Aspen Institute Checks in with the +Impact Studio

June 2, 2021 – Aspen Institute featured the Michigan Ross +Impact Studio in a blog post titled “Breaking Boundaries to Build Back Better”:

June 2021 marks half a year since the end of 2020, a year punctuated by the COVID-19 pandemic, economic turmoil and an epidemic of racial injustice. In that year of crisis, a phrase emerged capturing many hopes for recovery: “build back better.” With 2020—thankfully—receding into the past, what progress is being made to build back better?

It’s a question Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks has thought about extensively. The University of Michigan Ross School of Business Professor was recognized by the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program with an Ideas Worth Teaching Award for his course, +Impact Studio: Translating Research into Practice. The theme of the course in fall of 2020? Build back better. We spoke with Sanchez-Burks about his course, and how his vision for building back better calls for breaking disciplinary boundaries within academia, and between academia and the broader world.

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