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"Pour certains entrepreneurs sociaux, la crise est une opportunité" | YOUPHIL

"Pour certains entrepreneurs sociaux, la crise est une opportunité" | YOUPHIL | Societal and economic Innovation | Scoop.it
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BBC Speechless As Trader Tells Truth: "The Collapse Is Coming...And Goldman Rules The World"

BBC News—Sept. 26, 2011— http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/cutline/bbc-victim-hoax-no-yes-men-154724196.html Just listen to this guy. Thanks to zerohedge for posti...
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Social Power and the Coming Corporate Revolution - Forbes

Social Power and the Coming Corporate Revolution - Forbes | Societal and economic Innovation | Scoop.it
Civilizations have clashed in an unexpected way this year, as ordinary people using Facebook and Twitter knocked down dictators in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya—and are threatening absolute rule in Syria.
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Crowdsourced Public Art Project Captures Community Spirit Around the World - Media - GOOD

Crowdsourced Public Art Project Captures Community Spirit Around the World - Media - GOOD | Societal and economic Innovation | Scoop.it

Street-artist JR extends his reach even further through crowdsourcing, engaging a global audience like never before.


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The Third Industrial Revolution: Toward A New Economic Paradigm (EXCERPT)

The Third Industrial Revolution: Toward A New Economic Paradigm (EXCERPT) | Societal and economic Innovation | Scoop.it
The Third Industrial Revolution offers the hope that we can arrive at a sustainable post-carbon era by mid-century. We have the science, the technology, and the game plan to make it happen.

 

Like every other communication and energy infrastructure in history, the various pillars of a Third Industrial Revolution must be laid down simultaneously or the foundation will not hold. That's because each pillar can only function in relationship to the others. The five pillars of the Third Industrial Revolution are (1) shifting to renewable energy; (2) transforming the building stock of every continent into micro-power plants to collect renewable energies on-site; (3) deploying hydrogen and other storage technologies in every building and throughout the infrastructure to store intermittent energies; (4) using Internet technology to transform the power grid of every continent into an energy-sharing intergrid that acts just like the Internet (when millions of buildings are generating a small amount of energy locally, on-site, they can sell surplus back to the grid and share electricity with their continental neighbors); and (5) transitioning the transport fleet to electric plug-in and fuel cell vehicles that can buy and sell electricity on a smart, continental, interactive power grid.

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Will a Harvard Professor's New Technology Make College Lectures a Thing of the Past? - Education - GOOD

Will a Harvard Professor's New Technology Make College Lectures a Thing of the Past? - Education - GOOD | Societal and economic Innovation | Scoop.it
Thanks to Learning Catalytics, the "flipped classroom" and peer learning could revolutionize higher education.
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Innovative Ideas for Sale—No Strings Attached (August 5, 2011) | Opinion Blog | Stanford Social Innovation Review

Innovative Ideas for Sale—No Strings Attached (August 5, 2011) | Opinion Blog | Stanford Social Innovation Review | Societal and economic Innovation | Scoop.it
Meet Charles Maisel. As controversial as he is kind-hearted, this is one man whose viewpoint shakes up conventional charity thinking.
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Shareable: Creating Jobs by Revitalizing Local Manufacturing

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Creating Jobs by Revitalizing Local Manufacturing

This is a very important time for America to look for homegrown solutions for the jobs crisis."- Bill Clinton, recognizing the Urban Manufacturing Alliance on behalf of the Clinton Global Initiative

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Rachel Botsman: The case for collaborative consumption | Video on TED.com

TED Talks At TEDxSydney, Rachel Botsman says we're "wired to share" -- and shows how websites like Zipcar and Swaptree are changing the rules of human behavior.
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Amazon Kindle: A Note by Ernesto van Peborgh from The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality

Amazon Kindle: A Note by Ernesto van Peborgh from The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality | Societal and economic Innovation | Scoop.it

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Why have mainstream economists ignored environmental limits for so long? If Heinberg is right, they will have much explaining to do." -- LESTER BROWN, Founder Earth Policy Institute

Heinberg shows how peak oil, peak water, peak food, etc. lead not only to the end of growth, but to the beginning of a new era of progress without growth. -- HERMAN E. DALY, Professor Emeritus, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

By the time you finish this, you will have 2 conclusions: This is the end of economic growth and it is our problem, not our childrens'. It's time to get ready. This book is the place to start. --PAUL GILDING -- Former head of Greenpeace International

Richard has rung the bell on the limits to growth. Our shift from quantity of consumption to quality of life is the great challenge of our generation. Frightening...but ultimately freeing. --JOHN FULLERTON - President and Founder, Capital Institute
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Economists insist that recovery is at hand, yet unemployment remains high, real estate values continue to sink, and governments stagger under record deficits. The End of Growth proposes a startling diagnosis: humanity has reached a fundamental turning point in its economic history. The expansionary trajectory of industrial civilization is colliding with non-negotiable natural limits.

Richard Heinberg’s latest landmark work goes to the heart of the ongoing financial crisis, explaining how and why it occurred, and what we must do to avert the worst potential outcomes. Written in an engaging, highly readable style, it shows why growth is being blocked by three factors:

Resource depletion
Environmental impacts
Crushing levels of debt
These converging limits will force us to re-evaluate cherished economic theories and to reinvent money and commerce.

The End of Growth describes what policy makers, communities, and families can do to build a new economy that operates within Earth’s budget of energy and resources. We can thrive during the transition if we set goals that promote human and environmental well-being, rather than continuing to pursue the now-unattainable prize of ever-expanding GDP.

