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Impact Investing Goes Mainstream in Ontario, Canada

Social Venture Connexion (SVX) launches at the Toronto Stock Exchange, North America’s first impact investing platform of its kind. This post is about impact investing, where the opportunities are and the strategy behind the development of the SVX platform.

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The IPCC Summary Report on Climate Change: What It Means for Impact Investing

The long-awaited IPCC Summary Report on Climate Change emerged amid a flurry of media coverage and a volley of commentary, both pro and cont. Its main conclusions were clear, however: climate change is real, its effects are already measurable, and it is being caused by human activity. What does the report means for impact investing?

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Barnes & Noble Partners With One Laptop Per Child

Nook Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc., and One Laptop per Child (OLPC) announced this week that a Nook App for Kids will be pre-installed on OLPC’s XO Tablet.

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Helping Bottom of Pyramid Workers Find Jobs in Africa

Did you know that the unemployment rate is 12% in Ghana and 40% in Kenya? At DEMO 2013 last week, I caught up with Maxwell Donkor who is working to solve this problem. Donkor is the founder of mPawa, who matches bottom of pyramid workers with employers.

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Giving X-ray Vision to Everyday Heroes

Bounce Imaging sells a throw-able, 360 degree imaging and sensor ball for first responders. Now police officers, fire responders and industrial operators can see inside a burning or gas-filled room before sending people in.

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20 Inspiring Quotes from SXSWeco 2013

SXSWeco 2013 had business leaders, nonprofit leaders and some people who were both. Benefit corporations, municipalities, the media, disruptors and even a celebrity or two. Here are 20 inspiring quotes.

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Asian Energy Expansion Means We’re Probably Too Late to Avert Climate Change Disruption

Home to some of the world’s fastest growing economies and populations, an energy forecast for Southeast Asia bode ill for efforts to curtail fossil fuel emissions. Coal-fired power generation is projected to account from nearly 60% of new power generation among ASEAN countries while dependence on imported oil will double as the regional economy triples and population grows 25% to 2035, according to an IEA rep.

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Venture Capitalists Invest More Funding in Solar

Solar energy project funding and capital raised by third-party solar finance companies have exceeded that for all of 2012 through 3Q 2013, according to Mercom Capital’s Q3 2013 Solar Funding and M&A Report.

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Rural Indian Artisans Capitalize on E-Commerce to Boost Sales

By Shaina Shealy What if female artisans in rural areas could deliver embroidery to the market directly from their village homes?  Would acquiring full reign over design, production and income amplify their independence and enrich their contribution to positive change in their communities? Technology’s Gift to India In 2011, 904 million people in India – … Continued

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Good Deeds Attract Top Millennial Talent

Millennials are bringing new values with them as they begin their careers. The careers that appeal to them are about more than just turning a profit. They are not just looking for a steady paycheck: they are looking for a way to make an impact and be a force for good.

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Is Divestment from Fossil Fuels a Sound Financial Play?

Divestment from fossil fuels makes a strong political statement, but the markets are not always the right place to make such a bold case. In current economic times, however, portfolios can benefit from such a move while advancing the health of our environment.