Posts by Adam Gustine

Lessons on the Ground- Customer Service

(Series Intro) Last fall, we launched Jubilee Ventures in South Bend, IN. The hope was that our work on the ground would inform the way we direct the future of CovEnterprises, and vice versa. We wanted to create learning loops that allow us to not only champion best practices across the denomination but to apply…

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Lessons on the ground- Impact Niche

(Series Intro) Last fall, we launched Jubilee Ventures in South Bend, IN. The hope was that our work on the ground would inform the way we direct the future of CovEnterprises, and vice versa. We wanted to create learning loops that allow us to not only champion best practices across the denomination but to apply…

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Lessons on the ground- Community Collaboration

(Series Intro) Last fall, we launched Jubilee Ventures in South Bend, IN. The hope was that our work on the ground would inform the way we direct the future of CovEnterprises, and vice versa. We wanted to create learning loops that allow us to not only champion best practices across the denomination but to apply…

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Lessons from the Ground- The Stand Up Meeting

(Series Intro) Last fall, we launched Jubilee Ventures in South Bend, IN. The hope was that our work on the ground would inform the way we direct the future of CovEnterprises, and vice versa. We wanted to create learning loops that allow us to not only champion best practices across the denomination but to apply…

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Lessons from the Ground- Short Learning Loops

(Series Intro) Last fall, we launched Jubilee Ventures in South Bend, IN. The hope was that our work on the ground would inform the way we direct the future of CovEnterprises, and vice versa. We wanted to create learning loops that allow us to not only champion best practices across the denomination but to apply…

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Is Social Enterprise about Justice? 

One of the things we hear with more frequency than is helpful is that social enterprise doesn’t get to the heart of justice work, that its a nice thing to do for people but its not justice. Well, that actually could be true. There are ways of thinking about social enterprise that could be little…

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Lessons from the Ground- Be Nimble

Last fall, we launched Jubilee Ventures in South Bend, IN. The hope was that our work on the ground would inform the way we direct the future of CovEnterprises, and vice versa. We wanted to create learning loops that allow us to not only champion best practices across the denomination but to apply innovative concepts…

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It Doesn’t Have to Be a Business-Part 2

Last week, I highlighted the Matthew 25 challenge and ways folks are experimenting around the edges of social enterprise and economic development. I think these are incredible ways to dip your toe in the water and see what comes from this kind of work. There are many paths to engaging this work that don’t include…

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It Doesn’t Have to Be a Business

For some of us, and for various reasons, starting a business is not in the cards. There is no doubt that launching and running a business requires a lot of work, and often it can be tedious and not all that glamorous. The heavy lifting required to get a project off the ground is often…

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Strategic Impact Planning Basics

If you’ve been following along the last few weeks, you’ve engaged the conversation around community transformation markers and the community engagement assessment. Having taken the time to discern, discuss and connect with community—friends, neighbors, collaborators, etc.—helps to better root the project within the natural rhythms of the community.  The next piece of the project is…

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