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

21.04.2014 PET Market to be Worth $60 Billion by 2019

PET Market to be Worth $60 Billion by 2019The global PET packaging market will have grown substantially by 2019, but some manufacturers believe opportunities for lightweighting may have been all but exhausted, according to a report by Smithers Pira. The market will amount to 19.9 million tons and be worth $60 billion by 2019, up from just under 16 million tons and $48.1 billion in […]

21.04.2014 Private Sector Water Infrastructure Opportunity in Brazil

Private Sector Water Infrastructure Opportunity in BrazilBrazil’s revised US$6.7 billion annual investment target for water infrastructure through 2033 points to a greater reliance on the private sector, according to a report from Bluefield Research. Private municipal water concessionaires are slated to account for US$750 million annually from 2014 to 2017–11 percent of Brazil’s water infrastructure investment– leaving a US$5.9 billion annual […]

20.04.2014 Shamees Aden | Bio Designer

In Dezeen:
In this movie designer and materials researcher Shamees Aden explains how "scientists are now mixing together groups of chemicals [to make] them behave like living cells. They are able to reconfigure, they are able to adapt to light, pressure and heat."...The synthetic production of living materials is so far limited to basic applications – modifying the behaviour of oil droplets in a water solution, for example – but Aden has developed a proposal that uses protocells to make self-regenerating soles for a pair of running shoes.
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19.04.2014 Discovery Expands “Say Yes to the Prom” Program for High School Girls

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – About three years ago, Discovery Communications, the world’s topmost nonfiction media company, introduced an innovative annual initiative for high school girls called “Say Yes to the Prom.” The initiative brought together Discovery employees, industry partners and leading lifestyle brands to make prom more accessible and empower high school girls across the country.

Last month Discovery announced the national expansion of the “Say Yes to the Prom” program to reach out to a greater number of deserving high school girls. The program involves mentorship and donations of dresses, makeup and accessories with a view to promoting confidence and a positive self-image among high school girls.

“Say Yes to the Prom” invites a chosen group of high school girls to meet with Monte Durham, star of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta,” makeup and style experts as well as Discovery employees for mentoring, prom dress shopping and makeovers at Discovery’s global headquarters. The program has expanded this year to Chicago and Des Moines, and is expected to more than double its impact compared to the previous years.

To extend the reach of the program, Discovery will partner with Mediacom to hold “Say Yes to the Prom” for girls from Roosevelt High School on April 23 at La James International College in Des Moines. It will also partner with Comcast, OWN and Harpo to host girls from Julian High School and Curie Metropolitan High School for the final event at Harpo Studios in Chicago on May 7.

To further build the relationship between the girls and their employee mentors and to reinforce the day’s overarching goals of  building courage and self-confidence, a pre-prom mixer and networking event will be hosted in each of the cities.In addition to the day’s style sessions, mentoring events and a red carpet finale, the girls also will receive a letter from First Lady Michelle Obama.

Discovery Communications and TLC are also spreading the style online and across social media, inviting people across the country to flash back to their prom moments. Everyone is invited to share their photo memories of prom using the #TBTPromhashtag on Twitter, Instagram and beyond every Thursday through May 8. Each week the TLC team will select their favorite #TBTPrompics – which may include a few familiar faces – to feature on Regular updates on “Say Yes to the Prom” can be received by following the #SYTTP hashtag across social media.

Source: 3BL Media

Image Credit: Flickr via Lauren Lionheart

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 11:30am

18.04.2014 Work on the Biggest Social Challenges of Our Time!

Are you motivated by the power of technology as a force for good that can directly help the world’s poorest communities thrive? Do you believe ours could be a world in which the benefits of technology touch the lives of all people, not just the wealthiest and most able five percent of humanity? Are you driven to make a real difference from a leadership position in the open source community, at the heart of Silicon Valley and at the unique intersection of technology and social change?

Are you willing to work on delivering maximum good for humanity, rather than maximum profits? 

Then read on: we might just have the perfect job opportunity for you.

Benetech is seeking a Vice President of Engineering to spearhead and expand our team of technologists committed to delivering social good at scale. We’re a nonprofit technology company on a mission to address unmet social needs by providing targeted software tools and services to groups left underserved by the market, such as human rights activists and students with learning differences. We’re passionate, agile, and growing, and we need you: an accomplished, entrepreneurial technology leader motivated by creating lasting impact for the betterment of society.

You’ll be responsible for the overall development, testing, and deployment of new technology in all of our multi-issue initiatives, but you’ll need to transcend the technology requirements alone. Success in this position means you have built and delivered products that have scaled in the marketplace, understand the ins-and-outs of the technology sector, and are able to foster collaborative environments between diverse groups and organizations.

We’re looking for an innovator who can help us strengthen Benetech’s reputation, recruit the greatest talent to enhance our team, cultivate and forge new relationships with partners, funders, and technologists, and guide our growing community of open source developer volunteers.

Do you like taking on big challenges? We’ve got plenty of them for you to tackle. Here’s a taste of what’s on the plate at Benetech:
  • Promoting Internet freedom by building and deploying strongly encrypted, open source tools for human rights groups and journalists;
  • Advancing equal education by helping students with disabilities and learning differences read and succeed at school;
  • Improving access to clean water for some of the world’s poorest communities by supporting community based organizations with the right technical tools.

