254 episodes

The #1 Podcast for Social Entrepreneurs & Social Innovators. With host Cory Ames, Founder of Grow Ensemble, dive deeper into social entrepreneurship, social enterprises and the tools, resources, and strategies that support their growth and expand their impact.

Hear from these top social innovators from both the non-profit and for-profit sector - CEOs, Executive Directors, Thought-Leaders and more.

The Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Podcast Grow Ensemble

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    • 5.0 • 66 Ratings

The #1 Podcast for Social Entrepreneurs & Social Innovators. With host Cory Ames, Founder of Grow Ensemble, dive deeper into social entrepreneurship, social enterprises and the tools, resources, and strategies that support their growth and expand their impact.

Hear from these top social innovators from both the non-profit and for-profit sector - CEOs, Executive Directors, Thought-Leaders and more.

    #254 - What Makes a Great Company? - Dean's Beans Journey to Worker Ownership

    #254 - What Makes a Great Company? - Dean's Beans Journey to Worker Ownership

    Welcome to the Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Podcast. In this thought-provoking episode titled "What Makes a Great Company?" we're diving into the inspiring journey of Dean's Beans Organic Coffee Company. Joining us are two remarkable guests, Dean Cycon, the founder of Dean's Beans, and the new CEO, Beth Spong, who are here to shed light on their unique approach to business—one that's grounded in social, economic, and environmental justice.
    ⭐ SPONSORED BY: Transform Global - https://www.transform.global/ agood company - https://www.agood.com/ 💌 NEWSLETTER: Click the link below to sign up for our newsletter, The Weekly Ensemble, and every Monday receive a meditation exploring what it means to live and work sustainably at the intersection of business, nature, & philosophy.

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    🗣 TOPICS DISCUSSED: Fair trade certification limitations Empowerment through community engagement Worker-owned cooperative benefits Mission-driven business model Sustainable purchasing practices Importance of deepening impact Challenging profit maximization mindset SUPPORT THE PODCAST: Leave a Review (on Apple Podcasts!)  Subscribe to the Newsletter Share the Podcast GROW ENSEMBLE: YouTube LinkedIn ABOUT CORY AMES: Newsletter LinkedIn Website

    • 1 hr 22 min
    #253 - Seth Godin: How to Escape Industrial Capitalism's Race to the Bottom & Do Work Worth Doing

    #253 - Seth Godin: How to Escape Industrial Capitalism's Race to the Bottom & Do Work Worth Doing

    Yes, we need to make a living. 
    But how do we make a life? 
    It might not simply be about the money. 
    When the world is in turmoil, when our health is at risk and the future seems murky, perhaps paychecks and productivity aren’t enough.
    Perhaps we can’t manage our way into the future. 
    What if we created the best job someone ever had? 
    What if we built an organization people would genuinely miss if it were gone? 
    What if the work we did made things better? 
    Mozart, not Muzak. 
    This is the Song of Significance
    This interview with Seth Godin, author of 21 international bestsellers that have changed the way people think about work, is about how we, in business, can do better. 
    How we need to do better. 
    In 2023, Seth published this very important book, The Song of Significance: A New Manifesto for Teams, which was an urgent call to action for us all to rethink work, management, and leadership. 
    Both in how it’s all practiced and what it’s all even for. 
    Seth, has influenced an incredible many in business and marketing myself included, and I believe he has long already been a champion for embedding meaning into the work we do. 
    To make something people remark on, you must push yourself to make something remarkable.
    The focus isn’t on attracting customers, but rather, on building community around what you and your organization stand for. 
    Trust and transactions aren’t best bought but rather built and earned through servicing what people need.  
    This book, however, takes a much broader look at business–explains the rather dangerous pathway we are on, but in simple, yet profound maxims and short stories offers us a pathway forward.                          
    In this conversation, Seth and I discuss the perceived problems at hand with business, business culture, and work–and sort through the various nuances of remedying those issues to create a better, more meaningful future.  
    Specifically, we explore how industrialization has bred a race to the bottom culture in business where it’s margins, not meaning or service fueling the engines of our marketplace. 
    We explore how we need NEW entrepreneurial idols – and what mainstream business misses about the Henry Fords, Elon Musks, and Zuckerbergs of the world. 
    And most importantly, Seth shares how we can do WORK WORTH DOING both for ourselves and for our communities.  
    🗒️ SHOW NOTES 
    For more --> https://www.socialentrepreneurship.fm/253/

