woman leaning against a brick wall in a white jacket
woman leaning against a brick wall in a white jacket
Today we have gathered and when we look up the faces around us we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and with all living things. So now let us bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as People. Now our minds are one.

That’s the first stanza of the Thanksgiving Address of the Haudenosaunee Confederation (the Iroquois), or more accurately the Words That Come Before All Else. Here’s a link to one version of the rest of the address. I’ll be reading it aloud on Thanksgiving Day.

From the same neighborhood, here’s a story this week by Nina Roberts, about a couple in upstate New York who are quiet revolutionaries in the farming space. For less than the price of McDonald’s, members of the community get all of their meals, organic, fresh and local. And here’s a story about a free small business tool to help your company get to net zero.

On behalf of Times of E, I want to give thanks this year:

• For readers – entrepreneurs, influencers, and early-stage investors. My idea in launching Times of E, supported by my relationships with other media and throughout the investing and social change worlds, was to create a community and media outlet to look at business through the lens of impact, individuals and communities. Fifty years from now, we’ll be an alternative to the Wall Street Journal. We’re on our way. This year, more than 500,000 people have read our stories and been part of what we’re up to.

•  Thanks to the Times of E team, which hung tough through a global pandemic that hit three weeks after we launched on Feb. 12, 2020: Elaine Pofeldt, Adam Schaffer, Shirly Piperno and Wujixian V. Rock.

• For our funders and early sponsors, most especially the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation, YPO, MIT Legatum Center and Abigail Disney. We’re happy to have YouNoodle along as sponsor of our first event!

• For my co-author of The New Builders, Seth Levine, who helps in many ways.

• For our angel investor, Adrian Spratt. You can read his writing here.

Enjoy the day everybody!

This story and others on New Builders Dispatch are made possible by a sponsorship from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that provides access to opportunities that help people achieve financial stability, upward mobility, and economic prosperity – regardless of race, gender, or geography. The Kansas City, Mo.-based foundation uses its grantmaking, research, programs, and initiatives to support the start and growth of new businesses, a more prepared workforce, and stronger communities. For more information, visit www.kauffman.org and connect with www.twitter.com/kauffmanfdn and www.facebook.com/kauffmanfdn.

A business journalist for 20 years, am the founder of Times of Entrepreneurship and the co-author of The New Builders.