The Impact Revolution and Six Sources to Inspire You
Social responsibility, conscious capitalism, return on investment, social return on investment . . . So much to think about, and all you want to do is start a business, be your own boss, solve a nagging problem, and make a decent living. Right? But is anything ever as simple as we wish?
In today’s world, powerful voices like that of Shark Tank founder Kevin O’Leary have tremendous and experienced impact on the choices a start up business needs to make. But other voices are gaining equal power and their messages are very different.
While O’Leary’s belief in profit, profit, profit shouldn’t be ignored, there are other trends gaining popularity — especially with Millennials. New business mantras that focus on sustainability and reasonable wages are just a few strategies that you might consider as you start or grow your business.
How do you get from great idea to profit, and still take care of your ground water, employees, and neighborhood? An important question, and below we have provided some inspiring lists and articles about who has done just that, how they’ve done it, and what investors are talking about.
See what you can learn as you get ready to launch or grow a business, one that will both impact your pocketbook, and your planet!
- “Business Not As Usual: The Millennial Social Entrepreneur” – We attribute Millennials with much of the social entrepreneurship movement, this article looks at historic leaders who have been socially minded. And, in this regard, a great overview on the topic can be found here “All Entrepreneurship is ‘Social’ Entrepeneurship.”
- “The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies Dedicated to Social Good” – Some of these companies are household names, and you’ll be inspired to learn just how they are using their big profits to make a big difference.
- “Meet 4 Social Entrepreneurs Who Are Changing the World” – Changing the world in big ways has led these companies to big awards and big dollars. Inspiration!”
- “This Guy Makes Hipster Shoes in Africa. But Don’t Call Him A Social Entrepreneur” – Tal Dehtiar of Oliberte proves that there are different ways to “give back.” Simply providing good jobs is one of them.
- “22 of the Most Fascinating Social Good Startups Changing the World” – Maybe these startups will not match the success of a company like Method, but if you believe strongly in changing the world one business at a time, this list is worth a peek.
- “Impact Investing: What Do Emerging Social Entrepreneurs Really Need?” – New types of startups require new types of investors, and the conversation grows more and more interesting.