AIM2Flourish Videos

Could One Question Uplift and Unite Humanity? | Jon Berghoff | TEDxTraverseCity

Could One Question Uplift and Unite Humanity? | Jon Berghoff | TEDxTraverseCity

"For 35 years, we've been asking... what causes any human system to come alive, more naturally, effectively, and faster than before? The answer... begins with new questions." Jon Berghoff says in his talk that we have control over the meaning we give things, and appreciative inquiry is a good path forward. He asks, what is happening a generation from now, in your image of the future, that you most want to create? Only two things intrigue Jon Berghoff more than the art of asking a beautiful question. The first: possibilities. Possibilities for how questions might cause our human systems to come alive, be at our best, play to our strengths, innovate from everywhere, deepen our sense of purpose or even, dare we say, save the world. The second: science. The data-driven, scientifically informed craft of designing questions in a way that makes what is possible become probable. Early entrepreneurial ventures served as a “way out” for Jon, diagnosed with ADHD and rejected from every college he applied to. Eventually, his insatiable curiosity propelled him to lead the meteoric sales growth for Vitamix Corporation, from $40 million to $175 million in just four years. Today, Jon and his team at Flourishing Leadership Institute are guided by one question: What causes a human system to come alive faster, more effectively, and more naturally than ever before? The answers might surprise you. lead2flourish.com This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
Professor Chris Laszlo AIM2Flourish Keynote

Professor Chris Laszlo AIM2Flourish Keynote

The Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit's Faculty Executive Director Chris Laszlo, Ph.D., presented a key note at the Leading for Well-being Conference hosted at the OECD headquarters in Paris, France on Feb 23-24. Laszlo’ opening keynote of the two-day OECD workshop on “Measuring Business Impacts on People’s Wellbeing” was titled “How can the business sector become a positive driver of human well-being?” His presentation centered on results and areas of emerging research from the Fowler Center’s AIM2Flourish initiative. The Workshop is organized in collaboration with the OECD and others as part of the Leading for Well-being initiative, an international coalition of organizations, scholars, business people, media experts and policy makers seeking to integrate the emerging practice of well-being with more sustainable practices at the corporate, community and policy levels. The Fowler Center is a founding co-sponsor for the Leading for Well-being initiative. The AIM2Flourish initiative connects students and business leaders worldwide to discover and learn about profitable innovations for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a flourishing world for all. AIM2Flourish is the world’s first higher education curriculum, story platform, and recognition program for SDGs business solutions. Students interview a business leader using Appreciative Inquiry questions (a positive, strengths-based approach created at Case Western Reserve University), and then publish a story (425 as of Feb. 2017) on AIM2Flourish.com. The inaugural Flourish Prizes—one for each SDG—will be awarded at the June 2017 Fourth Global Forum: Discovering Flourishing Enterprise, hosted at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Learn more at http://www.AIM2FlourishTeam.com. Laszlo is the Char and Chuck Fowler Professor of Business as an Agent of World Benefit and Faculty Executive Director of the Fowler Center at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. To learn more about the Feb. 23-24 workshop, please visit http://www.oecd.org/statistics/Workshop-on-Measuring-Business-Impacts-on-Peoples-Well-being-agenda.pdf. Visit the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit's website at: https://weatherhead.case.edu/centers/fowler/
Business as an Agent of World Benefit

Business as an Agent of World Benefit

Business is a powerful force for change in the world. We call it Business as an Agent of World Benefit (BAWB). We know there are exciting stories everywhere about how the business sector is putting its people, imagination and assets to work for the benefit of humanity. But until now, there hasn’t been a way for all these exemplary stories to be seen and amplified. This short video introduces AIM2Flourish, the world’s first global action-learning platform showcasing business innovations that solve humanity’s greatest challenges. Business students use the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, along with Appreciative Inquiry (strength-based interviews) to search out and report on world-changing innovations. We will celebrate the best-of-the-best business innovation stories with the Flourish Prizes at the Global Forum June 14-16, 2017.

AIM2Flourish is supported by the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit in the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. AIM2Flourish is co-sponsored by the UN Global Compact PRME, GRLI and other business partners. To learn more, contact Roberta Baskin, AIM2Flourish Executive Director at rmb175@case.edu. Learn more at AIM2Flourish.com (learning platform) and AIM2FlourishTeam.com (project site).

The Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit exists to advance the scholarship and practice of flourishing enterprise. The Center’s primary focus is on for-profit organizations that use their core activities to create value for society and the environment in ways that create even more value for their customers and shareholders. Its theory of change draws on Positive Organizational Science, Appreciative Inquiry, Sustainable Value, Design, and Systems Thinking. Contact Katherine Gullet, Fowler Center Senior Director at kpg11@case.edu. Learn more at weatherhead.case.edu.

AIM2Flourish Ambassador Isabel Rimanoczy:

AIM2Flourish Ambassador Isabel Rimanoczy: "What Do You Do With Your Time?" TEDxNSU

Published on Apr 8, 2016

Hear AIM2Flourish Ambassador Isabel Rimanoczy's March 2016 TEDxNSU talk on living a life with purpose. What if we were tasked with making a difference, so that our time on this planet leaves it better than we found it? This thought launched me into a new career as a Legacy Coach working with people who want to make a difference. I researched leaders who champion initiatives that have made a positive impact on the world, hoping to find ways to actively develop a new generation of responsible, purposeful leaders. I call it the "sustainability mindset in action."

Isabel Rimanoczy's life purpose is to develop change accelerators. Aware of the complex challenges we and our planet are facing, she works alongside those who can make a large-scale impact. Rimanoczy, Ed.D., developed the Sustainability Mindset, a concept she researched by studying business leaders who champion corporate initiatives with a positive impact on the environment and the community. She is a member of the AIM2Flourish Core Team and Ambassador for our global professor community. She is also the author of several books, including Big Bang Being: Developing the Sustainability Mindset, and has published over 140 articles and book chapters. Rimanoczy is a blogger for the Huffington Post and is currently working on a book about teaching and learning for responsible management education. She is a partner with Leadership in Motion and co-founder of the nonprofit organization Minervas: Women Changing the World. Rimanoczy holds a doctorate from Columbia University, an M.B.A. from Universidad de Palermo, and a B.A. in Psychology from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and is a Scholar in Residence at Nova Southeastern University, South Florida.