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Adam Wright and Bob Connaster come back to answer some questions over topics specific to their cause based law firm: Wright Connaster Law. Some of the things that they touched on were:

  • The future of legal structures for social entrepreneurs

  • Leveraging virtual opportunities and shared workspace to reduce cost

  • HOW, WHY, and WHEN a for-profit ventures goes about structuring or transitioning as a B-Crop

We also get a BONUS SECTION in this podcast as Josh shares his key takeaways from his conversation with Adam and Bob after the rapid fire section.

 

Show Notes

What is your favorite online resource to use to grow your caused based business?

What is one piece of advice you would give to an aspiring change agent

  • Follow your Heart
  • Figure out specifically what your passion is

What is your favorite fun escape?

  • Playing soccer with my Kids
  • Playing Piano

First thing we can all do right now to start changing the world?

  • Find the way to start breaking down the walls between your work self and your personal self.

 

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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

GET EXCITED CHANGE NATION! This week we are talking about LEGAL ISSUES!

 

Wait… What?

 

You heard right! While it is not considered the most captivating or inspiring part of running a cause based business, legal structure is vital to determining the level social impact your company can have.  We are very excited to talk this week with social business innovators Adam Wright and Bob Connaster of Wright Connaster Law in Dallas, Texas. Adam and Bob have a traditional corporate law background (over 45 years of experience combined) but recently created a very untraditional law firm driven to help caused based organizations create social good.

 

Wright Connaster Law completely flips the script of traditional corporate law practices. “We challenge ourselves to be as innovative as the clients we serve,” says Bob and Adam.  This is all evident in their business model that allows clients to chose how much they want to spend for services. This low cost structure is made possible by efficient, lean, and transparent practices like working in a shared workspace for entrepreneurs  instead of a legal office. Bob and Adam also refreshingly different with their willingness to suggest ways that social entrepreneurs can use low cost resources to handle legal matters themselves.  

 

Adam and Bob share some great expertise that will benefit anyone in the Social Entrepreneur space.  For-Profit, Non-Profit, and hybrid organizations like Benefit Corporations or Low-Profit Limited Liability Corporations are discussed in detail as Adam and Bob paint a picture of the different options for Social Entrepreneurs.  They also dive into their approach to assessing the legal needs of an organization and give some great question to be thinking about before you start deciding the bylaws of your organization.

 

Listen in to Part 2 on Wednesday, Febuary 25th for more insight for more social business legal insight.

 

 

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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

Listen in as we’re back for Part 2 of our interview with Kyle Parsons of Indosole. In this section, we ask Kyle a couple of questions on the specifics of Indosole’s philosophy, mission, and structure before getting into some rapidfire Q&A’s.

 

Show Notes

  • What is a social venture aside from Indosole that we should check out?
    • Bureo Skateboards- skateboards made out of recycled fish nets from Chilean fisherman.
  • What is an online resource that all social entrepreneurs should use?
    • Kiva--micro loans for social entrepeneurs
  • What is one piece of advice you would give to an aspiring change agent?
    • Create your goal, write it down, and stick to it!
  • What is your favorite fun escape
    • Surfing
  • What is the first thing we can all do right now to start changing the world?
    • Educating and creating awareness of the problems in the world that need to be addressed.
  • Contact:
  • Indosole Website
  • Indosole instagram: @indosole
  • Indosole Facebook
  • Email Indosole

 

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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

What is social entrepreneurship?

 

“It is all about helping and connecting with people,” says Kyle Parsons, the founder of Indosole.  Kyle founded Indosole after connecting with people of Bali, Indonesia while on a surfing trip in 2004.  He was struck by the beauty of the country, the hospitality and craftsmanship of the people, but also the environmental issues affecting the community.  Kyle was inspired by a unique pair of sandals he found to create a product that was fashionable, functional, and would work to solve the area’s pollution problem.  Indosole takes old car and motorcycle tires from landfills in Bali and repurposes them into soles for footwear handmade by local craftsmen.

