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5 facts you need to know about fossil fuel divestment

5 facts you need to know about fossil fuel divestment | Social change through social innovation | Scoop.it
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The divest-invest movement was born in 2011 on just half a dozen US campuses where students called on colleges to stop investing in coal, natural gas and oil companies. Last week, the Rockefellers, who made their vast fortune from oil, pledged to divest a large chunk of their investments from fossil fuels. Here are some facts I put together about the movement.

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Women are much more powerful in agriculture than you might think

Women are much more powerful in agriculture than you might think | Social change through social innovation | Scoop.it
Many women work in accounting, marketing, sales and other mid-level roles in agriculture, but their influence is often hidden
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My interview with Willy Foote, founder and chief executive of Root Capital. The  non-profit social investment fund lends capital, delivers financial training and strengthens market connections for small and growing agricultural businesses in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America.

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US boosts public-private partnerships to grow impact investing

US boosts public-private partnerships to grow impact investing | Social change through social innovation | Scoop.it
USAID invests $6.3 million with three partners, leveraging $40 million in total benefits to social enterprises
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How Analytics Drive Innovative Financial Services for the Poor | CGAP

Digital platforms for financial services are one way to increase financial inclusion. In 2013, the Financial Services for the Poor team at the Gates Foundation released a new framework for digital money innovation, exploring the possibilities within digital financial services by asking some big “what if” questions. Analytics, which cut across other innovation areas while accelerating and improving financial services for the poor, are key in this framework.

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Indian social entrepreneurs battle bureaucracy, need help to expand

Indian social entrepreneurs battle bureaucracy, need help to expand | Social change through social innovation | Scoop.it
India's numerous small social enterprises need government and private help to expand and do more to help the poor, both at home and abroad
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Millennials Will Drive Impact Investments

Millennials Will Drive Impact Investments | Social change through social innovation | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, the World Economic Forum published a report discussing the rising potential of impact...
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The transfer of wealth from baby boomers to their children is a key driver for impact investing - investments that don't look just for a financial return but also to create solutions to the worrld's most pressing problems

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Social entrepreneurs search for the "Good Economy", long-term strategies, better data and ... money

Social entrepreneurs search for the "Good Economy", long-term strategies, better data and ... money | Social change through social innovation | Scoop.it
Conference hopes to bring together investors and firms doing socially useful work in developing countries so they can both do good and make a return on their money.
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My interview with Kevin Jones, co-founder and convener of SOCAP

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What happens when a social enterprise and an oil giant join forces?

What happens when a social enterprise and an oil giant join forces? | Social change through social innovation | Scoop.it
Solar lamps will have a growing role to play in providing inexpensive and safe evening lights in parts of the world without the money or grid access for electricity, or in places looking for more sustainable sources of light...
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Social enterprise d.light and Total teamed up to sell solar-powered lamps - and the partnership brought challenges for both 

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Cameroon’s Nina Tchangoue on Why She Cares About Educating Girls… and Why You Should Too

Cameroon’s Nina Tchangoue on Why She Cares About Educating Girls… and Why You Should Too | Social change through social innovation | Scoop.it

"Bertheline Nina Tchangoue is a real superstar. [...] 

She’s shaking things up as a prominent member of the movement to improve quality learning for girls in her native Cameroon. And she’s a member of the UN Global Education First Youth Advocacy Group, so you know that when Nina speaks, world leaders are listening.

Women Thrive Worldwide caught up with Nina at the July 2013 United Nations Youth General Assembly to talk about one of the most significant issues of the 21st Century – educating the world’s girls."

 


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How Does the World Bank Think About Scaling Innovation?

How Does the World Bank Think About Scaling Innovation? | Social change through social innovation | Scoop.it
“The days of thinking about the World Bank or any single university as the global repository of knowledge and expertise are gone.
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An interview with  World Bank Institute Director of Innovation Labs Aleem Walji

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FACTBOX: How social enterprise is thriving in Britain

FACTBOX: How social enterprise is thriving in Britain | Social change through social innovation | Scoop.it
Key facts from "The People's Business" report by Social Enterprise UK
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The Role of Social Enterprise in Local Economic Development | Local Economic Development Network of Africa

The Role of Social Enterprise in Local Economic Development | Local Economic Development Network of Africa | Social change through social innovation | Scoop.it
Interesting blog from @ledna The Role of Social Enterprise in Local Economic Development http://t.co/KMg82r87az
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Social Innovation or Natural Coevolution?

