"Following Instinct" : Amaryllis Fox is the founder and CEO of mulu, an online tool-making global publishers' content shoppable for charity. Amaryllis described Mulu's mission as: "We're trying to use peoples' good taste in gadgets, books or shoes to help build health clinics in Sudan." Fox is a veteran of aid worlk along the Thai-Burmese border.
Mulu's model is centered around splitting affiliate revenue with users and users' charities. In February, 2012 Forbes highlighted this model as a transparent alternative to other social sharing sites collecting affiliate revenue without disclosing or splitting with users. Follow @amaryllisfox and @mulu on Twitter
Imagine a world where drones fly the skies -- but the drones aren't for warfare. Instead they're delivering packages, leapfrogging traditional infrastructure to create a world connected by tiny, nonviolent drones.
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Paula is a Brazilian Architect and Urbanist specialized in sustainable building: performance and design. Her work is inspired by the idea of employing a holistic approach to architectural and urban design by following ecological energy efficiency principles. She is currently working at adapting green technologies to the Brazilian construction method via passive and active design strategies along with an award winning team of architects and engineers at Tecverde Engineering. - See more at: http://earth2hub.com/people/paula_baptista
Lindsay Stradley, Co-Founder and CEO, Sanergy: Working at Sanergy in Kenya in franchising out low-cost toilet units to on-the-ground entrepreneurs, and then collecting the waste for conversion to fertilizer and electricity. Follow Lindsay on @LindsayStradley
Winifred "Winnie" Byanyima is a Ugandan aeronautical engineer, politician and diplomat. With a background as a grass-roots activist, human rights advocate, senior international public servant, and world recognized expert on women's rights, she has served as the Director of the Gender Team, in the Bureau for Development Policy at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She has been appointed Executive Director of Oxfam International a role that provides strategic direction and coordination for the worldwide confederation of Oxfam affiliates.
During the last years Eva-Lena has been working on a consultant basis for the rural development village owned company Visions in the Vuollerim Area, VIVA. Both as coordinator during the development phase of Hotel Vuollerim and later to market the Vuollerim area and make it known to the public through the company Lapland Vuollerim Welcomes You. Eva-Lena is very committed to rural development and cooperation, trusting the potential in all people.
Lapland Vuollerim Welcomes You markets the unexplored pearls touching the Arctic Circle in Vuollerim, Swedish Lapland. Here visitors have the opportunity to directly experience the arctic lifestyle of Sweden’s far north while enjoying five- star experiences and world class hospitality all year round! Here you are welcomed, not only by the Hotels but by the entire village! Lapland Vuollerim is a new socially responsible business owned by Villagers and reinvest 100% of our profits into the local economy and resources.
The village company Lapland Vuollerim Welcomes You is the result of a fresh initiative by an entire region, where people have a rich history of rolling up their sleeves, coming together and working with the regions best interest at heart.
This village of 800 people is now home to five cooperatively owned village companies, around 50 associations and as many privately owned companies. In other words, the village holds a strong entrepreneurial and community spirit.
Olivia Knight is a socialist, a feminist and an environmentalist. "Now that I’m starting my own business I’m hoping to prove that my isms are compatible with enterprise!"
"We launch Patchwork Present* in February. It’s a site that lets friends come together to collectively fund a single gift or experience that is really wanted. It’s about helping people meet needs in tough economic times and also about reducing the amount of unwanted gifts that end up in landfill! I don’t think I’m starting a wave so much as joining one – a really important and powerful movement that challenges conventional consumption and instead celebrates a more creative, collaborative and resourceful approach to living … and giving" Follow Olivia on Twitter on @projectpatchwrk
Leanne is the founder and director of The Movement Factory and the founder and programme manager of The Bruk Out community performing arts programme. She founded Bruk Out when she was just 15 and has fund raised over £150,000 for her programme of community dance work. Since this time she has gone on to produce the award winning Get It On the Floor, yearly dance competition when she was just 22. Get it On the floor was also filmed for MTV’s production "Good 4 the Hood" in 2009 and Keep it moving dance showcase, hosted annually by comedian Richard Blackwood.
It has always been clear to me that the biggest problem affecting the youth of London's poorer communities isn't the crime or the minimal opportunities; it is much more deep-rooted than that. It is their lack of self-worth, low self-esteem and demotivation. So many young people don't know how to think highly of themselves and despite the bravado they present to their peers, they are seriously lacking the confidence needed to shape a better future for themselves.
