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

23.10.2014 Ethiopia’s seed banks

SciDev reports:
The community seed bank in Chefe Donsa, a village two hours’ drive east of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, collects and preserves the seeds of local crops to ensure farmers have a steady supply of seeds to sow each year.

The Chefe Donsa seed bank is just one of 13 established in different climatic areas of the country. The nation’s central seed bank, which the Ethiopian Institute of Biodiversity set up in Addis Ababa, helps researchers and farmers retain agricultural biodiversity. By preserving this, researchers hope to strengthen food security in the country and mitigate the risk of famine, which is increasing due to climate change-related droughts.

23.10.2014 Building 'OuedKniss' Algeria

In Wamda...

"how 5 teenagers built one of Algeria's biggest websites":
The story of Algeria’s eighth most visited website started eight years ago when police showed up to shut down a suburban street market. For decades the market would regularly pop up on a street called Oued Kniss in the Algiers suburb of Kouba. People would buy, sell, and swap anything they could imagine, from television sets to carpets. “It was really nice,” remembers Mehdi Bouzid.

Like many other teens in Algeria circa 2006, Bouzid and his four friends, Hichem Soudah, Amine Benmouffok, Ahmed Bouaouina, and Djamel Eddine Dib, dreamt of starting a blog. They had already had in mind the idea of a classified platform for their friends, so, when Oued Kniss’ souk closed, they decided to hurry their plans along, get set up in a nearby cybercafe, and create their website. In homage to the street market that they felt played a huge part in Algiers’ identity, they called it Ouedkniss.
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23.10.2014 Nguka Tableware

From Fatimata Ly:
Designed in Dakar and made in Stoke-on-Trent, Nguka is a line of silk-screen printed ceramic plates designed by Fatimata Ly. The line draws its inspiration from Senegalese women portraiture in the 50’s and 60’s. The plates are designed with heirloom colors such as blue and yellow.
Nguka is a tribute to Senegalese women from garments to hairstyle. The English Fine Bone China plates can be used as collectible or highly sophisticated tableware...[more here]

23.10.2014 Our Building Blocks of Early-Stage Support

Echoing Green’s approach to supporting groundbreaking, early-stage social entrepreneurs runs much deeper than a two-year stipend and health insurance.

Over the past several years, Echoing Green has worked to deepen our support for our Fellows, even as we expand the Fellowship program as part of the strategic growth of the organization. Through working with–and learning from–over 600 Fellows, we’ve developed a standard rubric and clearly defined building blocks for approaching and measuring our support. We’ve also identified the need for any standardization to be flexible enough to accommodate the unique set of challenges of each individual Fellow and their innovative approaches, often unproven models, and distinct and disparate regions of impact.

With the support of USAID, we’re proud to present Our Philosphy of Fellow Support, in which we outline our Individual Fellow Plan (IFP)—an internal system for stewarding the social entrepreneurs with whom we work. Each year, new Fellows are matched with a Fellowship Associate, known internally as Portfolio Managers, who will use the IFP to support them through the following universal goals:

1. Raising money in appropriate amounts for their stage and size of need.
2. Operating according to clear, written short-term plans and goals.
3. Internalizing a philosophy of regular measurement against a documented theory of change.
4. Remaining committed to working on their issue and/or organization, at a high level of passion and energy, beyond the first two years of their Fellowship.
5. Identifying and mapping solutions for two to three additional areas that may only be relevant to that particular Fellow at that time, such as hiring an executive team or building a thought leadership capacity.

The IFP is an ongoing work in progress, and Echoing Green is committed to learning and iterating on our processes. However, we do believe that an individualized plan and dedicated support, combined with early-stage seed funding and the engagement of the Echoing Green network, leads to greater long-term successes of early-stage social entrepreneurs. In addition, by creating a dashboard of comparable data–both qualitative and quantitative–our team can see trends in both challenges and opportunities in order to constantly fine-tune our own work and goals to meet those of our Fellows and the broader social impact community.

The Echoing Green Fellowship:
Our Philosophy of Fellow Support

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23.10.2014 Tomato Jos

On Kickstarter:
Tomato Jos is an African agricultural production company that believes in the power of farming and processing local food products for local consumption.

22.10.2014 Michael Harvey to Speak at the London Climate Forum

SustainAbility Analyst Michael Harvey will be speaking at the London Climate Forum 2014, a student-led conference to be held at Imperial College London on November 22, 2014.

The aim of the London Climate Forum is to inspire students to take action in response to climate change through sustainability and social enterprise by providing them with a series of interactive exhibitions and talks on what climate change is and realistic solutions.

Built on the belief that students have the power and potential to create a sustainable future, London Climate Forum 2014 will bring together leading thinkers from politics, business, campaigning, media, science, and engineering.

Michael will be giving a talk on how SustainAbility is helping companies become more sustainable and prepare for the changing climate.

