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Very good discussion of the impact (good and bad) of the new breed of companies. The term "platform" is used but it seems to mean something totally different than "Salesforce.com is a platform".  In this case it means something more like an "engine".  these are those businesses once inappropriately called the "sharing economy" now occasionally called "the collaborative economy". Issues discussed here are the disruptive nature of these companies to established companies but also the disruption to workers and the potential evolution of "employment security".  A really good read.

"Society is undergoing tremendous change right now — the sharing and collaboration practices of the Internet are extending to transportation (Uber), hotels (Airbnb), financing (Kickstarter, Lending Club) and music services (Spotify). The rise of the collaborative economy, of which the Open Source community is a part, should be a powerful message for the business community. "
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"Meanwhile investors, particularly the big endowments and large public pension funds that tend to lead opinion in the rest of the fund management industry, are cooling on public markets, and looking instead to private equity"
What exactly does shareholder capitalism expect of the people who run companies and who invest in them? And if it does not expect enough, does that mean we should try something other than shareholder capitalism? These esoteric questions are growing
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+Gideon Rosenblatt​ I would love to get your take on this article given your interest in tech, automation, AI and jobs.

Fro. The article: "we risk becoming the cyber-peasants tending (or loitering on, more likely) the feudal lawn of the machine-owning rich. "
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The fate of the working class would be to be discarded we argued in our 2004 business plan, predicting global uprisings. After riots in London, a veteran Marxist seems to have come to the same conclusion, they become redundant as an element of production. http://www.p-ced.com/1/node/30    
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As much as I hate to admit it, in terms of quality engagement, it really feels like G+ is getting worse and Facebook is getting better. +Gideon Rosenblatt what to you think?
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I don't know about that, +Steve Wright​. Still having good engagement here, but just been as little busy lately. Still, I am spending a bit more time on FB these days.

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This.  This!  This is a really, really good thing. 

"The law, which the city said “strengthens provisions of the City’s Human Right Law,” allows employers to conduct a criminal background check only after they make a conditional job offer to a prospective employee. "

Curious if others agree with me that this is brilliant!
Starting Tuesday, New Yorkers applying for jobs won’t initially need to disclose if they’ve previously been convicted of a crime.
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Agree it allows a fairer run at getting work provided it doesn't just delay the inevitable where the offer is routinely then withdrawn. I would also advocate the same run being applied to CEOs so they face the same scrutiny?
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Two articles that make me crazy:

Social enterprises must not prioritise social aims over viability
http://www.theguardian.com/social-enterprise-network/2014/feb/17/social-enterprises-must-prioritise-viability

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Does Divestment Work
http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/does-divestment-work

Both of these articles totally miss the boat. Let me begin my argument with a wonderful Peter Drucker quote:

"No financial man will ever understand business because financial people think a company makes money. A company makes shoes, and no financial man understands that. They think money is real. Shoes are real. Money is an end result."

In both of these articles they forget completely about the shoes - which in this case is a world improved in a very specific way. These articles are both condescending and ignorant. Of course profit and return are important.  Yes, profit and return keep-the-lights-on. However, the reason the lights are on is to make a better world so exceptionally talented entrepreneurs and activists manage their impact across a spectrum trade offs. 

Ultimately the real mistake both of these articles make is to take an amoral posture. The value that is created by the work is not in competition with money, no, it defines the purpose of the money. Their is no amoral position and these articles never take in to account the value of the work - of the successful transition of intent to product to outcome. That is just ignorant.
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Consider this argument from a social enterprise which was influenced by Peter Drucker's Post Capitalist Society http://www.managementexchange.com/story/re-imagining-capitalism-new-bottom-line
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What exactly does shareholder capitalism expect of the people who run companies and who invest in them? And if it does not expect enough, does that mean we should try something other than shareholder capitalism? These esoteric questions are growing
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I hope to write a longer piece but, here is my observation about the Social Capital Markets 2015 conference. I have been going to this conference since 2008 and even in those early days the hope was that the movement would grow to attract the institutional capital of mainstream investors. Well, yesterday's plenary session was Brian Trelstadt welcoming Blackrock to impact investing. I have no illusions that Blackrock will apply any intentionality to curing what ails us but I think it is reasonable to think their money aimed somewhat away from odiousness is a non-bad thing.

Alongside that, SOCAP15 has had a thread focused on Neighborhood Economics that is genuinely counter cultural. The idea that economies should be regenerative and serve whole communities flies in the face of the extractive practices of mainstream investing and multinational corporations. And for what it's worth, the quality of the people working on the neighborhood economics problem is much higher than the financial-politicians of the mainstream cabal. :)

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Hi i have a better business would you like to know about ?
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I am at the SOCAP conference this week. I hope to send a few reflections. What I have already noticed is that Collaboration is a theme. Several speakers already talking about love as value and collaboration as the path towards emergence. Michelle Long, CEO of BALLE, was mocking over-eager social entrepreneurs "I'm going to own cooperative market and dominate the Love economy." Best line so far!

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The thing about SOCAP is that its for people who can afford to fly across the world. A Love economy may not be as new as you think. http://www.p-ced.com/1/node/38  
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    English, Creative Writing, 1983 - 1987
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    CEO, 2015 - 2015
  • grameen foundation
    VP Poverty Tools and Insights, 2012 - 2014
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    Director, Social Performance Management Center, 2010 - 2013
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    Director of Technology and Innovation, 2000 - 2010
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