To live in a world where community, technology, education, business, and government work cooperatively to design a sustainable way of life.
To develop a social enterprise ecosystem in the United States of America. We have started this process in Princeton, NJ.
Princeton Impact Project is a movement of local community members who work cooperatively as a team to create business models that tackle social problems like inequality and climate change. We also run social innovation events in the community called Cooperative Impact.
Social Enterprise Ecosystem
A social enterprise ecosystem is an environment which supports each stage of the social enterprise process. Similar to how a flower and other plants are able to bloom because of the perfect temperature, soil, sun, water, and time. Likewise, a social enterprise ecosystem is typically comprised of talent, density, culture, capital, and regulatory environment. Building any startup community requires a few key assets such as local grassroots events, meetings, and socialization time. The ecosystem requires people at the different stages of the social enterprise process such as community members, entrepreneurs, students, professors, and those who plug-in-and-out casually. It also requires institutions such as government, education, technology, and business. We are fortunate in Princeton because it already contains many of the required ingredients for a social enterprise ecosystem to flourish.
Gatekeepers threaten the ecosystem and prevent it from realizing its full potential. If you, or someone you know, is a gatekeeper please let them know it is damaging to the collective effort. Cooperation is needed for impact. Don’t hold back humanity from evolving! Promote collaboration and cross-sector cooperation today 🙂
Streamlining the Social Enterprise Process
One of the problems in building social enterprises is how difficult the process can be. We thought through the obstacles we faced building our own social enterprises, and we built tools to that help us overcome those challenges. We are now sharing those tools with you. Whether you are in the early stages of either getting involved in the community, or in the later stages of exposing your project to new funding opportunities; Princeton Impact Project has a tool for you. Examples of some of the tools include: Meetups, Conferences, Webinars, Forums, Private Groups, CoFounders Lab© (coming soon!), Mentor Matching, CrowdInvesting, and Local E-Commerce. We are building new tools everyday.
Social Enterprise Methodology
Members become assets to one another as they build business models that tackle social problems like inequality and climate change. The group follows the social enterprise methodology for building community projects which have a deep impact on the world:
- Humanity: finding purpose, meaning, and unlocking our potential as humans
- Community: immersing ourselves in the community to identify unmet needs
- Incubation: creating value to fill those unmet needs
- Impact: attaching revenue models to the value we create
Our members typically fall within one of the following categories (but attendance is not limited to):
(1) impact investors
(2) social entrepreneurs
(3) community members
Life is a team sport. We came to play.
Cooperative Impact Social Innovation Conference
Cooperative Impact is a small piece of the much larger plan we have for the Princeton Impact Project movement. Thank you to all who attended our first social innovation conference in Princeton on May 14th.
Read our first write-up by the press!