Greetings! I hope you have been doing well since we gathered for SVN’s Fall Conference just a few weeks ago. It was inspiring to see how committed our members and allies are to our shared work, particularly as we face an economic climate more challenging than we have seen in decades. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us in La Jolla, and thank you for continuing to do the important work that you do.
We’ve heard from many of our members that “a crisis is a terrible thing to waste”—that the current state of affairs is not a setback, but an opportunity to shift gears and to invite other leaders to join us in building a more just and sustainable economy. Now, more than ever, we want to hear from you about the work you are doing, as well as your ideas about how SVN can connect our members (and partners) with each other to make progress toward our common goals. We look forward to hearing from you.
Later this week, we will convene in Philly for the 7th Annual Philadelphia Social Venture Institute—an opportunity for emerging entrepreneurs to learn from experienced socially responsible leaders about how to start and grow a business that can create positive social change. We look forward to “True Confessions” presentations from SVN members Beth Williams (Roxbury Technology Corp.), Andy Shallal (Busboys and Poets), and Tom Szaky (TerraCycle). To learn more about the event or to register, please visit www.sbnphiladelphia.org. Please note that a number of scholarships are available for minority-owned companies. Thank you to the Sustainable Business Network of Philadelphia for their continued partnership on this event.
We also look forward to the 2009 Annual Member Gathering at the Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Itasca, Illinois (30 minutes from downtown Chicago) from April 23-26. And save the dates for this fall as well, October 22-25, 2009 back at the Estancia La Jolla in La Jolla, California.
A happy Thanksgiving holiday to you and your families, and best wishes from all of us at SVN!
Peer-to-Peer Call with Van Jones
January 13, 2009, 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern
Shifting the new environmental discussion from green consumers to green workers, Van shows how the evolution away from an oil-dependent, pollution-based economy can create a powerful engine for economic renewal and jobs for millions. Please join Van to hear what’s new with his work since he spoke at the last spring’s 2008 SVN Member Gathering and to dialog about how SVN members can support the green jobs movement.
Register for this call ?
Connect with SVN Members Locally
Would you like to build more connections in 2009? We’ve heard how much you love getting together with other innovative, mission-driven leaders in your hometown, and SVN wants to help! SVN local gatherings are a great way to build and deepen relationships, and gatherings can be simple and casual: dinner, drinks, breakfast—the choice is yours. If you’re interested in hosting, helping, or just learning more about local gatherings, contact Lars Olson at [email protected].
Oh My! Oprah!
SVN was recently featured on Oprah.com’s list of 28 resources that make up her “Toolbox” for becoming a leader in socially responsible business. Along with SVN member-led and ally organizations like Investors’ Circle, StartingBloc, Center for Social Innovation, Echoing Green, and Social Enterprise Alliance, SVN is included as an organization that can help nurture profitable and innovative businesses that will transform the world. Read the article ?
Members in Action
A World of Good News
Priya Haji, CEO and president of World of Good, was profiled this month in a new series on CNBC about innovation and collaboration in corporate social responsibility (look for Priya around the 16 minute mark in the segment). Priya was also the subject of a dedicated segment on News Hours with Jim Lehrer, discussing the challenges of doing good work while also doing well financially, World of Good’s partnership with eBay, and the opportunity for attracting and educating consumers as mission-driven products take off in the marketplace. More about World of Good at worldofgood.ebay.com.
GreenBiz and Joel Makower recently announced the launch of the “GreenBiz Intelligence research unit” and GreenBiz Leadership Network, a member-based, peer-to-peer learning forum for sustainability professionals. Members of the new network will meet regularly to discuss target areas like sustainable supply chains or product design. In addition, the team will also produce two major themed reports per year of leading green business practices. Read the announcement ?
Watching and Living “The Good Life”
At the heart of Mark Albion’s new book, More than Money, is a parable about an American businessman and a Mexican fisherman. This story has been turned into a three-minute film by SVN member-led company Free Range Studios, and is now an official selection of a California film festival. The film is also up for a number of film festival awards in January. Watch it on YouTube ?
Michelle Kaufmann Designs
Green architect and 2008 SVN Innovation Award Winner Michelle Kaufmann has blogged about her experience as a recipient of one of the Awards at SVN’s 2008 Fall Conference, meeting Awards host Ed Begley, Jr., and her impressions of the incredible work being done by her fellow Award winners. Michelle also spoke during the “Keeping the Vision Alive” panel at the conference (audio to be available on www.svn.org soon). Read Michelle’s blog ?
B Lab, led by Jay Coen Gilbert and Andrew Kassoy, has created a new video, “The B Corp Story”, to explain their work in creating a new standard of corporation, one with sustainable practices written directly into a its bylaws. “The B Corp Story” was shot and edited by www.trifilm.com and features several SVN members who are part of the vanguard of Founding B Corporations. Click here to watch.