We also offer great salary by nonprofit standards and annual bonuses, but do understand that we aren’t able to match what Silicon Valley for-profit technology companies can provide. If you’re looking to get rich, this isn’t the right job for you. You have to be someone who’s motivated above all else by the opportunity to work on high-impact software applications with extraordinary social return on investment.

Other perks we offer include:

  • Excellent employee benefits;
  • Work-life balance;
  • The ability to directly improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world (and, with your help, millions).
If you ever wondered how you could have a job in the technology sector that truly helped the people who most need technology but are the least able to afford it;

If you ever wondered how you could personally work on the biggest social challenges of our time;

And if you ever got frustrated by having to abandon a great idea that could help entire communities just because it didn’t generate enough profit —

Then this is your moment.
Check out the job description for more details and throw your hat in the ring. Join our team and help us make more impact than ever!

18.04.2014 Taking an Open-Source Approach to Tackling Youth Unemployment

With alarming rates of youth unemployment globally it was encouraging to see a standing-room only session during Friday’s lunchtime workshop on Solving the Global Youth Unemployment Crisis facilitated by Nik Kafka (Teach a Man to Fish.) Looking at the situation in the UK the youth unemployment situation is a complex one. On the one hand […]

18.04.2014 Closing the Gap: Tackling Global Health Challenges

‘Closing the gap: tackling global health challenges’ was the final session I attended for the 2014 Skoll World Forum. It showed that important discussions happen here right up  to the last moment. The session, led by Peggy Clark of the Aspen Institute, looked at why the critical issues of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and mental health […]

18.04.2014 Digital Equity and Individual Rights in the Age of Big Data: Highlights from the Skoll World Forum

Business, government, and civil society are looking at big data as the new “holy grail” to better sell products, deliver services, or engage people in solving problems. Yet, while they indeed facilitate new approaches to tackling social problems, new uses of data and communication tools raise tough questions around complex issues such as privacy, ethics, […]

18.04.2014 Inspirations from the Skoll World Forum

It was humbling to listen to the winners of the Skoll World Forum Awards for Social Entrepreneurs speak at the awards ceremony. Courageous people working to bring clean water and proper sewage to slums, giving people living in poverty access to banks and savings, ensuring that girls across the world receive an education with all […]

18.04.2014 Skoll World Forum Review: Measuring Impact by Cost-per-Outcome

The ambitious Impact Genome Project was introduced at the Skoll World Forum by Jason Saul and Nolan Gasser – who holds the title chief musicologist emeritus at Pandora. The project essentially attempts to codify and standardize social impact programmes across 132 outcomes. As their introduction says “The Impact Genome employs a systematic process to crack […]

18.04.2014 What the h*** is Systems Thinking?

Originally posted on The Green Rose:
Since graduating with my Masters in Design for Sustainability I’ve had a lot of conversations with friends, family and potential employers about my degree and they mostly just want to know what “Design for Sustainability” actually means. Oh, I remember the good old days of telling people I worked in architecture…

18.04.2014 Recycling Thwarted by Lack of Bins, Knowledge

Recycling Thwarted by Lack of Bins, KnowledgeFor about half of Americans, recycling starts and ends in the kitchen. A new survey shows that 72 percent of consumers consistently recycle in the home, but only about half do so in rooms beyond the kitchen. The 2014 Cone Communications Recycling in the Home Survey shows there are several key barriers to expanding recycling in the home, including […]

18.04.2014 Toolkit for Reducing Food Waste Posted

Toolkit for Reducing Food Waste PostedA new toolkit aimed at reducing food waste has been released by food manufacturers, retailers and foodservice operators. The Best Practices and Emerging Solutions Toolkit was released by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA), a cross-sector industry initiative led by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the National Restaurant Association […]

18.04.2014 Social Impact Jobs April 2014

Echoing Green Fellow Andrew Youn of One Acre
Andrew Youn, 2006 Echoing Green Fellow and founder of One Acre.

I take our tagline, “Think Big. Be Bold. Drive Change.” very seriously. For over twenty-six years we have observed and supported the work of nearly 600 social entrepreneurs who are changing the world in some significant ways. They reinforce our belief that with greater risk comes greater innovation. These Echoing Green Fellows are deliberate risk-takers whose actions often result in bold transformations across sectors. But I also know from experience that being bold is a behavior by no means monopolized by social entrepreneurs.

In fact, the entrepreneurial spirit I often speak of is precisely about tapping into our potential for boldness. What if we all got bold – in our movements, in our thinking, in our values – and made demands of ourselves to take action that goes beyond our fears?

Maybe for you, that moment is now as you look at this roster of incredible opportunities to drive change. Take charge of this moment and walk the walk – take bold steps to find a role that allows you to be part of the next-level change for a big idea that moves you. 

