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Late February 2015, my 39-years old Moto Guzzi and me left Valparaiso, Chile, for a 6-months motor journey all the way up to New York City, to document social businesses along the way. After crossing 6 countries in 168 days, me and my loyal Guzzi arrived at Times Square #maxmundo #s2m...

Located in Rhinebeck, Topical BioMedics was founded in 1994 by Lou and his wife Aurora. Its mission is to build bridges between natural medicine and conventional healthcare and to remain the leader in transdermal pain relief and healing products for the musculoskeletal system: joints, tendons, bursa, ligaments, and muscles #maxmundo #s2m...

Acorn Sign Graphics (ASG) is on the forefront of the design and production of green friendly architectural signs and graphics. It designs and fabricates custom architectural signage for clients worldwide out of their headquarters in Richmond, the capital of Virginia #maxmundo #s2m...

Ainsley's Pharmacy is the first retail pharmacy in the world open to the public to be certified as a Bcorp. It was established in 2012 after founder Ainsley had left a large pharmacy chain to do things differently #maxmundo #s2m...

Moog Music was founded in the 50s in upstate New York by the late Bob Moog ("Moowg"). Moog Music manufactures, assembles, and tunes top-notch keyboards and synthesisers. #maxmundo #s2m...

Coop Coffees’ story began in 1997, when its founder Bill decided to start up a coffee company that would import and roast fairly traded coffee beans from Central America: Cafe Campesino #maxmundo #s2m...

Cafe Campesino was established after a trip of its founder Bill to Guatemala, in the late 90s. In Guatemala, when talking to local coffee farmers, Bill learned that despite of giving their best, these farmers were making low turnover and profits. #maxmundo #s2m...

Dutch couple Karin and Erik are the founders of artisan rum distillery Richland Rum, in the small Georgian town of Richland, about 3 hours south of Atlanta #maxmundo #s2m...

Amavida Organic Coffee and Tea was founded in 2004 by Dan and his wife Sally, in the small beach town of Santa Rosa, on the beautiful Emerald Coast in northern Florida. Amavida has 3 local coffee bars on the Emerald Coast, and 1 coffee roaster #maxmundo #s2m...

The coastal community Seaside, at the Emerald Coast in Florida's Panhandle, was founded in the early 80s by Robert Davis as a place so easy to get around, sneakers would be a primary mode of transportation and no destination more than a five minute stroll away #maxmundo #s2m...

Crepes y Waffles is Colombia's largest restaurant chain, founded 35 years ago in a back yard garage. Nowadays, it has over 4,000 employees. It is still a family-owned business. Crepes' mission is to make haute cuisine available for everybody. #maxmundo #s2m...

Maria Panela was founded 6 years ago by Fernando. Its mission is to turn the traditional local panela into something sexy, adventurous, and elegant, by vending energy drinks based on panela. #maxmundo #s2m...

Colombian restaurant chain WOK was founded in 1998 by chef Benjamin, after having spent 3 years with a local family on the Thai island of Koh Tao. In addition to introducing Asian food to Colombians, WOK's mission is to use responsible products as much as possible #maxmundo #s2m...

The Asociación Orgánica is an association of 8 fincas: farm houses in and around the mountain village of Chocontá. The farmers of the association practice small-scale and organic agriculture at an altitude of 2800 meters above sea level in the Andes, about 60 kilometers outside Bogotá. #maxmundo #s2m...

Based in Bogotá, HubBOG is the first so-called Latin American “Campus For Startups” that integrates acceleration, academics, co-working and investment in one single concept. Its main mission by doing so, is to stimulate IT start-ups #maxmundo #s2m...

Colombian Hybrytec designs, sells and installs photovoltaic and thermic solar energy solutions. Its mission is to facilitate access to solar energy to all levels of society #maxmundo #s2m...

Co-working space Epicentro in Medellín's fancy El Poblado area, was founded about 2,5 years ago by Mateo, a product designer #maxmundo #s2m...

While living in the US and founding Grooveshark, Colombian Andrés kept hearing the same excuses why not to invest in Latin America in general, and more specifically in Latin American companies #maxmundo #s2m...

The mission of La 25 Export is to change the lives of young talented football players from Urabá, the most western part of the Antioquia department in Colombia. It was founded only two football seasons ago in Antioquia's capital city Medellín. #maxmundo #s2m...

La Nuestra Casa is an art centre in Ecuadorian border town Tulcán. The centre hosts regular events, and is home to a cafeteria, various small-scale local businesses, ranging from a marketing agency to a law firm. It was founded by Cristian. #maxmundo #s2m...

Only 10 minutes outside the village of Cotacachi, and 80 km. outside Quito, Loma Wasi is a B&B run by Señora Mercedes and her family #maxmundo #s2m...

Aprendamos (in Spanish: Let's learn) is a series of educational television courses provided by Ecuador's largest city Guayaquil. The series aims to improve the quality of life and to service those people in society who lack the resources to go to (primary) school. It covers a range of social and educational topics, such as health, learning English, and how to set up a business. #maxmundo #s2m...

Maria Mulata is the stage name of Diana, a singer born in San Gil, but currently living in Bogotá. Moreover, Maria Mulata is Diana's project of releasing traditional Colombian music and rhythms, such as Bullerengue, Gaita, Tambora, Curulao, and Bambuco. #maxmundo #s2m...

Emprende UP is the Centre for Entrepreneurship of the Universidad del Pacífico (UP), 1 of Lima's most prestigious universities #s2m #dailyoffice #maxmundo...

L.O.O.P. stands for Life Out Of Plastic. It was founded by Irene and Nadia in Lima, with the idea of raising awareness around the pollution by any kind of plastic. #dailyoffice #maxmundo...

