B Corp. A fascinating new movement.

Getting to edit the footage shot at the recent Social Venture Network Conference has been such a wonderful experience. I truly would have loved to be there, had i known about it taking place. But sitting at my desk looking through hours of footage shot there’s pretty much the next best thing. From an educational perspective alone, there’s so much to be gained from putting the leaders of socially conscious businesses, the movers and shakers for social issues, all in the same place for a few days. It’s where you’ll witness the true power of collaboration in eye-opening discussions and debates. Like one of the interviewees said… it’s like grad school in 24-hours.

One of the people interviewed who really stood out to me was Jay Coen Gilbert, Co-Founder of B Lab. They started a new movement for businesses to become B Corporations. I remember my boss telling me that our company was recently certified B Corp, but didn’t quite understand what that meant. She briefly explained that there currently exists S Corporations and C Corporations. S Corps have less than 100 shareholders and do not have their incomes taxed while C Corps have to pay taxes.

So what are B Corporations? They are a new type of corporation that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. And because there is a strict set of guidelines to meet before one can qualify as a B Corp, it makes it easier to then identify companies that are really doing good. As a B Corp, it is also legally required that as you pass down your business, you’ll ensure that the mission of the organization is not compromised. I found a great little explanation of how it works by Jeffrey Hollender, the co-founder of Seventh Generation, one of B Corp’s founding corporations. Though I know I’ve just barely scratched the surface of it and there’s still much more to learn, I think it’s a brilliant idea. Enjoy.

Living life the conscious way…

It’s been exactly a month since graduation and life’s still a whirlwind of events happening each day. After a nice 10-day trip to visit relatives and tour NY & Canada, it was straight back to Chi-town to start on my internship with Conscious Planet Media.

So much has been packed into the last two weeks that i’ve been on the job. Had the chance to film everything from high school students doing green collar work, GreenHEALS tag teams Chicago Sky to green our parks!to the Chicago Mayor Daley at the unveiling of the nation’s first organic rooftop garden, to adventures at the Green City Market in Lincoln Park! Also just finished editing Conscious Living TV’s latest episode on green luxury travel, which was fun, although i have to admit that it’s hard to watch footage of other people getting massages in a spa; It makes my back suddenly crave for one too!

It’s been an awesome opportunity to meet people involved in the green community as well. I realize it truly takes a network of people, from the educators to the policy-makers to the business owners and media, fighting for the same cause to make a big impact. I’m definitely picking up healthier eating habits and various little things i can do to live consciously. I love getting to put my media production skills to meaningful use! Go green! :)