How Your Business Can “Do Good” While Making Money

Happy belated Thanksgiving folks! Hoping you and yours had a good one. Snatching a chance to catch-up, after a busy two weeks. Got to hang out with change-maker’s at the Nonprofit Institute earlier last week, pep talk kick-butt lawyers (to be) at the University of Houston, grace a panel discussion with a few pioneers to […]

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The Social Impact Opportunities with Hurricane Harvey Relief in Houston, Texas

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“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”  -Henry Ford I can think of no better way to summarize my conversation with Nathan than this quote from Henry Ford. The devastation witnessed in my hometown Houston, Texas has sent shockwaves throughout all aspects of life here.  Cultural norms have shifted, […]

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The Way to Build Impactful Networks and Coalitions

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Creating a network/coalition seems like a good idea, until it finds itself with members ready to duke it out over crudites and hummus. I’m an impact freak, and as such believe the truest way to accomplish impact is to do it collectively. Harnessing and leveraging diversity in perspective, expertise, funding, resources and exposure. However. To […]

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What To Look For When Considering A Benefit Corporation: A Comparison

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I finally have a chance to circle back to this post. Really, the timing couldn’t be better. I’m losing track of the companies announcing social enterprise initiatives recently, like Salesforce and Cadillac. You’ll remember my post from weeks ago about the Benefit Corporation bug FINALLY hitting Texas. As excited as I was, in reading the […]

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Entrepreneurs for Change, When Will You Create Your “Light-bulb”?

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But no, Ikea kicked over the sandbox, somersaulted and did a Segal kick over to the monkey bars. Developing a lightbulb that you install as you would any other light but dim with a separate and unattached dimmer. Wires? Ikea said we don’t need your stinkin’ wires.   Pulling things apart, putting them back together. […]

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What Nonprofits & Social Enterprises Need to Know Plus Other Musings: An Interview

Finally getting a chance to post! Working on a few posts, including a recap of the Social Enterprise Alliance Summit, a post on disruption and business models. For now, I wanted to share one of my favorite interviews up to date with Mr. Social Entrepreneur. We laughed, we cried (from laughing) but dived into some […]

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What Your Harvey Relief Efforts May Be Missing: Intentionality

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As many of you know, I’m based in Houston, Texas. And  stayed during Hurricane Harvey. Outside of the mounting depression that builds after being stuck inside for 4 days/when it rains 4 days straight without break/when you’re worried about being blown away, the trauma of watching so many suffer so many losses took a bigger […]

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