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Code for America’s Civic Startup Accelerator is Disrupting Public Service

What is a Civic Startup? A startup or business that directly or indirectly helps the government function better and become more efficient in citizen services and engagement. Code for America (CfA)’s accelerator program wants to disrupt how public service functions.

The CfA Accelerator is an early stage seed startup accelerator focused on the civic space – that is, government, community, and the interaction between the two.

February 18th

Collaborate with The Government on Game Changing Solutions: The Presidential Innovation Fellows Program

Last week The White House and the CTO Todd Park announced the new Presidential Innovation Fellows program. The Presidential Innovation Fellows will pair top innovators from the private sector, non-profits, or academia with top innovators in government to collaborate on game-changing solutions that aim to deliver significant results in six months.

May 30th

Government and Financial Services Lag in Sustainability Engagement, Small Businesses Shine: Brighter Planet Survey

Shareholder pressure and greater demands for corporate accountability are the fastest growing catalysts for greener workplaces, according to a new survey released today by Brighter Planet, a provider of carbon and energy calculations. Demands for corporate and social accountability are at an all-time high. Many organizations are floundering in their efforts to promote sustainability. Financial services, government and wholesale sectors are the laggards in sustainability engagement, while environmental, energy, utility, and non-profit organizations get the highest ratings for program effectiveness. Smaller organizations tend to outperform larger ones.

December 7th

Is the Occupy Movement a Call for Sustainability?

For years the American public has professed to care about the environment, yet their purchasing decisions did not reflect this value. Consumers have decried labor conditions, yet sought the lowest-price option for goods. The sustainability community in the United States has long called for a consumer awakening to the fact that each time they make a purchase, they are ‘voting with their dollars’ –supporting practices, governments and policies that they dislike in survey after survey.
That is why I have watched with growing interest as Occupy demonstrations began and have grown from New York to more than 150 cities across the country and around the world. Using social media, I reached out to participants and organizers (I was admonished not to use the term ‘leaders’ as their role was to convene, not to direct) of the various movements. And what I found surprised me.

October 27th

Expanded Funding for New Environmental Technologies

Eleven government agencies participate in the Small Business Innovation Research program which makes grants to science and technology-based firms.  EPA and NSF just announced the open proposal window for applications “for small businesses to grow, add workers, and expand into new markets.” Both programs will be accepting applications for Phase I funding. These are small […]

March 16th

Triple Bottom Line: Profits with a Purpose to Make the World a Better Place

As explored in my previous posts related to the triple bottom line for green enterprises, these business ecopreneurs seek to consider all stakeholders of their enterprise (not just the shareholders or owners’ financial interests), how the business transforms or is transformed by the environment, and finally, profits, the heralded benchmark for allowing one to define […]

October 8th