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Creating Green Jobs From Urban Blights–The Cleveland Experience

In last week’s Social Enterprise World Forum, the Democracy Collaborative discussed how they engaged ‘anchor institutions’ to generate local economic development by helping them shift their procurement policies to incorporate more local and sustainable choices.  It’s a chicken and egg problem, of course, in that if the supply for something can’t be met locally, an … Continued

London, going to and from a little greener

Carbon Voyage: A Green Voyage to and from the Airport

We are becoming more aware that air travel has a detrimental effect on air quality and is a significant contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions.  The question of mitigating air travel has no easy answers, especially since discount air travel has surged in Europe over the past several years.  Nevertheless, one UK firm is tackling … Continued


Part Two: Interview with’s Neal Gorenflo

This is the second of a two-part interview with Neal Gorenflo, a co-founder of, a magazine that “tells the story of sharing” and covers “the people, places, and projects that are bringing a shareable world to life.” In part one, Gorenflo explained how the startup magazine began, and he let us in on its … Continued

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Kopernik Connects the Developing World with Appropriate Technology

Sometimes, utter frustration can lead to solutions – as it did when 30-somethings Ewa Wojkowska and Toshihiro Nakamura realized that the barriers of cost and distribution of innovative technological products that could improve the quality of life in developing countries kept them from getting to where they were most needed. To solve that, they invested … Continued


Two Offshore Scenarios: Clean Wind and Burning Oil

The contrast between the promise of renewable energy and the perils of fossil fuels was on full display yesterday, and it could not be more stark. Hours before Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced approval for the nation’s first offshore wind farm, which will generate as much as 454 megawatts of clean, limitless energy, the US … Continued

Why Doesn’t Goldman Sachs Bailout Greece?

After Standard & Poor’s downgraded Greek government debt to “junk” status today, stock markets swooned worldwide on fears that Greece’s problems could infect the rest of the European economy and, in the worst case scenario, drag the world economy back into recession. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, executives from investment banking behemoth … Continued

Buying American Wind

Growing up in Essex, Maryland — a very blue collar section of Baltimore County — the phrase “Buy American” was more than just a rallying cry for those who championed domestic manufacturing. It was simply how things were done. Even when the oil crisis of the 1970s hit, you would’ve been hard-pressed to find a single … Continued

Small Is Beautiful–Communities Fight GHG Emissions

With all the big news from the governments and big businesses announcing efficiency gains, offsets, retrofits, and other sustainability initiatives, it’s easy to lose site of the local efforts gaining traction across the country and world.  Microenterprise and community-based efforts at energy efficiency, alternative energy, and social entrepreneurship–such as solar powered cafes in remote rural … Continued


Pricing Emissions: Political Will Needed

Paul Krugman, the 2008 Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times op-ed columnist, offers this riposte to those that say addressing climate change is too costly, too traumatic and too radical: We can afford to tackle climate change. And we must do it. Writing about Green Economics in the April 11 New York Times Magazine, … Continued


Part One: Interview with’s Neal Gorenflo

Sharing.  It’s what many of us were taught as kids: Share your toys; Wait in line for your turn; Share you allowance with someone who has less.  But, alas, for many of us, that philosophy became obscured as we struggled up whatever business ladder we chose.  We learned to hold onto our ideas until the … Continued

The Future of Money and Technology Summit

It’s high conference season and this Monday, April 26th I’ll be attending The Future of Money and Technology Summit at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco. (Get tickets here.)  The goal of the conference is to discuss the convergence of cash, commerce and technology, showcase new products, and make deals. Speakers include leaders from PayPal, … Continued


Intuit Gives a Voice to Local Businesses That Make a Difference

Since the B Corporation movement’s inception a few years ago, policy makers are closer to giving businesses the option to create an organization that can be profitable and do good:  currently the stark choice is to be solely a corporation or a non-profit.  The work and advocacy by B Lab, the organization behind B Corporations, … Continued


A Free Market Earth Day List

Well it’s about that time again. Earth Day is around the corner, so get ready for those obligatory Earth Day Resolution lists that will inevitably saturate the Internet on April 22. Some will suggest turning off the water while brushing your teeth or lowering your thermostat. Others will tell you to try carpooling or recycling. … Continued