Childhood games can be very tricky, especially when it comes to abiding by the rules. Older family members might take advantage of the younger ones and simply change the rules for their own benefit. Adults usually settle such disputes in court; however, the only judge for children is their Mom and/or Dad, who are often far from being objective. Such “court” is all-powerful, as it enforces the rules on everything from room-cleaning and homework to skirt length and tattoos. Although these “home judges” generally tend to come up with good rulings, they sometimes fail to remain unbiased.
Through seven years of innovation, Commonstake has evolved into a platform offering a two-fold solution addressing both the information problem and pricing problem fueling the aforementioned Green Gap. Regarding information, crowdsourced data via user-submitted news articles, op-eds and ratings on companies’ ESG practices, engages consumers in a way top-down resources never could. Regarding pricing, Commonstake incentivizes sustainable shopping and user activity through its rewards program, offering points that can be redeemed as equity in Scalechange, transforming consumers’ perception of sustainable indulgence into one of social enterprise investment. “Commonstake empowers stakeholders as shareholders, turning consumer citizens into impact investors,” said Tom Lonesome, Scalechange’s Vice President of Development.
Social Intrapreneurs was founded this month by a consortium of social-venture contractors, consulting firms and investor members across the United States and Canada, who are improving their services to social entrepreneurs end expanding their reach globally by banding together and sharing resources and creative synergy. From legal structuring to launch, the collective helps startup not-for-profits and for-profits so that they may help others.
Scalechange facilitates citizenship in the business sector by engaging everyday people with corporate social responsibility (CSR) and empowering them as consumer citizens and crowd-philanthropists. Consumers are not yet equipped with impact data on each company. even if we were there is a prohibitive premium on ethical products. Scalechange allows consumers to identify which companies share our values and receive rebates when we shop with them.