Creating Social Value Blog / Author: Cheryl Kiser

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Heading to Clinton Global Initiative University

By Cheryl Kiser, Executive Director of The Lewis Institute and the Babson Social Innovation Lab. This weekend, Emily and I are so excited to join and support a robust team of Babson and Olin College students at the 2017 Clinton Global Initiative University Annual Meeting. As a CGI U Network member for 5 years, we’ve…

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Qualities of a Changemaker

By Cheryl Kiser, Executive Director of The Lewis Institute and the Babson Social Innovation Lab. As we prepare to go to the Ashoka U Exchange this week at Miami Dade College, I find myself reflecting on nearly 8 years of being a member of the Ashoka U network of Changemaker Campuses. Over that time, I…

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Values, Value, or Politics?

By Cheryl Y. Kiser, Executive Director of The Lewis Institute & the Babson Social Innovation Lab. For many years we have been in conversation with our students and business leaders about the changing role of business in society. We have discussed the challenges of doing well (economic value) and doing good (social value) simultaneously. We…

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Social Innovation: Shedding Light, Not Heat

As we prepare to leave for the Thanksgiving break, I am reminded that social innovation is one of the true ways that the best of humanity shines. And it is more important now than ever. If we reflect on how we define social innovation – as breakthrough interactions, non-linear journeys, boundary spanning, and bringing together…

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Reimagining the Workforce of Tomorrow

Two weeks ago I had the honor to be at the Harris Manchester College, Oxford University for a working session on reimagining the workforce of the future. Co-chaired by long-time friend and collaborator Elizabeth Isele, CEO of the Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship (GIEE), and Michael Hodin, CEO of the Global Coalition on Aging (GCOA),…

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From Day One: Tradition Taking Root

In reflecting back to the first From Day One 7 years ago, I see it was the beginning of a tradition, the beginning of a way that we orient new members of the Babson community around values, purpose and intent. Traditions are so important because they locate us in a particular time, space and meaning.…

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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…

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Design and Entrepreneurship in China

Last month, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to co-present at two different universities in China with long-time friend, mentor, and collaborator Cheryl Heller, Founding Chair of the Design for Social Innovation (DSI) program at the School of Visual Arts (SVA). Working in that capacity together, I was able to see firsthand how the…

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The F Word

Last week Emily and I had the pleasure of traveling to beautiful Antwerp to teach ET&A to 60 young women as part of Women2Women Belgium. During my time there I found myself learning just as much as the students, if not more. These women were INCREDIBLE. They were with us every step of the way…

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Never Underestimate the Power of a Good Conversation

Now more than ever, the need to put our phones away and give presence is being felt in all areas of our lives. As recent articles like: Stop Googling. Let’s Talk. in the NY Times are pointing to, this is no longer a challenge just one generation is facing. It’s something that is becoming so…