Weekly Roundup: Who’s solving what and how
All around us, people are working on innovative solutions to pressing social problems. But those stories can be difficult to track down. Which is why we’re scouring the Web to bring you weekly links highlighting who’s solving what and how.
Video Games for Change
- Whether or not they actually lead to violence, a lot of video games are big on blood and gore. But a new breed of socially-conscious games is on the rise. Behavioral experts say these “games for good” can be used to teach empathy—a core skill for anyone who wants to cause social change. Educators, foundations, and government agencies are taking an interest—and market demand is on the rise. (Stanford Social Innovation Review: “Game Theory”)
Pentagon Tapping Geothermal Energy
- The U.S. military is the single largest consumer of energy in the world, so it has a huge incentive to shift from expensive fossil fuels to renewable sources. That’s why the DOD has a bunch of initiatives in the works to shrink its carbon footprint, like this drive to tap geothermal energy to power military bases, which might even produce some extra juice to give back to the grid. (Clean Technica: “Geothermal Energy Could Make the Department of Defense a Supplier of U.S. Energy, Not Just a Consumer”)
Businesses Tout “Integrity”
- With job growth still sluggish and the economic recovery faltering, corporations are struggling to gain whatever branding edge they can — witness the uptick in new programs designed to showcase companies’ integrity. From PricewaterhouseCoopers to Michelin Tires, companies are touting their ethical cred, whether it’s by helping local small businesses, pushing behavioral standards with bonuses, or supporting causes their employees care about. (Advertising Age: “Return on Integrity is the New Bottom Line for Marketers”)
Simplifying Emissions Reporting
- The two bodies that gather carbon emissions data from businesses have teamed up in an effort to streamline the reporting process. A “linkage document” released this week compares and contrasts the (overlapping but different) methodologies used by The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a first step toward standardizing the system for greater efficiency. (Just Means: “Global Reporting Initiative and Carbon Disclosure Project release linkage document“)
What great solution-focused posts and articles did you come across this week? Let us know in the comments.