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Pressed Juicery: Hitting the Green Price Ceiling?

I’m having a deja vu moment here: Back in 2000, Kozmo was one of the earnest dot-com hopefuls. The company would deliver all manner of things to your door, from DVDs to magazines. At no extra cost. I recall ordering, often, a single Odwalla juice, partly out of the novelty of being able to do … Continued


Savannah Bee Company is Built on Education and Passion

Last month I had the opportunity to visit Savannah Bee Company, a company that I have been following for a number of years– I was eager to check it out in person. Founded in 2002 by Ted Dennard, aka “Fearless Leader” amongst the team, Savannah Bee Company is so much more than just selling honey … Continued


Invigorating Local Economies with Tourism

Imagine your last memorable vacation. Now imagine your trip if you had known it provided jobs that protect nature, grow local economies, and nourish communities. Makes it feel that much better, right? Currently, 40% to 80% of each dollar spent by a tourist leaves the area it is spent in. It doesn’t have to be … Continued

Keep GE Salmon Off Our Dinner Plates!

Op Ed: Congress Ramps Up Opposition to Genetically Engineered Fish

The Food & Drug Administration could let industry pressure overrule common sense any day now by allowing genetically modified (GE) salmon to be sold to consumers. Congress is ramping up opposition to the frankenfish in a move that both Democrats and Republicans can agree on.

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Less Meat or More Local Food? Sustainability Calls for Both

Last month Andrew Winston wrote about Weber and Matthews’ article from 2008, ‘Food-Miles and the Relative Climate Impacts of Food Choices in the United States’. Winston saw the article as an eye-opening piece for anyone interested in maximizing the efficiency of carbon footprint reduction efforts. “Just moving away from meat for one day a week … Continued

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In the Field: What to do When You Don’t Speak Swahili

This post is part of a series by dMBA students as part of their Social Venture summer course. For context and introduction, click here.By Eric Persha By Olivia Nava I become hyper aware of human-to-human communication when I’m in a foreign country. Communication ranges from miming to casual conversing to sharing complex theories and ideas. … Continued


In the Field: Saba Saba International Trade Fair

During our visit to Tanzania, we were lucky to be in the field while the Saba Saba festival was occurring in Dar es Salaam. Saba Saba (“seven seven” in Swahili) is the July 7th Tanzanian national holiday, celebrating the 1954 founding of the Tanzanian political party, the Tanganyika African National Union. It also refers to the Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair, held every year near Kurasini.

The Land Institute: Advancing Nature’s Deep Model of Sustainability

Jackson says that when the first farmers started plowing up the earth to plant seeds ten thousand years ago, they opened up a split—between man’s cleverness and nature’s wisdom that has been widening ever since, with consequences that we are only now beginning to appreciate.


Why Diversity is a Business Imperative

At Symantec, we recognized years ago that the relationship between innovation and diversity is a business imperative. It’s also the premise for some of our most successful stakeholder engagement.

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Engaging Moms in the Fight for Clean Air

This post is part of a series on Stakeholder Engagement sponsored by Jurat Software. On Wednesday Moms Clean Air Force (MCAF), an organization created to harness the power of moms, hosted its first Twitter Chat for moms on the disparities in African American asthma rates compared to the general population. As stated on its website; “Our children … Continued


Breakin’ it Down: Analyzing Global Stakeholders

It’s all about the dialogue in stakeholder engagement, whether dealing in sustainability or AIDS or poverty reduction. Yet what, exactly, are some of the proven tools to determine which stakeholders should be included in global interventions?


Social Ventures – Energy in Africa (Series Introduction)

Getting access to electricity sources is a major challenge for rural populations all over the world, but especially in developing countries. In Tanzania, 80% of the people live within 5 km of the power grid. 90% of them lack access to electricity. In most developed countries we tend to take electricity for granted, but in Tanzania the lack of access to electricity significantly impacts economic potential, education and healthcare, amongst so many other issues.


Social Entrepreneurs Lag Behind Impact Investors

By Matt Evans Aron Jakab runs Fruit of Care, a social enterprise selling high quality design home decor like fruit scented candles produced by people with disabilities employed in workshops across Hungary. Aron is a savvy entrepreneur now, but a few years ago, the talented designer had no knowledge and expertise in business management, finance … Continued