Steve Pullins of Hitachi on technology, social innovation and things that matter

September 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Business, Green

Comments Off on Steve Pullins of Hitachi on technology, social innovation and things that matter

A 20+ year sustainability executive talks about the intersection of technology and sustainability in the context of social innovation and the opportunities that microgrids provide to accelerate corporates and community resilience.

See original here:
Steve Pullins of Hitachi on technology, social innovation and things that matter

Erica Hauver, Hitachi Energy Solutions VP, on shifting the discussion

August 3, 2016 by  
Filed under Business, Green

Comments Off on Erica Hauver, Hitachi Energy Solutions VP, on shifting the discussion

The social innovation champion led the 106-year-old brand’s microgrid strategy. Here’s why moving beyond “box-ticking” and honesty matter to her.

Read the original here:
Erica Hauver, Hitachi Energy Solutions VP, on shifting the discussion

Understand 21st century supply chains in 3 charts

August 3, 2016 by  
Filed under Business, Eco, Green

Comments Off on Understand 21st century supply chains in 3 charts

Just as much of our economy is driven by consumer purchases, most greenhouse gases and sustainability impacts result from the manufacture of consumer goods. Here’s how.

Go here to read the rest:
Understand 21st century supply chains in 3 charts

Good news: Energy usage falls while global economy grows

August 3, 2016 by  
Filed under Business, Eco, Green

Comments Off on Good news: Energy usage falls while global economy grows

In good news for the fight against climate change, global use of energy is decreasing while the economy is growing. Less energy use no longer means less growth.

Read the rest here:
Good news: Energy usage falls while global economy grows

Ingenious Hippo Water Roller transforms access to water for poor rural families

July 10, 2016 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Ingenious Hippo Water Roller transforms access to water for poor rural families

Most Americans take clean water for granted. For many in the developing world, however, getting access to water can be a daily, backbreaking struggle. That’s why South Africans Pettie Petzer and Johan Joker created the Hippo Water Roller , a simple water-collecting device with a broad social impact. While the average adult woman can only balance a full 20-liter bucket of water on her head at a time, the Hippo Water Roller enables anyone, young or old, to transport 90 liters of water thanks to a rolling barrel setup that can be easily pushed or dragged. Each barrel is made of sturdy plastic and has an expected lifespan of seven years, after which it can be repurposed for other uses.

The rest is here:
Ingenious Hippo Water Roller transforms access to water for poor rural families

‘The Sync’ Provides a Platform to Bring Social Innovations to Life In Thailand

July 5, 2012 by  
Filed under Business, Eco, Green

Comments Off on ‘The Sync’ Provides a Platform to Bring Social Innovations to Life In Thailand

Do you know where to turn if you have an idea that will make society better ? We are many who dream of change in our society, but turning those dreams into reality might prove to be a tricky deal. Soramist Chintanamanus , a recent MA graduate from the Interaction Design program at the Umeå Institute of Design in Sweden, teamed up with social business incubator ‘ChangeFusion’ to create ‘The Sync’ , a social enterprise aiming to build a creative community for social entrepreneurs in Thailand. Image © Soramist Chintanamanus The inspiration behind the project comes from the collaborative environment of his school ‘Umeå Institute of Design’ where the students are encouraged to ‘walk the walk’ and not just ‘talk the talk’. By bringing the same focus on implementation of ideas, ‘The Sync’ wants to encourage people going through an innovation process by creating a service ecosystem that provides a holistic experience . The concept consists of three main service touchpoints: an online platform, events, and a physical space created as an ecosystem to encourage and push user engagement to the next level. Both the digital and physical platform serve as co-working spaces for collaborations and to share and discuss ideas. The events organized will give that extra push needed to keep the creative fire burning. The Sync is now up and running in Bangkok, Thailand, and they are currently implementing the foundation for the community. + Soramist Chintanamanus + The Sync Images © Soramist Chintanamanus

View original here:
‘The Sync’ Provides a Platform to Bring Social Innovations to Life In Thailand

The Unreasonable Institute Helps High-Impact Social Entrepreneurs Take Flight

October 4, 2011 by  
Filed under Business, Eco

Comments Off on The Unreasonable Institute Helps High-Impact Social Entrepreneurs Take Flight

There is a growing consensus that entrepreneurs will be the force behind economic, social and environmental development this century.  There are hundreds of thousands of budding entrepreneurs with world-changing ideas that need the right platform and training to take off. An organization called the Unreasonable Institute aims to help these audacious gen-next entrepreneurs take flight! Are you convinced your venture will forever change the world? Then you have until November 1o to apply to The Unreasonable Institute! Unreasonable Institute Model What is the Unreasonable Institute? The Unreasonable Institute is a mentorship-driven program that arms for-profit enterprises creating solutions to the world’s biggest social and environmental problems with the resources they need to do so. Fundamentally, the Institute helps build stronger, more financially sustainable businesses that can be scaled to impact millions of lives. They are arming the entrepreneurs who can take on the world’s major issues with the mentorship, capital, and network to make it happen. How is it done? Each year, the organization picks  25 entrepreneurs  from every corner of the globe to live under the same roof for six weeks in Boulder, Colorado. These entrepreneurs receive training and build long-term relationships with  50 world-class mentors , ranging from the co-founder of Google.org, to the CTO of HP amongst others. In the process, they also form relationships and build their businesses with  20 investment funds , receive legal advice & design consulting, and pitch to hundreds of potential investors and partners. Applications are now being accepted through November 1o, 2011 for the class of 2012! Check out this 3-minute trailer to get an inside peak and read on to learn how it works! How are the Finalists or Fellows Chosen? Of course you have to go through the application and interview process where the top 50 applicants are chosen based on their venture plan, impact, marketability etc. But the way the final 25 are picked in Step 3 is the interesting part… The finalist Marketplace or Step 3 of the selection process is the most challenging round of selection and the most rigorous test of entrepreneurial ability.  The cost  of attending the Unreasonable Institute is $10,000, but the applicants, or their teams, are not allowed to pay for it. Instead, the Finalists are given 50 days to raise the $10,000 in small increments on the Finalist Marketplace. The first 25 Finalists to do so will be deemed Unreasonable Fellows and attend the 2012 Institute. The final test also takes care of the “rich uncle problem” by capping the amount individuals can donate. This levels the playing field for applicants with fewer wealthy connections willing to donate large sums of money. Read more about the finalist marketplace here . Want to learn more? Get a glimpse of what a summer at the Unreasonable Institute is all about by watching the 2011 Unreasonable Fellows go from arrival to graduation on the 7-part web series on  Unreasonable.tv ! Start with  Episode 1 here. The Unreasonable Institute is made up of a dynamic group of young people who call themselves the Unreasonable Team ! Teju Ravilochan, co-founder of the Institute, sums it up, I want to live in a world where every human being can be the master of their own fate, unbound by the chains of poverty, oppression, or injustice. To me entrepreneurship, coming from French for “to taking into one’s own hands” gets at that fundamental human drive to rule our destinies. And when that drive is combined to empower others to do the same, I believe no force can be more powerful. The program has helped 50 entrepreneurs through its 2010 and 2011 programs and is trailblazing towards the next 25 in 2012. Are you one? You have until November 10th to apply.

See the rest here:
The Unreasonable Institute Helps High-Impact Social Entrepreneurs Take Flight

Bad Behavior has blocked 1291 access attempts in the last 7 days.