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May 29, 2005

Bainbridge Graduate Institute: the country's first "green" business school

The Seattle Times has a nice feature story about Bainbridge Graduate Institute, the nation's first "green" business school.  A couple of my friends are among the 14 members of their second graudating class, and enrollment is skyrocketing.

The institute is the brainchild of the wealthy grandson of a famous conservationist following a midlife crisis. No question, the place is on the crunchy side, from its forest setting and group-sharing circles to organic meals and discussion of "human flourishing indicators."

But with enrollment in business schools declining, making business about something more than money taps into an unmet need, says Gifford Pinchot, BGI's chairman and founder.

"My sense is this could be a big thing in the future, but it's still at least five years away before it catches on," says Dan Poston, assistant dean for master's programs at the University of Washington's business school.

I'm a little skeptical that business can save the world, but it's good to see some smart people making an ambitious run at change-from-within.

Posted by Jon Stahl on May 29, 2005 at 01:33 PM in The Politics of Business | Permalink


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