Sustainable Business Models

In the previous part, we introduced you to the secrets of a business model. As you may have noticed, it is a way of thinking that is essentially not even that difficult. Rather, it is a way of looking at possibilities and organizing action/change. Some were born with this entrepreneurial perspective; others need some practice at this way of thinking.

Why are business models so important for social entrepreneurs and changemakers? Because they help you think in an efficient way to transform plans and purposes into practice.

In the previous part, we went into the essentials of a business model, to make the basics very clear and to practice with them. In this part we can go further with some variations on (mainly) the business model canvas, which might seem more complete to you as a social entrepreneur. The sustainable business models that we discuss here also have an explicit focus on non-financial-economic components such as ecology and social impact. We invite you to go through these variations, and note which one you prefer.

20 minutes

This introductory session will take you approximately 20 minutes to get through, that is, if you just follow the explanations.

70 minutes

With additional reading this session should take you in total about 70 minutes to complete.

4 hours

With additional reading and a review of the academic articles, journal articles or advanced concepts should take you, more like, 4 hours to complete.

We hope you will make your business plan as sustainable as possible!