Alignment from the Inside out

My goal was to start the day by centering the work around impact. From my pre-retreat survey of a community foundation board of directors and conversations with its leadership, I understood them to be facing a pileup of open program and policy issues with no clear path for making decisions. There was an underlying question about whether everyone agrees[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Maryland Entrepreneur Expo

A panel discussion on socially-responsible business, impact investing, and possibilities, opportunities, and such at the upcoming Maryland Entrepreneur Expo organized by Maryland TEDCO (Technology Development Corporation).  A week from Tuesday (Nov. 13) at the BWI Marriott. Check it out. Social Enterprise: Doing Well By Doing Good A new movement is rising to bring the innovation and energy of[…]

Summer 2011 Update

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