Richard Heinberg is the author of nine previous books, including The Party's Over, Peak Everything, and Blackout. A senior fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, Heinberg is one of the world's foremost peak oil educators and an effective communicator of the urgent need to transition away from fossil fuels.

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Regions want EU funds to back social innovation | EurActiv

Regions want EU funds to back social innovation | EurActiv | Societal and economic Innovation | Scoop.it
Representatives of regions and cities are calling on the European Commission
to focus EU funds on supporting new approaches to meeting social needs.
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Us Now

In a world in which information is like air, what happens to power? New technologies and a closely related culture of collaboration present radical new model...
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La nouvelle économie du partage

La nouvelle économie du partage | Societal and economic Innovation | Scoop.it
La montée de la consommation collaborative et de l'économie du partage, les facteurs économiques, les motivations sociales, le nouveau paradigme qui s'annonce.
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Why transparency and privacy should go hand in hand - Writing - Don Tapscott

Why transparency and privacy should go hand in hand - Writing - Don Tapscott | Societal and economic Innovation | Scoop.it
I was speaking at the recent Google Zeitgeist conference in London.  On one panel, a privacy advocate argued that she was against transparency, and that a...
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Facebook's Changes—It's All About the Platform - Forbes

Facebook's Changes—It's All About the Platform - Forbes | Societal and economic Innovation | Scoop.it
After Mark Zuckerberg's keynote at Facebook's f8 today in San Francisco, he emerged from backstage and ran into Salesforce.com's Marc Benioff, who had come to the event out of sheer curiosity.
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Quant trading: How mathematicians rule the markets

Quant trading: How mathematicians rule the markets | Societal and economic Innovation | Scoop.it
Mathematicians and their trading programmes are increasingly taking the place of professional investors, with important implications for financial markets.
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Les élus des médias sociaux : la génération Z

Les élus des médias sociaux : la génération Z | Societal and economic Innovation | Scoop.it

La prise en compte de la génération Z, de ses comportements et de ses attentes sera un enjeu majeur pour les entreprises d’aujourd’hui et de demain, car celle-ci leur permettra d’adopter un discours adapté dans sa stratégie de communication, notamment au niveau des médias sociaux, pour ne pas risquer de passer à côté de cette génération …


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Shareable: Shareable's Top Six How-tos for Growing Community with Food

Shareable: Shareable's Top Six How-tos for Growing Community with Food | Societal and economic Innovation | Scoop.it

Though summer is wearing on toward fall, farm fresh foods are still at their peak. If you're a fan of healthy food with a dash of community organizer thrown in, Shareable has the below ideas for how to create a thriving community rooted in food and sharing.

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Shareable: Airbnb Debacle Uncovers Collaborative Consumption’s Legal Paradox

Shareable: Airbnb Debacle Uncovers Collaborative Consumption’s Legal Paradox | Societal and economic Innovation | Scoop.it

This much is certain: Our society would benefit immensely if we can find ways to share our homes and all the things inside. In theory, there is also great potential to make money from sharing our tools, equipment, homes, and cars. But each time we devise a way to profit from sharing, we may trip over the following legal paradox: our zoning laws are designed to prevent us from turning our home into a place of business.

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Recovery Park Urban Farming / Detroit Collaborative Design Center

Recovery Park Urban Farming / Detroit Collaborative Design Center | Societal and economic Innovation | Scoop.it
RecoveryPark is a collaborative effort of neighborhoods, policymakers and designers that will include urban farming, education, commercial and housing...
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Collaborative Fund

Collaborative Fund | Societal and economic Innovation | Scoop.it

the increasing importance of values as they relate to the decisions we make about who we work for, what we buy, and how we spend our time; and the shift from an economy based on hyper-consumption to one based on Collaborative Consumption. These two forces present a significant opportunity for new technologies, products, and services to reinvent how we do business and transform our daily lives.

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Social Hiring for Startups: Sharing innovative strategies to hire fast and for long-term success - Valerie Rozycki, ZipDial | YourStory.in

Social Hiring for Startups: Sharing innovative strategies to hire fast and for long-term success - Valerie Rozycki, ZipDial | YourStory.in | Societal and economic Innovation | Scoop.it
SMS Country recruits their sales teams on college campuses. They visit a campus to host a company presentation and call for applications. Every attendee is asked to name the eight other people from the class that he or she would want to work with on a sales team. The eight names that get mentioned the most frequently are hired. It’s that simple.

Rather than relying on a 20-minute interview with a stranger, SMS Country leverages the collective knowledge in the two-year “interview” conducted by fellow classmates. Brilliant! But the process doesn’t stop there. The 8-member team elects their own leader as well as finds and establishes their own office in their sales region.

This is the most innovative and direct way I’ve encountered to build a high level of social equity within a company. Every employee is highly invested in his or her colleagues. As it is with the joint liability groups of microfinance borrowers, they are motivated to succeed for the sake of themselves and their colleagues/peers. This social equity is directly in line with the long-term goals of the company.

Unfortunately, this strategy is not applicable when hiring for more specialized, individual roles that require more experience. If a company needs to hire, for example, one chief architect, social hiring will not work.

However, there are other strategies to extend the principles of social hiring. Simple examples involve testing a work experience through internships, leveraging employee referrals, ensuring that as many people as possible on the team interview any candidates, etc. The important thing to ensure as well is that employee incentives are tied not only to their own performance, but also to the success of the team.

While this hiring approach is most suitable for large, young teams, there are still many lessons to be learned from this novel approach.

Classic strategy with a twist!
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TRANSCEND MEDIA SERVICE » The New-Economy Movement

TRANSCEND MEDIA SERVICE » The New-Economy Movement | Societal and economic Innovation | Scoop.it
Solutions-Oriented Peace Journalism...
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