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  • Feb
    27
    2020

    Financing the Future: Redeeming Capitalism

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    How can we put humanity back into capitalism? Join our open conversation with Dr. Kenneth Barnes, author ofRedeeming Capitalism, as we talk about howthe social, political, theological, and ethical drivers that have formed our economic system.Dr. Sara Minard will facilitate the conversation. All are welcome to attend this special event, hosted in collaboration with Babson Graduate Christian Fellowship. About Kenneth Barnes Prior to his academic career, Dr. Barnes spent many years as a senior international executive for several multi-billion dollar companies doing business on six continents. He has also served as a bi-vocational pastor in both the United States and the United Kingdom where he holds dual-citizenship. In 2007 Dr. Barnes began serving as a chaplain and mentor to international graduate students at Oxford University.Professor Barness fellowships include the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture, IFES (Belgium), Ridley College (Australia), and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA). Professor Barnes main areas of research and teaching are the intersections of theology and economics and faith at work. His recent book projects include Light From the Dreaming Spires: Reflections on Ministry to Gen Y (Resource Publishing) 2017; Redeeming Capitalism: Common Grace for the Common Good (Eerdmans) 2018; and Religion and Business Ethics: Religious Perspectives on Business, in Routledge Companion to Business Ethics (Routledge) 2018. About Sara Minard Sara earned her Ph.D. in Economics (highest honors) from Sciences Po, Paris under the supervision of Dr. Amartya Sen on the topic of social entrepreneurship in the informal economy among Senegals Muslim Brotherhoods. She is the Founder and CEO of Manarine, LLC, an international consulting firm working at the intersection of social impact, faith, investing, economics, racial justice, and sustainable community-led development. Sara teaches impact investing and social finance as Adjunct Professor of Practice at Babson Colleges Lewis Institute, and serves as Senior Consultant at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. As a trained socio-economist, educator, facilitator, policy advisor, and development practitioner, her methods are multidisciplinary and boundary spanning. She brings her expertise to universities, multinational companies and startups, impact funds, governments, NGOs, and rural communities across the globe. Prior to Babson, she was Executive Professor at Northeastern Universitys D'Amore-McKim School of Business teaching an award-winning course on impact investing, and designed new curricula on social innovation and global social entrepreneurship, as well as several experiential learning programs in India and Appalachia focused on gender, food systems, justice, and social impact measurement. Before Northeastern, Sara was full-time Lecturer-in-Discipline at Columbia Universitys School of International and Public Affairs where she co-taught the required graduate course on methods for development practice and introduced the first course on social entrepreneurship for sustainable development. Parallel to her academic work, her industry experience includes five years as a socio-economist at the OECD in Paris, leading efforts to bring private sector investment to small and medium enterprises and natural resource management across 18 West African countries, and works as a consultant, managing both short and long-term social finance-related projects for international development banks, US and European companies, and NGOs. As a founder, she started a community-driven sustainable aquaculture business in Senegal which ran for seven years. Sara started her career as a Legislative Aide in the U.S. Senate and served in the US Peace Corps in Senegal. She speaks fluent French and Wolof, and practices and teaches yoga and mindfulness meditation for people of all ages. About Babson Graduate Christian Fellowship The purpose of this organization is to explore the intersection of the Christian faith and business; to discuss issues concerning work/life-balance; to provide a safe and open environment for Christians to grow spiritually and for non-Christians to get questions answered regarding faith and spiritual life. *The term Christian is used as a broader term that includes various denominations including Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and etc. About Financing the Future In theFinancing the Futureseries,hosted in collaboration with The Cutler Center for Investments and Finance,we will explore the crucial role of capital in driving social progress. How will we finance our future? What new financing mechanisms are being created? What role do large corporations, NGOs, government agencies, community foundations, family offices, philanthropists and investors play?What's working? What's needed? Investing in social progress and managing societal dilemmas is complexand takes time. It requires a new understanding, new forms of collaborative relationships, innovative financing schemes, and themoral and financial courage to put capital where the highest ROI is recalibrated and recalculated to accelerate economic and social progress. Location: Needham/Wellesley RoomOlin HallBabson Campus (Wellesley, MA) Find out more >>
  • Feb
    27
    2020

    EdTech Space: Future Ready Learners

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    How can we prepare people for careers that don't exist yet? How can we do this scalably and profitably? How can we evolve our learning system to improve the future of work? Join our open conversation with Carol Atwood, Babson Entrepreneur in Residence, impact investor, and Founder & CEO of Spartacus Capital. Registration is NOT required, but appreciated! About EdTech Space How do we solve the challenges around the reach and quality of education? Come share ideas for changing the system, using technology as an enabler/catalyst, focusing on the implementation of the project, and pivoting it to the market dynamics. EdTech Space is a series of conversations held over light snacks at The Lewis Institute (Olin 240-249 suite). As with all our Uncommon Table conversations, come when can, stay as long as youd like. All are welcome. Location: The Lewis InstituteOlin Hall, corner suite 240-249Babson College Find out more >>
  • Mar
    04
    2020

