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Conscious Company Fall 2018

Conscious Company is a bi-monthly magazine for and about individuals, companies, and social entrepreneurs who use the power of business as a force for positive change in the world. Through CEO interviews, how-to articles, and thought-leadership essays from experts, we enable and inspire a community centered around purpose-driven work.

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editor's note: here comes the future

As a smart business leader in our community told me recently, the business world is moving fast — but it will also never be this slow again. What do we do about that as we think about the future of work, both for ourselves individually and for our society? How do we come together to create a system of production and wealth-creation that works on behalf of a socially just, environmentally sound, and spiritually fulfilling existence for all? What do we need more of, and just as importantly, what do we need to let go of? As Albert Einstein says, we can’t solve a problem using the same level of thinking that created it. This issue is full of business leaders and thinkers trying on new ideas that they hope will…

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a toolbox for future-ready leaders

When Oxford researchers Frey & Osborne identified in a 2013 paper that 47 percent of jobs in the United States may be susceptible to automation within the next two decades, an international debate on the future of work was ignited. That conversation has included a mix of positive and negative predictions about the kind of world that awaits us in the wake of rapid technological advancement. While no one knows exactly what the future of work will look like, it is sure to be radically different as technology is advancing like never before. Now, it is time for a mental shift on the future of work. All of the predictions about the future of work can make it feel like we are on the sidelines waiting to see what happens. However, the…

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50 leaders predict the future of work

We asked our network: “What does the ‘future of work’ mean to you? What are you doing in your business to prepare for or address that future?” We got responses from dozens of top conscious business leaders. While we could have filled the whole issue with their insights, we decided to bring you just a sample of their predictions, questions, and best practices. “It’s an opportunity to invite the voices that have historically been shut out into a much-overdue dialogue on how work shapes our communities and all the people who live within them.” —Kaiton Williams, Cultural Technologist of Impact America Fund THE PREDICTIONS “The rising generation of leaders will insist on doing work that is in line with their values. Given that there is no such thing as a perfect company, we need…

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universal basic income 101

When the Washington Post acquired Andrew Yang’s GMAT test preparation company in 2009, the former corporate attorney saw an opportunity to shift his career towards more meaning and purpose. He started by making a list of the problems he saw in the world. The one that animated him most: so much human talent heading to investment banks, management consulting firms, law firms, and big tech companies, rather than taking the lead in improving the human condition. He asked himself, “What would I want a young, ambitious, energetic person to take on instead?” His answer: helping a business grow or founding a company in a struggling city like Detroit, Baltimore, or New Orleans. Starting in 2011, he channeled his dream into a nonprofit, Venture for America, that helps young people found or…

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how blockchain will facilitate a new kind of company

Getting a handle on what the tech company DAOstack is up to almost requires learning a new language. First, there are all the names for the future the team is working to manifest: “the collaborative economy,” “the new economic paradigm,” “civilization 2.0,” “an anti-rivalrous economy.” Then there are the terms for what the company’s various tools help create: “decentralized governance,” “coherence,” “self-organizing collectives,” “decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs).” And of course there’s all the tech-speak related to the platform itself: “blockchain,” “ICOs,” “cryptotokens,” “stacks,” etc. Luckily, Josh Zemel, DAOstack’s communications specialist, has a lot of practice explaining it all in simple terms. “DAOstack is designed to catalyze the future of collaboration,” he writes in a Medium post about what the organization does. “It’s a platform for decentralized governance that enables collectives to…

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31 social entrepreneurs to watch in 2018

VAVA COFFEE KENYA AND GENTE DEL FUTURO Vava Angwenyi, 37; Founder and Chief “Coffaholic” Kenya, Tanzania, Colombia // Vava Coffee founded 2009; 5 employees // Gente Del Futuro founded 2017; 8 employees VAVA COFFEE'S MISSION “To cause positive social and economic disruption within the coffee industry and create sustainable livelihoods for smallholder farmers as well as integrate more women and youth within the entire supply chain.” GENTE DEL FUTURO'S MISSION “To develop a generation that will secure the future of coffee production in Africa and Latin America through a sustainable coffee education program.” Growing up in Kenya, coffee entrepreneur Vava Angwenyi didn’t actually drink the beverage she now lives and breathes. While she was fascinated by the coffee maker her parents had received as a wedding present, she perceived coffee as being a “white” thing, inaccessible to…

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