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IndieWebCamp SF next weekend

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!

(If you’re not in the Bay Area, there are lots of other #indieweb events around the world. There’s also Homebrew Website Club, which meets every other Wednesday in a growing number of places.)

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B corps

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

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