Echoing Green

Director of Strategic Communications Social Investment Council Manager    

Fellows' organizations

Angaza Asylum Access Avanti Fellows Building Tomorrow
Financial Analyst (Nairobi, KE) Development Assistant (San Francisco) Multiple roles (Various locations) Director of Partnerships (Indianapolis, IN)
Generation Citizen Global Health Corps Hot Bread Kitchen
Managing Director (New York City or Boston) Multiple roles (New York City) Multiple roles (New York City) Multiple roles (New York City)
Instiglio Medha Medic Mobile Mercado Global
Senior Associate (Medellin, CO & Washington, D.C.) Technology Solutions Fellow; User Experience Design Fellow (Lucknow UP) Multiple roles (Various locations) Multiple roles (Guatemala)
myAgro New Media Advocacy Project One Acre Fund Regalii
Multiple roles; French proficiency required (Mali; Senegal) Program Associate & Creative and Technical Director Multiple roles (Africa; U.S.A.) Senior Engineer (New York City)
Sanergy Springboard Collaborative Vera Solutions Zaya
Financial Planning Analyst; Fellows Program Coordinator (Kenya) Operations Lead (Philadelphia) Developer (Mumbai) Multiple roles (Global)

Global opportunities

The Aspen Institute Citizen Engagement Lab Color of Change
Intern (Washington, D.C.) Multiple roles (Various locations) Project Manager (Berkeley, CA) Campaign Manager (Oakland, CA)
Community Foundation for Greater New Haven Defy Ventures Einhorn Family Charitable Trust Encore
Multiple roles (New York City) Multiple roles (New York City) Multiple roles (New York City) VP of Finance & Operations (San Francisco)
Even Ground Fight for the Future GlobeMed Health Horizons International
Executive Director (New York City) Campaign Manager (San Francisco/New York/Telecommute) Executive Director (Chicago) Executive Director (Dominican Republic)
The Management Center Significance Labs Sum of Us Unreasonable Institute
Training Services Manager (Washington, D.C.) Community Liaison Manager; Communications Project Manager (New York City) Communications Director (Telecommute) VP of Global Expansion (Boulder, CO)
US2020 World Science Festival World Science Festival  
Americorps Vista Manager (Multiple locations) Multiple roles (Washington, D.C.) Associate Director, Corporate Sponsorship & Partnerships (New York City)  

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Social Impact Jobs: February 2014


18.04.2014 European Parliament Passes Invasive “Alien Species” Regulation

European Parliament Passes Invasive “Alien Species” RegulationThe European Parliament has passed a regulation aimed at preventing and managing the introduction and spread of invasive animals, plants, fungi and micro-organisms alien to the European territory. The regulation aims to prevent those organisms from having a negative impact, either on the environment, human health or socio-economic development. Only 11 percent out of more than […]

18.04.2014 Give Backpack Of Hope To A Child In Nigeria

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$10 — Will help provide a pack of pencils
$20 — Will help provide a backpack filled with school supplies and essentials for a child
$40 — Will help provide backpacks filled with school supplies and essentials for 2 children

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This project will provide school kits to impoverished and underprivileged school children in Ehime Mbano, Nigeria, so they may access the education needed to battle poverty and enable them go to school without a disadvantage, their very own school supplies and essentials, means they will be ready to achieve their educational goals. With your support, we can give children a chance at success by providing them with the tools necessary for a complete education.

Project Needs and Beneficiaries
Many children in Ehime Mbano, Nigeria are proud to come to school to learn, often unlike their parents. They walk long distances on dirt roads and have to learn in very bad conditions, with no paper, no pen, sometimes no chalk for the teachers, with 40 or more children packed in a class, some children resort to writing in the margins of the notebooks already used by their brothers and sisters in the years before. This experience can be demotivating and causes school drop-outs.

At CHRIFACAF, we are committed to ensuring that at least one of the costs associated with attending school is alleviated. With your support, we will provide underprivileged children with school kits (packs) containing the following items: 1 backpack (school bag), 6 exercise books, 1 pencil case, 2 ball point pens (blue or black), 4 pencils, 1 x 30cm ruler (with metric measurements), 2 erasers, 1 pencil sharpener, 1 pack crayons- mean that a child will have the necessary tools for class.

Potential Long Term Impact
The project will improve learning environment with a strong impact on the quality of education and motivation of the children, which will enable them to forge a better tomorrow for themselves, their families and their communities. By providing better learning conditions to children keen to learn, drop-out rates decrease and secondary school enrollment ratio increase.

Project Sponsor: Christian Fellowship and Care Foundation
Theme: Education | Location: Nigeria
Funding to Date: $0 | Need:$12,000
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18.04.2014 Absence of Bins is Number One Roadblock to Recycling at Home: Cone Communications Survey

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The 2014 Cone Communications Recycling in the Home Survey, in partnership with the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies as part of its Care to Recycle program, has revealed that the biggest barrier to recycling at home is lack of bins. Recycling efforts at home often do not go beyond the kitchen despite a genuine concern among the consumers to protect the environment.

Lack of room-specific recycling bins and clear product labeling are the leading roadblock to recycling more in many homes. 17 percent of the survey participants said that they would recycle more often if they had better or more convenient recycling bins throughout the house. 56 percent of recyclers keep bins in the kitchen, as opposed to other rooms throughout the house.

In addition to the lack of proper bins at home, many consumers also lack the knowledge of what products or packaging are recyclable. The amount of space recycling requires also proves to be deterrent to some. These become additional factors in favor of throwing away recyclables in trash.

An interesting insight from the Cone Communication survey is that 42 percent of the consumers who do recycle do so because of a genuine concern for the environment. Only 10 percent of Americans recycle solely because it is mandatory in their communities. Other motivations to recycle include a feeling of guilt about the amount of trash they create (17%), a desire to be a good role model (14%) and having a chance to earn incentives (14%).

Another key finding of the survey relates to the importance of appropriate labeling of products. Labels can improve a product’s chances of being recycled – even for the most ardent recycler. Only about 20 percent of recyclers will make an effort to research whether a product can be recycled when it is not clearly labeled.

