On Friday, January 25th, the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit hosted a table at Sustainable Cleveland 2019’s “Year of People” Kick-Off in the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda. The goal of the event was to expose visitors and City Hall staff to the organizations contributing to Sustainable Cleveland’s progress so far, and to let them know how they can get involved.
At our booth, we introduced many individuals to our newest initiative--AIM2FlourishNEO--and asked for story recommendations, new story editors, and even new authors. This year, in honor of Sustainable Cleveland’s tenth year, City of Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson challenged us to find 150 AIM2Flourish stories about businesses acting as agents of world benefit in Northeast Ohio. You can see our progress here and read stories from across our region, where business innovation is contributing to a better Ohio overall. We were pleased to receive a visit to our table from the Mayor himself and to share with him our progress and a few student stories from around the world (now topping 1,700).
It was exciting to talk about AIM2FlourishNEO with the Mayor and the many visitors to our table. Our favorite visitors were a little shorter in stature. The fifth grade “Green Team” from Metro Catholic School had taken a field trip to participate in the Kick-Off and many students stopped by as they made their way around the room. They are learning about the Global Goals in class and were thrilled to see them displayed at our booth! For our part, we were impressed by how much they knew about the Global Goals and how eloquently they spoke about their favorite ones. For the record, Zero Hunger (#2), Gender Equality (#5), and Clean Water and Sanitation (#6) topped their list. We hope that someday they will become AIM2Flourish authors themselves and join more than 7,000 students around the world in highlighting positive business innovations. At ten and eleven years old, they are already so far ahead of many citizens, and we encouraged them to continue to stay involved to help change the world!
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