3.1: Foundations of Sustainability

Unit 3, Chapter 1.

Foundations of Sustainability

In this chapter:
The Business Model | Financial & Legal Structures 


Aligning Profit and Purpose Through Business Model Innovation (report)
Today, a growing number of creative new business models successfully align the profit motive with other purposes. Such models demonstrate that social and environmental purposes do not have to be sacrificed for profits, and that profits do not have to be sacrificed social and environmental purposes. Rather than conflicting, the two purposes can mutually reinforce each other. Even better, these innovative, purpose-driven business models can become a source of competitive advantage

Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur - Business Model Generation (book)
Features practical innovation techniques used today by leading consultants and companies worldwide, including 3M, Ericsson, Capgemini, Deloitte, and others. Designed for doers, it is for those ready to abandon outmoded thinking and embrace new models of value creation: for executives, consultants, entrepreneurs, and leaders of all organizations.

John Mullins and Randy Komisar - Getting to Plan B (book)
The book, written by John Mullins and Randy Komisar, contains several important lessons, primarily for start-up entrepreneurs, on developing successful business models.

Social Ventures Australia - Business Planning Guide for Social Enterprise (guide)
A step-by-step guide to thinking about, researching, planning for, starting and then growing a social enterprise, which will help you to: create a rigorous business plan for a sustainable social enterprise; obtain support for your social enterprise e.g. from partners; secure investment for your social enterprise; and monitor and evolve your social enterprise in future years.


4Lenses - Social Enterprise Typology (report)
The purpose of this typology is to elaborate the rich mosaic of highly differentiated and creative examples of social enterprise, and by doing so, to inspire innovative approaches to create greater value for people and the planet. The typology is also intended to advance the field of social enterprise by organizing these diverse approaches and strategies into a common framework.

New York Times - A Social Entrepreneur's Quandary: Nonprofit or For-Profit? (article)
ThinkImpact as a case study, weighing the pros and cons of nonprofit, for-profit, and hybrid legal/financial structures

The Nation - The Rise of Benefit Corporations (article)
A growing number of states are introducing laws that permit companies to pursue social missions without fear of shareholder litigation.

SSIR - Ten Nonprofit Funding Models (article)
For-profit executives use business models—such as "low-cost provider" or "the razor and the razor blade"—as a shorthand way to describe and understand the way companies are built and sustained. Nonprofit executives, to their detriment, are not as explicit about their funding models and have not had an equivalent lexicon—until now.

BoardSource - The Nonprofit Board Answer Book (book)
A guide to good governance for board leaders at all levels of experience and expertise. BoardSource's second edition of its best-selling book shows board members how to be more effective, meet difficult situations head-on, and deal with commonplace challenges with confidence. It shows chief executives how to focus and support the board in carrying out its governance responsibilities. The book is written in an easy-to-use question-and-answer format and includes action steps and examples. 

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