Pixel, the IndieWebCamp SF mascot, says thanks for all the talking and hacking and especially the petting! Come back soon!
IndieWebCamp SF is next Friday and Saturday. I can’t wait! I’m more excited than I have been for a conference in a long time. If you’re around, you should join us!
If you love the richness of social networks and the power of apps, but you want to own your relationships and data and your presence online, then IndieWebCamp is for you. Space is limited, and we plan to spend more time making than talking, but don’t let that stop you. Just add yourself to the guest list and show up Friday morning!
Over the last few years, a third of the US states have signed laws creating a new type of company: the benefit corporation, or B corp. I love them. They rock. I want one when I grow up.
Traditional companies are expected to maximize shareholder profits as their primary goal, a maxim that has been upheld in the courts. This makes them reluctant to pursue social goods or other initiatives that might detract from shareholder value.
B corps, on the other hand, are measured by the general public benefit they provide. Shareholders and boards of directors judge them on whether they have a “material positive impact on society and the environment,” explicitly allowing them – requiring them! – to work toward social good instead of profit alone. Continue reading
If you hear something described as “classy,” it’s probably not.
We used to hear a lot about the paperless office. Remember that? Back then we printed reports, filled out forms by hand, sent memos and shopped from catalogs and cursed junk mail. We used paper for pictures and greeting cards and other things we loved, too, but it was still a hassle sometimes. When the early days of the internet showed us a glimpse of a better way, we jumped at the idea.
That idea’s time has come. We now do business over email (or better), buy things online, download tickets to our phones, share pictures on screens and store them in the cloud. Computers may have spawned even more paper during their “terrible twos,” but that’s pretty clearly over. We can debate whether trading less paper for more energy is a net win for the environment, but it’s largely academic. We do need more sustainable energy, but we’re not going to give up technology and fire up the pulp mills again. That paper boat has sailed. Continue reading