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Alltop répertorie de nombreux articles sur l'entrepreneuriat social à travers le monde

27.03.2017 Venture Design Incubator - FrogVentures

FC profiles FrogVentures from Frog:
In 2014, the global design consultancy Frog formalized a venture arm–a small experimental group called FrogVentures, tasked with helping entrepreneurs launch new products, often in exchange for equity. It was a risky move, especially at a difficult time for many design firms like Frog, as large tech companies hoovered up talent and brought design services in-house. But the gamble paid off. FrogVentures’s portfolio company LQD WiFi, which makes kiosks for cities that deliver free Wi-Fi, emergency alerts, and other information, sold to Verizon in 2016...[more]

26.03.2017 Africa Express: the African cooks to look out for on London's streets

Killian Fox writing in the Guardian:
The continent’s diaspora never believed their delicious recipes would be appreciated in the UK. But a fresh generation of pop-up cooks is proving them wrong
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24.03.2017 How Open-Source Robotics Hardware Is Accelerating Research and Innovation

Erico Guizzo writing in IEEE Spectrum:
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The latest issue of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine features a special report on open-source robotics hardware and its impact in the field. We’ve seen how, over the last several years, open source software—platforms like the Robot Operating System (ROS), Gazebo, and OpenCV, among others—has played a huge role in helping researchers and companies build robots better and faster. Can the same thing happen with robot hardware?
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24.03.2017 Phileol-HVC : Biopesticide Company

In Benin via SciDev:
Phileol-HVC is marketing a mixture of neem oil and essential oils branded BioPhyto. Designed for spraying horticultural crops, it costs a fraction of the price of synthetic pesticide, yet still provides the desired pest control and environmental benefits...[more]

23.03.2017 Andrew Youn: 3 Reasons We Can Win the Fight Against Poverty

Half the world's poor are farmers. While many see this as a sombering fact, Andrew Youn sees it as an opportunity. 

As co-founder of One Acre Fund, Youn seeks to empower farmers with the tools and knowledge they need to end hunger and poverty. 

In this inspirational Ted talk, Young lists 3 reasons why humanity can win the war against poverty.

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22.03.2017 Let's be like astronauts and waste less water

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The United Nations is marking World Water Day (March 22) by highlighting an overlooked solution to the growing global water crisis: wastewater.

We are talking about the water that flows down the drain after washing or flushing the toilet, and water used in industrial manufacturing processes. On World Water Day, the UN is urging everyone—from individuals to businesses to nations—to reduce and reuse wastewater.

“Why on earth do we waste water, one of our most precious resources, when the global population is growing and demand for water is increasing,” asked Guy Ryder, director-general of UN Water.

Astronauts have been recycling and reusing wastewater on the International Space Station since 2010. US astronauts even drink recycled urine, which has been treated to the purity of bottled water.

“Before you cringe at the thought of drinking your leftover wash water and leftover urine, keep in mind that the water that we end up with is purer than most of the water that you drink at home,” says Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield

Back on Earth, more than 80 percent of wastewater produced by society is released back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused. Freshwater is a limited, precious resource, and the global demand is increasing. Our attitudes and behaviors assume that we have an unlimited and abundant supply of freshwater. We waste our freshwater—and our wastewater.

The demand for water is expected to double by 2030. At the same time, the quantity of wastewater generated is increasing because of population growth, rapid urbanization, and economic development.
We have an incredible opportunity to upscale wastewater collection and management systems, and encourage the development and implementation of technologies promoting the conservation and reuse of wastewater in homes, cities, industry and agriculture.

We don’t all need to be drinking recycled urine like astronauts. There are many ways we can reuse wastewater. For example, in our homes we can reuse gray water (wastewater from baths, sinks, washing machine, etc.) for gardens. Cities can treat and reuse wastewater for green spaces. Industry can repurpose wastewater heating and cooling systems. And, agriculture can treat and reuse wastewater for irrigation and food production. These are just a handful of examples of how wastewater can be reused—the possibilities are abundant.

In developing countries, the potential to reduce and reuse waste water is enormous. Investment in wastewater collection and management systems in developing countries would improve population health, create business opportunities, and increase access to safe drinking water.

Globally, 1.8 billion people consume drinking water contaminated by fecal matter, which increases their risk of contracting life-threatening infectious diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and dysentery. About 842,000 deaths each year are blamed on unsafe drinking water, poor sanitation, and poor hygiene. In addition, many sources of drinking water are polluted by industrial discharge, presenting numerous health concerns—many of which we are only beginning to understand.

By 2050, about 70 percent of the global population will live in urban areas. At the moment, most cities in developing countries do not have the appropriate infrastructure and resources for the efficient and sustainable management of wastewater. The rapid rate of urbanization in developing countries demands for investment in wastewater management technologies and systems.  

Wastewater is undervalued as a sustainable source of water. It is a precious resource, rather than “waste” to be thrown out.

The economic cost of wastewater management is outweighed by the benefits to economic development, population health, and environmental sustainability. And, the development of wastewater management systems provides new business opportunities and creates green jobs.

“We shouldn’t be looking at wastewater as something to ignore and discard,” says Guy Ryder, director-general of UN Water, “We need to see it as a valuable resource that we can use for the benefit of people and the ecosystem.”

