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Posted 9.22.05

One of the most “Gehry-like” spaces in the fascinating Peter B Lewis building is the new home of the Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. In late August the first of Dean Roomkin’s “Schools Within the School” -- Business as an Agent of World Benefit – took up residence in room 208, over the first floor PBL Café .

Center director, Judy Rodgers, explains why the space is ideal for the work of the Center:

“B.A.W.B. is a highly collaborative environment where students, faculty, and practitioners meet – in person and virtually – to talk about new and sometimes controversial ideas, develop cases, sort through interviews and stories submitted on the World Inquiry, and share research ideas. We are set up to support and encourage those gatherings.”

They are still working out some of the practical issues connected with the space, such as the peculiar acoustics and echo effects that make the slightest sound ricochet into offices spaces one floor up, but the effect of the space is truly inspiring.

The Center has dedicated a desk and a phone to Net Impact, the student organization whose mission is to shape the future of business by fostering a network of new-generation leaders who are committed to using the power of business to improve the world.

“The door is open,” says Rodgers. “We are hoping that the kinds of speakers, panels, research and curriculum explored here prove irresistible to students and faculty from all over campus and to practitioners in Northeast Ohio

 

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