This interview with Sydney Smith of B Corporation has been a truly inspiring conversation, and I hope it has been able to spark a sense of urgency in the lives of Change Agents out there! In Part 2 this week I go through some questions with Sydney to get a feel for what we can be doing now to change the world and impact others positively. I also wanted to land on two important topics discussed throughout our conversation covering ‘Taking A Stand’ and also ‘Cause-Based Funding’ / ‘Socially-Minded Investing’. Many of you listening are encountering some of the same questions I had, and luckily we are able to hear insight from an official B Lab ‘Standards Analyst’ on these very topics! As you listen be sure to remember to ‘Take A Stand’ for your cause, your business or organization, and strive to make a difference in the lives of others. But also, don’t be afraid to first build a solid business in order to provide sustainable and effective products that support the true heart and cause of your business.
1. What is your favorite online or offline resource/tool that all entrepreneurs should use?
Go to our website and take the free assessment that helps educate you about your own business from a social and environmental perspective, as well as impact measurement on the world!
2. One piece of advice you would give to an aspiring change agent?
Work with like-minded businesses in your network and supply chain. You are bigger than just your business. If you are making partnerships, there is a valuable network created that can help you maintain a sustainable business.
3. What is your favorite fun escape?
Traveling in Latin America!
4. What is a caused based book we should all read?
“Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity” by Michael Shuman.
– Covers leveraging the capitalism that comes from within your community, and finding new and alternatives ways to invest in your community or start your own local business.
5. What is the first thing we can all do to start changing the word?
All businesses, purpose-driven, traditional, startup, or any organization- even non-profits, should think about what they are doing right now and measure it. Take the B Impact Assessment and measure what matters to you as a company!
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Recommended book: The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun
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