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Annual Income of Bottom 90% Has Grown $59 in 47 Years

According to Pulitzer Prize winning economic journalist, David Cay Johnston, the prosperity, in terms of annual income, of the bottom 90% of the US population grew by only $59 after adjusting for inflation.

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Hampton Creek Foods Wants to Make Chicken Eggs Obsolete

When I first heard about the egg substitute Beyond Eggs, I was skeptical. Without thinking too much about it, I tweeted “Are plant-based eggs and fake meat truly #sustainablefood?”, referring to an ongoing debate around whether whole foods are more sustainable than food that’s created in a lab. I quickly received a reply from Josh … Continued

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Kiva Announces $400 Million Microfinance Milestone

Kiva’s efforts to alleviate poverty and enhance economic opportunity around the world has come a long way in a short time. Leveraging “collective good and new technologies,” Kiva’s microfinance crowdfunding platform now reaches out to more than 1 million people in more than 65 countries.

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UNICEF Turns on Taps During World Water Month

March 22 is World Water Day and UNICEF is taking its New York City-based Tap Project global in an all-out campaign to raise money and awareness to ensure that the world’s children have safe water to drink. With the help of advertising company Drog5, they’ve turned Facebook into a water network that has the potential to go global.

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Bhutan: The World’s First Wholly Organic Nation?

The South Asian nation of Bhutan has been working toward a completely sustainable model for its agriculture for some years. In February it announced that it was going 100 percent organic. It’s a bold statement – and may be just what the world needs to inspire sustainable change – if Bhutan can make the transition.

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CSR in India: Are Companies Doing Enough?

Can corporate social responsibility (CSR) in India have a central role in the transformation of this dynamic yet challenged land? At a macro level, India’s transformation has been an impressive and inspiring story the past decade. Visiting the country recently, I could see why India has become a hub of innovation: at a core level, … Continued

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Guatemala’s Quetsol Campaigns to Change the Way Solar is Distributed

A small Guatemalan renewable energy company wants to change the way solar is sold to low-income rural families, saying that the popular and historically efficient microloan system is too slow in some areas of Central America. To show how committed it is to this idea, the company has created a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo that is gaining steam.