Cone Communications says that companies that are keen to make a positive impact on the environment ought to prioritize sustainability messages on their products as well as make information available through other channels. The survey also reveals the significant role that children can play in helping the household recycle. 62 percent of the children are very motivated to recycle in the home, and 60 percent are always looking for ways to protect the planet.

Rewards or incentives are a strong motivator, and businesses and communities can play a vital role in this area. 41 percent of the consumers say that money or rewards could further encourage them to recycle more often at home. However, they also expect companies and communities to provide additional encouragement through education and resources.

Source: 3BL Media

Image Credit: Flickr via j_lai

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 9:30am

17.04.2014 A group composed of brilliant individuals will not automatically be the most brilliant group

Originally posted on Neurologism:
Perhaps the whole can be better than the sum of its parts? I came across a very interesting study on McGill University’s excellent Brain from Top to Bottom Blog. In this study of collective intelligence, the researchers performed numerous statistical analyses. The most interesting finding that emerged from them, and that went…

17.04.2014 The Sisterhood Empowerment Academy (SEA)

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$10 — will provide 3 bags of sand and gravel for the walkway
$25 — will provide 3 bags of cement for the foundation
$50 — will provide electrical and plumbing supplies for one room

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The Sisterhood Empowerment Academy (SEA) is Sisterhood Agenda's headquarters, a centralized female empowerment space of knowledge, sisterhood support, service coordination, and healing with a sustainable eco-design and nature-inspired architecture.

Project Needs and Beneficiaries
Sisterhood Agenda has been addressing the health, cultural and social issues of women and girls of African descent for twenty years. Through our work, we have discovered how trauma, both present and historical, can have disturbing effects on the health and welfare of Black woman and girls.

The SEA consists of a multi-media center, library, meeting areas, and office space. The SEA is a resource and place of refuge. Sisterhood is a place to be, a place to be loved in, and a place to love.

Sisterhood Agenda specializes in female empowerment processes, sustainability, and cultural competence. At the SEA, Sisterhood Agenda will implement holistic, trauma-informed educational strategies to prevent the disparities facing African American females including: 1) obesity and overweight, 2) reproductive health: HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, teen pregnancy, 3) cancer, 4) diabetes, 5) mental health, 6) violence, 7) substance abuse, 8) economic achievement, and 9) technology.

Potential Long Term Impact
The SEA is an innovative, low-cost green building that can be model of sustainable living. History and research shows that communities cannot operate independent of their environment. The demand and cost of energy is rising as businesses and residents are seeking creative ways to offset growing operating cost.

Serving over 1,000 females, the SEA project is an opportunity to make valuable investments in our environment, women and girls, and our community.

Project Sponsor: Sisterhood Agenda, Inc.
Theme: Women and Girls | Location: Virgin Islands
Funding to Date: $0 | Need:$178,000
Project #16932 on

17.04.2014 We are what we say: how language shapes our brains

Originally posted on Brainwaves For Leaders:
Adair Jones, a Brainwaves for Leaders staff writer and an expert in linguistics, has been thinking a lot about the neuroscience of language and the effect it has on our behaviour. She includes a round up of some of the latest thinking on the subject. _____________________________________________ . Languages differences Since human languages vary considerably…

17.04.2014 EU Passes Historic Law Requiring Large Companies to Report on Sustainability


(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The European Parliament has passed a historic law that makes it mandatory for the largest companies in Europe to include sustainability factors as an integral part of their annual financial reporting. The law, which was passed with a thumping majority vote of 599-55, will apply to publicly traded companies employing more than 500 workers.

This momentous law will require these companies to report on policies, risks and results with regard to social, environmental and human rights impact, diversity and anti-corruption policies in their annual reports. The law was first proposed in 1999 by Richard Howitt, European Parliament Rapporteur on Corporate Social Responsibility. Howitt has welcomed the vote as a major step towards “integrated reporting” by businesses across the world.

Howitt said that all the evidence points towards the fact that transparency is the best way to change business behavior. This European law will help the global economy make a leap in the transition towards a sustainable, low-carbon economy for the future. The law will encourage businesses to use recognized reporting frameworks such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines and the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Teresa Fogelberg, GRI's deputy chief executive, said that this new law is the vital catalyst needed to usher in a new era of transparency in the largest economic region in the world. The companies that fall under the ambit of this law must not only report on issues concerning sustainability, but must also describe their business model, outcomes and risks of their policies with regard to these issues, as well as their diversity policy for management and supervisors.

Small businesses are currently exempt from this law, but because of the fact that the large companies will be required to report information on their supply chains, the ramifications of this law will reach far enough to impact businesses across the supply chains. Addressing the supply chains in the area of sustainability is the next big challenge for large companies, and this law brings EU one step closer to achieving this goal.

Source: Green Biz

Image Credit: Flickr via Moyan_Brenn

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 11:30am

17.04.2014 Climbing Kili for Xavier Project

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$25 — will help with general production costs and getting information to refugees
$50 — covers one day of filming costs
$100 — helps purchase video equipment needed for production

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Project Needs and Beneficiaries
For refugees, there are many misnomers about what it means to resettle in the West. The idea of the "American Dream" is strong within refugee populations and they are unaware of the realities they will face. Most refugees are not aware of the criteria for resettlement nor do they know who low their chances of being resettled are: less than 5% of urban refugees in East Africa are resettled each year.

