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Andhra Pradesh State Legislative Assembly

India Mulls Tighter Microfinance Regulations

Andhra Pradesh’s government is considering legislation that would curb lending rates and avert abuses that MFIs often undertake in recouping their loans. These borrowers, most of whom are women, feel squeezed between the MFIs and the self-help groups (SHGs) under whom they work. But they may finally gain some help–their plight has caught the attention of officials who feel they can no longer just shake their heads as they read the daily newspapers, which have highlighted these deaths.

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Ecopreneurial Opportunity: Used Book Exchange

Are you a bookworm? Ever thought you’d love to sift through books all day and sip organic coffee while interacting with other like-minded literati? The thought of running an independent book store is a daunting one–few other types of locally owned businesses have been quite so impacted by big box competition.

Hey Google, the Lexus Hybrid HS Can Drive Itself Too!

Google made headlines early this week in regards to testing cars that drive on their own. I also tested a car this week that drives on its own. Hey Google, the 2010 Lexus Hybrid HS can drive itself too! The 2010 Lexus Hybrid HS 250h has a unique feature that allows the vehicle to adjust … Continued

Can A Life Be Saved By a Solar Powered Suitcase? If it’s LifeGivingForce, Yes

It seems these days there are an increasing number of natural (and unnatural) disasters happening. You see images of stranded people, injured animals, and devastated environments. What about concrete solutions with life and usefulness after the cameras have gone home? LifeGivingForce is one of those. What it does is simple, yet incredibly important for so … Continued

Roger Urwin

The Rise of Sustainable Investing for Institutions

By Hugh Wheelan Why the time is right for sustainable thinking by pension funds and institutional investors. When Roger Urwin, global head of investment content at Towers Watson, the investment consultant, turns his mind to a subject, the pensions world listens. Urwin, one of the most influential investment advisors around, has worked with many of … Continued

SoCap Recap: Investing in Natural Assets for Human Security

Ecosystem degradation and loss of biodiversity are serious threats. Innovative investment mechanisms allow capital to be directed in a way that promotes ecological restoration, increases biodiversity, and creates meaningful jobs for communities.

SoCap Recap: Investing for Peace…Deploying Capital in Conflict Zones & Fragile States

There is an increasing realization that local entrepreneurs play major roles in rebuilding their countries after conflicts and in creating innovations that could prevent further violence. How can “risk capital” make an impact? How can we support local entrepreneurs and increase collaboration among sectors and regions?

SoCap Recap: Exploring the Future…Innovation in 21st Century International Development

The following is a panel summary from a session in the International Development track at SoCap10, the Social Capital Markets conference exploring the intersection of money and meaning. It is provided as both a record of the information disseminated at the session and an opportunity to continue the conversation. SoCap10:  International Development Track Fort Mason, … Continued

SoCap Recap: It Takes a Village…Innovation From the Ground Up

The following is a panel summary from a session in the International Development track at SoCap10, the Social Capital Markets conference exploring the intersection of money and meaning. It is provided as both a record of the information disseminated at the session and an opportunity to continue the conversation. SoCap10:  International Development Track Fort Mason, … Continued

SoCap Recap: Taking It to the Next Level…Designing to Scale

The following is a panel summary from one of the sessions in the International Development track at SoCap 2010, the social capital markets conference. It is provided here as a both a record of the information disseminated during the session and an opportunity to continue the conversation. SoCap10:  International Development Track Fort Mason, San Francisco … Continued

Greening the BRIC panel at GoingGreen 2010

Thinking about investing in GreenTech Overseas? Set up a Joint Venture

By Connie Kwan China’s announcement of their $4 billion yuan stimulus package for GreenTech last year cast the spotlight on GreenTech overaseas.   Due to lack of existing infrastructure, the adoption of GreenTech can happen much faster overseas than in the US.  How can investors participate in this booming sector?  This was the question explored at … Continued

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When it Comes to Alt Energy, the US Military Doesn’t Care About Opinion Polls

It was all over the news last week… With recycled — yet catchy — titles like “The Military is Going Green” and “For the U.S. Military, it’s Easy Being Green,” the world learned that the military’s dependence on fossil fuels has become a strategic nightmare. Of course, for those who are regular readers of these … Continued

VCs, Start-Ups and Others Converge To Talk Green Tech

By Ellisa Feinstein GoingGreen Silicon Valley conference, a two and a half day conference which started last night, comes on the heels of President Obama’s declaration that clean energy technologies and jobs “are essential for the country’s environment and economy.” With leading and emerging clean technology companies, luminaries and venture capitalists, leading the charge, the … Continued

Solar subsidies

Why Solar Needs a Climate Bill

One Block Off the Grid, recently ran an article asking What if Solar Power had Fossil Fuel-like subsidies? The answer would involve a ratio of 72 to1, which is how fossil fuel subsidies compare with solar today. From an average taxpayer perspective, that means that over the past five years, you would have contributed $521.73 … Continued