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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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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Irene Laochaisri – Good Business Defined

By Irene Laochaisri, Babson Undergraduate Student. This post is the third in a 4 part series building on the conversations at Good Business Fridays by providing a platform for Babson Undergraduate students to reflect on what “Good Business” means or has come to mean to them. To me, social entrepreneurship is all about constantly engaging…

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The Lewis Institute at Babson Admissions

One of the great parts of our job is getting to connect with so many parts of the campus here at Babson. Earlier this summer our Director Cheryl Kiser met with the Admissions office and we were thrilled to see Hannah Moriggi’s recent post about us for prospective students. If you are interested in using…

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Defining Social Innovation

What gets us out of bed every morning here at The Lewis Institute is a driving desire to use entrepreneurship to change the world for the better. We believe that Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® is one of the best assets the world has to tackle societal issues, and want to put these tools into the…

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Cheryl Kiser

StartingBloc: Incubating Social Innovators

Every year I’m reminded about the power of Entrepreneurial Thought & Action when I come to StartingBloc. I’ve been involved with the organization in a variety of capacities since its founding in 2005. Now as a member of the Board of Directors I have the pleasure of presenting at their Institute for Social Innovation each…

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Emily Weiner

Cultivating Tribes

We’re in the middle of developing our newest Babson Board Fellows cohort and I’m starting to notice a trend as I meet with MBAs who are interested in joining the program. Whether in one-on-one interviews or group information sessions, when I ask what they’re hoping to get out of this program, most answer the same…

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President Schlesinger at Ashoka Future Forum

Earlier today Babson President Len Schlesinger participated on the closing panel of the Ashoka Future Forum: Leadership for Tomorrow’s Organizations. “Tomorrow’s organizations require different talent and a new kind of leadership. What are the essential skills and values for effective leadership? Leaders of diverse institutions (education, business, social) will share their perspectives and innovations in…

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Video Profile: Imran Khoja of Designed Good

Earlier this spring, Cheryl Kiser sat down with social entrepreneur Imran Khoja to discuss his new business, Designed Good. She starts by setting the business specifics aside and focusing on how he as an individual could take the business from idea to reality. Imran shares how he came to see social enterprise as the only…

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Cheryl Kiser Talks Social Entrepreneurship on FT.com

Last week the Financial Times invited leaders in the area of social entrepreneurship and social innovation to present their view on what defines a social entrepreneur. The article, Value creation, a sustainable firm or venture philanthropy?, featured a debate between social entrepreneurship as a purely charitable venture or as a business oriented practice. At The…

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