A guest post today from Phil Duff, a wildly creative college friend and commercial architect who has become a colleague on Lean Methodology, impact investment and community development, and social enterprise facility projects. Phil is also a Star Trek, space science, and environmental lifestyle geek, and he writes Alright,
In the university class I’m teaching (workplace writing for social enterprise), some of mystudents are developing business plans or turnaround plans. Students (and harried executives and perhaps also, ambitious founders) tend to rush toward action steps, milestones, and deliverables. But they’ll arrive faster if they start from a calm, reflective, tough-minded
Wanting to scale does not mean a social venture is always able to scale. Ramping up activity without a clear sense of purpose and direction can waste valuable (and limited) time and energy, and introduce unnecessary risks to existing good works.
Two new resources provide a great opportunity for social enterprise funders to gauge their performance and reporting capacity with respect to their grantee stakeholder communities.
President Obama signed the $1.1 trillion federal omnibus spending legislation into law on January 17, 2014. The 1582-page omnibus bill represents a $1.1 trillion compromise that guarantees continued funding and operation of federal government programs, including important services for social enterprises and their constituencies, until October 2014.