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Investing in Women’s Economic Opportunities at ExxonMobil: Lorie Jackson

While I was attending the Women in the World Stories + Solutions summit in New York on March 10-12, I had a chance to sit down with Lorie Jackson, Director of ExxonMobil’s global investments in women’s economic opportunities. A year ago, we spoke on the phone about ExxonMobil’s partnership with the Centre for Development and … Continued

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U.S. NGOs that Are Moving the Needle on Climate Change

The past few weeks I have been openly critical of Earth Hour (from WWF) and even 350.org because I believe they could do so much more to mobilize the world to really move the lever on climate change.  I personally believe that in order to change our trajectory on this planet, we need to make … Continued


Solar Sister Partners with ExxonMobil to Bring Light to Rural Uganda

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to meet with Katherine Lucey, founder of Solar Sister, and Eva Walusimbi, one of the first Solar Sister sales associates, at the Women in the World 2011: Stories and Solutions summit hosted by Newsweek and The Daily Beast in New York from March 10-12. After our interview, Eva participated … Continued


Climate Change Adaptation is Not a Last Resort

Boyd Cohen, Ph.D. CO2 IMPACT In recent blog posts I have discussed the need to accelerate solutions that will move the needle on climate change as fast as possible in hopes of thwarting the worst impacts of climate change. Something I have yet to discuss in this series on Triple Pundit is the topic of … Continued


PlugShare App Removes EV Owner Range Anxiety & Creates Community

I don’t know about you, but for perhaps the first time ever, I want to buy a Nissan. The Leaf, of course. But there’s a problem. Where can I charge it? Sure, I live in Portland, the ecotopia where there are likely oodles of places to do it. And outside that bubble? Not so clear. … Continued

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The Future of Pedal Power in Remote Places

Dr. Nathan Phillips, an associate professor of geography and environment at Boston University, first worked with a bicycle-powered electricity generator while conducting research in the depths of an Ecuadorian tropical rainforest. Researchers require electricity for charging batteries and other electronic devices such as GPS systems, digital cameras, and computers. The simple invention of a compact … Continued

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International Women’s Day Spotlights Growing Support for Women Worldwide

International Women’s Day was first celebrated in Europe in 1911. In the years since, it has become a global day to celebrate the achievements of all women – past, present, and future. In some countries it’s a national holiday. Recently, there has been an explosion of nonprofit and corporate-sponsored efforts to empower women and girls around the world … Continued

Obsessed with Impact: The Mulago Foundation

The Mulago Foundation approaches funding social enterprise a bit differently than other foundations.  To sum it up in three words, it’s all about impact, impact, and impact.There are tons of great ideas in the world.  But an idea only has impact when put into action.  The Mulago Foundation investment strategy focuses not on formulating its … Continued

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PepsiCo Improves Products, Stabilizes Communities and Helps the Environment

PepsiCo was looking for a way to improve the nutritional quality of the snacks it offers. Its solution will improve the economy of a region and the financial means of 850 families, as well as lessen its environmental impact and stabilize operating costs. And, if that isn’t enough, its effects will ripple outward in less tangible … Continued

Avego: How To Take Cars off the Road, Now?

In our still car dominated society, traffic is, for the moment, a necessary evil. Sure, mass transit options are increasing in some cities, and numerous efforts are making bicycle commuting more amenable and doable. But rush hour is still a twice daily reality for most of us. What can be done to reduce traffic, right … Continued


Haiti: New Model of a Wireless World is Emerging From the Rubble

The way we do business is going to be changing and some sneak previews of those changes are popping up in some pretty unlikely places. Like Haiti, for example, where humanitarian compassion and high-tech savvy are coming together in an impressive demonstration of what is possible in the absence of a functional business infrastructure as … Continued


A False Dilemma: Clean Up the Environment or Reduce Poverty

By Glen Low A couple weeks ago I was at home on a Saturday morning reading the Wall Street Journal when I began reading the articles Does Helping the Planet Hurt the Poor?, co-authored as counterpoint arguments by Peter Singer and Bjorn Lomborg.  I was excited to see a mainstream business journal tackling the weighty issue of poverty … Continued


Sam’s Club Offers Members Preventative Healthcare Access

A relative who is a nurse said something to me that I have not forgotten. She said, “Type 2 diabetes is an acquired disease.” In other words, type 2 diabetes can be prevented. Prevention is a hot word these days when it comes to health care. Sam’s Club is the first retailer to offer the … Continued


Unreasonable Institute: Pushing Beyond Out-of-the Box

Given the complex set of interlocking issues and problems that confront our society today, it would be comforting to know that there were groups of very smart people from all disciplines and walks of life getting together somewhere out of the fray, stepping back to try and come up with solutions that can address these … Continued