Building the 4th Sector is
a little like community art.

For Kim's birthday a few weeks ago we decided to do a chair bombing. We took an old bench, painted it, and placed it in an alcove by our office. Our process was pretty unstructured—we brought tools, cans of leftover paints, an idea, and…
Community Mural Cottonwood AZ

The Heart of Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding has a heart. It beats like a drum—ba dum, ba dum, ba dum. It calls us to community—to help each other, build each other up, raise each other's barns. Crowdfunding campaigns carry the heart of our stories out to the…

What's your vision of a robust
social enterprise sector?

It's great to be in Chicago at the SEA Summit touring social enterprises, learning and meeting people doing The Great Work. Darius Ballinger kicked off the conference and encouraged us to approach our work from both the micro and macro…

A vision and an idea whose time has come

In the summer of 1997 I sat in a circle of woman who had come together to explore the intersection between leadership and womanhood. We spent time in silence on a Wyoming mountainside, and it was there that I saw a vision unfold of a world…

Now is the time to crowdfund!

If you are a business or organization founded on the principle of doing something good for people or the planet—and you'd like to raise some money to help you do it better—now is the time for a crowdfunding campaign on TLC. Why now?…

Are you a social enterprise hero?
We want to meet you!

Crossing the Sydney Lanier Bridge on our way to Jekyll island with Robert, one of our awesome EDWARD Shuttle drivers. In last week's blog I mentioned our new research project with the National Science Foundation. We are excited…

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

We love telling the story of how people use the TLC platform to care for each other and their communities. Kim and I recently had the opportunity to speak at the Electric Cities of Georgia Forum. We met great folks from Georgia's communities…

What's a Crowdfundie?

The Local Crowd won a Crowdfundie Award at the Global Crowdfunding Convention last month and we are delighted that TLC's work has been recognized as significant to the crowdfunding industry. Thank you to our host communities—for having…

Demolishing the Gender Gap—One Crowdfund at a Time

What if we could put an end to the gender gap women entrepreneurs face when raising capital? The answer to this question is hard to imagine because we have lived in a world filled with bias for so long. According to a 2014 report issued by…

The Valley of Death and the Two-Humped Camel

Most crowdfunding campaigns experience a Valley of Death—a trough of activity that follows the initial surge of interest and precedes the final rush to the finish line. Envision a two-humped camel. The first hump rises up as the campaign team…