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Hi everyone!

We've had a lot of new members join in the last few days (welcome!).

So, tell us a bit about yourselves.  Why did you want to join?

To share information?  To promote your business?  To learn from others?

I'll start.  I joined because I believe that greed is not necessarily good.  I want businesses to profit, and organizations to flourish --- but not at the expense of "being human" and caring about more than just the bottom line. I wanted to learn from businesses and organizations who are doing just that.

Post your answers in the comments (yes, this wasn't here earlier, we decided it's better to have all the replies in one place!).

Also, we have some rules (yes, rules!) You can read them here:

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EDIT: This community is about business as a force for good.  Please keep your posts on topic.  Thanks!
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Wonderful, +Yifat Cohen. I truly believe that with your work.
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Mr. Buffett is a wise man.
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There is no one right answer of this question, however you can always find an example to support whatever point of view you support.
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A nice, short piece on leadership by +Greg Richardson

The leaders who inspire me do not lead to defeat anyone, including themselves. The leaders who inspire me lead from their deepest selves. They explore their true selves, and share what they discover with the people around them.
 
Leadership is not about defeating someone or earning points. Leadership is more important, deeper, than that.
I live in a culture that makes everything a contest. We take metaphors from sports and try to apply them to every activity of life. We live in a time when the language of athletics has become abbreviations to describe how we live. We have created a culture in which a Hail, Mary has become …
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New business, learn to collaborate
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You make some good points in the article (which is certainly on-topic for this community).  Can you just add (copy/paste from the article is fine) a few sentences to show how you're making the world a better place?
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Are you a team player?

Cooperation is the key to team success. We all naturally adapt, adjust, and copy the culture of our environment. In a team, it’s ideal to cooperate and collaborate with kindness and good intentions. Relationships among the team matter most. Relationships build the team. Hence, we want to keep a harmonious relationship by not hurting each other.

An exceptional leader knows how to inspire hard work in the team, he knows how to motivate them to cooperate, and he also knows how to humbly ask. A good leader does not judge or assume right away. He uses humble inquiry to become an effective leader. To be a good leader, you need to cooperate, which means: you need to be kind, you need good intentions, you need to be humble and ASK.

Are you kind enough to truly collaborate? 

Here's food for thought on my blog:
http://www.ocai-online.com/blog/2014/07/Are-You-Kind-Enough-To-Truly-Collaborate
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Can you tell us how this relates to "business as a force for good?"
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I think about value a lot when I think about business, especially when I think about mission-driven business. When you learn to look at the deeper structures of value, and how it percolates through the stakeholders of a business, you learn to see value in ways that go well beyond just the visible flows of money. 

In this piece, +David Amerland dives into the question of value by focusing in on a handful of organizations that are rethinking traditional business models in order to better serve their customers. And by the way, one of the organizations he looks at is Google+ fitness guru's +Neila Rey and her site,  NeilaRey.com. I had no idea that she ran her work that way. Very cool. 

This is a good read. 

#value   #mission   #goodbusiness  
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Yes, +David Amerland, I thought so too. In my old organization, Groundwire, we developed a very powerful hybrid business model that used client fees to cover the direct, marginal costs of our consulting work, but tapped philanthropy to pay for continued R&D and to ensure that the work was actually having its intended impact (something for which the clients themselves weren't always willing to pay, but which for us was the whole reason we were doing the work in the first place). 

I think that these kinds of models actually require quite a bit more creativity than standard ones. They are also difficult to manage over time because you're not just optimizing for one variable (profits), but two (profits and mission). But there is so, so much fertile ground here. I was glad to see you focusing on this. 
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Looking for data:
Can anyone point me to data on the percentage of entrepreneurs who want their business to accomplish a social purpose in addition to making money?  

I'm writing a piece about the need for traditional business education to include a social / purpose component. So I want to be able to something along the lines of "___% of new / start-up entrepreneurs say they want their business to serve a social purpose in addition to making money" 

Anyone? Many thanks in advance.
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Steve Hulsey

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Creative Innovations Is on a Serious Philanthropic Mission


As a social scientist, I have spent a lifetime studying what it will take to build campaigns to achieve profound philanthropic goals, primarily the complete eradication of starvation and poverty, worldwide. It is a goal that has been made by many people and groups of people throughout history, of which has obviously never been accomplished.

Most people think that it is impossible or near impossible to solve this very complicated problem in the world, but I am absolutely convinced that it is very possible. God agrees, which is clearly expressed in the Holy Bible, which teaches that with God, all things are possible.

