The world’s oceans contain millions of tons of trash, much of it collected into vast gyres of plastic and debris. Even if humanity stopped putting garbage in the water today, researchers project that these garbage patches would continue growing for hundreds of years. One such trash vortex, known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (Wikipedia), already spans hundreds of miles.
How do we get all that garbage out? Boyan Slat, a 19-year-old Dutch aeronautical engineering student, is raising $2 million to build an ocean cleanup contraption he designed to passively funnel garbage to specific collection points. Working with a team of over 100 people, he recently released a 528-page feasibility study (PDF) detailing how the complex technology works and grappling with questions of legality, costs, environmental impact, and potential pitfalls...
Co-founded by longtime friends and colleagues, Jay Coen Gilbert,Bart Houlahan, and Andrew Kassoy, B Lab is fueling a global movement to redefine “success” in business, so that all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world. B Lab is challenging the status quo by building a new sector, legal structure, and standards; empowering a community of certified B Corporations; and advancing public policies that enable companies to create financial, social, and environmental value for both its shareholders and for society. With 20 states having passed Benefit Corporation legislation, nearly 1,000 B Corporations certified, and 16,000 companies using its tools, B Lab is focused on accelerating the global adoption of this new model.
The Skoll World Forum is a programme of the Skoll Foundation and is co-produced with the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School, Oxford University. The Forum is an invitation only event and new delegates are identified by our extensive referral network.
Its aim: to highlight the significant potential of rural entrepreneurship and promote sustainable development of rural areas.
Today, 47% of the world’s population still live in rural areas but rural exodus has become an important international issue. In 2007, for the first time in the history of mankind, urban populations exceeded those of rural areas, posing serious challenges of which we are all aware.
One way to temper this trend is through the spread of rural entrepreneurship, which is key to sustaining livelihoods in rural areas. By exploring and sharing knowledge on the best entrepreneurial practices and solutions, the Rural World Entrepreneurship Forum seeks to nurture rural innovations with a clear focus on empowering rural areas.
Organized jointly by the World Entrepreneurship Forum and the Environmental Forum of India (EFOI), the 1st Rural World Entrepreneurship Forum was inaugurated by India’s Minister for Agriculture, Hon. Sharadchandraji Pawar, in front of 3,500 people.
The initiator of the Forum, Mrs. Sunetra Pawar, Founder and President of EFOI, presented it as “a platform for entrepreneurs to showcase their ideas, vision and how they will impact the rural entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country”.
The two day in-depth discussion highlighted innovative initiatives likely to create jobs, develop self-reliant rural communities and therefore reinforce the ties between local people and their villages.
Among the innovative companies presented:
Gadhia Solar Energy Systems has invented and commercialised several types of solar oven.
ARTI (Appropriate Rural Technology Institute) converts agricultural waste into charcoal, develops biomass fuels and energy-efficient household devices.
MittiCool has developed an entire range of earthenware products for daily use in the kitchen.
Does Your Social Enterprise Start-Up Have What It Takes to Make a Difference and Become Self-Sufficient?
With more than 26 years’ combined experience developing and studying social enterprises in the field across Africa and in the United States, Wharton professor Ian MacMillan and Dr. James Thompson, director of the Wharton Social Enterprise Program, have found that social entrepreneurs do not face greater risk than traditional entrepreneurs in launching a social enterprise; they face greateruncertainty.
In The Social Entrepreneur’s Playbook, MacMillan and Thompson provide a tough-love approach that guides aspiring social entrepreneurs to systematically decrease uncertainty and significantly increase the likelihood of a successful social enterprise launch. They offer critical frameworks and tools to help them take the next step when they are ready.
IAN MACMILLAN, The Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Said Business School, University of Oxford and W.K. Kellogg Foundation announce launch of the Oxford Impact Investing Programme
...In 2007, WKKF committed $100 million of its $7 billion endowment to
invest directly in social enterprises that fit the profile of its
mission to create conditions that improve the lives of vulnerable
children, families and communities. The foundation’s Mission Driven
Investing portfolio (MDI) has already achieved a total return rate of
4.2 percent over the past two years – within its goal of 4-6 percent...
The expression was coined by Alexandre Dumas in the novel The Mohicans of Paris, in 1864, and offers a succinct definition of any piece of detective pulp fiction, namely that no matter what the problem is there is usually a woman behind it. In the world of cinema it has come to refer to explanations that are always based on the same root cause, no matter what the problem is. Anyway, don’t get me wrong. There was no problem with Prof. Conchita Galdón, apart from finding it impossible to keep up with her without the help of skilful and friendly ski instructor Jorge Sánchez-Seco, who you’ll see at the beginning of this video.
Prof. Galdón is thoughtful and conscientious as a researcher, as she is focused on helping people. She co-founded Puentes Global which uses the power of social entrepreneurship to help individuals and organizations make the most of their international mobility experience. She studied economics, holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and International Development from Harvard, and is real fun.
She said that “nothing beats nature”. That’s definitely one to remember!