3p Contributor: Nick Aster

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

TriplePundit.com has since grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He was instrumental in the creation of TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years as well as an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

Recent Articles

TODAY: “Creating Resilient Cities” with Siemens and Arup

| Wednesday October 1st, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Join TriplePundit TODAY, October 1 at 9:00 a.m. PST / 12:00 p.m. EST for a Google Hangout on “Creating Resilient Cities!”

HANGOUT WILL BROADCAST BELOW AT NOON EASTERN TIME

The world is rapidly urbanizing and the majority of the global population will experience the effects of climate change in urban cities. Yet while cities are vulnerable, they are also uniquely positioned to lead the efforts of mitigating and adopting to climate change. How do we ensure that our cities will remain attractive places for people and businesses against a backdrop of increasing climate risk? Join TriplePundit’s Founder, Nick Aster, live on Google’s hangout platform to discuss how cities may be able to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Our featured panelists are:

  • Michael Stevns, Project Manager of the Toolkit for Resilient Cities, Siemens
  • Stephen Cook, Associate Director, Energy and Climate Change Consulting, Arup

The conversation will cover how to future-proof our cities; resilience in the fields of technology, finance, and risk management; and global best practices for creating resilient cities.

Let us know you’re coming! RSVP HERE.

 

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SOCAP14 Interview: Plum Organics & Campbell’s Soup

| Tuesday September 30th, 2014 | 0 Comments

This video is part of our ongoing coverage of SOCAP14.  To see the rest please visit our SOCAP 14 page here.

plum-campbellsPlum Organics is a certified B Corp and benefit corporation that makes nutritious, organic baby food.  About a year ago, Plum was acquired by Campbell’s Soup Co., joining a long list of sustainably-minded companies who have been acquired by larger, publicly-traded corporations.

The level of transparency and commitment to sustainability that being structured as a benefit corporation entails is difficult to translate to a publicly-traded company — regardless of that company’s own commitments.  But according to Plum and Campbell’s, the acquisition is going well and will ultimately enhance the sustainability of both companies.

I sat down with Plum’s co-founder, Neil Grimmer and Campbell’s VP of CSR and Sustainability, Dave Stangis at SOCAP14 a few weeks back to discuss…

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Stories and Beer Recap: Measuring Positive Impact

| Tuesday September 30th, 2014 | 0 Comments

logoMeasuring financial success is straightforward enough, but how do you measure a business’s overall positive impact? The B Corporation movement is defining a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. With over 1,000 companies now registered as B Corporations, the Philadelphia-based nonprofit is leading a global shift in redefining success in business.

Today, 3p, along with representatives from B Lab and 3 Philadelphia area B Corps enjoyed a casual conversation at The Hub Cira Center. TriplePundit’s founder, Nick Aster, led the discussion.

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SOCAP 14 Interview: Marissa Feinberg, Impact HUB NYC

| Saturday September 20th, 2014 | 0 Comments

This video is part of our ongoing coverage of SOCAP14.  To see the rest please visit our SOCAP 14 page here.

Marissa Feinberg is co-founder of Impact HUB New York, a co-working space founded on a social enterprise mission.  She also talks about how the HUB is structured and how HUB New York will interact with others in the network.

Marissa and her team will also be hosting us on October 2 for Stories & Beer with a focus on the intersection of water and the fashion industry.  RSVP here if you want to come by!

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SOCAP14 Interview: Scott Anderson, Nextbillion.net

| Friday September 19th, 2014 | 0 Comments

This video is part of our ongoing coverage of SOCAP14.  To see the rest please visit our SOCAP 14 page here.

Scott Anderson is managing editor of Nextbillion.net, a website and blog bringing together the community of business leaders, social entrepreneurs, NGOs, policy makers and academics who want to explore the connection between development and enterprise.   In this clip Scott talks about his experience at SOCAP14 and the state of social enterprise as well as some new developments at Nextbillion.

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SOCAP14 Interview: Will Poole, Unitus Seed Fund

| Thursday September 18th, 2014 | 0 Comments

This video is part of our ongoing coverage of SOCAP14.  To see the rest please visit our SOCAP 14 page here.