It is a goal that takes complicated strategy to achieve. However, there is much that we can do to work toward bringing forth a new era in social sciences to provide the means to distribute food throughout the world. There is much that we can do to build a well-structured economy and promote poverty eradication.

Community growth can be accomplished through structured planning and collaborative efforts, with the right principles to live by. The process requires teaching the world how to recognize the opportunity to promote a series of principles and how to put them to good use, individually and collectively.

Greed is one of the worst problems we face. The assumption that we are each insignificant is actually our very worst problem. Another problem we face is that most people are too self-centered and lazy to invest their time into helping others prosper. In a nutshell, most people don't care enough that children constantly die, while we live our lives, watching television, playing games, indulging into watching sports or whatever.

People say that they care, but when it really comes down to the heart of the matter, they don't care enough to get off of their lazy asses and do something good for others who suffer poverty.

So, how do we solve these problems? Well, it is a matter of influence. Those of us who actually do care enough to dedicate some time to work toward successful poverty eradication, by promoting community growth, should get involved

 It doesn't take everyone in the world to solve our economic problems. It only takes a good percentage of us to make the difference that will contribute to our success in our campaigns to promote prosperity for us all.

If only one person suffers starvation, then our overall state of poverty is a crisis. So, the world has been in serious trouble since nearly the beginning of humanity.

So, let's consider how to deal with these three major problems, in order to better understand how to solve our state of poverty crisis. Let's form an alliance of caring people who will work together in collaborative efforts to solve the crisis that so many choose to ignore.

Greed is something that I can't understand, except to know that some people are sorry minded. Greed feeds corruption in the world. It causes the filthy rich to become hungry for more than wealth, as they develop the thirst for power over the masses of people who are less fortunate in finances. Greed is very evil.

So, how do we confront greed and defeat it? My plan is very strategic. The corporate world impresses upon the wealthy to keep their system of operations active to keep the poor suffering poverty while they continue to get richer. Those of us in the world who recognize this problem should absolutely stop supporting the giant corporations that are part of the problem. We should open new businesses with the philanthropic preamble to make the world a much better suited place for us all to share.

We should only support businesses that contribute something to society through active philanthropy. Businesses with the preamble to help with charitable causes are worthy of our loyalty to them, so we should do business with them. Businesses that are not involved with philanthropic causes do not deserve our support, so we should blackball them from our lives.

When corporate executives realize what problems they face while they lose our business, they can make a choice to, either, get with our program and become active in philanthropic support for worthy causes, or they can serve only the rich and people who are stupid enough to not care. As more people are influenced to apply the principle that only businesses deserving of our support should have our loyalty, then more business owners and executives will surely make the decision to get with our program to contribute to society, in order to also save their businesses, while the greedy bastards will suffer economic problems and go bankrupt. We can certainly replace greedy preamble businesses with ones deserving of our support in society.

For the many business owners who would like to become active in community growth and support philanthropic causes, but lack knowledge concerning how to manage campaigns to help their businesses grow in the process, Creative Innovations offers plenty of help and resources to make their businesses prosper, immensely. We teach business owners and executives how to increase their business profitability through involvement with philanthropic causes. Problem solved!

So, how do we solve the issue about people feeling insignificant in society, enough to make a positive difference? To begin this subject, I will start with some facts to consider.

Corruption among politicians is no secret. Most everyone knows that most politicians are very corrupt minded, greedy and power hungry. But, we feel that we have very little bearing over the situation.

For the record, I cannot trust most politicians any further than I can throw one of those bastards. I have a very low tolerance for liars and frauds, which most of them are. Most of them are lawyers, who are well trained to lie and deceive others.

Speaking of our corrupt politicians in the United States, they actually have controlling influence over a small percentage of people, in some regards. When we vote, we merely choose between the lesser of evils, to our understanding.

They buy the votes of the lesser fortunate people, who suffer poverty, with empty promises. They never intend to help anyone prosper because when people become independent they are no longer depended upon the welfare system or the hope that politicians’ promises to create new jobs, careers and opportunities will come through for them. The politicians fail to produce the means to open up new careers, but when it is time for another election they suddenly come up with millions of dollars for their election campaigns, through whatever means, like lobbying, support from their supporters or whatever. Keep in mind that most of their supporters who contribute funds to their campaigns are wealthy, also.

