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Business – Social Enterprise

Social Enterprise Bean Voyage Giving Women Farmers More Control, More Income

A young social enterprise nonprofit called Bean Voyage is seeking to dramatically increase the incomes of women farmers by cutting middlemen from the supply chain, improving quality and leveraging an e-commerce platform for

Social Enterprise Initiative

The Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI) at Harvard Business School generates and shares knowledge that helps individuals and organizations create social value in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. By integrating social enterprise-related research, teaching, and

Can Measures Change the World?

It is often said that “what gets measured gets done.” This common phrase implicitly frames measurement not just as a tool for capturing information about systems but also as an intervention itself. This belief

Employee Ownership

What can be done for the suffering working class in the US?

The low income working class is one of the largest groups in America.  You can spot its members working at Wal-Mart or McDonalds, in large or small factories, in clerical jobs, and toiling in agricultural

In it together

Unity of purpose is something most business owners strive for but ultimately struggle with. It can be difficult to bring people together without shared ideals and common goals, especially if most of the parties involved

Why ESOPs are a complete failure in India

While Silicon Valley companies like Facebook and Google have created thousands of millionaires through stock option programs, the same financial instruments are producing misery in India. Despite a surge in the number of startups, few

Environment

Farmland could be used to sustainably offset America’s entire carbon footprint

Amid the roaring debate on how to curb climate change in Bonn last year, an impasse was finally broken on agriculture. Both a cause and casualty of climate change, our food system accounts for up

Stanford engineers develop a new method of keeping the lights on if the world turns to 100% clean, renewable energy

Renewable energy solutions are often hindered by the inconsistencies of power produced by wind, water and sunlight and the continuously fluctuating demand for energy. New research by Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and

Solar project for social enterprise

A social enterprise is planning the next stages of its development, including how it will use its £30,000 funding boost. Wallsend-based Northern Community Power (NCP) received the grant through Big Potential in August. Big Potential

Poverty and Prosperity

Rising homelessness requires a new approach to fighting poverty

House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Trump have pledged to revamp our nation’s welfare system for the first time since 1994. These changes could not come soon enough. The War on Poverty, which was launched

Can The World’s Underbanked Leapfrog On To A New Blockchain Financial System?

While cryptocurrencies are rocking the whole world at the moment, you can make a case that the impact of the underlying technology–blockchain–may be felt more in emerging nations than developed ones. At least in the

Poverty: American Style

In December last year, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, issued a statement on his 15-day fact-finding mission of some of the U.S.’s poorest neighborhoods.   Alston, the author of the quoted

Health

An American sickness: One doctor’s opinion

Since the late 1800s, American medicine has done more to relieve suffering and forestall death than any medical system ever. For the past 70 years all sectors of health care, public and the private, have

Nana Twum-Danso is connecting rural Ghana with prompt medical attention, one tricycle at a time

The issue about entrepreneurship is when you have an idea that you believe will make a difference and isn’t being done anywhere else, you should be willing to give it time, attention, money – whatever

The pioneer of India’s biotech industry was denied her first job for being a woman

After failing the exam for medical school, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw trained as a professional brewmaster. When no company in India’s male-dominated beer industry would hire her, despite her education and certification, she decided to start her

Impact Investing

Fit for the future: how ethical investing went mainstream

Ethical and sustainable investing is no longer simply about ditching cigarettes or saving trees. Investors are increasingly concerned about better returns and lower risks, says Sarah Moore. Late last year, Norway’s sovereign-wealth fund announced that

Sustainability experts: what’s wrong with impact investing

The lack of an accepted methodology to truly measure investment impact makes the adoption of sustainable development goals in listed  equities increasingly challenging. This was the core issue raised during a discussion on the hopes

The end of financial short termism? How EU financial policy overhaul could spur green investment surge

EU's High Level Expert Group report on Sustainable Finance has set out a raft of crucial recommendations to boost green investment - but will they unlock the long term vision the sector needs? Money talks,

Financial Wellness (also on sister website PFEEF.org)

Pay yourself first in 2018

A key principle to building wealth is saving money. Studies show that people who develop a habit of saving regularly, even small amounts are successful. Setting aside money helps to form a savings habit. This

4 trends in financial education

Employees’ financial well-being is a hot topic these days. Right now, it’s top-of-mind with most employees. And it’s becoming more so with employers, not only because they are realizing the effect employee financial stress has

China’s Impressive Trajectory Toward Universal Financial Inclusion

China has achieved remarkable success in financial inclusion over the last 15 years. Traditional financial service providers have dramatically increased the reach of the formal financial sector, including through the world’s largest agent banking network.

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These Poverty-Fighting Startups Are Slaying Silicon Valley’s Sacred Cows

“One of my ambitions is to help our users put more food on the table,” says Jimmy Chen, the founder of Propel. His company makes a mobile app called FreshEBT that helps people among the U.S.’s

Oxford Conference on Business and Poverty

Welcome to the second annual Oxford Business Fights Poverty Conference. As you view this summary of the conference you will read from a series of topics like Responsible Leadership, Honoring Entrepreneurs, Employee Ownership, Mentoring, Crowdsourcing & Addressing Poverty. Please

Isolationism, Business and War

Wars characterize the twentieth century, with the U.S. featuring as a significant player. The self-pronounced reputation of the U.S. as “rescuer of the world” continued at the turn of the century with 9/11 and the

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    (Reuters Health) - Heart devices that use software or wireless communications may be vulnerable to hacker attacks that could cause life-threatening malfunctions, U.S. cardiologists say.
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    (Reuters Health) - Sharing your “bucket list” could be easier than discussing end-of-life medical preferences, and it might be just as useful to your physician, researchers suggest.
  • Popular push for Austrian smoking ban gathers pace February 20, 2018
    VIENNA (Reuters) - More than 200,000 Austrians have signed a petition calling for a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, campaign organisers said - using one of the new right-wing government's signature policies to undermine another.
  • Genes might not predict success of low-fat or low-carb diet February 20, 2018
    (Reuters Health) - People who try to avoid junk food may lose similar amounts of weight on a low-carb or low-fat diet even when their genetics suggest that one of these options should be better for them, a U.S. study found.
  • U.S. to extend skimpy health insurance outside of Obamacare February 20, 2018
    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Tuesday proposed extending the availability of skimpy health insurance plans to millions of Americans in another Trump administration move aimed at undercutting the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare.