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Four Major Flaws in Our Healthcare System

While American health care reform has received plenty of media coverage, little attention has been given to the work being done to improve health outcomes and affordability. At this year’s Net Impact conference, I learned about four major areas of focus in health reform. I explore the efforts underway to address these key issues and maximize clinical and economic outcomes.

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How to Build a Better Bailout: Consider Main Street

It seems to me that the big “government bailout” of banks and selected industries was significantly one sided. There could have been a more equitable solution that considered all sectors of society and not just the “fat cat risk-takers” and politically entrenched businesses. Here’s how:

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Social Entrepreneur Jumps on Treadmill to Fund Kickstarter Campaign

What do you when you find yourself $25,000 short on your Kickstarter funding goal with only few days remained before deadline? Most entrepreneurs will start thinking about plan B (maybe it’s time to get in touch with that rich uncle of yours who once said he believes in you) or wonder if the whole idea … Continued

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An Open Appeal to the SEC on Crowdfunding

As entrepreneurs looking to build businesses and contribute to our local economies, we are interested in having increased access to capital from unaccredited investors who are willing to contribute funds in smaller amounts.

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A Brief Look at Rwandan Coffee’s Empowerment Potential

This post is part of a series on exploring Rwanda as part of the International Reporting Project’s Gatekeeper Editor trip. Follow along on our page here. In most coffee producing countries, you’re hard pressed to find anything better than Sanka at a restaurant or hotel. Ironically enough, the good stuff all gets exported. Rwanda has made it … Continued

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OLPC Plans to Air-Drop Laptops Into Villages

The One Laptop Per Child initiative run by the NGO of the same name has done great work in distributing technology in impoverished areas. They have boosted educational facilities in countries like India, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, Peru, Kenya, Haiti and other developing countries. The organization has recently announced that it will soon begin to air-drop laptops … Continued

Teaching Sustainability via Rewards: An Interview with Ian Yolles, CSO, Recyclebank

  By John Havens Recyclebank’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Ian Yolles had a chance to sit down with Yoxi, one of Opportunity Green’s sponsors a few weeks back to talk about gamification as a model for positive change.  Ian spoke at the conference on Thursday for the panel, Interconnected: Accelerating Green Product Innovation and New Business Models.

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The First Global Revolution Has Begun

Now we are in the early stages of the first-ever global revolution. It is not about seizing power in capital cities; it is a values revolution that is demanding a transition from the current system where money values rule over the life cycle, to a new system where life values will rule over the money cycle.

SaveUp Rewards Americans for Saving Money

Last week could be considered a good week for Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protestors – Bank of America backed off its plans to charge debit card fees due to public pressure and SaveUp, a new program rewarding people not for spending, but for saving, was launched. Although the launch of SaveUp has no direct connection … Continued

Shaw’s Supermarkets Launches Sustainable Seafood Program

Last month, Shaw’s Supermarkets, owned by SUPERVALU, launched a sustainable seafood program in partnership with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. Both ensure that the seafood Shaw’s sells is globally certified and locally verified by these two leading sustainable seafood organizations. These verifications provide consumers with the confidence of … Continued

3 Big Steps Toward Mass Use of Bicycles

Bicycling has seen an unprecedented rise in popularity, support, and accessibility these days, worldwide. To be sure part of this can be credited to the faltering global economy. In the US, there’s also been a willingness on the part of both federal and state government (questionably motivated Republican threats aside) to make an investment in … Continued

Derreck Kayongo, Global Soap Project founder, inspects a box of repurposed soap. In its first year of the partnership, Hilton Worldwide expects to repurpose and distribute more than one million new 4-ounce bars of soap to people in need. Credit: Global Soap Project.

A Soap Opera at Hilton Hotels

Although it is not as commonly used as food and water, soap is a good example of the inequality in resource use between the developed and the developing worlds. Think about this – while hotels in the U.S. throw away millions of used soap bars every day, impoverished people around the world die every day … Continued

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Plugging in: Renewable Energy for Remote Villages

Integrating renewable energy into international development projects is exciting, difficult and time consuming – but that has not reduced the interest from the private and non-profit sectors and the engineers, students, and clean-energy professionals that are anxious to be involved in these kinds of projects.

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How to Eat Organic on $5 per Meal

A common comment I have heard in working with hundreds of business owners across America this year is, “I would like to eat organic food but it is too expensive.” At first I tried to address these concerns intellectually by comparing value and values. Then in one city a business owner confronted me with this … Continued