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  • The Fourth Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, on June 14-16 at Case Western Reserve University, will celebrate business leaders, professors and students making a positive impact on society and the natural world by focusing on enterprise that ensures dignity for all people and a healthy planet for generations to come.

    During the Forum, AIM2Flourish, an initiative of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at Case Western Reserve’s Weatherhead School of Management, will award the inaugural Flourish Prizes, recognizing 17 innovations from around the world that align with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or Global Goals. Flourish Prizes will be awarded each day during the forum.

    “Today, we are announcing the 17 Flourish Prizes, exemplifying the best-of-the-best business innovations discovered and written about by business students—tomorrow’s Global Goals leaders,” AIM2Flourish Executive Director Roberta Baskin said. “Ranging from Mozambique to Cleveland and Argentina to India, the 17 business innovations showcase the power of profitable businesses to solve local challenges while contributing to community prosperity and well-being.”

    The U.N.’s Global Goals are the world’s “to-do list” by 2030, unanimously ratified by 193 countries in September 2015. Beyond the moral imperative, these 17 challenges—including ending poverty, combating climate change, preserving the world’s natural resources—represent an estimated $12 trillion business opportunity, according to the “Better Business, Better World” report released at the 2017 World Economic Forum.

    A distinguished jury of business and academic leaders selected the 17 best-of-the-best business innovation stories (one for each Global Goal) from the 422 Innovation Stories published on AIM2Flourish.com in 2016. Management students around the world interviewed innovative business leaders and published their stories on the AIM2Flourish platform as a global resource and community, centered on positive business solutions.

    “AIM2Flourish is the antidote to bad news by shining a bright light on what business is doing right and encouraging business leaders, educators and citizens to join the Global Goals movement serving 100 percent of humanity and a healthy planet,” Baskin said.

    Thousands of business-school students have completed the AIM2Flourish assignment since the initiative’s June 2015 launch at the U.N., including an intergenerational, in-person interview with a business leader. Students learn to ask positive questions based on Appreciative Inquiry, the powerful strengths-based whole system method developed at Case Western Reserve management professors David Cooperrider and Ron Fry.

    Business leaders will receive the Flourish Prize awards, designed as solar-powered revolving glass sculptures of earth resting on a crystal base. Professors and student authors who collaborated with AIM2Flourish will be recognized at the Global Forum for their outstanding contributions.

    Winners of the 2017 Flourish Prizes are:

    Goal 1 End Poverty: The Sunshine Nut Co. in Mozambique, Morocco, which employs young men and women who were abandoned or orphaned in their youth by years of violent civil war.

    Goal 2 End Hunger: CV. Green Health Agriculture in Indonesia, whose innovation delivers affordable organic rice to consumers and supports sustainable agriculture.

    Goal 3 Health and Well-Being: Lucky Iron Fish, created in Canada but used in Cambodia and around the world, devised a simple iron ingot that delivers essential iron to combat anemia when dropped into a cooking pot.

    Goal 4 Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education: Foldscope Instruments, created in the United States but used around the world, invented a $1 paper microscope, making science accessible to anyone.

    Goal 5 Gender Equality: Serve & Help in Morocco supports marginalized women looking for a job with a platform that serves as an intermediary to affluent customers who need quality household services.

    Goal 6 Clean, Safe Water and Sanitation: SmartPaani in Nepal is tackling the water crisis in Kathmandu Valley with rainwater harvesting, water filtration and wastewater treatment.

    Goal 7 Clean Energy: d.light, in the United States (San Francisco), supplying affordable solar-powered  lighting and equipment that brightens the night around the world or people without access to a power grid.

    Goal 8 Economic Growth and Decent Work: CINIA in Mexico hires people with various physical and mental disabilities to help them become productive members of society.

    Goal 9 for Resilient Infrastructure, Industry and Innovation: BIOCONEXION in Argentina connects farmers growing native crops with eager customers for economic, social and environmental benefits, as well as delicious food.

    Goal 10 for Reduced Inequality: Cipla Ltd. in India, whose breakthrough 3-in-1 anti-HIV/AIDS cocktail brought the cost of treatment to less than $1 a day, bringing life-saving therapy to millions of people in the developing world.

    Goal 11 for Resilient Cities: Conceptos Plásticos in Colombia transforms discarded plastic into Lego-like blocks to build affordable, fire- and earthquake-resistant homes from locally sourced materials.

    Goal 12 for Sustainable Consumption and Production: Greenhope in Indonesia produces biodegradable plastic bags for supermarkets from locally farmed cassava. The company’s innovation supports smallholder farmers and reduces landfill waste with bags that biodegrade in sunlight in mere weeks rather than hundreds of years.

    Goal 13 for Climate Change: Gram Power in India couples “smart meters” with solar-powered microgrids to bring clean, reliable energy to low-income people.

