This blog was inspired by discussions with a number of friends and colleagues, scattered about the sectors and the world, about the overlapping spheres of profit and mission. Its name was inspired by Ralph Smith, Senior Vice President of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, who described a new era of “sector agnosticism” among foundations and grantors. It plucked a string for all of us, as we had struggled to describe the ambivalence of our generation of professionals and philanthropists toward the traditional divides that have demarcated the ways we approach problem-solving.
Philosophically grounded in my own agnosticism as to whether the private or public sector is best suited to build a better world, this blog draws on my professional background as an attorney and consultant for mission-based ventures. In it I explore questions at the intersection of law and social enterprise and, hopefully, provide insight into the issues encountered by for-profit and non-profit entrepreneurs alike as they establish and scale their ventures. Welcome!