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4 Lessons the Sharing Economy Can Learn From Microfinance

The similarities between microfinance and the sharing economy together with the differences in their maturity level provide a great opportunity for the sharing economy to learn some valuable lessons from the more mature microfinance industry.

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Forget the Triple Bottom Line, It’s Culture that Matters

“The triple bottom line is ridiculous, I know it’s totally heretical to say that, but have you ever tried to build a business? Even just the financial bottom line is really, really hard.” I thought I was listening to the echoes of a 1970’s era Clean Water Act opponent, but this was John Sculley’s latest brilliant partner, Sonny Vu, and creator of one of the Top 10 Gadgets of Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013.

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2012: Top 10 Sustainable Start-Ups

In 2012 we had many entrepreneurs that worked hard to create a more sustainable future. While we don’t have the space to mention each and every new entrepreneur and start-up, we did choose a list of 10 start-ups that we loved in 2012 and believe we’ll hear more about in the upcoming years.

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Sustainable Businesses Need to Focus on Latinos

The Latino population is the fastest growing demographic in the United States. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, approximately 800,000 Hispanic residents turn 18 every year. Those numbers speak volumes to political analysts, who believe that a politically engaged Latino voting bloc could have a significant impact on the country’s future political landscape when it comes to immigrants’ rights, the economy and other pivotal issues. But according to the advertising and marketing firm Saatchi and Saatchi, the numbers also reflect an untapped resource for another sector: the green industry and corporate sustainable responsibility (CSR) marketing.

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Swiss Recycling Efficiency in Egyptian Slums

What if I told you that the renowned Swiss efficiency was being far outpaced by the efforts of a few small business owners in the Muqattam slums just outside of Cairo, Egypt? They are very good at what they do, and the secret to their success lies in the empowerment of the right people for the job.

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Shared Value in Conservation: Fewer Carrots and Sticks, More Designers

How can conservation organizations leverage the economic concept of shared value? Can they create tools beyond the regulatory stick, which creates the illusion of a carrot? Can they create collaborative partnerships between NGOs and sustainability focused social designers?

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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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Open Letter to Bank of America

An opportunity for an innovative banking program involving small business loans that will not only help strengthen the economy and increase your customer base, but also support your efforts in responsible business practices, community engagement, and customer retention.