Creating Social Value Blog

Rachel Greenberger

Gene Baur Visits Babson

In early August, an Idaho federal district judge struck down the state’s ag-gag law, which criminalized undercover photography or filming inside industrial feedlots and slaughterhouses. What most captured my attention about this was the judge’s argument that it violated the First Amendment because “food production is not a private matter.” A court’s decision to place…

Cheryl Kiser

Corporate Social Relevance in Action

At The Lewis Institute we talk about Corporate Social Responsibility differently and believe we take it one step further. We talk about Corporate Social Relevance because to us it directly leads to authentic and powerful social innovation inside companies and outside within our communities and society as a whole. To us this is more than…

Rachel Greenberger

How Eater Entrepreneurs Learn at Babson

This month, I taught in Babson’s Summer Study For High School students from all over the world. As always, my topic was ‘food entrepreneurship’, tailored to fit into the rhythm of their five-week program. We opened with a discussion of mindful eating (‘mindfulness’ having been a central theme of the Babson Social Innovation Lab team’s…

Just Ask

By Jennifer Odera, Babson MBA 2015 and founder of T&Co. As a first time entrepreneur working on a food business, I often find myself having big, audacious requests that I have to temper out and stage for my audience. (I’ve always believed, “your dreams aren’t big enough if they don’t scare you” ) In fact,…

Emily Weiner

Empowering Emerging Female Leaders

Each year I look forward to the day that 100 young women from Women2Women International (W2W) arrive on campus to cultivate the tools, relationships, and opportunities required to be leaders in their home communities. W2W is a program created by Empower Peace, an organization designed to bridge the cultural and communication divides between young people…

The LaunchPAD Incubator Pilot Ventures

Babson Summer Study started here on campus last week, and this year includes a pilot of The LaunchPAD Incubator, hosting the winners of this year’s Babson Boston Cup in a residential program that runs along side Summer Study. Participating ventures are connected with Babson resources and graduate school mentors as they refine their business plans…

Business and Culinary Inspiration at SFFS

By Gisela Macedo, Babson MBA 2015 and founder of Gisela Treats. Last week the Summer Fancy Food Show was held in NY. As a food entrepreneur, I couldn’t be more excited – for I knew, from previous experiences, it could be an amazing opportunity to meet and greet potential suppliers, clients and people that could…

Food Sol at the Summer Fancy Food Show

Today concludes this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show. Held each June in New York, the Show is hosted by the Specialty Food Association, which offers industry-wide research and forecasting, as well as educational programs and business development support to food entrepreneurs and emergent brands. This year, Food Sol was able to offer a Premium Pass…

Social Innovation Showcased in Babson Summer Startups

By Ryan Lupberger, Undergraduate Scholar at The Lewis Institute One socially focused business is an outlier, two is a coincidence, and three makes it a trend. As a believer in supporting socially focused business, I’m encouraged to see three great social enterprises in this year’s Summer Venture Program at the Blank Center for Entrepreneurship here…

Cheryl Kiser

Providing Pathways Not New Ways for Change

“You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give.” -E. O. Wilson We love this quote…