As we have had many new members join our group, I was reminded by my colleague Antony Upward that we should summarize again for their benefit the main research streams of SSBMG (the original introduction to the group and its research streams was posted here back in April 2012)
Our focus is to use the practices of systemic design thinking to bring about our vision through a focus on enabling Small and Medium Enterprises to design, adopt and execute Strongly Sustainable, Flourishing, Thriving, Vital, Business Models. Since SMEs form 90%+ of all businesses globally, it is vital we enable them with business models that proactively drive enterprise financial viability, social benefit creation and environmental regeneration – doing good to do well.
Our theory of change is based on the huge influence of human enterprises, and SMEs specifically, have on our economic, social and biophysical systems. Hence, we see the adoption of strongly sustainable business models as a vital contribution to humanity proactively embracing our responsibility of planetary steward in the Anthropocene. Enterprises that adopt such business models proactively contribute to “sustaining the possibility for human and other life to flourish on this planet forever” (Ehrenfeld, 2000).
The SSBMG community of practice invites you to explore with us how we can join forces to realize our shared vision and mission at scale and quickly.
As a starting point to determine how we can collaborate with this goal in mind, we suggest and encourage you to join us in our LinkedIn Forum forum.SSBMG.com and then volunteer to present at our monthly meetings. We want to hear how you see your vision and practice intersecting with ours. From this we have a good basis to make collaboration proposals of mutual value to achieve our shared goal.
We also welcome your invitation to present our work to your community.
If you have any questions, please consult our Learning Map, or if would like to present to us, invite SSBMG to present to your community, of if as a member your need to add your initiatives to the wiki, please contact me, Prof Nabil Harfoush or Antony Upward for assistance.