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The latest research insights and observations from the frontlines of ecosystem building for social change. A one-person think-tank.

#3 Enlist collaborators. Everyone’s invited.

Nov 28, 2020

This article is the third installment of the 7-part series Ecosystem Building 101. The entire series is developed in Fireside Chats with entrepreneurial ecosystem builders around the world. This resource guide is no longer available. Sign up for Impact Curator to never miss another resource. Human behavior that is conducive to innovation (…) requires us to push against …

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#2 Turning words into action (3/3)

Nov 3, 2020

This article is a 3-piece exploration of Ecosystem Building principle #2 Foster Inclusive Conversations and belongs to the 7-part series Ecosystem Building 101. The entire series is developed in Fireside Chats with entrepreneurial ecosystem builders around the world. Read #1 Put entrepreneurs front and center. This resource guide is no longer available. Sign up for …

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#2 Inclusion & Hope (2/3)

Oct 30, 2020

This article is a 3-piece exploration of Ecosystem Building principle #2 Foster Inclusive Conversations and belongs to the 7-part series Ecosystem Building 101. The entire series is developed in Fireside Chats with entrepreneurial ecosystem builders around the world. Read #1 Put entrepreneurs front and center. This resource guide is no longer available for download. Sign …

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#2 Create serendipity (1/3)

Oct 30, 2020

This article is a 3-piece exploration of Ecosystem Building principle #2 Foster Inclusive Conversations and belongs to the 7-part series Ecosystem Building 101. The entire series is developed in Fireside Chats with entrepreneurial ecosystem builders around the world. Read #1 Put entrepreneurs front and center. This resource guide is no longer available for download. Sign …

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Rooted in Purpose

Oct 15, 2020

Having interviewed more than 70 ecosystem builders for social change, I’ve had a few (70+) conversations about what drives them. When asked about their purpose, responses range from a desire to contribute to a world worth living in to creating equal access to opportunity, building community wealth and wellbeing, unlocking human potential and bringing your …

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#1 Put entrepreneurs front and center

Oct 3, 2020

This article was co-authored by Anika Horn and Enoch Elwell. As ecosystem builders, we are committed to serving the entrepreneurs in our communities. To do our job well, we need to know who they are and what they need. But how do you find these entrepreneurs – especially those who are just emerging or are …

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No more snoring panels!

Oct 1, 2020

Set a timer. Think back to the last time you listened to an absolutely fantastic, engaging and insightful panel. What was the topic of the conversation? What did you learn? How did you implement what you learned?  This exercise might take a minute. Now I want you to think back to the last three to …

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Moral leadership for systemic change (pt. 3)

Sep 1, 2020

Community Stewardship on a Systemic Level The nature of our ecosystems is not always local, especially when it comes to systemic challenges which – as we have discussed with various Social Venturers – require systemic solutions. What you will find, however, is that people – geographically close or note – remain at the very core …

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Feeders, Keystones & Conveners (pt. 2)

Sep 1, 2020

Leadership in ecosystems  The term leadership is loaded with preconceived ideas about corralling the troops, getting teams fired up, being the charismatic founder of a startup team and so on… Leaders seem surrounded by a magic aura of inspiration and can-do attitude. In ecosystem building, our role is – in fact – not that of …

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