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Grace Augustine
University of Oxford Sa?d Business School

Grace Augustine is a Guest Writer for NextBillion.net. She is currently an MSc in Management Research candidate at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School, where she researches carbon markets and climate change strategies.

Grace received her B.A. in Organizational Studies from the University of Michigan and was formerly employed as a Research Associate with the William Davidson Institute (WDI) at the University of Michigan where she wrote cases in international business, market-based solutions to poverty alleviation, social entrepreneurship, and clean technology. She has consulted, worked, and studied in Italy, Turkey, China, Jordan, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

She also co-founded the Net Impact Professional Chapter of Southeastern Michigan and blogs for the Stanford Social Innovation Review Blog.

Posts by Grace Augustine

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    Inside the Skoll World Forum: Climate Change

    When you?re in a room and Larry Brilliant, Nick Moon and Mark Fulton are asking questions of the panelists, you know you?ve struck gold. This was one of two sessions explicitly on climate change at the Skoll World Forum, and it was focused on the post-Copenhagen world and the debate over top-down political accords versus bottom-up action.

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    Skoll Award Recipients Focus on Ecosystem Services Market

    Having focused much of my research at Oxford on carbon markets and the development of ecosystem services markets, I was thrilled to see the Skoll Foundation?s recent investments in this area at last night?s ceremony for their 2010 Awards for Social Entrepreneurship. Three of the seven recipients were from the field of forest valuation.

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    Voices From the Skoll World Forum Opening Plenary

    The opening plenary at the Skoll World Forum had numerous themes and Twitter-perfect quotes, but to me one of the most important threads that ran through the evening was the importance of giving individuals a voice to help themselves out of conflict, abject poverty, and the effects of natural disaster.

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    Skoll World Forum 2010: Themes and Sessions to Watch

    The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship kicks off today in Oxford, United Kingdom. I have been lucky enough to be living in Oxford since September, and now feel even more fortunate to be part of the social media team for this exciting event.This year?s theme is "catalyzing collaboration for large scale change."

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    Good Energies Foundation – Interview with Richenda Van Leeuwen

    I was fortunate enough to catch Richenda Van Leeuwen, a founding board member of the Good Energies Foundation. This interview goes into detail regarding the firm where she works, Good Energies Inc., a private equity firm focused on renewable energy, and its affiliated non-profit, the Good Energies Foundation, focused on energy for the BoP.

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    Migration in Light of the Economic Crisis

    As I was perusing my Sunday New York Times this past week, two stories stood out to me. Both mentioned migrants struggling to keep jobs in the developed nations where they were working. One article profiled Alexandrina Ciurea, a Romanian cleaning woman working in Rome; the other described...

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    D.light Looking for Talented Fellows

    D.Light, the renewable energy organization that distributes clean sources of light in the developing world, is looking for its first class of Fellows.D.Light, which has often been mentioned on NextBillion, is an incredible start-up that was founded by savvy Stanford MBA graduates Sam Goldman...

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    Competition vs. Cooperation at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP)

    There are two competing philosophies that, at first glance, seem to both provide value to the base of the pyramid (BoP) approach ? competition and cooperation. In my mind, the BoP theory is as close as any to a “free-market” approach to development, as it promotes competition that...

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