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Advancing a Culture of Health

For the past two decades, health has been identified as the number one social issue affecting business management.  Premiums have doubled over the past decade while coverage has decreased.  At the other end of the spectrum, some highly successful companies have invested in new health, wellness, and fitness practices that might pay dividends if they…

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Stopping the Cycle of Incarceration

By Jon Feinman M’10, Executive Director and Founder of InnerCity Weightlifting Our brains are wired to quickly categorize people and situations, which helps us navigate a complex and dangerous world. For example, if we see a group of young people standing together in a so-called “rough” area of a city, who look different, dress different,…

Babson at the Summer Fancy Food Show

Last month, five Babson MBAs engaged in food startups had the chance to attend the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City, marking the second year that Food Sol has arranged a cohort of students to attend the Show and its Education Sessions free of charge. Drawing 46,000 industry professionals and featuring 180,000 products…

Rachel Greenberger

Two Core Ingredients for Social Innovation

Earlier this year, in breakfast conversation with Social Innovator Award recipient Bill Bolling of the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Mike Brady of Greyston Bakery, a small group of us shared theories of change-making. The stories that Bill and Mike shared threaded through the notion of connectivity and collaboration. One of Bill’s superpowers is his…

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From Local to Global: Using ET&A to Jumpstart Social Innovation

Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® is the most powerful force on the planet for solving problems, starting ventures, and positively disrupting sectors that need change. Here at Lewis Institute we are always thinking of how we can accelerate putting this powerful tool in the hands of everyone. How do we allow young students starting out in…

Trend Spotting from Milan’s Seeds & Chips Conference

By Bandana Kaur, Graduate student at Babson College. The world we live in today is ridden with so much negativity and fear that finding simple pleasures in life is becoming harder and harder. And that is why I absolutely love working with food because, as simple as it sounds, food is an extremely powerful tool…

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Lean for Social Innovation: Finding Allies

By Josh Eby ‘18. This post is the fourth in our Spring 2016 series that explores how the Toyota Production System (TPS) philosophy “people are our most valuable resource” is applied in real time at The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) by students in MIS 3535 Lean for Social Innovation. Posts include the opinions of…

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Positive Disruption We Can Learn From

Just about a month out from our Social Innovator Awards on April 7th, we are still finding ourselves moved by the experience of gathering together to celebrate our three honorees and a different way of looking at the role and purpose of business. The world certainly doesn’t need another award, we have plenty of them…

Cheryl Kiser

Redefining the Purpose of Business from the Inside Out

What if the purpose of business was redefined?  Who would redefine it?  How would it happen? And who cares? Let’s start with “who cares.” With Gallup International Poll numbers still indicating that over 65% of all employees are disengaged; millennials not wanting to leave their purpose and values at the corporate door; and CEOs continuously challenged…