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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 13
  • 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 30
  • Published yesterday for the World Economic Forum in Davos! A new Business for the SDGs report from the Business & Sustainable Development Commission shows that sustainable business models could open economic opportunities worth at least US$12 trillion – creating up to 380 million jobs a year by 2030.

    The Sustainable Development Goals—also called the Global Goals—offer companies a tremendous new growth strategy that could also help rebuild trust with society. The Better Business, Better World report shows how pursuing the Global Goals could raise trillions in new market opportunities in ways that extend prosperity to all.

    Read the Report.

  • Published yesterday for the World Economic Forum in Davos! A new Business for the SDGs report from the Business & Sustainable Development Commission shows that sustainable business models could open economic opportunities worth at least US$12 trillion – creating up to 380 million jobs a year by 2030. The Sustainable Development Goals—also called the Global Goals—offer companies a tremendous new growth strategy that could also help rebuild trust with society. The Better Business, Better World report shows how pursuing the Global Goals could raise trillions in new market opportunities in ways that extend prosperity to all. Read the Report.
    Jan 17, 2017 104
  • We're thrilled to start 2017 with an amazing feature story about AIM2Flourish in Beyond Magazine from the Weatherhead School of Management.

    Beyond the Green Office: AIM2Flourish

    “Our theory is that the world is going to get better because of business,” says Roberta Baskin, executive director of a two-year-old initiative called AIM2Flourish. “It’s not governments or NGOs that are going to accomplish this ambitious program.”

    That’s the philosophy that drives AIM2Flourish, which defines itself as “the world’s first global initiative steering future business leaders towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and a flourishing world for all.” It’s an initiative of the Weatherhead School of Management’s Fowler Center, and has created a curriculum for business schools around the world built around the role of business in achieving the UN SDGs. Students are challenged to find and research for-profit companies creating innovations that contribute to achievement of one or more of the SDGs. The students interview a business leader in each company and write a narrative about that initiative. AIM2Flourish acts as a platform for the exchange of these stories, as well as videos and resources for business schools incorporating this program into their classroom instruction.

    ... Continue Reading ...

  • We're thrilled to start 2017 with an amazing feature story about AIM2Flourish in Beyond Magazine from the Weatherhead School of Management. Beyond the Green Office: AIM2Flourish “Our theory is that the world is going to get better because of business,” says Roberta Baskin, executive director of a two-year-old initiative called AIM2Flourish. “It’s not governments or NGOs that are going to accomplish this ambitious program.” That’s the philosophy that drives AIM2Flourish, which defines itself as “the world’s first global initiative steering future business leaders towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and a flourishing world for all.” It’s an initiative of the Weatherhead School of Management’s Fowler Center, and has created a curriculum for business schools around the world built around the role of business in achieving the UN SDGs. Students are challenged to find and research for-profit companies creating innovations that contribute to achievement of one or more of the SDGs. The students interview a business leader in each company and write a narrative about that initiative. AIM2Flourish acts as a platform for the exchange of these stories, as well as videos and resources for business schools incorporating this program into their classroom instruction. ... Continue Reading ...
    Jan 04, 2017 108
  • The UN Global Goals, formally known as the UN Sustainable Development Goals or the SDGs, are the world's "must-do list" from today until 2030.

    The Global Goals were ratified by 193 nation states in September 2015. The Global Goals represent the first time that the leaders of the world managed to comes up with a plan for the future that encompasses what's needed for people, the planet, for peace and prosperity

    The plan has 17 goals and a 169 performance indicators against which leaders can be measured over the next fifteen years. Leaders have also agreed to set up an annual auditing process through the High Level Political Forum and to continuously engage at regional and national level with their people to discuss how they are getting on with this plan.

    Many people thought that this plan idealistic and had no real chance of success. But during the first year, we have seen unprecedented energy on the part of government and also civil society, business, creative communities and the media. The truth is that the Global Goals represent our best, finest chance to ensure a livable future for generations to come. And beyond livable, a future where people thrive, nature flourishes and business prosper.

    AIM2Flourish is proud to be part of the UN Global Goals movement, and to support higher education in preparing future business leaders to achieve them. As well, all the AIM2Flourish Innovation Stories written by business students recognize and celebrate business leaders for the SDGs today. Please join us at AIM2Flourish.com/signup.

