The Vote Solar Initiative (Vote Solar), a non-profit grassroots organization, last week launched a new website designed to track shared renewable energy policy and projects across all 50 states.
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Thanks to a couple of communist revolutions during the 20th Century the economic map of the world has been polarised between capitalist and socialist thought. Now, at the start of the 21st Century, we’re faced with the problem of how to build a sustainable economy and the whole capitalism vs socialism issue raises its head once again.
Those involved directly in the crowdfunding industry and businesses that have been eagerly awaiting the new crowdfunding regulations recently heard a bit of news causing a lot of cringing, heartburn and further disappointment in a system that already had a lot to prove.
There has been a lot of hubbub lately about implementing laws that would require food manufacturers to label the use of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in their products. With the occurrence of food allergies on the rise, many consumers are starting to blame companies like Monsanto that claim to be making our food sources better by creating genetically modified plants that are resistant to things like bacteria, bugs, and fungus, just for example. But are they actually making our foods more difficult to digest?
Crowdfunding innovator Return on Change (RoC) today announced the winners of its startup contest. The judges selected Maya Mountain Cacao, Sentimed Medical Corporation and Thankster as the winners representing high impact startups from RoC’s categories of Social Ventures, Bio/Med Tech, and Web Tech.
Return on Change (RoC) connects innovative startups and investors who are looking to change tomorrow’s world today. Entrepreneurs with great ideas need capital funding to jumpstart their businesses, and investors are looking to help fund the next big idea. RoC provides the online medium through which startup companies and entrepreneurs will be able to pool capital through crowdsourcing.
Businesses measure performance in profit and returns. Social entrepreneurs measure performance in terms of positive impact on society. Of the many things that a society needs to function are basic necessities like food, water and electricity. We’ve seen the impact of the ebbs and flows of food in places like India and the necessity for clean water in Africa and the demand for cheap energy on many an island nation where they have to import their energy in the form of fossil fuels. However with the advent of Crowdfund Investing (aka equity or debt-based crowdfunding) will we now see technology merge with social entrepreneurship to solve some of the world’s leading societal problems? Probably so.
Even though the Rio+20 Conference has been deemed a failure in the media the last few days it should be mentioned that some positive changes are happening. United Nations just announced on the conference this Thursday that more than $50 Million of new renewable energy investments from the private sector have been made.
Well, I probably don’t need to tell you there’s a SOPA blackout today, and probably don’t need to tell you what it’s about. But if you haven’t run into the news when trying to visit a Wikipedia page or reddit, or when googling, below is a quick summary of what SOPA and PIPA are, what they threaten, why Congress is looking at them, and how to take action:
Source: Clean Technica (http://s.tt/15hNj)
How can businesses build a better brand? John Friedman points out seven ways companies, big and small can build a reputation that lasts. Companies spend thousands of dollars building their brands and defining their reputations – often using superlative terms. But as Socrates pointed out – actions speak louder than words. And when it comes to reputation- “The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.” How can you build a better, more effective brand?
Investors representing more than $20 trillion in assets recently banded together to urge world leaders to form a legally enforceable plan to fight climate change. The investors came together before the upcoming climate summit in Durban, South Africa. This is the largest group to make such a request – both by numbers and by the amount of their assets.
Grassroots movements are usually considered the “community’s voice” and key to any democratic institution. But apparently not always. Some grassroots organizations and actions are actually “astroturfing”, that is really the antithesis of the above definition. In light of recent political debates and issues of green jobs, climate change and energy policies, this issue affects how key political issues are perceived and presented to citizens.
Astroturfing has emerged as a powerful and malignant form of corporate greenwashing that has potential to change the political direction of this country.
A common dilemma for social entrepreneurs is the choice between and within for-profit and non-profit legal structures. Everyone in our field knows how artificial the for/non-profit line can seem when you’re an entrepreneur trying to change the world, while (hopefully) supporting yourself and dependents in order to make your efforts sustainable over time. But tax […]