Learning to Change the World: The Social Impact of One Laptop Per Child

Just released today, Learning to Change the World by Charles Kane, Walter Bender, Jody Cornish and Neal Donahue delves into the implications of one of the largest social entrepreneurial initiatives, One Laptop Per Child. From Amazon’s description: Learning to Change the World is the story of One Laptop per Child—a story that will resonate with...

Rethinking Consumption Across the Globe

For those in the sustainable products industry, it has been a long running and often elusive challenge to understand the role consumers play in creating a thriving “green” marketplace. During the holiday season when shopping reaches a fever pitch is perhaps the most interesting time to explore what underlies our purchasing decisions and how those decisions...

The most evil organization in the world

I’ve said it before, but this quote floored me. Never expected this much transparency from one of the world’s most opaque organizations, the US Chamber of Commerce. From the Washington Monthly:  [A] large part of what the Chamber sells is political cover. For multibillion-dollar insurers, drug makers, and medical device manufacturers who are too smart and...

Seventh Generation’s “Tribute to a Visionary”

After a two year absence, I was invited to return to Seventh Generation to celebrate my induction into the Social Venture Network Hall of Fame. I was honored when Seventh Generation CEO John Replogle gave an exceptional speech to commemorate the occasion and I thought I would share it with you all. Click here to read the article and...

Survey: Sex, Condoms and Sustainability

These days, many products—personal care items, food, etc.—contain various chemicals and additives that, while legal in small amounts, may have effects on human health that aren’t fully understood. One area that has not received much attention is condoms. Please complete this survey and help us gain a better understanding of consumer feelings and...

CEO Activist, or Just Another PR Stunt?

In late September of this year, H&M CEO Karl-Johan Persson met with People’s Republic of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to discuss an increase in textile worker wages and recommend annual wage reviews. Why would the CEO of a successful fashion giant want to increase wages when their costs rely on that very thing being low? There are a few opinions...

The Impact of a Corporate Culture of Sustainability on Corporate Behavior and Performance

A Harvard Business School “Working Paper” by Robert G. Eccles, Ioannis Ioannou and George Serafeim investigates the effect of a corporate culture of sustainability on multiple facets of corporate behavior and performance outcomes. The authors find that corporations that voluntarily adopted environmental and social policies by 1993—which they call High...

Fraud: Study Concluded Organic Food Isn’t Better for You!

“Make no mistake, the Stanford organics study is a fraud,” says Mike Adams of Naturalnews.com and Anthony Gucciardi of Naturalsociety.com. “The mainstream media has fallen for an elaborate scientific hoax that sought to destroy the credibility of organic foods by claiming they are ‘no healthier’ than conventional foods (those grown with...

Impact Investing 101

Sara Johnson, a Village Capital program associate, has provided all who want an introduction, guide and overview to Impact Investing a great service by selecting the 17 best articles she discovered in her own exploration of the field. As she wrote in her introduction, “I decided to share some of the truly insightful pieces that I’ve come across. Here is some...

A Man That the Universe Will Miss

Gregor Barnum, my close friend, recently passed away. Gregor was a self-discoverer, a psychoanalyst of himself and of others. He was kind and gentle, though his mind was bold and audacious. He had a sixth sense for finding good people, and just as acute a sense of those still struggling with their own evil. He was always there for me. And I mean there for me....