As the politicians we elect steadily work to take our freedom away and set up a dictatorship to control us, as result of their power hungry, greedy intentions, we should know the fact that only a small percentage of our population supports a dictatorship. Only a small percentage of our population are corrupt minded enough to partake in tyranny.

Our problem is that that the corrupt people in our society steadily work together in collaborative efforts to pull the wool over our eyes and promote their corrupt concepts. They believe they each are significant enough to make a difference because they are influenced by their peers and corrupt peer groups with the concept that, as a whole, their peer groups are effective in their campaigns to accomplish their corrupt goals. Tyrants all think alike, so they stick together like flies to accomplish the goals in their evil agendas. Tyranny should be punishable by the penalty of death, being among the very worst of all crimes, which even causes people to suffer starving to death.

So, why do the rest of us, who are good natured and support freedom and liberty, let them pass laws that we do not support, greatly outnumbering them? Why do we not stick together to force corrupt politicians out of office forever? It is the feeling of insignificance that keeps us under the lid, exactly where the corrupt bastards want us.

So, how do we solve this problem? It’s not very complicated, people. We all owe it to ourselves and each other to each become active in our social order. When we notice something that is wrong in society, we should open our mouths and tell the world how we feel and express our thoughts, freely. It is in our best interest to express our thoughts and opinions while we have the opportunity of free speech because they even want to take that away, along with the right to assemble together to express ourselves freely.

We should all become active in society and influence other like-minded people to become active in society. When told to shut up, don’t. Be stubborn and keep talking. People of bad morals absolutely deserve to have to hear what we have to say about their conduct and how things should be in society.

Know that your opinion matters. We are all important, each and every one of us. Good intentions deserve the opportunity to persist through all of the problems we face in society. Your good intentions and wishes are worthy of being expressed to others.

The fact is that when good people work together to express our thoughts and intentions, we gain momentum in our movements by gathering to protest and promote good concepts and intentions. Your thoughts are valuable and should be expressed to the masses.

So, this is the solution: We gain power through good collaboration, the same as corruptness gains power through corrupt collaboration. We should all join peer groups with commonly shared interests, to express ourselves, work together to solve problems through healthy idea collaboration and to dedicate ourselves to work together in order to accomplish key goals to achieve success in our campaigns to make the world a better suited place for us all to share.

I encourage you all to join peer groups to solve problems in society, starting with your local communities. Creative Innovations is working to gather people by common interests, to lead the world to a better understanding of good practices, to solve even the most complicated problems. So, know that your thoughts are important to a myriad of other like-minded people with the same wishes and goals that you have and want to set.

First and foremost, Creative Innovations is working toward helping the world prosper through our working together to build a well-structured economy, as we provide opportunities for people to prosper through, such as CI Shared Dreams and the CI Platform of Wealth Program. We are working to help people start their own businesses, to work together to form corporations, to develop franchises and to establish good organizations. We are teaching people how to prosper through philanthropic involvement. Problem solved!

Now, of the three problems in society I have to discuss in this article, this one is actually the hardest to solve, but it is very probable that we can. How do we influence people to have positive thoughts and want to do their part in society to work with us to solve problems, promote good economic principles and share compassion? How do we influence people to share compassion, who seem to lack it and lack interests in helping others in any way? How do we influence people to get off of their lazy asses and do something good for others and for society? How do we influence people to take time out of their daily activities to work together toward solving problems in society? How do we convince people that their thoughts matter enough to become active with us, toward good results in our campaigns?

Well, I must say that kindness goes a long way with people. Kindness has much positive impact on most of us. When we hear a person express that we can accomplish even the most profound goals in society, most of us are optimistic, but still somewhat skeptical and doubtful. When we hear one person after another express that we can make a big difference and accomplish the most profound goals, we collectively and individually begin to believe it.

This can be proven through illustration of what people have believed about UFOs throughout the years of so many reports. In the formal part of the 20th century, most people considered a person who reported a UFO to be crazy, literally insane or a liar. Over the course of time, more and more reports began being covered by the news media and television shows. More and more people talk about experiences they claim to have experienced concerning UFOs.

Today, many millions of people claim to have seen UFOs. So, we have to draw the conclusion that something is going on. Who builds and flies these UFOs is a mystery. Realistically, they are only unidentified flying objects or submerged objects. It doesn’t mean that aliens from outer space are flying them.

