Vision for 2030 - More sustainable businesses

It’s an exciting time to be an entrepreneur. When I say “entrepreneur” I could just as easily mean a for profit business owner as a nonprofit leader, as the point here is entrepreneurial spirit vs. governance structure. I believe we’re just at the start of the sustainable business revolution, but I think there is more that we can — and must — do to accelerate that movement. Here’s why.

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David Billson
We had a Blast(er)! A Star Wars Recap

On December 30th we had the joy of sharing our love of Star Wars with a planned 600+ guests (to read the why please visit Sharing Star Wars). We were treated to a festive environment, with characters in costume greeting the kids to make the event extra-special.

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David Billson
Communal poetry: Disappointment, Anger, Love and... Pride

The community fundraiser to support “Prom Queen” at The Grand Theatre was an outstanding success. We nearly doubled the goal of $30,000 - ultimately raising over $58,000. Many people cheered the success of the financial results of the campaign - but I’m afraid an important part of the narrative was missed.

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David Billson
Sharing Star Wars

This year, we’ve forgone some of the typical activities you’d see from a business around a holiday season. Instead, on December 30th, we’re taking 700 people to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We are inviting children from all different backgrounds (and their families) who may not have the means to experience the wonder and joy of the films as I did as a child. Here is the why.

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David Billson
Part 2: How to avoid (mitigate?) being a terrible leader

This story may appear, at first glance, to be about me. It is actually about the team that I have built. Truly, it is a team of superheroes. I can credit one overarching skill that has brought me whatever success that I have had - my greatest skill is hiring good, smart people. To be clear, I don’t mean ‘good’ just from the technical skillset perspective; I mean ‘good’ in a far more impactful way -- I mean good-hearted.

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David Billson
Pillar Accelerator - Day 1

Since starting rTraction, we’ve always had a community lens and a strong corporate social responsibility program - but we have only recently looked inwards to see how we can use our assets, skills and people to focus on making a positive impact in our community versus a separate program or values set. The businesses at the accelerator will start with their social purpose firmly entrenched.

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David Billson
Part 1: Pondering your Purpose

I recently wrote about our change back to using the rTraction brand, and the outcomes of the process that led to that decision. What I did not write about, at the the time, is how damned hard it was to come to those conclusions.

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David Billson
Part 3: Changes to rTraction Leadership

I have some exciting news I would like to share about some organizational changes at rTraction.

I think that one of the great revolutions of modern business theory is the shift from getting the right people on the bus to getting the right people on the bus and in their right seats.

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David Billson
Arts Trailblazers - The arts in London

I had the pleasure of moderating a panel with Andrea Halwa, Andrew Chung, Emma Donoghue, and Kathy Navackas. It was an exciting evening that explored the ups, downs, and challenges of London’s arts and culture community.

 

I came away from the evening with a few notes about the state of arts in our community and I thought I would share those thoughts.

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David Billson
Celebrating International Women's Day in London

March 8th marks International Women’s Day, where women are globally recognized and celebrated for their achievements. Although there are many successes that women have accomplished economically, politically and socially, we wanted to highlight a few particular individuals in the arts, culture and mental health space. This year’s IWD campaign theme is #BeBoldForChange, and it’s clear that the following women have made bold actions in their fields to foster inclusion and gender-balanced leadership.

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Ellen Husk
Wrapping Up the Season

I suspect that 2016 will be remembered as a year of significant change… for lots of reasons. We are no different. As I reflect on 2016, the first term that comes to mind is ‘change’. Change always presents businesses unique opportunities to adapt to better serve their customers. In our case, we changed in three significant ways:

  1. We became a B-Corp.

  2. We focused on our impact areas.

  3. We saw a change in our ownership.

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Rachel Berdan