Lonnie Shekhtman

Lonnie Shekhtman is a Massachusetts-based writer covering sustainable business, food systems, social enterprises and impact investing. Stay in touch by following Lonnie on Twitter: @kuurlyq.

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William McDonough’s ‘The Upcycle’ Knows No Bounds

The Buddhist-like shift in consciousness and intentions that the authors prescribe in their profoundly optimistic and hopeful new book is the right way, maybe the only way, to approach our evolving relationship with the world around us.

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The GMO Fight Rages On: Implications of Bowman v. Monsanto

The Supreme Court will present a decision on Bowman v. Monsanto by June. It will have huge implications not only on what’s patentable and for how long, but also on the question of who controls our food supply.

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Farmigo Launches Online Farmers Market

Farmigo aims to create more locavores by bringing the farmers market experience to the computer screens of those who can’t make it to the weekend markets.

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Will the New Social Impact Bond Right Society’s Wrongs?

The Social Impact Bond is getting a lot of attention, or maybe hype, because it targets core inefficiencies of social programs and, most importantly, transfers the burden of risk from taxpayers to private investors.

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Walmart Attempts to Halt Black Friday Strikes

In response to numerous strikes at stores and warehouses around the country recently, and in anticipation of more on Black Friday, Walmart asks the National Labor Relations Board to halt the strikes. But it might be too late.

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Zappos CEO Turning Vegas into a Tech and Culture Hub

The CEO of the e-commerce giant Zappos—famous for its speedy delivery, unconditional returns, and exceptional customer service—is using $350 million of his personal fortune to make Las Vegas the most “community-focused large city in the world.”

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Clorox Adds Blog to CSR Reporting Efforts

Two years after launching its corporate responsibility site, Clorox finally launched its first corporate blog on the same topic. The content is a little bland and self-promotional so far, but it’s a work in progress.

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A Mobile Money Revolution in the Developing World

Mobile is the future of commerce, education, and advocacy and several services are developing applications to aid the 85 percent of the world’s population that has access to a mobile phone with text and voice capabilities, especially people in developing countries.