Personally, I believe that only men build these aircrafts and fly them; particularly aircraft inventors and pilots of our government and military. I do not believe that aliens inhabit our world, as many people do. If someone sees some sort of creature that is non-human, I believe the creature is from Earth. Whether made in a laboratory or by God’s hands through evolution, or whatever, they are from the same world we are from, which is why they are here, if they even exist. New species of animals are discovered every day that passes.

The point is that the more we express to each other that we can accomplish profound goals, the more we believe it, collectively and individually. As more and more people join peer groups with good philanthropic goals, the more momentum we build toward building our dreams in society to have positive impact in every way, including socially, economically and philanthropically. Power to force good change and positive impact in society is manifested by the masses.

So, the answer to this problem is really the same as solving the other two problems I have discussed. We have to stick together to solve our problems, people.

If your local community doesn’t have a peer group that supports and promotes your concepts to make improvements in society, then you should start one and begin inviting people to your mission. Don’t wait on someone else to do it. You are as important as the local city council members. In fact, you are more important than the ones who are corrupt, especially considering that the majority of our population is in support of good concepts and intentions. We only need to launch peer groups to accomplish our goals and influence others to join in our missions. Problem solved!

All three of these problems can be completely solved through the power of our good influence. We have the power through good, unified collaboration to solve any given problem we face in society.

It is very sad that more than 41,000 children die every day that passes from starvation, alone. There is plenty that can be done to prevent their deaths. The answer is our working together in good collaboration to provide the means for people to prosper.

Creative Innovations is working to bring people together, as unified philanthropists, social leaders and business executives, to accomplish the most profound goal in the history of mankind; the eradication of poverty throughout  the entire world. Our success will result by means of good, positive influence.

Our primary goal is to set forth community intervention campaigns to make improvements in society with positive impact. Helping people prosper is a matter of providing the means for proper education and opening the doors to various sorts of opportunities through opportunistic assets management.

So, I developed CI Shared Dreams to help a myriad of people fund, launch and expand businesses. I want to express to you that anyone can launch a business, regardless of financial and credit status, and become very successful. We can all build our dreams together through good, unified collaboration. That is the very core concept that CI Shared Dreams was developed with.

If you have dreamed about having your own business or partnering with others with like-minded goals, then we have great solutions to work with. If you need a way to make a living, but lack ideas to get started, we can also help you with discovering a profession you will enjoy. I’m a firm believer that we should all do something we enjoy for a living.

Creative Innovations is very dedicated to helping people bring their goals to reality, so you should never feel alone in working to accomplish your goals in life. We are here to help.

I strongly encourage you all to get involved with Creative Innovations to learn how to make your dreams come true, once and for all, and to make the positive impact in society that you wish. We support good concepts, intentions and philanthropic dreams and causes.

Your thoughts are very important to us, if you want to be a positive component of our society and economic system. The philanthropic causes you find close to your heart deserve your attention and collaboration with other like-minded people, who will also offer their support.

Together, we can make a very positive difference in the world around us. Good collaboration is the key to a healthy society, with a healthy economy.

You are an important member of our society. Let’s work together to make the positive impact we deserve together. Let’s build worthy philanthropic organizations and businesses to support our organizations. Creative Innovations is ready to help. CI Shared Dreams provides the means to do so.

Jon CI Shared Dreams today and set some new goals that will make you feel great when we achieve them together. Regardless how unlikely it seems that your goals can be accomplished, I guarantee they absolutely can be, even if you suffer poverty. If you do suffer poverty, CI Shared Dreams was especially developed for you!

Become a member of our community at Creative Innovations and gain the empowerment to make your dreams our living reality. I believe in you. Creative Innovations has your prosperity in mind…


-Steve Hulsey – Creative Innovations Founder / CEO

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Interview with founder of ComPassion, a social enterprise which provides "a platform for socially responsible brands empowering women artisans from war-torn and developing countries"

#socentchat   #socent   #socialgood  
Social enterprise director Ayesha Mustafa discusses the rewards and challenges of running a sustainable online fashion portal • The fashion brands empowering women • Ethical fashion in Malawi - in pictures • Staying safe in conflict zones: advice for social entrepreneurs
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This community requires membership approval. For details on how membership works, click the "About Joining the Good Business Community" link below. Please note that this is *not* a general business forum. If that is your interest, please see the link below to "Other Business Communities on Google+." This Good Business community is dedicated to promoting business as a force for good in this world. That includes social enterprise and mission-driven business more generally. The key questions we focus on center on how business can achieve broader social goods. It might be environmental, social, or even just a focus on taking better care of the people who have a stake in the business. We have a strict - No Spam - policy. We also discourage people from dumping links here as a way to build traffic. Our goal is to learn from one another about how to build business into a stronger force for good. We do that mostly through conversation. You will find your experience here much more rewarding by commenting and engaging with other people, rather than just posting your own content. #socialenterprise #bcorp #socent
 
