Enterprise Structures and Legal Framework

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As we continue our MBA Series, we move on from the principles discussed in the previous episodes into the structures and frameworks that can take these principles into action and effect. While the foundational principles have a clear necessity, they are not enough to achieve the goals of the next economy and as we aim to change the systems that define our societies and world, we have to move beyond mere ideas.

Ryan Honeyman and Kevin Bayuk use this episode to focus on the legal and corporate tools available to organizations looking to create a meaningful difference, covering the definition of B Corps, inspiring examples of cooperatives, steward ownership, and helpful questions for gaining clarity. There is also some time spent unpacking simple and impactful steps that individuals can take outside of organizations toward a better future.

One of the most meaningful themes of today’s discussion is the idea of choosing the correct vessel for the actual purpose and ambitions of the project, instead of an attachment to any one structure or model from the outset. Kevin explains why NPOs are not always the answer and shares some examples of lesser-known company structures that can be very effective too. Tune in to hear it all on today’s show.

Key Points From Enterprise Structures and Legal Frameworks:

  • Framing today’s discussion and the first questions to ask about organizations. [0:02:24]

  • The useful corporate structures and strategies that NPOs can implement. [0:08:38]

  • Common choices and tracks for conscientious companies. [0:16:51]

  • Unpacking the definition of a B Corp and some of the relevant history. [0:29:39]

  • Examples of some of the different types of cooperatives that exist currently. [0:33:37]

  • Excitement about the steward-ownership model. [0:38:40]

  • Closing thoughts and practical steps and applications for different situations. [0:41:05]


“There are a lot of next economy activities that we can implement in our own lives, in our families and communities that don’t require paperwork filing, or adherence to statutes.” — Kevin Bayuk [0:03:41]

“The impact vision and outcomes should be in the driver’s seat, should be the things that dictate your choices, rather than the other way around.” — Kevin Bayuk [0:07:18]

“There are a series of advantages or disadvantages to each of the structures in terms of durability of mission, or purpose, or impact.” — Kevin Bayuk [0:15:13]

“I think it’s healthy to at least question whether or not a non-profit is the right choice, inherently, to do good or to be of benefit.” — Kevin Bayuk [0:21:04]

“What we try to do in the book is present enough literacy about what is out there and what is possible, because knowing your options, I think, is the main things that is missing.” — Kevin Bayuk [0:41:25]

Links Mentioned in Enterprise Structures and Legal Frameworks:

Kevin Bayuk on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinbayuk/

Sustainable Economies Law Center: https://www.theselc.org/

Homeboy Industries: https://homeboyindustries.org/

REI: https://www.rei.com/

Derek Razo Episode: https://www.lifteconomy.com/blog/derek-razo

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