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Open Content

Steward-ownership is diverse and multi-faceted, bringing together start-ups, SMEs and large corporations, and combining modern with traditional entrepreneurship, economic sustainability with economic efficiency. Here you will find a selection of different materials on and around steward-ownership.

With the Purpose Foundation‘s open content materials, we want to share knowledge, information and experiences on steward-ownership to make steward-ownership widely accessible and known and to support stakeholders, such as entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, lawyers, tax advisors, in different regions of the world in their implementation. Click here for more information on the rights of use for the Open Content materials created by the Purpose Foundation.

Enjoy reading, listening or watching.

image: Dirk Schmidt

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Stories of Purpose

03/2024 | #basics, #read, #finance, #inspiration, #SME, #start-up, #stories

Stories, interviews, insights and information about steward-ownership, including interviews with and examples of key stakeholders, lighthouse companies and the work of Purpose.
credits: Devin Berko

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Workbook Verantwortungseigentum

03/2024 | #basics, #read, #education, #finance, #implementation, #inspiration, #start-up, #transformation

A collection of materials and information to inform, guide and support you on your journey towards steward-ownership. A must-read for entrepreneurs who are considering steward-ownership as an ownership structure for their business.
credits: Devin Berko

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Toolkit for Steward-Ownership

03/2024 | #basics, #read, #implementation, #inspiration, #start-up, #stories, #transformation

A collection of materials and information to inform, guide and support you on your journey towards steward-ownership. A must-read for entrepreneurs who are considering steward-ownership as an ownership structure for their business.

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Propiedad Responsable. Repensando la propiedad en el siglo XXI

09/2023 | Spanish, #basics, #read, #finance, #historyofso, #inspiration, #SME, #transformation

Este libro es la obra fundacional para repensar la propiedad empresarial en el siglo XXI. Century. Artículos, entrevistas y estudios de casos ilustran el concepto de propiedad responsable como una opción tangible para las empresas autodeterminadas e con un propósito en la teoría y en la práctica.

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Arte: Mehr Sinn statt Gier – Kapitalismus neu gedacht

09/2023 | German, #watch, #historyofso, #inspiration, #SME, #socent, #start-up, #stories

Eine Dokumentation über Verantwortungseigentum, mit den Purpose-Unternehmen Ecosia, Wildplastic und elobau. Was motiviert Gründer*innen, ihr Unternehmen in Verantwortungseigentum umzuwandeln, in Verantwortungseigentum zu gründen oder Nachfolgeprozesse in Verantwortungseigentum zu gestalten?

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Case Study: Vyld

04/2024 | English, #read, #finance, #inspiration, #start-up, #stories, #transformation

A must-read for anyone who’s interested in steward-ownership aligned financing. German start-up VYLD seeks to promote menstrual health while saving the oceans. Their mission is to produce innovative, eco-friendly, and healthy products made from seaweed, starting with tampons.

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Stapelstein®

04/2024 | #read, #finance, #implementation, #inspiration, #SME, #stories

The founders of Stapelstein® have been looking for ways to regain control and secure the independence of their company. The transition to steward-ownership, strategic and steward-ownership aligned buy-outs from old investors have enabled them to do so in the long term. Read more in this case study.
credits: Juan Pablo Mascanfroni

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The Patagonia Structure in the Context of Steward-Ownership

09/2023 | English, #basics, #read, #education, #implementation, #SME, #transformation

An article about Patagonia's new ownership model. Yvon Chouinard's shift to steward-ownership sparks debate and redefines corporate ownership. With the realignment of profit and purpose, Patagonia is paving the way for a paradigm shift in business dynamics and inspires entrepreneurs worldwide.
Gertruda Valaseviciute

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OpenAI & Bringing Steward-Ownership to Life While Playing on the Field of Capitalism

01/2024 | English, #basics, #read, #finance, #implementation, #stories

The third article of the OpenAI-series looks at the events of November 2023 around the ousting of Sam Altman and the role of OpenAI's ownership and governance structure. It draws learnings from the case particularly in regards to an intentional design of governance, financing and stewardship.
credits: VPro Tegenlicht

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VPro Tegenlicht: Goed geld verdienen

09/2023 | English, #watch, #historyofso, #inspiration, #SME, #start-up, #stories, #transformation

In dieser Doku diskutieren Waldemar Zeiler und Philip Siefer inmitten der Covid-Krise krisensichere Wirtschaftsparadigmen; darunter auch Verantwortungseigentum. Ein Video über visionäre Unternehmer*innen, auf der Suche nach resilienten, verantwortlichen und langfristigen Geschäftskonzepten.
Credits: Banca Ética Latinoamericana

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Banca Ética Latinoamericana

04/2024 | #basics, #listen, #finance, #inspiration, #stories

A case study about Banca Ética Latinoamericana, a steward-owned pioneer in the financial sector and known for its innovative approach to operations and decision-making, which are guided by a clear purpose, promoting human well-being, social cohesion, and environmental regeneration.
credits: Purpose Projects

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Purpose Projects: #25 Camille Canon – What does it mean to be a purpose-driven business?

09/2023 | English, #basics, #listen, #finance, #inspiration, #stories

In this podcast, Camille Canon (co-founder Purpose US) talks about steward-ownership and why there is no way around it when talking about purpose in today’s corporate world. A technical yet fascinating conversation with examples from inspiring purpose-driven companies like Firebrand Artisan Bread.
credits: Wildplastic

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Case study: Wildplastic

03/2024 | English, #read, #finance, #implementation, #inspiration, #socent, #start-up, #stories

A case study about Wildplastic, outlining the startup’s mission and founding journey to set up a steward-ownership structure and including a deep dive into their two financing rounds shaped by finding aligned and non-extractive funding.
credits: Alex Shutin

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Steward-ownership is capitalism 2.0

09/2023 | English, #read, #inspiration, #start-up, #stories, #transformation

A blogpost outlining the impact of steward-ownership on capitalism by emphasizing its applicability beyond “impact companies”. Whilst addressing capitalism's negative impacts by retaining its efficiency and entrepreneurship, steward-ownership mitigates inequality and environmental concerns.

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SO:22 – Keynotes

09/2023 | English, German, #watch, #inspiration, #stories

A Youtube-playlist of six inspiring talks from the VE:22 - Conference on Steward-Ownership in September 2022. With keynotes from Prof. Katharina Pistor, Rutger Bregman, Prof. Meredith Whittaker, Gerhard Behles, Lene Skole and Lena Marbacher.
credits: Creativity Culture

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Aligned capital for creative entrepreneurs

09/2023 | English, #read, #finance, #socent, #start-up

In the startup phase, creative entrepreneurs seek mission-aligned funding, challenging conventional venture capital. This article offers insights into steward-ownership structures, promoting long-term impact and sustainability for purpose-driven businesses.

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State of Alternative Ownership in the U.S.

09/2023 | English, #read, #finance, #implementation, #inspiration

This report reflects a yearlong learning journey Purpose and RSF Social Finance undertook to explore steward-ownership and alternative financing in the US, including learnings from more than sixty conversations with entrepreneurs, investors, founders, owners, non- profits, and business leaders.