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  • ’Globalization Comes Full Circle’ – Business Week

    In this week?s cover story, Emerging Giants, Business Week explores the phenomenon of ?innovation blowback.? For those of you not familiar with the term?like me only 15 minutes ago?innovation blowback refers to businesses from the developing world that expand into overseas markets...

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  • Rising Ventures: AmazonLife Makes Social Responsibility Look Good on the Runway

    Mike Jarvis writes in PSD Blog today about the increasing demand for Fairtrade products as a sign of growing consumer trust in the quality and desirability of this relatively new business model. This is news that will not only give Coldplay’s Chris Martin something to talk about in between...

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  • Review: The Giving Back Awards

    As I waited for my bagel to toast yesterday, I noticed the latest Newsweek perched in the WRI magazine rack. Normally, I flip to the Perspectives page, then to the Last Word column, and I?m done. Not this time. The cover story, ?The Giving Back Awards,? piqued my interest and won out,...

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  • Great Innovation: The Brazilian Waterless Car Wash

    ? If you have ever?gotten service at a car wash?in Brazil, you know that many of them make up the phenomenon Hernando DeSoto calls dead capital. They operate outside of the formal economy, paying low wages off the books, skipping out on taxes and side-stepping regulations. This is the...

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  • With Fabio Rosa, Brazil Goes Solar

    If you think George Bush?s solar powered spa is hot, hot, hot, then wait to you hear about Fabio Rosa and his electrifying projects south of the border. Who is this man, you might wonder? Well, Fabio Rosa is a social entrepreneur?a businessman with both social and economic...

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  • Poverty Is All In How You Sell It: Pt. I

    I hear the average person in Latin America consumes one coke per day. Not a particularly scholarly source, but I asked a friend who had just gotten back from a long stint in the region why he felt this was the case.... he said that in Brazil at least he had met several women who bought liters...

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  • Lemurs Are Cool

    If you?re in Madagascar at this very moment and you?re reading this blog, then chances are you?re attending Conservation International?s symposium, ?Defying Nature’s End: The Africa Context.? But for those of us who have to see lemurs in the zoo, here?s some information about...

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  • Biodegradable Plastics

    In the 1967 film The Graduate, Walter Brook gives a baby faced Dustin Hoffman advice he should never forget. ?I want to say one word to you. Just one word.? After pausing for dramatic effect, he continues, ?Plastics.? Now, almost forty years later, Dustin Hoffman has forty times the...

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