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Is the carbon bubble about to bust?

Is the carbon bubble about to bust? | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“As Grist readers, I’m sure you’ve heard of the “carbon bubble” — the idea that the oil, gas, and coal industries are overvalued in the market because that value is calculated using energy reserves that they won’t be able to sell in any future that...”
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Data from Bank of America show that oil and gas investment in the U.S. has soared to $200 billion a year. It has reached 20 percent of total U.S. private fixed investment, the same share as home building. This has never happened before in U.S. history, even during the Second World War when oil production was a strategic imperative.
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How Cleaning Up China's Environment Can Also Be Good
For Its Economy: Every Global Issue is a Business Opportunity

How Cleaning Up China's Environment Can Also Be Good <br/>For Its Economy: Every Global Issue is a Business Opportunity | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“As pollution in China reaches crisis proportions, leading to a drag on the economy and a rise in social unrest, the government is taking bold steps to remedy the "airpocalypse" situation through a full-scale "war on pollution." One of the biggest...”
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Cleaning China's air, water and soil has become an economic and social imperative. President Xi Jinping must take bold steps to clean up the environment, and indications are that the 13th five-year plan will attempt to do just that. This great environmental challenge could become China's greatest economic opportunity. If it can attract innovative investors to become part of the solution, it could become a world leader in the new Green Revolution.
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Fish Slime Inspires New Eco-Sunscreen Ingredient

Fish Slime Inspires New Eco-Sunscreen Ingredient | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Researchers have developed a new eco-friendly sunscreen molecule that protects against both UV-A and UV-B rays, and could also be used to create more durable paints and plastics. Christopher...”
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Biomimicry requires a wonderful humility: let's listen to natures wisdom, and appreciate knowledge abundance of the more than human world. Even slime. As sunscreen! A more eco-friendly way of saving our skin might be to emulate nature's tricks. Algae and cyanobacteria produce sunlight-absorbing compounds. So do reef-dwelling fish, in the protective slime on their bodies. Researchers isolated those molecules, called mycosporines, which absorb both UV-A and UV-B rays.
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Biodegradable Batteries Are Being Designed. For Real?

Biodegradable Batteries Are Being Designed. For Real? | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Batteries are poised to become the heroes of the future — in consumer electronics, vehicles and now homes.  But it’s not just the applications of batteries that are advancing; expectations about battery capacities have soared to unprecedented levels. Energy-guzzling electronics are constantly hungry for power, and the more rechargeable battery technologies we have, the better.
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I love how designers think beyond the possible. Last year, researchers at Virginia Tech found sweet success with a bio-battery that’s powered by sugar – an energy-storage powerhouse. What’s equally fascinating is that this refillable battery is 10 times more energy-dense than a lithium-ion battery of the same size. From cell phones to video games to tablets, the sugar-powered battery could hit the commercial electronics market in about three years, says associate professor Y.H. Percival Zhang, who spearheaded the project. In June engineer Seokheun Choi, from the University of Binghamton, used something more abundant than sugar to reach a new milestone in battery technology: microbes. He applied the Japanese art of origami to build a battery that draws energy from microbial respiration. Dirty water, which teems with organic matter, works like a charm on this battery, Choi says. A single drop of dirty water can generate enough power for a biosensor. For five cents a piece, the battery could be a game-changer if it is successfully commercialized.


These are important micro trends...and maybe just in time for the breakout of Tesla's mobility revolution. 

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I love how designers think beyond the possible. Last year, researchers at Virginia Tech found sweet success with a bio-battery that’s powered by sugar – an energy-storage powerhouse. What’s equally fascinating is that this refillable battery is 10 times more energy-dense than a lithium-ion battery of the same size. From cell phones to video games to tablets, the sugar-powered battery could hit the commercial electronics market in about three years, says associate professor Y.H. Percival Zhang, who spearheaded the project. In June engineer Seokheun Choi, from the University of Binghamton, used something more abundant than sugar to reach a new milestone in battery technology: microbes. He applied the Japanese art of origami to build a battery that draws energy from microbial respiration. Dirty water, which teems with organic matter, works like a charm on this battery, Choi says. A single drop of dirty water can generate enough power for a biosensor. For five cents a piece, the battery could be a game-changer if it is successfully commercialized.


These are important micro trends...and maybe just in time for the breakout of Tesla's mobility revolution. 

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The Climate Change ‘Tipping Point’: How Should Businesses React?

