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Appropriate Engagement: A Strategy for Personal Sustainability

To become appropriately engaged, Allen suggests, “If you do not pay attention to what has your attention you will give it more attention than it deserves.” A key lesson is to have the ability to shift in and out of the tasks we are doing. In other words, we need to be able to change and refocus where we place our attention and engagement.

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The “ROI” of Employee Volunteering

When it comes to corporate social responsibility, and the desire on the part of companies to make a positive impact in the world, starting at home, there is a secret weapon that all companies possess, but few, if any, take full advantage of: employee passion. The power of this force cannot be overestimated.

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How a Cookstove Becomes a Carbon Credit

How do you make a cookstove into a carbon credit? Take a region where charcoal is the cooking fuel of choice, switch it out for a cleaner burning fuel that doesn’t contribute to global warming quite so dramatically, then, somehow, track the whole thing accurately enough that it’s possible to measure the tons of emissions the switch represents.

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World Business Council Provides Detailed Roadmap to a Sustainable Future

This morning in Geneva, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a coalition of more than 200 companies, announced the launch of Changing Pace, an aggressive, detailed road map of policy recommendations aimed at scaling up business solutions to our planet’s most pressing sustainability challenges.

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Our Data: A Sustainable Resource in the Digital Ecosystem?

Our personal data form an incredibly important resource for many technology companies, leading some to regard the massive amounts of data we generate as the 21st century version of oil. Although potentially unlimited from a supply perspective, is our personal data a sustainable resource for the companies that rely on it?

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Interview: Jeff Stewart, Lenddo

Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm started in 2004 by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Since 2004, the firm has invested close to $500 million in both non-profit and for profit ventures, all of which have a stated mission to catalyze social, economic, and political change. We’ve written about many of the companies that Omidyar has … Continued

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Interview: Chuck Slaughter, Living Goods

For the second time this week, I found myself presented with the “Avon model” of product distribution in Africa. This time, Living Goods’ founder Chuck Slaughter did the talking. Living Goods mission is “Empowering micro-entrepreneurs to deliver life-saving and life-changing products to the doorsteps of the poor”. In a nutshell this means they’re basically a wholesaler for goods that are currently hard to get a hold of in developing countries – and which also have the potential for “high impact” in terms of improving people’s lives.

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Where Does Your Cash Sleep at Night?

A HIP investor investigates their bank or credit union: how it functions, where customer funds are loaned or invested, how it can benefit your community.

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Bike Culture at Levis: Built to Last

Bike commuter culture at Levi Strauss & Co. started small and is now an integrated part of the company’s culture.

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The Future of Clean and Safe Pool Water

Items found in nature can be used to reduce the chemicals used in many of today’s products. The current sustainability revolution provides an opportunity to re-engineer all aspects of our modern lifestyle.

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Harmful Chemicals May be Lurking in Your Garden Hose, Report Says

Spring time is pretty much here and this is when a lot of people indulge in gardening. But did you know that there are a lot of chemicals that may be harmful to your health in your gardening supplies? According to Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center, high amounts of lead, phthalates and the toxic chemical BPA were all … Continued