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The Lewis Institute

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…

The Lewis Institute

Business and Social Innovation Intensity Track

The Graduate School has launched a new Business and Social Innovation Intensity Track for MBAs focused on developing the mindset, skills, and competencies needed to create economic and social value simultaneously. The role of business in society has significantly shifted, and business leaders are increasingly challenged with the complexities of “doing well” (economic value), while…

Cheryl Kiser

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…

From Waste to Taste: The Story of Fabanaise

By Laura Villevieille, Head of Product Development for Sir Kensington’s. At Sir Kensington’s we never launch a product unless we can make it better, and the vegan mayonnaise category was one we saw ready for improvement. We noticed a disconnect between the experience offered in the refrigerated, vegan mayonnaise set, and the one offered in…

Office of Faith and Service

Building a Home

Today was day 4 on the job and once again it flew by. Every day following the first day we were placed in the Habitat community where we helped build homes. For the majority of the week we spent our time working on 4 different homes, each one of them at different steps of the…

Office of Faith and Service

Lifelong Friendships

This was my first away service trip and I am beyond glad that I had the chance to partake in the Vero Beach trip. Although the week was tiring and draining due to early mornings and exhausting work at the construction site, I would never trade this last week of my winter break for anything…

Office of Faith and Service

Zero Regrets

At the start of the trip, I came in with many questions as I was uncertain about what to expect. Although I had participated in build projects before, this was the first time I had committed to a week-long build trip. Regardless, I came in with an open mind and eager to contribute as much…

Office of Faith and Service

Putting Life in Perspective

Throughout the journey of our life, we often find ourselves thinking back to what moments made us the person we are today. We think about all the hard work that has gone into creating, developing, and managing the person you are. Today, I think about how this trip will be in my thoughts when I…

Office of Faith and Service

The Work We Want To Do

For the second year in a row, I took my last week of winter break in Vero Beach—working on homes for Habitat for Humanity with my fellow students. And while the average person might see this as a sacrifice, I disagree. Although my pockets were a little lighter and my joints ached a little more…

Office of Faith and Service

Home Away From Home

There is no doubt that the trip has been a way for us to give back to our larger community, to bond with each other, and to use the last bit of our winter break to do more than binge watch the last of our Netflix shows. It’s also a really fun time exploring a…