The Climate Change ‘Tipping Point’: How Should Businesses React? | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“We’re not talking about an increase of sea level by a few feet; we’re talking about a large number — five, 10, 20 meters — basically two, three, four, five floors.”

What Hansen is doing now is [to point out that] we don’t have much time. We’re talking about 2050 — so literally, [that is] almost tomorrow. And we’re not talking about an increase in sea level by only a few feet; we’re talking about a large number Twitter  — five, 10, 20 meters — basically two, three, four, five floors. So if that’s true, that’s a radical change in the way we think about the impact of climate change.
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 The Wharton School of Business looks at the business implications of a new study by James Hansen, formerly at NASA and perhaps the world’s foremost climate scientist, and 16 co-authors...it suggests that ice shelves and glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica may be melting 10 times faster than previous consensus estimates suggested. That would lead to a rise in sea levels of 10 feet in as little as 50 years. To understand the potential new risks, Knowledge@Wharton spoke withErwann Michel-Kerjan, executive director of Wharton’s Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, to discuss this new study.

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 The Wharton School of Business looks at the business implications of a new study by James Hansen, formerly at NASA and perhaps the world’s foremost climate scientist, and 16 co-authors...it suggests that ice shelves and glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica may be melting 10 times faster than previous consensus estimates suggested. That would lead to a rise in sea levels of 10 feet in as little as 50 years. To understand the potential new risks, Knowledge@Wharton spoke withErwann Michel-Kerjan, executive director of Wharton’s Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, to discuss this new study.

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Healthcare Access for Those in Need: How Rides for Lives Leverages Entrepreneurship for Good

Healthcare Access for Those in Need: How Rides for Lives Leverages Entrepreneurship for Good | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Rides for Lives provides healthcare services in isolated rural areas in
Africa.
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Its so inspiring to hear the story of social entrepreneurs such as Chris Ategeka born in a small village in Uganda. He witnessed both parents die of Hiv/Aids...so Chris knew it, just how important access is....I remember when I was in Uganda with my son Daniel Cooperrider and we were working with healthcare providers--and just getting there, to the care setting, was half the challenge.  In  contexts like this we know:

99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries. Maternal death is higher in rural areas and poor communities. (Source: World Health Organization)

Almost 70% of children under five years old who die can be treated and survive with proper medical attention.

For every maternal death, six mothers will suffer from debilitating and severe health issues as a result of the pregnancy.

THE Business SOLUTION

Rides For Lives manufactures locally sourced medical vehicles with the mission of improving medical access and economic opportunities to those that are the most vulnerable. 

 

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Its so inspiring to hear the story of social entrepreneurs such as Chris Ategeka born in a small village in Uganda. He witnessed both parents die of Hiv/Aids...so Chris knew it, just how important access is....I remember when I was in Uganda with my son Daniel Cooperrider and we were working with healthcare providers--and just getting there, to the care setting, was half the challenge.  In  contexts like this we know:

99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries. Maternal death is higher in rural areas and poor communities. (Source: World Health Organization)

Almost 70% of children under five years old who die can be treated and survive with proper medical attention.

For every maternal death, six mothers will suffer from debilitating and severe health issues as a result of the pregnancy.

THE Business SOLUTION

Rides For Lives manufactures locally sourced medical vehicles with the mission of improving medical access and economic opportunities to those that are the most vulnerable. 

 

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India Launches Its First Public Toilet-to-Tap Water Project

The treatment plant can produce 20 million gallons of clean drinking water a year—and yes, it’s totally safe to drink.
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A toilet-to-tap water project has been launched in Delhi as a solution to contaminated drinking water. The technology works to purify water the same way nature does by using a chemical and organic filtration system that can produce 20 million gallons of drinking water a year. 
 

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The Flourish Prizes for Business as an Agent of World Benefit affirmed in UN Global Compact PRME declaration

The Flourish Prizes for Business as an Agent of World Benefit affirmed in UN Global Compact PRME declaration | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
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It was an exciting step. Just a couple days ago we were at the world summit for Principles for Responsible Management Education  with the UN in New York, and Chuck Fowler, Chairman of the Board of Case Western Reserve University and the person behind the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit shared the vision for something "more than a Nobel like Prize" for lifting up the most important business and society innovations leading to a world of full spectrum flourishing. The idea was contagious and PRME and LEAP business schools all over the world invited their students to go into their countries and regions and do ai interviews with leading entrepreneurs and business leaders--pathfinders, showing the way to business a force for "doing good and doing well."