    Goal 14 for Life Under Water: Bureo Skateboards in Chile designs and manufactures sustainable skateboards made from reclaimed plastic pollution, namely discarded fishing nets.

    Goal 15 for Life on Land: SunCulture in Kenya provides Kenyan smallholder farmers with solar-powered water pumps and drip irrigation systems that reduce costs, increase yields and lengthen growing seasons.

    Goal 16 for Peace and Justice: Buza Ice Cream in Israel, a business run by an Arab and a Jew in a country where most people see the other side as an enemy, is a living example of how peace is possible through business.

    Goal 17 for Partnerships: MPOWERD, working in partnership two non-profits: New Course and Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, helps women in Kenya rise from poverty to become independent by selling solar lanterns.

    Check out the full stories here on AIM2Flourish.com, as well as hundreds of other inspiring business innovation stories. For Fourth Global Forum pricing and registration information, visit globalforum.case.edu.

     

  • The Fourth Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, on June 14-16 at Case Western Reserve University, will celebrate business leaders, professors and students making a positive impact on society and the natural world by focusing on enterprise that ensures dignity for all people and a healthy planet for generations to come. During the Forum, AIM2Flourish, an initiative of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at Case Western Reserve’s Weatherhead School of Management, will award the inaugural Flourish Prizes, recognizing 17 innovations from around the world that align with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or Global Goals. Flourish Prizes will be awarded each day during the forum. “Today, we are announcing the 17 Flourish Prizes, exemplifying the best-of-the-best business innovations discovered and written about by business students—tomorrow’s Global Goals leaders,” AIM2Flourish Executive Director Roberta Baskin said. “Ranging from Mozambique to Cleveland and Argentina to India, the 17 business innovations showcase the power of profitable businesses to solve local challenges while contributing to community prosperity and well-being.” The U.N.’s Global Goals are the world’s “to-do list” by 2030, unanimously ratified by 193 countries in September 2015. Beyond the moral imperative, these 17 challenges—including ending poverty, combating climate change, preserving the world’s natural resources—represent an estimated $12 trillion business opportunity, according to the “Better Business, Better World” report released at the 2017 World Economic Forum. A distinguished jury of business and academic leaders selected the 17 best-of-the-best business innovation stories (one for each Global Goal) from the 422 Innovation Stories published on AIM2Flourish.com in 2016. Management students around the world interviewed innovative business leaders and published their stories on the AIM2Flourish platform as a global resource and community, centered on positive business solutions. “AIM2Flourish is the antidote to bad news by shining a bright light on what business is doing right and encouraging business leaders, educators and citizens to join the Global Goals movement serving 100 percent of humanity and a healthy planet,” Baskin said. Thousands of business-school students have completed the AIM2Flourish assignment since the initiative’s June 2015 launch at the U.N., including an intergenerational, in-person interview with a business leader. Students learn to ask positive questions based on Appreciative Inquiry, the powerful strengths-based whole system method developed at Case Western Reserve management professors David Cooperrider and Ron Fry. Business leaders will receive the Flourish Prize awards, designed as solar-powered revolving glass sculptures of earth resting on a crystal base. Professors and student authors who collaborated with AIM2Flourish will be recognized at the Global Forum for their outstanding contributions. Winners of the 2017 Flourish Prizes are: Goal 1 End Poverty: The Sunshine Nut Co. in Mozambique, Morocco, which employs young men and women who were abandoned or orphaned in their youth by years of violent civil war. Goal 2 End Hunger: CV. Green Health Agriculture in Indonesia, whose innovation delivers affordable organic rice to consumers and supports sustainable agriculture. Goal 3 Health and Well-Being: Lucky Iron Fish, created in Canada but used in Cambodia and around the world, devised a simple iron ingot that delivers essential iron to combat anemia when dropped into a cooking pot. Goal 4 Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education: Foldscope Instruments, created in the United States but used around the world, invented a $1 paper microscope, making science accessible to anyone. Goal 5 Gender Equality: Serve & Help in Morocco supports marginalized women looking for a job with a platform that serves as an intermediary to affluent customers who need quality household services. Goal 6 Clean, Safe Water and Sanitation: SmartPaani in Nepal is tackling the water crisis in Kathmandu Valley with rainwater harvesting, water filtration and wastewater treatment. Goal 7 Clean Energy: d.light, in the United States (San Francisco), supplying affordable solar-powered  lighting and equipment that brightens the night around the world or people without access to a power grid. Goal 8 Economic Growth and Decent Work: CINIA in Mexico hires people with various physical and mental disabilities to help them become productive members of society. Goal 9 for Resilient Infrastructure, Industry and Innovation: BIOCONEXION in Argentina connects farmers growing native crops with eager customers for economic, social and environmental benefits, as well as delicious food. Goal 10 for Reduced Inequality: Cipla Ltd. in India, whose breakthrough 3-in-1 anti-HIV/AIDS cocktail brought the cost of treatment to less than $1 a day, bringing life-saving therapy to millions of people in the developing world. Goal 11 for Resilient Cities: Conceptos Plásticos in Colombia transforms discarded plastic into Lego-like blocks to build affordable, fire- and earthquake-resistant homes from locally sourced materials. Goal 12 for Sustainable Consumption and Production: Greenhope in Indonesia produces biodegradable plastic bags for supermarkets from locally farmed cassava. The company’s innovation supports smallholder farmers and reduces landfill waste with bags that biodegrade in sunlight in mere weeks rather than hundreds of years. Goal 13 for Climate Change: Gram Power in India couples “smart meters” with solar-powered microgrids to bring clean, reliable energy to low-income people. Goal 14 for Life Under Water: Bureo Skateboards in Chile designs and manufactures sustainable skateboards made from reclaimed plastic pollution, namely discarded fishing nets. Goal 15 for Life on Land: SunCulture in Kenya provides Kenyan smallholder farmers with solar-powered water pumps and drip irrigation systems that reduce costs, increase yields and lengthen growing seasons. Goal 16 for Peace and Justice: Buza Ice Cream in Israel, a business run by an Arab and a Jew in a country where most people see the other side as an enemy, is a living example of how peace is possible through business. Goal 17 for Partnerships: MPOWERD, working in partnership two non-profits: New Course and Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, helps women in Kenya rise from poverty to become independent by selling solar lanterns. Check out the full stories here on AIM2Flourish.com, as well as hundreds of other inspiring business innovation stories. For Fourth Global Forum pricing and registration information, visit globalforum.case.edu.  
    May 01, 2017 66
  • Just 3 DAYS LEFT in our crowdfunding campaign!

