Twitter Roundup – October 1: Geniuses, Google grants, libraries and electric rides
Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week:
Just as we went to press with last week’s Twitter Roundup, Google (@google) announced the winners of their long-running Project 10100, giving away a total of $10 million to five innovative companies that aim to change the world. The Khan Academy (@khanacademy), which provides an online library of teaching videos for free, received a $2 million grant to translate their library into the world’s most widely-used spoken languages. Read more about the other winners here.
A team of researchers at Pike Research (@PikeResearch), a firm specializing in clean technology market research, released some very compelling numbers this week that show a bright future for electric vehicles. They project that by 2015, there will be over 1 million electric vehicles sold per year. They also project the growth of a new multi-billion dollar industry in information technology to help govern the new hordes of electric vehicles. Read more here — looks like good news for the environment and the economy.
Consumer packaged goods giant Procter & Gamble (@PGNewsUS) announced an ambitious new set of sustainability guidelines for their operations this week, including a long-term goal of using 100% renewable and recycled materials for all their products and packaging. While that may sound ambitious, Procter & Gamble has committed to a series of incremental 10-year goals to help them reach total sustainability. Hopefully we’ll see more big companies follow suit.
The MacArthur Foundation (@macfound) this week announced their 2010 fellows, popularly known as “genius grants.” 23 accomplished people received a surprising phone call informing them that they’d receive $500,000 over the next five years in support of their hard work. Among the new fellows are a high-school physics teacher who started an engineering academy, a language preservationist, and a music teacher who works with urban youth. Read about all of them here.
Did you come across any other notable #socent tweets this week? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @dowserDOTorg.