April 19, 2014

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    Eco-friendly fashion you can actually afford

    Social entrepreneur starts eco-fashion consultancy with “Made in the USA” sustainable clothing “Clean, cheap and domestic.” Those were the selling points for natural gas that T. Boone Pickens used when I interviewed him back in 2009 for my book Green, American Style. Since then, I’ve learned more dirt about the downside of extracting this cleaner-burning fossil fuel. But as much fervor as there is around the issue, we can’t deny that natural gas can be a good “bridge” to a coal-free future. Sustainable living is full of trade-offs, and not just with our energy choices. We’re experiencing similar quandaries in every…

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    What we’re concealing with our consumption

    One third of coral reefs, a third of sharks, a quarter of all mammals, a fifth of all reptiles and a sixth of all birds are headed toward oblivion, according to New York Times contributor Elizabeth Kolbert’s new book The Sixth Extinction. Unlike the natural forces behind the first five mass extinctions, we, mere humans, are causing this one. For decades, ecologists have catalogued the consequences of this staggering loss while social scientists have studied its behavioral determinants. But for all the research into the complexities of our over-consumption, here is one simple explanation: We are suffering from the failure to appreciate. ap·pre·ci·ate 1….

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    How to start a revolution

    If “revolution” conjures images of heads rolling and mass hysteria, then you might not appreciate the subtleties inherent in the enterprise. Here’s an insider’s perspective on how change happens. Revolutions are not always bloody rebellions. Some revolutions unfold like natural phenomena, as when some catalyst under the surface creates a sudden shift and causes an industry or society to erupt. The ripple effect is disruptive, but it can also be generative, leading to reform and renewal. In essence, “revolution” signifies an idea whose time has come. Following the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination and the recent death…

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    Green charter schools groom future leaders

    How can we change education in the U.S. and put the focus back on inspiring kids to become knowledgeable empowered scholars that are prepared for the future?  Many respond that charter schools are the answer.  Since the first charter school opened in Minnesota in 1992, the charter school movement has forged forward becoming a new way to shape education.  Now there are over 6,000 charter schools in the U.S. and over 280 in Texas alone. Charter schools operate under the same federal laws as public schools, covering equal rights and access to discrimination.  Charter schools are open enrollment lottery systems…

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    Why should they invest in your ideas?

    Here are five secrets to getting investors to finance your awesome business concept. In talking with ambitious young people from Africa to North America about their goals, I hear the same excuses across continents: “If I had $200,000 in capital, I could launch a business.” “If someone could loan me $1,000,000, I could get started.” If you are one of those people that believes  that lack of financing is your biggest obstacle to success, then I have a message for you. It’s not. This doesn’t mean that money will not help you. It just means that money is not standing…

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    Buzzcar on building a ‘platform for participation’

    Buzzcar founder Robin Chase shares keys to harnessing “excess capacity” to power new enterprises and products for social benefit. Here’s a novel solution to America’s growth problem: export our human resources to other countries. In Charles Kenny’s article in this month’s issue of Foreign Policy, he argues that given our unemployment rate of 7 percent, it would be “far better for everyone if they were employed abroad rather than sitting idly at home.” Idle is the operative term. While some out-of-work Americans pass the time watching TV, many would-be employees prefer using downtime to hone their skills. Recent grads and re-careering adults…

Sustainable Development

Clearing human hurdles to a sustainable economy
Posted by Anna Clark on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Clearing human hurdles to a sustainable economyIt’s 2050. The roads are much less crowded, and engine growls have given way to bird song. The old zoning rules have been repealed and sprawl is no longer subsidized; developers now pay the full costs they impose on public infrastructure. Workers still go to ...
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8 articles that will make you rethink sustainability
Posted by Matt Polsky on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

8 articles that will make you rethink sustainabilityI've been reading some amazing stuff lately on a range of subjects.  While not quite beach reading - maybe for when you get back home - this annotated list of 8 articles includes short (except for #5) but powerful potential thought-shifters on or related to ...
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Can you survive the 5 tectonic shifts to the business landscape?
Posted by Anna Clark on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Can you survive the 5 tectonic shifts to the business landscape?In his book "The Upside of Down," Thomas Homer-Dixon presents a theory of the crisis and renewal of societies. The Canadian author and complexity expert of the Balsillie School of International Affairs describes how five tectonic shifts could lead to synchronous failure in our systems. Without knowing ...
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Making the local-global connection
Posted by Matt Polsky on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Making the local-global connection As my fellow “work-sharers” and I fulfill our weekly 3-hour stints at a community-supported farm, someone brings up the topic of sustainability. (This tends to happen during this type of social gardening.) While digging up garlic, I trialed: “Sustainability is the evolution of environmentalism.” Although ...
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