Twitter Roundup: January 14 – Sustainable business plans, mobile money services and hydrogen fuel cells
Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few interesting tweets from the last week:
What’s next for sustainable businesses in 2011? Verdantix, a London-based firm, produced a list of predictions culled from regulations, innovations, competitive dynamics and corporate strategies around the world. According to their report, in the year to come we’ll see China’s soaring leadership in wind and solar energy, corporations merging technologies in order to achieve better sustainability, and carbon intensity reduction programs proving ineffective in comparison to absolute increases.
Apply now for a program to help social entrepreneurs develop business plans. The 20 selected winning organizations will receive a $25,000 scholarship and take part in a four month online and two week in-residence program to develop a sustainable business plan through action research and mentoring. Check out the application at Social Edge (@SocialEdge).
A year has passed since the devastating earthquake in Haiti destroyed much of the capital city including one-third of the country’s already insufficient bank branches. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID, announced this week that Haitian mobile operator Digicel is the winner of a $2.5 million award from the Haiti Mobile Money Initiative (HMMI). The HMMI was established to help launch mobile money services in Haiti and enable Haitians to send, receive and store money with their mobile phones.
Changemakers (@changemakers) and the Omidyar Network are working in tandem to host a competition to support leaders who are making a difference through property rights worldwide. All the semi-finalists’ proposals are available here. The projects vary from floodplain resource management to low-income urban housing and empowerment initiatives for the poor.
Denmark might be known for its wind-based renewable energy, but the Lolland Hydrogen Community in Denmark shows that wind and hydrogen together can be a particularly powerful green team. Researchers living in the community have been working to install home-sized, heat-producing hydrogen fuel cells that replace boilers. They are hopeful that their community will serve as a model of a renewable energy structure for all Europe.
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