A movement toward flourishing enterprises

A flourishing world

Organizations, public and private, enterprises of all kinds, can contribute to the assurance of net benefit to life and habitats by adapting business models to new economic outcomes and organizational practices to preferred values of flourishing.

What is the Flourishing Enterprise Institute?

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For seven years, a core working group in the Toronto academic and business community has co-created and promoted the science, tools, and movement for strong sustainability or flourishing businesses and public organizations. The Flourishing Enterprise Institute represents a collective effort to effect organizational, policy, and industry-wide change toward the telos of flourishing.

One outcome is the Flourishing Enterprise Innovation Toolkit, designed to be applicable and useful to all types of enterprises, including for-profits, not-for-profits, cooperatives, hybrid corporations, and government. The FEI Toolkit is relevant at all stages of development, from start-ups to established corporations. Further, it is designed to be inclusive to all cultures, sectors, groups, issues and places.

Vision

We see the flourishing goal as a movement that advances the necessity to transform the social practices of businesses to serve as organizations of social prosperity, as significant contributors to social flourishing. We envision an audacious goal of the transformation of mindsets and decisionmaking of the majority of business leaders and the vast majority of entrepreneurs worldwide by 2030 adopting flourishing, an extraordinary aim achieved through care and cocreation, not campaigns or coercion.

Purpose

The purpose of the Institute is to provide credible and actionable research, advisory services and design tools to accelerate the movement toward flourishing enterprises through rethinking prosperity beyond profit, responsive ecological stewardship, and pro-cultural social evolution. In this way human organizations will start to systematically remove their contributions to the root causes of the planetary crises and start to reverse its previous negative impacts on society and the environment.

Who we are

We are a research network founded in Toronto as a convening group of knowledge creators, organizational and new economics researchers, systemic designers, and advanced practitioners. With a home at OCAD University, Toronto, the Institute also partners with the VERiS Institute, located at Wilfred Laurier University.

First Explorers

First Explorers are an international group of business leaders, consultants, entrepreneurs, and academics exploring using the Flourishing Business Canvas in their work. The First Explorer agreement includes a free, non-transferable license in return for a commitment to providing feedback to support development.

Open Source

In the spirit of co-creation, the Flourishing Business Canvas is currently under licence to First Explorers. Once ready, the Canvas & Toolkit will be freely available under a Creative Commons Licence.

The Flourishing Business Canvas

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the flourishing business canvas

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