Principled Program Design

Last year in January, I was invited to give a talk at my alma mater, the University of Kansas, to help set up a weekend charrette for student teams to create architectural and design solutions to community problems related to water and food security. The slides here helped me tell the story of our evolving work to co-design a comprehensive, innovative strategy[…]

What is the Value in Social Value Creation?

Guest post by Ryan Steinbach During the first 2 weeks of January I traveled to Thailand to study social entrepreneurship and social enterprise, through the Smith School’s Office of Global Programs at the University of Maryland. The experience was flat out incredible. I witnessed many of the major social issues in Thailand and met with[…]

Looking back: Gov. O’Malley on Maryland Benefit Corporations

As we go into a briefing and participatory meeting of colleagues about the evolution of social enterprise and socially-responsible business, let’s take a momentary step back. Here is a link to a quick video of Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley speaking in support of Benefit Corporations, at the launch of a new coffee importing business. –September 19th,[…]

Maryland…the California of Impact Innovation and Enterprise?

The first state to introduce and adopt Benefit Corporation and the only state so far to adopt Benefit LLC legislation, Maryland is poised to lead but may be losing its first mover status in the movement for common good enterprise. This is one of the concerns raised in a soon-to-be-released ChangeMatters report by Megan Burkhart,[…]

24 Jan: Maryland’s Benefit Companies and Social Enterprise. Report & Discussion.

Save the Date! Report Release and Discussion Maryland’s Benefit Corporations and Companies Who They Are, What’s Happening with these Innovative Laws, and What Could It Mean for Social Enterpreneurs in the Region Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 9am – 11:30am (EST) Annapolis, Maryland RSVP

Trip Report: Mississippi Delta

Last week we were in Mississippi, planning the launch of two new farming microenterprise programs and attending the second annual The Future of the Mississippi Delta conference. ChangeMatters is working hand in hand with our trusted Arizona-based partners, DRA Resources (who specialize in Federal grants, compliance, program evaluation, and business planning). This is our second[…]

“The Benefit Corporation: A New Corporate Structure in the Commonwealth of Virginia”

On October 5, 2011 Amy Kincaid (ChangeMatters) jointly presented with R. Carter Scott (Durette Crump) in a briefing, “The Benefit Corporation: A New Corporate Structure in the Commonwealth of Virginia.” This special discussion– hosted by Brian Baker, director of the SBDC at Mary Washington University– was part of the NetTalk webinar series for the statewide network of[…]

Activitely Ambivalent About the L3C

I was invited to testify in support of the L3C (Low Profit, Limited Liability Company) at hearings in Maryland this Spring. And the challenge is that I am…how else to say it…”actively ambivalent.” The L3C  is a state-level filing option for social enterprise companies that is gaining traction across the country. Recognized in at least[…]