As Coss Marte, founder of New York City startup ConBody, puts it: When ex-cons leave prison, “that’s when the sentence really begins.” Formerly incarcerated people face a near-impossible job market and are often socially ostracized. But Marte is out to change all that with a simple idea: lead prison-themed workouts to help people get in shape, while changing their perceptions of formerly incarcerated people.
Tonight’s winner? A group from National Chengchi University in Taipei called IMPCT.co whose PlayCares concept aims to revolutionize the way kids in urban slums receive care and education.
After the FAO Livestock’s Long Shadow report was released in 2006, the dairy industry found itself at ground-zero for criticism as a major sector contributor to climate change. Less than a decade later, thanks to the efforts of the Global Dairy Agenda for Action, the sector is poised to be a leader in sustainability. How did this happen, and where are the other livestock groups?
SPECIAL SERIES: In Our Sights: a Signed Climate Commitment in Paris
The upcoming United Nations climate negotiations are shaping up to be the biggest, potentially most historic gathering of global climate and environment leaders in human history.
Many products command premiums due to their geographic origins and native know-how. Corporate social responsibility initiatives have a role to play in preserving and protecting them.
Call it madness or compassion, but the hard work and patience of Aitchison and her business partner, Habtamu Baye, are paying off with the success of their restaurant, Ben Abeba. The restaurant is not only a top tourist destination, but is a growing social enterprise giving economic opportunities that otherwise did not exist in Lalibela, Ethiopia.
Education doesn’t only revolve around the palm-sweating need for top rankings and high standardized test scores. Education also includes the everyday moments in between.
On Sept. 25, more than 150 world leaders will convene at the United Nations headquarters in New York City to formally adopt an ambitious new sustainable development agenda. However, according to a report released by a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, The Rules, the entire process has been “fundamentally compromised” by powerful corporations with an interest in maintaining the status quo.
I was conflicted before visiting Dharavi, India. As I prepared for my visit, I became part of an ongoing debate about the real impact of “slum tourism.” I was loath to join the swaths of voyeur tourists, turning hardship into photographs. But Reality Tours transformed my perceptions.
The painful truth is that solving the problems of human and environmental disease is one of the only guaranteed growth industries. That may sound like a dismal pronouncement, but I also see it as the greatest opportunity of our time.