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Social & Business Co-Creation: collaboration for impact

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Social & Business Co Creation: Collaboration for Impact - coming soon!

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« Social & Business Co-Creation: collaboration for impact »: Call for the most innovative Social & Business co-creation projects in Europe!

Ashoka, the Zermatt Summit Foundation, Fondation Guilé, DPD and Boehringer Ingelheim are launching an online collaborative competition, Social & Business Co-Creation: collaboration for impact to source, highlight and catalyze innovative Co-Creation projects in Europe led by social-mission organisations (e.g. NGO, association, not-for-profit, foundation, social enterprise), traditional businesses and public institutions. These projects will illustrate new forms of interaction between social and business to create shared social and economic value at scale. Competition entries can cover a wide range of solutions: from innovative job creation schemes, to the development of new products and services to address essential needs of underserved populations or “last mile” solutions to make these accessible to all. At the core of each project should be the potential to create a more inclusive and human economy, change organisational structures and enable professionals at all levels to become engaged changemakers who turn problems into opportunities.

 

All social-mission organisations, businesses and public institutions who work together to create change in Europe can apply. The competition deadline is April 10, 2014. The winners will receive coaching and €40,000 in prizes, and will be featured in prominent media. The prizes will be awarded at the Zermatt Summit on June 27th, 2014.

To enter now, please go to: www.changemakers.com/co-creation

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Are you working on a project that brings together social-mission organisations and businesses to create greater social impact? Do you know of someone who is? Check out the Social & Business Co-Creation: collaboration for impact competition!

Ashoka, the Zermatt Summit Foundation, Fondation Guilé, DPD and Boehringher Ingelheim are launching an unprecedented online collaborative competition, Social & Business Co-Creation: collaboration for impact to source, highlight and catalyze innovative Co-Creation projects in Europe led by social-mission organisations, traditional businesses and public institutions.  

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Investing in Latin America's Water and Sanitation Solutions - Forbes

Investing in Latin America's Water and Sanitation Solutions - Forbes | The Living Springs | Scoop.it
In recent years, it's become more common to hear people rattle off the stats that underpin the problem of water—awareness is on the rise.
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Damaged Nuclear Plant in Japan Leaks Toxic Water - New York Times

Damaged Nuclear Plant in Japan Leaks Toxic Water - New York Times | The Living Springs | Scoop.it
New York Daily News Damaged Nuclear Plant in Japan Leaks Toxic Water New York Times TOKYO — Tens of thousands of gallons of radioactive water leaked from a large underground storage pool at Japan's crippled nuclear plant, and thousands more gallons...
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The Water Street Journal Daily

The Water Street Journal Daily | The Living Springs | Scoop.it
The Water Street Journal Daily, by Water Street Journal: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos. (The Water Street Journal Daily is out!
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How To Extract Water From Thin Air (Video) | Self-Sufficiency

How To Extract Water From Thin Air (Video) | Self-Sufficiency | The Living Springs | Scoop.it
Imagine if one day the power goes out on a nationwide scale, the water stops running and becomes scarce. How will you survive? Start thinking about collecting water from the atmosphere, there is over three quadillions of it floating around the...

 


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Solutions to the World Water Crisis Requires International Cooperation

Solutions to the World Water Crisis Requires International Cooperation | The Living Springs | Scoop.it

March 23, 2013 - The Energy Collective

Sharing water across international boundaries is a complex international challenge that requires coordinated water policy formulation and responsible governance...http://theenergycollective.com/globalwarmingisreal/201896/solutions-world-water-crisis-requires-international-cooperation

 

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Water Law: U.S. Supreme Court Navigates Waters of Ownership, Clarifies Possession of Missouri River Bottomland - Circle of Blue WaterNews

Water Law: U.S. Supreme Court Navigates Waters of Ownership, Clarifies Possession of Missouri River Bottomland - Circle of Blue WaterNews | The Living Springs | Scoop.it
RT @UpperJamesRK: SCOTUS asserts that states have authority to protect public’s use of rivers, regardless of who owns the bottom. http://t.co/rktNUPrql9
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Rain Barrels | Wise Water Use

Rain Barrels | Wise Water Use | The Living Springs | Scoop.it
It rained on the way to work! Hook up your #rainbarrel to day to keep #slowrain clean! http://t.co/HOxwfh6E7q
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Elephants break into Kerala farm to drink clean water - Deccan Herald

Elephants break into Kerala farm to drink clean water - Deccan Herald | The Living Springs | Scoop.it
Elephants break into Kerala farm to drink clean water Deccan Herald Wild elephants have been breaking into a state government-owned livestock farm in Kerala's popular hill station Munnar to drink clean water as the water in the town's Mattupetty...
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Benefits of Organic Farming

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Benefits of Organic Farming

The benefits of organic farming are manifold. First, organic farming benefits people directly by producing safe, nutritious foods that are free from the potentially harmful chemicals used in synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Second, organic farming also benefits the environment by utilizing methods that help preserve biodiversity and conserve natural resources such as soil, water, and energy.