Register here to attend.

21.10.2014 Development Should Include Everyone

Inclusive development  is gaining momentum on the global agenda, but is the international development sector actually listening to its own advice? Inclusive development means ensuring that the benefits of economic growth and social progress reach a broad base, generating improvements in the lives of the most vulnerable. Whereas GDP growth was once the primary target […]

21.10.2014 Kailash Satyarthi: Social Entrepreneur and Engineer of Freedom

My long-time friend, colleague and mentor has just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Kailash Satyarthi is a hero to many people, all of them certainly glad that this kind, original and tenacious man has at last received such recognition. As my career has been devoted to advancing and realizing his ideas, I want to […]

21.10.2014 Crossing Boundaries: How Diverse Educational Institutions are Collaborating for Impact

“All the interesting problems cross boundaries. Some straddle disciplines. Some require co-operation between business, government, academia and non-profit groups. So you have to train people to cross boundaries.” –David Ellwood, Dean, Harvard Kennedy School of Government This is a time of extraordinary innovation in education around the world, and higher education is no exception. Almost […]

21.10.2014 Cada Vida Creates Opportunities for Colombian Women

An estimated 60 percent of the world’s poor are women. Though organizations all over the globe are working to close this gender gap, women worldwide still face many challenges in accessing education, employment opportunities, and equal pay and job training. In Colombia, this feminization of poverty is compounded by a male-dominated family structure that impedes […]

21.10.2014 Webinar: Shattering Myths and Talking Trends in Youth Employment Innovations

Tune in to our G+ Hangout on November 4th at 8:00pm to discuss trends and myths in innovation for youth employment. Across Africa, as in the rest of the world, a faster pace in the workplace signals a drive towards a more creative talent pool that is not afraid to dabble in intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship. Many youth employment solutions incorporate skills training to unlock opportunities for the youth population.

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21.10.2014 Innovative Tech is Transforming Agriculture

(3BL Media and Just Means)- Farming and technology. Not words the average consumer associates with one another. But for Soli Ltd, an Israel-based, farm-tech and food export company that specializes in the breeding and cultivating of hybrid vegetable seeds, and Tian Leh Eco-Farm, a farm in China that focuses on producing high quality produce, farming and technology work hand-in-hand.

“Farm tech encompasses all parts of agriculture,” Issac Liebreich, Founder of Soli and expert ergonomist, told me. “For example, we use a computer system to control irrigation, climate, fog, lighting and pest control in our greenhouses.”

Farm technologies help produce higher yields and more importantly to Soli and Tian Leh Eco-Farm, higher quality. Open field crops can also incorporate farm technology systems and include virus resistant, seed hybrids, seed breeding and variety expansion.

“We are developing new varieties with new resistances to virus. If you want better resistance, you reduce the use of chemicals and breed varieties which can withstand the harm of insects and viruses,” Liebreich told me.

The goal of Soli’s work is to increase the global supply of high quality and sustainable produce. Liebreich sees the market for high quality produce rapidly expanding in China, and he thinks Tian Leh Eco-Farm is jumping into this market at the most opportune time.

“There is no limit for better quality in China. For the next 20 years, we see a huge growth opportunity. There’s an opportunity to make money, not to become rich, but established. And even more, there’s a huge need for high quality food distribution,” Liebreich told me in an interview.

Just as we have experienced a decline in varieties of fruits and vegetables in the United States, Liebreich described the same about China.

“Forty years ago, you’d see a big mess of tomatoes on the shelves: red, yellow, green. But today, all tomatoes are the same,” said Liebreich. 

This reason is why Founders of Tian Leh Eco-Farm and the married couple, Hui Wang and Luyao Li, are giving up their chance at the American dream, choosing to use their Masters degrees from Northeastern and MIT, respectively, to invest into China’s agricultural systems. Wang spent his childhood helping his parents on the family farm. He saw dozens of people abandon their family farms and head for factory jobs in the cities.

“The industrial revolution attracted families away from their farms and into the cities. There wasn’t enough money in small scale, family-operated agricultural to provide for a family so men and women left the fields and went to work in urban factories. Many farms became less-attended and desolate. Hui’s vision is to demonstrate that a new modal of farming practices, planned and operated by college graduates can be financially sustainable and support Earth’s natural systems too,” Li explained.

Tian Leh Eco-Farm’s tagline is “to return nature back to farming and farming back to people” and this influences every decision the farm makes. Wang incorporates practices of biomimicry into every activity. For example, the goats, corn, wheat, geese and fishery at Tian Leh form a mini-ecosystem with a virtuous cycle of converting waste of one species into food, energy and fertilizer for others

“By modeling natural systems, Tian Leh Eco-Farm restores and advances the land of Bengbu and provides easy access to sustainable food,” said Li. “Our mission is to stand as a model of high-tech, sustainable farming. We want to produce high quality food through sustainable farming practices in order to reconnect the Chinese, urban professional with their food and with nature. We also want to help others create a lifestyle of serenity, gratitude and connection to the Earth as our customers understand the food on their plates.”

