Tools for sustainable entrepreneurship

I noticed this blog was moving towards a very theoretical framework on what sustainable entrepreneurship is. Since it’s my objective to research “how to” instead of “what”, I decided to add an extra category called Sustainable organisation tools. In this category I will link a theoretical framework with a tool that will enable you to implement that framework in your organisation.

The posts in this category will always be structured the same way:

  1. Theoretical framework: What is this tool about, how can it be useful?
  2. The tool visualized
  3. How to work with the tool

Important note on tools:

I would like to put special attention on the last point: How to work with the tool. You should always keep in mind that:

  • A tool is a tool, it will not get the work done for you;
  • A tool is only as useful as you let it be (eg. changing your organization chart from a vertical to a horizontal structure won’t change anything if you’re still working like you did before);
  • If the tool doesn’t fit your company, business unit, purpose… you can always alter it. Make the tool fit for your people, not vice versa;
  • Make sure you always understand why a specific tool is used. Using a tool simply because others used it as well is useless;


About leyssensjan

Jan Leyssens is a designer and entrepreneur who strongly believes you can’t turn sustainability into a positive story if your main focus is on negative impact. When designing, he is always looking for the overlap between activism and entrepreneurship, technology and community. His main expertise lies in strategic business model development, Circular Economy, the makermovement, and social innovation. With a background in Industrial Design, Jan quickly shifted his focus towards business design and using the design process in strategic management. Jan is the father of two kids and founder & CEO of Regenerative Design, co-founder of Full Circle, ImpactBoost, and the Circular Design map, podcaster, storyteller, and changemaker.

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