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Thursday, August 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Whatever Happened to the Machine That Turns Feces Into Water?

Source: Gates Notes

Earlier this year, I shared a video where I drank water made from feces. (My review: It was delicious.) Today the machine that produced the water, the Janicki Omni Processor – or JOP – is in Dakar, Senegal, as part of a pilot project that could ultimately save lives and reduce disease in poor countries.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: What Impact Investors Can Learn From Winemaking

Source: Unreasonable

There is a winery near my hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, and if you were to ask me what I thought of it I would respond that, “the product is a work in progress, but the user experience is awesome.” Impact investing can learn a lot from this vineyard, Early Mountain Vineyard.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

In New Haven, Barbara Bush talks about public health innovation at Yale

Source: New Haven Register

Social entrepreneurs from Yale Univeristy are changing the nature of public health, from creating replacement arteries to training the global health leaders of tomorrow.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

2014 NextBillion Case Writing Competition Tops 50

Source: News Release

More than 50 entries from 34 universities and 15 countries were received for the 2014 NextBillion Case Writing Competition. The global competition is sponsored by the Citi Foundation and the NextBillion website, and is administered by GlobaLens, the William Davidson Institute's case publishing division. NextBillion is an initiative of WDI.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 — South Asia

Vikram Akula eyes a comeback to SKS Microfinance

Source: Hindustan Times

Vikram Akula, the one-time poster boy of microfinance in India and founder-chairman of SKS Microfinance, is trying to make a comeback to the very company he founded in 1998 but had lost control two years ago.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 — Latin America

It's Time for Sustainable Development

Source: The Guardian

Bill Clinton was set to enter the White House, the European Union was born and China had its first taste of a double cheeseburger with fries when McDonalds opened its doors in Beijing. That was 1992. A lot can happen in 20 years. In June 2012, two decades after the groundbreaking Earth summit, which put climate change and biological diversity on the global political agenda, attention will turn once again to Rio de Janeiro for the UN conference on sustainable development, or ...
Thursday, December 1, 2011 — No Region Specified

Four Companies Announce New Ventures to Promote Clean Energy

Source: Business Call to Action

New York, Durban, 28 November 2011 -More than 12 million low-income people in Africa, Asia, and Latin America will gain access to clean energy following four companies' commitments made today to the Business Call to Action , a global leadership initiative that promotes sustainable economic and social development. The companies also expect to create approximately 42,000 environmentally sustai...
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 — Latin America

Uruguayan Farmers Tackles Climate Change

Source: Microfinance Focus

The World Bank approved a US$49 million loan to support Uruguayan farmers tackle climate change. In their efforts, farmers are adopting environmentally sustainable practices to improve the resilience of their production systems in response to the effects of climate variability. The program is called the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Climate Change. This will benefit 16,000 Uruguayan farmers through co-financing of land projects to improve their production systems, the ...
Monday, October 17, 2011 — No Region Specified

Power Can Challenge Poverty ? And That Makes Universal Energy Access a Must


Earlier this week, decision makers came together in Oslo to launch Energy +, the international energy and climate initiative. It promises to be a landmark contribution towards securing sustainable energy for all by 2030. The need for such progress is clear, given that half the world's population live without modern energy, the majority of people cook on an open fire, and two out of t...
Thursday, September 29, 2011 — No Region Specified

Green Growth

Source: The Economist

THE enrichment of previously poor countries is the most inspiring development of our time. It is also worrying. The environment is already under strain. What will happen when the global population rises from 7 billion today to 9.3 billion in 2050, as demographers expect, and a growing proportion of these people can afford goods that were once reserved for the elite? Can the planet support so much economic activity? Many policymakers adopt a top-down and Western-centric approach to such ...
Thursday, September 22, 2011 — Sub-Saharan Africa

African Forest Policies Crowned Best in World


The prize is awarded annually by the World Future Council, a foundation that brings the interests of future generations to the centre of policy making. The jury which decided on the winning policies was composed of experts on sustainability and forests from all five continents. Runners-up were forest policies from Bhutan, Nepal and Switzerland. The US Lacey Act's 2008 amendment, which bans the import of illegally harvested wood, received the second Silver Award. Rw...
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 — Asia Pacific