Social Innovation or Natural Coevolution? | Social change through social innovation | Scoop.it
"Social innovation implies a paradigm change Innovation is essential for society, because it is the principal mechanism by which societies create and sustain competitive advantage. According to various sources, social innovation implies a paradigm change, or, in other words, it challenges an assembly of beliefs – possessed by an individual, a group or a civilization – that defend as certain and makes them set against the acceptance of other
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INTERVIEW-Money speaks louder than words in climate change fight

INTERVIEW-Money speaks louder than words in climate change fight | Social change through social innovation | Scoop.it
The move to divest from fossil fuels could be an important shift in efforts to tackle climate change
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A growing movement of individuals and institutions selling off shares linked to fossil fuels got a big boost on Monday when the Rockefellers, who made their fortune from oil, along with other philanthropists and rich individuals, announced pledges to divest a total of $50 billion from dirty energy assets. 

 

Chuck Collins, co-founder of Divest-Invest Individual, told me in an interview that the movement has the power to galvanise global efforts to halt climate change.

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EXCLUSIVE: Conservation of Amazon threatened by poor social conditions of its people - study

EXCLUSIVE: Conservation of Amazon threatened by poor social conditions of its people - study | Social change through social innovation | Scoop.it
Problems flagged in Social Progress Index include lack of clean water, violence, illiteracy and limited opportunities
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Governments must do more to grow impact investing - G8 taskforce chair Cohen

Governments must do more to grow impact investing - G8 taskforce chair Cohen | Social change through social innovation | Scoop.it
Growth of market in social good investments hampered by regulations despite huge demand
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I interviewed Sir Ronald Cohen, chair of the G8 Social Impact Investment task force at SOCAP 14, the conference that brings together social innovators and investors 

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Communities need private capital and public efforts to reap "resilience dividend"

Communities need private capital and public efforts to reap "resilience dividend" | Social change through social innovation | Scoop.it
More job opportunities, better coordination among government silos and greater social cohesion are among benefits to be gained from innovations in social finance
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Treating India's wastewater: why inaction is no longer an option - The Guardian

Treating India's wastewater: why inaction is no longer an option - The Guardian | Social change through social innovation | Scoop.it
The Guardian Treating India's wastewater: why inaction is no longer an option The Guardian The water required to serve this population today is 740bn cubic metres per year (compared to 102bn cubic metres per year for the UK).
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New database aims to crack lack of information in impact investing

New database aims to crack lack of information in impact investing | Social change through social innovation | Scoop.it
Impact investing, a nascent financial sector designed to generate social and environmental benefits as well as financial returns, is gaining traction but suffers from a lack of comprehensive data about deals and the actual impact investments are...
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My interview with the founders of ImpactSpace, billed as a first-of-its-kind database, hopes to make information about the impact investing market available to everyone -and maintainable by anyone—and to provide a comprehensive picture of the companies, investors and deals in the sector

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Social Impact Investment Taskforce takes shape at SOCAP

Social Impact Investment Taskforce takes shape at SOCAP | Social change through social innovation | Scoop.it
According to a recent report by investment bank JP Morgan, impact investors plan to commit $9 billion in 2013, up from $8 billion the previous year and with a predicted market opportunity of between $200 and $650 billion in the next decade...
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A global consortium of leading social finance experts was formally announced this month during the SOCAP social capital markets conference - it's part of a commitment made by the G8 Social Impact Investment Forum earlier this year

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New platform seeks to boost seed-stage investing of social enterprises

New platform seeks to boost seed-stage investing of social enterprises | Social change through social innovation | Scoop.it
Donor advised funds provide a straightforward, low-cost way to make grants to ventures supporting the causes an investor cares most about, and all the earned growth is tax-free
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Albanian Women Crowdfund to Expand Their Business

Albanian Women Crowdfund to Expand Their Business | Social change through social innovation | Scoop.it

Diana is an Albanian mother who has established her workshop for traditional handicrafts in the historic city of Shkodra. Diana’s family produces household textiles in loom, a technique passed down through generations for more than 150 years. This old textile tradition in Shkodra is kept alive through innovation and the creativity of the artisans by using original designs while introducing new types of products that keep up with modern tastes and trends.


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Social entrepreneurs dare to change the world

Social entrepreneurs dare to change the world | Social change through social innovation | Scoop.it
Jeff Skoll and Sally Osberg say pioneers in social change are using lessons learned from business to tackle the world's biggest problems

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Great examples of social enterprise in action in this op/ed by the top duo at the Skoll Foundation

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Social enterprises outperform private sector in Britain

Social enterprises outperform private sector in Britain | Social change through social innovation | Scoop.it
Prioritising profit does not always yield the best results, according to findings from the latest survey of social enterprises in the UK
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Top 20 Innovation Articles – June 2013

Top 20 Innovation Articles – June 2013 | Social change through social innovation | Scoop.it
Check out Top 20 Innovation Articles – June 2013 on the Innovation app. Looking to spark some creativity or need some inspiration for a new idea?
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