FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE – SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS – SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
Do you feel the current system of capitalism and “growth at all and any cost” has failed? Do you want to make a difference while creating a sustainable source of income for your social mission? So do I, which is why I am passionate about helping changemakers do just that.
I have a vision: to help millions out of poverty through enabling and investing in financial (and emotional) independence and changing the way business and non-profits work. For me, neither traditional business nor NPO/NGO models work because they are not sustainable. Businesses too often seek short-term profit at any and all cost and non-profits usually rely on insecure public sector funding and/or one-off donations.
Let’s work together to change this and make a difference in the world!
Social enterprise, for me, represents the way all organisations should operate: at its core is a social mission which aims to make a difference to people’s lives and the planet. This can take many different forms, but the fundamental principle driving them is to build sustainable momentum, independent of purely altruistic support to support the mission.
I bring enabling business disciplines to social missions and a human touch to businesses to bridge the gap between the two and create a conscious organisational culture based on sustainability, ethics and values.
HELP OTHERS, HELP YOURSELF: Set up a Social Enterprise
The crazy conventional view suggests that it is acceptable to earn a salary in a bank or other organisation with at best questionable ethics, but one should not earn money for helping people. But surely if everyone was employed to help others, the world would be a better place! Let’s work together to ensure that you can dedicate your life to your mission. Building surpluses that guarantee a future and recycling those surpluses to continue to do more good.
These days setting up a social enterprise is increasingly becoming the way people start businesses. Disilusioned with conventional business models a new breed of entrepreneurs is emerging.
There are many ways to do good. Many people do this through volunteering. While this is very commendable, indeed necessary, and personally fulfilling, real change comes through a scaleable, sustainable model which generates economic acitivty which benefits people and the planet. For this reason, I am passionate about social enterprise building as it places the social mission first and generates profits which can recycled back into the mission instead of purely to disconnected owners or investors.
This is not to denounce all investors and the investment model. That would be foolish as to achieve scale, external investment is a powerful enabler and is still a necessary part of the global financial system. The key is to transform the model to allow conscious investors to connect with conscious businesses. This has already started happening and promises to deliver immense benefit to everyone.
Key to this new model and to transforming conventional business is corporate governance. Put simply, this means implementing systems which ensure the organisation is run well, acting ethically and ensuring transparent communications with all stakeholders. I run a globally-recognised website on the subject, www.applied-corporate-governance.com (ACG), where you can find out more.
Turn your passion into a sustainable social enterprise!
Let me be clear: I can help you clarify your vision, set goals and develop a strategy to achieve them. But it is you will do it. I am but a facilitator of your own potential. The passion and desire to help others and make the world a better place has taken you this far and is the single most important thing.
Now is the time to get started in your social enterprise building endeavour, and I will be here to listen, support and where necessary guide you to success.
SETTING UP A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE: WHAT DO YOU NEED?
I have been starting businesses and helping others start and grow them for almost 20 years now, starting when I was still in my final year at university. Not all have been successful so I know how hard it can be. I also know how much determination it requires, but also that when you pursue your passion it does not feel like an effort and you are always keen to get to it!
Often all you need is someone to talk to, confide in – few people understand the mindset of an entrepreneur, and fewer still the social entrepreneur. I offer:
- Free consultations to get to know each other and see where and how help is needed
- Mentoring: regular Skype sessions (30-60minutes) to discuss progress, problem-solving and much more
- Goal-setting/strategy: multi-session programme or training sessions (face-to-face or Skype) to help you and your team set realistic goals that balance all stakeholder needs; for a more comprehensive programme, visit the ACG website
- Conscious Leadership: inspiring you to fulfil your potential in leadership and in life (part of my Conscious Living training series)