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The Republicans’ new tax plan will increase inequality. That’s bad for democracy.

This week, the Senate Republicans unveiled a tax plan that would increase inequality in the United States.

Don’t take my word for it: The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has found

Blockchain and Social Impact

Blockchain. Blockchain. Blockchain. Everywhere you go in the world of technology and investing there is someone talking about this transformational technology and its ability to reinvent the world of commerce, government

Entrepreneurs Want To Change The World More Than Ever

More “elite entrepreneurs” around the world consider making a positive impact on the world a central feature of what they do in business, sometimes almost as important as breaking even, particularly when Millennials are concerned,

Employee Ownership

Chuck & Don’s shifting to employee-owned business

The owners of Chuck & Don's, the growing Twin Cities pet-supplies chain, are gradually turning over control of the fast-growing pet-supplies retailer to employees. The Star Tribune reports on the process, launched by chain owners Bob Hartzell, and Chuck

Why businesses should consider employee ownership

As business founders retire and close up shop, they’re inflicting what’s being called a “silver tsunami” on the economy. Communities lose revenue and employees lose jobs, when selling the business to employees might be a

Employee ownership a point of pride for Swinerton Builders

When the company that became Swinerton Builders started, Grover Cleveland was president and Henry Ford was still more than a decade away from popularizing the assembly line. It was a much different world in 1888

Environment

Study: Added Arctic data show warming didn’t pause

Gaps in Arctic temperature data caused a misperception that global warming slowed from 1998 to 2012, according to a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change. A University of Alaska Fairbanks professor and his

Sun, wind and water: Africa’s renewable energy set to soar by 2022

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Strong demand is set to give a huge boost to renewable energy growth in Sub-Sahara Africa over the next five years, driving cumulative capacity up more than 70 percent, a senior

Oceans May Host Next Wave Of Renewable Energy

Think "renewable energy" and the wind and sun come to mind, but someday it may be possible to add ocean energy to that list. The fledgling wave energy industry is getting a boost from the

Poverty and Prosperity

World Food Programme’s 5 steps to zero hunger

The World Food Programme is aiming to stop global hunger by 2030, and Mastercard has been working with the organisation to help raise funds, provide the technology for vital food assistance and thereby help people

How Driverless Cars Could Drive Even Deeper Economic Inequality

Trulia’s chief economist says that as the wealthy move to the exurbs and work in their cars during their long commutes, it will change the fabric of our communities. How can we fix it? The

The Often Overlooked Solution to Income Inequality

Over the past few decades, as factories have closed as those jobs have become increasingly more automated or sent overseas, hospitals have remained in urban centers. Many of those institutions now serve the same economic

Health

A new role for first responders: providing in-home health care

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Dedalo Sousa, an 85-year-old with type 2 diabetes, has seen the inside of a hospital more times than he can remember. He has a regular doctor. But sometimes, “when he gets scary

Healthcare + A.I. in Boston: The Photos

Xconomy Boston — Our first forum focused on the intersection of healthcare and artificial intelligence was a truly standout event. We struck a nerve with this topic and timing, as healthcare and pharma companies are

What the US can (really) learn from Singapore’s healthcare system

The US healthcare structure continues to be the focus of intense debate, centered on both its effectiveness and its fairness. In the past decade or so, that conversation has only become more heated as factions

Impact Investing

What can impact due diligence tools do for you?

A vocal minority of impact investing practitioners have long espoused that impact measurement is a waste of time and resources because it distracts investors from their primary objective: to support the growth of businesses tackling

The Investment Gap that Threatens the Planet

The growing threat of climate change is no longer a matter of contentious scientific debate. Climate scientists now agree that humanity’s “carbon budget”—the cumulative sum of greenhouse gases that humanity can emit while avoiding the

The pocket guide to impact investing financial performance

Like you, we get a pile of white papers on impact investing. Unlike you (understandably), we try to read them! So we’re grateful to the Global Impact Investing Network for a handy cheat sheet of the last

Financial Wellness (also on sister website PFEEF.org)

Before splurging on gifts, gauge employee financial wellness

Are your employees fiscally fit? While you might recognize when an employee feels physically unwell, financial wellness can be much more difficult to comprehend. Many employers don’t realize how financially “unwell” employees today are. Financial

Better business: Calls to improve financial literacy

The industry might be working hard with the regulator to make financial services accessible to more people, but there is still a knowledge gap, which is putting adults at a disadvantage when it comes to

Financial literacy should begin with a paycheck

Does your new employee have a savings account? Does he or she know how to budget a paycheck? These are important questions since the whole reason companies offer a salary and benefits is to make

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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 read from a series of topics like Responsible Leadership, Honoring Entrepreneurs, Employee Ownership, Mentoring, Crowdsourcing & Addressing Poverty. Please

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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