 

The students were so moved by their interviews--it changed their views--that many were in tears as they shared stories of humanity, courage, hope, and creative new sources of value. These intergenerational interviews are a distinguishing feature of the prizing process where any student, anywhere in the world, can download the appreciative inquiry questions and go into their region and discover the most important and inspiring business and society innovations in their local settings.  My sense is that once we get to two million inter generational interviews using appreciative inquiry and the new myActions platform together, we will see an "exponential inquiry effect"--a tipping point--where we see a shift from slow evolution or even conscious evolution, to a kind of conscious co-elevation. When we co-elevate the best and think beyond the possible we experience what JonathonHaight calls the emotions of elevation...and the students doing these interviews, are experiencing exactly that, along with a new vocabulary of business as an agent of world benefit.

 

At the end of the UN Global Compact PRME summit a declaration was officially adopted by delegates. Among the declarations is the Flourish Prizing for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. It is exciting. Its a start at something important. I will continue to report on it in this scoop it. It will be in high gear by 2017.

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It was an exciting step. Just a couple days ago we were at the world summit for Principles for Responsible Management Education  with the UN in New York, and Chuck Fowler, Chairman of the Board of Case Western Reserve University and the person behind the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit shared the vision for something "more than a Nobel like Prize" for lifting up the most important business and society innovations leading to a world of full spectrum flourishing. The idea was contagious and PRME and LEAP business schools all over the world invited their students to go into their countries and regions and do ai interviews with leading entrepreneurs and business leaders--pathfinders, showing the way to business a force for "doing good and doing well."


The students were so moved by their interviews--it changed their views--that many were in tears as they shared stories of humanity, courage, hope, and creative new sources of value. These intergenerational interviews are a distinguishing feature of the prizing process where any student, anywhere in the world, can download the appreciative inquiry questions and go into their region and discover the most important and inspiring business and society innovations in their local settings.  My sense is that once we get to two million inter generational interviews using appreciative inquiry and the new myActions platform together, we will see an "exponential inquiry effect"--a tipping point--where we see a shift from slow evolution or even conscious evolution, to a kind of conscious co-elevation. When we co-elevate the best and think beyond the possible we experience what JonathonHaight calls the emotions of elevation...and the students doing these interviews, are experiencing exactly that, along with a new vocabulary of business as an agent of world benefit.


At the end of the UN Global Compact PRME summit a declaration was officially adopted by delegates. Among the declarations is the Flourish Prizing for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. It is exciting. Its a start at something important. I will continue to report on it in this scoop it. It will be in high gear by 2017. 

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Appreciative Inquiry inspires new world prize. Kudos to @David Cooperrider & Chris Johnston

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Goldman Sachs Might Be Our Best Bet Against Climate Change: Doing Good is Good Business

Goldman Sachs Might Be Our Best Bet Against Climate Change: Doing Good is Good Business | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
In its 2014 Annual Report, Goldman compares the potential of the renewables market to that of the Internet, “Mass market adoption of any new, disruptive industry often takes a path of early enthusiasm followed by market rejection, volatility and ultimately, acceptance. This was true of the Internet, and evidence suggests a similar course when it comes to clean technology and renewable energy.”
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The investments going into our transition from a fossil fuel economy to a renewable energy future are growing exponentially. Right now there are (metaphorical) thick clouds of smoke billowing from the financial sector. Goldman Sachs is investing $40 billion in renewables by 2021. Citi has committed $100 billion to the facilitation of clean energy by 2025, and Berkshire Hathaway is investing $15 billion into solar and wind projects at Warren Buffet’s personal behest. Within investment banks, new groups have been created to focus on clean energy development and businesses, such as Morgan Stanley’s Institute for Sustainable Investing and JPMorgan’s Environmental and Social Risk Management division.

 

These decisions weren’t made because they are the right things to do (although they are), but because they make economic sense. Renewables must deliver strong returns first, and the double bottom line impact of benefiting the environment second.

 

This may seem calculated but tapping capital markets is absolutely crucial to the health of the planet. Investing in clean energy is a smart decision — not just a personal passion — and that’s what will allow renewables to achieve global scale.

 

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Keepod: Can a $7 stick provide billions computer access?

Keepod: Can a $7 stick provide billions computer access? | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it

But Mr Bahar and Mr Imbesi want to change that with their Keepod USB stick.


It will allow old, discarded and potentially non-functional PCs to be revived, while allowing each user to have ownership of their own "personal computer" experience - with their chosen desktop layout, programs and data - at a fraction of the cost of providing a unique laptop, tablet or other machine to each person.
In addition, the project avoids a problem experienced by some other recycled PC schemes that resulted in machines becoming "clogged up" and running at a snail's pace after multiple users had saved different things to a single hard drive.

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The USB flash drive is one of the most simple, everyday pieces of technology that many people take for granted.

 

Now it's being eyed as a possible solution to bridging the digital divide, by two colourful entrepreneurs behind the start-up Keepod.

Nissan Bahar and Franky Imbesi aim to combat the lack of access to computers by providing what amounts to an operating-system-on-a-stick.

 

In schools in some of the poorest regions of the world the children are totally excited. The amazement at seeing these old laptops come to life was palpable inside the classroom. And the children stayed long after classes had ended to explore and set up their new devices.

 

In six weeks, their idea managed to raise more than $40,000 (£23,750) on fundraising site Indiegogo, providing the cash to begin a campaign to offer low-cost computing to the two-thirds of the globe's population that currently has little or no access.

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Hawaii Will Soon Get 100% of Its Electricity From Renewable Sources: So Can We

Hawaii Will Soon Get 100% of Its Electricity From Renewable Sources: So Can We | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“We’ll now be the most populated set of islands in the world with an independent grid to establish a 100 percent renewable electricity goal,” State Senator Mike Gabbard (D) told ThinkProgress in an email. “Through this process of transformation we can be the model that other states and even nations follow. And we’ll achieve the biggest energy turnaround in the country, going from 90 percent dependence on fossil fuels to 100 percent clean energy.”
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Hawaii's state legislature just sent a bill to the governor’s desk this week that moves the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) up to 100 percent by 2045 — which means that all electricity provided by the electric companies will have to come from renewable sources like solar and wind. Nationwide, electricity generation makes up about a third of all carbon emissions. Imagine the opportunity. Well Tesla, Solar City, and NextEra are companies approaching this both as a massive business opportunity but also moral opportunity. Thats what moral imagination does: it figures out how to do good and do well at the same time. Moral imagination is to sustainable value creation what design thinking is to any design opportunity: its about intention. And we can intend both/and. See for example, Stanford's  Mark Jacobsen's well engineered totally positive win-win scenario for all 50 states:


http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/february/fifty-states-renewables-022414.html



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Entrepreneurs Eager to Dent History

Entrepreneurs Eager to Dent History | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
A multimedia blog and video portal for entrepreneurs & innovators looking to solve problems at scale.
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"The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him... The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself... All progress depends on the unreasonable man."

--George Bernard Shaw


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I love this web-site called "unreasonable." For example one of their posts is all about the innovation that will happen in emerging markets--where necessity and difficult conditions cultivate the innovators imagination.


In places around the world where the grid hasn’t been extended,  for example on one of the blog posts, they’re still figuring out ways to power phones, lights, and other gadgets requiring an electric charge.

 

We can learn a thing or two.

 

Globally, the 6.8 billion mobile phone subscribers number almost as high as the number of people on the planet, butaccording to Green Power For Mobile by The GSMA Development Fund, nearly 500 million people worldwide do not have the means of charging a mobile phone at home. These statistics demonstrate how traditional infrastructure models have not kept up with the technology of the future. Providing a place for the 500 million under-electrified to charge their phones is an enormous wealth-generating opportunity for ambitious entrepreneurs. It will also produce new innovations in electricity infrastructure.

 

Some entrepreneurs are already capitalizing on this opportunity. Juabar is leasing wheeled, solar-powered phone-charging kiosks across Tanzania. While the engineering design is creative, the most important aspect of Juabar’s business model is the financing. Many people in the developing world pay far more to use diesel or other fossil fuel generators than they would spend over the lifetime of a solar system. However, they do not have enough savings to pay for the upfront investment in a solar system. Through financed products like Juabar’s mobile kiosk, entrepreneurs are finding ways to deploy electricity infrastructure that works for the under-electrified.

To service the 500 million cell phone users without access to electricity, entrepreneurs are shunning the large, centralized models of the past and embracing small, distributed technology.

 

In the developed world, when we think about charging a mobile phone, most of us picture a plug-in. Yet, as we move from landlines to mobile phones, the cost of extending the grid to all of the citizens in emerging markets will never be cost effective. Mobiles phones connect rural people in a way landlines never could; the same story is playing out as new energy sources like solar are triumphing over the traditional grid.

Innovating upon the traditional grid model is challenging for developed countries because it is so easy to settle for the existing status quo. The grid works well enough and so there is little incentive to experiment with something better. This is not the case in many developing countries. Distributed micro-grids powered by renewables like wind and solar are the only way for many rural villages to receive cheap power.

