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UK Minister Gives Glimpse of Big Society Bank

The UK’s Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd, MP, gave a preview of the government’s plans for funding its Big Society bank at the Good Deals 2010 conference this week. “We want to make it easier… for people who can see a way things can be done better,” said Hurd. He added, “The prize is … Continued

Nick Hurd, MP at the Good Deals Conference, London

Funding the Big Society: Just How Important are Social Impact Investment Metrics

The UK Good Deals conference kicked off with more warnings than aspirations for the future of social impact investment.  A panel made up of banks and charitable trusts expressed the need for metrics and a new multiplicative understanding of a social asset class– all big asks that hinge on behavioural change. One of the most … Continued

Borrowing from Facebook: New Directions in Microfinance

By: Brendan Rigby “The microlending movement that was supposed to help lift millions of people in India out of poverty has in recent weeks fallen into chaos.” This was the lead for the Wall Street Journal’s feature article on the current microfinance crisis in India. The article goes on to shine a rather critical light … Continued

Challenges to an Economy Based on Sharing

by Eric Liu Scores of new businesses are leading the way and exploring how sharing can lower our environmental impact, increase community and happiness, and yes, generate revenues.  These companies have changed how people live, from car sharing to couch surfing.   For companies both big and small entering into this space, two main challenges remain: … Continued

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Small Businesses Will Help US Keep Pace With Asia’s Clean Tech

In his 2010 State of the Union Address, President Obama predicted: “The nation that leads the clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the global economy.” The good news is that the number of patent filings in the US Patent Office shows that America is pushing hard to lead the global race toward … Continued

The Sharing Economy is On the Rise

By Eric Liu Our current economy is based on consumerism and individual ownership of property.    Yet there are many who believe that an entirely different economy is on the rise that is based on a concept even older than money: sharing. Scores of new businesses are leading the way and exploring how sharing can lower … Continued

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New Opportunities and Conflicts for Sustainable Investors

The Boston investment firm Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management has produced a new paper called “Capital and Climate Change” arguing that climate change is creating new investment opportunities in such areas as water management, sustainable agriculture and energy. It’s a thought-provoking paper for socially responsible investors, also called sustainable investors, who are looking for new ways … Continued

Eco-Friendly Startup Opportunities With Low Capital Requirements

You’ve probably heard that green is gold. While nothing is quite that easy, the business case for green is solid, and its fundamentals are extremely strong. A green business is not much different from a conventional business in many ways: you still have to create a product or service people want, market it, deliver it, … Continued

Video Interview: CEO of Rentalic Sees Garages of Idle Stuff as Business Opportunity

Many people own excess stuff, or have spare time and empty rooms.  Imagine if this idle capacity can become a business opportunity.  This video with Punsri Abeywickrema, CEO of Rentalic, profiles their online rental marketplace where individuals can rent items, services or real estate to and from each other.  A winner of Paypal X Developer … Continued

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Bottom of the Pyramid: Throw Out the Cookie-Cutter Investment Approach

By Abby Callard, Beyond Profit So, you have an innovative business model that you think will improve the lives of millions of people living on less than US$2 a day? Next step: finding capital. Finding, and maintaining, capital is one of the most challenging aspects of running any new enterprise, and businesses operating in the … Continued


More Efficient Batteries = More Jobs

by Daniel Fielding This story is about green jobs. But before I get into it, I must make a disclosure: I have an obsession with automobiles. We take cars and trucks for granted. Domestic car manufacturing practically defined the United States in Detroit during the 1970s. Just after World War II, for example, around 60 … Continued


Gaming For Good: Ridekicks

It used to be that gaming was considered a waste of time, the pastime of pasty skinned boys. Something to blame for the lack of connection in our communities. Now, it’s being used to educate our children, bring math to life for adults and…make ridesharing cool?! Building on the premise that when you add rewards, acknowledgment, … Continued


Got Wind? Not Sure? Wind Products Can Help

Many homeowners around the world are interested in exploring opportunities for small scale wind, but a gap exists between education and action. There are many issues that have to be addressed before an individual decides to implement wind on their property, including questions about wind potential, federal and state incentives and environmental issues associated with … Continued


Userful Offers Affordable, Green Computing for Schools Worldwide

Userful, a Canadian-based computer company, can perform a magic trick. It can turn one computer into ten. This sleight-of-hand has brought computers to more than 300,000 schools in 100 countries around the world, where computer access was previously impossible due to price and a lack of skilled personnel to maintain the systems. Userful’s multiple-seat application … Continued

Catchafire Matches Professionals to Volunteer Projects [Video]

Catchafire creates structured, skills-based volunteer opportunities for professionals who want to give back in a meaningful way.  Rachael Chong founded the company, which launched its beta site in September, after experiencing the void from both angles.  As an investment banker wanting to volunteer her “newly minted financial skills” and as a nonprofit leader looking for … Continued