Wang was the first person from his village of Bengbu to receive a Master’s degree - Wang trained as a mechanical engineer- and the first to study in the United States. His family worked hard to send him to college and never imagined he would return home…for farming. But Wang “felt called to his land” and today, he and Li are almost three years into turning devastated land into a nutrient-rich, highly-productive and diverse farm. Soon they plan to incorporate technology into their every day, farming activities.

Wang and Li recently visited Soli’s headquarters in Israel in order to better understand farm tech.  What they discovered is that many of Soli’s high quality produce breeds suit the Chinese palette and could bring large potential market opportunity if domesticated in the Chinese market.

“They have excellent soil, excellent water, and excellent conditions which is not an easy thing to find in China. It’s very unique,” said Liebreich.

Soli and Tian Leh Eco-Farm are currently exploring the possibility of partnership. They know have a lot to offer one another and are both seeking to grow supply and demand for sustainable produce in China. One seed at a time.

Read more about Soli Ltd and Tian Leh Eco-Farm.

 

 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 2:30pm

21.10.2014 Fiber-Mud and Solar Powered 3D printers

The field of 3D printing continues to evolve on a number of fronts from input materials:
A new Italian company is demonstrating a super-tall, portable machine that will bring 3D-printed dwellings to impoverished regions.

The project comes from the 3D printer company WASP, which demonstrated the technology at Maker Faire Rome. Their building-making printer, a gargantuan 20′ tall, three-armed delta machine, can be assembled on site in two hours, according to WASP CEO Massimo Moretti, then filled with native mud and fiber, and used to cheaply construct dwellings. He explains that this gives the ability to work more closely with natural forms rather than the square-shaped block homes that common brick dwellings are made from. He also passionately explains how this will help people express the power of their mind, rather than just of constructing something by hand...[more here]
...to power supply sources:
Quasi-portable Solar 3D Printer. The quasi-portable solar-powered RepRap on a cart meant for schools or small businesses. (Credit: Debbie King)
Open-source solar-powered 3D printers could bring 3D printing to remote areas, Joshua Pearce at Michigan Technological University has proposed.

One version features an array of solar photovoltaic panels and a stand-alone printer that could be stationed in a sunny schoolyard and print anything from consumer toys to science lab equipment.

The second system is smaller and fits in a suitcase, based on a RepRap 3D printer and can thus replicate itself and make parts for larger printers. And it can go almost anywhere...[continue reading]

20.10.2014 Zoë Arden and Matt Loose to Present at Sustainable Brands London

SustainAbility Directors Zoë Arden and Matt Loose will present “Business Model Innovation: Redesigning Value Delivery and Unlocking New Benefits in the Process” at Sustainable Brands London on Monday, November 3 from 1:30pm – 4:30pm.

Prepare for a deep dive into emerging business model innovations that are disrupting industries while having significant positive social and/or environmental impacts. This workshop will break down 20 such innovative models in order to help attendees better understand their origins, mechanics and implications. From producing on demand, to rematerialization, to inclusive sourcing, to building entire new marketplaces, to differential pricing – this workshop will shed light on the latest insights on business model innovation for sustainability. This session is based on SustainAbility’s recently published report, Model Behavior: 20 Business Model Innovations for Sustainability.

About Sustainable Brands London

This year marks the third year Sustainable Brands is gathering in London. Dedicated business leaders from companies such as Unilever, Marks & Spencer, BASF, Heineken and others are planning to participate as well as thought leaders from Guardian Sustainable Business, Forum for the Future, SustainAbility and more. There is a conscious effort to bring unexpected participants together – large multinational corporations, start-ups, NGOs, academia, investors and government agencies – each bringing a unique perspective but shared passion for shifting the world to a sustainable economy. The Reimagine, Redesign, Regenerate theme prompts leaders to actively reimagine what’s possible when unlikely partners collaborate to build multi-stakeholder partnerships and formerly siloed conversations end up in the same room together.

Review the Sustainable Brands London program and receive a 20% discounted conference ticket when you register with SustainAbility’s promo code NWsaSB14L.

20.10.2014 Return On News: Penguins, Pandas, and Pirates, Oh My!

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20.10.2014 Lovelace Day and Women Tech Leaders of the Future

Last week, the world celebrated Ada Lovelace Day. Most people have never heard of Lovelace and many still don’t know who she is. Yet, every time you turn on your computer, you owe her a debt. After years of languishing in obscurity (or being known solely as the daughter of the poet Lord Byron), Lovelace […]

17.10.2014 Quit, Get Lost and Support the New Economy: Redefining Entrepreneurship

(3BL Media and Just Means) - It’s a new economy: slow living, locavores, new entrepreneurs, and community-based practitioners. The idea of what it means to be an entrepreneur and to start and grow a business is changing. According to Claire Wheeler, Vermont-based, MBA in Sustainability Alum from Marlboro Graduate College and Founder of Rework, a consultancy which supports local business owners to do the work they love, says that what our economy needs most is a bunch of quitters; entrepreneurs willing to pursue the change they want to make in the world, even if it means walking away from a cushy job.

