Browsing the "Market Solutions" Category

Farm Alliance of Baltimore Improves Viability of Urban Farming

July 15th, 2013 | by Guest Contributor

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

Waste Wise Turns the Volume Up on Waste Management Solutions. Join in

July 8th, 2013 | by Priti Ambani

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.

What Do We Want? Innovation! When Do We Want It? Now!

June 25th, 2013 | by Pattie Kettle

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. is a worldwide germination and support system for fostering entrepreneurship

LivelyHoods Goes Beyond Band-Aids to Support Youth in Slums

May 31st, 2013 | by Priti Ambani

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

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

Mother Nature’s Sons/Daughters Go Digital with Digital Green

May 1st, 2013 | by Pattie Kettle

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

Spread Your Knowledge Globally – with Skillshare

April 25th, 2013 | by Pattie Kettle

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

It’s Electric! Fighting Poverty By Providing Sustainable Electricity

April 22nd, 2013 | by Pattie Kettle

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 Wants You(th)!! Being Socially Active is Ageless.

April 16th, 2013 | by Pattie Kettle 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.

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!

Westly Group Announces 150 Million Cleantech Fund

April 5th, 2013 | by Priti Ambani

The Westly Group recently announced their 160M cleantech fund at the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco. Future360 got the inside story on the announcement. According to Steve Westly, it's harbinger of things to come. Westly cites the IPO for Tesla as the first time people saw a big transformational idea come to fore

Filtered Water Coolers: Disrupting an Old and Ineffective Model

March 26th, 2013 | by Priti Ambani

Did you know that when you pay for bottled water, whether it is single serve or bottled water systems at work, 90% of the cost goes towards handling, transportation and delivery. Moreover, there is a huge environmental cost associated with plastic waste. All this for water that is available at a faucet? Makes no sense

Stocking Up on Your Social Conscience

March 26th, 2013 | by Pattie Kettle

The Social Stock Exchange (SSE) is looking to become the premier venue and access portal for Social Enterprises and Social Purposes Businesses seeking to raise risk capital and for Social Impact Investors looking to find global businesses which reflect their values

Disruptive Innovations Bring On ‘The Female Sanitary Revolution’

March 7th, 2013 | by Guest Contributor

Every 28 days across the globe, half the world’s population menstruates. Yet despite this is one of life’s most natural occurrences, for millions of girls and women across Asia, Africa, Central and South America the high cost of sanitary napkins ensures menstruation is a significant challenge.

Geekbots for Gardens: HarvestGeek

February 26th, 2013 | by Pattie Kettle

Harvest Geek is all about marrying high-tech innovation with low tech slow food growing. Say what? HarvestBots are small electronic devices deployed in your garden which monitor vitals and automate equipment.

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