 

Indosole has saved just under 30,000 tires from Indonesian landfills, employees 40 Indonesian artisans, and has became a B-Corporation just within the first 6 years of operation.  Kyle shares his great story of traveling across the country and then eventually across the world to find something he loved and a way to use that to make a difference. He also is very open about the logistical and financial barriers he faced trying to start an international social venture. Kyle gives us great insights on his strategy for raising capital and how he tapped into the support network of friends, family, and other social entrepreneurs to grow his business into what it is today.

 

What connections are you making to help grow your social business?

 

Listen to Part 2 of this interview coming on Wednesday, February 18th!

 

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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

Part 2 of our interview with Ben Block of GozAround focuses on some quick but insightful rapid fire questions:

 

What social venture aside from yours that we should check out?

  • Ten Tree-- clothing company that plants ten trees for every item purchased

What online resource are you using that all social entrepreneurs should use?

  • Elance-- freelance talent site

What is one piece of advice you would give to an inspiring change agent?

  • Find something you are passionate about and go for it.

What is your favorite fun escape?

  • Watching movies in theatres.

What is your favorite movie?

What is the first thing we can all do right now to start changing the world?

  • Open your eyes to ways that you can use your skills and talents to make a difference.



GozAround Webiste

Goz Around Facebook 

Ben’s Twitter:

@benjaminblock

Goz Around Twitter:

@GozAround

 

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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

 

Can social media be used as an effective way to help those in need and make the world a better place?  This week we hear from a social entrepreneur who answers that questioning with a resounding “YES!”.  

 

Ben Block is the founder of GozAround, a social network site centered around people helping people and the idea that “what GozAround, comes around.”  The site allows individuals and volunteer organizations to post and respond to help requests and formal volunteer opportunities making it quicker and easier to get involved.

 

Before Ben founded GozAround in Alberta, Canada in 2014 he was an entrepreneur with his own web design business which he eventually sold before becoming a lawyer.  Ben’s entrepreneurial spirit and desire to help others in his community led to his idea for GozAround.  He leveraged his resources and skills to create a business that taps into what he calls the “social” or “shared economy”.  Ben shares great insights into the unique story, structure, and strategy that goes into creating a new social network designed to grow community service and revenue.

 

Be sure to check out the Part 2 of this interview with Ben Block on Wednesday, February 11th.

 

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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

Amy McLaren is a full time teacher as well as being the co-founder of the canadian charity World Teacher Aide. The charity is committed to improving education throughout the developing world with a focus on Kenya and Ghana.  World Teacher Aid creates meaningful partnership with local residents and government who help them build and operate schools for underprivileged children in  Kenya.  Amy and her husband Stu McLaren help fund  World Teacher Aid through a traditional business hosting teleseminars, conferences, and retreat events featuring experts on multiple business topics.

 

Amy unpacks the fundamental principles of how she became a change agent and why she choose to focus on education.  She gives great insight into her decision to start their own charity instead of partnering with an existing one and also talks about how establishing trustworthy local contacts in Kenya and Ghana was critical to grow their impact.One of Amy’s main points of emphasis was the idea of clarity in everything you do within a charity, non-profit, or social venture.  It is impossible in a world with so many different issues to be able to solve all of them, so it is important to focus on one area where you can make a great impact.  World Teacher Aid is very clear about their mission and have seen great impact in changing the lives of Kenyan children and their families.

 

Do you have clarity in your social enterprise or charity?

 

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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

Josh recaps the conversation with Amy McLaren and highlights several key takeaways:  

  1. Core business offering does not have to be tied in with your cause.

  2. Be very sure on starting your own charity instead of supporting and existing one.

  3. Your ability to produce and bring in funds is a major contribution to an organization.

  4. Sustainability--plan for the long term

  5. Taking the core area of professional expertise and combining that with charitable ventures.

 

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Show Notes:

 

What is a social venture aside from World Teacher Aid that we all should check out?

  • Free The Children -- An international charity and educational partner, working both domestically and internationally to empower and enable youth to be agents of change.

What online resource that all social entrepreneurs should use?

  • Zoom -- Video Conferencing

What is one piece of advice you would give an inspiring change agent

  • Go with your gut!

What is your favorite fun escape?

  • Traveling to Thailand and other parts of Southeast Asia

What is the first thing we can do to start changing the world?

  • Believe that you can!

  • Change does not have to be big, but requires action and more than just talk.

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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

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