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Why Meaning Beats Marketing

These days you’ll hear lots about growth-hacking, social media savvy, PR pushes and marketing. Tom Chi, part of the founding team of Google X, thinks it’s important to add one more option to that list: making your product more meaningful.

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California Can Learn Bucketloads From Australia About Droughts

By Marcus Barber A recent article on TriplePundit suggested that Californians are keen to lower their water usage but don’t know how to go about doing so. That article (found here) also indicated that even the most ardent of conservation efforts don’t seem to be helping the state meet its reduced water target, and that … Continued

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The Next Big Thing in Open-Source May Be Housing

Open source. It’s a concept from the world of software development, where programmers often collaborate to improve code then share the results at no cost. But could the open-source approach also help solve the vexed issue of unaffordable housing?

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10 Problems Military Vets Ecounter When Jobseeking

Veterans who have returned from active military duty often need to obtain employment and reintegrate into civilian life. Despite all the veteran benefits offered by the government and various DVBE organizations, many employers hesitate to add veterans to their workforce.

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Food Waste, Foster Kids and a Social Revolution

One social enterprise and nonprofit decided to take food waste and create a culinary school to teach felons and foster care youth how to cook. Meals are given to people in need, with a focus on the elderly. Once the culinary students graduate, they are hired by restaurants or social enterprises. It’s a brilliant model that is shaking up societal norms.

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Why Policy Change is the Only Way to Open Impact Investing Floodgates

Bain Capital and Blackrock have created dedicated impact practices. High net-worth individuals and family offices are gathering to share deals, ideas and experiences. Foundations are sharing best practices. And yet, the amount of dollars invested in real projects and actual businesses is still a minuscule percentage of all invested capital. What’s holding us back?

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MGM Resorts: Inclusive Training Programs are the Key to Great Leaders

MGM Resorts’ 15 casinos and resort locations are known worldwide for their getaway destinations. But these days, the company is winning awards for another kind of excellence: leadership and mentorship programs that not only accept gender and ethnic diversity, but also encourage diversity of thought from its leaders.

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New Climate Commitments Help Set the Stage for Paris

Three of the top 10 carbon emitting nations — the U.S., China and Brazil — announced new carbon reduction commitments in a joint news briefing on June 30. The countries pledged to obtain 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources, not including hydropower, by 2030.

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Lavazza: The Social and Business Value of Sustainability

At Lavazza, the world’s seventh largest coffee roaster, social and environmental sustainability are integral components of economic sustainability. Its first corporate social responsibility report reviews 120 years of sustainability at the company and looks forward.

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Do Me a Favor This Independence Day…

As our American readers close up shop for a long weekend to celebrate Independence Day, TriplePundit’s editor-in-chief challenges you to bring a couple of meaty issues to the BBQ. And we’re not talking about ribs.

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What is the TPP? If You Don’t Know, It’s Time to Find Out

Right now, a trade deal is being negotiated between the United States and 11 other countries called the Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP, that would be the biggest trade deal in history. The agreement was brought to the next level this week, when President Barack Obama signed legislation giving him the authority to “fast-track” the deal. Unfortunately, many don’t even know what the TPP is. Do you? If not, this 90-second video from the Sierra Club can help.

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Hormel Develops Targeted Nutrition Solution for Guatemalan Children

After collaborating with partners, Hormel Foods released a targeted nutrition solution to children in Guatemala. While Guatemalan children generally receive enough calories, they lack protein and other nutrients. So, Hormel created an original product for use as a supplemental ingredient that provides a protein boost and other essential vitamins and minerals.