Blake Jones is the visionary co-founder and recent President/CEO of Namasté Solar, a Colorado-based renewable energy company that has been the recipient of numerous national awards. A top-rated certified B Corp recognized for their innovative businesses practices, Namasté Solar made headlines in 2011 when they officially converted to a worker-owned cooperative, which means that each worker owns an equal voting share in the company. For his work with Namasté Solar, Blake was named Entrepreneur of the Year for the Rocky Mountain Region by Ernst & Young and one of Denver’s 50 Most Influential People. In this podcast, Blake reflects on his experience in the oil and gas industry and the role of empathy in bridging divides for a sustainable future of clean energy. He also explains how Namasté Solar practices restorative leadership to advance prosperity for all.
Andrew Kassoy is a recipient of the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and co-founder of B Lab, a nonprofit organization that harnesses the power of private enterprise to create public benefit. Prior to co-founding the B Corp movement, Andrew worked in the private equity business including as Managing Director in Credit Suisse First Boston's Private Equity Department in London and as founding partner and President of international business of DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners. He is a Board Member of Echoing Green, a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. In this interview Andrew reveals how the B Corp movement creates eddies of possibility by example.
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The B Corp movement may be the most important movement of the 21st century given the widespread impacts of business on the planet and the vast potential for business to be a force for good. Jay Gilbert is a co-founder of B Lab, the social enterprise behind the B Corp movement. “B” is for “benefit,” and together with B Lab’s other founders, Jay is a recipient of the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. As founder of AND1, Jay left his role as CEO of the $250 million company to pursue his vision of a shared and durable prosperity for all. He is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a Board member of Investors' Circle. In this interview we discover how the B Corp movement has scaled across countries and continents by embodying restorative leadership and learn what it takes to be the best for the world.
Yola Carlough is a radiant voice for sustainability through her work activating the power of business for positive change. As senior leadership with the Benefit Corporation movement, and former sustainability leadership at Burt’s Bees and Ben & Jerry's, Yola has been a pioneer of possibility working to redefine business as a force for good. In this interview Yola explains how business is the missing link to address the root causes of our greatest social and environmental problems. With inspired clarity, Yola articulates the restorative leadership principle of scaling across shared values as she invites us to consider how the government, not-for-profit and business sectors can create meaningful collaboration around the world, sparking global celebration and a sustainable future.