Law School: Business Law 101

Laws impact every aspect of our existence but legal education is rarely accessible (or interesting!). Law School is about bringing legal concepts and principles into functional use: about making legal education interesting and applicable to real life situations. The course will cover practical topics like starting a business or non-profit organization, charter rights like freedom of expression & freedom of the person, provide a practical guide for dealing with common legal issues and teach you to negotiate like a pro in any situation.

Outreach Committee Meeting and Dinner Feb 16th at 5:30pm

jesse Sat, 01/28/2012 - 12:36

The Academy outreach committee will meet on February 16th 2012 at 5:30pm.

The outreach committee will focus on the following:

A) Diversity
B) New Member Relations
C) Support for Event and Program Promotion

The outreach committee is open to all Academy members and will support the work of the programming committee.

Participation via web teleconference is open to Academy members who are not able to physically attend the committee meeting, or are out of town, although dinner will not be available for these remote participants.


Pre-Warming Organizational Development Meeting

Our next organizational development meeting will be at 5pm on December 14th, 2011. Tentative agenda includes:

- "Warm the Academy" event prep
- Painting committee report
- Storage needs and solutions
- Membership structure proposal
- Program committee creation
- Planning for New Year's Levee
- Insurance update
- Report back from Atkinson Summit

An Open Source Social Enterprise

jesse Thu, 12/08/2011 - 09:50

The Academy of the Impossible is an open source social enterprise. I love that sentence, but what does it mean? Let's break it down.

Open source is a concept that helps define a relationship with transparency and intellectual property.

Open is one of the primary virtues of the internet, an embrace of transparency and the desire to share. The hope that through openness new people and ideas will emerge to make any project better.

Source generally refers to source code, but also implies where you're coming from, and what you use to build your project. It speaks to the role of intellectual property, and in this context the lack of secrecy or exclusivity when it comes to the ideas that are being tested and employed.

A social enterprise is a fusion of non-profit and for-profit business models that leverages the benefits of either entity to achieve a broader social goal.

Social, like open, is a primary virtue of the internet, and speaks to what motivates us, but also where technology and education are best focused. Social metrics and goals define us as an organization above and beyond any economic ones.

Enterprise speaks to the desire to boldly go where others have dared not. To venture into the domain of hope and potential and find a new means of sharing prosperity and discovery.

As an open source social enterprise we mix all sorts of organizational and operational elements that we feel best match our desires to achieve and share the impossible. We embrace transparency, so others may learn and do differently. We want independence and autonomy so will seek multiple revenue sources, focus on sustainability, and have a mixed bottom-line, defining ourselves as a social enterprise.