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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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,[…]

Analyses and Position Papers on Different Forms of Common Good Enterprise

Gearing up for back-to-back social enterprise, socially-responsible business events next week—our release of the first survey of Benefit Corporations and LLCs* (with analysis of implementation to date of Maryland’s new laws) and my first day of university teaching—Writing for Social Entrepreneurship, a new class in professional writing at University of Maryland. So…here’s a handful of[…]

Essential Studies, Research, and Such on Common Good Enterprise

As we gear up to release the first study of the first Benefit Corporations and Benefit LLCs in the first state to pass the laws (Maryland)…and as another colleague and I finish developing a University of Maryland professional writing class for social entrepreneurship…I thought it might be useful to jot down here a quick handful of[…]

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[…]