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2 Simple Keys to Unlock $120 Billion for Impact Investment

Triple Pundit recently teamed up with SoCap10 to explore the opportunity and challenge of impact investing. In partnership with Myoo Create, we put a call out to bloggers asking: What’s Next? How will social enterprise unlock the $120 billion market opportunity for impact investment? Leading up to SoCap10 October 4th-6th, we’re featuring the best answers … Continued

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Can Clean Cookstoves Save People, Planet and Profit?

Can a simple thing like a $25 clean-burning cookstove save lives, combat climate change, and improve our global economy? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), United Nations Foundation, U.S. State Department, and the Clinton Global Initiative think so. They, and other partners, have formed a public-private partnership to develop and distribute cookstoves in developing countries. The … Continued

9 Coolest Startups from TechCrunch Disrupt

Yesterday I wrote about some of the trends I noticed at TechCrunch Disrupt.  Today I want to tell you about my favorite startups. Criteria for being a favorite include:  innovation, useful to me, potentially applicable beyond the Silicon Valley elite and/or useful to a do-gooder sort of organization.  Also, I got to demo each of … Continued

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Haitians Find Hope in Mobile Money

Haitians have endured a most excruciating year.  Recovery from the January earthquake has progressed far too slowly, funds promised for the relief effort have been slow to arrive–and funds deposited have often been squandered.  Reconstruction has been painful–much of it has been done by hand. But technology should have a role in rebuilding one of … Continued

Win-Wins for Eco-Entrepreneurs and Their Communities

By: Art Decker In some ways, starting a new business is about more than making money. It’s about personal transformation. Being an entrepreneur means depending on yourself to take care of yourself — not relying on another party, such as your parents, your employer, or even a pension fund — to provide for your materials … Continued

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Solar Ibex Could Transform Cooking Around the Globe

Solar cooking has always been doable.  Camping, after all, means retrofitting a cardboard box, lining it with aluminum foil, and slow baking a pineapple upside down cake.  Well, at least that was a memory camping at the beach back in the 1970s. Camping food has improved over the years, evolving from freeze-dried chili macaroni that … Continued

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Financial and Moral Profit at the Base of the Pyramid

Global climate change is on the minds of many, but some of Earth’s inhabitants are noticing the change more quickly than others. This is because many people, particularly those living in developing countries, have traditionally close ties to the land, relying on natural resources every day for survival. As our environment continues to deteriorate, impoverished … Continued

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How to Market a Return on Social Investment

Triple Pundit recently teamed up with SoCap10 to explore the opportunity and challenge of impact investing. In partnership with Myoo Create, we put a call out to bloggers asking: What’s Next? How will social enterprise unlock the $120 billion market opportunity for impact investment? Leading up to SoCap10 October 4th-6th, we’re featuring the best answers … Continued

Ecopreneurial Opportunity: Green Car Washing Business

Does a sustainable car wash might seem like an oxymoron? It doesn’t have to be. With a little bit of planning, this service can be incredibly efficient, providing an overall water and energy savings over people even washing their cars on their own property.

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Saffron Coffee Brings Economic Opportunity to Laos Farmers

Laotian culture exudes peace.  In such cities as the World Heritage City Luang Prabang, monks in saffron robes knock on doors to collect peace offerings.  Dusk and dawn shimmer on the temples’ facades, and the mountains provide a stunning backdrop for the lush greenery that surrounds the city. Peace, however, has often eluded this landlocked … Continued

6 Startup Trends from TechCrunch Disrupt

I’ve spent the last 3 days at TechCrunch Disrupt learning about the latest and greatest tech startups Silicon Valley (and actually the world) has to offer.  I noticed that many of the start-ups, many of which launched at TechCrunch Disrupt, are doing very similar things.  Here I’ll summarize the trends I saw.  While not totally … Continued

SoCap 2010 Explores Next Steps in Impact Investing

The term “impact investing” has been making the rounds in recent months.  Just last week the Clinton Global Initiative announced the launch of Global Impact 50, an index of the top 50 impact investment fund managers delivering financial returns while creating social and environmental value.  It is estimated that the potential market for impact investing … Continued

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What’s Next Interview: David Hodgson of The IdeaHive and International Futures Forum

As part of our partnership with the Social Capital Markets Conference 2010, we are featuring a series of interviews with key conference participants. Don’t forget to get your 30% discount by using the code “3P30″ when you register! David Hodgson is a Principal with The IdeaHive and a Converger with The International Futures Forum.  He is also … Continued

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Kiva Jumps into the Student Loan Business

Imagine living in a country where you have no access to student loans. In the U.S. that seems almost impossible as the Obama Administration pours loads of cash into the hands of those eager enough to pursue a degree and all the Dominos pizza that comes with it. In fact, a recent overhaul of the student loan program in the states makes it even more accessible for young Americans to enter college. In countries less fortunate, your options are very limited as far as attending university. Imagine a vehicle in which people from all over the world would be able to donate as little as $25 towards individuals wishing to pursue higher learning. Imagine no further. Kiva, the pioneer in micro-lending for entrepreneurs in less fortunate countries that has loaned more than $150 million to 408,000 entrepreneurs in 53 countries, has entered the student lending business.