Bringing Light to the Poor, One Liter at a Time [Video]

Source: Reuters

A bottled liter of water with a few teaspoons of bleach is proving to be a successful recipe for dwellers in the light-deprived slums of the Philippines. The simple technology is spreading sunlight in places where it has never been, and saving residents money at the same time. Gemma Haines reports. ...
Tuesday, July 5, 2011 — No Region Specified

Inc. 5000 Applicant of the Week: World Centric

Source: Inc.

As we process applications for the 2011 Inc. 500 5000, we thought it would be worthwhile to shine a spotlight on some of the companies that are vying to appear on our ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States . One that caught our eye was Palo Alto , California
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 — South Asia

Will Indian IT Companies' Business Model Become Stagnant?

Source: The Economic Times

BANGALORE: Indian IT companies, which rode the outsourcing wave to become large corporations, may lag a bit while becoming sustainable corporations that create fortune "with" the bottom of the pyramid, says management guru Stuart L Hart . The American academic who was in town recently, says: "From what I can see, there is a little bit of self-satisfaction and comfort with the current model. Maybe they are getting stuck in the outsourcing model like that is the endgame. But it is...
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 — Europe & Eurasia

Archbishop Desmond Tutu to Give Keynote Address at Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

Source: Sys-Con Media

OXFORD, England, March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Skoll World Forum is the leading international platform for accelerating entrepreneurial approaches and innovative solutions to the world's most pressing social issues. The theme for the 2011 Forum is 'Large Scale Change - ecosystems, networks and collaborative action.' The programme covers a wide variety of complex global issues such as water, energy, food security, climate change, peace and security, social equity and eme...
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 — North Africa and Near East

Sa?d Business School: US Marines Call on Social Entrepreneur in Afghanistan

Source: The Financial

When Connie Duckworth received a call from the office of Commanding General of the Marines First Expeditionary Force operating in Afghanistan, she was surprised to say the least. Ms Duckworth is a social entrepreneur working in poor rural communities in Afghanistan well beyond the theatre of war. The Marines, however, had heard about her approach to developing sustainable economic growth within these communities and wanted to learn more. Ms Duckworth's social venture ARZU has been w...
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 — Latin America

Patagonia, Adidas, Walmart Join Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Source: Fast Company

What happens when you put executives from Walmart and Patagonia in a room? This isn't the start of a bad joke--it's how the Sustainable Apparel Coalition was born. The seeds of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition were planted in 2009 when Patagonia and Walmart teamed up to help the latter company create a sustainability assessment tool for its supply chain (Patagonia was also working o...
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 — No Region Specified

'Doing Good' with the Profits

Source: Sign On San Diego

Jeffrey Church and Mike Stone started a bottled-water business not to get rich, but to do good. The two San Diego businessmen, who met at Harvard Business School , established Nika Water after Church took his family on a working vacation to Africa to build schools and water systems. "My family and I liked w...
Monday, November 15, 2010 — No Region Specified

Unilever Says Sustainability Key to New Business Model

Source: BBC News

Consumer products giant Unilever has unveiled a "new business model" putting sustainability at the heart of its global operations. It pledged to halve the environmental impact of its products while doubling sales over the next 10 years. Chief executive Paul Polman said the new model was "the only way to do business long term". The company said it would produce an annual report on its progress towards achieving these goals. Uni...
Tuesday, November 10, 2009 — No Region Specified

C.K. Prahalad: Sustainability Can Lead to Innovation

Source: Economic Times

He's going green. After core competence and the bottom of the pyramid, the world's best-known management guru of Indian origin, CK Prahalad, is talking sustainable development. Why? Because, as he argued in a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, "Sustainability is the mother lode of innovations that yield both bottomline and topline returns". In an exclusive interview to ET Now , the Paul and Ruth McCracken professor of strategy at Stephen M Ross School of Business at the Un...
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