  • The UN Global Goals, formally known as the UN Sustainable Development Goals or the SDGs, are the world's "must-do list" from today until 2030. The Global Goals were ratified by 193 nation states in September 2015. The Global Goals represent the first time that the leaders of the world managed to comes up with a plan for the future that encompasses what's needed for people, the planet, for peace and prosperity The plan has 17 goals and a 169 performance indicators against which leaders can be measured over the next fifteen years. Leaders have also agreed to set up an annual auditing process through the High Level Political Forum and to continuously engage at regional and national level with their people to discuss how they are getting on with this plan. Many people thought that this plan idealistic and had no real chance of success. But during the first year, we have seen unprecedented energy on the part of government and also civil society, business, creative communities and the media. The truth is that the Global Goals represent our best, finest chance to ensure a livable future for generations to come. And beyond livable, a future where people thrive, nature flourishes and business prosper. AIM2Flourish is proud to be part of the UN Global Goals movement, and to support higher education in preparing future business leaders to achieve them. As well, all the AIM2Flourish Innovation Stories written by business students recognize and celebrate business leaders for the SDGs today. Please join us at AIM2Flourish.com/signup.
    Jan 03, 2017 119
  • 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. 

     


    December

     

     
    ICV Social Impact Investor Conference
    8-9 Dec 8-9, New York City

    Encuentro de Profesores
    13 December, online

    AIM2Flourish Year-End Professor Appreciation Calls
    14 December, online (8am and 4pm EST)

    Deadline for Flourish Prizes Nominations
    31 December
     

     


    January 2017

    AIM2Flourish Professor Faculty Fair Calls
    18 Jan, 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.    December   Babson College "Good Business Friday" Event2 December, Wellesley MA   ICV Social Impact Investor Conference 8-9 Dec 8-9, New York City Encuentro de Profesores13 December, online AIM2Flourish Year-End Professor Appreciation Calls 14 December, online (8am and 4pm EST) Deadline for Flourish Prizes Nominations 31 December     January 2017 AIM2Flourish Professor Faculty Fair Calls18 Jan, online    
    Dec 01, 2016 192
  • We're planning lots of ways to support your local AIM2Flourish recognition events as part of the global celebration for the inaugural Flourish Prizes in June 2017.

    Please send your photos, videos, and links to [email protected] so we can share them on social media and at the Fourth Global Forum.

    To support you in recognizing your students, the business leaders they wrote about in their AIM2Flourish Innovation Stories, and your fellow professors, we've created certificates that you can customize and print out (see links below):

     
     AIM2Flourish Certificate for Student Recognition (A4)

    AIM2Flourish Certificate for Student Recognition (Letter)

    AIM2Flourish Certificate for Faculty Recognition (Letter)

    AIM2Flourish Certificate for Faculty Recognition (A4)

    AIM2Flourish Certificate for Business Recognition (A4)

    AIM2Flourish Certificate for Business Recognition (Letter)

    If you have any questions about using these certificates, please send a note to AIM2Flourish Professor Support at [email protected].

  • We're planning lots of ways to support your local AIM2Flourish recognition events as part of the global celebration for the inaugural Flourish Prizes in June 2017. Please send your photos, videos, and links to [email protected] so we can share them on social media and at the Fourth Global Forum. To support you in recognizing your students, the business leaders they wrote about in their AIM2Flourish Innovation Stories, and your fellow professors, we've created certificates that you can customize and print out (see links below):   AIM2Flourish Certificate for Student Recognition (A4) AIM2Flourish Certificate for Student Recognition (Letter) AIM2Flourish Certificate for Faculty Recognition (Letter) AIM2Flourish Certificate for Faculty Recognition (A4) AIM2Flourish Certificate for Business Recognition (A4) AIM2Flourish Certificate for Business Recognition (Letter) If you have any questions about using these certificates, please send a note to AIM2Flourish Professor Support at [email protected]
    Nov 30, 2016 149
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    Nov 25, 2016 158
  • AIM2Flourish actively seeks scholarly collaboration with our global professor community. Please reach out to Isabel Rimanoczy, AIM2Flourish Global Academic Ambassador, at [email protected] for more information.

