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  • Jasmine Youssefzadeh

    This is a really a useful read! Being in the social impact space, I can related to a lot of your advice

  • Deb Mills-Scofield

    Shana, you bring up great points (that also apply to 'regular' entrepreneurs). While we talk about the importance of failure in entrepreneurship, we seem to shun it in social ventures and yet it is equally powerful (if no one gets hurt). Recently, one of my fellow mentors in Brown University's Social Innovation Fellowship shared one of our kid's failure in her social venture - and the learnings and recognition that sometimes we just need to call it. ( I hope it can help others! Deb

    • Shana Dressler

      Thanks Deb. I have met Alan and a number of the students in the program when I taught a class at ABWBD last year. It's time to turn this ship around. Yes...there is nothing novel about the guides other than in our sector so few people have ventured out to "cross the train tracks" and see what's being talked about in terms of running businesses. There are some great books where authors really urge NPs to take a fresh look at how they run their organizations. Then there are conferences like is a' bubbling. Thanks for this link! Shana

      • Deb Mills-Scofield

        Shana - small world - I love ABWBD!! Thank you for all your work - d

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    Thanks so much for providing much needed resources for those of us out in the world doing our best to do Good. HUG from my socially good conscious heart to yours.

  • Allison Voglesong

    This looks great! I bet if you connected with StartingBloc, a social innovation institute, they could tap their amazing network of social entrepreneurs and help to disseminate your survey and call for designers. Also I love the notion of failure and I would be interested in participating/convening some kind of "fail conference" (virtual or otherwise) to provide a learning playground and storytelling forum for entrepreneurs to share their fail stories. I also like to call failing "prototyping done right" because you have to have a couple prototypes fail before you get your final product to market, something that is true for every product in every sector.

  • Melissa Turkington

    As someone who is in the start-up phase of a social venture, this is something that I would find very useful. I've run into many of the issues you mentioned, and having a well-structured set of literature to reference would be a spectacular resource.

    • Shana Dressler

      Thanks Melissa. If you would like to follow the progress of this please sign up for our eNewsletter on It will be the only way we can track those interested. I appreciate you reaching out!