Thought of the Week 5-23-2008
“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.”
Let us not wait until tomorrow to take action. For tomorrow will never be today. Embrace your present and truly LIVE! Today is the day you will be happy. Today is the day you will live. Today is the day of adventure. The most of life is either lived on the ascent or decent. Why wait to experience life only on the brief point of the apex? – Just a recurring thought I’ve been having. -dh
“For most of a century, idealistic people have been encouraged to use anger, protest, lobbying, and legal action in order to make the world a better place. While most certainly some of these behaviors and activities were necessary, we have reached the point at which the social benefit of such behaviors is decreasing. We have reached the point at which creation, rather than attack, ought to be the first obligation of reformers. The social entrepreneurship movement is the first tip of this iceberg.”
Good News of the Day:
Mike Hannigan and Sean Marx started a company with an unusual mission: donate all profits to charity. As they grew to sales of more than $26 million, Hannigan and Marx often wished for additional capital to help fuel that growth but stayed away from outside investors for fear of undermining their philanthropic mission. Now, they’ve found a solution to their dilemma — writing their values into their company’s legal structure as something called a "B corporation." B corporations, with the "B" standing for "beneficial", must receive a passing grade on a long scorecard that covers environmental practices, employment practices, purchasing policies and whether their products are beneficial to society. They must also adopt legal language stating that their directors may consider the welfare of outside stakeholders such as employees, customers, their community and the environment, as well as the financial interest of shareholders. [ more ]
Be The Change:
Tell a budding entrepreneur about the possibility of a B corporation.
I just thought this was extremely cool and wanted to share it. I want to be the kind of entrepreneur that starts these kinds of socially responsible organizations that inspire change. I think this is the way to make a difference.
I believe not in aggressive action, but faithful belief along with positive attitudes and affirmation. I believe that a slight change in our perspective will show that the future hangs not on a government’s legislation, but her people’s desire and commitment to positive action.
I believe that it will be people of faith, hope and love that drive this movement. We need a reformation!