Causeartist is a global community of conscious consumers, social entrepreneurs, business leaders, and the individuals who support them, who believe social enterprise can positively impact the world. Meet incredible brands and find resources to help you build your own amazing venture.
Your Discovery Hub for Social Enterprise and Impact Entrepreneurship
What is a Causeartist?
causeartist – [cause-artist] noun. a person who uses their talents and skills to impact the world.
Everyone — from shoppers and workers to entrepreneurs and investors — can change the world by making decisions that benefit the people and places around them. Armed with the determination to discover, learn and grow, you already have what it takes to be a Causeartist.
Welcome to our community of game changers.
In November 2013, Causeartist was created to tell the stories of creative brands, startups, and social entrepreneurs impacting the world through social enterprise. Causeartist’s own story, however, began years earlier.
Causeartist’s founder, Grant Trahant, grew up in New Orleans, where he was introduced to social issues at an early age. New Orleans was, and continues to be, deeply racially segregated. Embedded in largely black neighborhoods and sports teams, racism and racial dynamics played a large part in the lives and opportunities of Grant’s peers.
The weight of Grant’s early experiences of social inequality didn’t fully register until he began attending college at 24. His education opened his eyes to systems of oppression, and when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, he watched with frustration as the systems his friends and family had relied upon for survival collapsed.
With President Obama’s campaign and election, Grant found inspiration in the possibility of a new paradigm — a political system that served everybody, regardless of race, gender, or geography. He switched his major from digital technology to political science. But the more he learned about political systems, the more frustrated Grant became with their failings.
Grant became fascinated by the idea that businesses could solve societal challenges — skipping over the need for political intervention — when brands like Warby Parker hit the scene. He began seeking out social entrepreneurs to learn more about what they were doing and how he could be involved, and uncovered a bustling world of enterprises determined to make the world better through business. From LSTN Sound headphones and Ethnotek backpacks to Indosole shoes and MADI Apparel clothing, the businesses Grant learned about were finding ways to solve social issues, and they were also creating products he was excited about.
At the time Grant was learning more about impact businesses, few resources existed for others to discover and become involved in business as a force for good. He launched Causeartist to provide a discovery hub, telling the stories of the incredible people and brands he was learning about.
Today, Causeartist has told the stories of hundreds of brands and business leaders to people in more than 200 countries. Grant operates Causeartist with a growing team of media experts, writers, and editors, all of whom are passionate about improving systems and lives through the power of social enterprise.
Grant Trahant | Founder and President
📍 Born and raised in NOLA ⚜️
📍 Spent last 10 years in Kansas City ⛲️
📍 Currently living in Amsterdam 🚲
Grant is the founder of Causeartist, one of the most influential impact business platforms in the world. Since 2013, Causeartist has been read in over 200 countries. Grant has personally interviewed over 600 impact entrepreneurs from around the world, highlighting innovations in ethical fashion, climate change, ethical technology, impact investing, and sustainable travel.