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[…]

Mission or money: what is primary?

Social Entrepreneur Guest Post By John Herron How many psychiatric social workers do you know who have run a successful business? How many entrepreneurs do you know whose businesses are structured to be able to employ a workforce of individuals in recovery from mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders? How many instructors at elite universities[…]

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[…]

Social Enterprise: When Your Business Is Changing the World

I promised links and “for more info” to participants in our session yesterday at Think Big Baltimore. So here goes: Moderator: Amy Kincaid, ChangeMatters, Benefit LLC (based in Takoma Park, Maryland and working nationally) Panelists: Cindy Plavier-Truitt, Chief Development Officer, Humanim (Baltimore and Columbia, Maryland) Rebecca Neuenswander Welsh, Founder, HALO Foundation (Kansas City and Denver[…]

Pushing for More Local Benefit Corporations and Social Enterprise

At an event last month with owners of sustainable businesses in Bethesda, Kasey Wright, of Jamie Raskin’s staff, mentioned that ChangeMatters is the only entity really pushing the agenda for social enterprises and benefit businesses in Maryland. Until she said it, I hadn’t thought of it that way, but it’s true that this year we[…]