    Impact Unplugged: Breaking Down Barriers

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    How does the intersection of community development, design, and social justice revitalize a neighborhood and uplift a whole region? Join our open conversation with David Valecillos, co-founder and Director of Design at the Punto Urban Art Museum, a social justice public art program created by North Shore CDC to break down the invisible, but undeniable socio-economic barrier between the Point Neighborhood and the rest of Salem and the North Shore of Massachusetts.. Registration is NOT required, but appreciated! About Impact Unplugged Service. Sustainability. Social Innovation. Sustainable, positive social impact can occur through a wide spectrum of activities. Individuals must first decide what problem they want to solve, and then determine where on the spectrum they can best influence the greatest change. How can you use the assets and resources you have to more effectively solve the UN Global Goals, like poverty, climate action, and inequality? How can you bring an entrepreneurial mindset and social design thinking to scale that impact? Impact Unplugged is a series of open conversations on Wednesdays from 6-7pm for all participants to share insights that lead to action. As with all our Uncommon Table conversations, come when can, stay as long as youd like. All are welcome. Location: The Lewis InstituteOlin Hall, corner suite 240-249Babson College Find out more >>
  • Mar
    05
    2020

    Mobility in Context: Moving Health Care Forward

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    The future of mobility will likely bring dramatic changes to the health care sectorimpacting health care access and shifting how and why health care gets delivered. Envisioning a better future for health care requires understanding what is and isnt working today: How do mobility and the design of mobility systems impact health care and wellness? Whose needs areand arentbeing met? What needs to change? What entrepreneurial opportunities exist in this rapidly evolving landscape? Join our open conversation with Eileen McNeely, PhD, NP, and Director of the Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. About Eileen McNeely, PhD, NP, Director of SHINE As part of SHINE, Eileen and her team connect business leadership with pioneering research to advance corporate sustainability with a focus on worker well-being. Using applied academic research, SHINE guides corporate responsibility, sustainability and well-being practices across the globe. Eileen has extensive experience in the areas of environmental epidemiology, occupational and community health, health promotion and wellness programs, health services policy and management. Her research is currently focused on work as a platform to improve well-being, putting people and health at the center of corporate sustainability and business culture. Using a rigorous and applied academic approach she aims to shine a light on worker health and well-being in the business context, and engages companies to understand the impact of workplace culture and practices on well-being. Her research is driven by combining mental, physical and psychosocial well-being metrics with business metrics such as retention, absenteeism, productivity, and performance to guide businesses to better understand the impact of the workplace culture on health. Eileens work with companies aims to redesign how business integrates well-being from an ever-changing programmatic style to an integrated systems approach. Registration is NOT required, but appreciated! About Mobility in Context Evolution in mobility has the potential to radically reshape human interactions, communities, industries, and even the future of our planet. Come share your ideas as we explore how innovation in mobility is intersecting with a range of contextsincluding human behavior, climate, health, equity, economics, big data, AI, and ethics. Mobility in Contextisa series of conversations created by ourFutureLab on Mobilityteam, held over light snacks at The Lewis Institute (Olin 240-249 suite). As with all our Uncommon Table conversations, come when can, stay as long as youd like. All are welcome. Location: The Lewis InstituteOlin Hall, corner suite 240-249Babson College Find out more >>
  • Mar
    11
    2020

    Impact Unplugged: Paying it Forward

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    How can small or grandiose actions improve the wellbeing of individuals in the Babson community? Join our open conversation about the Gerri Randlett Got Your Back Fundand learn how this resource can help you make an impact in the lives of others. This initiative was established in 2019 as a signature fund under The Lewis Institute through the generosity of Andres Posada 09 and Philip Coleman 09. Both were grateful for Gerri Randletts assistance during their time at Babson College. With Randletts spirit in mind, the fund embodies the idea of paying it forward. Awards are granted to individuals who are committed to improving the wellbeing of othersin the Babson communityat home, school, work, or anywhere. Registration is NOT required, but appreciated! About Impact Unplugged Service. Sustainability. Social Innovation. Sustainable, positive social impact can occur through a wide spectrum of activities. Individuals must first decide what problem they want to solve, and then determine where on the spectrum they can best influence the greatest change. How can you use the assets and resources you have to more effectively solve the UN Global Goals, like poverty, climate action, and inequality? How can you bring an entrepreneurial mindset and social design thinking to scale that impact? Impact Unplugged is a series of open conversations on Wednesdays from 6-7pm for all participants to share insights that lead to action. As with all our Uncommon Table conversations, come when can, stay as long as youd like. All are welcome. Location: The Lewis InstituteOlin Hall, corner suite 240-249Babson College Find out more >>