Topics Under Category: "Ecosystem"

coal mining economy

Teaching Coal Miners to Code in Eastern Kentucky

Anne Field | March 8, 2017

With coal mining at a 35-year low, coal regions have been struggling with job losses and stagnant local economies. One new venture in Kentucky offers a solution: teaching coal miners how to code. It started three years ago when Rusty Justice and M. Lynn Parrish, the owners of a Pikeville, Kentucky excavation and engineering company […]

climate change ventures

New Startup Accelerator Seeking Climate Change Ventures

Anne Field | February 23, 2017

A new accelerator is looking for entrepreneurs fighting climate change. Called Climate Ventures 2.0, it’s run by GoodCompany Ventures, a Philadelphia-based social enterprise accelerator, and will accept 10 startups aimed specifically at addressing climate-related threats to agriculture and the resilience of water systems. Private initiatives have become even more important in recent weeks. As balmy […]

Fresno community investment fund

Four Ways to Create a Community-Scale Investment Fund in 2017

Brian Beckon | December 27, 2016

Community capital is about empowerment of communities. It is a set of strategies that allows ventures to raise capital from their ideal investors within their own community, allows anyone of virtually any economic class to invest in their community, and allows communities to build wealth though a cycle of investment, growth, profit, and reinvestment. Community […]

financial advisors and local investing

What Do Financial Advisors Have Against Local Investing?

Angela Barbash | November 27, 2016

I was on a panel earlier this year at the ComCap conference in Portland, discussing how my colleagues and I manage to do what other financial advisors seem incapable, unwilling, or downright frightened to do. Audience members recounted tales of bringing this taboo investment subject up to their financial advisors, only to be rebuked, scolded, […]

For Social Entrepreneurs, It’s All About The Ecosystem

Anne Field | August 2, 2016

No one operates in a vacuum. That’s especially true of social entrepreneurs. The ecosystem that social entrepreneurs encounter—everything from the availability of affordable housing to the prevalence of potential funders—can make or break an enterprise. With that in mind, Halcyon Incubator and Capital One recently published a report on the subject, From the Ground Up: Defining Social Enterprise Ecosystems […]

Can the Stock Market be Saved? Some New Ventures Think So.

Amy Cortese | June 20, 2016

From the days when brokers gathered under a Buttonwood tree in lower Manhattan, stock markets have been central to a healthy functioning economy. But these days, they seem kind of sick. Initial public stock offerings (IPOs) have been in steep decline as companies put off going public. And who can blame them? The financial costs […]

The State-Based Crowdfunding Movement Gets its Own Conference

Amy Cortese | April 11, 2016

When it comes to investment crowdfunding, the spotlight has been on the federal JOBS Act. But that overlooks the flurry of innovation and experimentation happening at the local level, where 30 states (and counting) have passed their own mini-JOBS Acts that allow local investment within their own borders. Now, the state crowdfunding movement has its […]

Seattle’s Third Place Books Has Figured Out How to Thrive in Amazon’s Shadow

Project For Public Spaces | February 27, 2016

“[Third Places] are the heart of a community’s social vitality, the grassroots of democracy, but sadly, they constitute a diminishing aspect of the American social landscape.” -Ray Oldenbur Sociologist Ray Oldenburg believed each of us needs three places: the home, the workplace or school, and beyond that, a third place – a public space on neutral […]

The Policy Behind All Those Neighborhood Ribbon Cuttings

Oscar Perry Abello | February 3, 2016

The five brothers of the Shina family emigrated from Iraq to the United States more than 30 years ago. They purchased their first grocery store, at 14424 Schaefer Highway on the west side of Detroit, in 1994. They now own and operate 14 grocery stores throughout the metro area. On Wednesday last week, their original […]

Debating The New Economy And Whether Capitalism Can be Saved

Megan Stanek | December 2, 2015

There’s a lot of talk about the new economy – including on this media site. But what does the term really mean? And what should this new economy we are creating look like? Sometimes it’s useful to poke our heads up and ponder the big questions. Megan Stanek reports on one such discussion from New […]