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Ecopreneurial Opportunity: Green Car Washing Business

Does a sustainable car wash might seem like an oxymoron? It doesn’t have to be. With a little bit of planning, this service can be incredibly efficient, providing an overall water and energy savings over people even washing their cars on their own property.

Saffron Coffee Brings Economic Opportunity to Laos Farmers

Laotian culture exudes peace.  In such cities as the World Heritage City Luang Prabang, monks in saffron robes knock on doors to collect peace offerings.  Dusk and dawn shimmer on the temples’ facades, and the mountains provide a stunning backdrop for the lush greenery that surrounds the city. Peace, however, has often eluded this landlocked … Continued

6 Startup Trends from TechCrunch Disrupt

I’ve spent the last 3 days at TechCrunch Disrupt learning about the latest and greatest tech startups Silicon Valley (and actually the world) has to offer.  I noticed that many of the start-ups, many of which launched at TechCrunch Disrupt, are doing very similar things.  Here I’ll summarize the trends I saw.  While not totally … Continued

SoCap 2010 Explores Next Steps in Impact Investing

The term “impact investing” has been making the rounds in recent months.  Just last week the Clinton Global Initiative announced the launch of Global Impact 50, an index of the top 50 impact investment fund managers delivering financial returns while creating social and environmental value.  It is estimated that the potential market for impact investing … Continued

What’s Next Interview: David Hodgson of The IdeaHive and International Futures Forum

As part of our partnership with the Social Capital Markets Conference 2010, we are featuring a series of interviews with key conference participants. Don’t forget to get your 30% discount by using the code “3P30″ when you register! David Hodgson is a Principal with The IdeaHive and a Converger with The International Futures Forum.  He is also … Continued

Kiva Jumps into the Student Loan Business

Imagine living in a country where you have no access to student loans. In the U.S. that seems almost impossible as the Obama Administration pours loads of cash into the hands of those eager enough to pursue a degree and all the Dominos pizza that comes with it. In fact, a recent overhaul of the student loan program in the states makes it even more accessible for young Americans to enter college. In countries less fortunate, your options are very limited as far as attending university. Imagine a vehicle in which people from all over the world would be able to donate as little as $25 towards individuals wishing to pursue higher learning. Imagine no further. Kiva, the pioneer in micro-lending for entrepreneurs in less fortunate countries that has loaned more than $150 million to 408,000 entrepreneurs in 53 countries, has entered the student lending business.

How to Build Human Capital for Social Investing

Triple Pundit recently teamed up with SoCap10 to explore the opportunity and challenge of impact investing. In partnership with Myoo Create, we put a call out to bloggers asking: What’s Next? How will social enterprise unlock the $120 billion market opportunity for impact investment? Leading up to SoCap10 October 4th-6th, we’re featuring the best answers … Continued

What’s Next Interview with Deborah Hirsh: The Hoop Connects Consumers and Producers

As part of our partnership with the Social Capital Markets Conference 2010, we are featuring a series of interviews with key conference participants. Don’t forget to get your 30% discount by using the code “3P30″ when you register! Deborah Hirsh recently co-founded The Hoop Fund, an exciting new start-up which connect producers and consumers to make … Continued

Ecopreneurship Opportunity: Green Wedding and Event Planner

Are you well-organized and enjoy making plans?  Do you live sustainably, so that you’d understand all the green options that could go into planning an event with multiple moving parts?  Do you enjoy working closely with people to help them fulfill their dreams?  Do you have a passion for parties and events?  Are you comfortable working … Continued is Hyper-Local and Private: Interview with Founder Tim Reeth

While social media has generally been a force for good in our lives, there has also been a downside: information overload. The major players try to be everything to everyone, and, in the process, leave us overwhelmed, sifting through that which is meaningful and relevant, from that which is, well, frankly, meaningless drivel. founder … Continued

Boxsal Remixes The Picnic, Sustainably

Picnics. They sound good on paper, but how often do they really happen? For most, they’re a quaint notion that doesn’t go much beyond talk. Boxsal has got an idea that just may have legs: Make picnics funky. Or all business. Or romantic with a creative twist. And do it sustainably. Rather then yet another … Continued

Tedx Change – Localization is Key to Sustainability

By Jenny Hoang As two major events, The UN Summit 2010: Millennium Development Goals, 2015 and the Clinton Global Initiative 2010 Annual Meeting, are underway this week, another shorter event occurred the other day, also in New York. Only 95 minutes long, Tedx Change: The Future We Make, organized by the Gates Foundation, was a … Continued

What is Your Clean Tech Story?

People understand new knowledge primarily through stories. There is probably no better way to communicate the benefits of clean technology than through effective storytelling. To date, however, clean tech firms have made little use of stories in their marketing strategies. A new book, Re-Imagining Change: An Introduction to Story-Based Strategy, by Doyle Canning and Patrick … Continued

WWF and Coke Work Together to Preserve Mekong Delta

Working with Coca-Cola, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has targeted the Mekong as one of six river basins for conservation initiatives. For example, WWF, Coke, and local businesses succeeded in removing over 400 meters of internal dykes scattered throughout the Mekong, which made a huge difference in improving the river’s flow and connectivity. With better water quality saw the revival of not only some local animal species, but a growth in local, sustainable industries that help residents build wealth.