Cyborg Capitalism vs. Creating a Sustainable Dirt Economy

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, Kincaid: You must check this[…]

Look Up Here, Look Up Here

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 place of strategy. When possible,[…]

New Year’s Revolution: Routines, Reflection, Rules

The brief end-of-year season is closing and I find myself shifting to a January spirit for reflection, planning, and setting the pace for the incoming year. Recently, I’ve run across a few ideas that I’m incorporating into my annual reflection and planning. 1. New Year’s Revolutions, instead of Resolutions. Cute with the language. But maybe[…]

My Call for Tempered Social Innovation

A quote is making the socmed rounds today, attributed to Reid Hoffman, a co-founder of LinkedIn, “If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” The point is iterate fast and release often. Hmmm…yeah, right, but. I’m a business owner and a (perhaps some would say overly) creative, but[…]

Sustaining My Fair Green Mind During a Cyberblack Season

My sustainability and social enterprise circles know my habits and peeves all too well, particularly during this time of year, as sincere holiday celebrations of gratitude give way to mindless consumption for the sake of consuming. Everywhere I turn (my inbox, my social media feeds, etc.) I seem to encounter buzz about buying social, choosing[…]

Time, Rhythm, and Magic

At a breakfast session of emerging social enterprisers last week, or maybe the week before, we guest speakers were asked about time — how do you manage so many competing priorities (presumably, without going crazy, which in my case presumes much). While we could not offer the wished-for answer, Here is the key to a secret stash[…]

First Things First: Before “what business filing option should I choose?”

We get this question a lot. A related question is, “Should we change our filing from [whatever it is now] to a Benefit Corporation or a Benefit LLC?” And while these are important choices to make, usually people ask it before they are ready for the answer. My advice always is to first really work[…]

Social Enterprise Models Prepare the Way Forward: A Guest Post

By John Herron At the UMB School of Social Work on an evening in May, Gar Alperovitz, speaking about his new book, suggested the best way to look at work being done on social change is to regard it as preparation for a new economy. Alperovitz says it takes a generation or two to realize[…]