    Here is a list of current collaboration opportunities:

    Proposal Due Date: 2 January 2017
    Conference Date: 14-17 June, 2017 in Providence, RI, USA
     
    Proposal Due Date: 30 January 2017
    Conference Date: 28-29 June 2017 in New York City, NY USA
     
     
    Proposal Due Date: 28 November 2016
    Conference Date: 29 June-2 July 2017 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
     
    18-19 July in New York City, NY USA
     
    Proposal Due Date: 10 January 2017
    Conference Date: 4-8 August 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia USA
     
     
     
     
  • AIM2Flourish actively seeks scholarly collaboration with our global professor community. Please reach out to Isabel Rimanoczy, AIM2Flourish Global Academic Ambassador, at [email protected] for more information. Here is a list of current collaboration opportunities: 1. Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference (OBTC): Proposal Due Date: 2 January 2017 Conference Date: 14-17 June, 2017 in Providence, RI, USA   2. Unconference in Research in Management Learning & Education (RMLE) Proposal Due Date: 30 January 2017 Conference Date: 28-29 June 2017 in New York City, NY USA   3. 9th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE) and the 25th Annual Conference of the International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST)Conference Date: June 25-29, 2017 in Chicago, Ill USA   3. International Association of Business & Society Proposal Due Date: 28 November 2016 Conference Date: 29 June-2 July 2017 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands   4. 7th UN Global Compact PRME Assembly 18-19 July in New York City, NY USA   5. Academy of Management (AOM) Proposal Due Date: 10 January 2017 Conference Date: 4-8 August 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia USA        
    Nov 20, 2016 166
  • Help us Reach our 2017 Funding Goals

    Give $1 for your Favorite UN Global Goal

    Contribute $17 for all 17 UN Global Goals

    Be an AIM2Flourish Champion and Donate More!




    When you include AIM2Flourish in your 2016 giving, you are joining the biggest movement on earth shining a light on positive business innovations that are solving society’s greatest challenges.

    AIM2Flourish inspires action for the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Business as an Agent of World Benefit and is an initiative of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management - Case Western Reserve University.

    Supporting AIM2Flourish makes you an inspirational early-adopter champion for the “World’s To-Do List” — the 17 goals that must be achieved by 2030. Your contribution supports our global network of higher education institutions, professors, business leaders, and most importantly, students – the talented business leaders of tomorrow.

    Championing AIM2Flourish demonstrates what you believe in and what you care about. Your donation supports the world’s first-and-only higher-education curriculum for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, that we offer to the world’s business professors.

    Your donation makes solving the UN Global Goals a priority with business school students worldwide by funding awareness campaigns and educational opportunities. You will accelerate the spirit of “doing good, and doing well” for businesses to achieve a flourishing world for all.


    GIVE MORE! Our sponsorship opportunities include ongoing exposure on our websites, social media, newsletters, and marketing materials. Your championship can be tailored to your giving level to have the greatest impact for world benefit. Please contact AIM2Flourish Executive Director Roberta Baskin at 202/246-1045 or [email protected].

  • Help us Reach our 2017 Funding Goals Give $1 for your Favorite UN Global Goal Contribute $17 for all 17 UN Global Goals Be an AIM2Flourish Champion and Donate More! When you include AIM2Flourish in your 2016 giving, you are joining the biggest movement on earth shining a light on positive business innovations that are solving society’s greatest challenges. AIM2Flourish inspires action for the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Business as an Agent of World Benefit and is an initiative of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management - Case Western Reserve University. Supporting AIM2Flourish makes you an inspirational early-adopter champion for the “World’s To-Do List” — the 17 goals that must be achieved by 2030. Your contribution supports our global network of higher education institutions, professors, business leaders, and most importantly, students – the talented business leaders of tomorrow. Championing AIM2Flourish demonstrates what you believe in and what you care about. Your donation supports the world’s first-and-only higher-education curriculum for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, that we offer to the world’s business professors. Your donation makes solving the UN Global Goals a priority with business school students worldwide by funding awareness campaigns and educational opportunities. You will accelerate the spirit of “doing good, and doing well” for businesses to achieve a flourishing world for all. GIVE MORE! Our sponsorship opportunities include ongoing exposure on our websites, social media, newsletters, and marketing materials. Your championship can be tailored to your giving level to have the greatest impact for world benefit. Please contact AIM2Flourish Executive Director Roberta Baskin at 202/246-1045 or [email protected]
    Nov 18, 2016 623