Oringally posted at the SAP Business Innovations for Sustainability blog, cross posted with permission This blog is a follow up to my prior blog Expecting More From Business — Common Wealth Contributions By Business (Part 1) where I discuss the book Betterness: Economics for Humans, by Umair Haque as a new standard for how we measure the contributions of business to society. […]
This blog originally posted to the SAP Business Innovations for Sustainability Blog, cross-posted with permission. Common Wealth Contributions By Business Much to the annoyance of some past bosses, I have a habit of asking in meetings, “Why are we doing this, and what are we hoping to achieve?” The economic turbulence of the last dozen years has led to […]
If you hadn’t noticed, there’s been an explosion in the number of farmers’ markets in the past few years. This has increased access to and demand for locally and regionally sourced food.
When this demand is combined with the excess space left by urban flight in places such as Detroit and Baltimore, it creates the ideal condition for urban farming to take root. But unlike traditional market models where each business competes to bring products to the consumer, many urban farmers recognize that collaborative arrangements can have multiple benefits.
Recycling is a growing sector with an estimated potential for the creation of 1.5 million new jobs in the United States alone. The second panel discussion from Waste Wise explores how recycling potential can be increased, and the compatibility between recycling efforts and waste-to-energy programs. Waste-to-Energy addresses the need for society to address its energy demands […]
The need for real, actionable, sustainable expertise on waste solutions is critical in both developing and developed economies. However, practical expertise has been slow to spread.
Thought leadership is concentrated in only a few parts of the world and the current methods of sharing expertise and knowledge such as, dense and lengthy reports and global conferences are limited in their ability to reach a wide variety and number of stakeholders. Enter Waste Wise, a simple and innovative idea. Waste Wise plans to conduct online video panels with experts from across the waste spectrum using Google+ Hangouts, broadcast them live, and then publish content for ready use by decision makers, policy analysts, experts and advocates.
Endeavor is a global nonprofit that transforms emerging countries by supporting High-Impact Entrepreneurs.
The Endeavor Effect is looking to create a culture of supported innovation and entrepreneurs which will provide global solutions to pressing social issues and a business eco-system which supports and sustains entrepreneurship. Endeavor.org is a worldwide germination and support system for fostering entrepreneurship.
Daniel Suelo has been living without money for 12 years. The video below is an excellent insight into his philosophy of the gift economy and why he sees money as the root of all problems facing civilization.
LivelyHoods is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit that gives youth in slums the chance to earn an honest living. CEO Maria Springer believes that underserved and poor communities need more than band-aids or handouts. They need a way to learn market appropriate skills and opportunities to sustain a decent life.
Craving Swiss Chocolate from Switzerland? How About a Spanish Madeira direct from Spain? Jib.li can hook it up!
Jib.li is an online service which connects people who need to send something, somewhere, with folks who are actually traveling there. It’s a way of helping airline passengers share the luggage allowance by providing a service and getting paid.
Every gardener or green-thumber has had the thrill of growing their own vegetables. Along with that thrill comes the question of: what do I do with all this leftover zucchini and tomatoes? Well, in the UK, there is a collaborative solution to the problem. It’s called Vegswap.
Paul Polak, an internationally acclaimed social entrepreneur who wants to eradicate poverty using business and technology. He is the author of the book Out of Poverty and founded International Development Enterprises, an NGO that ended poverty for 17 million people. Now, Paul and his team is working on empowering low-income farmers with reliable irrigation systems.
Information and communication technology are effective tools for amplifying the effectiveness of development efforts across the globe for affecting sustained, social change.
Digital Green embraces this principle and has built a system which combines modern technology and social organization to improve the cost-effectiveness and broaden community participation of existing agricultural extension systems.
The Secret to Abundant, Clean, Modern Energy for All? Simpa Networks Is Passing It On. . . .and on. . . . .and on. . . .
Simpa Networks has a mission which boldly goes where no venture-backed technology company has gone before: to make modern energy simple, affordable, and accessible for all.
Skillshare powers thousands of creative, collaborative classes on everything from programming to silkscreen t-shirt printing to graphic design to knitting or other artisan crafts. All taught by individuals worldwide. Sharing knowledge via the Skillshare platform makes learning fun, modern and easily accessible.
Husk Power Systems is a rural empowerment enterprise which focuses on inclusive rural development on the backbone of electric power.
Unlike other sustainable electricity efforts in the world, Husk Power Systems creates a self-sustaining ecosystem in the villages it serves. By doing this, it enable economic development along with environmental protection, providing physical well-being and strengthening rural communities.
DoSomething.org is the country’s largest non-profit for young people and social change. The organization spearheads a number of national campaigns which are designed for 13-to-25-year olds to ‘do something’ that makes a positive difference and impact – without needing money, an adult or a car.
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!