This article is the first in a series that seeks to identify existing funds generating positive social and environmental impact along with a traditional bottom line; codifying existing financing strategies for the new economy.
It will take organizations from several disciplines working together to put an end to homelessness. Veterans, families and children are hardest hit. President Obama’s Opening Doors initiative and new opportunities for funding like crowdfunding are rays of light for this dark problem.
The Cape Town Science Centre aims to spark interest among local youth who can help build South Africa’s, and the continent’s, capacity in the sciences.
Homelessness in San Francisco is a huge problem. NGOs and government are working to help people find homes and jobs, but are working with small budgets and against a strong stigma. Could they do more?
Some of today’s most popular (and unhealthy) products, from fast food to soda to tanning beds, are replicating the tobacco industry’s tried-and-true advertising and marketing strategies.
Solutions SF, the social enterprise wing of the Community Housing Partnership trains qualified applicants to become employees of housing units not just owned by CHP, but offers personnel to staff housing all across the city. This helps previously homeless individuals not only develop bankable job skills, but gain valuable experience.
Masdar, the clean energy company and eponymous “green city” based on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, launched a $32 million solar plant in Mauritania.
One of the biggest problems plaguing our economy is the high price of health care. According to Ezra Klein’s post on the Washington Post’s wonkblog, health care accounted for 17.6% of the US GDP compared to an average of 9.5% for the 34 OECD countries.
A comfortable standard of living and high incomes do not mean a country is free of social problems–nevertheless, the dynamic atmosphere infectious in Qatar can inspire both locals and expatriates to improve the quality of life for everyone in this tiny country making huge moves on the international scene.
The Silicon Valley is booming. According to a recent U.S. Census Bureau report, the startup-riddled “techtopia” has the country’s second-highest concentration of wealthy people. Some 16 percent of Santa Clara County households earn at least $191,000 per year, placing them in the nation’s wealthiest 5 percent.