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22.03.2017 Crowdsourcing climate change in Indonesia

Can selfies fight climate change?
https://www.globalenvision.org/2017/03/20/crowdsourcing-solutions-climate-changes-frontline

21.03.2017 Happy World Water Day!

In honor of World Water Day, we’re celebrating a fantastic Field Partner who provides access to clean water, Nazava Water Filters! 
 
In Indonesia, communities are unable to have a reliable and affordable source for their drinking water. This makes it difficult for families to stay healthy. Nazava Water Filters is one excellent social enterprise that aims to provide clean drinking water for all!
 

Before use, Indonesian tap water must be boiled to eliminate any water-borne diseases. Unfortunately, boiling water is time consuming, costly to continually purchase wood or gas for the stove and, potentially, still unsafe to drink. Moreover, boiling water is not an environmentally sustainable practice as it releases carbon-dioxide into the air and contributes to deforestation. Alternatively, people can buy pre-filtered water from stores, although this option is expensive. 
 
To combat inadequate water services, Nazava Water Filters supplies in-home water filters as a helpful solution. While the in-home water filter has a higher initial cost, Nazava offers loans at 0% interest to help families of all economic statuses easily access safe drinking water. This self-filtering water system is three times less expensive than boiling and nine times less expensive than buying pre-filtered water, allowing the individual to pay back the loan.
 
Kiva loans help Nazava customers take control of their water and focus on their family. Because of the widespread success of personal water filters, some borrowers become resellers to their community, increasing access to clean water. By utilizing community members rather than traditional third-party suppliers, Nazava is able to keep their water filter costs low while also employing community members. 
 

21.03.2017 Social Media Tip: Choose Content that People Will Want to Reshare

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Of all global internet users, 46 percent share social content on a regular basis. Only nine percent of people don’t share anything at all. Also of not – among all US internet users, 70 percent share social content The type of content that brands upload has the most profound impact on its shareability. Infographics, for example, are shared three times more… read more →

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20.03.2017 Weekly News Roundup: Social Media Makes a Difference in Somalia

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Politics

#LoveArmyForSomalia raises $1m in less than 24 hours

A social media campaign raised $1 million for Somalian aid: Middle East Monitor

No African citizens granted visas for African trade summit in California

The African Global Economic and Development Summit reports that every single African citizen who requested a visa was rejected: Guardian Africa‏

Indigenous advocacy groups pledge to take action after Lahu activist killed by soldiers

In Thailand, indigenous advocacy groups are calling for justice after a Lahu activist was shot dead in an extrajudicial killing: The Nation

 

CULTURE

World Happiness Report 2017

According to this global report, it might be time to move to Norway.

Meet the men behind Gaza’s first female sports club

Rajab Sarraj and Hassan Skaik from the Gaza Strip are preparing to launch the first women’s sports academy by June 2017: Al Monitor

China dinosaur egg theft suspect arrested

Chinese authorities apprehend 4 individuals suspected of stealing over 80 fossilized dinosaur eggs: BBC Asia

 

ENVIRONMENT

Global Carbon Emissions Level off Even as Economy Grows

Global CO2 emission levels plateau for the third year in a row: Scientific American

20.03.2017 Crowdsourcing Solutions on Climate Change's Frontline

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Seasonal flooding has long been a fact of life for Jakarta’s 30 million inhabitants. However, in recent years, rising seas and torrential monsoon rains have swamped the city’s flood controls and pushed its seawall to within inches of topping.

The Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency long relied on a static pdf map of the city to help Jakartans stay out of danger and navigate the flooding. Updated only four times a day, the map was rarely able to capture the city's rapidly changing flood conditions.

In 2014, as frustrations over the agency’s approach to flood management began to mount, a group of concerned researchers and local Jakartans got together to engineer a solution of their own.

Created as a partnership between the Urban Risk Lab at MIT and the National Disaster Management Agency, PetaBencana uses social media to gather, sort and display information about flooding and other natural disasters in real time. In effect, the program democratizes disaster relief, using local knowledge to build local solutions.

PetaBencana uses CogniCity, an open-source software app, to comb Twitter and other social media for keywords, like “flood,” paired with geotagged photos. The app then combines this information with official reports to produce an online flood map with up-to-the-minute accuracy.

When government makes all the decisions, “we have a bottleneck of information,” says Etienne Turpin, a cofounder of PetaBencana. “But if real-time information is being collected, validated and shared, then we have 31 million decision makers deciding, 'Should I drive this way? Should I avoid a certain area?’”

PetaBencana’s maps aren’t just useful for commuters; they’ve become an invaluable tool for emergency responders as well. Since 2015, PetaBencana has become a daily part of the government’s emergency management operations, even prompting Jakarta’s governor to proclaim online flood reporting a civic duty.

In early 2017, PetaBencana expanded its coverage to Surabaya and Bandung, Indonesia’s second and third largest cities. Meanwhile, the program’s crowdsourced approach is gaining traction internationally, with PetaBencana being heralded as a model for community engagement in future disaster relief efforts.

As top-down oriented climate initiatives continue to run into roadblocks, you can expect to see more organizations adopting PetaBencana’s crowdsourced approach to disaster relief, turning to citizens—and their selfies—to save lives.