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2015-11-10 - #045

There are two presenters this month on two quite different aspects of strongly sustainable business models. 

Immediately prior to this months meeting we have the first meeting to explore a new project our members are interested in undertaking: developing a method for designing flourishing enterprises.  See this page for details.

The agenda and F2F/virtual logistics for this meeting is posted here to our Linkedin Forum, along with discussion.

Long time member Alexandre Joyce, who is also part of the Flourishing Business Toolkit core team, will be presenting an overview of his doctoral thesis. In the final stages of his dissertation Joyce has undertaken an action research project with 5 manufacturing SMEs in Québec. He sought to better understand what constitutes a design approach to more sustainable business models. He postulated that three elements make up for a design approach: tools, process and outcomes. He will showcase some of his foresight design results in the form of business models concepts, service scenarios and product designs. Finally, he will conclude by discussing the strengths and limits of such a design approach.

New member Jenny Kassan has been working for and with social enterprises for the past 20 years, as an attorney, advisor, and founder. About 10 years ago, she started to focus on the capital raising challenges of social enterprises. She learned about what she calls the Silicon Valley model for raising start up capital and the more she learned, the more she felt the need for alternatives, especially for mission-driven businesses. So she identified many alternative models all of which are legal under US state and federal law, though they are not well known. She has worked with social enterprises of all kinds to raise millions of dollars using these tools and would love to share what she learned with our group.

The slides presented plus a link to the unedited recording of this meeting are available via our dropbox.  Please contact Prof. Nabil Harfoush for access.  The link is also posted to the comments to the agenda in our Linkedin Forum along with discussion about the meeting by our members.

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