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This Game Teaches an Important 21st Century Business Skill

In order to build a more sustainable economy, which includes the imperative to make a profit, it’s important to start our kids off on the right foot by teaching them some of the skills they’ll need to be able to be successful, whether they work for someone else or start their own business. According to […]

November 26th

Scaling Up: Balancing the Fine Line Between Purpose and Profits

The ability to successfully achieve scale is potentially the key differentiator between a startup and an enterprise. It is only through growing operations, be it through size, geography or markets can enterprises generate a widespread impact as well as scale their profits. However, scaling up and reaching new markets while balancing profits and purpose is […]

July 23rd

Expecting More From Business — Common Wealth Contributions By Business (Part 1)

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 […]

July 18th

Cleantech Challenge Mexico Names Its Winners

Last month, Cleantech Challenge Mexico honored the competition’s eight finalists during its award ceremony held in Mexico City. The winner of the completion took away MX$250,000 in cash, while the eight finalists were eligible for up to US$30 million in venture capital investments.

October 28th

How Do We Make Progress? (Part II)

This is the second part of a 2-post guest appearance by Alex Magnin, a Brooklyn-based technology entrepreneur whose latest startup is helping to “green Hollywood” (more info at the bottom). This series came about as a response to Peter Thiel’s ‘The End of the Future‘ tract. In part one, Magnin showed patterns in the creation of lasting progress — and encouraged us to fear not, because humans have shown an overwhelmingly impressive ability in their history to innovate and move forward past many daunting challenges. In this post, he looks at what we have to do to ensure history repeats itself….

January 28th

Infographic: When Innovation is Business As Usual for SME's

To highlight some of the ways small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) contribute to market innovation, IBM and GOOD teamed up to produce this co-sponsored infographic that looks at recent findings published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, an international think tank. The research study outlined the many ways that SMEs may be small in size, but are often able to raise the bar for innovation.

December 16th

Got an Eco-Idea? Win $5000 With Planet People's- Who Cares About this Planet? Challenge

Planet People, the manufacturer of innovative and sustainable cleaning products, has launched the Who cares about this Planet? Challenge, a video contest urging both individuals and groups to challenge convention and inspire environmental change. The Challenge follows the company’s 2011 launch of iQ, an innovative line of household cleaning products (excellent products that are effective while being eco-friendly and boy do they look good!) and that questions conventional cleaning with clever packaging that allows consumers to reduce plastic waste by over 80%.

November 30th

The method method: A Cleaner Clean, Design + Innovation and Just Plain Weird

How did method, in 10 years, turn the cleaning business industry upside down, redefine cleaners and set new standards for cleaning supplies?

Eric and Adam reveal their successes are tied to their obsessions! They talk about the method story in a book they released this week called ‘The method method’ (an excellent read that is both humorous and gripping). They call these core strategeies “obsessions” because they realize that unless you are obsessed about your business values and practices, they could fade away as your business grows.

September 23rd

Quirky Makes Invention Accessible: Coming Today to a TV Near You!

How easy is it to invent something? Maybe not that hard, but how easy is it to make it count. Really hard. Innovation is the single most important thing that sets us apart as a species, yet our society itself can be the hardest roadblock for innovative solutions to the toughest challenges we face today.
A firm called Quirky is trying to change all that! Quirky is a crowd-sourced and an open innovation platform that encourages creative thinking and solutions. Now after launching super successful products and boasting a community of nearly 60,000 innovators, Quirky is going to debut at a television near you. *Drumroll*
All of this creative craziness is going to be showcased in The Sundance Channel’s new show Quirky that premiers today August 30th at 10 pm.

August 30th

Bill Gates: In Search of a Smarter and Resourceful Toilet 2.0

The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation is embarking on a new sanitation-focussed strategy. The sanitation revolution has done more to save lives and improve health than any public health intervention in the past 200 years. But the flush toilet has only reached one-third of the world’s population. Clearly, we need to encourage new ideas and new approaches to accelerate safe and affordable access to sanitation for everyone. Bill Gates says, “Despite all the recent achievements, 40% of the world’s population, or some 2.5 billion people, still lives without proper means of flushing away excrement. But just giving them Western-style toilets isn’t possible because of the world’s limited water resources.”

July 22nd

Navigating the Waters of Mission and Profit with Criterion Ventures

A common dilemma for social entrepreneurs is the choice between and within for-profit and non-profit legal structures. Everyone in our field knows how artificial the for/non-profit line can seem when you’re an entrepreneur trying to change the world, while (hopefully) supporting yourself and dependents in order to make your efforts sustainable over time. But tax […]

March 10th

A Holistic CSR Program Means No Half-Measures

How would you define a holistic ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ (CSR) program? A holistic CSR initiative is one that builds “good” into core business DNA to bring about social, economic and environmental sustainability. How do we bring about the above sustainability? There are different ways and that is not the subject of this post. The question here […]

February 10th

Got Sustainability? Ethical Corporation Awards 2011: Enter Now!

Ethical Corporation is back with their 2nd Annual Ethical Corporation Responsible Buisness Awards in conjunction with their Responsible Business Summit. Based in London, Ethical Corporation (founded 2001) is a media company that organizes conferences and produces publications to initiate & continue dialogue on sustainable business. It also carries out independent research and advisory work. The awards recognize […]

January 29th

Wine Industry Trend? Innovative Small Biz Financing

I recently became involved with Toast Wine Lounge, a start-up wine bar in my new neighborhood (did everyone catch that disclaimer…).  The founders, Heather and Kristen, have so much going for them and their business plan that’s its hard to single out what really caught my eye.  That said, there was one thing that really […]

September 8th

Disruptive Innovation: Social Entrepreneurs' Lessons

In yesterday’s Disruptive Innovation panel at SoCap09 “Three Successful Approaches to Scaling Impact”, Kevin Jones moderated a panel of three very different but equally disruptive business models. Instead of establishing a nonprofit organization to increase computer access around the world, founder Mark Beckford explained that NComputing is a for-profit company leveraging existing distributing channels and […]

September 2nd