Creating Social Value Blog

Cheryl Kiser

2014 Year in Review

By Cheryl Kiser, Executive Director of The Lewis Institute and Babson Social Innovation Lab The end of another year is in sight; a time to pause and reflect upon the work we’ve done here at The Lewis Institute and Babson Social Innovation Lab. The shifts we’ve seen in the broader business community around creating social…

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…

Rachel Greenberger

Structural Holes

My breakthrough read of 2014 was written in 2004, but “Structural Holes and Good Ideas” has done more to validate my wacky way of operating in the world than anything else. Author Ron Burt explores the neighborhood of social capital occupied by “between-group brokers… the people who stand near the holes in a social structure.”…

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.…

Jesseca Timmons

Notes from the Case Files: Everyone Has to Worry About the Money

By Jesseca P. Timmons, a case writer in Entrepreneurial Studies and Social Entrepreneurship for The Lewis Institute at Babson College. Every entrepreneur tells a powerful story. In case interviews, they often describe concepts and changes they put in place which ended up completely transforming their business, or even their industry. When we interviewed Sy Friedland,…

Community Action Program Experience

The CAP program has really taught me how to appreciate everything I have. This appreciation includes being able to serve and help the common man. When I first started working at Harvard Square Meals I didn’t know what to expect. I thought I would be rejected for being a college student but no I was…

Babson and Friends of the Homeless

Every experience that the whole Friends of the Homeless team experience is just as memorable as all of the others. I think one of my favorite stories is when we had our full team out, including a student volunteer helping to reshingle a shelter down in North Weymouth. The seven of us shipped out to…

Volunteering at Cradles to Crayons

Working at Cradles to Crayons this past semester has been an extremely rewarding experience. Cradles to Crayons is an organization which heavily relies on their volunteers, and they do not disappoint. Seeing the amount of people who want to help others and make a difference in a child’s life is very heartwarming. In particular, there…

One Day Without Shoes Reflection

As my feet begin to thaw, there is only one word that describes my feelings right now. Excruciating. The cold is so bad that my feet are burning. Having grown up in Vermont, I have felt this before upon going skiing when it is below freezing, but never has it been my feet. It looks…

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…