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How International Business Outsourcing Helps Rural Development in India

By: Rishabh Kaul A decade ago, the business world started outsourcing its back end work to the Indian megacities. But for a nation with 70% of its population living in rural settings, a new breed of Business Process Outsourcing companies (BPOs) are emerging which hope to tap into this talent pool. They are taking employment … Continued

3p on Carbon Trading: Will Markets Solve the Climate Crisis?

Carbon offsets, carbon exchange markets, emissions credits, cap and trade, emissions trading. These assorted terms all describe the various forms of carbon trading, from the individual wishing to offset his or her airline flight, to heavy industry compliance with federally mandated emissions reductions schemes, to the speculator simply plying the market for profit. While the … Continued

Carbon Emissions Meets Financial Reporting: No Time to Waste

By Lawrence E. Goldenhersh, president and CEO, Enviance, Inc. In January of this year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) implemented unprecedented new reporting that mandate thousands of companies—many for the first time—track and report their carbon emissions for 2010. Companies have quickly realized that auditable GHG data tracking and … Continued

How Has Microfinance Changed Since 2005?

Microfinance, something now fairly common and even mainstream in 2010, was a novel concept when we first wrote about Kiva in 2005. At that time, you could only lend to people in Uganda. Now you can lend to people around the world, and in a clear sign microfinance has moved beyond being only about helping … Continued

The Cleantech Open – A Bridge over the Valley of Death?

Ed Note: This is the second in a handful of guest posts we felt worth publishing on behalf of Chevron. Although we have mixed feelings about many aspects of the oil industry, Chevron’s sponsorship of today’s cleantech open speaks to their willingness to enter into a productive dialog with entrepreneurs building a new energy economy. … Continued

Will Private Toll Roads Help Get Us Where We Want to Go?

Back in 2005, 3p’s inaugural year, we looked at the role private toll roads can play in reducing traffic congestion—one of our nation’s largest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions—as well as fix struggling state budgets. Fast forward five years, and it seems like we’re still asking ourselves that same question: are private toll roads the … Continued

The Next Urban Development Frontier: On the Water?

In our increasingly crowded world, there are many schools of thought as to how and where to fit all those people. Where do they live? Where is their food grown? And particularly vexing, where do they work? Smart urban design is fast becoming a must, around the world. You could just keep building upward, sprawling … Continued

The Wind Beneath a Greener Ferry’s Wings

A small San Francisco startup, Wind+Wing Technologies, wants to take us back to the future with its concept for ferries equipped with carbon composite wings as sails, an idea that is also taking hold in a different form for ocean cargo vessels. Ferries with sails are a natural for the Bay Area because of the … Continued

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Detroit’s Schools Offer New Class: Working at Walmart

“When I grow up, I want to work at Walmart.” A phrase I would expect to be uncommon coming from high school students. However, in a city with a 50% unemployment rate and public schools struggling to stay open, the education system has joined with Walmart to help our country’s future generations learn to, well, … Continued

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Shareholder Activism, Yes You Can

By Dale Wannen, Harrington Investments Ever want to just yell, while reading about overpaid CEOs?  Ever wish that you could ask the board members at Monsanto if they eat genetically modified corn?  Ever want to just stare Larry Ellison in the eye and ask him how much his sailboat costs shareholders?  Well, you can. Shareholder … Continued

Can You Create Food, Energy, Heat and Fuel in the Same Place?

The subject of where our energy, food, and fuel comes from is frequently contentious. With just about all the options, there’s a down side: environmental effects, lack of infrastructure, cost as compared to current cheap options, the need to transport long distances, shifted energy burden location from vehicles to power plants or inability to scale. … Continued

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Takeaways From Toyota: Choosing to Break Growth

Toyota shares a compromising, cliche business story with many other firms: explosive growth at the expense of consumer protection. What can we do to break this pattern in the future? The solution is about remembering that CSR minimally means producing products that benefit consumers, a principle typically lost in deploying aggressive growth strategy. Hasty expansion … Continued

Hitachi’s Young Entrepreneur Award Targets Poor in America

The Hitachi Foundation recently announced that it is accepting applications for the Yoshiyama Award, which seeks young entrepreneurs, between the ages of 18 and 29 that are “focusing on for-profit businesses that are intentional about making a difference in American society in addressing poverty.” Applicants must be “operating viable businesses that create jobs, supply goods … Continued

People, Planet, Growth and Prosperity

I have fallen in love, again! Yesterday I wrote about Amanda West, an entrepreneur that has created the first healthy fast food restaurant. My heart belongs to the entrepreneurs and businesses across America figuring out how to grow revenues by selling products that are good for our people and our planet. My newest love interest … Continued

Too Small to Fail: The Role of Micro-lending in Economic Recovery

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest op-ed by Eric Weaver, Opportunity Fund, and Matt Lonner, Chevron. Periodically we are approached by companies wishing to publish op-ed material and other content, sometimes we accept it, sometimes not. We were recently approached by Chevron to do this. While the oil industry is a controversial one on … Continued