"The earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed." - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

"Born and raised in a Hindu merchant caste family in coastal Gujarat, western India, and trained in law at the Inner Temple, London, Gandhi first employed nonviolent civil disobedience as an expatriate lawyer in South Africa, in the resident Indian community's struggle for civil rights..."

More about Gandhi's life on Wikipedia:
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohandas_Gandhi
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#Leadership #leadershiptraining  
Learning from champions - part three
The Crucial Components of a Team and the Difference Leadership Makes
by +42 Lead™ 

There is no better place to observe teams than watching sports teams play and perform. And there is no better place to observe the difference leadership makes for a team than watching sports teams.
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Learning from champions - part three
The Crucial Components of a Team and the Difference Leadership Makes
by +Walter H Groth

There is no better place to observe teams than watching sports teams play and perform. And there is no better place to observe the difference leadership makes for a team than watching sports teams.
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Sales Doctor

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We're new here so go easy on us! We're a sales training company based within the UK...but enough of that. We stumbled into a great graphic earlier about the reason why people buy from others. Take note, it's not just about the price! 
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Be willing to fail: At the core of Success Science is the idea of experimentation. Truly innovative solutions only emerge when you experiment with new ideas and applications. Failure is an acceptable by product of experimentation. Failures locate regions that no longer need to be considered as you search for a solution.
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"Helping people focus on the meaning and impact of their work, rather than on, say, the financial returns it will bring, may be the best way to improve not only the quality of their work but also — counterintuitive though it may seem — their financial success." 
Encourage people to do something for its own sake, not for its benefits.
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A new paradigm for philanthropy: one where the benefit of giving was more than just a good feeling, and where contributing to positive change could actually help a company’s bottom line.

Here's how Bono and Bobby Shriver did it with Red.

What is project red?

In 2006, U2 front man Bono started Project (RED) with Bobby Shriver as a way to engage people and companies in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The goal was to provide anti-retroviral drugs to those in need and enable the first AIDS-free generation. The campaign is getting closer to its goal, with the benchmark of eliminating mother-to-child transmission of the deadly disease in eight countries by 2015 nearly met.

HERE, THE BIG TAKEAWAYS.

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How It All Started: "Steve, I'd Like My Own iPod"
Jony Ive and Bono walked a Cannes audience through the development and lessons from their collaboration on RED. Here, the big takeaways.
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What a great story! I love the proof that good is good for the bottom line too. 
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“… people feel better and perform better and more sustainably when four basic needs are met: renewal (physical); value (emotional), focus (mental) and purpose (spiritual).” Source: http://inter.ec/1iVjenk #workplace #engagement #health 
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I have gone through highs and lows in all four of them. To me they are very closely linked, and you can't fulfill your emotional needs if your mental and physical needs aren't met. But it's hard to get up earlier or leave your work earlier to exercise if you don't see a point in that extra hour. If you're anxious or disengaged, you'll sleep poorly and lose focus. It's tough.

On the other hand, this might explain why successful people seem to have it all. I have read this elsewhere too.
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One of the main fundamentals of the lean start up approach is focusing on the customer. #goodbusiness  
Does starting or running a business seem too complex or overwhelming? After the recession, businesses had to adapt to changes in the economy...
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+Michael Cheng  - very useful article. Thanks for posting. Is a relevant summary for communicating what Lean is and is not.
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Learning From Champions - Part Two
The Parallels between Football Teams and Teams in Organizations / Companies
by +42 Lead™ 

There is so much leaders can learn from sports teams. Staying with world cup football here are some more insights. Building upon last week's post "Learning from Champions" these are:
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#Leadership #leadershiptraining #teamwork
Learning From Champions - Part Two
The Parallels between Football Teams and Teams in Organizations / Companies
by +Walter H Groth

There is so much leaders can learn from sports teams. Staying with world cup football here are some more insights. Building upon last week's post "Learning from Champions" these are:
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http://goo.gl/6A0zeK
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Thank you +Anthony Franck ! Will check out that book you mention! :-)
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