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Blue Sky Resolution: Recognizing Companies Combining Profits and Ideals

Recently, Senior Fellow in Social Innovation Lynnette McIntire launched the website Blue Sky Resolution. We caught up with her about the inspiration behind this process and what defines a “Blue Sky” business. Q. You’ve started a new website that features companies combining profits and ideals called Blue Sky Resolution. Why? A. I’ve seen a lot…

Emily Weiner

The Evolution of Babson Summer Study

By Emily Weiner, Associate Director of The Lewis Institute and the Babson Social Innovation Lab When Cheryl and I first became involved with Babson’s Summer Study for High School Students program, I couldn’t imagine all of the ways it would grow in scale and impact. Those early days were all about bringing a Social Value…

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Why This Doctor Went to Business School

By Sthuthi Jebaraj MBA’18. As the sole medical doctor in my cohort, I frequently get asked why I’m in business school, and why I chose Babson in particular. To answer this question, I must describe the journey that brought me here. In 2007, I graduated from Christian Medical College in Vellore, one of the best…

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Seeking Abundance After the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

By Jay Friedlander, Senior Fellow in Social Innovation and the Sharpe-McNally Chair of Green and Socially Responsible Business at College of the Atlantic. In this post Jay shares more about the work he is doing as a lead faculty member on the HELIO project and the designer of the Abundance Cycle. In 2011, the Fukushima…

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The Entrepreneurial Landscape of Healthcare in Kenya

By Ruth Shalom Kinyua ’19. Currently in my sophomore year and an international student from Nairobi, Kenya, I was drawn to The Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship’s programs focusing on entrepreneurship in the healthcare systems of developing countries. I was concerned about healthcare in Kenya, particularly because the public health system has had a…

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One Millennial to Another

Global Scholar Marvin Tarawally ’17 recently published a powerful blog post on the challenges he sees facing his generation and how he believes a sea change can be created: Millennials and the Challenge of Our Generation. We are so proud of this action-based approach to social impact we are seeing taking hold here at Babson:…

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Honoring 2017 Babson Rising Stars

Each year at Babson’s Celebrating Achievements in Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® ceremony, Rising Star entrepreneurs are recognized for their accomplishments in creating economic and social value. These individuals have founded or co-founded businesses that are less than 10 years old, are making an impact in their marketplace, and are generating significant media attention. We could…

Cheryl Kiser

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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Silicon Savannah

By Marcos de Matos M’17. “The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page.” Saint Augustine I arrived at Babson in mid-May 2016, ready for the One-Year MBA. In 3 months, I managed to navigate 15 courses along with my new 37-member family of fellow one-years. I had no…

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The Intersection of Design Thinking, Climate Action, and Aging

We are continuously inspired by the contributions our Senior Fellows in Social Innovation bring to the world of social impact. Hailing from a diverse set of backgrounds, industries, and trainings, they all share one thing in common: the belief that profit and purpose are not opposing choices. Dr. Mick Smyer has a gift for breaking…