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Things to do, consider and act on to create a sustainable future for people and planet
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The ‘Five W’s’ of a successful social enterprise

The ‘Five W’s’ of a successful social enterprise | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What is a social enterprise? What does it do? What is it for? Why is it necessary? What can it achieve?
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The Next Web Gold Rush: US Crowdfunding Sites?

The Next Web Gold Rush: US Crowdfunding Sites? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With the recent passing of the JOBS Act into law, crowdfunding that allows people to be actual investors in and gain financial rewards from companies as participants is set to become legal in the US.
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Hidden Gems: The World's 10 Best Unsung National Parks

Hidden Gems: The World's 10 Best Unsung National Parks | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What better way to spend Earth Day 2012 than by taking a trip to one of the world's relatively undiscovered national parks?
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BFF?: Cell Phone Study Shows Evolving Lifetime Relationships in Men and Women: Scientific American

BFF?: Cell Phone Study Shows Evolving Lifetime Relationships in Men and Women: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The calling patterns of three million cell phone users support a theory that female relationships change with shifting biological priorities, suggesting that women drive the evolutionary fitness of humans...
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Legalize Hempcrete: The Growing Eco-Movement to Build Homes Out of Hemp - Design - GOOD

Legalize Hempcrete: The Growing Eco-Movement to Build Homes Out of Hemp - Design - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Hemp is energy-efficient, non-toxic, and resistant to mold, insects, and fire.
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Milestones in the Move Toward Common Standards

Milestones in the Move Toward Common Standards | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The push toward a national educational standard spans for nearly three decades. Hover your mouse to browse through years of Education Week coverage of the issue.
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Greenstein on the Safety Net, Part 3

Our earlier excerpts from Robert Greenstein’s House Budget Committee testimony of this week looked at the safety net as a whole and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  This final excerpt discusses the implications of welfare...
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Urban Air Pollutant Linked to Obesity

Urban Air Pollutant Linked to Obesity | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Cleaner air, just like healthier diet and access to parks and recreation areas, is our ticket to a smarter, healthier, more productive life for our children.
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Benefit Corporations the Norm in One Generation, says B Lab Founder

Jay Coen Gilbert has good reason to believe in one generation the traditional corporate model we know today will no longer exist, and will be replaced by what’s called the benefit corporation which allows business to pursue social and environmental...
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The Promise Of The $300 House And Other Reverse Innovations

The Promise Of The $300 House And Other Reverse Innovations | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Our world of 7 billion people has been divided into two groups: there’s the 3 billion who are rich enough to afford products made today, and the 4 billion poor that have been left to the care of government or charity.
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Whale.FM: Where Citizen Science, Whale Songs, and Education Come Together | @ScientificAmerican, Scientific American Blog Network

Whale.FM: Where Citizen Science, Whale Songs, and Education Come Together | @ScientificAmerican, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Above all, science is a collaborative enterprise, where researchers working together can span the continents. Increasingly, nonspecialists—citizen scientists—are pitching in as well. Whale.FM—a collaborative effort of ...
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The Global Pressures of Population and Access to Clean Water | Environment | AlterNet

The Global Pressures of Population and Access to Clean Water | Environment | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As the world climbs toward a population of 9 billion, how can we support all those people?
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Lead by Example, Clinton Tells Sustainability Forum

Lead by Example, Clinton Tells Sustainability Forum | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Saying that the nation was too wedded to habit, former President Bill Clinton urged a crowd to embrace small steps toward sustainable development and energy efficiency.
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Increasing the Impact of TOMS Shoes

Increasing the Impact of TOMS Shoes | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How do we begin to assess the impact of pro-active business activities? And hold business accountable to their claims?
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Key Frames: Dancing Figures Light Up the Night With Low-Energy LEDs

Key Frames: Dancing Figures Light Up the Night With Low-Energy LEDs | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In a choreographed light display, over 60 illuminated stick figures form the brilliant Key Frames light installation by French art and design studio Groupe LAPS.
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How Advertisements Manipulate Behavior: Scientific American

How Advertisements Manipulate Behavior: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Can subliminal advertisements influence our behavior?
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Enzyme Battery a Game Changer? | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Enzyme Battery a Game Changer? | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New research at Concordia University is bringing the world one step closer to cleaner energy.
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The Future of unMoney

The Future of unMoney | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I’m heading out to two conferences next week in San Francisco – the Future of Money & Technology Summit, and the unMoney Convergence. The latter is an open space event, facilitated by c...
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Giving New Life To The Dead Zone | It's Our Environment

Giving New Life To The Dead Zone | It's Our Environment | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Dead zone. It sounds like something out of a zombie movie, and I wish it was. But dead zones, areas of a water body where aquatic life cannot survive because of low oxygen levels, are very real. Dead zones are generally caused by significant nutrient pollution, and are primarily a problem for bays, lakes and coastal waters since they receive excess nutrients, usually nitrogen and phosphorous, from upstream sources. The largest dead zone in the United States – about 6,500 square miles, or roughly the size of Massachusetts – is in the Gulf of Mexico and occurs every summer because of nutrient pollution from the Mississippi River Basin.

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Transforming Women's Water Burdens Into Economic Opportunities

Transforming Women's Water Burdens Into Economic Opportunities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Around the globe, the containers, the clothes and the scenery may be different, but the experience is the same.
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Silicon Valley Startups Embrace the B-Corp Movement | Startup Grind

Silicon Valley Startups Embrace the B-Corp Movement | Startup Grind | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Governmental agencies and nonprofits are necessary, but operating alone they are insufficient to address society’s greatest challenges. Corporations, which wield undisputed power and influence, must do their part to create the change we now desperately need.

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Seattle Man Rescues & Transplants Hundreds of Unwanted Trees

Seattle Man Rescues & Transplants Hundreds of Unwanted Trees | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
O’Brien’s passion as a tree rescuer started five years ago when a neighbor near his Key Peninsula property in Washington state removed scores of...
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The Healthiest Eating Cities In The World

The Healthiest Eating Cities In The World | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When health startup Massive Health first released the Eatery, a simple iPhone app that asks people to take pictures of their food and then rate other people’s pictures based on their healthiness (kind of like a Hot or Not for food), it was hard to...
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Global shopping

Global shopping | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Street markets have been centers of commerce for centuries. Even in the age of Wal-Mart and Amazon.com, these casual retail spaces, usually populated by small, independent vendors, are thriving in some parts of the world and are being revisited as viable places to shop in others. For tourists, cities with bustling market scenes are great destinations. If you want to toss out the guidebook and really see what locals are eating, buying, and — if you know the language — talking about, all you have to do is hit the local market. Of course, bargain hunting and eating always seem to end up on market visitors' agendas, even if the outing began as a sightseeing-only exercise. Virtually every major metro area on the planet has at least some sort of market that can give visitors an authentic experience. However, the following 10 markets are not to be missed and worthy of a spot on anyone's itinerary.
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