Hass School of Business at UC Berkeley host The Patagonia Case Competition that challenges graduate students from across the US to solve one of the company’s real-life sustainability issues. This year’s competition asked students to propose methods for Patagonia to accelerate…

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Sharing Insights on CSR

By Brenna Leary ’18. As a student who has been interested in sustainability and the environment since childhood, attending a business school doesn’t necessarily seem like the most comfortable fit. Oftentimes, business students and professors think, speak, and act in economic terms, and it seems as though social and environmental value gets lost in the…

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Business and Social Innovation Intensity Track

The Graduate School has launched a new Business and Social Innovation Intensity Track for MBAs focused on developing the mindset, skills, and competencies needed to create economic and social value simultaneously. The role of business in society has significantly shifted, and business leaders are increasingly challenged with the complexities of “doing well” (economic value), while…

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Cheryl Kiser

Values, Value, or Politics?

By Cheryl Y. Kiser, Executive Director of The Lewis Institute & the Babson Social Innovation Lab. For many years we have been in conversation with our students and business leaders about the changing role of business in society. We have discussed the challenges of doing well (economic value) and doing good (social value) simultaneously. We…

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Emily Weiner

Leading for Social Value: Dave Stangis Puts Theory into Practice

By Emily Weiner, Associate Director of The Lewis Institute and the Babson Social Innovation Lab. One week ago, we kicked off our seven-week intensive elective MBA course, Leading for Social Value. This co-created journey with The Lewis Institute, our students, and our featured guests focuses on understanding how to create economic and social value simultaneously,…

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AIM2Flourish Sharing Stories of Positive Action

By Claire Sommer, Communications Director for AIM2Flourish, a movement to change business education for the better by helping students discover, report on, and be inspired by world-benefiting business solutions. Last September, the entire world voted on the 17 biggest challenges facing humanity and pledged to solve them by 2030. These are the United Nations’ Sustainable…

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