What is AIM2Flourish?

AIM2Flourish is the world’s first global initiative steering future business leaders towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a flourishing world for all. Supported by the AIM2Flourish.com global learning platform, thousands of business students around the world are using Appreciative Inquiry (strength-based interviews) and the SDGs as a lens to search out and report on world-changing innovations. We’ll celebrate the best-of-the-best in June 2017 with the inaugural Flourish Prizes.

Our mission is to elevate business as a positive catalyst to change behavior and create a flourishing world for all.

Celebration and Recognition

Honorees receive support to “pay it forward” to share their innovation’s impact, accelerate their contributions, and inspire with their examples. This initiative represents an unparalleled opportunity to create positive change by dynamically connecting students, business leaders, management schools, media makers, and investors across geographies, generations, and industries.

Selection Criteria

Our criteria are aligned with the UN Global Goals to showcase innovations for good, such as: ending poverty and hunger, protecting the planet, ensuring peace and justice, and providing quality education.

Timeline

Phase 1: Accelerated Pathway to the AIM2Flourish Announcement (Complete)

AIM2Flourish launched in June 2015 at the GRLI’s annual meeting and the UN Global Compact’s 15th anniversary celebration, with the results of the Spring 2015 pilot.

Phase 2: Discover and Celebrate the Best-of-the-Best at 4th Global Forum (Complete)

Throughout 2016, business students around the world submitted 422 AIM2Flourish Innovation Stories to the AIM2Flourish.com collaborative platform. A distinguished jury evaluated 48 semi-finalists in February and selected the 17 best-of-the-best—one for each SDG.

In June 2017, we awarded the inaugural Flourish Prizes, recognizing these 17 exemplary business innovations at the Fourth Global Forum. We gathered business leaders, educators, and students to celebrate and showcase their successes. As part of the ceremony, the business leaders were presented with a beautiful Flourish Prize award, a solar-powered revolving glass sculpture of earth resting on an engraved crystal base. An all-star line-up of sustainability leaders, including the UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson and Unilever CEO Paul Polman, congratulated the winners by video.

Phase 3: Establish an Enduring Prizing Cycle

For the remainder of 2017, we will continue to expand strategic partnerships with higher-education institutions and associations, business leader communities, and the media. As well, all the innovation stories published on AIM2Flourish.com in 2017 become eligible nominations for the second annual Flourish Prizes, to be awarded in June 2018.

Future deliverables include a showcase of exemplar companies and innovations; case studies, university curricula, and dissertation-level research; and an endowment to ensure the legacy of AIM2Flourish.

Who Is Involved?

AIM2Flourish is an initiative of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management - Case Western Reserve University. 

AIM2Flourish is grateful for our generous benefactors Char and Chuck Fowler, Lyell Clarke, and to Harry Halloran and Tony Carr at the Halloran Foundation. 
As well, we are grateful for financial support from Medtronic Foundation, Hilton Foundation, and Key Bank.

Our Global Network of supporters includes PRME UN Global Compact, the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI), and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and the Sistema B/Academia B network of Certified B Corps in Latin America.

Learn more about the team.

History

In 2004, David Cooperrider, Ron Fry and students at Case Western Reserve University started a World Inquiry to explore business as a force for world benefit. AIM2Flourish emerged from Appreciative Inquiry processes and came to life at the October 2014 Flourish and Prosper Global Forum in an AI Mini-Design Summit.