Given the relatively higher cost of operating organic farms and gardens, more and more people are still turning to the practice of organic farming. Incidentally, more and more people are also consuming organically grown products. Obviously, both are due in large part to the fact that the perceived benefits of producing and consuming organic products far outweigh the disadvantages.

So why do many farmers insist on practicing organic agriculture techniques when conventional methods and practices are currently more profitable?

By working in harmony with nature, organic farming delivers long-term benefits to people and the environment. Compared with conventional agriculture, it preserves soil fertility more effectively. Organic farming also uses methods for controlling pests and diseases that do not harm the environment. By not using synthetic chemicals, organic farming ensures that the local water supply remains safe and clean. By utilizing only readily available resources, organic farmers get to save the money that will otherwise be spent for additional farming inputs.

The benefits of organic farming are highlighted when considered in the context of conventional agriculture’s negative effects. In conventional agriculture, synthetic chemicals from pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides gets easily transported from the soil to the water system, polluting rivers, lakes, and other water courses. Prolonged exposure to synthetic fertilizers depletes the soil’s organic matter content, which in turn reduces the soil’s resistance to erosion. Prolonged use of synthetic fertilizers also makes soils too dependent on the chemicals such that more amounts of fertilizer are needed every year just to harvest the same yield level. Synthetic pesticides and fertilizers destroy most microorganisms in the soil—even the beneficial ones—resulting to poor soil structure and deficient nutrient content. Synthetic and health-damaging chemicals tend to stay in the soil, eventually entering the food chain to be consumed by humans.

To effectively deliver the potential benefits of organic farming, farmers rely heavily on sustainable agricultural techniques such as green manure, composting, crop rotation, and natural methods of weed, pest, and fungus control. While employing these techniques, organic farmers also strictly restrict the use of genetically-modified organisms (GMO’s) and synthetic chemicals, thereby ensuring the harvesting of healthy, nutritious produce.

To conserve and enhance soil quality, organic farmers use recycled and composted crop wastes and manure. Organic farmers also practice crop rotation. To control pests, diseases and weeds, organic farmers plan crop sequence and use resistant varieties. Farmers also allow natural predators to control plant pests first before seriously using organic pesticides.

Given these benefits, there are also downsides to organic farming, however. For one thing, organic produce costs considerably more than their commercial counterparts simply because organic farming is costlier to operate. Nonetheless, given the consistently demonstrated environmental benefits of organic crops, at least trying them out is good choice, especially for people who can afford them or who care deeply for the environment and biodiversity.


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Solutions to the World Water Crisis Requires International Cooperation

Solutions to the World Water Crisis Requires International Cooperation | The Living Springs | Scoop.it

March 23, 2013 - The Energy Collective

Sharing water across international boundaries is a complex international challenge that requires coordinated water policy formulation and responsible governance...http://theenergycollective.com/globalwarmingisreal/201896/solutions-world-water-crisis-requires-international-cooperation

 

PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC SERVICES LIMITING ACCESS TO PUBLIC INFORMATION http://sco.lt/7Btkun

 

WHY BUSINESS NEEDS TO WAKE UP TO WATER WASTE http://sco.lt/50iZGb

 


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The (Other) UN Cholera Whitewash

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There is understandable outrage over the United Nation’s reaction to its role in first creating and then denying responsibility for Haiti’s cholera outbreak in 2010 that killed 8,000 people.  But last week another UN cholera denial story garnered less attention, this time in Zimbabwe following a UN tribunal ruling in Nairobi. (Al-Jazeera is the only major news outlet I found that covered the story.)

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This could be avoided with water purification systems

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Water Purification Demonstration Project in San Diego

Water Purification Demonstration Project in San Diego | The Living Springs | Scoop.it
City of San Diego Public Utilities - Water maintains and operates water lines, water treatment plants, pressure zones and offers public recreational use of its reservoirs
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