Browsing the "Local Economies" Category

Paul Polak & Team Crowdfund To Bring Solar Pumps to Low-Income Farmers

May 15th, 2013 | by Priti Ambani

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

Listen: ‘It’s All Good’ Features Ennovent

April 12th, 2013 | by Priti Ambani

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!

How Surfing for Change is Helping Save Surf Ecosystems and Communities

February 18th, 2013 | by Priti Ambani

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

Meet India’s ATM of Clean Water

January 30th, 2013 | by Pattie Kettle

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

Circular Economy: Own Performance Not the Product

January 28th, 2013 | by Priti Ambani

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

Five Reasons Why Slower Growth Isn’t Necessarily Bad

January 23rd, 2013 | by Guest Contributor

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.

Flowers for Dreams: Profit with Purpose

January 22nd, 2013 | by Megan Vick

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

HP Life – Social Innovation to Create Global Citizens & Entrepreneurs

January 2nd, 2013 | by Pattie Kettle

The Hewlett-Packard Life program is one which helps self-starters worldwide succeed with business and IT skills. For Hewlett-Packard, Global Citizenship is core to the company values and global business strategy. This value benefits everyone from employees to customers to shareholders to program recipients

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

November 21st, 2012 | by Pattie Kettle

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

Microfinance: Does it Work in America?

November 19th, 2012 | by Guest Contributor

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

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