AIM2Flourish accelerates the shift to a Business for Good mindset by recognizing the positive impact of today’s business leaders, and changing the way tomorrow’s leaders are taught.
The Opportunity: Accelerating Business for Good
The United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals, represent an unprecedented opportunity to end poverty and hunger, shift to clean energy, control climate change, and work for peace. Beyond ensuring a livable world for future generations, achieving the Global Goals represents a $12 trillion dollar business opportunity. We need responsible business leaders to respond to this call.
"Projects like this restore our faith that change is possible and we can be the generation."
- Students from People's Campus Nepal
AIM2Flourish Prepares Students to be Global Goals Leaders
AIM2Flourish is the world’s first higher-education curriculum, business innovation story platform, and annual prize for the Global Goals and positive business impact. AIM2Flourish partners with management schools worldwide and the global Business for Good community. Using the Global Goals as their lens, students identify an innovation, conduct an in-person interview with a business leader, and then write about what they learned. Our mission is to accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals action by preparing Global Goals leaders.
"We were also able to discover the great diversity of the UN SDGs. This is particularly important because we realized that there are many ways in which a company or organization can be sustainable."
- Students from EGADE Business School Tecnologico de Monterrey
A Professor-Facilitated, Flexible Assignment
The AIM2Flourish team supports educators around the world by providing videos, classroom presentations, monthly newsletters, and other materials.
AIM2Flourish starts in the classroom, when students learn from their professor about the strengths-based Appreciative Inquiry approach developed at the Weatherhead School of Management, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or Global Goals. Then, students leave the classroom to conduct an in-person interview with a business leader, write a story about a positive and profitable business innovation, and publish it on AIM2Flourish.com.
“The AIM2Flourish initiative has allowed me to see how the dreams of a more constructive and committed business sector come true, and to inspire so many young people so that they can contribute to the construction of a better world.” - Professor Gustavo A Yepes Lopez, Universidad Externado de Colombia
An Experiential, Transformative Student Experience
Students experience “Do Good, Do Well” leadership first-hand through conversations with business leaders and publishing their innovation stories on AIM2Flourish.com.
Student feedback shows that the AIM2Flourish assignment positively changes students’ mindsets about business’ goal of being the best in the world to being the best for the world. Students report that the AIM2Flourish assignment changes how they feel about their own potential to be positive leaders. In addition, several AIM2Flourish students have received job offers, internships, and even a board position as a direct outcome of their AIM2Flourish experience.
"Our career trajectory definitely changed in a way that affirms our pre-existing social principle that we should be working for businesses that we would be willing to publish about as an AIM2Flourish story."
- Students from Loyola Marymount University
An Annual Prizing Process for Business an an Agent of World Benefit
In 2017, we celebrated the best-of-the-best stories and recognized students, professors, and business leaders with the first annual 2017 Flourish Prizes at the June 2017 Fourth Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. We continue to announce and celebrate the Flourish Prizes with a global online celebration every Spring.
“As an impact investor I need to keep abreast of up and coming social enterprises all over the world. AIM2Flourish’s website and its global network of contributors capture and organize and summarize the best social enterprises all in one place." – Founder/CEO Beneficial Returns
The Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at Case Western Reserve University exists to advance the scholarship and practice of flourishing enterprise. It is allied with like-minded initiatives helping all institutions create prosperity while nourishing human and natural systems.
The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University is developing transformational ideas and outstanding leaders for the advancement of business and society. The school is infused with strength-based management principles that encourage students to view Business as an Agent of World Benefit.