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Tigo Helps Remittances Go Mobile | Fast Company

Tigo Helps Remittances Go Mobile | Fast Company | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In countries like Guatemala, remittances from migrant workers in the U.S. are critical to the economy. Tigo, an international telecom, has a unique plan to use mobile banking to simplify a trying process.
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The death of sprawl?

The death of sprawl? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The United States has reached an historic moment. The exurban development explosion that defined national growth during the past two decades has come to a screeching halt, according to the latest US Census figures. Only 1 of the 100 highest-growth US communities of 2006—all of them in sprawled areas—reported a significant population gain in 2011, prompting Yale economist Robert Shiller to predict suburbs overall may not see growth “during our lifetimes.”

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Best of Green: Business

Best of Green: Business | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
From best community advocate to best business protest, watchdog, non-profit, and more, the results are in for our 2012 Best of Green Awards in Business.
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35% Of Hybrid Buyers Buy Another Hybrid: Is That Good Or Bad?

35% Of Hybrid Buyers Buy Another Hybrid: Is That Good Or Bad? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
35% Of Hybrid Buyers Buy Another Hybrid: Is That Good Or Bad?
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The Greenest Building May Actually Be a Neighborhood

The Greenest Building May Actually Be a Neighborhood | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A UCLA class is trying to apply a strict building standard to an entire community.
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Need More Office Space? Just Stick Some in the Alley

Need More Office Space? Just Stick Some in the Alley | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Could offices that clamp onto larger buildings or wander across town be the wave of the future?
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Is the future one of abundance or scarcity?

Is the future one of abundance or scarcity? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
'Abundance' by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler argues that technology brings prosperity. How do their predictions of bounty sit with environmentalists' talk of planetary boundaries?
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Why Environmental Scientists Are Learning to Listen to the Locals - Environment - GOOD

Why Environmental Scientists Are Learning to Listen to the Locals - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
At Italy's Lake Como, fishermen's knowledge matches hard data and provides some information scientists can't collect on their own.
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Triple Bottom Line Entrepreneurship in the Amazon Rainforest

Triple Bottom Line Entrepreneurship in the Amazon Rainforest | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
By Lorna Li From a cup of tea shared in ceremony with a family of Kichwa shamans to an Amazon adventure that sparked a business, Tyler Gage is young social...
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Social Entrepreneur Promotes Sustainable Lifestyles | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Social Entrepreneur Promotes Sustainable Lifestyles | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Joe Oliver, co-director of social enterprise We Impact, is on a mission to develop and promote opportunities to realize sustainable lifestyles around the...
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A Small Town's Library Love Goes Viral, Earns Donations - News - GOOD

A Small Town's Library Love Goes Viral, Earns Donations - News - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Sure, the 110 year old building has charm, but the library in Shutesbury, Mass., lacks running water. Local townspeople are determined to change it.
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SNAP Reduces Poverty – and More

SNAP Reduces Poverty – and More | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Agriculture Department (USDA) reported this afternoon that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food stamps) lifted 3.4 million Americans out of poverty in 2009.
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A time of gifts

A time of gifts | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Some of us in 2012 are remembering and waking up to reality. The fact is since the banking crisis and the emergence of movements like UK Uncut, Occupy and Move Your Money, a lot of us are becoming atheist and getting much smarter about the spell-making behind money. How it is conjured out of thin air, how the financial high priests shape the physical world to their benefit, how mainstream media and governments serve their interests, and pillory anyone who dares challenge their absolute rule.

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Spring Cleaning: Commute Your Driving Sins - Environment - GOOD

Spring Cleaning: Commute Your Driving Sins - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If you can’t ditch your car, you’re not alone. But there are things you can do to clean up your gas usage.
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Diller Scofidio + Renfro Unveil Green Plans for the Future of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro Unveil Green Plans for the Future of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The National Mall in Washington, DC recently launched a competition to envision new designs for the historic site, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro is a finalist for two of the three landscape renovation projects.
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The Broken “Buy-One, Give-One” Model: 3 Ways To Save Toms Shoes

The Broken “Buy-One, Give-One” Model: 3 Ways To Save Toms Shoes | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Today, April 10, thousands of people will go barefoot around the world for the second annual “One Day Without Shoes.” It’s an event organized by Toms Shoes--the company that built a brand around the buy-one-give-one charity model--to raise awareness...
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Amanda Wall's curator insight, October 8, 2014 9:44 PM

This article gives me a different perspective on Toms shoes. This article is basically stating that Toms shoes are providing a short-term fix for a long-term social problem. The article goes into detail about how CEO Blake Mycoskie didn't necessarily do his research on what the real problems these countries were facing, but instead saw children walking around barefoot and provided a simple solution, "One-for-One" and , therefore, created a company that has become successful just off this campaign alone.