    Give $17 for the 17 #SDGs

    Thanks to the amazing generosity of our wonderful visionary leader Professor David Cooperrider, every dollar you give will be matched by him up to $1k.

    Powered by Appreciative Inquiry, business students around the world have published 495+ stories about profitable, positive innovations that are meeting the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Support AIM2Flourish and join these students as champions for the “World’s To-Do List."

    Even a small donation can make a big difference in helping us continue to shine a bright light on what business and our business leaders of tomorrow are doing to create a more sustainable and flourishing world.

    Click here for the AIM2Flourish Crowdfunding Campaign

     

  • Just 3 DAYS LEFT in our crowdfunding campaign! Give $17 for the 17 #SDGs Thanks to the amazing generosity of our wonderful visionary leader Professor David Cooperrider, every dollar you give will be matched by him up to $1k. Powered by Appreciative Inquiry, business students around the world have published 495+ stories about profitable, positive innovations that are meeting the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Support AIM2Flourish and join these students as champions for the “World’s To-Do List." Even a small donation can make a big difference in helping us continue to shine a bright light on what business and our business leaders of tomorrow are doing to create a more sustainable and flourishing world. Click here for the AIM2Flourish Crowdfunding Campaign  
    Apr 28, 2017 33
  • We're delighted to share this article by AIM2Flourish Executive Director Roberta Baskin, that was posted on the AACSB Blog on April 4, 2017.
     
    During a previous life as a television investigative journalist, I reported on hundreds of cases of corporate misconduct. I suspect my stories often would leave viewers in despair, wondering what to do about it. I began to realize people wanted solutions to problems. This insight propelled the idea for a student-centered project focused on more uplifting and inspiring outcomes. By giving students the opportunity to showcase examples of positive and profitable solutions to the world’s biggest challenges, they themselves would become leaders of global change.
     

    What is AIM2Flourish?

    AIM2Flourish prepares business students to be leaders for global good. The initiative offers inspiring classroom learning and student interviews with innovative CEOs. Supported by their professors, students learn about positive and profitable business innovations, discover the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (also known as Global Goals) as the new North Star for business, and explore their own capacities to be Global Goals leaders.

    Keep reading...

  • We're delighted to share this article by AIM2Flourish Executive Director Roberta Baskin, that was posted on the AACSB Blog on April 4, 2017.   During a previous life as a television investigative journalist, I reported on hundreds of cases of corporate misconduct. I suspect my stories often would leave viewers in despair, wondering what to do about it. I began to realize people wanted solutions to problems. This insight propelled the idea for a student-centered project focused on more uplifting and inspiring outcomes. By giving students the opportunity to showcase examples of positive and profitable solutions to the world’s biggest challenges, they themselves would become leaders of global change.   What is AIM2Flourish? AIM2Flourish prepares business students to be leaders for global good. The initiative offers inspiring classroom learning and student interviews with innovative CEOs. Supported by their professors, students learn about positive and profitable business innovations, discover the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (also known as Global Goals) as the new North Star for business, and explore their own capacities to be Global Goals leaders. Keep reading...
    Apr 06, 2017 66
  • 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 108
  • 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 126
  • 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 154
  • 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 183
  • 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 178
  • 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    
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  • 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]
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