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Two founders on a mission to deliver systemic change

FOUNDERS' STORY

The future has a voice and is calling us, it’s for a holistic solution to the biggest problem facing humanity - an economic system built on extraction and exploitation. 


Positive was founded in 2020 by Niels & Stephen to answer this call. Both realized that we are facing an historic moment. Stephen and Niels saw that in a volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous world, changemaker entrepreneurs needed a compass to navigate safely to build a better future.

Stephen is a change agent, and systems entrepreneur. He has a multicultural background and has worked with leaders in more than 50 countries. He co-founded the charity Reboot the Future, rekindled Golden Rule Day, launched Salt, a  magazine for change-maker business, and co-authored a book with the Nobel prize winners Gore, Tutu and Yunus. Stephen is committed to convening and catalyzing networks of leaders for systemic change.

Today, Niels’ & Stephen’s experience is helping to create a community of passionate, pioneering changemaker companies to answer the call for business of the future. They identified a new pattern within the business landscape. Recognizing this as a corrective force in business, they named it the Positive Impact Company. 


“We are facing an historic moment,” Stephen says.  “The pace of change has never been faster and the economy has tried to dominate Nature, not work with her. This current model of economic ‘success’ is built on extraction and exploitation. Left unchecked, it will drag humanity over a cliff edge from which we will not recover.”
 

Niels continues.

“Over the last years, we started to see interesting patterns arising within the business landscape - a new type of changemaker enterprise was emerging.

At the same time, we have seen a growing realisation that we need to go beyond sustainability - challenging the status quo. The time has definitely come to unleash businesses of the future - empowering Positive Impact Companies”.

Niels is a young leader, changemaker, committed to a better world. He has led and founded multiple positive impact initiatives empowering communities across Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. His background is at the intersection of youth, social impact, and sustainability. Niels is on a mission to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs taking sustainability to the next level.

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