Welcome to Flourishing Enterprise Innovation
Our vision is a world where human enterprises no longer merely attempt to do less harm, but instead set at their core the goal of sustaining the possibility for human and other life to flourish on this planet for seven generations – contributing to the realization of the UN SDGs and beyond (adapted from John Ehrenfeld, MIT).
We imagine futures where successful enterprises create tri-profit: social benefits, environmental regeneration and financial returns. Flourishing enterprises do good to do well. They excel because humans are flourishing and nature is thriving (David Cooperrider). And, they have unprecedented levels of innovation, accountability and transparency across entire inter-dependent social, environmental and economic value systems.
Business leaders and entrepreneurs around the world are rapidly realizing that by innovating their business models they can create significant positive social and environmental impact, while also increasing their financial sustainability. This approach enables the possibility for enterprises of all kinds to flourish in response to our increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world.
The Flourishing Enterprise Innovation Toolkit is a management innovation to enable leaders to design their flourishing enterprise: socially beneficial, environmentally regenerative and financially viable. The toolkit includes the Flourishing Business Canvas and methodologies for its effective use in established enterprises and startups, and more.
Join Our Community
The First Explorers and the Google Groups are beginning the migration process to our new community platform, Mighty Networks. It’s totally up to you whether or not you would like to join our new online community. You will still be able to access all the public information at the links located around this website.
The principles and practices that we teach have at their heart empowering leaders to accelerate innovation towards sustainability-as-flourishing. As a result, and because we want to offer ongoing learning opportunities that support you in facilitating the approach in your own context, we curate a private online community for those who have joined the movement.
Within this community you will find articles, links, event, and resources. You will also find it easy to connect within the network to learn and converse on a range of subjects and contexts related to the Flourishing Enterprise Innovation Toolkit.
We invite you to join us in working towards this vision…
- Learn More – Explore information on the Toolkit and Canvas
- Support the development –See how you can leverage your network to support the development of the Toolkit
- Experience the Toolkit – Come to one of our events delivered through our service initiatives
- Use it in your work – Join our First Explorers Community
- Contribute to its further development – Contact us to join our network of supporters
- Undertake research using it – Join our community of researchers
About the Flourishing Business Canvas
Learn more about why a flourishing business model could be useful to your existing enterprise or startup look at this visual story by First Explorer Patricia Kambitsch (@playthink)
Click on the play button for this ~3 min audio / visual introduction to flourishing (aka Strongly Sustainable) business by First Explorer Antony Upward (@aupward). This also introduces the Flourishing Enterprise Innovation Toolkit that includes our collaborative visual design tool – the Flourishing Business Canvas:
Explore how you can get involved in the project!
Click on the image below to view a 2-pager overview of the project, with an invitation on how to get involved.
Keep in Touch
Co-operative of Flourishing Enterprise Innovators is incubated by
Edward James Consulting Ltd ‒ a certified Benefit Corporation®
The Flourishing Business Toolkit Project is one of a number of complementary initiatives
by members of the Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group ‒
a global community of management innovation practice and research
hosted by OCAD University’s Strategic Innovation Lab.
The project is also co-convening a planetary-wide network of nodes forming
the Flourishing Enterprise Institute. The Institute will undertake the urgently required applied research
focused on the management innovations and practices for flourishing enterprise design and leadership