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  • More businesses seeking success and an engaged workforce are evolving toward becoming flourishing enterprises—those that create economic prosperity while contributing to a healthy environment and improving human well-being.

    Case Western Reserve University on June 14-16 hosts the Fourth Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit to illuminate this emerging trend. The Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, within Case Western Reserve‘s Weatherhead School of Management, has designed the forum around the theme: Discovering Flourishing Enterprise: The Key to Great Performance.

    Hundreds of participants, many in teams, from across the United States and internationally will exemplify businesses “doing well by doing good” when the forum occurs at CWRU’s Tinkham Veale University Center.

    “We are eagerly looking forward to welcoming business leaders, social entrepreneurs and change agents,” said Chris Laszlo, the Char and Chuck Fowler Professor of Business as an Agent of World Benefit and faculty executive director of the Fowler Center.

    “It’s more of a practitioner design session than it is an academic conference,” Laszlo said. “Individuals and groups on the first day can learn about and experience Appreciative Inquiry, which is a very powerful strengths-based whole system method that was developed at Case Western Reserve and is at the heart of many of the initiatives at the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit.”

    Using Appreciative Inquiry, the Fourth Global Forum will take on some of the key issues facing business today, including:

    • Retaining, engaging and inspiring the best people.
    • Meeting growing consumer demand for products that have positive social impact.
    • Designing environments that foster greater creativity, innovation and enduring financial value.
    • Turning local and global challenges into sources of competitive advantage.

    AIM2Flourish, an initiative within the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, will award the inaugural Flourish Prizes, recognizing 17 innovations from around the world that align with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Flourish Prizes will be awarded each day during the Forum.

    AIM2Flourish Executive Director Roberta Baskin said students at the Weatherhead School of Management and at other business schools internationally participated in finding inspirational business innovations that advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Those students, using the Appreciative Inquiry method, submitted 425 stories published on the AIM2Flourish website. A distinguished jury selected the 17 Flourish Prize winners, one for each Global Goal.

    “The involvement of students is at the heart of the Flourish Prizes initiative. We’re the mothership helping to teach these next business leaders to embrace the Global Goals and Appreciative Inquiry,” Baskin said.

    The UN Sustainable Development Goals are:

    No poverty; zero hunger; good health and well-being; quality education; gender equality; clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure; reduced inequalities; sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; climate action; life below water; life on land; peace, justice and strong institutions; and partnerships for the goals.

    For Fourth Global Forum pricing and registration information, visit: globalforum.case.edu.

     

  • More businesses seeking success and an engaged workforce are evolving toward becoming flourishing enterprises—those that create economic prosperity while contributing to a healthy environment and improving human well-being. Case Western Reserve University on June 14-16 hosts the Fourth Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit to illuminate this emerging trend. The Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, within Case Western Reserve‘s Weatherhead School of Management, has designed the forum around the theme: Discovering Flourishing Enterprise: The Key to Great Performance. Hundreds of participants, many in teams, from across the United States and internationally will exemplify businesses “doing well by doing good” when the forum occurs at CWRU’s Tinkham Veale University Center. “We are eagerly looking forward to welcoming business leaders, social entrepreneurs and change agents,” said Chris Laszlo, the Char and Chuck Fowler Professor of Business as an Agent of World Benefit and faculty executive director of the Fowler Center. “It’s more of a practitioner design session than it is an academic conference,” Laszlo said. “Individuals and groups on the first day can learn about and experience Appreciative Inquiry, which is a very powerful strengths-based whole system method that was developed at Case Western Reserve and is at the heart of many of the initiatives at the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit.” Using Appreciative Inquiry, the Fourth Global Forum will take on some of the key issues facing business today, including: Retaining, engaging and inspiring the best people. Meeting growing consumer demand for products that have positive social impact. Designing environments that foster greater creativity, innovation and enduring financial value. Turning local and global challenges into sources of competitive advantage. AIM2Flourish, an initiative within the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, will award the inaugural Flourish Prizes, recognizing 17 innovations from around the world that align with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Flourish Prizes will be awarded each day during the Forum. AIM2Flourish Executive Director Roberta Baskin said students at the Weatherhead School of Management and at other business schools internationally participated in finding inspirational business innovations that advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Those students, using the Appreciative Inquiry method, submitted 425 stories published on the AIM2Flourish website. A distinguished jury selected the 17 Flourish Prize winners, one for each Global Goal. “The involvement of students is at the heart of the Flourish Prizes initiative. We’re the mothership helping to teach these next business leaders to embrace the Global Goals and Appreciative Inquiry,” Baskin said. The UN Sustainable Development Goals are: No poverty; zero hunger; good health and well-being; quality education; gender equality; clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure; reduced inequalities; sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; climate action; life below water; life on land; peace, justice and strong institutions; and partnerships for the goals. For Fourth Global Forum pricing and registration information, visit: globalforum.case.edu.  
    Mar 23, 2017 8
  • We are so grateful for our colleagues and partners around the world who are helping us share the news about AIM2Flourish. As the world's first higher-education business curriculum, story platform, and prize for the UN Sustainable Development Goals and business for good innovation, we have lots to talk about!