I wanted to create a project that would address the correlation between poor self-worth and an under-privileged future, and I wanted to change this pattern by equipping young people with the skills and the confidence needed to find employment and better their lives. I have always believed that dance can do this."
ECHOstore Sustainable Lifestyle is the first concept store of its kind in the Philippines.
ECHO is the acronym for Environment & Community Hope OrganizationSTORE. In one place, you can get everything you need to start you on your way to living a sustainable lifestyle.
Founders and directors Reena Francisco, Jeannie Javelosa and Chit Juan say: "We've embraced the Four "P"s: People, Planet, Profit and Pneuma (or spirit that gives us the passion to continue our mission-led business. Yes we are a for-profit company, but with heart to see the social issues and the gaps that need to be filled. We give market access to small or marginalized groups, bridging the gap to bring products to the hands of people who need and can appreciate them." @ECHOstore www.echostore.ph
"Katie Brown is the founder and Director of consulting boutique Connected Wellbeing. It’s tempting to describe it as ‘niche’ but for reasons that will become apparent, that’s something of a misnomer. Digital wellbeing - this is the generally accepted term for the world in which Katie works - is a global market said to be worth around $2trillion. That’s $2trillion for something that a great many of us would probably have trouble defining. Digital technology, she said, creates a footprint. It’s a track record and history that would otherwise be destroyed or distorted by memory. She explained that when the Samaritans implemented one of the most commonplace digital technologies – email – there was a noticeable increase in the numbers of people accessing services." Article by Hatty Richmond.
Cynthia Coredo is Programme Manager at Boxgirls Kenya, and her work involves designing and coordinating programmes and projects that builds girls and young women holistically, giving them an opportunity to be agents of positive social change in their communities.
"At Boxgirls, we have been in a position to produce top women athletes who have come from poor backgrounds and communities. Three years ago this women saw themselves as people who had no positive future of being what they wanted to be. Boxgirls was able to produce the first woman to represent Kenya in the 2012 Olympics for boxing competition." Read further...
Kim Jordan co-founded one of America’s most successful craft breweries, New Belgium, along with her husband Jeff Lebesch. Now the company’s CEO, Jordan was instrumental not only in bringing the company from a tiny two-person operation to selling beer in 26 states, but also in making New Belgium truly sustainable. The brewing company is 100% wind-powered and employee-owned, with a sustainability team visiting each department on a regular basis to make sure operations are as green as possible.
Through smart cuts to waste, energy and water usage, New Belgium has become a leading example of how breweries can take a sustainable route to profitability. The company is about to open a new brewery in Asheville, North Carolina, where it will revitalize an industrial brownfield and create new parks and greenways. More on New Belgium http://www.newbelgium.com and on twitter @newbelgium
Created by LanVy Nguyen, Fashion4Freedom is an independent fashion house founded on the basis of Fair Trade, Ethical Production, Community Development, and Social Justice for those exploited for their labor, youth, and bonded by their poverty. With their communities of craftsmen, artisans, designers, and ethical manufacturing partners, they seek to change current garment production practices.
Millions of children are "employed" for us to wear jeans...
In January 2008, Kate Clopeck was pursuing research on household water treatment in Ghana as part of a Master’s in Technology and Policy at MIT. It was there that she met fellow MIT engineering student Vanessa Green – today the CEO of local power electronics startupOnChip Power - and began plotting what would become Community Water Solutions, the nonprofit she now runs.
Shabnam is a bit like an environmental Macgyver, with great perception of situations and her mind jumps directly to work on developing solutions. This applies to her work as well as her own life... "My company is Recompose. What I do: consult on sustainable trends and solutions, facilitate sustainable solutions design, use collective intelligence methods to foster collaboration within, or among, teams and organizations' www.recompose.it
In a passionate keynote at the Women of the Future Summit, Special Representative to Muslim Communities to the US Department of State Farah Pandith talks about encouraging innovators and the importance of bringing more women into public service.
Rohini Nilekani, Chair and founder of Arghyam. This ex-journalist, writer and philanthropist has personally endowed Arghyam in India to fund initiatives in “safe, sustainable water for all.”... Follow Arghyam on twitter @Arghyam_Grants
In November 2012, 4 women from Saskatchewan, Canada (Indigenous and non Indigenous) decided that they could no longer stay silent in the face of what is a legislative attack on First Nation people and the lands and waters across the country. Together, Sylvia McAdam, Jess Gordon, Nina Wilson and Sheelah Mclean started organizing ‘teach-ins’ in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert to start bringing awareness to Bill C 45. “Bill C 45 is not just about a budget, it is a direct attack on First Nations lands and on the bodies of water we all share from across this country.” says McAdam. The Bill brings forward changes specifically to the Indian Act that will lower the threshold of community consent in the designation and surrender process of Indian Reserve Lands. McLean reminds that bill is about everyone. She says “the changes they are making to the environmental legislation is stunning in terms of the protections it will take away from the bodies of water – rivers and lakes, across the country". She further adds, “ how can we not all be concerned about that?”
