About

Civic Entrepreneur is a podcast hosted by Dr. Josh Franco that focuses on civic entrepreneurship, grassroots organizing, and public policy with diversity, inclusion, and equity at its core.

The vision of Civic Entrepreneur is to positively transform communities by unleashing the creative ideas and entrepreneurial energies of its people, especially Millennials and Gen Zs. Communities are bubbling with individuals who recognize the importance of cooperation, collaboration, and creativity in today’s increasingly interconnected world.

The mission of Civic Entrepreneur is to provide our listeners with knowledge and practical advice on civic entrepreneurship, grassroots organizing, and public policy to strengthen their long-term social commitment, environmental stewardship and financial prosperity.

The notion of Civic Entrepreneur was inspired by the book Civic Revolutionaries: Igniting the Passion for Change in America’s Communities by Douglas Henton, John G. Melville, Kimberly A. Walesh of Collaborative Economics, Inc.

Henton, Melville and Walesh, in their other book, Grassroots Leaders for a New Economy: How Civic Entrepreneurs Are Building Prosperous Communities, describe civic entrepreneurs as individuals who “can forge powerfully productive linkages at the intersection of business, government, education, and community, operate at the grassroots level to create collaborative advantages and that make it possible for their economic communities to compete on the global stage.”

Civic Entrepreneur is about living and breathing this transformative concept with diversity, inclusion, and equity at its core.