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logbook July 2019

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July can be summed up like this: Picture the inside of an old desktop computer: Large boxes stuffed with wires and microchips, accompanied by a constant humming sound from the vent that prevents said boxes from overheating and going up in flames. Now picture a mini-me climbing through a web of said wires and chips, […]

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What you do matters.

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A tribute to my fellow ecosystem builders. I remember staring out the window of Lamplighter on a sunny afternoon in November of 2017. Lamplighter is a local coffee shop in Richmond, VA, that became my office away from the office when I needed to think. I was devouring my one Americano a day and Maurice Williams & […]

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Leon Reiner

Social Venturer Leon Reiner

Meet Leon Reiner, a tall, charismatic German with a passion for social innovation and community building. Leon is the co-founder and managing director at Impact Hub Berlin where he focuses on business development and partnerships.  Success in a nutshell? “A strong and happy team, the right projects, members at the right time and an ever […]

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Nora van der Linden

Nora van der Linden

Nora van der Linden was one of the first Social Venturers I ever interviewed and from the moment we met, I appreciated her straightforwardness and no-bs attitude. Nora is based in Amsterdam, NL, where she works as co-director of Kennisland. Think of Kennisland as a think tank that researches and designs social progress with partners […]

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Enoch Elwell

a profile shot of Enoch Elwell, founder and CEO of CO.STARTERS

We are standing in the hallway of an old mansion turned AirBnB in Kansas City. It is 9 p.m. on a rainy night in May. Everyone of us spent the day at the largest conference for entrepreneurial ecosystem builders in the world. We are tired and exhausted, we cling to our solo cups as if […]

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logbook June 2019

Social Venturers June 2019

While April and May were all about travel, I kept my feet firmly planted on Toronto ground throughout June. In a country where winters and long and dark, we take summer seriously! Despite the tempting outdoors, I got a number of great interviews in this last month. I spoke to Danielle Olson from Portland, Oregon, […]

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It’s Love, Actually.

Virginia B Corps cheering for marathon runners in Richmond

Ending my one-sided relationship with ecosystem building. Ecosystem building and I have been going through a rough time lately. It’s not like we’re breaking up but it’s fair to say that we need some time apart, figure out what we see and value in one another, imagine life without the other, find some assurance that […]

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