    July 2017
    Forthcoming chapter in Greenleaf Publishing book, by Professor Guenola Nonet

    June 2017
    Forthcoming article in Generations journal (By Roberta Baskin and Cl

    March 2017
    Featured in Chris Laszlo Keynote Presentation at OECD Workshop: Watch Video

    Chapter in DreamMakers: Innovating for the Greater Good(2017) Michele Hunt

    Featured in Case Western Reserve University Alumni Podcast: Listen

    Featured in AACSB Blog Post by Dan LeClair: 5 Reasons for Optimism about Business School Research

    Feb 2017
    Article on UN Global Compact PRME website: Business Students Discovering SDGs Solutions—AIM2Flourish

    January 2017
    Four (4) articles in Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Beyond magazine:

    Beyond the Green Office

    On Our Menu Tonight: Cultural Awareness

    A Small Fish with a Big Impact

    Climate Action, One Peel at a Time

    November 2016
    Full-page article in CWRU think magazine: Showcasing Businesses That Do Good & Do Well

    Featured in “Positivity Strategist” Podcast: Students & Business Leaders Hook Up to be a Force for Good

    October 2016

    Weatherhead School of Management “Beyond” Podcasts: AIM2Flourish & Athlos and AIM2Flourish & Rio Secreto

    Featured in Medium.com: “The Pivot Towards Flourishing” by Andrew Himes and keynote presentation at 8th Meeting on Human Values

    September 2016
    Article in Huffington Post: Business 101—AIM2Flourish  

    Featured in “That’s Unusual” Podcast: Roberta Baskin & AIM2Flourish

    August 2016
    Featured in 2 AACSB International Videos: What is AIM2Flourish? and AIM2Flourish’s Inspiration

    November 2015
    Featured in KOSMOS JournalAIM2Flourish

  • We are so grateful for our colleagues and partners around the world who are helping us share the news about AIM2Flourish. As the world's first higher-education business curriculum, story platform, and prize for the UN Sustainable Development Goals and business for good innovation, we have lots to talk about! July 2017 Forthcoming chapter in Greenleaf Publishing book, by Professor Guenola Nonet June 2017 Forthcoming article in Generations journal (By Roberta Baskin and Cl March 2017 Featured in Chris Laszlo Keynote Presentation at OECD Workshop: Watch Video Chapter in DreamMakers: Innovating for the Greater Good(2017) Michele Hunt Featured in Case Western Reserve University Alumni Podcast: Listen Featured in AACSB Blog Post by Dan LeClair: 5 Reasons for Optimism about Business School Research Feb 2017 Article on UN Global Compact PRME website: Business Students Discovering SDGs Solutions—AIM2Flourish January 2017 Four (4) articles in Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Beyond magazine: Beyond the Green Office On Our Menu Tonight: Cultural Awareness A Small Fish with a Big Impact Climate Action, One Peel at a Time November 2016 Full-page article in CWRU think magazine: Showcasing Businesses That Do Good & Do Well Featured in “Positivity Strategist” Podcast: Students & Business Leaders Hook Up to be a Force for Good October 2016 Weatherhead School of Management “Beyond” Podcasts: AIM2Flourish & Athlos and AIM2Flourish & Rio Secreto Featured in Medium.com: “The Pivot Towards Flourishing” by Andrew Himes and keynote presentation at 8th Meeting on Human Values September 2016 Article in Huffington Post: Business 101—AIM2Flourish   Featured in “That’s Unusual” Podcast: Roberta Baskin & AIM2Flourish August 2016 Featured in 2 AACSB International Videos: What is AIM2Flourish? and AIM2Flourish’s Inspiration November 2015 Featured in KOSMOS Journal: AIM2Flourish
    Mar 22, 2017 25
  • Where did the idea for AIM2Flourish come from? You can find out in just 5 minutes.

