Promoting Unusual Partnerships
A PhD research scientist earning her MBA at Babson. Paired together through an experiential learning program from The Lewis Institute. The scientist joins their board and is introduced to unique challenges. She proceeds to reinvigorate a business model with impactful, hybrid thinking. Attendance is boosted. Experience is gained. A full-time offer is extended.
Babson Board Fellows. Connecting MBAs with nonprofits, for the benefit of both.
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Through global campaigns, campus partnerships, or sponsored ventures, The Lewis Institute helps power a diverse variety of programs that embrace social innovation.
There are countless ways to alter the status quo, and the many initiatives and events we support provide us with fresh avenues to pursue innovative solutions to social and economic challenges.
Check out some of the ways that students, faculty, Fortune 500 companies, local nonprofits, food entrepreneurs, and more can get involved with us to create sustainable value in the world.
Babson Board Fellows places Babson MBA students and alumni as non-voting members of nonprofit boards. The program supports local nonprofits, builds a culture of service into the MBA community, and gives students another opportunity to put their MBA skills into practice.
Babson Food Day acknowledges growing concerns about nutrition and health, food safety, supply-chain ethics, energy, sustainability, and access, and helps explore these issues with an eye towards taking "bite size" action steps to make a difference.
The Lewis Institute Changemaker Award recognizes members of the Babson Community who have set out to create positive change. Nominations may be made by anyone in the Babson community, and the award is presented annually to an undergraduate student, graduate student, faculty member, staff member, and alumni (one per category) who are working hard to make Babson, and the world, a better place.
This annual event is hosted in partnership with the Sustainability Office to showcase and celebrate sustainability and good business at Babson.
The Clinton Global Initiative University annual meeting brings together more than 1,000 innovative student leaders to make Commitments to Action in CGI U's five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. Babson has sent a cohort each year and the students involved have continually been recognized as changemakers on campus.
Food Sol hosts Community Table every week from 1 to 2pm in the Blank Center to create a consistent habitat to share generative conversations, give and take resources, and "cook" great ideas.
Every Friday between 12 and 1:30pm, The Lewis Institute hosts Good Business Friday in the Reynolds Global Lounge for open discussions about creating and maintaining a business in today's world. Discussions can feature guests with insights on a key topic, or be an open forum for members of the Babson community to support and advise each other about business concerns, ventures, and ideas. Come when you can, there is no such thing as being late.
Sponsored by Verizon, the IoT for Good Lab at Babson encourages the creation of social impact using IoT (Internet of Things) technology. The Lab convenes interdisciplinary teams of entrepreneurial thinkers, engineers, designers, artists, and liberal arts students in order to experiment with ideas and solutions for addressing the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals using the IoT; supports IoT for Good entrepreneurs working to generate social value using the IoT, integrative thinking, human centered design, innovative engineering, and creative business cases; and provides resources, seed funds, and support to initiate and launch IoT-enabled social ventures.
MBA Impact Hours are real and relevant conversations about issues influencing business and society, and are designed to help Babson MBAs deep dive into issues of importance that will amplify the impact of their careers.
The Project ROI research, led by Babson College and IO Sustainability, with support from lead sponsors Verizon and Campbell Soup Company, places a rigorous business lens on the value of work in CSR and beyond, and defines a clear roadmap of essential practices for companies that want to improve the impact and value of their CSR and sustainability performance.
The first of its kind fellowship is unique to Babson, where students apply to use our methodology of Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® to work at a strategic level with social enterprises or companies seeking to have greater social impact.
The Lewis Institute Social Innovator Award recognizes individuals who exemplify the qualities, attributes, and impact that we believe would be powerful for our students to learn from, and be influenced by, to activate real, lasting change in the world. This award is the marker for extraordinary achievement and a benchmark for how one sets large scale change and impact in motion.