Project: AIM2Flourish - Preparing Global Goals Leaders

A project shared by member Claire Sommer, AIM2Flourish director. AIM2Flourish is an initative of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management – Case Western Reserve University. Contact Claire via our Linkedin Group.

You may also watch Claire's April 2018 update to the group - background here; link to recording in the comments in this post in our LinkedIn group

Visit our Medium site to learn more about AIM2Flourish: Medium.com/AIM2Flourish

The Aim2Flourish is a project of long standing interest to this group - given their objectives and name!  We are delighted that Aim2Flourish has recently decided to formally self-identify as a project of members of this group - including writing this wiki page.  This recognizes both that many members are already involved and in order to grow their co-creation and impact!  

Introduction

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’s partners reach more than 2,100 management schools worldwide and the global Business for Good community.

AIM2Flourish is grateful for the support and participation of professors and deans at leading universities, UN Global Compact PRME, the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI), and other partners. See our Global Network to learn more.

Our mission is to accelerate SDGs action by preparing Global Goals leaders. We offer a flexible, professor-facilitated curriculum with presentations, resources, videos, and experiential learning assignments. Using the SDGs as their lens, students identify an innovation, conduct an in-person interview with a business leader, and then write about what they learned. The students’ stories are published on AIM2Flourish.com to inspire other students, business leaders, and investors as part of an engaged global community.

We celebrated the best-of-the-best stories with the inaugural 17 Flourish Prizes at the June 2017 Fourth Global Forum at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. The 2018 Flourish Prizes will be celebrated in Spring 2018 with an innovative, online, low-carbon, virtual celebration leveraging social media and collaborative technology.


The Opportunity: Accelerating Business for Good
The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS), 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.

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.


Criteria for AIM2Flourish.com Publication and Recognition

In order to be published on AIM2Flourish.com, student-written stories must describe a profitable business innovation with a positive impact on human wellbeing and a healthy world. As well, the innovation must help achieve one or more of the UN Global Goals. The best-of-the-best innovations are recognized annually with 17 Flourish Prizes.


Significant Growth Since June 2015 Launch
  • 150+ professors around the world
  • 5,400+ community members
  • 60 countries in our global community
  • 2,100+ business schools reached through participating education networks
  • 1,000+ published positive and profitable SDGs innovation stories
  • 35 institutions use the AIM2Flourish assignment as part of their core curriculum
  • Content partner for “Introducing the Global Goals” global employee program with IMPACT 2030 and Medtronic Foundation

What We Are Working On Now
  • Growing our professor and business school networks
  • Securing corporate champions and funding partners
  • Supporting our Flourish Prizes Alumni community
  • Measuring and evaluating impact with education partners
  • Connecting impact investors and business innovators
  • Celebrating our all-new AIM2Flourish.com site launched in January 2018