Making climate impacts feel nearby may not inspire action

Although scientists warn that urgent action is needed to stop climate change, public engagement continues to lag. Many social scientists say people are hesitant to act on climate change because, especially in Western industrialized countries like the U.S., it feels like such a distant threat. New research from a Cornell University communication professor upends that

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Two ESOP Bills Would Promote Employee Ownership

Two bills on employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) have passed without dissent in the Small Business Committees in the House and the Senate, and both have bipartisan support. By unanimous vote, the House Small Business Committee passed the Main Street Employee Ownership Act, sponsored by Nydia Velaquez (D-NY), with a friendly amendment from Steve Chabot (R-OH). Kirsten

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HealthMode.Org Launches Window of Opportunity Drive and Free Public Service Live Chat

HealthMode.Org, a recently set-up Mumbai based preventive healthcare social enterprise, today announced the launch of the ‘Window of Opportunity’ drive. This drive aims to raise public awareness of the risk and prevention of chronic lifestyle diseases in India. The public awareness initiative is also supported with a health coach available on live chat as a

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Two Trends and a Caveat: The Three Factors That Will Define Impact Investing’s Future

In recent years, impact investing has come of age. In 2017, not only was more capital committed to impact investment strategies (17 percent more in 2017 versus 2016), but there was also significantly more buzz and excitement around the topic. The sector’s positive momentum gives cause for optimism, and while there are a number of moving parts

5 Health Organizations Using Social Entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship utilizes effective business practices combined with social and cultural awareness to change the lives of those in need. There are millions of people in rural and poor communities suffering from lack of access to proper healthcare. Social ventures go a long way to providing necessary interventions to increase health awareness. The following examples

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Forget about GDP: it’s time for a wellbeing economy

It would be funny if it wasn’t so distressing. After every recent election in the West, the reaction of so many pundits has been to ask: Why are the anti-establishment parties so strong again when GDP has been picking up recently?  But perhaps the pick-up in GDP is so removed from what really matters to people that

Geoengineering polar glaciers to slow sea-level rise

Previous discussions of geoengineering have looked at global projects, like seeding the atmosphere with particles to reflect more sunlight. That's what makes this focused approach more feasible, says Michael Wolovick, a postdoctoral research associate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at Princeton University and a co-author on the Comment. (Nature editors commission Comments, short articles by

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Socially Responsible Business Can Only Succeed If It Becomes a Movement

What does it take to cause something big about a community to change — something that no one individually has much power over, even something as big as a prevailing mindset? We know what it takes: a social movement. And social movements aren’t only the domain of community organizers and college students. Business people can

Watch: Bernie Sanders hosts a town hall on inequality

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ televised town hall on economic inequality drew about 1.7 million live viewers during an online broadcast Monday night. The panel-discussion-style event, called “Inequality in America: The Rise of Oligarchy and Collapse of the Middle Class,” exceeded the viewership of Sanders’ first live town hall on single-payer health care in January.  The broadcast provided the Vermont independent with

Tech for Good Impact Awards 2018 winners unveiled

The 14 winners of the 2018 Impact Awards – which celebrate tech-for-good innovations that improve people’s lives and the world around us — have been unveiled. The Impact Awards, sponsored by Nominet Trust, the UK’s leading social tech funder, in association with Berenberg, one of Europe’s longest-established private banks, are open to any business, government or non-profit using digital

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Watch: Ruth Bader Ginsburg – documentary RBG

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime fighting for gender equality, but in a recent interview the 84-year-old supreme court justice made clear she sees the fight as unfinished business. When asked at the Sundance Film Festival for her thoughts on the nascent #MeToo movement, she was unequivocal with her praise: “It’s about time,” Ginsburg

Well-Being in Communities Across the U.S. Is Flat or Declining in All 50 States

When it comes to health, happiness, and well-being, American communities did not fare well in 2016 and 2017 compared with previous years. Those were the top findings from Gallup’s and Sharecare’s State of American Well-Being 2017 Community Well-Being Rankings, which were released today. The report is part of the annual Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index series that measures and tracks wellness

ESOP Knowledge Can Provide Real Adviser Differentiation

When it comes to retirement and business succession planning, survey data shows clearly that small business owners have given relatively little thought to how they’ll shift into retirement or enact an exit strategy. According to Jerry Ripperger, vice president of consulting at Principal, more than 70% of business owners in the U.S. do not have

Joy Cone reaches a milestone that’s been a century in the baking

Here’s the scoop: Joy Cone Co. is celebrating its 100th anniversary. And in recent years the company has been on a delicious ride of expansions. What started out as a small local operation is now the world’s largest ice cream cone company. Producing more than 1.5 billion cones a year, it has operations in Hermitage,

Investing in Poverty Reduction

The tax legislation that US President Donald Trump signed into law last December will dramatically increase inequality and the federal budget deficit. Yet, hidden within it – and within budget legislation enacted in February – are two promising programs for helping state and local governments address the needs of disadvantaged Americans. The new tax law creates generous incentives to

How to Invest With a Conscience (and Still Make Money)

Jean Case, the chief executive of the Case Foundation, is a leader in impact investing, a movement that aims to force social change by minimizing or eliminating investors’ exposure to companies that harm the world and achieve a solid return. Yet Ms. Case, an early signer of the Giving Pledge, a commitment by high-net-worth individuals to

This Solar Grill Company Wants to Reduce Energy Poverty

With solar powered technologies now cheaper and more popular than ever, GoSun aims to expand its line of solar grills and ovens and venture into manufacturing more solar-powered appliances. Founded in 2012, the Cincinnati startup looks to make cooking outdoors with zero harmful gasses easier and quicker with the GoSun Grill, which can bake, boil

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