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The Lewis Institute expands its knowledge, insights, relationships, and reach by offering rich opportunities in social innovation for the Babson community.

External Partners

We are thrilled to be affiliated with the following external organizations:


Launched in 2008, the AshokaU Changemaker Campus Consortium establishes institutional partnerships with select North American universities, and then works with teams of entrepreneurial students and faculty to accelerate their growth as hubs of social innovation. Babson College was awarded Ashoka’s 2011 Social Innovators Award. One of five winners, Babson was awarded this honor for its innovation in teaching social entrepreneurship. For more information, see the press release.

The School of Visual Arts

The Lewis Institute has partnered with the MFA Design for Social Innovation at School of Visual Arts to present the 2013 Babson Forum on Social Innovation. The MFA in Design for Social Innovation at SVA is the first program of its kind to prepare designers for a career in social impact. It is geared toward designers seeking meaningful and engaging work through which they can make a significant contribution to society. The program also is designed for graduates in other disciplines who want to learn to harness the power of design to create positive change and transformation.

Net Impact

Net Impact is a community of more than 30,000 change makers who are using our jobs to tackle the world’s toughest problems. We put our business skills to work for good throughout every sector, showing the world that it’s possible to make a net impact that benefits not just the bottom line, but people and planet, too.


Since 2005, StartingBloc has been training the next generation of leaders on how to do well and do good. Through their Fellowship, StartingBloc selects the brightest young leaders and provides them with access to the resources they need to address the most pressing global challenges of our time. StartingBloc Fellows gain access to a tight-knit community of social innovators based across the country and the world.​

The Initiative for Responsible Investment

The Initiative for Responsible Investment at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations serves as a research center on fundamental issues and theories underlying the ability of financial markets to promote wealth creation across asset classes, while creating a stronger society and a healthier environment. The IRI accomplishes its mission by developing and presenting original research, providing a platform for dialogue, and taking practical action around issues of importance to the responsible investment community.​​

Campus-Wide Partners

​Evidence of social inno­vation can be found in every corner of the Babson commun­ity. The fol­low­ing campus organ­iza­tions and offices have part­nered with the Lewis Insti­tute to nur­ture the next genera­tion of impact leaders: