The Social Side of Sustainability

In this series, we examine the entrepreneurs, organizations, and innovative ideas that foster sustainable growth in developing nations, as well as economic recovery here in the U.S.

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Complex Social Problems Call for Evolutionary Leadership

The following is a guest post by our friends at Saybrook University’s Organizational Systems Program (a 3p sponsor) – designed for students, managers,…
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Beyond the Sweatshop: Developing Tools for Supply Chain Assessment

by Jess Sand One of the most contentious realities of the new economy is that consumers’ concern for the social impacts of any…

Design Thinking for Social Innovation: A Conversation with IDEO’s Sally Madsen

by Jess Sand As the private sector beings to embrace the possibility that social innovation can lead to a robust bottom line, companies…
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How to Engage Private Providers to Deliver Care to Rural Poor

By Gopi Gopalakrishnan & Karen Pak Oppenheimer, World Health Partners Access to services has always been recognized as one of the chief determinants of…

(VIDEO) Adam Green On Boats That Build Kids

This article originally appeared on Dowser.org. Dowser Audio Slideshow: Adam Green, Rocking the Boat from Dowser on Vimeo. Adam Green believes in teaching…

Putting People First in the Nonprofit Sector

James Weinberg for Commongood Careers Nonprofit organizations don’t create change. The people who work for nonprofit organizations create change. Imagine your favorite nonprofit.…
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The Green Economy: Strategies for Building Green Jobs Development Initiatives

By Vale Jokisch at BALLE conference 2010 In February of last year, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. …
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Samasource and the Business of Alleviating Poverty

We’ve covered the inspiring work of Samasource before. But we felt we’d be remiss for wrapping up our series on the social side of…

Creating Unlimited Opportunities in India

Since opening its economy in the early 1990s, India has shown incredible promise, demonstrating rapid growth and entrepreneurial spirit.  But festering social issues…
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Reinventing Growth: Locally-Focused Businesses Scaling Deep, Not Wide

By Vale Jokisch at BALLE conference 2010 Many folks in the local economy movement believe that small businesses can compete effectively.  But what…
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Microfinance in America…Is The Paradigm Changing?

By Bryan Stubbs While not perfect, microfinance and Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) have been shown to be an effective tool in aiding mircoenterprises throughout…
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Can Small, Local Businesses Compete in a Globalized Market?

By Vale Jokisch at BALLE conference 2010 According to Michael Shuman, author of The Small-Mart Revolution, the answer to that question is a…
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Building Local Sustainable Supply Chains: TS Designs Leads by Example

By Vale Jokisch at BALLE conference 2010 The t-shirt you are wearing may have traveled up to 17,000 miles before you put it…
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Measuring Sustainability for Small and Medium Businesses: Is a Single, National Standard Possible?

By Vale Jokisch at BALLE conference 2010 Product certifications are everywhere.  Walk into Whole Foods and you’ll see packages labeled Fair Trade Certified,…

Job and Wealth Creation at the Grassroots Level – A Working Model In Cleveland

By Vale Jokisch at BALLE conference 2010 It’s hard to turn on the news these days without hearing an update on jobs and…