Would you expect MBA programs to be one of America's hotbeds for activating people to show support for their LGBT friends? Neither would I, but 12 of the country's top business schools are proving me wrong.
It is true that companies are being held to new standards, due to web-enabled transparency and the reputation risks for popular brands when things go horribly wrong, but these nuances are largely missing.
Dedicating 40 percent of a school's score to purely financial considerations seems to make a mockery of the fact that many students pursue an MBA as an avenue to higher education. Some even use that education to try and make the world a better place.
Conventional wisdom says that one can only go so far in the business world before an MBA is required for entry into the next level -- but in the new economy, creating game-changing technology tools may be more valuable than getting an old-school degree.
Perhaps the business school of the future isn't so much about technical knowledge but rather about educating ourselves on the process of learning. To build a new generation of innovative business leaders, unlearning curriculum is a business imperative.
How can we solve the world's toughest social challenges without the sincere belief that a wide-scale solution exists? An annual $1M Poverty Challenge, with the goal of identifying and launching the most compelling student-generated solutions to the crippling issues faced by billions in need.