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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Rachel Greenberger

5 Questions an Eater Entrepreneur: Andrew Zimmern

Last week, Babson Entrepreneur in Residence Andrew Zimmern co-hosted fourth national Food Day alongside Food Sol and his fellow foodie Entrepreneur in Residence Gail Simmons. On Food Day and all year round, Andrew activates and inspires food entrepreneurs of all kinds with his humor, candor and business savvy. Following the theme of this year’s Babson…

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Rachel Greenberger

5 Questions for an Eater Entrepreneur: Jack Barber

An eater entrepreneur begins by assessing his desire in terms of what’s on his plate right now, what’s not, and what he want to change. Next, he considers what he knows, who he knows, and his skills and personal strengths as tools to help him collect more information. Then, he takes a small step to…

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Notes from the Case Files: Mission Accomplished

By Jesseca P. Timmons, a case writer in Entrepreneurial Studies and Social Entrepreneurship for The Lewis Institute at Babson College. After spending six months writing our case on Year Up, I really wanted to be there when Gerald Chertavian attended Ed Marram’s Managing a Growing Business class as a guest speaker. Ed and I were…

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Cheryl Kiser

T Minus 6 Days to Babson Food Day

As the count down to the 4th Annual Babson Food Day begins, I am smiling all over thinking about how this spirited and absolutely delicious event has taken root over the years. Part of the nationwide Food Day movement, Babson Food Day is designed to be open, accessible, inspiring and relevant to everyone. Though we…

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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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Rachel Greenberger

5 Questions for an Eater Entrepreneur: Yulkendy Valdez

Students are a critical segment driving change in our food system: they are tomorrow’s leadership, future householders, and newly-independent eaters. In a constant state of exploration, they increasingly focus on matters of sustainability and social justice, often expressing their values through food. Yulkendy Valdez is a sophomore at Babson College. Her interview originally appeared on…

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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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Rachel Greenberger

5 Questions for an Eater Entrepreneur: Eli Iaslovits

Eater values continue to rapidly evolve while the food industry scrambles to keep up. Students are a critical group driving this change: they are tomorrow’s leadership, future householders, and newly-independent eaters. Increasingly focused on matters of sustainability and social justice, they often express these values through food. At Food Sol, we see daily how the…

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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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