Ann is Executive Director of consultancy Advocacy International, which undertakes research and advises governments and organizations on matters relating to international finance and sustainable development. Advocacy International has worked with the Nigerian, Guyanese and Ethiopian governments, and advised the Global Fund for Aids, the Queen of Jordan and the Norwegian and British governments as well as prominent NGOs. She currently advises a group of British churches on their climate change campaign, Operation Noah. In 2009 the Ecologist Magazine nominated Ann Pettifor as a “Visionary” – for her work on the ‘Green New Deal’. Later, in September 2009 the Times described her as “a member of that select club, the seers who saw it all coming.” Britain’s Independent newspaper described her as ‘the genius’ behind the Jubilee 2000 campaign – which led to the cancellation of approximately $100 billion of debt owed by more than 40 countries.
Meenu Vadhera is an entrepreneur who has triumphed both as a social entrepreneur and as a women entrepreneur. She has been able to make a prominent forte; the reason being her work is first social deliverable and thereafter a profit making end. Her company Sakha Cabs provides trained women chauffeurs and women drivers in totality providing safer transport to women; the USP of Sakha Cabs is livelihood with dignity. Meenu states the need for such kind of service is so large in India and she states it would be great if other entrepreneurs' also plan to venture in it.
"Everybody knows the words ‘eco’ or ‘organic’, even ‘bamboo’, but not everyone appreciates the importance of ethical production and the consideration of the people who produce our clothes and other material things. n France, the vintage and second-hand shopping trend is not as strong as it is in the UK Improving people’s shopping habits to the point where they can wear and buy ‘old’ or second hand clothes and still feel good, chic and proud of their items would be a huge step for recycling, re-using and generally cutting down on clothing being thrown out and wasted. To make this happen: talk, promote, share, share and share some more via word of mouth, friends, social media and through Lost Travel TShirt’s own lookbooks and styling pics. I follow the eco-shopping challenge by only wearing ethical, eco, organic, second-hand or vintage pieces and have already mixed some great outfits and looks…!" read more... @losttravelt
Some people wear their heart on their sleeve. Now a few may take to wearing their eco-credentials too, in the form of jeans that work the same way as catalytic converters in cars...
In 2004, Professor Helen Storey's life changed when, through her biologist sister, she "re-discovered science" and had a meeting of minds with Professor Ryan, from Sheffield University. The pair started working on a green science and fashion collaboration called Wonderland, which developed into Catalytic Clothing. Their eureka moment came when they realised that microscopic particles of titanium oxide, which is contained in glass, paving stones and sun cream, worked as a pollution-buster when sprayed on clothes.They found that the particles were able to grip on to the millions of fibres in the material and had a greater effect due to the constant movement of the fabric while being worn. This is because titanium oxide needs light and airflow to catalyse and turn noxious gases into harmless, water-soluble nitrates.
Professor Storey said: "It seemed to be particularly effective on denim jeans and then we realised there were more denim jeans on the planet than people."
Cyndi is Worn Again’s Chief Executive and leads the company in its mission to find innovative and cost-effective solutions to corporate textile waste while helping to lead a scaleable manufacturing industry in the UK which is replicable worldwide.
With a background in film making and 9 years awareness-raising and engaging new audiences in social and environmental issues, Cyndi is driven by her passion and determination to use business as a platform to create a zero waste future in textiles.
Cyndi is a multi-awarding winning social entrepreneur, founder of Anti-Apathy and co-founder of Worn Again and the RE:Fashion Awards, the world’s first ethical fashion awards.
Free Angela & All Political Prisoners’ is a feature-length documentary about Angela Davis and the high stakes crime, political movement, and trial that catapults the 26 year-old newly appointed philosophy professor at the University of California at Los Angeles into a seventies revolutionary political icon. Nearly forty years later, and for the first time, Angela Davis speaks frankly about the actions that branded her as a terrorist and simultaneously spurred a worldwide political movement for her freedom. Directed by Shola Lynch.