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UniversalGiving founder on trends in CSR and volunteering [Video]

I got the chance to sit down with Pamela Hawley,  co-founder of VolunteerMatch and founder of UniversalGiving.  Hawley is one of my favorite women in the social enterprise space.  A dynamic and ambitious leader, Hawley also has a side career in improv and acting.  Also, be sure to check out her heartwarming blog. Watch the interview to learn … Continued

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Suitsak: The Key to a Major Increase in White Collar Bicycle Commuters?

In many parts of the world, cities are actively taking steps to increase biking as a daily activity – London’s “bicycle superhighway” is the latest example, generating a staggering 70% increase in bike use in one year, even on regular streets. But there’s a hitch to getting a broader professional segment of the population on … Continued

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Investors Ask Oil and Gas Companies To Report Fracking Risks

Investors filed shareholder resolutions with nine oil and gas companies, asking them to report on plans to deal with the risks surrounding natural gas hydraulic fracturing (commonly called ‘fracking’) in the U.S. The risks investors want the companies to report on include chemical use and water contamination. Fracking injects water, chemicals and particles underground to … Continued

Raising Capital as a Sustainable Entrepreneur

Many entrepreneurs start their company with their own money, with credit cards, or with a loan from friends and family. One reason for this approach is that this is easier money to acquire than bank loans, angel investment, or venture capital. The other major reason is that the other major option (raising equity capital), is … Continued

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Invest Ethically for ‘All Good’ Returns

This piece originally appeared at Alrroya.com which holds the copyright. By: Ron Robins Investors rarely think about how their investments really affect them other than on a financial basis. Though some might incorporate sustainable investing or avoid tobacco stocks etc. for other and/or personal reasons. But looking deeper, investors would realize that all investment actions … Continued

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How a Social Entrepreneur Builds a Future out of Beirut’s Past

Benedicte de Blavous Moubarak founded 2B Design in 2004, with the idea that she could bring together people who may practice different religions, but were marginalized, often because of disabilities, and could not find gainful work. The result are pieces that reflect Beirut’s glorious past.

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Social Entrepreneurship in Bosnia: A Brilliant Mozaik

Zoran Pulijic started Mozaik in 2000 with the belief that Bosnians know the best way how to build opportunity in their towns and villages. Pulijic and his colleagues developed what they describe as its Community Driven Development (CDD) methodology, which works to achieve maximum participation with community members on local development projects.

Mafuta Sasa's WVO to bio-diesel refinery, established in 2008, was the first of its kind in East Africa. Their goal is to supply a cheaper, cleaner, and sustainable alternative to petroleum diesel to Tanzania. Bio-diesel burns 75% cleaner, and costs on average 350 Tanzanian Shillings cheaper than petroleum diesel. Photo by Jonathan Kalan

The (BoP) Project: Turning Wasted Vegetable Oil into Fuel for Africa

By Jonathan Kalan, Founder of The (BoP) Project. This is the second installment from The (BoP) Project, a journey to discover, document, and share stories of remarkable social entrepreneurs, enterprises and innovations across east Africa. Michael Mwakilasa is not your typical Tanzanian entrepreneur. With a beaming smile, warm handshake, and a half-New-York, half-Tanzanian accented “Hey man!” … Continued

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Altruists in Action: The Role of NGOs & Non-Profits in CSR

There are more than 1.5 million US organizations—and many more overseas—that have put addressing a social issue or need above the goal of making money. These dedicated altruists help the poor and sick, lobby for legislation, protest, persuade, and discuss important social issues. They also contribute a ton of useful information on corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Climate Capitalism and Biofuels Ready to Break Out in 2011

  By: Boyd Cohen, CO2 IMPACT Our “addiction” to highly polluting and emitting fossil fuels presents serious challenges to achieving meaningful reductions in greenhouse gases (GHGs) in North America. Beyond that, the BRIC countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China continue to grow and contribute to our unsustainable path. China even recently surpassed the U.S. … Continued

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Productivity in an ADD world: 3 Simple Tips

How many employees does it take to switch out some LED bulbs? Well….it depends on how many other windows they have open. Do you ever come home from work feeling drained, tired, and mentally fatigued, but yet you also have this eerie feeling that….you didn’t get anything done? It’s actually incredibly common. Many people make … Continued

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Peer to Peer Meets Venture Capitalism at Hub Ventures

One of the biggest challenges to starting a new company is being alone (or with your business partner!) day in and day out without any feedback from anyone outside your small sphere. There aren’t very many sustainable business leaders available to serve as mentors, because many sustainable start-ups are doing something that has never been … Continued

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GLOB’s Non-Toxic Paints Offer Artists a Safe Alternative

Have you ever noticed that arts and crafts paint labels don’t list the ingredients in their products? Arts and crafts paints are exempt from consumer paint lead laws and one company is trying to bring this to the spotlight. GLOB, which makes paints using natural plant extracts and botanical pigments, wants us to know that … Continued

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Charismatic Carbon-Offset Projects with Co-Benefits

By Boyd Cohen, CEO CO2 IMPACT While many people still have their suspicions about carbon offsets and suggest that offsets are a copout from reducing a company’s (or individual’s) own emissions, carbon offsets do play an important role in the global effort to combat climate change.  In some instances, achieving significant reductions from a company’s … Continued

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Guardian’s ‘Greenest-Government-Ever’ Meter Priorities

Damian Carrington at the Guardian has it right that the coalition government probably won’t do very well on the “greenest government ever-o-meter.” But probably more for the reasons suggested in the comments of the article than for the factors that Carrington outlines: national forests, flood defense, and high speed rail. While these are important they … Continued