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We believe that the first entrance to your space is one of the most important interactions you will ever have with the people that you are sharing space with. This article shows off 55 inspiring entrances to spaces. I’ve included a few of our favorites here. It was hard to pick a handful, so take a look!



My Klout Status

So Klout says I’m more influential about Cereal and London, than I am about Philanthropy and Charities. Hmmm…I had no idea that all along I was helping Brits have better breakfast experience instead of helping nonprofits build financial sustainability.

This is how I felt this morning on the A train from Rockaway, also why do I keep slipping off these damn subway seats!


Public transport brings out the best in people, right? More on This Big City. 

This is how I felt this morning on the A train from Rockaway, also why do I keep slipping off these damn subway seats!


Public transport brings out the best in people, right? More on This Big City. 


Miss Andrea Lewis: All Great Achievements Require Time


I often meet people who want their success to be right NOW and if it’s not going to come right now than at least tell them a date so they can plan a head. Hearing these complaints usually make me annoyed but at the same time I understand because I used to feel the same way and sometimes I still…



The secret to being boring is to tell everything.

Change Any Habit Painlessly: 6 Tips

Want to change an old habit? You probably should: One study determined that over 40% of the “decisions” we make every day aren’t really decisions.

They’re habits.

1. Redefine “must.”

2. Determine the cue.

3. Determine the routine.

4. Determine the reward.

5. Change the routine.

6. Write it down.

Read on…



A behind the scene glimpse of early high-growth social ventures version of MTV’s Real World version. Social Enterprise founders come together for a 6-week stint to build their concepts, test them and then take flight. Episode 1.



Great conversation on capital and social services from the mouths of venture capitalist. I particularly enjoyed Jacqueline Novogratz’s, of the Acumen Fund, rebuttal of Jacob Gray’s definition of a social entrepreneur. #socent #SEgeek



Is Social Entrepreneurship a Ponzi Scheme? Too many buzzwords, not enough nuts and bolts

#SEgeek’s response:

My favorite part of this blog post is the quote from Neal Stephenson, “Innovation can’t happen without accepting the risk that it might fail. The vast and radical innovations of the mid-20th century took place in a world that, in retrospect, looks insanely dangerous and unstable.” There’s a lot of noise and for any SE geek out there, it’s hard to make sense of what is real and what is an “illusion”, aka the ponzi scheme — these concepts aren’t new and yes, I believe there’s a social E bubble.

I like reading anything about social enterprise that doesn’t use the word “sustainability”. Thanks for adding some depth to the social E “google search” portfolio. #SEgeek

THE ITCH! So…what’s next?


One thing undoubtedly I know about myself is I’m getting the “itch”. Hey! Not that type of itch…the “I-know-I-can-do-more-with-my-life-and-career-and-have-a-greater-impact-for-social-change, yadda yadda…" itch. I recently went to another social enterprise workshop in the Chi and I was uber impressed with this one. Unlike other "bait and switch" events that claim to teach social "E" concepts, i.e. the bait. Yet, they use it as a platform to convince you to engage in social impact by purchasing their professional, legal services or a buying into a ponzi scheme, i.e. the switch. This workshop actually provided solid content on how to use creative measures to induce ideas that can lead to social change through design strategies.

The people in the room ranged from nonprofit professionals, a U of I alum, the usual suspects “pushing p” (message me if you don’t know what pushing p is), and of course B-school students. B-school students are all over this movement, which is exciting because they somewhat set the pace of being both innovative, eager, intelligent and most importantly properly trained. I highlight the last word, because it is the most important. B-schools have the resources and talent pool to research the heck out of social “E” and that’s exactly what their doing.

So back to my itch, (okay, that’s funny!)…my personal mission is still the same — bring social “E” to the social sector masses — however, as a consultant it is very difficult to do this one project at a time. The NEED for financial sustainability for nonprofits is there, but the DEMAND to use business methods to gain it is not! I’ve wrecked my brain thinking about how to include this sector in the movement…a web series on barriers to social “E”…maybe a workshop sponsored by major funder with a big headliner (Shakira, you’re a fan of “Philanthropcapitalism — I love how people just make up words — you available???) pushing p…scare people by telling scary stories about the Blue Gargoyle and Hull House…blogging????

I’m certain, if I did all of these things, I might garner a few interests and even inspire an organization or two to move forward with a social venture, however, it probably won’t reach the masses. Then I started thinking about those darn B-school students in all their “learnedness” (yeah, I’m creating words — it’s my blog!) and the access they have to ideas, concepts, models, etc…Perhaps, there’s something to spending $75,000 on a piece of paper with the ability to add a title the end of your name?

Nonetheless, I still have this itch, my personal mission is unchanged, my eagerness is unwavered, yet I still don’t have the answer to my question…”How do you create a demand for financial sustainability in the social sector?”

Deep down inside I know the answer to that question will also be what relieves my itch.