(2013-now) creator, be verynice
be verynice is an open-source business model & informal startup incubator for entrepreneurs and small businesses from around the world that want to learn how to transform their businesses into hubs for viable and impactful philanthropy. We are creating a suite of tools to keep you accountable, inspired, and supported in your efforts to create impact through the power of pro-bono and “neo-philanthropy.” The book is co-authored with dozens of entrepreneurs from around the world that have launched, or are in the middle of launching, a business inspired by verynice.
(2008-now) founder & CEO, a verynice design studio
According to Forbes Magazine, “at verynice, pro bono work isn’t something that employees do off the clock, with or without incentives. Rather, it’s just business as usual.” a verynice design studio is a global design, business, and innovation consultancy that dedicates over 50% of its efforts toward free design services for non-profit organizations. Through our unique business model, we have been able to donate the equivalent of $800k+ in pro-bono design services to over 200 non-profit organizations that create impact spanning 40 countries in 6 continents with a team of nearly 200 people from around the world.
Current Research Areas of Interest & Focus
01 – Business as a Medium for Critical Design Research
02 – Designing Sustainable Models for Philanthropy in Small Business
03 – The Role of “Free” in Business (Altruistic & Strategic)