Raphael Bemporad and Mitch Baranowski of BBMG have authored a new white paper, “Branding for Sustainability: Five Principles for Leveraging Brands to Create Shared Value”. The report outlines how sustainability is transforming business practice and performance in an unprecedented way in areas such as efficiency, risk mitigation, government regulation, and conservation. BBMG is a leading branding and marketing agency dedicated to helping socially responsible organizations harness the power of branding to improve society and grow their bottom line. This white paper and more are available for free download on BBMG’s website at www.bbmg.com. The paper is also available from the Tools & Best Practices section of SVN’s website at www.svn.org/tools.
MicroCredit & SVN’s Innovation Awards in the News
MicroCredit Enterprises, led by 2008 SVN Innovation Award Winner Jonathan Lewis, was featured just prior to the Awards in the Sacramento Bee. The article highlights MicroCredit’s pioneering work in microfinance, and notes their astounding record of 97 percent repayment on loans (or $22 million) to date. Read the story here. More on MicroCredit Enterprises at www.mcenterprises.org.
Green for All
In its short lifetime, Green For All has put the green economy on the national agenda by mobilizing citizens in support of a green economy across the US. Green for All has since made history by asking its network of allies to help make Founder Van Jones’s book The Green Collar Economy the first New York Timesbestseller on green issues by a black writer. With the help of their grassroots network to get the word out (and no publicity dollars or national media platform), millions of people across the country now know about the emerging green economy and its potential to lift people out of poverty. Click here to learn more about the book from Amazon.com. More information about Van’s work and Green for All at www.greenforall.org.
Bhutan We Can
In 2006, READ Global (led by Toni Neubauer, and with several other SVN members serving on their board) was honored with the prestigious Access to Learning Award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. READ’s work, which includes construction of 49 libraries throughout Nepal and India since 1991, has been so successful, that the Foundation has offered READ a unique challenge grant to replicate their model. READ has already signed a memorandum of understanding to expand their work into Bhutan, with libraries in three additional developing countries in the works. Learn more about READ’s work and how you can get involved at www.readglobal.org.
SVN and Berrett-Koehler are pleased to announce that the most recent book in the series, Mission, Inc. The Practitioners Guide to Social Enterprise, by Kevin Lynch and Julius Walls Jr., will be published in January. Berrett-Koehler’s ongoing association with SVN has been rich and fulfilling, and as a way of showing appreciation, Berrett-Koehler would like to extend the special discount SVN members currently enjoy on the SVN series books to every book Berrett-Koehler publishes. From now until December 31st, SVN members can get a 35% discount on 1-9 books, a 40% discount on 10-99, and a 50% discount on 100+. Just use the code SVN08 when ordering from the web at www.bkconnection.com, by email at [email protected], or by phone at 800-929-2929. The price of the SVN series books will be going up on January 1 to $16.95, so this is your last chance to buy them at the current price of $14.95 each. With the discount, that means the SVN series books start at just $9.72 each (including pre-orders for Mission, Inc.).
Welcome New Members
The following members have joined Social Venture Network since October 2008. Members can find out more about their work in the online member directory by logging in to SVNet at www.svn.org/login.
Connie Duckworth, Arzu, Inc.
Yair Marcoschamer, Ecoist
*If you’ve forgotten your login information, click here to recover your username and password using the email address associated with your membership. Your username and password will be automatically sent to you. For further questions regarding SVNet, contact [email protected]
2008 SVI Philadelphia
November 21 – 22
Learn how you can successfully impact the environment, your community, and your profits at this year’s SVI Philadelphia conference—the only conference on the East Coast dedicated to the triple bottom line principles of doing business—to effect change in your community, act responsibly towards the environment and the world, and grow your business. Meet recognized national leaders in sustainable business practices as well as socially and environmentally responsible minority-owned companies, and hear first-hand how innovative companies are impacting their local communities and the global economy while making a profit. Scholarships are available for minority-owned companies. Visit www.sbnphiladelphia.org for more information.
Sustainable Industries Economic Forum
St. Regis San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
In an unprecedented economic climate, businesses large and small are achieving economic advantage through ambitious environmental innovation and social responsibility. The West Coast—Portland, Seattle and San Francisco in particular—is home to successful business thought leaders who have long understood the economic potential of sustainability. Still, real economic data and tough viability questions are sorely lacking, as are authentic events that capture the true opportunity. Sustainable Industries helps address this need with our annual, reputable Sustainable Industries Economic Forums. For more information contact Laura Christiansen, [email protected] or 970-471-6587. Learn more at www.sustainableindustries.com/forums.
