What if we thought beyond “job creation” and made the leap to “wealth creation” to foster a more sustainable future?
It’s happening in Cleveland through a collaboration among non-profits, large corporate institutions, foundations, policymakers and enthusiastic entrepreneurs. Fast Company reports on Evergreen Cooperatives’ work as “a new way of doing business that’s not just good in theory, but has proven itself to be a workable solution in reality,” writes article author Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder and former CEO of green products manufacturer Seventh Generation. “[It is] the economic model of the future: the worker-owned business built upon the predictable revenue flow of place-based anchor institutions.”
Kudos to InCommons member Jeff Urban for his collaborative efforts to co-develop Leadership and Community, a Twin Cities blog focused on identifying development opportunities for individuals to improve their leadership skills and inspiring a community of people to take action and make a difference.
Urban, a recruiting manager with Solution Design Group, a Minnetonka-based IT consulting firm, has helped build a lively forum for a number of contributors to share business development ideas and offer peers helpful advice in doing well in your job while being an equally effective change maker in the community.
I encourage you to check it out and consider following. For a preview, here’s one particular entry Urban posted that every member of the InCommons community I’m sure on occasion has asked: “What ‘Size’ Should Your Network Be?”:
Remember front porches and stoops? Seems our homes used to come with plenty of space to hang a swing and set up a couple of rocking chairs to welcome visitors and share stories. Apartment complexes had spacious entrances for tenants to congregate and dish on the latest news about neighborhood happenings.
In his new book The Thank You Economy, author and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk reminds us that a century ago, news, information and ideas were shared neighbor to neighbor from porch to porch and windowsill to windowsill.
But, in recent decades, we’ve moved to our backyards, built fences and closed ourselves off from others. In fact, walk through your neighborhood this evening and check – do the houses even have porches anymore? Do the apartments feature public spaces?
But, it’s summer in Minnesota, so why not step outside of your space and build a new front porch?