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Business – Social Enterprise

Social vs. Traditional Enterprise Is A False Dichotomy

A couple of weeks ago, former New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas published Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. Giridharadas deconstructs the role of the rich and powerful in modern society, and scrutinizes

The Politics of Impact

Impact investors seemingly have a great deal to celebrate. After decades of promoting the vision that capital should be managed with more than financial consideration alone, actors within sustainable, responsible and direct impact investing are

This index measures progress and sustainability better than GDP

Conventionally, economists use gross domestic product (GDP) to estimate the sustainability of the economy and the quality of societal welfare. However, this approach is not only incorrect and logically flawed, but also in gross neglect

Employee Ownership

A custom solution for a family-owned business

The owners of a successful manufacturing business in West Michigan were struggling to develop a plan for the future. For the second-generation sibling owners, the clock was ticking to find a succession plan that fit

BSA named a Certified ESOP

BSA, a national integrated design firm, has been named a Certified ESOP by Certified EO, a certification program for employee-owned companies. Founded in 1975, BSA has always been owned by employee shareholders, but it opened

Chattanooga’s Adman Electric grows as employee-owned firm

Todd Moreland says he wanted to be an electrician since he was 16 years old at Ooltewah High School, following in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather. Starting 40 years ago as a

Environment

Students Go Green to End Global Energy Poverty

In Africa, over 640 million people – almost double the population of United States – have no access to electricity, with many relying on dirty sources of energy sources for heating, cooking and lighting. While

How to Demand Action on Climate Change

Last week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report—a klaxon, really—warning of the catastrophic consequences of climate change if global political leaders don’t take action right now. For people who’ve been sounding the alarm for

Nigeria: Achieving electrification with smart micro-grids

An exclusive interview with Professor Xiongwei Liu, from Entrust Microgrid of the Lancaster Environment Centre in the UK, explores smart micro-grids based on hybrid DC/AC networks, for environments with renewables.  What in your view are the

Poverty and Prosperity

The global food system is broken and needs radical reform

The world’s food system is at a tipping point. For every one person suffering from malnutrition, there are two people overweight or obese. Food waste is becoming an increasing problem, and current agricultural practices are

The Family Geography of the American Dream

The American Dream is in relatively good shape in some communities—like Seattle and Salt Lake—but in comparatively bad shape in other communities—like Atlanta and Baltimore. This means poor kids raised in cities like Seattle and Salt Lake

Half the world lives in poverty on under $5.50 a day

Half the world's population lives on less than $5.50 a day despite significant progress in reducing extreme poverty, a new report from the World Bank said Wednesday.  The report found the number of poor worldwide

Health

Health, Income, & Poverty: Where We Are & What Could Help

Poverty has long been recognized as a contributor to death and disease, but several recent trends have generated an increased focus on the link between income and health. First, income inequality in the United States

Simple stickers may save lives of patients, athletes and lower medical costs

Purdue University researchers have advanced a sticker solution moving it several steps closer to reality. The research was recently published in ACS Advanced Materials and Interfaces. "For the first time, we have created wearable electronic

Prescription for Poverty

Drug companies as tax dodgers, price gougers, and influence peddlers New Oxfam research shows that four pharmaceutical corporations—Abbott, Johnson & Johnson, Merck & CO (MSD), and Pfizer—systematically stash their profits in overseas tax havens. They

Impact Investing

US Investors Slow to Adopt Sustainable Investing

The U.S. has the lowest adoption rate of sustainable investing among 10 major markets at 12% of investors, compared with 39% globally, according to the latest edition of the UBS Investor Watch report. China, Brazil, the

Clean Cooking: How Technology and Advocacy Are Helping Save Lives

More than 3.5 million people die prematurely each year from indoor air pollution caused by using solid fuels such as wood and animal dung for cooking and heating. Sixty percent of those who die are

Impact investors win 13 per cent growth rate as the sector rapidly develops

The headline result of the 2018 Annual Impact Investor Survey , the eighth from the Global Impact Investing Network,  shows the size of a diverse and dynamic impact investing market. This level of return on investment was reported by

Financial Wellness (also on sister website PFEEF.org)

Health Care Costs Affecting Retirement Savings and Financial Wellness

Workers’ dissatisfaction with health insurance is focused primarily on cost: Just 22% are extremely or very satisfied with the cost of their health insurance plan, and only 21% are satisfied with the costs of health

Fintech savvy no substitute for financial literacy, finds study

Millennials’ usage of smartphones can’t fill gaps in their financial literacy, according to a new report. The study, titled Millennial Financial Literacy and Fin-Tech Use: Who Knows What in the Digital Era, comes from the TIAA

Brushing up on financial literacy

Money is the greatest and the most ill-used factor in life. People don’t know how to tend it, how to manure it, how to water it, how to make it grow, and when to pluck

Popular Posts

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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