However, although the shoes themselves don't really solve a major social issue Toms have now come out with glasses. These glasses work the same as "One-for-One" each pair of glasses sold helps  people in third world countries with vision loss. With this new campaign Toms have identified a real need and are well on their way to another strategic business plan. 

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How to Identify Degraded Land for Sustainable Palm Oil in Indonesia | World Resources Institute

How to Identify Degraded Land for Sustainable Palm Oil in Indonesia | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

This WRI/Sekala Working Paper demonstrates how to implement a quick and cost-effective method for identifying potentially suitable “degraded land” for sustainable palm oil production in Indonesia and presents results from the application of the method in West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan. The method consists of a desktop analysis as well as field assessments. The desktop portion of the method will be made easily replicable through an interactive Kalimantan-wide “Suitability Mapper” website currently under development, scheduled for release in mid-2012.

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An Illegal Curbside Garden Flourishes in L.A.

An Illegal Curbside Garden Flourishes in L.A. | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Growing food and community in the narrow strip between the sidewalk and the street.
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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Tomorrow, NCPC Presentation: Shades of Green: Washington’s Emerging Ecodistricts

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Tomorrow, NCPC Presentation: Shades of Green: Washington’s Emerging Ecodistricts | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Ecodistricts are popping up throughout the National Capital Region, but each takes a different approach to sustainability. Join this casual spring gathering to hear from those planning the region’s future showcases of sustainability. Presentations will feature inspiring innovations in finance, governance, policy, and design that are helping turn these initiatives into reality.

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This Is Your Chicken on Drugs: Count the Antibiotics in Your Nuggets - Lifestyle - GOOD

This Is Your Chicken on Drugs: Count the Antibiotics in Your Nuggets - Lifestyle - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Scientists have found traces of banned antibiotics, arsenic, and seven other household medications from Tylenol to Prozac in factory-farmed poultry.
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First World Happiness report launched at the United Nations

First World Happiness report launched at the United Nations | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The happiest countries in the world are all in Northern Europe (Denmark, Norway, Finland, Netherlands). Their average life evaluation score is 7.6 on a 0-to-10 scale. The least happy countries are all poor countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (Togo, Benin, Central African Republic, Sierra Leone) with average life evaluation scores of 3.4. But it is not just wealth that makes people happy: Political freedom, strong social networks and an absence of corruption are together more important than income in explaining well-being differences between the top and bottom countries. At the individual level, good mental and physical health, someone to count on, job security and stable families are crucial.

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Study: Biofuels Could Be Competitive At Today’s Gas Prices

Study: Biofuels Could Be Competitive At Today’s Gas Prices | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Study: Biofuels Could Be Competitive At Today’s Gas Prices...
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Algae Biofuel Startup Is Expanding Operations in New Mexico | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Algae Biofuel Startup Is Expanding Operations in New Mexico | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A U.S.startup says it has raised enough funding to significantly expand what it calls the world’s first commercial-scale algae biofuel farm, a 300-acre...
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Greenversations » World Health Organization Celebrates Healthy Aging Day: We Should Too

Greenversations » World Health Organization Celebrates Healthy Aging Day: We Should Too | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

For the first time ever, the World Health Organization (WHO) has dedicated a special day to Healthy Aging. This is cause to celebrate—for me, for my father, a long-time advocate for older adults, and for all of us who strive to age well and in good health.

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Gleaning for good: An old idea is new again

Gleaning for good: An old idea is new again | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Where some may see excess, others see opportunity — the chance to make a difference, feed the hungry, and avoid waste. It's a win-win-win all round: Growers who have surplus or seconds find a good home for these edibles beyond the compost pile; financially strapped aid organizations get much-needed fresh food for free for their patrons; and the gleaners get to give back in their communities. "I've been surprised at how emotionally rewarding this is," says Andrew Sigal, an avid gardener in Oakland, California, who started Food Pool last summer to share the abundance from his prolific 800-square-foot garden with local food pantries. "It's one thing to give someone in need a dollar or a donation, but seeing someone get excited about beans from my backyard has been deeply fulfilling."

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