 

Large solar companies from SunEdison to Solar City have already created micro-grid solutions for these markets, but the 1.3 billion people across the world without access to electricity is a market too big for just a few companies to capture.

 

Small-scale solutions like solar phones, mobile charging kiosks, and village micro-grids are real and viable—in fact, they are cheaper than both the grid and the diesel power that feeds it.

 

In the developed world, we like to think big. But we might be better off thinking small and asking these questions: Can we find cost-effective solutions to charge mobile phones with no grid? Can we provide electricity to a new home subdivision without extending the existing grid? Can we tap electricity stored in electric vehicles and stationary battery banks to help light a city? The answer to every one of these questions is “yes.”

 

Living laboratories like Africa and Southeast Asia are developing new innovations in distributed and renewable electrical infrastructure. The website Unreasonable features their stories and it is a site i love to visit!

  

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Unilever's CEO is a leader.

Unilever's CEO is a leader. | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Floods, wildfires, droughts, heat waves, and other disasters pose a direct risk to our families, friends, and neighbors both near and far.”
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There are CEOs and then there are leader CEOs. Some see the larger meaning of preparing for the future... The news today is that the Level of CO2 in the Earth's atmosphere has hit a worrying milestone. Not to ring the alarm bells on global warming or anything, but you should know that the worldwide reading on carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere has hit a significant milestone. CO2 levels surpassed 400 parts per million for the month of March, NOAA scientists said today. There have been readings this high before, but this is the first time that concentrations of the gas have averaged 400 ppm for an entire month. Carbon dioxide is invisible, odorless and colorless, yet it's responsible for 63% of the warming attributable to all greenhouse gases, according to NOAA. Research seems to show that the last time carbon dioxide reached 400 ppm was millions of years ago. It's with this kind of contemporary backdrop that we need to understand the leadership of CEOs like Unilevers Paul Polman. He writes: "So if we are still to create a more sustainable and equitable world for all, we must act quickly and boldly. To stave off economic and environmental catastrophe, companies and policymakers need to come together in order to protect our investments and the public’s wellbeing. That is why, along with other B Team business leaders, we are calling on international negotiators to set a goal of net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050 in this year’s international climate agreement. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) found that global greenhouse gas emissions would need to reach net zero by the end of this century to avoid catastrophe, but we can and must do better. An ambitious long-term global goal is a critically important complement to the individual short-term offers that countries will bring to Paris." What about the business case? Is Pplmans sustainability agenda good for the business? Recent analysis is unequivocal. Consumer goods maker Unilever says its brands that most fully embrace its CEO's passion for sustainability perform the best, adding fuel to its oft-repeated argument that social responsibility is good for business. Of the more than 400 brands Unilever sells, those with the strongest sustainability credentials – such as Dove, Lifebuoy, Ben & Jerry’s and Comfort – have seen sales grow at a high single-digit or double-digit rate over the past three years, Unilever said on Tuesday. The company doesn't normally break out sales for individual brands. "These brands accounted for half the company's growth in 2014 and grew at twice the rate of the rest of the business," said Unilever CEO Paul Polman in a statement. Consumers are "increasingly demanding responsible business and responsible brands".
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15 Women Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2015

15 Women Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2015 | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Angelia Trinidad, founder, CEO and designer at Passion Planner.
It’s no surprise that a woman who dedicates her time to helping people pursue “that thing that makes them excited to get up everyday” has caught our attention. Angelia Trindad initially created Passion Planner – a portable life coach, organizer and daily dose of inspiration, all within the pages of a planner – in 2013. Two wildly successful Kickstarter campaigns later, she shipped more than 2,000 Passion Planners in just 20 days and will continue to help transform the habits of thousands in years to come.
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So many of the award winning entrepreneurs are working with exponential technologies intended to change the world for the better.

 

For example: Vivienne Harr, chief inspiration officer at Stand.

 

When a 10-year-old entrepreneur partners with Biz Stone to launch a mobile platform designed to spur social change, you watch. Vivienne Harr has come a long way since selling lemonade to fight human trafficking; and if she’s already accomplished so much, who knows what’s possible next.

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What are the Top 5 Benefits to Becoming a Certified B Corporation? It Starts With Being in Good Company...