Will Poole is the co-founder of Unitus Seed Fund, a $20 million fund based in Bangalore and Seattle that invests in startups serving large, underserved low-income populations.  In this conversation, Will discusses the state of impact investing in India, some of what has made it historically difficult and what’s being done to change that.  Unitus has made a great deal of progress since its inception, and Will shared three recent accomplishments with me:

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SOCAP14 Interview: Impact HUB Tokyo

| Wednesday September 17th, 2014 | 0 Comments

This video is part of our ongoing coverage of SOCAP14.  To see the rest please visit our SOCAP 14 page here.

TriplePundit is a proud partner of Impact HUB Bay Area and by extension the many Impact HUBs popping up around the world.  I had a chance to get to know Shingo Potier de la Morandière, co-founder of Impact HUB Tokyo, at Socap14 last week. We talked a little about how cause-based co-working is being popularized in Japan and also about the process by which one creates a new Impact HUB.

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SOCAP14 Interview: Paula Goldman, Omidyar Network

| Tuesday September 16th, 2014 | 0 Comments

This video is part of our ongoing coverage of SOCAP14.  To see the rest please visit our SOCAP 14 page here.

What exactly is “impact investing“? Paula Goldman is Senior Director of Knowledge & Advocacy for Omidyar Network and, according to her, it’s a type of investing that asks for both financial and societal return.  In this brief conversation, Paula discusses both the history of impact investing and how governments can enact policies to encourage it.

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SOCAP14 Interview: Thaddeus Owen, Herman Miller

| Monday September 15th, 2014 | 0 Comments

This video is part of our ongoing coverage of SOCAP14.  To see the rest please visit our SOCAP 14 page here.

In this video, Herman Miller’s chief engineer on the sustainability team, Thaddeus Owen talks about what sustainability means at the company. Specifically he discusses the concept of radical transparency across the company’s supply chain as well as with regards to the chemicals and other ingredients that go into Herman Miller’s products.

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SOCAP 2014: Tweet Jam on Financial Inclusion #3pChat

| Tuesday August 26th, 2014 | 0 Comments

3p-tweet-jamSocial Capital Markets 2014 is around the corner and what better  way to kick it off that a tweet jam on key conference topics, starting with the concept of financial inclusion.

“What is Success in Financial Inclusion?

On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your financial health? Though overly simplified, this question is key to financial inclusion. For organizations working to include underserved communities in modern financial systems, how can they go beyond the number of users engaging with their product or service to understand real impact on financial health and economic stability? Hear how these experts are building systems that include and serve everyone.

Join us live on twitter at 2pm pacific time on Thursday, August 28th as we get down into the details as well as cover other topics relevant to #SOCAP14.

Please RSVP here or just send the following tweet:

“Join me and @triplepundit to discuss financial inclusion in advance of #socap14 8/28 2PM PT #3pChat http://bit.ly/1onbVkj”

Our panelists:

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Linq Edges Vegas (Slightly) Closer to Sustainability

| Monday August 18th, 2014 | 4 Comments
A stroll on the Las Vegas Linq is downright pleasant.

A stroll on the Las Vegas Linq is downright pleasant.

Whether by foot or by car, if you’ve ever tried to navigate the Las Vegas strip you’ve likely found it difficult at best.  The wide swath of gridlocked roadway surrounded by dangerously narrow sidewalks and confusing pathways is enough to challenge even sober pedestrians.  The fact that most casinos’ entrances are designed grandly for cars only makes matters worse when the vast majority of people are trying to walk, or at least stumble, to the next casino.  It’s apparent that there has never been much thought put into ways of connecting casinos nor much thought put into the idea that people might want to walk in Las Vegas in a vaguely pleasant environment.  Pedestrian bridges have helped but seem to be slapped together as afterthoughts.

Good urban planning that prioritizes a safe and pleasant pedestrian environment is a key tenet of sustainability, and could do wonders for the Las Vegas strip.  There’s a long way to go, but Caesar’s new Linq development is a step in the right direction.

Video below!

