Initiatives of Our Members

In addition to the sharing our members latest practice and research that supports our streams of interest, our members collaboration on large number of initiatives.   Where our members find it useful, for example to enable access to ideas, expertise or validation/testing resources, our members may choose to have their initiate formally recognized.

Formally recognized initiative are:
  • Listed under this heading in the wiki
  • Mentioned at each monthly meeting (see monthly meeting agenda presentation)
  • Actively promoted, when opportunities arise by the co-founders and all other members of the group 
  • Able to easily network with, find and collaborate with other members of the group
  • Able to propose applied research projects to the Flourishing Enterprise Institute and secure public research funds and establish teams of researchers and practitioners to undertake research required by their initative to scale their impact in the world
  • <Other benefits?> 

Initiatives that are formally recognized: 
  • Have presented at least once to the group at a monthly meeting to kick-off/introduce their initiative to members and invite them to get involved
  • Present regular updates to the group:
    • Posts to LinkedIn Forum = at least 1 post per month
    • At monthly meeting - at least once every 18-24 months 
  • Ensure the wiki page for their initiative is created and up to date, including 
    • Link to wiki page for the meeting(s) at which they presented
    • Logo, link to initiative website (if any)
    • Contact details
    • Ensure summary of the initiative on this page is up to date
  • Include their specific invitation to members to get involved in their initiative
    • Reference to details of invitation made at the meeting where the initiative presented
    • URL to the page on their initiative website with the details of the "invitation" or "call-to-action" for SSBMG members
      (Some of these are open to anyone, other times they are only open to member) . 

Current Formally Recognized Initiatives

This introductory descriptions need to be updated and linked to their respective initiative pages; and add new initiatives>

Members are encouraged to review the initiative wiki pages (sub-pages of this one),  and the initiatives' websites to understand the invitation / opportunity for members to get involved, contribute and co-create with their peer's.

In alphabetical order:


Capability to Handle Complexity

Feminist Business Model Canvas


Flourishing Business Toolkit Project

This is the new title for this major initiative of the group (original working title Strongly Sustainable Business Model Innovation Toolkit project)

A subset of the SSBMGroup's members has formed a Core Development Team for the development of the Flourishing Business Innovation Toolkit.  This project includes a crowd-funded collaborative book project and the launch of a for-impact business will bring the Toolkit and complementary products and services to the world - helping to achieve the SSBMG's mission to help SME's adopt strongly sustainable business models.

Flourishing Enterprise Methods

See details of this initiative with four areas on this page of this wikii

Lean for Flourishing Startups Method - L4FSMethod

Version 2.1 publication and further testing underway + member opportunities to get involved

Contact Ondine Hodgeboom.

Flourishing Enterprise Strategy Design Method - FESDMethod

Version 1.0 publication completed and further testing underway  + member opportunities to get involved

Contact Stephen Davies for details of methods related to established enterprises

Flourishing Product Design Method - FPDMethod

Initiative coalescing - member opportunity to lead/get involved

Contact Maya Hoveskog or Francesca Ostuzzi

Future-Fit Business Benchmark (F2B2)

<Update - see initiative page - more up to date?>

Formally "Gold-Standard benchmark for Truly Sustainable Business (GSB).  A measurement system (KPIs) and thresholds (Goals) that enable a business to determine if they are (based on the natural and social science) strongly sustainable.  To learn more see the project page in this wiki,  see the new Future Fit Business Benchmark website.  (see this for the original Gold-standard related materials).

A number of members of the SSBMG are involved in this collaborative project of The Natural Step Canada - including Bob Willard and Antony Upward. Contact them for details.

Institutional Innovation Initiative - I3

When designing innovations (products, services, technologies, policies, etc.) entrepreneurs and innovators unconsciously rely on an economic paradigm that is insufficient to address the challenges of our dynamic world. This lack of clarity leads to immeasurable value destruction for people, organizations, society, and the planet. 

Every day, such outdated logics and practices are perpetuated due to regulative and normative pressures, as well as cognitive limitations. It is the goal of the Institutional Innovation Initiative to liberate change makers from such contraints, and thus to enable innovation which truly serves people, society, and the planet. 

If you are interested in knowing more about or contributing to this initiative, check out the initiative page or contact Tim Posselt.

Liisbeth - Feminist Entrepreneurship Practice and Community



R 3.0 (Redesign for Resilience and Regeneration)

This is an international multi-stakeholder collaborative effort to vision and encourage the development of truly sustainable reporting.   The objective is to become the leading Think and do Tank dedicated to shaping the Future of Sustainability Reporting.

A successful launch event was help in September 2013 involving German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the German Global Compact Network, the German Council for Sustainable Development and the German WBCSD Partner Econsense.   See this video and the invitation/agenda.

Please contact Bill Baue for details.


Coalescing Initiatives

Members have already expressed interested in these initiatives, as well as others mentioned at the start of our monthly meetings.  In some cases one or more meetings have been held demonstrating there is some level of interest.  And, each of this is looking for leadership in order to proceed. 

 Please contact a community animator if you are interested in exploring whether taking on a leadership role for one of these initiatives is right for you.

Flourishing Enterprise Methods - New Areas

Within this established initiative, two new areas are currently coalescing.
  • Flourishing Product Design Method - member opportunity to lead/get involved
  • Flourishing Service Design Method - member opportunity to lead/get involved
See details of these area of the method initiative on this page of this wiki.

Software Platform


Others from Monthly Meeting Presentation


Old Initiatives 

These are initiatives which at one point were active, but have subsequently halted for a variety of reasons.  All could be restarted if members were interested in doing so.  Contact the community member responsible.

Flourishing Cultural Business Models

See details of this project on this page of this wiki. Contact Charlotte Young and Douglas Worts for details.

Sustainability-Oriented Business Model Assessment (SUST-BMA)

The Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM), lead by Prof. Dr. Stefan Schaltegger, and the Institute for Distributed Autonomous Systems and Technologies (VauST), lead by Prof. Dr. Ralph Welge, applied for funding to develop a basic framework that integrates the business model perspective with sustainability performance assessment methods. Two full research assistant positions will be funded. Candidates willing to work in German(y) are highly welcome - job ads here!

SUST-BMA aims at developing a research-based and application-oriented methodology to analyse and assess companies’ sustainability performance at the business model level. The project’s overall purpose is to provide a framework for analysing, identifying, and supporting truly sustainable business models, taking into account their social, ecological, and economic impact. So far, no such business model assessment frameworks or tools do exist. The project follows an interdisciplinary approach, combining corporate sustainability management and applied informatics perspectives.

There are many possible synergies between the Toolkit Project and SUST-BMA (e.g. using the SSBMOntology and SSBMCanvas and providing feedback to Antony Upward and the SSBMGroup). As soon as funding has been approved, we will be able to share all the information needed to discuss inter- and cross-project collaborations!

Contact: Florian Lüdeke-Freund