Creating Social Value Blog

Rachel Greenberger

Summer Fancy Food Show 2017

As we have for the past three years, next week Food Sol will bring a cohort of Babson MBAs to the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York, the largest specialty food industry trade show in North America. Through our relationships at Specialty Food Association (organizers and hosts of the Show), we are able to…

The Lewis Institute

Flourish Prizes Shine a Light on Businesses Impacting the UN SDGs

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. They recently awarded 17 Flourish Prizes honoring businesses innovating toward each of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Below, Claire shares some of her favorites, and we’re…

Emily Weiner

Summertime and the Living is Abundant

By Emily Weiner, Associate Director of The Lewis Institute and the Babson Social Innovation Lab. There’s a big misconception that staff and faculty in academic institutions slow down over the summer. The reality is, nothing could be further from the truth at Babson, and that’s certainly true here at The Lewis Institute. Things are heating…

The Lewis Institute

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,…

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…

The Lewis Institute

Entrepreneurial Opportunity Amidst One of the World’s Largest Challenges

By Rebecca Obounou, Assistant Director of The Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship & MBA’17. I had the privilege of attending the Boston Global Surgery Symposium held at Harvard Medical School on March 4th with a few of Babson’s curious and bright students. The Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship (GHE) sponsored their attendance. As…

The Lewis Institute

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…

Emily Weiner

The Evolution of Babson Summer Study

By Emily Weiner, Associate Director of The Lewis Institute and the Babson Social Innovation Lab. When Cheryl and I first became involved with Babson’s Summer Study for High School Students program, I couldn’t imagine all of the ways it would grow in scale and impact. Those early days were all about bringing a Social Value…

The Lewis Institute

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…

Rachel Greenberger

Last Community Table of the Semester April 11

I’d been hearing about Sonia Lo for a while. Her company FreshBox Farms had a booth at Babson Food Day last October, and she has spoken at food events around town. But I finally got to meet her and hear her speak when Cheryl Kiser and I were asked to co-create part of Museum of…