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[…]

Books and Reading List for Social Enterprise Business Writing

I’m co-teaching an undergraduate English class at University of Maryland—professional writing for social entrepreneurship. My colleague and I are putting together a list of optional readings that could help students and communicators in innovative nonprofits and socially-responsible and green businesses. Have we got the right list? What are the best books for social change business[…]

Why a report on Maryland’s Benefit Corporations?

Seems like not a week goes by without someone asking me: How many benefit corporations are there? What kinds of businesses do it and why? I can answer only anecdotally, in my opinion, and in my own experience as a Benefit LLC because, I explain, this is all still so new, we just don’t really[…]

Questioning Failure

A guest post by researcher, consultant, and colleague Florence Navarro. In September the Unreasonable Institute’s blog ran a story about what I call the ‘succesful’ failure of Liga Masiva, http://unreasonable.is/closing-your-company-consciously/ a fair trade coffee company which sold directly from farmers in Latin America to North American customers. The article praised the company for its approach[…]

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[…]