    Beyond Sustainability: The Inspiration for AIM2Flourish

    We're so grateful to our AACSB partner and to AACSB EVP Dan LeClair for sitting down with our Executive Director Roberta Baskin.

    Want to know more? Our 2-page AIM2Flourish Executive Summary is a quick read.

     

  • Where did the idea for AIM2Flourish come from? You can find out in just 5 minutes. Beyond Sustainability: The Inspiration for AIM2Flourish We're so grateful to our AACSB partner and to AACSB EVP Dan LeClair for sitting down with our Executive Director Roberta Baskin. Want to know more? Our 2-page AIM2Flourish Executive Summary is a quick read.  
    Oct 10, 2016 144
  • AIM2Flourish's Executive Director Roberta Baskin was recently interviewed for a new podcast series called "That's Unusual."

    Listen now to hear about her award-winning career as an investigative journalist uncovering business misconduct.

    She made a 180 degree to lead AIM2Flourish towards educating and inspiring leaders on how to “do well while doing good”. How did she uncover these hot stories? What was the resistance? What’s it like to be a journalist today? Why is there so much bad new today? How do we train our future leaders to be socially responsible? Take a listen to hear the answers.

     

  • AIM2Flourish's Executive Director Roberta Baskin was recently interviewed for a new podcast series called "That's Unusual." Listen now to hear about her award-winning career as an investigative journalist uncovering business misconduct. She made a 180 degree to lead AIM2Flourish towards educating and inspiring leaders on how to “do well while doing good”. How did she uncover these hot stories? What was the resistance? What’s it like to be a journalist today? Why is there so much bad new today? How do we train our future leaders to be socially responsible? Take a listen to hear the answers.  
    Oct 10, 2016 122
  • AIM2Flourish is a global platform for stories about business innovations that are also good for people and the planet. We do this by offering Professors the first and only higher-education curriculum to teach the new 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With the SDGs as a lens, students use Appreciative Inquiry (strength-based interviews) to write the stories that live on AIM2Flourish.com.

    In just over a year, we're on track to publish 300+ new business innovation stories that are solving one or more of the UN SDGs—all written by business students around the world.

    You're invited to join our 1,000+ person network of professors, students, citizens, and business leaders from 52 countries (and growing!) who are discovering, sharing, and recognizing world-benefiting business innovations. We look forward to reading your comments, Sightings of great story ideas, and hearing your voice in the community.

    Take 2-minutes now to create an AIM2Flourish profile at http://www.AIM2Flourish.com/signup.

    It's all leading up to the inaugural Flourish Prizes that we'll celebrate at the Fourth Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit on June 14-16, 2017. Please sign up here to receive news and updates: http://globalforum.case.edu/

  • AIM2Flourish is a global platform for stories about business innovations that are also good for people and the planet. We do this by offering Professors the first and only higher-education curriculum to teach the new 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With the SDGs as a lens, students use Appreciative Inquiry (strength-based interviews) to write the stories that live on AIM2Flourish.com. In just over a year, we're on track to publish 300+ new business innovation stories that are solving one or more of the UN SDGs—all written by business students around the world.You're invited to join our 1,000+ person network of professors, students, citizens, and business leaders from 52 countries (and growing!) who are discovering, sharing, and recognizing world-benefiting business innovations. We look forward to reading your comments, Sightings of great story ideas, and hearing your voice in the community. Take 2-minutes now to create an AIM2Flourish profile at http://www.AIM2Flourish.com/signup.It's all leading up to the inaugural Flourish Prizes that we'll celebrate at the Fourth Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit on June 14-16, 2017. Please sign up here to receive news and updates: http://globalforum.case.edu/
    Oct 07, 2016 201
  • Upcoming AIM2Flourish events are highlighted in the list below.
     