Despite this, the focus on resettlement leads to a corrosive nature with in communities in host countries as refugees focus on leaving instead of investing their energy into their communities. To do this Xavier Project has committed to making a film about issues surrounding resettlement. They have already begun filming with interviews in Kenya, Uganda, and Malta. They have film makers committed to filming the
rest of the documentary and are looking for the funding to facilitate this.

Potential Long Term Impact
Xavier Project would like to discuss the issues in the refugee communities
in Kenya and Uganda. They believe that if refugees were informed of some of the realities of resettlement they could become more prepared before moving and may take up opportunities that they do have in host countires in spite of the challenging circumstances. Xavier Project, among other agencies, have programs in both education and livelihoods that could help provide assistance.

Project Sponsor: Xavier Project
Theme: Education | Location: Kenya
Funding to Date: $0 | Need:$5,000
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16.04.2014 SEO Myths: Theme of the Week

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I spend a ton of time online educating myself about the latest SEO trends, reading materials from the thought leaders, and running experiments myself to figure out whether or not the discourse is on point or not. Curiously enough, I happened upon two brand new items today focused on SEO Myths. Let’s take a moment to consider the myths presented… read more →

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16.04.2014 On Our Radar: The Systemic Response to Sugar

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Scientific consensus seems to be growing that there is a causal link between excess sugar consumption, rising obesity and Type 2 diabetes and other NCDs. Analogies such as sugar is the new is the new tobacco have grabbed headlines recently alluding to the addictive nature of sugar, and food products such as fizzy drinks are particularly under fire due to the high sugar content that is ingested very quickly.

Although this isn’t a new issue, in recent months we have seen campaigners, governments and investors increasingly pay attention to the major health and economic costs associated with sugar-related health problems. Last year a report from Credit Suisse’s Research Institute brought into focus the staggering health consequences of sugar. The report revealed that approximately 30%–40% of healthcare expenditures in the USA are attributed to addressing issues closely tied to the excess consumption of sugar. The WHO has published draft guidelines that recommends people halve the amount of sugar in their diet from 10% of total calorie intake a day to a target of 5%.

In the US, the FDA has announced a proposed rule for revised nutrition labels, which will require more disclosure on which foods contain added sugars. The FDA estimates that changes to the labels will cost companies about $2 billion but they are forecasted to produce $20 – $30 billion in health benefits over the next two decades. Socially responsible investors, who typically avoid holding ‘death stocks’ like tobacco and weapons companies and ‘sin stocks’ like alcohol, caution that companies who manufacture products high in sugar content could be added to the list of exclusion.

Experts who have been highlighting the effects of sugar for some time are now pushing the boundaries further. The Chief Medical Officer for England warns that unless the government takes a stronger stance with food and drink manufacturers to reformulate their products, it may be necessary to introduce a sugar tax in the UK. Marion Nestle, a renowned thought leader on nutrition issues, is proposing more radical measures such as urging CVS to stop selling sugary drinks and junk foods after CVS announced that it would stop selling cigarettes in its stores across the US.

An article in the Financial Times posits that so far food companies have been responding to sugar overconsumption mostly through voluntary measures such as product reformulation, labeling, and investing in R&D on sugar alternatives. However, the growing body of research and rising public pressure on sugar could drive governments facing escalating healthcare costs to use other measures like regulation and increased taxation on sugar and food advertising and marketing to force through more rapid changes in eating habits.

SustainAbility’s report, The Changing Landscape of Liability, noted the various ways in which the food and beverage industry was increasingly becoming a target of litigation, regulation and taxation as the huge costs of obesity on the economy and society came into sharper focus. It’s been ten years since this report was published but the forecasted risks to companies still hold true. Analysts and investors who invest in food and beverage companies are paying attention to the health consequences of sugar due to real and quantifiable risks such as the 8% excise tax in Mexico on high calorie foods, which they forecast could negatively impact volume growth of soft drinks and be an indicator of likely legislation in the future.

The growth consumer markets of India, China and Mexico have high prevalence of Type 2 diabetes and the proximate causes include not just consumption of sugary products but also a host of other factors such as lifestyle choices and genetic predisposition. Companies that are selling products in these markets are one of many actors that have a role to play. They will need to evolve their overall product portfolios, not just focus on making certain product categories healthier and also be mindful of the future regulatory landscape in these countries that may come down heavily as obesity continues to spike. Food and beverage companies will need to pay attention to their marketing and advertising practices particularly around more responsible marketing to children.

Ultimately, as the past has demonstrated, there is no silver bullet to tackling obesity and associated diseases such as diabetes and NCDs either through voluntary measures, labelling transparency, portion control or taxation. The escalation of interest to address this issue from companies, governments and investors is encouraging but they must recognize that such a complex issue needs a systemic response that doesn’t depend on isolated and piecemeal measures. This will involve engaging with multiple stakeholders across sectors such as city governments, pharmaceutical companies and the healthcare sector more broadly to reduce the burden on public health systems.

16.04.2014 Race Among Medical Devices and Doctors: Analysis

Originally posted on ScienceRoll:
For some time now, I’ve been forming a think tank that would focus on issues related to the future of medicine. As a first step, we decided to address the issue of the changing world of medical devices and how such changes might affect the lives of medical professionals and patients.…

16.04.2014 GGM Chicago Investigative Journalism Unit

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$10 — pays for one GlobalGirl Blog
$25 — pays for transportation for one girl
$50 — pays for one GlobalGirl stipend for one day of shooting

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Currently GGM Chicago's Bureau reports local stories from the girls' communities and about citywide events. We now seek to add an investigative journalism unit to focus on issues central to their lives and communities -digging deeper from an inside-out perspective into issues from disparate rates of incarceration for minority youth to gun & drug distribution in their neighborhoods. We empower our young girls with the investigative journalism skills to break stories unique to their experiences.

