A Better World in the Making
Imagine a world in which profit and human prosperity are inextricably linked. In which economically viable healthcare is a given, technology enhances human work, and sustainability is at the center of every corporate agenda. In a world like this, tough problems wouldn’t be considered intractable, but solvable.
At MIT Sloan, we are smart enough to know we are smarter together. The school finds its greatest strength in the diversity of its students, faculty, staff, and alumni, who hail from across the country and around the world.
So, in the spirit of the Institute motto—“mens et manus,” or “mind and hand”—the global MIT Sloan community is working tirelessly to address issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus and beyond. By acknowledging these problems and exploring novel solutions to them, we can foster real, everyday impacts capable of making a better world.
The first step is to uncover existing disparities and recognize the severity of their effects. Only then can we create a constructive culture of conscious inclusion across organizations like MIT Sloan—and this is precisely what the people highlighted in this newsletter are doing.
They are engineering social change across all career levels and creating a more inclusive innovation economy; highlighting hiring biases and developing new platforms to overcome them; nurturing students and entrepreneurs from overlooked and underfunded communities; and shaping a more inclusive future of work capable of creating and maintaining better jobs.
The next generation of principled, innovative leaders is here at MIT Sloan, and they are already hard at work on transforming their ideas for building more inclusive organizations into a reality. They have adopted the school’s mission to advance management practice and make a better world by recognizing and addressing the complex challenges associated with improving diversity, equity, and inclusion—and they are doing it together.
Investing in Innovation
Today, MIT Sloan remains fully invested in developing the next generation of principled, innovative leaders—those entrepreneurs who are always endeavoring to make a better world with big ideas and bigger actions. Nowhere is this dedication more evident than in the school’s ongoing efforts to cultivate a more disciplined form of entrepreneurship—so that the innovations created by its world-class faculty, students, and alumni can achieve an even greater impact.
A Healthy Humankind
As the third decade of the 21st century approaches, it is increasingly evident that the fields of economic theory, data analytics, and management science are every bit as crucial to create the health system of the future as is biomedicine. No wonder, then, that in environments built upon cross-disciplinary collaboration such as MIT Sloan, those mind-and-hand–melding partnerships are unlocking new approaches to long-standing quandaries.
The Evolution of Work
In the massive leaps technology has taken over the last few decades, we see opportunities to accomplish the work of the world in new ways through AI, automation, and robotics. We can free human and financial capital, empower and augment the abilities of workers across industries, and—perhaps most tantalizingly—provide powerful new ways to take on the epoch-defining threats we face today: issues like inequality, education, health, and global climate change.
A More Sustainable Future
Here at MIT Sloan, much of our wide-ranging work continues to be focused on the critical goal of a sustainable business future: one where the truly epochal benefits of trade itself are balanced with the needs of the planet and its people. While the expansion of trade has driven the kind of technological innovation and poverty reduction our ancestors could only dream of, we also witness a world in which unchecked growth—and reckless business practice—endangers the fundamental well-being of populations and biospheres alike.