    We'd love to see you! Please contact Claire Sommer, AIM2Flourish Communications Director, at [email protected] for more information. 

    October

    Unusual Intersections Salon
    2 October, Vienna VA USA
    Lead: Unusual Inc.


    Welcome to AIM2Flourish Calls

    12 October, online

    Leading for Well-Being
    13-14 October, Tuebingen, Germany

    Lead: Leading for Wellbeing

    PRME Champions Meeting and GRLI General Assembly Meeting
    16-19 October, Kemmy Business School, Limerick, United Kingdom

    Lead: GRLI

    AIM2Flourish Session at Copenhagen Business School
    17 October, Copenhagen Business School

    Lead: AIM2Flourish's Isabel Rimanoczy

     

    Faculty Fair Calls
    19 October, online

    8th Worldwide Meeting on Human Values
    21-23 October, Monterray, Mexico
    Lead: Council of Human Values and Culture of Lawfulness
    Keynote Speaker: Andrew Himes
    AIM2Flourish Professor Ambassador: George Dionne


    Global Oneness Day (With Humanity’s Team)
    24 October; online

    Lead: Humanity’s Team


    Professor Workshop Calls
    26 October, online


    MAACBA
    28 October, New York City, USA

    Lead: MAACBA

     


    November

    Net Impact
    3-6 November, Philadelphia, PA, USA

    Lead: Net Impact


    COP 22

    7–18 November, Morocco
    Lead: UNFCCC


    Welcome to AIM2Flourish calls
    9 November, online

     

    4th PRME Champter Meeting DACH and 3rd RME Research Conference
    9-10 Nov Krems, Austria
    Lead: UN Global Compact PRME 

     

    Sustainable Brands New Metrics "Expanding the Way Business Measures Value
    14-16 Nov Boston, USA
    Lead: Sustainable Brands


    Faculty Fair calls
    16 November, online

    Professor Workshop calls
    23 November, online

     


    December

    Welcome to AIM2Flourish calls
    14 December, online

    Faculty Fair calls
    21 December, online
  • Upcoming AIM2Flourish events are highlighted in the list below.   We'd love to see you! Please contact Claire Sommer, AIM2Flourish Communications Director, at [email protected] for more information.  October Unusual Intersections Salon 2 October, Vienna VA USA Lead: Unusual Inc. Welcome to AIM2Flourish Calls 12 October, online Leading for Well-Being13-14 October, Tuebingen, Germany Lead: Leading for Wellbeing PRME Champions Meeting and GRLI General Assembly Meeting16-19 October, Kemmy Business School, Limerick, United KingdomLead: GRLI AIM2Flourish Session at Copenhagen Business School 17 October, Copenhagen Business School Lead: AIM2Flourish's Isabel Rimanoczy   Faculty Fair Calls19 October, online 8th Worldwide Meeting on Human Values21-23 October, Monterray, MexicoLead: Council of Human Values and Culture of LawfulnessKeynote Speaker: Andrew HimesAIM2Flourish Professor Ambassador: George Dionne Global Oneness Day (With Humanity’s Team)24 October; onlineLead: Humanity’s Team Professor Workshop Calls26 October, online MAACBA 28 October, New York City, USALead: MAACBA   November Net Impact3-6 November, Philadelphia, PA, USALead: Net Impact COP 227–18 November, Morocco Lead: UNFCCC Welcome to AIM2Flourish calls9 November, online   4th PRME Champter Meeting DACH and 3rd RME Research Conference9-10 Nov Krems, Austria Lead: UN Global Compact PRME    Sustainable Brands New Metrics "Expanding the Way Business Measures Value 14-16 Nov Boston, USA Lead: Sustainable Brands Faculty Fair calls 16 November, online Professor Workshop calls 23 November, online   December Welcome to AIM2Flourish calls 14 December, online Faculty Fair calls21 December, online
    Oct 07, 2016 585
  • Upcoming AIM2Flourish events are highlighted in the list below.
     
