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How to Keep People on Their Bikes Past Bike To Work Day

Have you ever wanted to get in better shape? Have you succeeded at it? Stayed with it after that? For most us, the answer is the same: We’d like to, but the motivation/discipline isn’t strong enough. With the League of American Bicyclists’ Bike To Work Day happening today, and shows like the Biggest Loser continuing … Continued

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WomanCraft: Chicago’s Green Social Enterprise

By Dayna Reggero for Chicago Green Fest WomanCraft, a social enterprise of Heartland Human Care Services, uses recycled office paper and reclaimed flowers to create unique, sustainable, handmade paper products, such as wildflower seed note cards, memory books, gift tags, frames and custom wedding invitations. “WomanCraft is a green social enterprise that works specifically with … Continued

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Green Products Innovation Institute Launched: Cradle to Cradle Certification Arrives

The first non-profit resource for companies seeking to make their products safer and more sustainable was officially launched today at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. The Green Products Innovation Institute (GPII) will provide certification of consumer products using the Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C) protocol of product life-cycle analysis created by William McDonough and Michael Braungart of McDonough … Continued

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Skoll Foundation: Six Trends in Social Entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship—the art of creating programs with a transformative business model focused on bringing about large-scale, positive change—plays a critical role in building a more sustainable future by increasing income, improving environmental quality, creating jobs, and enhancing quality of life. But just like any start-up, there comes a time when a great idea needs an … Continued

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Skateistan: Educating Afghani Youth Using Non-Traditional Means

We’ve all read or watched the horror stories coming out of Afghanistan.  This remote and rugged land has seen more than its share of suffering during the Soviet invasion, the tyranny of the Taliban, and the chaos of the most recent decade.  Whatever one’s take is on the current situation and uncertain future of Afghanistan, … Continued

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Social Entrepreneurialism: How Your Band-Aid Solution Can Change the World

By Olivia Khalili, founder, Cause Capitalism Ten-to-one if you’re reading this, you are an entrepreneur or intrapreneur who cares about making the world better. Whether you have a history-shifting concept, fledgling idea, or just a desire is often times irrelevant. We have a fascination with systemic solutions because they impress us in their genius, scale, … Continued

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How to Use Community to Build Your Social Enterprise

By Olivia Khalili, founder, Cause Capitalism One of the undeniable perks of being part of a sector that wants to change the world for the better is its collective commitment to change over self-advancement. Patagonia councils Walmart—a company 1,300 times its size—on greening its supply chain for free. Benetech founder Jim Fruchterman takes time away … Continued

How Do Social Entrepreneurs Finance Organizations and Enterprises?

(Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from David Bornstein and Susan Davis’ recent book, Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know.) By David Bornstein and Susan Davis Launching an organization is a process of recruiting funders, advisors, board members, and staffers, one by one. Over the past thirty years, the resource landscape has exploded … Continued

Where the Ladies At? In Search of the Female Entrepreneur

In the same way ecosystems with high biodiversity have higher survival rates, businesses with high personnel diversity also fare better than those with one variety of employee. Increased diversity of employees results in a wider variety of thinking, more robust solutions to problems, etc.  In the same way, it’s not surprising that evidence has emerged … Continued

3p Series: The Social Side of Sustainability

Sustainability is a poorly defined notion. More often than not—and we’re guilty of this, as well—sustainability is talked about in environmental terms. Be it about a company’s footprint from its data centers or the methodology for reporting, we sometimes miss the other two aspects of the bottom line. What sort of pundits would we be … Continued

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Offering Sick Leave Benefits Has Benefits

It costs an employer 23 cents per hour per worker—on average—to provide sick time, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.   Yet, 39 percent of workers in the private sector and 26 percent of those who work part time do not have any sick days. And, about two-thirds of people who earn $10.40 an hour … Continued

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Negative Therapy Pressure Systems: Simple Medical Invention Could Improve the Lives of Millions

A $3 device may just help wound patients with limited access to medical personnel heal faster.  And, there are about 55 million people in developing countries who could eventually benefit. Negative therapy pressure systems Negative-pressure therapy is relatively standard in the U.S., but the devices are relatively heavy, require a power supply to function and … Continued

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Moxy Vote Makes Shareholder Activism Easy

If I had a dime for every proxy vote mailing I’ve tossed into the round file, I would be a rich woman. Figuring out how to vote is hard enough, and my vote is hardly worth much anyway. Moxy Vote solves both problems for me. This web-based startup enables shareholders to vote online on corporate … Continued

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Walmart Releases 2010 Sustainability Report

Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, released its third annual Sustainability Report Wednesday. The report outlines the company’s progress in a range of social responsibility measures, including energy efficiency, emissions reductions and labor conditions. Of particular emphasis this year is the global nature of Walmart’s sustainability efforts. The report includes extensive information on sustainability goals overseas, … Continued