Speaking at the BASF CreatorSpace Summit in NYC last week, futurist Alex Steffen described a compelling vision of the role that cities will necessarily play on the path to a sustainable future.
BASF’s Creator Space Summits tour, which will head to New York City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Sao Paolo, Barcelona and Ludwigshaven, invite an array of co-creators to wrestle with challenging problems of our time. Happening now, the NYC event is grappling with the question of the future of Red Hook, a vibrant, ethnically and economically diverse neighborhood at the southern tip of Brooklyn that was decimated by Hurricane Sandy.
Prodded into action by protesting low-wage workers employed by huge service-sector companies such as McDonalds and Walmart, city governments around the country have or are considering raising minimum wage levels to what’s considered a fair living wage of $15 per hour. As has long been the case, detractors assert that raising minimum wages will stifle economic growth and new business formation.
SPECIAL SERIES: Disrupting Short-Termism
It seems like aid agencies are scrambling to provide disaster relief almost every few months these days. Their efforts would not be half as effective if it weren’t for the contributions of companies like P&G, which provides an essential life-saving component in many natural emergencies. Its Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program has been instrumental in guaranteeing clean water for disaster victims in areas where drinking water has been contaminated. In the process, it’s educating employees and consumers about the many ways there are to extend a hand to those in need.
Rather than technology manifesting social connectedness, it is common that technology ends up shaping our behaviors and habits toward greater isolation. The ubiquity of mobile and online connectivity and the subsequent diminishing of human connection have become truths of our time. In this excerpt from her new book, “Everyday Ambassador: Make a Difference by Connecting in a Disconnected World,” author Kate Otto explains in depth.
A recent report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute reveals the “who, when, how and how time-consuming” aspects of commuting in the 30 largest U.S. cities.
Over 2.9 million public school students from New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami-Dade, Dallas and Orlando will soon be served their meals on trays that skip the landfill and position schools to produce and sell compostable food waste.
Faced with a sinking mine of the largest iron ore reservoir in the world, Kiruna, Sweden, is moving 2 miles to escape the foreboding catastrophe.
This year’s Sustainable Cities Index reported the top 10 sustainable cities of 2015. Europe dominated the top 10 overall rankings, holding seven of the 10 places. No U.S. cities made the top 10 (Boston ranked highest at No. 15). In fact, three remaining top 10 spots belong to Asian cities that are on the forefront of sustainable development.
SPECIAL SERIES: Disrupting Short-Termism
SAP has turned workforce management into a competitive advantage through some outside-the-box thinking. Programs that support employees with autism widen the hiring pool, and formal opportunities in “intrapreneurship” give high-energy employees the chance to give entrepreneurship a try.
Dramatically higher than previously estimated, fossil fuel subsidies exceed what the world’s governments spend on health care, according to the International Monetary Fund. What’s more, they’re likely to remain this high — despite fossil fuels being the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, the main culprit driving climate change.
Studies show that millennials want to buy from companies that are interested in more than profit. They want to support brands that care. Here’s a lineup of the newest and most beautiful social impact ads from companies, a band and a city that care.
“The poor” are an artificial construct. That’s not to say that people don’t experience poverty, or that poor people don’t exist. But the way we identify “the poor” proves to be somewhat arbitrary when we look at the raw data. So does the way we identify “poor girls.”