What are the Top 5 Benefits to Becoming a Certified B Corporation? It Starts With Being in Good Company... | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“ What are B Corps and why do they matter? Learn why getting this certification might be the best thing for your company...and the world.”
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It puts you in good company. And makes you better. Becoming a B Corp lets you join the ranks for other companies doing great things. This isn’t just good marketing—B Corps also respect and share with each other, which is good for business and good for the ecology of a socially responsible economy. It makes you be even better. In order to become a B Corp, your organization has to get score of at least 80 out of 200 on the stringent Impact Assessment. Even the highest scorers tend to achieve a rating in the lower 100s (we scored 88.5), which means that even the best of us can aspire to do better. A B Corp certification provides a set of standards to make you better at what you are already setting out to do.
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It's the Unreasonable People That Make Progress: Entrepreneurs Eager to Dent History

It's the Unreasonable People That Make Progress: Entrepreneurs Eager to Dent History | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“ A multi-channel blog and resource for entrepreneurs hungry to solve Big F***king Problems (What we like to call BFP’s =).”
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See the article by Paul Polak: Should business profit by helping empower and lift people out of poverty? Should we have a business system that enhances the livelihoods of poor people without making a profit for outside investors? Or should it make a profit for investors as well as the poor people who are served by it?
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SolarCity’s Buffalo Boom Brightens Local Economy

SolarCity’s Buffalo Boom Brightens Local Economy | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
he project, which is the largest in Buffalo’s history, is ahead of schedule. The plant is expected to be operational in early 2017. By that time it will employ some 3,000 workers, spinning off another 2,000 supporting roles in the local economy. That’s enough to drop the region’s unemployment rate by a full percentage point. Hiring begins this fall.

The project could be considered a case study in reversing recent economic trends. Not only is the plant being built on the site of the long-shuttered Republic Steel plant, but, with it, the company will insource its solar panels, rather than purchase them from other suppliers. Last week, SolarCity announced a new financing program to boost solar sales among small- and medium-sized businesses.

The plant is expected to produce 1 gigawatt of solar capacity per year, slightly more than the company currently buys from suppliers. SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rives said, “My goal would be to do 5 gigawatts after this one.” An additional site would be required for that, and speculation is that it would be someplace nearby. “It sets up the state to be the solar capital of the country. It creates manufacturing, it creates a market, and it creates infrastructure for how clean-energy companies will work together.”
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The vision of green jobs to help turn around the economy is a wonderful sight to see. If you think the idea of a new, clean-energy economy or the notion of green jobs are just rhetoric, take a trip up to Buffalo, New York. Have a look at the 1.2 million-square-foot shell of SolarCity‘s recently-completed manufacturing plant that lies nestled in a crook in the Buffalo River, just a mile or so before it empties out into Lake Erie. 



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The vision of green jobs to help turn around the economy is a wonderful sight to see. If you think the idea of a new, clean-energy economy or the notion of green jobs are just rhetoric, take a trip up to Buffalo, New York. Have a look at the 1.2 million-square-foot shell of SolarCity‘s recently-completed manufacturing plant that lies nestled in a crook in the Buffalo River, just a mile or so before it empties out into Lake Erie. 



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Royal Dutch Shell cuts ties with Alec over group's climate denial

Royal Dutch Shell cuts ties with Alec over  group's climate denial | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
n a statement released on Friday, a Shell spokesman said: “Alec advocates for specific economic growth initiatives, but its stance on climate change is clearly inconsistent with our own.”

Shell joins fellow oil major BP in a corporate exodus from the conservative, free-market lobby group.
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Climate change denial is getting harder in the face of so much consensus in the scientific community. Lobbying organizations such as Alec are losing longtime supporters. Alec is reportedly facing a funding crisis after losing many of the world’s biggest corporations from its stable in recent years. Amazon, Coca-Cola, General Electric, Kraft, McDonald’s, Walmart, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, eBay and Yelp all left the group

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Climate change denial is getting harder in the face of so much consensus in the scientific community. Lobbying organizations such as Alec are losing longtime supporters. Alec is reportedly facing a funding crisis after losing many of the world’s biggest corporations from its stable in recent years. Amazon, Coca-Cola, General Electric, Kraft, McDonald’s, Walmart, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, eBay and Yelp all left the group

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UN News - Member States lauded for reaching agreement on new UN sustainable development agenda

UN News - Member States lauded for reaching agreement on new UN sustainable development agenda | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
3 August 2015 – Member States answered the call to make 2015 a year of global action by agreeing on a “bold, ambitious and transformative” sustainable development agenda for the next 15 years, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.
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Can the world agree on a north star for sustainable development? Ban Ki Moon sees it happening. The agreement reached by Member States last night – “Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” – marks the culmination of efforts that began three years ago with the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. The new agenda expands on the success of the Millennium Development Goals, which had a target date of 2015, and contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals, with leaders from business, labor, civil society, and governments coming to greater alignment around major opportunities, such as the goal that says “We can be the first generation that ends global poverty, and the last generation to prevent the worst impacts of global warming before it is too late.” 