    We'd love to see you! Please contact Claire Sommer, AIM2Flourish Communications Director, at [email protected] for more information.

    September

    Welcome to AIM2Flourish Calls
    14 September, online
     
     
    Social Good Summit

    18-19 September, New York City, NY, USA
    Lead: Mashable

     

    UN Private Sector Forum
    19 September, New York City, USA

    Lead: UN Global Compact

     

    Business Collaborating to Achieve the SDGs
    19 September, New York City, USA
    Lead: Business Fights Poverty

     

    1st Anniversary of Global Goals
    19 September, Worldwide

     

    UN Peace Day
    21 September, Worldwide

     

    Convergence: Philanthropy and the SDGs
    21 September, New York City, USA

    Lead: Rockefeller Foundation

     

    7th Annual General Assembly Forum of the Business Call to Action
    22 September, New York City, USA
    Lead: Business Call to Action

     

    International Sustainable Development Conference
    21-22 September, New York City, NY, USA

    Lead: UN SDSN

     

    Faculty Fair Calls
    21 September; online

     

    Professor Workshop Calls
    28 September; online

     


    October

    Unusual Intersections Salon
    2 October, Vienna VA USA
    Lead: Unusual Inc.


    Welcome to AIM2Flourish Calls

    12 October, online

    Leading for Well-Being
    13-14 October, Tuebingen, Germany

    Lead: Leading for Wellbeing

    PRME Champions Meeting and GRLI General Assembly Meeting
    16-19 October, Kemmy Business School, Limerick, United Kingdom

    Lead: GRLI

    Faculty Fair Calls
    19 October, online


    SOCAP
    23-26 October, Orlando, Florida, USA

    Lead: SOCAP


    Global Oneness Day (With Humanity’s Team)
    24 October; online

    Lead: Humanity’s Team


    Professor Workshop Calls
    26 October, online


    MAACBA
    28 October, New York City, USA

    Lead: MAACBA

     


    November

    Net Impact
    3-6 November, Philadelphia, PA, USA

    Lead: Net Impact


    COP 22

    7–18 November, Morocco
    Lead: UNFCCC


    Welcome to AIM2Flourish calls
    9 November, online


    Faculty Fair calls
    16 November, online

    Professor Workshop calls
    23 November, online

     


    December

    Welcome to AIM2Flourish calls
    14 December, online

    Faculty Fair calls
    21 December, online
  • Upcoming AIM2Flourish events are highlighted in the list below.   We'd love to see you! Please contact Claire Sommer, AIM2Flourish Communications Director, at [email protected] for more information. September Welcome to AIM2Flourish Calls14 September, online     Social Good Summit 18-19 September, New York City, NY, USALead: Mashable   UN Private Sector Forum19 September, New York City, USALead: UN Global Compact   Business Collaborating to Achieve the SDGs19 September, New York City, USALead: Business Fights Poverty   1st Anniversary of Global Goals19 September, Worldwide   UN Peace Day21 September, Worldwide   Convergence: Philanthropy and the SDGs21 September, New York City, USALead: Rockefeller Foundation   7th Annual General Assembly Forum of the Business Call to Action22 September, New York City, USALead: Business Call to Action   International Sustainable Development Conference21-22 September, New York City, NY, USALead: UN SDSN   Faculty Fair Calls21 September; online   Professor Workshop Calls 28 September; online   October Unusual Intersections Salon 2 October, Vienna VA USA Lead: Unusual Inc. Welcome to AIM2Flourish Calls 12 October, online Leading for Well-Being13-14 October, Tuebingen, Germany Lead: Leading for Wellbeing PRME Champions Meeting and GRLI General Assembly Meeting16-19 October, Kemmy Business School, Limerick, United KingdomLead: GRLI Faculty Fair Calls19 October, online SOCAP23-26 October, Orlando, Florida, USALead: SOCAP Global Oneness Day (With Humanity’s Team)24 October; onlineLead: Humanity’s Team Professor Workshop Calls26 October, online MAACBA 28 October, New York City, USALead: MAACBA   November Net Impact3-6 November, Philadelphia, PA, USALead: Net Impact COP 227–18 November, Morocco Lead: UNFCCC Welcome to AIM2Flourish calls9 November, onlineFaculty Fair calls 16 November, online Professor Workshop calls 23 November, online   December Welcome to AIM2Flourish calls 14 December, online Faculty Fair calls21 December, online
    Sep 02, 2016 433
  • The AIM2Flourish Story Stewards are a passionate, committed group of people around the world who are helping to raise awareness about Business as an Agent of World Benefit to the world. They provide an essential review of all stories before publication, to ensure that the stories meet AIM2Flourish’s publishing criteria. We are so grateful for this volunteer community, who among them include a former member of The New York Times Editorial Board, Emmy-winning journalists, a First Amendment attorney, business executives, and a 21-year senior producer for the PBS News Hour.

