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A mobile phone charging station in Uganda is one of many local successful businesses

Building Sustainable Businesses in Africa

Industrialization in Africa must start from the bottom up, by building sustainable businesses run by locals that don’t rely on outside charity or exploiting the environment.


Rwanda Bound, Departing for IRP Gatekeeper Trip

I’m excited to be departing for Kigali, Rwanda today along with 11 writers and journalists as part of the  two-week long International Reporting Project’s Gatekeeper Editor Trip for Fall 2011. It goes without saying that this will likely be one of the most interesting trips anyone from the 3p team has attended and I’m extremely honored to … Continued


Sun Shines on Private Solar Financing in New Orleans

Adam Capital Clean Energy Finance, a private investment firm, has agreed to lend $1 million to finance rooftop solar panels for 85 low-income homes in New Orleans. The loan is with Sustainable Environmental Enterprises of Louisiana, a community-development organization engaged in financing solar projects for disadvantaged communities. A joint press release from Adam Capital and … Continued

Mobile Banking

Moving Past Controversy: The Future of Microfinance

It’s been a tough year for the image of microfinance. Mohammud Yunus was removed from his Nobel Prize winning Grameen Bank in March and scandals have erupted due to increased debt and high interest rates in countries such as India. Is microfinance just a fad that is now approaching its end?


Population Growth Must Be Addressed to Achieve Sustainable Development

The 7 billionth baby was born on 31st October in Lucknow, India  and by the time you read this, the world will have gone past the 7 billion mark. Author of  The Population Bomb, Paul Ehrlich of Stanford University recently gave an interview where he emphasized that global population has more than doubled since he wrote the book in 1968. … Continued

How to Talk with Global Warming Deniers

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of moderating a panel at the Los Angeles Green Festival entitled, “My brother-in-law is a global warming denier,” attempting to answer that very question.

Bill Roth Biowave machine

Feeding Seven Billion People: The Emerging Farm Tech Revolution

Today, October 31, 2011, the world will have “officially” grown to 7 billion in population. Among those 7 billion, approximately one billion are malnourished. Even in America, a bread basket for the world, there is emerging awareness of “urban food deserts” where people face limited healthy food options. The 21st Century’s farming challenge is to: … Continued

google earth and smu team up for new geothermal study

Google Earth’s New Geothermal Map Reveals New Opportunities

The U.S. is a global leader in installed geothermal capacity, but so far almost all of the activity has been confined to a few western states, primarily California and Nevada with Utah running a distant third. Now a new geothermal study viewable on Google Earth reveals that some of the hottest regions for future geothermal … Continued

That's a lot of mad workers!

Chinese Factory Riots Show Solar Isn’t Always Sustainable

Recent riots at a solar panel factory in China should be seen as a dire reminder to the international business community and political caste that sustainability is a three-legged stool that grows very unstable when the social leg is ignored.


Trick or Tag for UNICEF

Last week, UNICEF’s Kelli Peterson and Microsoft’s Robin Lanahan described their mobile tagging and cause marketing journey at PSFK’s San Francisco Conference.

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Google Investing in Low-income Housing – Good Cause, Bad CSR?

As a former resident of Allston, MA, I was happy to read in the Boston Globe that Google is investing $28 million to help construct 240 housing units at the Charlesview Residences in Allston. I guess the developers are happy to have Google on their list of investors and according to the article it’s also a … Continued


Making the Case for Environmental Justice

“The environment is one of the leading determinants of health and well-being. Where we are born, live, work, go to school, and play are important factors for our health,” said Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, Chief Medical Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Gracia goes on to detail the efforts of HHS to … Continued


Video Interview: Teaching your Tongue to Love Healthy Food

Sustainability starts with personal health, and the love of healthy food can be learned. That is good news for a nation trending towards more diet related diseases every year. In one US study, over 30% of participants were overweight or obese by 9 months of age. How do we reverse this trend? Dr. Alan Greene, … Continued


Video Interview with MedHelp: Socializing Healthcare

Americans pay 3-4 times the price for healthcare that folks in other developed countries pay to receive equivalent or better care.  A crop of self-managed tools for health is coming to market to fill in the gaps for Americans by providing better health tracking information, as well as a community, or a “social layer,” around … Continued