October 2015

Best for NYC: Purposes

by Don Friedman on October 30, 2015

Here is a video of Sara Horowitz of the Freelancers Insurance giving a good explanation of the philosophical* foundation of the B Corp movement. Her points apply to the B Corp movement in general, but are a nice summary of the goals of the Best for NYC Challenge.

*There’s that word again.

Best for NYC: Best Practices

October 29, 2015

Part of working with old buildings is having a library that includes not only current engineering and preservation information but that also covers the era in which we work. In oath words, the 1916 New York City Building is often as useful to us as the 2014 code. When I started my own firm in […]

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Best for NYC: Other Companies 

October 28, 2015

For the Best for NYC Challenge, I’d like to recognize BBMG. Another Brooklyn-based company and one that, like Old Structures, is a consulting firm. Branding is usually seen as a subset of marketing and therefore not necessarily a topic that implies people-based goals, but BBMG thinks otherwise. Good for them and good for their clients.

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Best for NYC: A Summary

October 27, 2015

B Lab recently hosted a retreat on the state of the B Corp community and its future direction. Part of that retreat was discussion of the Best for NYC Challenge and similar upcoming campaigns in other cities. This report by Karen Francis-McWhite is a great read on the topic.

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Best for NYC: Best Practices

October 26, 2015

Sometimes good practice and economic necessity overlap. Our office is in a Class B office building for several reasons, with rent rates and the fact that we only need a couple of thousand square feet at the top of the list. In general, Class B spaces in Manhattan are in older buildings. Our office is in […]

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Best for NYC: Best Practices

October 23, 2015

Some of the ideas I’ve been discussing about the Best for NYC Challenge are more obvious than others. We live and work in the city with the best mass transit in the country (1.7 billion rides on the subway last year, and then there are the buses and commuter railroads) and we rarely need to travel […]

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Best for NYC: Other Companies

October 22, 2015

One of the earliest companies in New York to be certified as a B Corp, Cooperative Home Care Associates, has one of the highest scores I’ve seen on an impact report. Their commitment to the goals of the Best for NYC Challenge is impressive and an inspiration to the rest of us to do better.  

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Best for NYC: Progress

October 21, 2015

As part of the Best for NYC Challenge, it’s worth looking at where we are and how fast we’ve got here. In the summer of 2013, two B Lab interns reviewed the state of B Corps in New York City. There were at that time seven NYC-based B Corps. There are now more than 70, two […]

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Best for NYC: Best Practices

October 20, 2015

Most of the best practices I’ve discussed for the Best for NYC Challenge have been things we try to do every day. But looking after our community also requires planning, which is why I was happy to be asked to take part in two design charettes on the topic of how to make New York more […]

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Best for NYC: Other Companies

October 19, 2015

The Best for NYC Challenge isn’t, of course, just for companies already established as B Corps. The point is to encourage more businesses to think about their goals. Barbara Campbell NYC  is a great example: a Brooklyn-based company that has taken the Best for NYC Challenge as part of its general support of the local community. We […]

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