The Natural Step Framework and Sustainability
A Win-Win-Win for Business, our Community and the Earth
December 10 – 11
San Francisco, CA
Want to save money, improve performance, innovate and become environmentally and socially responsible? The acclaimed Natural Step Framework (NSF) Seminar, led by Terry Gips of Sustainability Associates, will show you how. This is an opportunity for business and community leaders, visionaries and change-makers to explore the NSF as a cost-effective approach for achieving sustainability based on positive visioning and systems thinking. Its purpose is to provide a common framework comprised of easily-understood, scientifically-based principles that can serve as a compass to guide your organization and society toward a just, sustainable future. Register at:www.afors.org (online registration preferred), 612-331-1099, [email protected] More info atwww.afors.org.
Greener By Design
May 19 – 20, 2009
The Palace Hotel
San Francisco, CA
Join Joel Makower of GreenBiz.com and author of the new book, Strategies for the Green Economy, along with event management partner, The Global Executive, at Greener By Design 2009, the premier event on one of the hottest topics in business today. Greener By Design 2009 will focus on products that align environmental innovation with affordability—how companies are designing greener products with little or no price premium. Greener By Design 2009 focuses on the greening of mainstream products by combining first-rate speakers and panelists, including a keynote address by seminal architect, designer, and author William McDonough. Participants will hear from leading companies, both large and small, as well as the top green product designers, manufacturers and distributors, presenting ground-breaking techniques and best-practices. This event will combine the best elements of a traditional conference with a hands-on, creative workshop. Learn more here.
Corporate Accountability International (CAI)
Major Gifts Officer
For the last 30 years, Corporate Accountability International has successfully challenged corporations like GE, Nestlé, and Philip Morris to halt abusive practices that threaten public health, the environment, and democracy. “Think Outside the Bottle”, their leading campaign, is currently exposing the truth behind bottled water marketing and defending the basic human right to water in the face of increasing corporate control of the resource. CAI’s ongoing and emerging campaigns also challenge the abuses of major tobacco, food and oil transnationals. Major Gifts Officers secure financial contributions from Corporate Accountability International’s major and prospective donors through in-person meetings, phone conversations, and written communications. An intensive program of training and support is provided to Major Gifts Officers from some of the best organizers and fundraisers in the country. To apply, email letter of interest, resume and three to five references to [email protected]
Presidio School of Management
San Francisco, CA
Presidio School of Management, an innovative business school, offering MBA and Executive Programs in Sustainable Management, is seeking adjunct faculty to join our fast-growing institution in San Francisco. Business education programs at Presidio are designed to enable students to engage in the world of sustainability as managers, leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals in business, nonprofit, and government organizations. The School emphasizes active learning, curriculum integration, and a focus on sustainability in each course. Presidio faculty members are committed to sustainability, teaching innovation, content integration, and building and maintaining the strong Presidio community. Currently, we are seeking adjunct faculty for courses across the MBA curriculum, with particular emphasis in finance, accounting, capital markets, and economics. The Presidio MBA is designed for professionals with diverse backgrounds and students commuting from outside the Bay Area. Course delivery is divided between in-person class time one day per month and ongoing online course delivery throughout the rest of the semester. For more information, contact: Faculty Search Committee,[email protected], 415-561-9621. Learn more at www.presidiomba.org.
Environmental Defense Fund
Director of Finance Strategy, Ocean Economics Program
San Francisco, CA
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. This leading green group, founded in 1967, has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches. Environmental Defense Fund is currently hiring a Director of Economic Research to serve in a key leadership and research role within EDF’s Ocean Economics team in San Francisco. The Director will work with four other team members to create economic models aimed at innovating new ways to manage and sustain world fisheries. The Director will be responsible for convening the field’s leading experts around cross-cutting, leading edge research efforts. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for a dynamic, multidisciplinary thinker eager to apply economic skills to addressing the problem of unsustainable fishing. Interested candidates should submit their cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: Melissa Clack, Search Coordinator, Environmental Defense Fund Email: [email protected] Please state the title of this position in the subject line of your email and submit cover letter and resume as separate file attachments. Please also let us know where you heard about this position. More at www.edf.org.
Environmental Defense Fund
Economic Analyst, Ocean Economics
San Francisco, CA
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is currently hiring an Economic Analyst to serve in a key leadership and analysis role within EDF’s Ocean Economics team in San Francisco. This position will ultimately work with four other team members to build successful, strategic programs that use creative economic models to benefit world fisheries. The Economic Analyst will work in a challenging environment that includes complex financial assessment/auditing, business valuation and interactions with diverse business and NGO leaders. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for a business analyst or resource economist eager to apply their knowledge of financial processes and business modeling to the improvement of the world’s oceans. Interested candidates should submit their cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: Melissa Clack, Search Coordinator, Environmental Defense Fund, [email protected] Please state the title of this position in the subject line of your email and submit cover letter and resume as separate file attachments. Please also indicate where you heard about this position. More at www.edf.org.
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