Twitter Roundup – September 17: British ex-prisioners, grading fish, and the future of air conditioning
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:
According to the BBC (@bbcnews), the U.K. government has released the first of what it’s calling “social impact bonds” that are backed by private investors and offer 7.5 percent payback over the six-year term. This first series of bonds, worth £5 million, will go toward rehabilitating British ex-prisoners to cut down recidivism rates. The money saved by keeping those prisoners out of jail will be passed along to investors. If it’s successful, maybe we’ll see something similar stateside soon. Read more here.
This week, Whole Foods Market (@WholeFoods) unveiled its newest plan to help consumers understand the sustainability issues at play in their everyday grocery shopping trips. With help from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Blue Ocean Institute, the team at Whole Foods devised a color-coded system to explain the relative sustainability rating of each type of fish sold at their seafood counters. See how it looks on this video, produced by the company.
Prominent blogger Jason Kottke (@kottke) alerted us to this new scientific development in air conditioning technology. A team of engineers at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Colorado just announced an innovation that will cut power use by a staggering 90 percent. Instead of depending on an energy-hungry compressor, this updated a/c will use a water-cooling system run by a few pumps and fans. It won’t be available commercially for a few years, but vendors are already expressing interest. Read more here.
Echoing Green (@echoinggreen) reminded its followers that the Starting Bloc social innovation fellowship has opened its doors for applicants. The early deadline is October 1 — better get working! Incidentally, Echoing Green, one of the leading social entrepreneurship fellowships, just released its application’s essay questions for the coming year to help interested innovators get a head-start on their proposals.
Did you come across any other notable #socent tweets this week? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @dowserDOTorg.