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Impact Unplugged

Join us for this Uncommon Table series on service, sustainability, and 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 how they can best influence the greatest change. How can you bring an entrepreneurial mindset and social design thinking to more effectively address the UN Global Goals, like poverty, climate action, and inequality?

Impact Unplugged provides a space to share insights that lead to action. These conversations are curated by The Lewis Institute and Service & Justice Programs and occur most Wednesdays from noon - 1:00 EDT.

As with all of our Uncommon Table conversations, come when you can, stay as long as you’d like.
All are welcome. 

Spring 2020 Schedule

Wednesday, May 13
Noon - 1:00 p.m. EDT, Zoom meeting
Giving Voice to Values
What if I were going to act on my values? What would I say and do? How could I be most effective?
with Mary Gentile, Senior Fellow in Social Innovation at The Lewis Institute, Darden School of Business Professor, and founder of Giving Voice to Values (GVV)

 

Wednesday, May 20
Noon - 1:00 p.m. EDT, Zoom meeting
Quantifying Purpose
What is a company’s core reason for being? How can it have a positive impact on society? And how can you demonstrate (or prove) that impact with data?
with Professor Brigitte Muehlmann and Chris Lloyd, Senior Fellow in Social Innovation at The Lewis Institute and former Executive Director of Corporate Responsibility for Verizon

 

Wednesday, May 27
Noon - 1:00 p.m. EDT, Zoom meeting
The Individual Donor’s Edge
Philanthropic giving from individual donors and foundations and has shifted rapidly as a result of COVID-19, with funds being made available more quickly and without the typical restrictions. How are individuals leveraging their connections to create the bridge between sectors and address today’s health and economic crises?
with Katie Smith Milway, Principal of Milway Consulting and Senior Fellow in Social Innovation with The Lewis Institute.

 

Wednesday, June 3
Noon - 1:00 p.m. EDT, Zoom meeting
Investing in the Global Goals
How has COVID-19 changed how we think about investing? How can our investments contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive world? And how can we contribute to that without sacrificing financial performance?
with Alison Smith, Managing Director of Cornerstone Capital Group, to learn about their Acesss Impact FrameworkTM that directly aligns with the UN Global Goals.

 

Wednesday, June 10
Noon - 1:00 p.m. EDT, Zoom meeting
The Language of Change
Coronavirus recovery means facing an evolving future with new patterns and new paradigms. As this new world emerges, we'll need new words, or at the very least, a new set of definitions. How can we create the language that supports new ways of being? 

Join us for this engaged conversation with Deborah Leipziger, author, consultant, and Senior Fellow in Social Innovation with The Lewis Institute, as she shares what new words she sees emerging in this new and dynamic world.

 

Wednesday, June 17
Noon - 1:00 p.m. EDT, Zoom meeting
“Leading when you do not know what to do or how to do it.”
A Conversation on Unapologetic Leadership in Times of Social Crisis 

Many of us find ourselves asking, “What do I do, and more importantly, how do I do?” at a time where we are faced with two pandemics: COVID-19 and the continuing legacies of systemic racism in our nation, both of which are inextricably linked. Karen Proctor, a global voice in personal and organizational leadership, will be in conversation with all of us about how we can be and do with courage and empathy, driven by a personal desire for change. Anyone who has ever worked with Karen knows that her calling is now, and we are honored to have Karen join us in this conversation format, particularly given that she was one of the original architects of The Uncommon Table methodology. 

Karen Proctor is founder and principal of Harbour Workshop LLC, a boutique social innovation firm that provides strategic advice and consultation to leaders and organizations working in and with the social sector. Karen is also a Senior Fellow in Social Innovation at The Lewis Institute and a special assistant to the Provost at The University of the South (Sewanee).

 

Wednesday, June 24
Noon - 1:00 p.m. EDT, Zoom meeting
Questioning Justice
What questions come to mind when you think of justice? What are you hoping to learn more about? And how do you move from inquiry to action?

Recent events have started a much needed conversation around justice in America. How do we use these events as a true catalyst for actionable change? What questions come to mind when you think of justice? What are you hoping to learn more about? And how do you move from inquiry to action?

This Impact Unplugged was inspired by a Babson community member’s own questioning around issues of inequality and justice, and her desire to be in conversation with others that can lead to action. Please join us if you're curious, if you have experiences to share, or if you have your own set of questions to bring to the table. This session is open to all and will help us identify further topics around justice for the upcoming school year. 

 

Previous Impact Unplugged sessions:

Wednesday, April 29
Leading Nonprofits During Crisis
What are the unique challenges nonprofits are currently facing in keeping their organizations, real, relevant, and on track for sustained impact?
with Pam Martin, Lewis Institute Senior Fellow in Social Innovation

 

Wednesday, April 22
Amplified Crisis
Where does the intersection of social impact, leadership, and racial equity issues leave us, and is there an opportunity now for new voices to emerge to right the inequity ship?
with Karen Proctor, Lewis Institute Senior Fellow in Social Innovation

 

Wednesday, April 15
Regenerative & Resilient
How can a regenerative mindset help you see your roles differently?
with Carol Sanford, Lewis Institute Senior Fellow in Social Innovation

 

Wednesday, April 8
10 SDGs, 10 Years
How can we work together to tackle ten global challenges in ten years?
with Zaid Hassan, Lewis Institute Senior Fellow in Social Innovation 

 

Wednesday, April 1
Mobilizing with Empathy
COVID-19 has further changed the way that we think about and mobilize support globally. How will our current situation helps us create a renewed sense of empathy and open up new chapters in tackling issues of global inequity?
with Erin Thornton and Mary Galeti,  Lewis Institute Senior Fellows in Social Innovation