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7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change The Brain

The meditation-and-the-brain research has been rolling in steadily for a number of years now, with new studies coming out just about every week to illustrate some new benefit of meditation. Or, rather, some ancient benefit that is just now being confirmed with fMRI or EEG. The practice appears to …

Mindfulness

Sustainable Investments Are Not Always What They Seem (Blog)

By Heather GradyInvestors need to better educate themselves about the local context in which their funds are deployed.

Human Rights

The Investment Gap that Threatens the Planet

By Scott P. Burger, Fiona Murray, Sarah Kearney & Liqian MaTo prevent drastic climate change, philanthropists must invest more in nascent solutions …

Innovation
Nobel Prize
Teens

Farming Coral On Land, In Hopes Of Saving Reefs In The Ocean

A startup working in the Dominican Republic wants to help stem the rapid death of reefs around the world.<p>When a new farm opens in the Dominican Republic next year, it will grow coral, not vegetables. Using recently developed techniques, a startup plans to grow pieces of coral as much as 50 times …

Conservation

What Is Money For? Understanding Impact Investing

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with an entrepreneur who had just experienced a life-changing liquidity event. He had worked with a large private equity firm to recapitalize his business, and he had just taken some money out. He still had a more-than-full-time job, but he now had a …

Investing

Entrepreneurship Needs to Be a Bigger Part of U.S. Foreign Aid

Here are two surprising facts. First, the average American estimates that over 25% of the U.S. federal budget goes to foreign aid. That is wildly off. It is actually only 1% of the federal budget, or $35 billion for all nonmilitary assistance. Second fact: just 1% of that 1% goes toward promoting …

Entrepreneurship

Can innovative financing bring landscape restoration to scale?

Eroded riverbanks in Bangladesh. Photo: Mohammad Rakibul Hasan<p>Vibrant landscapes are not just beautiful to look at, they are productive and …

Improve Your Résumé by Turning Bullet Points into Stories

You’re searching for a new job. Updating your LinkedIn profile and résumé. Describing your accomplishments in two- to three-line bullet points that start with powerful action verbs and end with quantifiable results.<p>You know the standard advice. But for the most part, recruiters aren’t calling. And …

Profit

How Green Bonds Will Become Mainstream (Blog)

By Abby Ivory, Paul F. Brown, & David ChenWhat needs to happen before environmentally friendly investments can become an established part of the …

Environmentally Friendly

Why You Should Always Go Off-Script in a Job Interview

You’ve just landed an interview for your dream job. If you’re like most people, you’ll spend hours, perhaps days, preparing for that interview. You’ll research the company and industry, anticipate the questions you’ll be asked, and rehearse the perfect answers. You’ve probably followed all the …

Employment

Learn to Love Networking

Rami Niemi<p>“I hate networking.” We hear this all the time from executives, other professionals, and MBA students. They tell us that networking makes them feel uncomfortable and phony—even dirty. Although some people have a natural passion for it—namely, the extroverts who love and thrive on social …

Leadership

Maximize Your Learning in Short-Term Assignments

The number of short-term assignments in companies has been increasing, and the trend is expected to continue. Within large corporations, secondments, short-term transfers, and functional or geographic management rotation programs often thrust full-time employees into short-term jobs. Many companies …

Management

The Hidden Traps in Decision Making

Making decisions is the most important job of any executive. It’s also the toughest and the riskiest. Bad decisions can damage a business and a career, sometimes irreparably. So where do bad decisions come from? In many cases, they can be traced back to the way the decisions were made—the …

Management

How to Become a Successful Freelancer

Becoming a freelancer can be liberating — and also a little terrifying. Where do you even begin? What processes and structures do you need to have in place? How do you find clients? And how do you know how much to charge?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> <br>“Going out on your own isn’t always a deliberate choice,” …

Employment

3 Ways Social Entrepreneurs Can Solve Their Talent Problem

The impact of “social entrepreneurs” — individuals who deploy innovation and market forces to fill social needs — is growing. Bringing light to Africa, mobile banking to Bangladesh, low-cost health care to Nepal, or better school lunches to the American cafeteria: In all these cases, the private …

Entrepreneurship

Indonesia has a new weapon against illegal fishing: nano-satellites

Indonesia already makes good use of one weapon against the foreign boats that routinely fish illegally in its vast waters: explosives. To discourage the activity—which costs it billions of dollars in lost revenue annually—the archipelago nation has been on a boat-blasting binge in recent years.<p>But …

South China Sea

The manta in the mirror

Changing Planet<p><b>A meeting of minds</b><p>Chain upon chain of jagged islands jutted up from the sea. Dense vegetation clung to black, pitted rock walls that dropped sharply into cerulean blue lagoons. A Sulfur-crested Cockatoo landed in the top of a tree, its raucous call bouncing around the cliffs before …

Shazam for Seafood Hopes to Catch Fraudulent Fish

Soon you may be able to use a portable scanner to see if you're being swindled.<p>You may think you know what you're getting when you buy fish, but research shows that a full third of them are mislabeled. That's why scientists in London are developing a device that will scan your fish and tell you …

Forbes Welcome

9 Tips for Freelancers Negotiating New Assignments

The freelance revolution or gig economy – call it what you will — is a fast-growing phenomenon. Just as organizational leaders have recognized their increased dependence on temporary external talent in tech and many other areas, a rapidly advancing number of professionals—in a broadening range of …

Employment

This Dutch Hostel Costs $15 A Night, And It’s Nicer Than A Boutique Hotel

The Generator, in Amsterdam, is outfitted with furniture from the au courant British designer Tom Dixon and hometown star Marcel Wanders. Its walls are festooned with whimsical wallpaper from the design-art duo Studio Job. Curated antiques and artwork add a quirky element to the lobby and guest …

Hospitality

The Sunken Billions Revisited: Progress and Challenges in Global Marine Fisheries

This brief pertains to preliminary results of the Sunken Billions Revisited, shared in 2015. For an updated analysis and link to the final report, …

Fisheries

The Blue Economy

<i>The Blue Economy: 10 years – 100 innovations – 100 million jobs</i> is a book by Gunter Pauli. The book expresses the ultimate aim that a Blue Economy …

This Underwater Camera System Will Help Fishermen Stop Their Indiscriminate Killing

Trawling nets snap up all kinds of ocean life by accident, decimating species that we don’t even eat. Isn’t it time that technology be used to help end this?<p>Fishing trawlers are good at catching fish, but not always the right type of fish. Up to a quarter of everything snapped up in U.S. trawl nets …

How Impact Investors Actually Measure Impact

Those of us who study impact investing all can agree that measuring an investment’s social effect is important, that measurement can help …

Management

Making It Our Business to Conserve Ecosystems (Not Just Elephants)

The forest in Yaeda Valley, northern Tanzania, feels old—very old. It is here that, twice a year, Hadzabe community members gather for a special …

Sustainable Development Goals

Going into Business for Wildlife Conservation (Blog)

By Gautam ShahTo achieve large-scale, long-term success, wildlife conservationists need to think like the private sector and invest in business …

Wildlife
Sustainable Business