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22 global cities implement urban & social innovations to improve lives of 121 million citizens.
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The marketplace is our commons, the place where we agree on what matters and what does not, from politicians to lattes.
Pushing interdisciplinary projects to create new ways of looking at sustainability was the theme Friday, as the University of Georgia held its first annual Sustainability Science Symposium and Workshop.
It's a great paradox that the moment the United States needs government the most, we don't seem to have one anymore. As a student of public administration, like many of my generation, I was motivated by John F. Kennedy's call to public service. I "asked not what my country could do for me" and, despite my concerns about the direction of our foreign policy in the 1960s and 1970s, I went to work for the Environmental Protection Agency in the late 1970s asking, "what can I do for my country?" Six months into Ronald Reagan's term, after he defined government as a problem rather than a calling, I was gone. I was not alone; many left and many who were needed never arrived. State and local governments continued to attract the best and brightest of our young people, but fewer and fewer seemed interested in working in our nation's capital. Most headed for private nonprofits and for-profits. In Washington, public service went out of fashion, replaced by the ambition-fueled revolving door.
The Collaborative Economy is associated with sharing resources to reduce waste, but its primary focus is on the economics of collaboration and the efficiencies of networks.
Tips to be more collaborative!!!
Considerations such as 'what do you really care about' and 'who do you serve' should be drivers of sustainability, not profit
Labour will probably be distant by-standers in the debate as they focus their narrative on how the economic recovery is leaving huge swathes of the population financially struggling.
What would a zero waste world look like? One dimension is efficient recycling. But to truly get to zero waste, you'd need to go beyond recycling into reduce and reuse.
Love this. Let's see an entire destination move to Zero Waste.
The decision by Warren Buffett’s utility company to order about $1 billion of wind turbines for projects in Iowa shows how a drop in equipment costs is making renewable energy more competitive with power from fossil fuels.
This studentship is jointly funded by EPSRC and the School of Business, Management and Economics at the University of Sussex. Applicants are sought for a three-year, fully funded PhD scholarship at SPRU, in the School of Business, Management and Economics at the University of Sussex.
Current ecological, health, economic, and cyber threats highlight the need for international institutions to step up and protect the global commons.
We will only create prosperity within planetary boundaries if we start to really believe it is possible, writes Jo Confino
A long-awaited UN report on how to curb climate change says the world must rapidly move away from carbon-intensive fuels.
Non-mainstream economists are all-too aware of the failure of mainstream economists to anticipate, let alone avoid, the Global Financial Crisis and the ensuing Great Recession. The mainstream profession is also failing to fix the problem, and is actually making it worse.
The idea of business model innovation—that a company could launch a new business model never conceived of before, or transform an existing business model—has long captivated business leaders. And yet, executives are often held back by vested interests in their current approach: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
'World Economic Forum: Where will the “Household Names” in Social Enterprise come from?' blog post by David Wilcox.
Years ago, perhaps after I served them a rustic-looking crème broulee, my in-laws gave me a miniature blow torch, the better to caramelize future desserts. It’s a neat tool—efficient and exciting to use—but I can’t say I’ve precision-melted sugar more than four times in the last twelve years (crème brulee leaves behind too many egg whites for a household that doesn’t love angel food cake). And so the gadget sits above my refrigerator, a slight risk for explosion but mostly just taking up space.
When taking the state of our economy into consideration, buying local could be the best decision U.S. shoppers make this season.
Society is described by Aristotle as two or more people pursuing a common goal. A society could therefore be an elevator –even if none of the occupants talks to each other! We enter, we nod, sometimes say hello, press our desired floor and look at our smartphone, contemplate our watch or adjust our briefcase until we are awaken from our reverie by the elevator chime, the door opening or someone entering or exiting our walled ecosystem.
"Big data" may be the most overused buzz-phrase in the smart grid industry today. But that doesn’t mean that managing, analyzing and deriving operational and customer value from the massive amounts of data being collected by utilities isn’t important and valuable -- or that utilities aren't spending on it. GTM Research has pegged the value of the global utility data analytics market at a cumulative $20 billion between 2013 and 2020, growing from an annual spend of $1.1 billion this year to nearly $4 billion by decade’s end.
Our core investment strategy mandates that rigorous financial measurement criteria be intimately correlated with social, environmental, cultural, behavioral, as well as ethics, morals, and higher human values. Therefore, we provide the sustainable integration between traditional, profit-oriented, investing criteria and impact investing measurements with its social, environmental, and governance (ESG/UN PRI) metrics.
Introducing Project Ara, an experiment from Motorola aimed to creating smartphones made out of modular open source hardware.