July 13 Email
Request Sent to
Heather Van Dusen
I was on the
call with you this morning and would like your advice please.
When I first learned about Benefit Corporations a few years ago at
an SVN conference, I instantly resonated with the cause-oriented
approach. That was natural based on my decades of experience in
community economic development, intentional communities and disaster
While I have helped cofound a couple of start-up companies, the
traditional model just never seemed appropriate for our focus on
community empowerment, sustainability and spirit in business. My
partners and I recently incorporated
Universal Stewardheirship, Inc.
Community Economic Development Resource
Center, Inc. (in Arizona as I presently live in Sedona).
We have based these companies on the Benefit Corporation model and
we have allocated 40% of the shares in US, Inc. to affiliated
More recently, we decided to help establish a network of Community
Economic Development Benefit Corporations in conjunction with CED
practitioners, CED oriented B Corps (in states that haven't yet
passed the legislation) and a network of local non-profit CED
Resource Centers that feature Self-help, Empowerment and
Capacity-building. Our primary advisor is
Dr. Michael Swack, founding Dean
of the CED Masters program at Southern New Hampshire University. He
is now is a faculty member at the University of New Hampshire, where
he has appointments at the Carsey Institute and at the Whittemore
School of Business and Economics.
Because most of my board members and our major investors are in
California, we started there (as soon as the legislation was passed)
and we incorporated the California Community Economic Development
Benefit Corporation, Inc. In the past couple of weeks, we have
identified a couple of dozen other "communities"
and potential creators and supporters that we are
affiliated with that we believe will also be interested in helping
promote and create Benefit Corporations, B Corps, and support
legislation in more states. Some of those groups include: Community
Development Corporations, Community Action Agencies, intentional
communities, and various organizations involved in promoting the
application of spiritual principles and values in business.
FYI: I have been involved for decades with organizations such as
Spirit in Business, the Association for Spirit at Work, the
Association for Global New Thought, the Tyson Center for Faith and
Spirituality in the Workplace at the Walton School of Business at
the University of Arkansas, etc.
During the call this morning, I sent a couple of email messages to
David and Jeffrey at ASBC, following up on Mariann's comments about
outreach to diverse populations. I shared a brief outline of our
vision and mission of helping educate, enable and empower the
greatest possible level of cocreative participation in Benefit
Corporations, B Corps and Crowd Funding.
That is a key facet of our vision of helping
Expand the Circle of Success by
providing greater access to training on successful living skills for
the 21st century (including entrepreneurship,
infopreneurship, and social
entrepreneurship) and our ultimate vision of helping
Fulfill the Ultimate Destiny of the USA
that Benjamin Franklin said was not power but light.
My question for you is to whom should I submit our request for
collaboration with B Lab? At a minimum, we would like permission
to include some of the information on your web site in our
publications and web sites, with full credit and links back to your
sites of course.
Would it be most appropriate to address our proposal to Jay, Bart,
and Andrew, to the board and or to other staff members? Because we
have developed a few marketing materials, I assume that sending a
package by mail would be most effective means of sharing the
Thank you for your leadership role and for your assistance
with this request.
And Thank You all at B Lab and SVN also for your leadership and
continuing successes in this exciting and transformation initiative.
Sharing a Vision and Invitation to Help Empower
Millions of People, Manifest Stewardship
Over Billions of Dollars for Personal, Social and
Global Transformation and Leave a Trillion Dollar
Legacy of and for StewardHeirShip.