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For social entrepreneurs, organizational leaders, product managers, designers and technologists who are passionate about having greater positive social & environmental impact in their work. Hear stories and learn frameworks for how the products and services we build can not just have “zero harm” but create net positive social, economic and environmental value in the local communities they serve. Share practical strategies to build more responsible businesses and organizations as a force for good the world.

Upcoming events (3)

[Livestream] From Sustainability to Flourishing Business

ThoughtWorks, Inc.

From Sustainability to Flourishing Business: Practical Tools and Methods to Imagine Products, Services & Businesses Fit-for-the-Future. In this presentation you will be introduced to a new collaborative visual business modelling tool, the Flourishing Business Canvas (www.FlourishingBusiness.org) presented by Antony Upward and Eric Fath-Kolmes, leaders in bringing this enhanced tool to the world. Antony and Eric will: * Provide an overview of the power for leaders of business modelling and business modelling tools * Give you an initial experience of the Flourishing Business Canvas * Walk-through a case study of the business model of a Certified B Corporation * Explain how business modelling can be used to help develop better fit-for-the-future strategies for established businesses and startups, products and services * Respond to your questions Businesses need to survive and flourish in our changing world; whether they are a new enterprise or driving transformational change to an existing business. As business designers we know how powerful business modelling can be to help senior leadership teams and entrepreneurs develop their future business strategy. And we know that collaborative visual tools can really help develop the shared understanding needed for effective aligned action. But are the current tools fit-for-purpose in the dramatically changing world of the 21st century? Do these tools help leaders systematically consider how to avoid the risks and embrace the opportunities presented by the global mega-forces of change: climate change, income inequality, urbanization, technology, biodiversity loss, water scarcity, and more. This talk will inspire and empower you by providing an introduction to the next generation of visual collaborative business modelling tools and methods you can bring to your leadership team or clients - social enterprises, B Corps, NGOs, and yes, "regular" for-profit businesses too! By applying these tools and methods you can help companies gain powerful insights to the strategies they need to adopt to thrive in an increasingly complex world, to co-create their future business model strategies, and to build the shared understanding required effective and aligned action. BIOS Antony Upward is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada and Adjunct Professor in the Business Model Innovation group in the Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning at Halmstad University in Sweden. He is also a Flourishing Enterprise Designer at Edward James Consulting Ltd, a Certified B Corporation and the originator of the Flourishing Business Canvas (www.FlourishingBusiness.org). More details on Antony's biography, research and practice details can be found at: https://slab.ocadu.ca/people/antony-upward Eric Fath-Kolmes, P.Eng., MBA Owner of Fath Consulting which, in partnership with BizMundi, is developing a Flourishing Enterprise Transformation company for business and government with awareness, education, assessment, measurement, advisory, and implementation services. He also acts as Program and Project manager with Flourishing Enterprise Innovation Toolkit, which includes the Flourishing Business Canvas. *** RSVP "Yes" to attend in person or join the livestream. Livestream link will be emailed to confirmed attendees on the day of the event. ***

[Livestream] People, Planet, Pixels

ThoughtWorks, Inc.

People, Planet, Pixels: How Impact Measurement Lead to Social Innovation Measuring your organization’s social and environmental impact can lead to innovative approaches for designing new products, processes, and services. Research has shown that purpose-driven companies, in addition to making money while creating change, reap the benefits of higher employee retention and productivity, better customer loyalty, and increased interest from investors. In many cases, they also outperform their peers over time. For this meetup, Tim Frick, CEO of Chicago digital agency Mightybytes, will tell the story of how his B Corp journey redefined company practices, putting sustainability at the heart of everything they do. Certified B Corps are for-profit companies that use a third party impact measurement tool, the B Impact Assessment, to ensure they achieve the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. The B Corp community’s collective vision is to use the power of business to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy. Mightybytes uses their B Corp certification as an opportunity to revamp their company’s mission, products, and services over time. Consider this: * Every time someone loads a web page, it emits an average of 6 grams of carbon dioxide. * There are 4.3 billion internet users around the world. * Subsequently, the internet produces 2% of global annual greenhouse gas emissions, about as much as the commercial airline industry. * If things continue at this pace, estimates put global IT responsible for more CO2 emissions than any country except China, India, and the United States by 2025. Through inclusive and more sustainable design practices, Mightybytes devised a design framework for crafting more sustainable digital products and services, outlined in Tim’s book Designing for Sustainability: A Guide to Building Greener Digital Products and Services from O’Reilly Media. An overview of those practices will be covered in this presentation. SPEAKER BIO: Tim started Mightybytes, one of the oldest independent digital agencies in Chicago, in early 1998 to help purpose-driven companies, social enterprises, and large nonprofits solve problems, amplify their impact, and drive measurable results. A Certified B Corp and Illinois Public Benefit Corporation, Mightybytes uses the power of business for good. Tim is also the author of four books on digital strategy and sustainable design, including O’Reilly Media’s Designing for Sustainability: A Guide to Building Greener Digital Products and Services, the first-ever book to help design teams incorporate sustainability principles into their digital projects. Tim’s books are used at higher learning institutions around the world. He regularly presents at conferences, has given a TEDx talk on digital sustainability, and offers workshops on sustainable design, measuring impact, and problem solving in the digital economy. *** RSVP to join the livestream, and information will be emailed to you the day before. ***

[Livestream] Loop: How big brands are adopting the circular economy

Did you know that the concept of waste was invented in the 1950’s along with promoting the idea of a disposable lifestyle for convenience? Loop is a revolutionary new platform and business model eliminating the idea of waste, by bringing the "milk-man" model of collecting containers into the 21st Century. Loop was created by TerraCycle and major brands such as Unilever and P&G, and will be launching in NYC and Paris in Spring 2019. Their innovative approach solves for the convenience of disposability while making strong, durable packaging an asset to the company rather than a guilt and hassle to the consumer. (See https://loopstore.com) In this talk, CEO of Loop and TerraCycle Tom Szaky, will share how teams and organizations can successfully adopt more sustainable practices while creating customer value and business ROI. Join us to be inspired about how to re-think your product, service or business model for the future of a circular economy! SPEAKER BIO Tom Szaky is founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of hundreds of complex waste streams such as cigarette butts, dirty diapers and used chewing gum that otherwise have no path to be recycled. In January 2019, TerraCycle, along with 25 top consumer products companies and retailers announced a new shopping platform called Loop that will enable consumers to shop for some of their favorite brands in durable, reusable packaging.

Past events (2)

How to Build a Sustainability Strategy

ThoughtWorks, Inc.

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