 

“They address the requirements for all humanity to be able to live decent lives free from poverty, hunger and inequality, with all men and women, girls and boys able to develop their full potential,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a news conference in New York. “They commit all of us to be responsible global citizens, caring for the less fortunate as well as for our planet’s ecosystems and climate action on which all life depends.

 

“We have a big, bold agenda before us – now we must work to make it real in people’s lives.”

 

I am excited that our Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit is in partnership with this effort via the UN Global Compact's PRME initiative and our world inquiry putting the spotlight on transformative innovations that take us beyond the sustainability-as-less-harm agenda to the sustainability-as-flourishing vision. 

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Germany Just Got 78 Percent Of Its Electricity From Renewable Sources

Germany Just Got 78 Percent Of Its Electricity From Renewable Sources | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Currently, the United States gets about 13 percent of its energy demand from renewable sources
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Germany will reap the benefits of clean renewable energy for years to come and is setting the pace. It just got 78% of its electricity from renewables (the US gets about 13%)--and with 78% as a new record Germany is signaling that all the new talk of a world at 100% renewable energy is no longer utopian. That's exciting. 

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Germany will reap the benefits of clean renewable energy for years to come and is setting the pace. It just got 78% of its electricity from renewables (the US gets about 13%)--and with 78% as a new record Germany is signaling that all the new talk of a world at 100% renewable energy is no longer utopian. That's exciting. 

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Clean Energy Beats the Market

Clean Energy Beats the Market | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Environmentalists love energy companies that don't pollute. That should be obvious. Not so obvious: So do investors.
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Headlines like this from leading investment advisors tell us what it means when we hit the sustainable value and win-win place between moral imagination and economic development. I love this lead:

 

"Environmentalists love energy companies that don't pollute. That should be obvious. Not so obvious: So do investors."  

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Headlines like this from leading investment advisors tell us what it means when we hit the sustainable value and win-win place between moral imagination and economic development. I love this lead:


"Environmentalists love energy companies that don't pollute. That should be obvious. Not so obvious: So do investors."   

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The most profitable companies are moving towards environmental, social and financial success.  They seem to go hand in hand.

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How a Cow Can Help the Climate: Design Inspired Farming Good for Business and Better for the World

How a Cow Can Help the Climate: Design Inspired Farming Good for Business and Better for the World | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Help has arrived in the unlikely form of a dairy farmer from New Zealand named Simon Wallace. Using a technique imported from his homeland, Wallace aims to reverse the process of deforestation and high-carbon cattle rearing that’s prevalent in Brazil and develop island farms amid a sea of wilderness. The technique leverages increased efficiency so that more dairy can be produced from significantly less pasture, reducing pressure to clear wilderness and allowing more native habitat to stand.
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Design can inspire dairy farming, improve yields, and reverse deforestation. This is the concept of sustainable value creation at its best. Simon Wallace is a CEO creating massive innovation and all of his ideas are open to the world.  What's more, as this article shows, is that his work demonstrates the vast potentials of countries learning and accelerating stories of what works--in this case from New Zealand to Brazil. 

 

According to his company’s rough calculations, if all 32.1 billion liters per year of Brazilian milk were produced with Wallace’s methods, the industry could reduce its land use by 24.5 million hectares—an area the size of Italy. If that land were allowed to return to its native state, it could absorb between 6 billion and 10 billion metric tons of our carbon dioxide emissions. With all of humanity emitting about 40 billion tons per year, and about 15 percent of greenhouse gases worldwide coming from the meat and dairy industry, what happens on this dairy farm could affect all of us.

 

So far, observers are impressed. “If more people follow this model in tropical countries, it can reduce the dairy industry’s impact on the environment,” says Victor Cabrera, a Peruvian-born dairy scientist at the University of Wisconsin who has reviewed Leitíssimo’s numbers. “This is great work; there’s no doubt about it.”

