Social Entrepreneurs in Action: Launching the Black Revolution

Guest Blog Post by Jason Aramburu, founder of re:char, based in Western Kenya Earth’s population is growing exponentially towards 9 billion people by 2050. While our carbon emissions increase daily, our ability to grow our own food does not. The FAO estimates that 925 million people don’t have enough food to eat, and it’s only getting worse. As a soil...

Goldman Sachs Employees Unionize

Out of the The New York Times unfolds a story that once again highlights the absence of morality and fair play that has come to represent the company we know as Goldman Sachs. Goldman’s own employee’s in Japan workers are unionizing. In the wake of 200,000 financial service workers heading onto the unemployment rolls, in Japan, Goldman’s employees struck...

We Are Making a Difference, By The Numbers

Over the course of the past decade, the movements focused on corporate social responsibility, sustainability, social innovation, cause-related marketing, micro-lending, buy-local, Fair Trade, impact investing and social entrepreneurship have grown at an astounding rate. Here are the numbers compiled with the help of Dara O’Rourke, founder of the...

Need Help Making the Right Choice? GoodGuide is the Answer

GoodGuide’s staff of 25—including chemists, toxicologists, nutritionists, sociologists, lifecycle-assessment experts, computer scientists, and business and marketing experts—have rated more than 120,000 food, personal-care, and household-chemical products, as well as toys, appliances, automobiles, and electronic devices. The ratings combine product- and...

America the Possible?

Guess which country I’m describing? This country has: • the highest poverty rate, both generally and for children; • the greatest inequality of incomes; • the lowest social mobility; • the lowest score on the UN’s index of “material well-being of children”; • the worst score on the UN’s Gender Inequality Index; • the highest carbon dioxide...

Social Entrepreneurs in Action: Co-President of Table for Two USA

Guest Blog Post by Fumi Tosu, Co-President, TABLE FOR TWO USA, New York, NY The global population is projected to surpass 9 billion by the middle of the century.  Combined with rising incomes, the world will face unprecedented constraints on basic resources such as food, fresh water, and energy sources.  There is a critical need for innovative models to...

Achieving Impact: Social Entrepreneurship & Responsible Business

Achieving Impact: Responsible Business & Social Entrepreneurship View more presentations from jeffhollender. Notes from the presentation: Slide 1: Social Entrepreneurship and Responsible Business Social entrepreneurship and responsible business will only succeed in fulfilling their promise as transformative economic and social movements if their...

Reinventing Fire: A Solution to “Peak Everything”

This blog post was originally posted on the Seventh Generation “7Gen Blog” by “Inkslinger” on February 20, 2012.  We’ve all heard about peak oil – when petroleum production hits its all-time high and then declines forever after. It’s a fact that supply experts are talking about everything from peak tuna and peak coffee...

Good News: Renewable Energy Deals Hit Record High in 2011

In one of our few economic and environmental successes last year, global alternative energy deals climbed 40% to $53.5 billion. Reuters recently reported that: “Solar, wind and energy efficiency overtook hydropower as the main deal drivers for the first time. Hydro power has dominated renewables deal flow, but deals worth $1 billion or more in wind, solar,...

Why We Need a Resource Revolution

“…without a step change in resource productivity and a technology-enhanced expansion of supply, the world could be entering an era of high and volatile resource prices. Nothing less than a resource revolution is needed.” –McKinsey Quarterly. Think about it: From 1980 to 2009, the global middle class grew from 1.1 billion to 1.8 billion people Over...