About AIM2Flourish

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, business students around the world—nearly 1,000 strong—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

Throughout 2016, business students around the world submitted their AIM2Flourish Innovation Stories to the AIM2Flourish.com collaborative platform. The 350+ stories on the platform as of December 31, 2016 will be considered for the first 17 Flourish Prizes in June 2017 at the 4th Global Forum. In 2017, we will expand strategic partnerships with higher-education institutions and associations, business leader communities, and the media. As well, the second round of AIM2Flourish Innovation Stories is underway, for the second annual Flourish Prizes in June 2018.

Phase 3: Establish an Enduring Prizing Cycle

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?

The lead collaborators are David L. Cooperrider, Ron Fry, Chris Laszlo and Roberta Baskin of the Weatherhead School of Management's Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit.

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).

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.