Invitation to B Lab for Collaboration Promoting Benefit Corporations and B Corps
Greetings Jay Coen Gilbert, Bart Houlahan, and Andrew Kassoy:
I have developed this web page to provide supplemental information to the letter of July 27 that I mailed to each of you regarding possible collaboration and my request for permission to reprint some of your content in our publications, web sites and webinars with credit and links to your web sites of course.
I am writing to explore possible collaboration in promoting Benefit Corporations and B Corps and to request permission to reprint some of the content on your web sites on our web sites, in digital and print publications and a series of educational webinars.
First I want to express my appreciation and congratulations for your work! When I 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 experience in community economic development, intentional communities and disaster relief.
My primary areas of interest are helping Expand the Circle of Success, Community Economic Development, intentional communities, and spirit in business (especially in the New Thought Community). My partners and I established Universal Stewardheirship, Inc. in late 2011 in Arizona based on the Benefit Corporation model. We also allocated 40% of the cofounders shares to affiliated non-profits. More recently we incorporated the Community Economic Development Resource Center in AZ, and the California Community Economic Development Benefit Corporation, Inc. in CA.
We are incorporating additional Benefit Corporations that will focus on spirit in business and intentional communities. We have identified several target markets of potential cocreators of Benefit Corporations that we believe will be interested in learning about and helping establish new Benefit Corporations, B Corps and some of them will also be interested in the NPO Community Economic Development Resource Centers we are helping establish.
Enclosed are examples of the introductory materials we have already shared at conferences such as the Enlightened Entrepreneur Summit and the International New Thought Alliance Congress. We are preparing for presentations in the next few weeks at the Centers for Spiritual Living Conference June 29-August 4 (where we will be sharing the Power Point with New Thought Ministers), the Art of Community Workshop, the Tyson Center for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace, (where I will be facilitating presentations on Benefit Corporations and Crowd Funding at the conference and for the Fayetteville, AR Chamber of Commerce) and we plan to at least distribute introductory materials at the Association for Global New Thought conference and at upcoming Social Venture Network events.
We are also preparing to share presentations with National/State CED Associations, the CED Master’s program at Southern New Hampshire University, Community Action Agencies, Community Development Corporations, etc. We will be approaching Federal agencies such as HUD (where I served for 15 years in disaster relief, turn-around management and community economic development), HHS, Commerce, etc. and we are seeking Program Related Investments and/or strategic alliances with organizations already funded with a PRI.
Thank you for your leadership role and for your assistance with this request.
The larger context within which we are operating is Expanding the Circle of Success.
That is both the name of one of our affiliated non-profit organizations AND our campaign to help distribute 100 million dollars worth of development training programs over the next 10 years, to and through the network of CAN DO! Community Resource Centers we are establishing based on decades of successful prototypes.
Click Here for a clearer version of the diagram below as a PDF with active hyperlinks.
Here is an Example of our Oversized Postcard on Community Economic Development
Here is an Example of Our Oversized Postcard for New Thought Presentations
An Introduction to Universal Stewardheirship, Inc.
Our main company, Universal Stewardheirship, Inc. (based on the Benefit Corporation model) is a multi-faceted Strategic Marketecture comprised of cause-oriented companies, not-for-profit organizations, and strategic alliance partners that publish, produce, market and distribute programs, products and services that facilitate personal, organizational and community empowerment, enlightenment, transformation and sustainability.
Examples of Publications That We Would Like to Feature Your Work and Content In
Harnessing the Power of Benefit Corporations and Crowd Funding
This forthcoming digital and print publication from Universal Stewardheirship, Inc. will introduce the new Benefit Corporation model and the Crowd Funding Provisions of the JOBS Act. Chapters will be included on various ways that these unprecedented resources can help individuals, non-profit organizations, cause-oriented companies and communities collaborate, cocreate and help foster innovation, job creation and sustainable communities.
Background on how we have been preparing to launch these projects:
The non-profit organizations we have cofounded through which we are about to seek $500,000 from major foundations that provide Program Related Investments and Federal agencies include:
The cause-oriented companies and new Benefit Corporations we have cofounded (through which we are about to raise equity capital) include:
The training programs we have attended in preparation include:
Internet Marketing Training
Summary and Invitation:
Dear Jay, Bart and Andrew:
Yes, I do realize that this is what most people would consider an overwhelming amount of information. If I'm right though, you three are among the 1 in 1,000 who will be able to "grok" and comprehend the scope, substance and potential significance of the global marketing and distribution infrastructure we have been inspired to cocreate. This really is only the tip of the iceberg. . .
Our ultimate vision is: (1) To help millions of people A.R.K. (Awaken to Spirit; Realize more of their potential; and Know how to fulfill their ultimate destiny; (2) To manifest stewardheirship over billions of dollars (for and through personal, organizational, community and global transformation); and l(3) To eave a trillion dollar legacy for empowerment and enlightenment. We also have a vision and implementation strategy for helping fulfill the Ultimate Destiny of the USA in the process, including a vision of a "United State of Americans" (http://www.ultimatedestinyoftheusa.info )
When we are successful in redirecting just 1/2
percent of the development training industry, (and we know how to do
that by combining Benefit Corporations, Crowd Funding and the network of CED
Resource Centers) we will have developed a billion dollar enterprise
for "doing well while doing good."
Please do consider this invitation for collaboration and request for permission to reprint some of your content.
PS: Click Here for the letter we sent to cofounders of B Lab seeking possible collaboration and permission to reprint some of their content on our web sites, webinars and publications. Click Here for an earlier message to Heather Van Dusen of B Lab. Click Here for the August 28th a response to our Invitation for Collaboration. Click Here for more recent communications about publishing a book on Benefit Corporations and B Labs for Dummies.