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The Lewis Institute illuminates pathways for students, faculty, staff, foundations, and corporate partners seeking social innovation solutions.

By drawing upon Babson’s core methodology of Entrepreneurial Thought & Action®, we activate unexpected and fruitful collaborations and integrative designs for action. The result is business prosperity and societal improvement. We extend our impact through the Babson Social Innovation Lab, an action tank powered by Toyota, that incubates people and ideas in the world of the social innovation.

Announcements and Upcoming Events 

Corporate Social Innovation edX course

This January, we are launching our first edX course: From Corporate Social Responsibility to Corporate Social Innovation. Team taught by Cheryl Kiser and Executive-in-Residence Ken Freitas MBA'87, the course is based on real-world experiences from business leaders (including Campbell's, Verizon, Dunkin' Brands, and Barclays) and teaches how to develop and lead social innovation initiatives that create economic and social value. This course will be offered as both an independent, free offering and also included in the broader BabsonX Entrepreneurial Mindset and Leadership professional certificate. Learn more and register here

Ashoka U Exchange Volunteering Opportunity

The Ashoka U Exchange is one of the largest international gatherings of college and university students and faculty coming together to learn and share social innovation practices on college campuses. This year, Babson is proud to be the co-host of the exchange, taking place April 5-7 in downtown Boston. Students who volunteer will be able to attend this event for free. If you are interested in this opportunity, please fill out this volunteer form.

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Babson was awarded with the Ashoka Social Innovators Award in 2011. This honor comes with Babson’s status as an AshokaU Changemaker Campus since 2009.