Kyle Westaway on Social Entrepreneurs

Twitter: @kylewestaway

Kyle Westaway is a social entrepreneur and an attorney based in Brooklyn. He is the principal of Westaway Law, a law firm for social entrepreneurs.  

Kyle has been recognized as one of the leading independent attorneys in the US by Xemplar and has been selected as a Cordes Fellow. He is a lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where he co-teaches a course on social entrepreneurship. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Business Insider. 

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He is author of the book Profit & Purpose and writes on social innovation, entrepreneurship and emerging markets for The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal and Quartz. Kyle launched the first blog on social enterprise law, socentlaw.com.

Kyle is Chairman of the Board for The Adventure Project – a nonprofit that seeks to add venture capital to entrepreneurs in the developing world. Kyle also cofounded Biographe – a sustainable style brand that employs and empowers survivors of the commercial sex trade in Bangkok. He is a mentor for Harvard’s I-Lab and Praxis.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SHOW:

In this interview, we discuss:

  1. What is a social enterprise?
  2. How start-ups and blue chip corporations are responding to market trends?
  3. How the purpose-driven mentality is infiltrating the marketplace. 
  4. The importance of metrics and accountability. 
  5. Where the field of social enterprise is heading. 

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Corporations of the future will begin to more look like the social enterprises of today. They must take into consideration the social and environmental impact, as well as their role as a global player. 

LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THE SHOW:

  1. Profit & Purpose - How Social Innovation is Transforming Business For Good
  2. Visit Westaway Law, the law firm for social entrepreneurs. 
  3. Check out the blog SoCentLaw 
  4. Learn more about the innovative work at Harvard i-Lab.
  5. Read about new legal structures for social enterprise in the Wall Street Journal.

 

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