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Scraper bikes are built of old discarded parts. Image via Bikehugger

Scraper Bike Culture Provides Lessons for Sustainable Businesses

Oakland resident Tyrone “Baby Champ” Stevenson, inventor of the “scraper bike,” may not have known how big his idea would become when he rolled out his first prototype. Or perhaps he did. His creativity led to a scraper bike movement that is not only gaining momentum in the Bay Area, but is quickly becoming a … Continued

sconce made from salvaged juniper wood, Beyt collection

How a Social Entrepreneur Builds a Future out of Beirut’s Past

Benedicte de Blavous Moubarak founded 2B Design in 2004, with the idea that she could bring together people who may practice different religions, but were marginalized, often because of disabilities, and could not find gainful work. The result are pieces that reflect Beirut’s glorious past.

Mafuta Sasa's WVO to bio-diesel refinery, established in 2008, was the first of its kind in East Africa. Their goal is to supply a cheaper, cleaner, and sustainable alternative to petroleum diesel to Tanzania. Bio-diesel burns 75% cleaner, and costs on average 350 Tanzanian Shillings cheaper than petroleum diesel. Photo by Jonathan Kalan

The (BoP) Project: Turning Wasted Vegetable Oil into Fuel for Africa

By Jonathan Kalan, Founder of The (BoP) Project. This is the second installment from The (BoP) Project, a journey to discover, document, and share stories of remarkable social entrepreneurs, enterprises and innovations across east Africa. Michael Mwakilasa is not your typical Tanzanian entrepreneur. With a beaming smile, warm handshake, and a half-New-York, half-Tanzanian accented “Hey man!” … Continued


Why We Can’t Afford NOT to Invest in Haiti

By Gerald McSwiggan and Taryn Bird. McSwiggan is the head of the U.S. Chamber BCLC Disaster Assistance and Recovery Program. Bird is the head of the Global Corporate Citizenship Program. This post originally appeared on the BCLC Blog. What is it about Haiti that keeps philanthropists and investors alike coming back? One year after the devastating earthquake, … Continued


Healing the Healer – Engaging Health Care Workers

By Janet Brown, Director, Sustainable Operations, Practice Greenhealth. The Center for Health Design describes healing environments as meeting three criteria – reducing stress of building occupants, improving safety and contributing to ecological health. Healthcare’s emerging commitment to environmental action is intertwined with the worker and patient experience. Acknowledging the connection between worker and patient satisfaction … Continued

jole rider

Prisoners Refurbish Bikes for Africa

There is one sure thing about people in prison…they have a lot of time on their hands. Unfortunately, in many people’s eyes, the prison system is broken and doesn’t do a good enough job of rehabilitating criminals. There are, however, innovative prison programs where inmates can contribute positively to society. Jole Rider, a UK based … Continued

Sustaining Your New Year’s Resolution

It’s the beginning of the new year of 2011.  One tradition we have for bringing in the new year is making a New Year’s resolution.  Perhaps you made one or maybe a few?  Or you may know someone that has made a resolution?  We all make these resolutions with the best of intentions. An unfortunate … Continued


For 2011: What’s Coming in Climate Change and Carbon IT

Last week at my co-working space Christmas party I was asked me about the next big thing in climate change IT. 2010 has certainly been about aggregating data and the end of this year gave plenty of hints about what ‘the next big thing’ is: data-based engagement. I should say that I live in London, … Continued

elephants, Maputo Reserve

In Mozambique, The World Bank Dabbles in Eco-Tourism

The World Bank and Mozambique’s Ministry of Tourism signed an agreement that will develop and operate an eco-tourism project that aims to both create jobs and pave the way for locals to participate in the tourism sector.


Evolving Cultures, Working Parents and Sustainability

Parents are now dual income earners, meaning that both parents work outside the home to provide a solid, consistent income for their families. Choices they make in their fast paced lives affect the choices of food and lifestyle that may not be sustainable for families and community as a whole.


How “Dignified Capitalism” Can Address Poverty Better than Charity

Close your eyes and say it again… Capitalism. What images does the word evoke in your mind?

For most of the developed world there is a common public perception that providing aid to less fortunate countries is the most straightforward solution to alleviating global poverty.


Senda Athletics Launches Triple Bottom Line Nike

Thanks to the Hub I’ve been working alongside Senda Athlethics founder, Santiago Halty, for the past six months, so I’m excited to report on the launch of his company this week.  Senda Athletics aims to be a sporting goods company with a soul, making Fair Trade soccer balls and sustainably sourced apparrel. Listen to my … Continued


The (BoP) Project Photo Essay: KOMAZA

By Jonathan Kalan Four billion people on this planet live in relative poverty. While each of their situations are unique, most of these 4 billion people share a similar set of economic constraints, collectively placing them at the Base of the Economic Pyramid (BoP). Among their daily struggles, they face significant unmet needs, a dependence … Continued


Gasp! The Benefits Of Child Labor In The Developing World

If asked, most people in our society will tell you that they are dead set against the concept of child labor. They look disapprovingly at developing countries where young children perform manual labor for long hours when they should be in school learning. Yes, children should be in school. Yes, they should be out playing with friends and enjoying their childhood.