Author: John Ivanko

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ECOpreneur Profile: World of Good Sells Shopping with a Conscience

“Empower people in the US to realize that they have power to influence the global economy through their purchasing choices.” That isn’t some pie-in-the-sky wistful, unrealistic dream. That inspiring vision forms the Earth Mission, that driving force behind World of Good as they aim to transform how we shop by connecting us directly that individual […]

June 3rd

Ecopreneur Profile: Jan Joannides and Brett Olson, co-founders of Renewing the Countryside

In a world overdosed with negativity, Jan Joannides roots for the opposite underdog, building an organization and livelihood around showcasing the positive side of what’s working right. As co-founder of Renewing the Countryside, Joannides created a means to showcase positive examples of rural revitalization while simultaneously serving as an inspiring example of how one’s purpose […]

April 29th

A passion for sustainable design: Foresight Design Initiative

Figure out what you love to do. Then just do it — under a green umbrella. By focusing on the process, rather than the product, Peter Nicholson serves as ecopreneuring inspiration, founding the premiere non-profit organization serving sustainable education in Chicago, Foresight Design Initiative, based around his passion for design.  Nicholson is among the Ecopreneur […]

March 25th

A Thriving “Triple Bottom Line” Enterprise: T.S. Designs

Often stressed ecological systems emerge, evolve and reorganize in the most innovative ways. The same holds true for T. S. Designs, the nation’s largest maker of the most sustainably printed T-shirts.  It’s a company that revolutionized the very process of manufacturing.  Isn’t this the kind of innovation and creativity President Obama is calling for? Ironically, […]

February 25th

ECOpreneurial Enterprises Thrive: Small Potatoes Urban Delivery

While the U.S. Congress and President Obama attempt to jump-start the economy (the destructive “growth” one, not the nature-based, restoration ECOnomy) by spending hundreds of billions of dollars they don’t even have, many ecopreneurs and the green businesses they manage continue to prosper in the restoration ECOnomy. True, some of the proposed Federal spending will […]

February 11th

5 Tips for Fortunate Ecopreneurs

Are you fed up with the Fed (Federal Reserve System) and Treasury Secretary, or growing weary working at a job for someone else’s dream and financial benefit? I was, before I launched by own dream green business and starting making time to smell the flowers and eat the strawberry. Here are 5 tips to start […]

December 17th

Naturally Successful: Entrepreneurship that Redefines the Bottom Line – DVD Review

“We need solutions at the speed of business,” says Hunter Lovins, author, speaker and founder of Natural Capital Solutions in the Naturally Successful DVD, produced by Arnold Creek Productions, Inc., known for its award-winning videos on sustainability used by organizations around the world. Naturally Successful is an expertly assembled compilation of inspiring interviews of the […]

November 26th

Triple Bottom Line: Profits with a Purpose to Make the World a Better Place

As explored in my previous posts related to the triple bottom line for green enterprises, these business ecopreneurs seek to consider all stakeholders of their enterprise (not just the shareholders or owners’ financial interests), how the business transforms or is transformed by the environment, and finally, profits, the heralded benchmark for allowing one to define […]

October 8th

Ecopreneurs Practicing “Intelligent Fast Failure”, like Green Biodiesel LLC

Civil and environmental professor and ecopreneur-inventor Jack V. Matson, PhD. dedicates his life to practicing “intelligent fast failure,” an expression he coined to capture the essence of innovation. It’s captured in his irreverently titled book, Innovate or Die: A Personal Perspective on the Art of Innovation. As an ecopreneur, he started an environmental design firm, […]

September 3rd

The Simplicity of Ecopreneuring

“Simple living” continues to garner much pop culture hype, sparking books, magazines and a slew of self-help opportunities to assist you to declutter, scale back and slow down. Environmentally conscious and sustainable living fall under the simple living radar, but where does ecopreneuring or running a green business fit in? My wife and I incorporated […]

August 6th

Stabilizing Earth’s Atmosphere a Priority for Ecopreneurs: Share 350.org Animation Video with all Stakeholders

It’s not just any number: 350. Returning to 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide in our Earth’s atmosphere is the level that most of the world’s scientific community agrees as the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. When industrial revolution began, it was 275 parts per million. Today, we’re far above […]

June 25th

Strategies of Abundance for Green Business Ecopreneurs: Part 3

This is the final post related to Strategies of Abundance for green business ecopreneurs. The first two addressed how banks have a stranglehold on our lives (Part 1). Part 2 addresses the KISS principle (keep it small stupid), relocalization movement, and thriving on natural capital. Following are a few more strategies we’ve employed, like many […]

May 28th