Project Needs and Beneficiaries
As so many news outlets have turned away from serious investigative work due to budget and staff cuts, GGM Chicago sees this investigative unit as critical, especially in communities that are "redlined" by the news, and therefore not only under-reported but stereotyped or sensationalized.

Our program now has access to the human capital (professional journalists who serve as volunteers) to launch an investigative journalism unit and help develop our existing group of girls' reporting skills. Because of the rapidly changing and redefining of the journalism digital landscape, the need to teach and reinforce how a investigative story is built (research, develop hypothesis, test hypothesis) are even more necessary and timely.

Potential Long Term Impact
We are the only organization in Chicago and the country that has the youth network, mentors and outlets to provide a 'grassroots' perspective on significant issues, distributing nationally & worldwide. GGM not only strives to support the basic technology and media literacy of our students but also seeks to strengthen young women's ability to find, use and report information themselves. We believe that the new investigative unit of our News Bureau will be able to fulfill these expectations.

Project Sponsor: GLOBAL GIRL MEDIA
Theme: Women and Girls | Location: United States
Funding to Date: $0 | Need:$35,000
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16.04.2014 Q&A: What it takes to feed 842 million people worldwide


An estimated 842 million people globally suffer from chronic hunger.  Yet each year, 1.3 billion tons of food--one-third of global food production--are being wasted, even where people are starving.

The problems are complex. Everything from cultural beliefs, such as pregnant women shouldn’t eat eggs, to civil wars that prevent people from getting to market, can all have detrimental effects on food security.

Alleviating poverty isn’t just handing out food--it’s tackling the barriers to channels of food to those who aren’t receiving it.  

“We think strategically with communities about how they can produce more food, sell more food, and buy more food,”  said Cathy Bergman, deputy director of the Food Health and Nutrition Technical Support Unit at Mercy Corps.

Q: How do we define food security at Mercy Corps?

Cathy Bergman:  We think of food security as comprising four different aspects. The first is the existence of food in a person’s or a community’s environment. In most cases, there is food.

The next aspect is food access. For example, can everyone get to a market? There can be many issues that prevent access--everything from war to product prices to members of a household being favored for food over others.

The third aspect of food security is utilization. That means utilization in terms of food preparation, and whether your environment supports this in the long term. For example, you need to boil beans for three hours to make them palatable. We’d ask, where do you find the cooking fuel for this preparation? And in the case that you’re chopping down the nearest forest, is this sustainable in the long-term? We also think of utilization in terms of the body’s ability to use food. For example, diarrhea can prevent the body from absorbing nutrients properly.

Lastly, we make sure that all of that is true over time--resilience.

Q: Why does food security matter to Mercy Corps’ mission?

A: Without food security, production goes down substantially. Studies show that without proper nutritional intake between conception and age two, lifetime production falls 20 percent. Thus, if our mission at Mercy Corps is to enable secure, productive, and just communities, we need to address food security.

Q: So, Mercy Corps helps communities move from food security emergency to availability? Can you guide us through that journey?

A: There can be issues with food availability at the local level. The agricultural community in Niger had four bad years out of five, and it grew into a crisis. When Mercy Corps arrived in 2010, there was food in Niger. But the food was not making it to these communities. They had lost so many harvests that no one had money for food. Therefore, traders weren't bothering to travel to the area since they couldn’t earn a profit. Usually, in this situation, we would do a cash distribution, so people could purchase goods in the local market.  In this case, however, people had been insecure long enough that they'd gone into debt. If we had given them cash, their first priority would have been to pay off their creditors rather than buy food. With this understanding, we bought food in the capital and distributed it ourselves.

Availability is always the first thing we look at. Does food exist? But I'll be honest, in very rare occasions is that a problem. The world actually produces enough food for everybody right now. It's largely a question of access.

Q: If there is enough food, why aren't people getting enough?

A: Supplies go where demand is, so it's a macro version of the Niger problem. If there is no demand for rice in Democratic Republic of Congo because no one can afford it, then no one is going to bother to import it. Somebody has to make money. That is what is happening at the global, regional and local scale, and creating a population of chronically hungry people.

Q: What about in case of famine, such as in Somalia in 2011?

A: Food was there in Somalia in 2011--people just couldn't afford it, or they couldn't get to it. Similarly, in Ethiopia in the 1980s, food was there. In fact, a commonly recognized indicator of an approaching famine is skyrocketing food prices. Then it’s cyclical, similar to what we were talking about in Niger--traders aren't seeing the value of taking their goods to a certain market if no one has the ability to buy at the selling price.

Food exists in the countries we work in. The issue is access. Mercy Corps has increasingly been using cash-based programs, including vouchers, even when we need to just get food into people’s hands.

Q: Why are cash or vouchers better than distributing food itself?

A: By using cash and vouchers, we are able to support all the peripheral services, like the transporters who bring the traders and their customers to market, as well as farmers. Importing and distributing foods from the U.S. does not offer the same robust economic intervention that cash and vouchers allow on the local level.

It's worth noting that we almost always give the cash or vouchers to the women because they are more likely to use it as we intend. So, in Kurdistan in 2010, there was some ethnic conflict that was preventing people from getting to the market. We found that 90 percent of that cash given to women was spent on food.

