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Disruptive Collaboration: How Companies Can Help Scale Social Impact

September 14th, 2020 by

Among the world’s 100 largest economic entities were 69 corporations and only 31 countries in 2017. While this is often interpreted as a negative trend vis-à-vis economic inclusion, we believe thoughtful collaborations leveraging corporate value chains can be propellers of economic inclusion, especially with the support from non-profits, social enterprises, and other enablers. When Toyota relocated…

CEA as the Solution to the Global Food Crisis

August 17th, 2020 by

In recent months, hour-long lines, panic buying, and empty shelves have become common in grocery stores. Farmers, hit suddenly with the COVID-19 pandemic, have been forced to dramatically alter operations. According to a recent report by iUNU, the results have been staggering: food waste, food scarcity, and a massive strain on an already-fragile system –…

Ecotourism: What I Learned from Touring Peru

December 29th, 2016 by

I spent my three months in Peru studying and researching with the School for Field Studies. One of my most memorable moments was the day I hiked to a tiny village on a mountaintop with a woman herding llamas. The stout old woman marched up the mountain much faster than us students, all while spinning…

EPA Targets: Win or Loss in U.S. Biofuel Policy?

July 16th, 2015 by

Since the 2005 creation of the Renewable Fuel Standard, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—under the Clean Air Act (CAA)—is required to set annual biofuel volume standards for fuels produced or imported into the United States. Biofuels, or fuels produced from crops like corn and soybeans, don’t get much attention as an alternative fuel…

Design Engineering in the Circular Economy

May 7th, 2015 by

The circular economy is an industrial model designed and managed around circular flows of renewable, long-lasting, high value, low carbon, low entropy, low waste, non-toxic resources, products and processes. It is the systemic solution for a sustainable advanced economy, operating within and not against natural processes and the Earth’s capacity to support life in all…

The Payoff of Paying it Forward

April 1st, 2015 by

Being fiscally conservative may have its virtues in our culture of debt, but loosening our attachment to financial security by giving to others can also increase our impact and well-being (think gifts with benefits). According to recent studies, generosity promotes happiness, improves health, strengthens relationships, and can lead to material success. I recently had an…

Biomuseo Panama at the ‘Bridge of Life’

March 6th, 2015 by

Sitting on the Amador peninsula, with the high-rise towers of Panama City on one side and the ships of the Panama Canal passing on the other, I am mesmerized by the recently opened Biomuseo in Panama City, a ‘must-see’ for anyone visiting the region. The museum is a one-stop for learning about the nature of…

Johnson & Johnson Catalyzes Eco-Innovation

February 10th, 2015 by

Al Iannuzzi took a gamble when he decided to double down on the environmental and health impacts of his company’s products. But Ianuzzi, senior director of environment, health, safety & sustainability for Johnson & Johnson, believed in the need to embed sustainability into the company’s supply chain enough to build a brand around the new…