30 Oct

Floating Schools – FOCUS Foods Inc – Why Not Charity? – TRP004

Social Enterprise Podcast by Agrego

Richard, Joshua & Gareth are back for another episode of the social enterprise podcast, Redefine.

Note: if you can’t see the links below then visit us at bit.ly/redefine004

This week on The Redefine Podcast (TRP) we discuss:

Rededinitions of the Week:

Social Enterprise Heroes of the Week: 

Watch FOCUS Foods Inc Video Here

Agrego’s wins and losses of the week along with Richard making Josh sound like a complete jerk.

And finally our controversial topic:

Why Not Charity? 

Reach out to us on social media at:

  • facebook.com/projectagrego
  • twitter.com/project_agrego
  • twitter.com/JoshuaBMaddox
  • twitter.com/RichardMands
  • twitter.com/GarethSidwell

Ask questions on social media or use hashtags:

  • #RedefinePodcast
  • #ProjectAgrego
21 Oct

Money and Happiness – Social Express – Good Berry – TRP003

Social Enterprise Podcast

Joshua, Richard & Gareth are back for the 3rd epsoide of The Redefine Podcast (TRP) for social entrepreneurs and social do gooders from all walks of life.

In this week’s Redefinitions of Week:

  • Joshua discusses “Adequate Housing” in relation to other seemingly opposing statistics.
  • Gareth starts a rather long discussion about helping others by helping yourself.
  • Richard decided to be more sporting about the whole thing and makes some comments about his once beloved Premier League.

Heroes of the Week:

  • Richard goes big and gives us some chilling reasons why President Obama became his hero.
  • Joshua perhaps makes a fool of himself trying to pronounce his hero’s surname
  • Gareth gets to work explaining how his hero is battling homelessness in a great way (Mayor Richard Berry on UpWorthy)

Agrego.org’s wins and loses of the week:

  • Joshua does his best to be thankful to Social Express while Richard shows just how much of an ungrateful dullard Josh really is.

We hope all of you socents, social enterprise leaders or general do gooders have enjoyed this week’s podcast.

We’d love you to join the conversation. Leave a question at any of the links below and we’ll be sure to answer them in the upcoming episodes.

Links to ask questions:

Agrego Facebook

Agrego Twitter

Joshua on Twitter

Richard on Twitter

18 Oct

Special Edition – Agrego Explained and Domogo Relation to it

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Agrego is:

A fully transparent management & incubation platform that seeks to fulfill 3 broad goals:

  • Redefine the way that wealth is produced, used and distributed
  • Create a cycle of opportunity that seeks to lift as many people as possible permanently out of poverty
  • Create a platform for mass philanthropic participation by simply living life normally (fulfil the role that Charities can not)

Immutables of an Agrego Company?

  • Becomes fully transparent both financially and operationally.
    • Must simplify financial information that people care about ( management salaries, separation of administration costs etc…)
    • Live streamed, recorded and publically posted board meetings without edits
  • All owners/shareholders will have total possible earnings capped to reasonable salaries which will be prominently & publicly displayed
  • Will work to develop staff towards individual goals and passions
  • Will strive to create the most ethical service or product achievable with the resources available to them
  • Work towards a philanthropic cause
  • Pay a percentage of revenue back to Agrego for funding future Agrego companies

Hacking Capitalism and Using it as a Tool for Good

Agrego models are formed similarly to the way one would think about constructing a computer virus:

We design micro businesses that exploit industry vulnerabilities and are then able to quickly replicate and spread.  Instead of trying to create new resources and methodolgies we latch onto the existing systems and hack it into a force for doing good.

We exploit vunerablitites by targeting industries, products or services that:

      • Have poor public perception / reputation
      • Have low employee morale / known for poor worker treatment

We try to improve the likelyhood and ease of  replication or expansion by ensuring our starting models:

    • Have relatively low startup costs
    • Have relatively low learning curves in operation, management or ownership 
    • Have natural product or service offshoots that match the first two criteria
    • Can have branches / sub elements handed off to beneficiaries

Agrego today

  • Agrego today is a volunteer board of directors.
  • Agrego will later be a holding company and a headquarters of sorts that provide franchise type services to Agrego companies.  
  • We are actively working to prove the Agrego model via 3 case studies. The first of the 3 case studies we are building, is Domogo.

Domogo? (Domo + Go)

  • “Domo” means “house” in Esperanto
  • “Go” means to “move from one place or point to another” also “an attempt or trial at something”
  • Finally it’s an acronym for DO MOre GOod ( DO + MO + GO)

What is Domogo?

  • A housing products & services brand that fulfills all Agrego immutables.
  • 100% of profit is used in the battle against global homelessness
  • We are striving towards decentralisation of ownership (must be done without sacrificing or risking Agrego immutables)
  • We meet the Agrego immutables in all aspects of the company

Domogo’s Vision

To eradicate homelessness through cyclical opportunities.

Our Mission / Our Singular Focus / Our Secret Sauce

To create “home” in every encounter ( extended to customers, staff & beneficiaries)

 

Links to ask questions:

Agrego Facebook

Agrego Twitter

Joshua on Twitter

Richard on Twitter

14 Oct

Disappointment – The Social Entrepreneur’s Playbook – MVP’s — TRP002 

Social Enterprise Podcast

Disappointment seems to be in the air in the 2nd episode of The Redefine Podcast, let’s hope that doesn’t extend to our listeners!

Redefinition of the Week: 

A certain British Media Outlet is redefined as “Disappointment”.

Social Enterprise Hero of the Week:

Joshua’s Hero of the Week:

Ian C. MacMillan & James D. Thompson, Co-authors of The Social Entrepreneur’s Playbook. Joshua discusses the half read book and some comparisons to Lean methodologies.

Richard’s Hero of the Week:

“Social Entrepreneurship” as a whole for the comparatively positive proportion of women in leadership positions in social enterprises and social businesses vs. solely for profit SME’s and FTSE companies.

Main Discussions: 

  • Why twitter is a thing
  • Media Bias
  • Minimal Viable Products and how they relate to social outcomes & even podcasts.

 

06 Oct

The Swede – Gun Control – Social Enterprise – TRP001

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In our very first episode of The Redefine Podcast ( TRP ), Richard Mands & Joshua Maddox are joined by Gareth Sidwell and Michael Burrows.

The “Redefinition of the Week

“The Swede”.

Ikea considers allowing all staff to move to 4 day work weeks while at the same time Sweden considers moving the entire country to 6 hour work days.

Links promised during the podcast on 4 day work weeks:

CNN Money Article

Business Insider Article 

Thinkprogress.org on Treehouse 4 Day Work Weeks

Herox.com Platform for Social Competitions

Visit Herox.com ( We’re not affiliated, we just love their service, product and attitudes!)

Herox Competitions By Domogo:

Domogo Social Outcome Competitions

Finally, what do you think of 4 day work weeks? Do you think it would be feasible or productive in your social enterprise or business?

Take a moment and let us know on Twitter or Facebook.