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.
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:
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.
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!
Forthcoming chapter in Greenleaf Publishing book, by Professor Guenola Nonet
Forthcoming article in Generations journal (By Roberta Baskin and Cl
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
Article on UN Global Compact PRME website: Business Students Discovering SDGs Solutions—AIM2Flourish
Four (4) articles in Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Beyond magazine:
Beyond the Green Office
Climate Action, One Peel at a Time
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
Featured in Medium.com: “The Pivot Towards Flourishing” by Andrew Himes and keynote presentation at 8th Meeting on Human Values
Featured in KOSMOS Journal: AIM2Flourish
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.
We're thrilled to start 2017 with an amazing feature story about AIM2Flourish in Beyond Magazine from the Weatherhead School of Management.
“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.
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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.
Encuentro de Profesores
13 December, online
AIM2Flourish Year-End Professor Appreciation Calls
14 December, online (8am and 4pm EST)
AIM2Flourish Professor Faculty Fair Calls
18 Jan, online
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):
If you have any questions about using these certificates, please send a note to AIM2Flourish Professor Support at [email protected].
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: