Monday, October 22, 2007

What is an MBA good for anyway?

If it's a degree in Sustainable Business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute, an MBA can be good for saving the world. For Farm Power, the education meant learning the language of business while constantly remembering that business has immense power to do good. BGI is one of the first green B-schools, conveniently offering a hybrid online/monthly-residency program based on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

The school is growing rapidly, so the alumni numbers remain low. About thirty other students graduated from BGI in 2007, and two of them started companies while studying: Olympic Biofuels sells biodiesel on the west side of Puget Sound, and SaulGood Gift Co. sells sustainable gift boxes in Canada. Unlike Farm Power, these companies actually have revenue! They provide inspiration that a degree sometimes simply associated with climbing the corporate ladder still has entrepreneurial energy.

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