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Thirteen facts about wage growth

The expectation of rising living standards, with each generation doing better than the one before, has long been a given. More recently, that expectation has diminished—and with good reason. One of the best measures economists

Blockchains and responsible business

Contracts, transaction and their record form the foundation of our economic, legal and political systems. They help protect assets and set boundaries of an organisation. They are critical to establishing the and verifying identities and

This Tiny Country Feeds the World

In a potato field near the Netherlands’ border with Belgium, Dutch farmer Jacob van den Borne is seated in the cabin of an immense harvester before an instrument panel worthy of the

Employee Ownership

Franklin Street Marketing transforms to an employee-owned company

Faced with winding down his 30-plus-year career with the company he founded, Will Flynn thought briefly about trying to sell the business. His company, Chesterfield County-based Franklin Street Marketing, has a solid reputation in the

Senator Gillibrand Advocates for Legislation to Encourage Employee Ownership

Earlier this week, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) visited Nunda—a small community of 3,000 people located 20 miles due south of Geneseo and a little over 60 miles east-southeast of Buffalo—to meet with 70 or so

How Phantom Equity Can Drive Engagement

It’s a common enough entrepreneurial scenario. You shed blood, sweat, and tears to get your company off the ground. Now it’s up, running, and doing well. But many of your employees weren’t there for the

Environment

Researchers make headway in desalination technology

The need for practical desalinization technology is rising in the context of global climate change. Coastal regions, where the rise of seawater could encroach upon and contaminate groundwater aquifers, present just one area of concern.

4 Indian states produce over 50% of India’s green energy

In 1985, Tamil Nadu established the Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency to promote the use of new and renewable energy. Three decades later, the state leads the country in clean energy, generating around one-fifth of

Storage is renewable energy’s greatest challenge — this low-cost sulfur battery may help

Motivated by the challenge to drastically reduce the cost of storing renewable energy on the grid while capturing more of it, a group of scientists has developed a battery powered by sulfur, air, water, and

Poverty and Prosperity

Entrepreneur inspires girls to pursue education

Roberta Lindal’s start-up began with a ‘happily ever after’. Lindal, BA’14, credits an early mentor for sparking her idea to create clothing that inspires girls to pursue their education, and help others who face incredible

Handle with care: The challenge of fragility

Despite enormous gains in poverty reduction and a long, steady drop in global violence over the past 70 years, progress is stubbornly stalled in those states considered most fragile. In the last decade, rising levels

Car Dependence Is a Poverty Trap That States Exploit to Raise Money

Never doubt that the American system of transportation is oppressive. In the average American city, access to a car is practically a prerequisite to securing employment. Knowing this, state and local governments in much of

Health

Making Healthier Decisions, Step by Step

Nobody wakes up expecting they’ll make unhealthy choices, but the daily grind can compromise our otherwise healthy intentions: fast food instead of a home-cooked meal because we’re exhausted; driving instead of walking to the grocery

How Virtual Healthcare Vans Are Taking High-Quality Medical Technology to Rural Areas

India has a dismal doctor-to-patient ratio – around 1:1,900, against the UN-prescribed 1:1,000. The disparity is especially high in rural areas, with about 70 per cent of the country’s population living there. The situation is

Ridiculously healthy’ elderly have the same gut microbiome as healthy 30 year-olds

In one of the largest microbiota studies conducted in humans, researchers at Western University, Lawson Health Research Institute and Tianyi Health Science Institute in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, China have shown a potential link between healthy aging

Impact Investing

Searching for Impact

The field of impact investing is growing rapidly with nearly $114 billion of total impact assets currently under management. As the sector continues grows, the need for new and innovative impact investment products will also

Putting The Impact In Impact Investing: 28 Funds Building A Credible, Transparent Marketplace

This week, thousands will gather in San Francisco for SOCAP17, the world’s largest gathering for the growing marketplace of impact investing. If this marketplace grows as some predict (hope?), impact investing could be one of the

Impact Investing—Five Trends Advisors Need to Know

Impact investing is one of the hottest topics on advisors’ radar screens, with studies showing expanding interest among key client groups, rapid growth in assets under management and widespread adoption among investors seeking to align

Financial Wellness (also on sister website PFEEF.org)

The new reality of old age in America

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Richard Dever had swabbed the campground shower stalls and emptied 20 garbage cans, and now he climbed slowly onto a John Deere mower to cut a couple acres of grass. “I’m going to

Latinos Seeking Retirement Planning Assistance from Employers

More than half (71%) of middle-income Hispanics feel they are behind on preparing for retirement as opposed to 63% of the general population, according to a recent study commissioned by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company.

Will FinTech Spur More Millennials to Invest

Today’s morose Millennials, criticised for potentially killing the NFL and the napkin industry, are tomorrow’s financiers. Worse than killing the NFL and napkin industry, Millennials broadly feel indifferent towards finance. This sets a poor precedent for the future.

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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 hear from a series of speakers on topics like Responsible Leadership, Honoring the Entrepreneurs, Employee Ownership, Mentoring, Crowdsourcing &

How The Rich View The Poor

More than four years have passed since the Occupy Wall Street movement divided the country into percentages, calling the 99 percent out against the 1 percent. A voice was raised from Zucotti Park in New York City demanding reform

“Ten Commandments” of Personal Finance

I was recently speaking with someone about the personal financial challenges that I have observed over time. Toward the end of our conversation the person I was speaking with stated that, “It would likely be

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