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Beyond Bitcoin: some alternative marketplaces lend social empowerment

<i>This is the first in a series of posts by SustainAbility about business-model innovations that accelerate social and environmental impact.</i><p>More than a decade ago, the Indian conglomerate ITC created a new model for sourcing agricultural commodities from rural villages. It brought internet terminals …

Innovation

Embrace the bad stuff: turning crisis into business opportunity

My years of work as a radical environmentalist in concert with multinational business has inspired me to believe that we can change our mindset from "Why don't they?" to "Why don't we?" So many engineers and executives demonstrate courage, tenacity and creativity when faced with regulation or …

Insurance Industry

The psychology of investing for children

Those looking for a greener Christmas this year, can now give an investment in a wind-turbine, alongside the more established Oxfam goat or charity Christmas cards. This latest savings plan, offered by Abundance Generation, a renewable energy crowdfunding platform, taps into a growing market which …

Investing

Tweets About Global Development Issues

Tweets About Global Development Topics<p>In 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals ranging from reducing gender inequality to …

In Republic of Korea this week, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the transformative power of education and the UN Academic Impact initiative. Find out why here: http://bit.ly/19CkXoK

Cash transfers can promote sustainable livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa. This Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) infographic explains how. See it full size here: http://bit.ly/16wwKmi

You'll Be Shocked By How Many Kids Are Too Hungry To Learn In Class

The vast majority of teachers and principals routinely see students that are “too hungry to learn,” according to a report released Tuesday by the No Kid Hungry organization.<p>The organization, which works to end child hunger, surveyed more than 1,000 teachers and principals around the country for the …

Sustainable supply chains: why placing ethics over profits pays off

The race to be ethical used to be clearly led by "born-green companies" - organisations that from day one prioritised corporate social responsibility (CSR) in their supply chains.<p>Lush, the UK-based handmade cosmetics firm, is one such company. Founded in 1995, it now has over 800 stores worldwide, …

Sustainability

The Teacher's Guide to Social Media

Education is a two-way street — oftentimes, those who teach could stand to learn a few things as well.<p>Social media, for one, is largely dominated by …

Social-Media Schooling Is on the Rise – But Is It Necessary?

When Julie Clark McKinney arrived at work Wednesday morning, the first thing she did was check Facebook to see if anyone ‘liked’ her images. Then she pulled up Twitter on her screen, and scrolled through her feeds in Hootsuite. She then looked at her Pinterest page, and flicked through …

RT @HuffPostEdu: "The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." http://t.co/pfXsuLGOIB

Platforms Are the New Foundation of Corporate IT

Reinventing corporate IT requires recognizing deep differences between what we have today and what we need in the future. These differences go to the foundation of the modern corporate IT department — the infrastructure — which includes the software, hardware, communications, facilities, data …

Could cows and sheep halt climate change and tackle rural poverty?

Holistic management, with its counterintuitive claim that more, rather than fewer, cattle can improve the land, has been around for decades – a kind of perennial cattleman's quarrel, and a thorn in the hide of ranchers and anti-ranchers alike.<p>The use of livestock as a tool for restoration has been …

Sustainability

How technology has stopped evolution and is destroying the world

It has become something of a mantra within the sustainability movement that innovations in technology can save the world. But rather than liberating us, Doug Tompkins, the cofounder of retail brands The North Face and Esprit, believes technology has enslaved us and is destroying the very health of …

Clothing

Caribbean has lost 80% of its coral reef cover in recent years

A major survey of the coral reefs of the Caribbean is expected to reveal the extent to which one of the world's biggest and most important reserves of coral has been degraded by climate change, pollution, overfishing and degradation.<p>The Catlin scientific survey will undertake the most comprehensive …

Can a new sustainable fund make a difference as well as a profit in Africa?

Africa right now is hot. The continent boasts seven of the 10 fastest growing emerging economies; its formal labour market is growing; its consumer class is expanding; and private investment dollars – at last – are flowing in. Time for investors to take a punt, perhaps.<p>Paul Robinson is one of those …

Investing

Arrest Caught On Google Glass Reignites Privacy Debate

The Fourth of July holiday brought about another first for Google Glass, the computing device that you can wear on your face.<p>Chris Barrett, a documentary filmmaker and founder of PRServe.com, was wearing Glass for a fireworks show in Wildwood, N.J., when he happened upon a boardwalk brawl and …

Youth unemployment: could technology hold the answers?

In a Cape Town office block, 50 or so young people are studiously learning the rudiments of computer technology. Until a week ago, most didn't know …

Finding political willpower to ensure business enforces ethical labour

The law is a changeable entity. In 1821, one in two workers in Britain were under 20 years old. The balance shifted after the 1833 Factory Act, when …

Eco-tourism in Peru: engaging with communities and preserving the Amazon

Infierno – the Spanish world for Hell – is not, you might imagine, the ideal location to encounter a slice of Amazon biodiversity in the eco-friendly …

South America

Privatizing Development Aid, by Meghnad Desai

LONDON – Much has changed about official development assistance (ODA) over the last 50 years. Since it originated during the Cold War, when members …

Palm oil production: what are the social and environmental impacts?

<b>Palm oil boom</b>: palm oil is versatile stuff. An edible vegetable oil, it goes into everything from margarine and soaps to shampoos and fuels.<p>As the …

Sales Increase For Electric Vehicles

Cars that run partially or entirely on electricity make up a tiny sliver of the vast U.S. car market. But companies selling them posted big gains in …

When Growth is Deceiving

Although the economy is finally improving, growth is still hard to come by. As the founder and co-chief executive of Panera Bread, I can safely report that the growth challenge looms even larger in the brutally combative restaurant industry, where four out of five new concepts fail. After all, it’s …

Measuring the Costs of “Too Big To Fail”, by Mark Roe

CAMBRIDGE – The idea that some banks are “too big to fail” has emerged from the obscurity of regulatory and academic debate into the broader public …

Economic Rebalancing Acts, by Robert Skidelsky

LONDON – We all know how the global economic crisis began. The banks over-lent to the housing market. The subsequent burst of the housing bubble in …

Launched this week -- The World Economic and Social Survey 2013 focusing on sustainable development challenges. Details from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA): http://bit.ly/fYrn0D