Q: Can you speak about Mercy Corps’ programs having to do with access to markets?

A: Usually we deal with economic barriers to access. Like when prices are just too high. But we also see cyclical economic barriers to access, especially in areas where agriculture drives the economy. Often, there are one or two growing seasons, yielding one or two annual harvests. That means there are only one or two opportunities to make money during the year. In addition, most rural smallholder farmers sell crops because they need the cash for all these other things going on--health care, school fees, etc. Once things are paid for and the money is gone, were they able to hold back anything from their harvest? Probably not. So, there is cyclical hunger every year.

Q: What about connecting farmers to customers?

A: That’s another strategy, called value chain development, which connects farmers to markets and customers. The value chain is the step between producing and consuming.

The value chain could be as simple as this: Somebody grows tomatoes, then they sit beside the road, and somebody else buys one and eats it. We can also make more sophisticated value chains that increase profit for farmers.

For example, as a rural farmer, you could sun-dry tomatoes so you've processed them even before they leave your farm. You've increased the value of your crop against any raw tomato that is going to go bad in two days, yielding higher revenue for the farmer. Canning or drying can also make their crops available for consumption or purchase year round. Plus the additional income opportunity offered throughout the year is desired.

Q: What are your insights about the future of food security?

A: Today, an estimated 842 million people are chronically hungry. That's a lot of people. But food security is improving--three years ago that number was 1 billion.

The other good news is that we do produce enough food for everybody. If we had a completely efficient global food distribution system, no one would be hungry.

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16.04.2014 How Mountain Running Teaches Me Resilience

Connor Meakin – Productivity & Wellness advice from a Mountain Runner - Curious ramblings on exploring the outdoors, productivity, and weaving health and wellness into your life by Connor Meakin.

After running two mountain ultra’s last summer I knew I’d found something. I literally stumbled across an outlet to channel two of my favourite things: spending time in nature and pushing myself. You may not relate to the same degree, and perhaps you voice valid concerns around the long term health of runners. I will say that this is something I think about daily. How sustainable is it to be running up and down mountains six days a week… I’d like to be in the sport for the long haul — I hope that if I stay curious, I’ll achieve the longevity that I seek as I conquer the lofty goals I’ve set along the way. This sounds all fine and dandy, but what happens when disaster strikes? When things don’t follow the plan you’ve laid out, you’ll suffer but eventually learn and gain some perspective as I’m finding. Following a planned three week break from running in January, I got injured. Perhaps ironic that I got hurt after three weeks of little activity, but looking back, I jumped back into workouts too quickly. There was pain and suffering, but mostly extreme frustration over the ensuing three months. I rehabbed like crazy, and was stabbed with more IMS needles in places I’d rather not share. Fortunately, this was not a serious injury. I know there are some of you going through much more serious health issues than mine and for you I can attempt to empathize. Obstacles present opportunities You all have struggles, and I won’t act as though mine are more important than yours. What this obstacle did for me was expose a weakness. My running gait (fancy word for form) was terrible. It gave me the opportunity to learn and hopefully become a better runner. I started reading everything I could about the particular injury, what sort of muscular imbalances and running style caused it, and how to treat it. I pestered my physio, running coaches, and other resources on how to correct my issue, and more importantly, how to run properly. I find it off that despite playing every sport under the sun growing up and competing at a high level for years, I was never taught how to run. Seasons change, so do you We’re in a constant state of transition. Whether personally, professionally, or spiritually, I like to think we’re all striving to become better versions of our current selves. Part of transition is finding some life balance. Life is not always sunshine and butterflies. We project the highs but hide the lows. You have to learn to embrace the lows and put them in perspective for what truly matters. Family, career, a social life, AND be active, well, and fit? I  hear people say: “career, social life, fitness — pick two and be happy with what you have.” Maslow would not approve, that’s for sure. I want it all, and you should too. We have to be selfish with certain things in life. I spend 15-20 hours a week running in the mountains, and I know this is inherently selfish. But it also makes me happy and allows me to balance sitting at a desk the rest of the day… the ultimate contrast. Fulfillment in life comes from being content with yourself. Mountain running is making me eerily happy at the moment, so I’m going to keep doing it. Speaking of mountain running: a race cometh April 20 is my long awaited first race of the season in Ellensburg, Washington. I’m stoked to finally race again at the Yakima Skyline Rim 50km. I guess we’ll find out if my 5 am wakeups and hours spent with exercise bands around my knees doing goofy exercises is paying off.

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15.04.2014 GlobeScan and SustainAbility Webinar: Results of Our 20th Anniversary GSS Leaders Survey

GlobeScan and SustainAbility are delighted to invite you to a webinar on May 14th to discuss the results of our 20th anniversary survey: The 2014 GSS Sustainability Leaders Report. After 20 years, the GSS Leaders Report is the longest-running survey of its kind. In our latest survey, the 2014 Sustainability Leaders Report, we analyze the viewpoints of nearly 900 sustainability experts to answer a number of pressing questions, including:

  • Which companies do experts believe are leading the sustainability agenda in 2014?
  • What key factors set them apart?
  • How well are other actors – governments, NGOs, scientists, etc. – leading relative to the private sector?
  • How have conceptions of leadership shifted over the past 20 years?