    • 55 min
    #252 - Is Globalization Good or Bad? The Effects of NAFTA & Global Supply Chains ⛓️

    #252 - Is Globalization Good or Bad? The Effects of NAFTA & Global Supply Chains ⛓️

    On December 8th, 1993, Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) into law. 
    In his remarks at the signing, Clinton proclaimed, “NAFTA means jobs. American jobs and good-paying American jobs. If I didn't believe that, I wouldn't support this agreement.” 
    Two decades after NAFTA had been in effect (1993 - 2013) the Economic Policy Institute reported that over 850,000 American jobs had been moved abroad. 
    Why? Because American companies gladly moved jobs to Mexico where the daily wage of a Mexican worker was roughly equivalent to the minimum wage per hour in the U.S.
    Especially in the business world, we take for granted that the global spread of capitalism (fueled by free trade agreements like NAFTA) has increased the quality of life for all by expanding participation in the market, often through jobs. 
    But, there’s essential nuance here that’s been overlooked. 
    Not all jobs are good jobs and trade is not good for trading’s sake.
    Eric Henry, President of TS Designs, a large volume screen printing company based in Burlington, North Carolina, like many many other U.S.-based businesses was forced to reinvent his business anew after bearing the brunt of NAFTA’s impact. 
    In this podcast, we’ll share Eric’s experience, explore the wider implications and context of NAFTA and globalization, and offer a vision for what a post-race-to-the-bottom world might look like.
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    For more --> https://www.socialentrepreneurship.fm/252/
    ⭐️ *SPONSORED BY*
    agood company - https://www.agood.com/
    Dean's Beans -  https://deansbeans.com/ 
    💌 NEWSLETTER
    💌 The Weekly Ensemble: The Ensemble Weekly is a weekly newsletter exploring the art of living and working sustainably written and published by Grow Ensemble Founder and Podcast Host, Cory Ames.
    Join 1000s of social entrepreneurs all over the globe and subscribe >>> https://growensemble.com/newsletter/
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    • 31 min
    #251 - 7 Examples of Greenwashing

    #251 - 7 Examples of Greenwashing

    In this episode of Grow Ensemble, host Cory Ames delves into the deceptive tactics of greenwashing, where companies mislead the public about their environmental and social responsibility.
    Through 7 compelling examples, Cory sheds light on how businesses use certifications, misleading marketing claims, and acquisitions to present themselves as sustainable and ethical, while engaging in harmful practices. With a focus on transparency and accountability, the episode challenges both consumers and business leaders to identify, confront, and avoid falling victim to greenwashing.
    Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of the detrimental effects of greenwashing and to equip yourself with the knowledge to navigate the landscape of sustainable and ethical business practices.
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    🗒️ SHOW NOTES 
    For more --> https://www.socialentrepreneurship.fm/251/
    ⭐️ *SPONSORED BY*
    Transform - https://www.transform.global/ 
    Intrepid Travel -  https://www.intrepidtravel.com/us
    💌 NEWSLETTER
    💌 The Weekly Ensemble: The Ensemble Weekly is a weekly newsletter exploring the art of living and working sustainably written and published by Grow Ensemble Founder and Podcast Host, Cory Ames.
    Join 1000s of social entrepreneurs all over the globe and subscribe >>> https://growensemble.com/newsletter/
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    • 23 min
    #250 - What Makes Great Coffee? ☕️

