idea deposit one, by Kevin Jones

Where design thinking works, and where it does not.

Design thinking work when there are lots of open questions about how. It works less well when experts want to explain their findings, and that’s what really needs to happen. We applied it to both situations last year, and it worked well in the first and was a post-it-note interruption into what could have been a good expert transmission and education process in the other case.


Value of this deposit:

Future value of this deposit in mashup form: (additive is additive; initial idea vial is more valuable once it’s broken and reformed, even if the first form is the crucial. First thought has initial thought value. Other thoughts have relative additive value.

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The legitimacy of the American nation state is a fragile concept. it’s the same with all nation states; the nation state and the first version of the market solved feudalism, set labor free, with the power for skill to be rewarded and broke the power of feudal lords. but the nation state is not the natural locus of effective communal power anymore..


One view of the sad story of Adina, the portfolio company in the GoodCap social enterprise expansion fund (SEEF) that failed, while three others are proceeding to positive scenarios. That’s the subject of my next CSRWire column.

Article on Better World Books business model where the mission increases the profit margin in CSRWire.

Swimming in a Sea of Love: Why a Philanthropic Supply Chain is Key for Scalable Growth.

This is the first couple of paragraphs of the summary for GoodCap’s next fund, still in R&D mode. 

Good Capital is launching its second investment offering, the People+Planet Holdings (PPH), which represents a new investment approach to building lasting value for people and the planet by increasing social capital and economic resilience in global regions with rich cultural and biodiversity.

The holding company recognizes the unharnessed value that can be realized by businesses with a mission to protect and restore nature and affirm traditional cultures while creating economic opportunities for indigenous, local, and traditionally marginalized populations.  Responding to a growing demand from conscious consumers, impact investors, and environmentalists, PPH targets investment opportunities that have a potential whole-earth return.

The company’s multicultural investment structure creates a cooperative framework that can build bridges between public sector actors, private investors, donors, and impact investors who are eager to invest, for blended value, in revenue-generating businesses which also generate social and environmental impact.

This fund is an outgrowth of the experience gained and lessons learned in the successful Social Enterprise Expansion Fund (SEEF).  Accordingly, PPH will invest not just in U.S.-domiciled fair trade companies sourcing from developing world countries but also directly in the people and places at the “source.”

They are large, and natural, people getting to know different people, affluent people coming in contact with poor people, via investments in fait trade coops themselves, and through investing in people in Oakland around agriculture, food, culture. But of course, nether our next fund nor Hub Oakland is real yet.


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