Join us for a lively and insightful discussion led by Chris Coulter (co-CEO, GlobeScan) and Chris Guenther (Research Director, SustainAbility), who will share insights and answer your questions.

Chris Coulter, co-CEO, GlobeScan
Chris Guenther, Research Director, SustainAbility

May 14th, 2014
11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST

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15.04.2014 The 5 Cs of Business Model Innovation for Sustainability

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Which business model innovations have the most promise for sustainability? How are leading companies exploring them? What role can companies play in advancing more sustainable business models?

These are a few of the questions posed by SustainAbility’s latest think tank work, Model Behavior: 20 Business Model Innovations for Sustainability. In March, we held roundtable events in London and New York with representatives from Barclays, Cisco, Estée Lauder, Ikea, L’Oréal, Mitsubishi and Vodafone, among other organisations. Below are a few of the ideas we discussed. (As we held the discussions under Chatham House Rule, quotes from the discussion included below are edited to provide anonymity.)

  • Consumers and Customers are key: Business model innovation does not happen in a vacuum, and the element of customer and consumer desirability is paramount. In the words of one participant, “Consumers won’t sacrifice and they shouldn’t be asked to.” How far are consumers willing to go in a performance- and service-based, rather than product-based, economy? Companies feel the challenge of locking-in customers whilst offering them something fundamentally different. Dragon Rouge suggests visualisation is especially important for consumers. Their Brand Futures work, presented at Sustainable Brands in London in late 2013, sought to radically re-imagine high-profile UK businesses Argos, Bupa, easyJet, Morrisons, Primark and Rio Tinto. For instance, they painted pictures of catalogue merchant Argos repositioning itself to offer affordable leasing of all its products, and extractives company Rio Tinto pioneering the application of traditional mining technology to reclaim valuable metals, minerals and plastics from landfill.
  • Culture and Capabilities shouldn’t lock you in but set you free: Do some company cultures isolate them from or serve as obstacles to innovation? Some participants noted that many companies have social innovation or similar side funds, but that it is not enough: “How do we democratise social innovation inside the organisation?” There is consensus that enabling innovation requires both a mind-set and skill set internally embedded throughout the organisation. Many participants felt that great ideas exist within their companies, but that the company may need to change its culture or capabilities to unlock the innovation.
  • We can Collaborate: It’s difficult for a consumer-facing brand to collaborate with a competitor in a global marketplace. However, exploring the role that collaboration plays in supporting new business models for sustainability is essential. Participants recognised that working closely with others is crucial to the closed loop model, in particular. For instance, the London Sustainable Industries Park in East London was cited for its success in integrating the activities of complementary activities with a plastics recycling centre requiring water working with the neighbouring anaerobic digestion centre that produces water. The park’s success is seen in sharing energy, by-products, services and knowledge across industries. One participant also suggested that there are more opportunities for collaboration to be seized. For example, could companies – such as those in the footwear and apparel or IT sectors – work with peers and logistics companies –such as UPS and DHL – to develop a common approach to investing in product take-back, thereby scaling up closed loop systems currently undertaken only at the level of individual companies?

What also struck us was the value of drawing upon the experiences of other companies and applying the lessons learned to guide innovation elsewhere, such as realising the benefit of a senior internal champion, as was the case in the early development stages of M-PESA at Vodafone. One participant asked, “What sort of leadership and systems do we need to get to these 20 business models?”

Model Behavior is the first step in the development of a larger practice area on business model innovation at SustainAbility. As such, we are actively considering plausible future areas of research. The next phase may focus on gaining a better understanding of the internal culture and conditions that enable business model innovation and/or take a step back and look across sectors at the kind of change that needs to happen in particularly unsustainable industries. We are interested in exploring these topics in concert with partners and sponsors and welcome exploratory conversations with potential collaborators in the coming weeks.

If you are interested in exploring further research on business model innovation, please contact report co-author Lindsay Clinton.

15.04.2014 "Communities Young Voice"

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$38 — Provide information dissemination on project and its achievments on mass media for a month
$40 — Provide with stationary and training for young people in rural communities
$53 — Provide media tools for a beneficiary.

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This project will give an opportunity to get the basic principles of journalistic writing, media and IT, which enhance young beginner journalists' capacity to write a feature and an article in a professional way. They will contribute to the development and free dissemination, independent and pluralistic information through applying creative and innovative approaches, thus assisting in the establishment of democratic values, diverse and harmonious development of the society.

Project Needs and Beneficiaries
The rural people live in extreme poverty and they can't earn even their every-day bread. Many of them are disappointed and they leave the village.
Lack of any basic skills of youth journalism
Lack of communication between peers from other communities
Low creative opportunities.
Very limited knowledge of ICT capability
Low level of awareness on modern technical means

After the project the Online Center will be established, the direct beneficiaries will disseminate the information on the Center in their communities and involve the participants to become beneficiaries in the Center. The Online Center will organize training on blogging and their works will be set in the blogs. The Center will also organize seminars, training courses, forums as well as provide tools for media and IT development.

Potential Long Term Impact
Develop creative and research skills of 300 young beginner journalists
Increase level of knowledge of the ICT sector.
Solution of unemployment problem for the successful beneficiaries.
Create a platform to communicate with each other, share ideas among beneficiaries
Prepare and disseminated information about the Centre and its activities.
Familiarize society with articles, materials prepared by our beneficiaries.

Project Sponsor: Zartonk-89
Theme: Technology | Location: Armenia
Funding to Date: $0 | Need:$46,870
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