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Entrepreneurial Opportunity Amidst One of the World’s Largest Challenges

By Rebecca Obounou, Assistant Director of The Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship & MBA’17. I had the privilege of attending the Boston Global Surgery Symposium held at Harvard Medical School on March 4th with a few of Babson’s curious and bright students. The Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship (GHE) sponsored their attendance. As…

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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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What Do Regenerative Organic Farmers and MBA Students Have in Common?

By Evadne Cokeh, Andrew Franks, Maureen O’Brien, Amanda Roosevelt and Ty Thiele (MBA’17). Each year Patagonia and The Hass School of Business at UC Berkeley host The Patagonia Case Competition that challenges graduate students from across the US to solve one of the company’s real-life sustainability issues. This year’s competition asked students to propose methods for Patagonia to accelerate…

Rachel Greenberger

Last Community Table of the Semester April 11

I’d been hearing about Sonia Lo for a while. Her company FreshBox Farms had a booth at Babson Food Day last October, and she has spoken at food events around town. But I finally got to meet her and hear her speak when Cheryl Kiser and I were asked to co-create part of Museum of…

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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…

Rachel Greenberger

Cooking Lessons: Christina Wang

As in cooking, entrepreneurship starts with a vision. Someone gives you a recipe (which you may or may not follow), and you begin collecting ingredients. Some you already have. Others you have to go out and find. Then you observe, experiment, practice, improvise, manage and, eventually you hope, create. Cooking Lessons is a new small-bite…

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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:…