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What is Sacred Economics?

Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth.

February 26th

Hangout with an Ecopreneur: Tinia Pina on Feb 26, 4 pm EST

We are proud to announce a new Hangout-on-Air series on Ecopreneurist called “Hangout with an Ecopreneur.” Every Tuesday we will chat with an entrepreneur who is creating an impact through a viable business. We hope these inspiring stories and lessons learned will encourage you to dream big and do good.

For our next hangout on-air on Google+, we will chat with Tinia Pina, the Founder and CEO of Re-Nuble, an organics-to-energy social enterprise based in the D.C. metropolitan area.

February 22nd

Rebelling With Your Feet to help Ethiopia: Sole Rebels

What do you do when there’s no jobs in your community? Well, if you are Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, you rebel by creating jobs in a sustainable industry, that’s how!

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu began SoleRebels as a way of bringing jobs to her community. When she migrated from the countryside in Gojjam to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia in search of ‘a better life’ and saw that there really wasn’t one – she took action

February 21st

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

Share and Swap Craft Supplies for Free!

Have leftover yarn, extra buttons or scraps of ribbon you haven’t used in months? Did you know there was someone out there looking for those scraps of colorful yarn or mis-matched buttons or just about anything not useful to you anymore! Our sister site, Crafting a Green World has just unveiled a brand spanking new Share-and-Swap feature for craft supplies! How awesome is that?

February 11th

Reading Their Way To a Better World

Better World Books is a social enterprise which lives by the motto that “We only do well by doing good.” From their humble beginnings with the idea of one small book drive to make a global impact on literacy; they now run a massive bookdrive making a worldwide difference.

February 5th

Homeboy Industries’ Fresh Take

Providing support for and re-training at-risk or formerly gang affiliated youth is definitely a public health issue. Current figures show recidivism among youthful offenders is extremely high: 2/3 will be re-arrested and up to 1/3 of youthful offenders are re-incarcerated within a few years after their initial release.

January 31st

Can We Feed 7 Billion People?

Our food system is inherently flawed. Food wastage and hunger are prevalent in both first world and developing nations, though underlying reasons for them are different.

Inspired by a recent Wall Street Journal article written by Anna Lappe and Danielle Nierenberg, Sustainable America has created this visual representation of the food waste problem in developed and developing nations while millions go to bed hungry. What are some solutions?

January 30th

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

A Gift of Service

A Gift of Service connects those who want to give help with those who need the help and those who provide it, giving them a way to provide housecleaning, babysitting, nanny service, handyman services, dog walking, or more. Have you ever had your life stopped in its tracks by a sudden crisis? Whether it is from illness, accident, a death in the family or one of life’s other challenges, most of us will run into a crisis at some point in our lives that throws us off the tracks. Anne Carey is building A Gift of Service for people to give help at times like this when it is needed the most.

January 24th

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

Building Social Entrepreneurship Vision in Schools

In the UK, there are over 400,000 teenagers annually enrolling in college courses which will not lead to jobs. Currently, three leading support organizations – InspirEngage International, UnLtd’s “Live UnLtd,” and Xing Education have begun the ‘Create Your Career’ program to try and change that.

January 22nd

Fighting Faeces and Flies at Ghana Hackathon

Hackathons have brought software developers, programmers, and even venture capitalists together to collaborate intensely on a software project with a given data set over a short period of time – usually 2-5 days – since 1999.

Currently, with the support of social entrepreneurs and do-gooders, hack-a-thons are not just for techies. Instead, data sets are supplied for social problems like water distribution in India or energy efficient solutions in New York City or stopping the worldwide spread of Malaria or HIV/AIDs.

January 21st

Have An Innovative Solution for a Future City? Register by Jan 18 for StreetFest

As resources deplete and city populations rise, we need to re-think how our cities are designed and inhabited for future citizens to thrive. Rather than focusing on deficits, IDEAS CITY 2013, a festival created to examine this topic and effect change, will encourage an exploration of the resources  or “untapped capital”, that may be under-recognized or underutilized.  The 2013 […]

January 16th