Fixing the Freest Marketplace Money Can Buy

This is an excerpt from my article originally posted on the Standford Social Innovation Review on 03/30/16 We live with an illusion so powerful that we endlessly mistake it for reality. Merriam-Webster defines “free market” as “an economic market or system in which prices are based on competition among private businesses and not controlled by a...

Unicorns, entrepreneurs and 7 great ideas

Yesterday I attended the annual meeting of a visionary and exceptionally responsible venture capital fund. There are not a lot of them out there — maybe these are the real unicorns. I heard a few interesting things: Extraordinary entrepreneurs take on huge, open-ended problems, never talk about revenue but are obsessed with mission. Revenue is the...

Making Way for Worker Co-ops

Guest post by Taliesin Nyala, a co-owner of the Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA), a worker-owned cooperative based in Massachusetts created to democratize education and the economy while furthering the cooperative movement. TESA designs curriculum and resources for learning, such as Co-opoly: The Game of Cooperatives. Wall Street is booming while...

The Vanishing Entrepreneur

Kudos to Ed Kilgore, a contributing writer for Washington Monthly, for his review of “The Slow-Motion Collapse of American Entrepreneurship,”  by New America Foundation’s Barry Lynn and Lina Khan. The insightful article, which appeared in Washington Monthly’s July/August 2012 issue, explores what the authors believe to be a period of significant and...

The Essential Guide to Successful Social Entrepreneurship

First, 7 things to remind yourself of every day: Your passion: Only do what you’re deeply passionate about. There will not only be bumps in the road, but trenches that look like they have no bottom. If you’re not doing what you love, there will be too many opportunities to give up. Your mission: the change you want to see in the world that your business...

Lack of Capital for Small Business Prevents Economic Recovery

A dangerous trend is hindering the financial growth of small businesses and our economic recovery on a national scale: young firms feel that banks have increasingly denied loans or credit to them, with 2009 standing out as a banner year for the sentiment that tougher lending restrictions are curbing growth.  Research released by Kauffman Firm Study (KFS),...