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Ashoka’s Vision to Develop an International Age of Social Entrepreneurship

Ashoka has always been the world’s leader in developing the idea of a social entrepreneur. It is an international non-government organization looking to develop a world where everyone is a change-maker. Here, is a a brief illumination of the challenges and mission of Ashoka’s São Paulo, Brazil branch.


U.S. Public Lands Contribute $360 Billion, Over 2 Million Jobs in 2013

Federal budget sequestration continues to cut into Interior Department funds and investments, compromising potential economic, social and ecological benefits and investment returns. President Barack Obama is urging Congress to fully and permanently fund the U.S. Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), something Congress has done only once in the legislation’s 50-year history.

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Is 2014 Really the Year of Impact Investing?

Earlier this year, on this forum, I proclaimed that 2014 would be The Year of Impact Investing. Now that half the year is in the history books, it’s fair to ask if 2014 is living up to that billing. Let’s take a look at what the first six months of the year have produced.


$10 Million for Native American Climate Resilience

Announced by the president and launched last week, the Tribal Climate Resilience Program should benefit American Indian tribes and the nation economically, socially and environmentally.


Kung Fu and the Art of Living in Systems

There’s conflict within every system, but we can learn to respond with grace and creativity – argues Jeremy Mathieu, a student of the martial arts and sustainability professional.

A local man paddles past submerged cars on South Beach in Miami in 2009. Locals say the rising tides are only getting worse.

3p Weekend: 5 Cities Already Feeling the Effects of Climate Change

While some still view climate change as some distant or unidentifiable threat (and others simply argue its effects “won’t be so bad”), the impacts of rising tides and surging temperatures are already changing lives around the world.

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Why World Population is a Human Rights Issue

On World Populations Day, remember there is a vital link between keeping birth rates falling and fighting hunger, poverty and environmental damage.

Scientists Call for Holistic Tropical Coastal Zone Management

New regional-scale, science-driven approaches to governance of coastal marine zones need to be implemented in order to address the declining health and productivity of tropical coastal waters and the more than 1.3 billion people – most in developing countries – that depend largely on them for food and livelihoods, according to a group of leading environmental and marine scientists.


SolarCoin: How Digital Eco-Money Can Be More Equitable

SolarCoin is a novel strategy for accelerating investment in solar power, but it’s not inherently socially equitable. Fortunately, there are ways to increase access to SolarCoins for those without the wealth to invest in solar or trade currencies.


Hobby Lobby Attempts to Claim Corporate Religion

Can a corporation pray? Can it attend religious services? Is it free to don religious garb? In other words, can a corporation exercise religion? All of those are questions raised by the Hobby Lobby case.


Horrors! Seattle is Moving to a $15/hour Minimum Wage

On June 2 the Seattle City Council unanimously approved the adoption of a $15 per hour minimum wage, making Seattle the first major city in America to take this type of action to address income inequality.

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U.N. IPBES Aims for Indigenous Knowledge-Science Synthesis

With a mission to conserve and make sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystems services the world over, the U.N. CBD’s Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystems Services (IPBES) has committed to incorporating indigenous and local knowledge within its science-driven institutional framework.

The ‘Metro Cable, Linea K' cable car in Colombia stretches 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) into the neighborhood of Santo Domingo -- creating a link directly from the city center into one of the city’s poorest areas.

Investor Ready Cities: From London to Rio de Janeiro

Yesterday, we went over a few success stories told in timely and valuable report from Siemens, PwC and Berwin Leighton Paisner. Here are three more inspiring snapshots that tell the story of cities moving towards a more sustainable future.