    Click here to see photos and read about the AIM2Flourish Story Stewards.

        

    AIM2Flourish Story Stewards volunteer 1-2 hours a week to review stories online. To learn more or to join the Story Stewards team, please contact Whitney Kear at [email protected]

     

  • The AIM2Flourish Story Stewards are a passionate, committed group of people around the world who are helping to raise awareness about Business as an Agent of World Benefit to the world. They provide an essential review of all stories before publication, to ensure that the stories meet AIM2Flourish’s publishing criteria. We are so grateful for this volunteer community, who among them include a former member of The New York Times Editorial Board, Emmy-winning journalists, a First Amendment attorney, business executives, and a 21-year senior producer for the PBS News Hour. Click here to see photos and read about the AIM2Flourish Story Stewards.      AIM2Flourish Story Stewards volunteer 1-2 hours a week to review stories online. To learn more or to join the Story Stewards team, please contact Whitney Kear at [email protected]  
    Jun 30, 2016 345
  • Want to know what's happening with the AIM2Flourish Global Community? Here's our May 2016 Update.  

  • Want to know what's happening with the AIM2Flourish Global Community? Here's our May 2016 Update.  
    May 04, 2016 442
  • Webinar: April 13, 10:00 am ET
    Join Global Sourcing Council and the UN Global Compact to learn how sustainable supply chains contribute to the SDGs. This webinar will feature Greyston, America’s oldest leading social enterprise. Best known for Greyston Bakery, which produces brownies for Ben & Jerry’s and Whole Foods, Greyston provides employment opportunities to individuals regardless of background or work history.
    Sustainable supply chain practices are a practical pathway to contributing to the achievement of the SDGs, 17 goals adopted by all 193 Member States of the United Nations that provide a powerful aspiration for improving our world. By implementing supply chain sustainability programmes, companies engage with both direct and sub-tier suppliers, mainstreaming values and actions and maximizing overall social (SDG 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), environmental (SDG 6, 7, 13, 14, 15), and ethical (SDG 8, 12, 16) impact.

     

  • Webinar: April 13, 10:00 am ET Register Here. Join Global Sourcing Council and the UN Global Compact to learn how sustainable supply chains contribute to the SDGs. This webinar will feature Greyston, America’s oldest leading social enterprise. Best known for Greyston Bakery, which produces brownies for Ben & Jerry’s and Whole Foods, Greyston provides employment opportunities to individuals regardless of background or work history. Sustainable supply chain practices are a practical pathway to contributing to the achievement of the SDGs, 17 goals adopted by all 193 Member States of the United Nations that provide a powerful aspiration for improving our world. By implementing supply chain sustainability programmes, companies engage with both direct and sub-tier suppliers, mainstreaming values and actions and maximizing overall social (SDG 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), environmental (SDG 6, 7, 13, 14, 15), and ethical (SDG 8, 12, 16) impact.  
    Apr 06, 2016 20631