An Increasing Need for Clean Water, Demands Solutions
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How can a waterbag do that?
DayOne Response demonstrates in this short training video taken in Haiti. Water filtered using DayOne Waterbags and PUR packets meet the World Health Organization guidelines for drinking water.
The DayOne Waterbags may be a scaleable solution, since they take up little space when empty, can turn almost any water into clean drinking water, and can be distributed quickly after a disaster, which can free up resources, and can give affected individuals quicker access to safe water.
B Corporations In Different Forms
SOCAP11 (Social Capital Markets 2011) brought together a confluence of people, ideas, and dialogues from around the social innovation sphere. It was especially interesting to hear about various corporate forms that social ventures had decided on.I had a chance to talk with Blake Jones towards the end of Day 2 of SOCAP11. We had both attended the same breakout session on benefit corporations earlier in the day.
His company, a b corporation, is also a cooperative.
Blake co-founded, Namaste Solar, a B corporation based in Colorado. (Reminder: B corporation is a voluntary certification, benefit corporation is a new corporate form for social innovation that has passed/is being introduced in various states. You can read more about the differences between B corporation and benefit corporation)
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More About Namaste Solar
Namaste Solar is an employee-owned cooperative that installs solar systems in homes and businesses.
Namaste Solar is proud to be a B corporation and exists to benefit all of its stakeholders, including community and environment.
They may be looking for impact investors in the future.
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non-profit organization, One World Youth Project (OWYP), was the organization’s Executive Director, Jess Rimington.We had a chance to catch up with Jess, who was in town from the OWYP’s headquarters in Washington D.C.Below is a quick interview, where she explains what OWYP is, its current locations, and how and why the organization decided to incorporate as a non-profit.
One World Youth Project (OWYP) is an initiative to raise global awareness by offering a 3-semester leadership program for university students who prepare and lead global competence curriculum to secondary school students.
It is structured as a non-profit. Executive Director Jess Rimington calls it a “social profit” because the organization could have been incorporated as a for-profit entity since universities pay for the training course.
It has recently expanded to multiple locations worldwide.
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Impact Investing Lens on Social Entrepreneurship
SOCAP11 (Social Capital Markets Conference 2011) may have ended last Friday, but its concepts and topics are coming to life as they are retweeted, blogged about, and discussed in articles, message boards, and through various social and professional networks.
One topic that I was eager to learn about through attending SOCAP11 was impact investing. As a concept it is a source of intrigue and fascination, but in practice I wanted to chat with investors dedicated to impact investing to learn about this niche, its need, and what criteria impact investors base their investments upon. And, I was equally curious about how impact investing works abroad.
Meet Absolute Impact Partners, Impact Investment Firm
So it was serendipitous to run into the Director of a new impact investing firm based in Singapore, called Absolute Impact Partners. In the video below, Lynna Chandra explains the concept behind their entry into the impact investment field, what they hope to achieve, and she outlines the criteria they use before making an impact investment or assisting a local social entrepreneur with mentorship resources.
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Absolute Impact Partners was started alleviate poverty through a multi-level approach, with a focus on addressing the lack of access to global markets faced by many local social entrepreneurs.
Lynna spoke about connecting local manufacturers to international markets, through creating distribution streams for products so that entrepreneurs have multiple distributors for their products.
She mentioned that her firm looks to identify businesses or projects seeking impact investment are socially aware, environmentally conscious, generate profit, and create change in the community.
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- The new social economy seeks to produce social benefits
- Buzzwords: social entrepreneurship, social innovation, impact investing, venture philanthropy, social enterprise
- Traditional balance of 3-sector society: government sector, business sector, social/philanthropic sector
- Today, the boundaries between the sectors are blurring
- Now, social innovators seek to deliver social benefits within each sector and across sectors
- Social innovation in business: microfinance, corporate social responsibility, creative capitalism, socially responsible investing
- Social innovation in non-profit: importance of business strategy, increased focus on measurable social impact (i.e. charitable return on investment/donation), new corporate/legal forms
- Social innovation in government: White House Office of Social Innovation, partnerships between foundations and U.S. government (Investment in Innovation Fund–I3), Chief Technology Officer and Open Government Initiative
- Perils of new social economy: 21st century warfare is asymmetrical warfare (nation state vs. non-state actor….i.e. war on terror), unchecked innovation in financial sector contributed to 2008 financial meltdown, 21st century innovation is happening in 20th century framework of policy
- Concerns: there is inherent tension between for-profit pursuit and social mission, current legislation and structure for non-profits has not been updated since 1969, some forms of social impact are difficult or impossible to measure
How do you get from idea to state law?
In following the journey of California’s AB 361 and the number of other bills across various states that would create (or have created) a new corporate form called a benefit corporation—learning the impetus for the legislation is often as interesting as
understanding the process.
And the story of California’s AB 361 is particularly interesting. You can watch California State Assemblymember for the 6th Assembly District Jared Huffman talk about the crowdsourcing origin of AB 361 and other key points of the bill below.
Assemblymember Huffman is the sponsor for AB 361, which was recently voted through the California State Senate Committee on Banking and Financial Institutions and also successfully passed through the State Judiciary Committee.
California Benefit Corporation Law, From a Legal Lens
How can new entrepreneurs, founders, social enterprises be ready for benefit corporation legislation? Why might new businesses opt to incorporate as a benefit corporation? What makes benefit corporation compelling—from a legal standpoint?
Meet Donald Simon, Attorney and Co-Author of AB 361
These are a few of the questions we asked Donald Simon, Attorney and Partner at Wendel Rosen Black & Dean and Co-Chair of the Legal Working Group. Simon is an environmental activist-turned attorney who has remained steadfast in his passion for conservation causes —having founded two 2 environmental non-profit organizations. He has been a lead attorney in drafting and advocating for AB 361.
We caught up with him after the California State Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on California’s benefit corporation legislation, AB 361.
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Meet the Founder Institute
I had a chance to catch up with Adeo after his talk on Startup Legal Q&A for Silicon Valley. Watch the quick video below to hear him outline the concept of the Founder Institute, his vision for its reach, and what inspired him to launch this initiative.
In the realm of social innovation I can’t help but think that innovation comes first—without innovation or entrepreneurial spirit there may be little with which to balance social or environmental values.
You can find out much more about the Founder Institute, the CEO mentors, the schedule of course offerings, and the application process on the Founder Institute website.
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What is a “Compromise Trap”?
What do you call it when you have to find middle ground between your internal compass or set of values and demands of a workplace, academic environment, or an entrepreneurial venture—how about a “compromise trap”? The term describes a pretty familiar scenario for many at some point in their careers–and it is the title of Elizabeth Doty’s new book.
Meet Elizabeth Doty
With credentials from Berkeley and an MBA from Harvard, Doty approaches this issue with over 3 decades of experience with large organizations including serving as a management consultant to companies such as Intuit and Hewlitt-Packard.
Elizabeth led a lively discussion during an event organized by Net Impact San Fransisco on May 24, 2011. I caught up with her afterwards to see if she could explain the concept of a “compromise trap” and what she learned through research & writing her book.So here it is—a peek into The Compromise Trap in author Elizabeth Doty’s own words….
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On this day, Martin Luther King Jr.'s words ring with a nuance we have deeper context to understand.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Reading his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" I find cogent articulations I have seen in articles and social media posts from the past year.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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"IN ANY nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: collection of the facts to determine whether injustices are alive, negotiation, self-purification, and direct action. We have gone through all of these steps in Birmingham."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
"Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and establish such creative tension that a community that has consistently refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
How might we 'listen' more deeply to MLK Jr. on this day and to those who carry on his message today...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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