Away from the flashy seaside neighbourhoods, in the chapel of a local church in Villa El Salvador in Lima, local business Puriy teaches women the art of sewing baby shoes out of leather. #dailyoffice #maxmundo...

Founded by Peter and Janneke, FairMail is a social enterprise that produces fair trade photo products. It is located in the Peruvian coastal town of Huanchaco, just outside Trujillo. #s2m #dailyoffice #maxmundo...

Dutch - Venezuelan couple Tess and Antonio went through quite a decision process before finally deciding to settle (for now) in Lima, Peru. #S2M #365seats #maxmundo...

StarsCamp was founded a little less than 2 years ago by Rosario, Ana Luisa, and Liliana, in Lima's Lince district. StarsCamp is a community of innovative entrepreneurs who share a philosophy of collaboration to develop exciting new and sustainable businesses. #s2m #dailyoffice #maxmundo...

Lima-based X-runner brings reliable, safe, and sustainable sanitation to low-income urban households that do not have a toilet. By doing so, it creates cleaner, healthier habitats. #s2m #dailyoffice #maxmundo...

While in Lima, I was invited by the Centre of Leadership of the prestigious Universidad del Pacífico in the district of Jesús María, to join an information session for potential Peruvian B Corps. Or "Empresas B" as they are called in Spanish. #dailyoffice #maxmundo...

Right in the middle of Lima’s bohemian Barranco district, Comunal offers hip and modern co-working spaces, where entrepreneurs work side-by-side with other entrepreneurs. #s2m #dailyoffice #maxmundo...

Lima-based Laboratoria teaches young women from Lima's slums how to create digital products, aiming to provide these women with a job in the emerging Peruvian technology scene. #s2m #dailyoffice #maxmundo...

Right next to the Panamericana Highway in Peru, 89.5 km south of Lima, the Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC) set up a huge billboard. A billboard that generates drinking water out of the humidity of the air. #s2m #dailyoffice #maxmundo...

Guayaki’s mission is to steward and restore 200,000 acres of South American Atlantic rainforest and create over 1,000 living wage jobs by 2020. These pictures show what reforestation looks like. #maxmundo #dailyoffice #s2m...

Ivana is the owner of Waktana, a tobacco and gift shop in San Salvador de Jujuy, the capital city of Argentina's Jujuy province. #s2m #dailyoffice #maxmundo...

Don Leo is a mechanical engineer from Tocopilla. Tocopilla is located at the coast in the north of Chile in a windy desert area. For almost 24 years, Don Leo worked at the Tocopilla coal power plant. #s2m #dailyoffice #maxmundo...

At democratically-run Dutch law firm Bruggink & Van der Velden (BvdV) in Utrecht, everybody works four days a week. Also everybody is free to decide how much he or she wants to earn. In a sector that is currently having a hard time in the Netherlands, the firm realises growth. #maxmundo #s2m #dailyoffice...

Alex is the co-founder of Guayaki. Guayaki is a certified bcorp that produces organic mate and invests parts of its profits in reforestation projects in the area where mate is from: Paraguay, Brasil and the northern provinces of Argentina. #s2m #dailyoffice #maxmundo...

María José and her sister María Emilia are both primary school teachers in the city of Tucumán, Argentina. #s2m #dailyoffice #maxmundo...

Hernán and Guillermo are the founders of Sabores del Mundo. Sabores del Mundo hosts and coordinates trade fairs in de province of Buenos Aires, in the suburbs of Argentina's capital city. #s2m #dailyoffice #maxmundo...

Mafia Bags is a certified bcorp that was founded in Buenos Aires by professional kitesurfer Marco Mafia and his sister Paz Mafia. Mafia bags are made out of recycled kite and boat sails. The company sells its products via stores in Argentina, through a flagship store in San Francisco, USA, and through their webshop. #s2m #dailyoffice #maxmundo #bcorp...

Ixtlan Ecohostal is a hostel located close to the city of Mendoza in Argentina. It is run by Cosmi and India, a couple that decided to break free from regular office life some years ago. #s2m #dailyoffice #maxmundo...

Carlos is a civil engineer from Valencia, Spain. I met Carlos over breakfast in my hotel in Los Andes, Chile. Los Andes is a rather wealthy mining city, right next to the mountain pass that connects Chile with the city of Mendoza in Argentina. #S2M #365seats #maxmundo...

Great news from New York, where the Social Good Guides have launched. Produced by the Social Innovators Collective, they are a series of 20 essential small-business guides created to support early stage social entrepreneurs, nonprofit founders and individuals working on social impact projects....

Mikel prepares, bakes and sells homemade pizzas on the street of Valparaiso. Don Pérez Santander is a customs officer at the Valparaiso port facility. "Buen viaje, Don Maximiliano". Like. Señora Gloria is the lady in charge of customs at a large logistics company that is dominated by males. Señora Gloria rocks. #S2M #365seats #maxmundo...

Thanks to my mates Fedor (who helped my to bring the bike to Rotterdam) and Jarno of Harley Davidson, my bike is on its way to Chile. The journey has started!...

Tomorrow 15 January, Paul van Liempt will interview me about my trip. Click the link and listen live to BNR Nieuwsradio at 11.30am CET....

For all the lovers: this is the 1976 i-convert v1000 Moto Guzzi that will take me across the Americas.  ...

Hello everybody, welcome to this site. Through this blog page you can follow my journey across the Americas, from Chile to New York. On 26 February I will fly to Santiago de Chile and pick up my oldtimer Moto Guzzi there. Stay tuned for cool pics and vids, and meet awesome people along the way!...