“We're taught at a young age to go to work in exchange for the promise of security - a return on the precious investment of our smarts, skills and a whole lot of our time. We are told that if we put in our time now, someday we will retire, relax and enjoy life,” says Wheeler. “I realized that even though I had a good job and was doing good work, I didn’t feel good.”

The defining moment for Wheeler, when she knew she wanted to quit her job and commit to fostering her local economy in Montpelier, was her very first experience in her MBA program. Her professor, Beverly Winterscheid, Founder of Center for Nature and Leadership, instructed the class to hike a mountain, in total silence, in the middle of January. Her goal was for the class to “get lost.”

Wheeler wrote this about her experience in a recent blog post on Rework’s website:  “We were told to turn off our phones, left to retrieve some primordial skill of gauging the passing of time to know when to return to the parking lot. We didn’t have maps and even though the terrain was new to all of us, our professor was not the least bit concerned. Instead, she whispered the final words we’d hear all afternoon: ‘get lost.’”

The professor’s goal of this activity was for the students, as Wheeler puts it, “to let go of what we knew in order to find ourselves.” For Wheeler, “getting lost” was the beginning in a shift in her thinking about business and her role in it.  She knew she could use her MBA to support local artists and business owners in Vermont and intentionally join the “new economy.”  Rework, Wheeler’s consultancy firm, is designed to stay small. Their goal is to empower the local change makers, creative geniuses and community-based businesses through a variety of business solutions including project management, financial literacy, and work flow design, among others.

“I will never look back,” says Wheeler. “Today, I support a local midwifery practice with financial projections, project management and long-term business planning. I’ve helped a furniture maker streamline his accounting processes and a massage therapist create an online scheduling system. I love what I do because I'm eliminating the barriers, the small details of the day-to-day, so that the new economy can thrive.

Wheeler continues, “My passion is to support the success of these entrepreneurs by working with them on the parts of the business that they struggle with, that keep them up at night, that create stress, so that together we can transform that stress into solutions that work for them. Rework is about sitting down, identifying the challenge, and crafting creative solutions together that give clients less stress and more impact.”

Rework measures success in a new way too: growing in line with the needs the community and our clients; making strategic decisions which embody mutual support; and building a world which supports the flourishing of the earth and people, one business at a time. Notice that acquisition, expanding operations and making millions were not on this list. Wheeler wants Rework’s legacy to be about her community and not about building her own fortune. She continually reminds herself to “get lost.”

Wheeler writes in a recent blog post on Reworks’ website:

“By being willing to get lost, we give ourselves the opportunity to take a risk and reclaim our work. Individuals are quitting traditional employment to earn a living by offering their true gifts and following their passions. Non-profits are implementing enterprising models to sustain their missions. Businesses are adopting bottom-line strategies and multi-stakeholder operating models. This is not business as usual! This is a shift of consciousness, a new way of being.”

This is the new economy.

Thanks to Rework and to Claire for contributing pieces of their blog. Read it in its entirety and get inspired. Check out Claire’s MBA in Sustainability program at Marlboro Graduate College.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 3:00pm

17.10.2014 Don't be shy. Run towards your big vision.


As I was walking to work one day this week, I saw this cute Corgi (pictured above) on the street. At first he was shy. He watched me with half of his face hidden behind the wall. But as I walked closer, his excitement overwhelmed him. He ran out of hiding to say hello and invited me to pet him (so soft!).

Sometimes that's how we are with our Big Visions. Shy at first. Testing the waters. Not wanting to make a commitment. But here's the important part. The excitement. When we get SO excited about something that we just HAVE to do it, or learn more about it, or share it with others, we need to let go and run towards it.

When you feel pulled towards something that makes you go "Oooooooh!" Move towards it. Get closer. See what it's all about. For example, I often take photos on my walks to and from work.


A color will catch my eye and compel me to take out my phone and look closer.


 Sometimes I decide that it doesn't look as great as I thought it would, and I keep walking.


Other times, halfway through editing it on Instagram, I'll decide that the image or moment isn't drawing me in anymore. I discard the edits and delete the photo.


But a lot of the time, if I stop to photograph something I feel inexplicably drawn to, the photo turns out even more beautifully than I could have imagined. And that makes me happy. Very happy.

Big Vision experiment: Move towards what excites you, attracts you, or draws you in this week.

All photos by me.