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Books for Positive Disruptors

Following up on our recommended reading for changemakers and social innovators, here’s a selection from The Lewis Institute bookshelves for people challenging the status quo. Memoirs & Biographies • Mindsets & Inspiration     Memoirs & Biographies Confessions of a Radical Industrialist: Profits, People, Purpose—Doing Business by Respecting the Earth Interface founder Ray Anderson shares…

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Thinking Outside the Lines at the 2018 Net Impact Conference

by Lindsay Sanders MBA’19   How can we collaborate to design innovative, bold solutions that tackle the world’s increasingly complex problems? This question was at the forefront of the 2018 Net Impact Conference, which took place in Phoenix, Arizona on October 25–27th. As the president of the Graduate Net Impact Club at Babson, I was…

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4 Lessons Learned from Competing with Giants

written by Khanh-Linh Ha ’21   One question for all of the entrepreneurs out there: How many of you would say “no” and walk away from billions of dollars offered for your business? That was exactly what Tân Hiệp Phát (THP), the leading beverage company in Vietnam, did after receiving an acquisition offer at the evaluation…

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How Will We Finance Our Future?

When Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, the world’s largest money-management firm, put the challenge to the business community to contribute to society or risk being left out of their portfolio, he struck an important nerve. It’s a critical challenge, but the roadmap has been unclear. Most of us would agree that the traditional models of…

Food Sol

The Power of Food, Questions, and Connections

Wednesday, October 17, we will celebrate Babson Food Day, the culminating moment of Food Sol’s year-round ambition to catalyze connections and opportunities for food entrepreneurs of all kinds. That may sound great, but vague also. Here are just two examples. Nadine’s story Last year, Nadine Habayeb MBA’17 pitched a strategic question at the Quick Service…

Janai Mungalsingh

Activating Social Innovation Through Badging

I’m happy to report that the next generation is ready to start creating innovative solutions for the future. For the past five years, I’ve developed a holistic curriculum approach to teaching entrepreneurship in Babson’s Summer Study for High School Students. I have listened firsthand to the reasons young people from around the world believe entrepreneurship…

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Launching the First Women’s Hackathon in Vietnam

Last spring, Tien Mai ’20 (Babson College Global Scholar and part of the Babson’s 2017 CGI U cohort) not only participated in the Wearables Hackathon, but her team took top honors for their product design. This spring, she approached The Lewis Institute about the Social Innovation Inventureship program—a paid or credit-bearing Fellowship that allows students…

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Developing Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Social Sector

Next week, Cheryl will be headed to the West Creek Ranch in Montana as part of a new offering in partnership with the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Babson Executive Education, and School of Visual Arts to work with the social sector. The Lewis Institute has created a new certificate program through Babson Executive Education…

Food Sol

Finding New Foods and Trends at the Summer Fancy Food Show

Last week, eight Babson MBAs attended the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York—the fourth consecutive year that Food Sol has been able to facilitate free student access* to the Show through our educational partnership with the Specialty Food Association. The cohort met first with Ron Tanner, VP of Philanthropy and Industry Relations for the Association…