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The Fragile Future of the “Mountains of Life”

Kamal Bawa and Sandesh Kadur, a biology professor at the University of MA (Boston) and a noted wildlife photographer, respectively, came together to catalogue the biodiversity and changing geography of…

Eating Insects Makes for A “Sustainable” Snack

Last fall, I attended a conference hosted by the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics at MIT. The conference, entitled “Global Systems 2.0,” focused on potential interdisciplinary approaches to the environmental…

Sustainability: Not Just Fashionable

THOUGHTS POST SKOLL WORLD FORUM: When it comes to sustainability, one of the things that has always nagged me about companies that “go green” is that it typically just means…

How to do Sustainability Right: Andy Savitz

by Divya Srinivasan Quaker Oats, Gatorade, and Tropicana share one thing in common – they’re Pepsi Co’s attempt to sell nutritious products, not fizzy colas.  It could be classified as…

The Yellow Brick Road to the Impact Economy

  By David Bank, Impact IQ I’m from San Francisco, not Kansas, but when I stepped off the elevator at the Lexington Avenue headquarters of Bloomberg LP, it felt like…

Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace: Thoughts post Rio+20

  KUMI Naidoo of South Africa has emerged as the Intl. Executive Director of Greenpeace after a lifetime of activism.  He was recently seen at the much publicized Rio+20 conference….

Verizon Goes Green: More than CSR?

  Jim Gowen, Corporate Sustainability Officer of Verizon, was recently at the UN Social Innovation Summit.  He spoke to Dowser about the “green” strides that Verizon is taking within the…

Working Toward Sustainable Energy for All

Every year, the UN chooses a social or environmental issue of global importance — such as biodiversity (2010) or microcredit (2005) or sanitation (2008) — to bring attention to the issue…

DC Comics, Time Warner, Warner Bros Announce Campaign to Increase Aid to the Horn of Africa

On January 23, DC Comics announced a new campaign to support to humanitarian work in the Horn of Africa, where a confluence of drought, famine, and Islamist militia rule have…

On starting over: Troy Holmberg of Coast Coconut Farms

When a good idea is executed poorly the smart social entrepreneur will often scrap the project and go back to the drawing board. In this series entrepreneurs talk about discarding…

Becoming a sustainability consultant: why systems matter, and boundaries don’t

By now, the field of social entrepreneurship is an established career path, and MBA programs all over the country have launched tracks dedicated to its study. But another field of…

The Bicycle Coffee Company: Sustainable From Bean To Cup

By now, most people have heard of “fair trade.” But the real-life, on-the-ground effects of the model are often overlooked. So here’s a quick breakdown of what fair trade really means.

Weekly Roundup: GOOD Buys Jumo, The CSR Debate Continues, and Sustainability’s Potential For Economic Salvation

Every week, we round up the SocEnt news and discussions you need to know. GOOD-Jumo merger shakes up social enterprise The big news in the social enterprise world this week:…

Fixing The Economy: Could Localism Provide A Boost?

[field name=iframe] Every Thursday, thanks to a content partnership with brother-sister duo Journey of Action, we’ll be exploring Gen Y changemakers–and how they fit in with the rest of the…

Haiti First: Confronting the economic implications of relief aid

Mark Danner covered Haiti’s tumultuous transition to democracy in the 1980s and 1990s. He knows that foreign interventions have a long history of mixed results and consequences that outsiders often…