    #250 - What Makes Great Coffee? ☕️

    5 roasts, over 5 regions, and the story of the coffee supply chain from farm to cup. Our task here is to explore and reconsider this question: what makes great coffee? 
    To do so I’ve enlisted the help of my many friends at Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee. Dean’s Beans is a 100% employee-owned, Certified B Corporation based out of Orange, Massachusetts. 
    The company was founded by Dean Cycon, an environmental and indigenous rights lawyer, back in 1993. Dean set out to prove coffee around the world could be bought, sold, and delivered to our cups without compromising the health and well-being of people and the planet.
    Dean offered his answer to the industry and consumers alike, to the question, what makes great coffee?
    This episode mixes tasting with the very tactical of how we get from bean (or cherry, rather) to finished brew.  
    We’ll talk organic coffee farming, the role of coffee cooperatives, the significance of fair trade, and also, when you should or shouldn’t put cream and sugar in your morning cup. 
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    ⭐️ *SPONSORED BY*
    Transform - https://www.transform.global/ 
    A Good Company - https://www.agood.com/
    Intrepid Travel -  https://www.intrepidtravel.com/us
    Bodhi Surf Yoga - https://www.bodhisurfyoga.com/
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    💌 The Weekly ensemble: The ensemble Weekly is a weekly newsletter exploring the art of living and working sustainably written and published by Grow Ensemble Founder and Podcast Host, Cory Ames.
    Join 1000s of social entrepreneurs all over the globe and subscribe >>> https://growensemble.com/newsletter/

    • 1 hr 4 min
    #249 - The 10 Characteristics of Success in Social Entrepreneurship

    #249 - The 10 Characteristics of Success in Social Entrepreneurship

    What does success mean to you? Defining success in a field can define the field. Defining success for ourselves will define our lives. And so here, friend and coach of mine, Paul Zelizer and I go through the essential exercise of defining what to each of us makes for a successful social entrepreneur. Paul is a business coach for social entrepreneurs and host of the Awarepreneurs Podcast where he’s published over 300 episodes with deep-dive interviews with world-class social entrepreneurs. Here we have a unique style of show for you, where back and forth, Paul and me reveal each of our own Top 5 characteristics of success in social entrepreneurship. Before we recorded the conversation you’re about to hear, we each created our own lists (with no knowledge of the other’s list) to see collectively what sort of definition we might come up with for what it means, what it looks like to be a “successful social entrepreneur.” This same conversation, in a slightly different final edit, is likewise being released on Paul’s show, Awarepreneurs—which, if you’re curious to check out you can go to Awarepreneurs.com, or, search for the show wherever you get your podcasts. So, in this episode here, on The Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Podcast with me, Cory Ames as your host, you’ll hear Paul’s origin story to social entrepreneurship and then, together, our 10 Characteristics of Successful Social Entrepreneurs. #socialentrepreneurship #socialentrepreneurs #socialentrepreneur
    ⭐️ *SPONSORED BY*
    Dean's Beans - https://deansbeans.com/
    Transform - https://www.transform.global/ 
    A Good Company - https://www.agood.com/
    Intrepid Travel -  https://www.intrepidtravel.com/us
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    💌 The Weekly ensemble: The ensemble Weekly is a weekly newsletter exploring the art of living and working sustainably written and published by Grow Ensemble Founder and Podcast Host, Cory Ames.
    Join 1000s of social entrepreneurs all over the globe and subscribe >>> https://growensemble.com/newsletter/

    • 1 hr 34 min

Customer Reviews

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66 Ratings

66 Ratings

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Spot On

Corey is the best. His passion and guests are truly amazing!

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A Great Podcast!

I absolutely love this podcast! Corey does a fantastic job of bringing on insightful guests who share their stories about how they are making the world a better place. The conversations are engaging and informative, and I always come away with valuable insights and inspiration. Highly recommend for anyone in the entrepreneurial space!

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