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Dairy changing the equation for sustainable business practices: how one industry is getting it right

Dairy changing the equation for sustainable business practices: how one industry is getting it right | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
The dairy industry’s efforts to implement sustainable business practices – from the farm to the table – were showcased during presentation of the fourth annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards, May 7, in Washington, D.C.
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I loved the Appreciative Inquiry Summit we did with the entire dairy industry a few years ago. We had 500 farms, universities, food chains and story, and stakeholders of every kind. Shortly after the summit some 15 major initiatives were born and $258 million dollars in support for those initiatives happened. Farms all across the US soon learned that when done with innovation and design thinking, sustainability could create not just less harm for the planet but also new sources of business value. This is when sustainability becomes embedded and when a whole industry participates big shifts are possible. The project was singled out by the White House as one of the most positive industry shifts.  One outcome was the creation of an awards program as spotlighted in this article.  The awards program is part of the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Commitment, an industrywide effort to measure and improve the economic, environmental and social sustainability of the dairy industry. To learn more about the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards, the winners and the best practices in place at their operations, visit DairyGood.org.

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Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® is a forum for the dairy industry to work together pre-competitively to address barriers and opportunities to foster innovation and increase sales. The Innovation Center aligns the collective resources of the industry to offer consumers nutritious dairy products and ingredients, and promote the health of people, communities, the planet and the industry. The Board of Directors for the Innovation Center includes dairy industry leaders representing key farmer organizations, dairy cooperatives, companies, manufacturers and brands. The Innovation Center is staffed by Dairy Management Inc™. VisitUSDairy.com for more information about the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.

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Tesla's 38,000 pre-orders for Powerwall: people are hungry for renewables--for hope

Tesla announces 38,000 pre-orders for Powerwall home battery
Elon Musk says response has been "off the hook"
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People are ready. They want to participate--right from their homes--in the renewable energy transformation. Tesla is getting ready for next year's roll-out of their $30K all electric car--one that will sell like the Toyota Camry. With the model S the majority of new owners also purchase solar panels or other renewable sources--they love putting sunshine in their cars. Zero emissions and economic value to boot. With the powerwall they will also be able to go off grid, if they wish. The excitement is palpable and during Tesla's recent earnings call, CEO Elon Musk just announced that the company has so far taken 38,000 reservations for its Powerwall home battery.


"The response has been overwhelming. Like, crazy," Musk said.


He went on to describe the reception to Tesla Energy's introduction as "crazy off the hook." Tesla has also tallied 2,500 reservations for the PowerPack. Musk said this actually equates to more like 25,000 since reservations averaged around 10 Powerpacks each. "The volume of demand here has just been staggering," he said. "It really feels like, man, the stationary storage demand is just nutty. Like, worldwide, it’s just crazy."


A market analyst recently did an analysis of Tesla's soaring stock value. And his conclusion: Tesla is selling "hope in our future." 


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"Elon Musk is selling hope.

 

To the vast majority of people today, the future of the world seems bleak. Climate change is real, yet atmospheric carbon levels continue to rise.

 

There are two ways to deal with this without giving into despair. One way is to deny it. Climate change denialism is increasing in intensity even as the crisis deepens. Politicians seem incapable of taking decisive action against this well-funded opposition.

 

The other way to deal with the crisis is to hope for solutions. And that is what Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) is offering, hope in the form of electric cars powered by solar energy, energy that can be stored for use at night, creating a more stable electric grid in the process.

 

To skeptics, it seems inconceivable. But people are buying it, with real dollars. That's the lesson of Tesla's first quarter report. People are buying it."




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80% Of New Jersey’s Electricity From Renewables.

80% Of New Jersey’s Electricity From Renewables. | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“State senators in New Jersey are proposing legislation that would require the state to produce 80% of its electricity from renewables by 80% Of New Jersey’s Electricity From Renewables? was originally published on CleanTechnica.”
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I don't often think of New Jersey as a pace setter...but legislators there are calling for new economy thinking: a bight green economic logic is calling for 80% renewables. Who knows if it can be done, but New Jersey is already a solar power leader in the United States. Thirty-five years is a long time, and it appears that the rate of solar adoption will continue to quicken. Solar power is more affordable than it has ever been. However, most Americans may still not be aware of that fact, and remain attached to the idea that is out of reach. When perception catches up with reality, solar might expand in a way that seems explosive.
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Business and society: ceo's like Doug McMillon fully embrace the multistakeholder view of the firm

Business and society: ceo's like Doug McMillon fully embrace the multistakeholder view of the firm | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“ In the long term, corporate and societal interests converge. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon and SVP of sustainability Kathleen McLaughlin argue companies have an opportunity to use their scale and expertise to reshape global systems and mitigate complex problems.”
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