Local Economies

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Closed-loop Hydroponics: The Urban Answer to Agrihoods

    In the history of urban planning, one of the hallmarks of American society was the advent of the modern suburb. The economic expansion post-World War II saw a mass exodus from traditional urban areas to the seemingly endless expanse of land in the continental US. Neither urban nor rural, suburbs quickly became the new American normal. […]

September 24th

One answer to food deserts might be this innovative greenhouse system

A group of environmentally conscious entrepreneurs wants to bring fresh, local, organic food to backyards and communities around the world, and they’re doing it with a specially designed greenhouse system described as a “self-contained, year-round, all-natural grocery store.” The lifePOD system is a moveable greenhouse structure with a full array of complementary growing technologies that […]

April 24th

A Local Cryptocurrency for the Global Permaculture Movement

The use of cryptocurrency to support alternatives to the status quo is picking up steam, and while we’ve previously covered one that is backed by solar energy, one chosen by the Lakota, and another for the marijuana industry, this new digital currency promises to be the “first true asset-backed cryptocurrency on the market.” The name […]

April 10th

Listen: ‘It’s All Good’ Features Ennovent

Debbie Hyde, from the UK tells us that she loves the site and routinely features our stories on an internet radio show she hosts on – Brooklands Radio. Talking with Debbie, we hatched out a small plan for her to have a special Ecopreneurist feature on her show every week! We are super stoked!

April 12th

How Surfing for Change is Helping Save Surf Ecosystems and Communities

Kyle Thiermann is a professional surfer and journalist, who travels around the world to surf. While on his travels Kyle saw communities in distress and was disturbed by the fact that he did nothing more than surfing to help the communities. Along the way Kyle realized that the survival of the sport that he loved so much depended heavily of the prosperity of the ecosystem and the locals. He became a stakeholder to help some of the biggest issues they were facing.

February 18th

Meet India’s ATM of Clean Water

There are currently over one billion people in India who lack access to clean drinking water. Sarvajal is an Indian company which is making great strides to change that statistic with a progressive and forward thinking business model.

Sarvajal is a mass-market drinking water micro-franchise system which offers a low-cost and easily distributed water purification system franchise. Sarvajal is providing jobs and financial independence for the communities it is in while at the same time providing a low-cost, purified and clean drinking water.

January 30th

Circular Economy: Own Performance Not the Product

The circular economy has dawned on us, partly through innovation and partly through the downward spiral of depleting resources. The flat one-directional consumer based economy is being replaced with a need-based-sharing model. Simply put, our consuming mentality needs a rethink in a way that spells all round prosperity for the planet and people.

Obviously this new way of thinking needs new infrastructure in terms of business models to reform how we manufacture, sell and use these commodities. How about, for starters, we forget ownership of goods and materials and only buy performance?

January 28th

Five Reasons Why Slower Growth Isn’t Necessarily Bad

While it’s true that fewer babies were born last year than in previous years (due to the recession, most likely), our total fertility rate – the number of babies born to the average woman over her lifetime – has barely budged. Most American women want about two kids. That’s been true for decades, and it likely will remain true for decades to come.

But what if the professional fertility doom-mongers are right? What if the United States’ population stops growing and instead remains level? I’d like to shuck common wisdom and offer five reasons why a higher birth rate isn’t a panacea for us or the rest of the planet.

January 23rd

Flowers for Dreams: Profit with Purpose

Studies have shown that the under-30 crowd values small, local businesses over big box stores. These same studies have also noted that many people in this generation would spend more money and be willing to pay more for the same service to a company who gives back to a community. So what happens when a business is created to earn profit and give back to the community? Dreams come true.

January 22nd

Learning Tool For Social Entrepreneurs: A World Map of Innovative Business Projects

The Global Transition to a New Economy is a world map of innovative projects which challenge business as usual and make a contribution to the systemic change to the world economy which is urgently required. Together, the projects work to create a world which prioritizes human wellbeing with sustainability and within healthy environmental limits. This mapping tool is great for social and eco-entrepreneurs to see and learn from all the great new economy projects happening all over the world.

November 21st

Microfinance: Does it Work in America?

Most Americans are familiar with the word microfinance, having heard it primarily in reference to people living in developing nations in South America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. In these regions, microfinance institutions (MFIs) loan poor individuals – who might otherwise never find a lender or investor – sums ranging from $100 to $5,000 to start an enterprise or simply to improve their lives. But what about America?

November 19th