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Downtown Las Vegas: A Surprising Hub of Sustainable Thinking

| Thursday August 14th, 2014 | 0 Comments
Solar trees outside Las Vegas City Hall

Solar trees outside Las Vegas City Hall

I recently had a chance to visit downtown Las Vegas, a place many tourists don’t even know exists. Although it’s been somewhat neglected for years, the area is enjoying a well-deserved renaissance.  New residential buildings are slowly cropping up, bike lanes are going in, and even a public gathering space made from old shipping containers has appeared.  All of this is beginning to create a walkable, diverse and sustainable center for a city that for decades hasn’t really had one.

The major forces pushing this “new” Las Vegas are a forward-thinking city government, coupled with a $350 million investment from Zappos’ CEO Tony Hsheih, through what’s known as the Downtown Project.  The project has invested in dozens of startup businesses, sowing the seeds to catalyze a new downtown community.

I had a chance to stop by city hall to talk to the city’s Chief Sustainability Officer Tom Perrigo, as well as visit with SHIFT, one of the many startups funded by the Downtown Project.  In the video below, you can learn more…

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Bell Aquaculture’s Feedmill Opening: A Who’s Who in Land Based Aquaculture

| Thursday July 31st, 2014 | 0 Comments

One of the most interesting companies we’ve gotten to know since launching our sustainable seafood series is Bell Aquaculture.  This Indiana startup is producing not only trout, salmon and perch on a highly productive plot of land in rural Indiana, but also producing two types of fertilizer from waste products as well as fish food to sell to other farms.  It’s this fantastic story of vertical integration that we told in our 5 part video series we ran earlier this summer (click here to watch all 5 parts).

A month ago, I had the pleasure of re-visiting Bell on the opening day of their new feedmill operation. A feedmill, for those who aren’t schooled in the nuances of farming is a machine that grinds grain and other ingredients to produce animal food.  In the case of Bell, it means producing a wide variety of food, primarily soybean based, for fish.  It’s also highly customizable for any given fish depending on the age, species and other factors.

The event turned out to be a veritable who’s who in midwest aquaculture featuring Bell’s own experts, politicians, and representatives of industry associations.  All of them had some great insights to share and I captured as much as I could on video, with the help of Bell’s CEO Norman McCowan.  

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Stories & Beer: Clif Bar & Plum Organics

| Thursday July 24th, 2014 | 0 Comments

storiesandbeerlogoIt’s time for another Stories and Beer Fireside Chat on Thursday, July 24 at 6:30pm Pacific (9:30 Eastern) at the Impact HUB San Francisco – and online via web cam.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

But you can watch online right on this page. Just come back at 7pm Pacific time and hit play (video will appear below)

Knowing that we’re eating healthy, responsibly sourced food is a fundamental issue in the sustainability movement.  Many food product companies have made strides towards using more (or completely) organic ingredients, embracing a sustainable supply chain, building consumer trust, and being transparent about everything they do.

Come learn from two leading companies at July’s “Stories and Beer” about what they’re doing to further the movement: Clif Bar & Plum Organics.

TriplePundit’s Founder, Nick Aster, will be chatting with Plum Organics’ Ben Mand and Clif Bar’s Michelle Ferguson and leading a conversation with you!  This event is free to HUB members, otherwise $15, and you can also watch live online (details will be posted on the day of the event on TriplePundit’s front page.

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GM Twitter Chat Recap: Transforming Transportation – #GMCSR

| Wednesday July 16th, 2014 | 0 Comments

twitter-GMOn Wednesday, July 16th, TriplePundit and Aman Singh hosted a live Twitter Chat with General Motors at the hashtag #GMCSR. 

We were excited to take our popular Twitter Chats to the automotive sector for the first time! During this chat, we had a conversation on “transforming transportation” with General Motors’ director of sustainability, David Tulauskas (follow him here).

The conversation covered GM’s efforts described in its latest sustainability report.  From smaller and cleaner high-performing engines, to mass reduction and improved aerodynamics, we got into the details of how far GM has come in recent years.

Facing an automotive industry that is unsustainable in its current form, General Motors is restructuring its global vehicle portfolio, rethinking manufacturing and collaborating with unlikely partners to advance the industry.

Nick Aster, Founder and Publisher of TriplePundit, and Aman Singh, CSR expert, moderated the conversation with a thorough sampling of General Motor’s sustainability accomplishments – followed by an open Q&A!

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