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:
Babson Net Impact
The Babson chapter of Net Impact has been active for seven years and continues to grow. In addition to sponsoring several speakers and events throughout the year, members work closely with other student organizations, such as the Energy and Environment Club, to co-sponsor events.
In 2010, the Babson Sustainability Office was opened to support, enhance, and coordinate the efforts of staff, students, and faculty who tackle the issues of sustainability and resource efficiency. Babson is a signatory of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, and is committed to integrating social and economic sustainability concepts into the business practices of this next generation of leaders and to create resilient, sustainable prosperity.
The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership
The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College is dedicated to investigating, educating, and celebrating women entrepreneurial leaders of all kinds. The center provides high-impact educational programs, and disseminates action research that impacts lives, enhances careers, and evolves organizations.
The Bernon Center for Public Service
The Bernon Center for Public Service coordinates volunteer and community service activities with various local and national community service agencies for Babson students, staff, and alumni. The Bernon Center strives to graduate socially responsible and civically engaged individuals who understand their role in giving back to the community as well as their competencies to seek innovation in solving global social justice issues.
Undergraduate School Dean’s Office
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Graduate School Dean’s Office
At the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson, you gain the entrepreneurial mindset necessary for creating sustainable economic and social value in our ever-changing global economy. Our dynamic living and learning environment allows you to solve real-world business problems and gain the skills and vision that employers look for most: the ability to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to solve complex issues around the world. Read the Graduate School Dean’s message.
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
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Glavin Office of Multicultural and International Education
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John E. and Alice L. Butler Venture Accelerator Program
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By collaborating with outside partners, The Lewis Institute expands its reach, offering rich opportunities in social innovation for the Babson community. We are thrilled to partner with the following 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 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.
For 25 years, GlobeScan has helped clients measure and build value-generating relationships with their stakeholders, and work collaboratively in delivering a sustainable and equitable future.
Justmeans is the world’s leading source of information and connections for people doing business better.
Ceres is an advocate for sustainability leadership. Ceres mobilizes a powerful network of investors, companies, and public interest groups to accelerate and expand the adoption of sustainable business practices and solutions to build a healthy global economy.
BSR works with its global network of nearly 300 member companies to build a just and sustainable world. From its offices in Asia, Europe, North America, and South America, BSR develops sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration.
Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
Founded in 1985, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship has a history of leadership in corporate citizenship research and education. The center engages 400 member companies and more than 10,000 individuals annually to share knowledge and expertise about the practice of corporate citizenship.
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.