<Ned> Front Porch
For Profit & NGO/NFP Collaboration
Posted to: <Ned> Front Porch by Shari Aaron (6), Wed, 29 Aug 2007 14:56:23 PDT
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Tags: collaboration community-wealth-ventures cross-pollination csr wiserearth
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I have participated in Omidyar - have met and continue to work with folks from Grass Commons and Alonovo - folks I connected to on Omidyar.
I am thrilled to be part of Ned - very fulfilling to find others who share deep visions! I am happy to help develop Ned - I am a bit less tech-orientated as my background is market research/marketing.
I am doing some newer work and would really like to connect with others who are interested in the collaboration space between business and non-profits -- fostering more strategic partnerships that also advance both business and society (prime example: Greystone Bakery whose brownies are sold in Ben & Jerry's ice-cream). I call this collaboration -- or more likely with less open groups - it's about negotiation and facilitation.
I'd like to start a group on Ned if others are interested.
My goal is to help inspire more cross-pollination to advance social change.
The way I see things:
Business leaders are experiencing increased pressures to operate in ways that are more inclusive of social, economic and environmental issues. The pressure is on - the opportunity to shift business leaders is ripe.
Social actors are a trusted resource with growing influence and they can offer a wealth of resources to help socially aware companies move to greater social innovation. Social actors being NGO's/Not for Profits and engaged, aware, citizens like those here on Ned.
To those interested in taking a shared journey:
I am looking for some insights into how to define this and some more example or opportunities for this work. I am undertaking a major research study on this topic.
Know anyone interested in the task of negotiation and facilitation between these two often separate worlds? Want to help define and flesh out this space?
And, I so love the work that Wiserearth/Paul Hawken are spearheading.
I hope to build upon this by figuring out how to cross-pollinate - connect the strong resourceful NGO/NFP's to business leaders who want to learn and shift their companies - a match.com formula maybe relevant here. This is not philanthropy (because to me that is not getting us where we need to go fast enough) - this is engaged (social) business action.
Thanks for listening!
To our best, Shari Aaron
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