Honoring Social Innovators

We are proud to announce our 2014 Social Innovator Awards recipients, Mick Jackson and Razia Jan. Mick is the Founder and Chairman of WildHearts, a charity that launches businesses and uses their profits to fund global micro-finance. We’ve written about them here and here, and are inspired by their pioneering business model just as much…

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Rachel Greenberger

Farmer Social Media Movement: #FarmVoices for Earth Day 2014

The popularity of the felfie – a selfie taken on a farm has been growing on Twitter and beyond.  The Guardian featured a great story on it back in January. Perhaps the connections and influence of the U.K. felfie were what inspired Canadian-based Farm On to launch #FarmVoices, a social media movement recently joined by…

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Cheryl Kiser

Creating Social Value

What does it really take to create lasting social value within an organization? Bringing academics, MBA students and active practitioners together for the MBA course Social Value Creation Matters, we went on a 2-year journey to find out. Students were invited to arm themselves with the knowledge they would need to create social value by…

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Notes from the Case Files: The Most Extraordinary Thing About Adam

By Jesseca P. Timmons, a case writer in Entrepreneurial Studies and Social Entrepreneurship for the Lewis Institute at Babson College. Meeting entrepreneur Adam Braun in person had an enormous impact on how the Pencils of Promise case was positioned, developed and written. After talking to Adam on WebEx, Mary Gale and I wanted to hear…

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MindSnack: Anything is Possible

Every once in a while it is just great to STOP and have a MindSnack. Small doses of meaningful diversions for mental energy… As Steve Jobs famously said: “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not…

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Spotlight on Social Innovation: CGI U

Emily and the 12 Babson students selected to attend this year’s CGI U annual meeting had a great time exploring the ASU campus, networking and sharing their work. Check out photos from their trip here! In the coming months, you’ll be hearing from the students about their experience there and get the inside story behind…

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CSR Check Up: Healthy or Not?

By Bradley Googins & Philip Mirvis A monthly installment from two of The Lewis Institute’s Social Innovation Fellows: Bradley Googins and Philip Mirvis. The Lewis Institute is proud to give thought leaders, innovators and risk takers in their fields a platform to share their perspective with our community. The opinions expressed here are their own.…

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Bon’App: A Tool to Spark Change At Babson

By Savannah Carlin, Babson Undergraduate Student. Hello Babson food community! In the time since my last post I have found a great way to start getting more sustainable food here at Babson! I have become a Bon’App campus ambassador. What is Bon’App? Bon’App is an organization based in Cambridge Massachusetts at the Cambridge Innovation Center…

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Emily Weiner

On Our Way to CGI U

This Friday, I have the great privilege of accompanying 12 Babson students to the 7th Annual Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting. (You can read all about the Babson team here.) I get to see the amazing ideas, passion, and accomplishments of Babson students all the time. But I’m reminded exactly how special this place is…

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A Student’s Perspective on Sustainable Food at Babson

By Savannah Carlin, Babson Undergraduate Student. Hello Babson food community! I am Savannah Carlin, a first year here at Babson. I am passionate about social entrepreneurship, especially food sustainability and food access, though more than anything I love to cook and eat delicious food. One of the things I love about Food Sol is its…

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