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Opening a New Energy Map, Featuring Top Trends from 42 Social Enterprises | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise

Opening a New Energy Map, Featuring Top Trends from 42 Social Enterprises | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise | Center for Science, Technology, and Society | Scoop.it
Check out this post on NextBillion.net about the release of our Energy Map with Ayllu!
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South Africa’s race to a clean energy future has started

South Africa’s race to a clean energy future has started | Center for Science, Technology, and Society | Scoop.it
In the past few weeks we have seen the Energy [R]evolution gather pace with two of the world’s leading economies, Japan and Germany, actively stepping away from dangerous energy resources, in particular nuclear energy following the Fukushima...
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Driving our Nation Toward America's Clean Energy Future

Driving our Nation Toward America's Clean Energy Future | Center for Science, Technology, and Society | Scoop.it
"America needs to lead in clean transportation. Government action like this shows that we can in fact achieve our clean energy goals, even as it primes the pump for key American industries to grab a competitive edge." Roy Durham, Corp.
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Govt plans to overhaul GB

Govt plans to overhaul GB | Center for Science, Technology, and Society | Scoop.it
The government has planned to raise its stake in the Grameen Bank and establish control over its lucrative sister firms in a move that will transform the Nobel winning micro-lender into another state-owned bank.

The finance ministry has outlined the plan in a 14-point blueprint, which follows the controversial sacking of the Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus from the micro-lender he founded in 1983.

The US-trained former economics professor was fired from the Grameen Bank on March 2 — a move he challenged futilely for the last two months in the country’s highest court.

The central bank removed Yunus, 70, citing he was illegally holding the position of the managing director, as he has crossed Grameen Bank’s mandatory retirement age of 60 years more than a decade ago.
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NESTA - A conversation with Professor Muhammad Yunus

NESTA - A conversation with Professor Muhammad Yunus | Center for Science, Technology, and Society | Scoop.it
Date: 24.05.2011 09:30 - 11:00

Location: NESTA, 1 Plough Place, London, EC4A 1DE

Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, the founder of Grameen Bank and champion of social business will be at NESTA for a morning seminar on Tuesday 24th May 2011.

You can watch this event live from 9.30 - 11.00am.

Send in your questions now via Twitter using the hashtag #yunusnesta and we will include as many as possible in the event.
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Powering Economic Opportunity: Create a World that Works

Powering Economic Opportunity: Create a World that Works | Center for Science, Technology, and Society | Scoop.it
eBay Foundation and Ashoka’s Changemakers are launching this online competition to find the world’s most innovative market-based solutions that create economic opportunity and generate employment for disadvantaged populations.
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Beyond $1.50 a Day | Global Poverty Project

Beyond $1.50 a Day | Global Poverty Project | Center for Science, Technology, and Society | Scoop.it
For those of you who have joined us in the Live Below the Line campaign this month, you know how challenging it was to try and buy all your food and drink for 5 days with only $1.50 (or £1 in UK or $2 in AU) a day to raise awareness about extreme poverty. And many of you quickly realised that living on that amount per day for all of your expenses would be impossible for most of us, which is why it’s so unjust for 1.4 billion people to be forced to live on that amount every day.

But would having to live on just $4 a day be any better? Or even $10 a day?

The average income of an American family is $31,244 for those in the bottom 90% of the country’s income group, which equates to about $85.60 a day.

A recent article on the Economist online points out when referencing the number of people living above the poverty line of $2 per day, "a little bit of bad luck—a single bad harvest, for example—may be all it takes to send them back to living below the poverty line."
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What’s Cooler Than a Million Dollars? Changing a Million Lives

What’s Cooler Than a Million Dollars? Changing a Million Lives | Center for Science, Technology, and Society | Scoop.it
Henry Ford once said that a business that makes nothing but money is a poor business. Impact investing takes that idea to a new level.

Impact investors look for businesses that have a positive social or environmental impact as well as the potential for financial return. These enterprises can be anything from schools to mobile carriers serving the poor. Can profit-led companies solve social problems? Impact investors think they can.

One of the pioneers in the field is the Omidyar Network, created by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, and his wife Pam. Amy Klement, who leads Omidyar Network’s Access to Capital initiative (and previously headed up payments at PayPal) told me that Omidyar’s approach to philanthropy was formed by eBay. “By providing tools and a platform, he saw what people could do with opportunities. Ebay created more than 1 million new entrepreneurs” Klement said.
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Report: Top 10 clean-energy states identified

Report: Top 10 clean-energy states identified | Center for Science, Technology, and Society | Scoop.it
Comprehensive study looks at policy, patents, capital, and cars to determine which states are experiencing biggest green-tech renaissance. Read this blog post by Candace Lombardi on Green Tech.
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Social enterprise: seize the challenge - Public Service

Social enterprise: seize the challenge - Public Service | Center for Science, Technology, and Society | Scoop.it
As the public sector shrinks, can its surplus staff be equipped with the skills to seize the social enterprise challenge? Professor Peter Latchford suggests public servants should start thinking like the private sector

The ongoing rationalisation of government departments and the emerging trend towards the co-delivery of services will inevitably lead to widespread downsizing, redeployment, retraining, and, unfortunately, redundancies.

But if public services continue to be delivered in the same way as in the past, this loss of funding and manpower risks lower quality or less provision.

However, there is the potential to change the way public services are procured and delivered for the better. By encouraging social enterprises and nurturing competition among them, a market situation is created where quality and value for money win out and poor service is met with a change in supplier.

For competent frontline staff with in-depth knowledge of the needs of the people in the places they live, time on their hands, and an entrepreneurial spirit, there has never been a better time to join or create a social enterprise.
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