Archive for Topic: Business

I was in the Boy Scouts for a full six months. The best thing about it was wearing those olive drab uniforms and sewing little round badges on my sash. The next best part was the floppy hat that stylishly folded over my belt. The worst thing about being a Boy Scout was being exposed…

Why We Went 1 Percent

Why we joined 1% for the Planet, how it works, and which environmental organizations we are supporting as a new business member.

After six years of living with our tried and true and black and blue visual identity, we set out on a path to create a new brand for Manoverboard. Here’s how and here’s why.

We’ve all heard the story of the cobbler’s child who goes without shoes. Or the blacksmith who has a house with only wooden spoons and whose friend, the plumber, has a leaky faucet. At Manoverboard we plan, design, build and launch 8 to 15 client websites per year which doesn’t leave much room for “us time”.

For the past 6.5+ years I have been an integral part of the Manoverboard team. As Manoverboard’s longest running employee, I’m in a unique position to share some insights about this great company—how it evolved, and how it eventually grew to become the first B Corporation in Manitoba.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, widely credited with inventing the web in 1991, recently received the Turing Award. The prize is basically a Nobel for nerds—and it includes a $1 million in funds courtesy of our friends at Google. The early and sometimes goofy web that Sir Berners-Lee created is now a sophisticated, trusted and (sometimes hostile) reserve of information, ideas, and communities.

I like to think that life is like a marathon, in that everyone races for their own reasons. Sometimes you meet up with fellow runners and other times you come to a fork in the road where you part ways. You must be lead by your inner voice telling you what is important, rather then just finishing the race with the best time or the most calories burned.

The Casio Challenge

With every new year we tend to assess the many facets of our lives and focus on the things that are not working. This seems to be common with every passing year, so I decided to see how I could curb the amount of time I spent staring into my phone. Even as I write this, I have already been interrupted by the urge to check it.

The year 2016 was a year of forward motion for us at Manoverboard. We made great strides in our work, creating new strategies, sites, and identities for clients that are helping to solve some of the planet’s most challenging issues.

Designers and Despotism

A number of designers have recently posted their thoughts about how we should respond to the potential emergence of autocracy. I put together a few ground rules for protecting ourselves and advancing movements.

As a member organization of 1% for the Planet, Manoverboard gives the equivalent of one percent of all revenues to select nonprofit partners that are benefiting the environment.

Manoverboard is a Certified B Corporation, which means that we meet ongoing, rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.