Social Impact Bonds are Wall Street’s way of support social change with profit incentives. Profits margins are substantially less at an average 12% return over five years of investment. But so is the risk.
Martha’s Vineyard: John Abrams of South Mountain Company and Steve Bernier of Cronig’s Markets join ThatMatters Live with Shane & Monika, a new weekly web chat show featuring “Entrepreneurs and Startups for Social Good” for an inspiring conversation on building a sustainable community.
How Green is Martha’s Vineyard? Let us count the ways! Join Two Island Mavericks who have been practicing social entrepreneurship for 30 years. John Abrams -Founder of South Mountain Company & Steve Bernier -Owner: Cronig’s Island Market. Tuesday, November 26. 3pm-4pm. Live on Web.
No longer is “green living” a term reserved for zealots munching on gorp or those outfitting their mountain homes in an environmentally conscious manner. Across New York City, developers have caught on to the sustainable building movement that has already begun to permeate through corporate office buildings and government spaces, and it is catching on in a big way.
In 2004, Saul Garlick, started an organization, “Student Movement for Real Change,” while still an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University. The purpose of his changemaking organization was: “to encourage entrepreneurship in third world communities.” Through Real Change, students lived with local families in South Africa or Kenya “building social businesses along with the local residents.”
The 2013 Mashable Social Good Summit held at the 92St Y, jointly sponsored by the Melinda & Bill Gates and United Nations Foundations, introduced new business concepts across three generations. Over three days, Gen Y, Gen X, and Boomers met and discussed how 21st century entrepreneurs can make a living while making a difference.
The Columbia Business School Social Enterprise Conference aggregates the most compelling topics in social enterprise and the leaders in the social innovation entrepreneurial movement. You can tell its organized by graduate business school students and faculty by the sheer efficiency of the conference format.
New York, NY: When former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, launched the UN Global Compact over a decade ago, he was far ahead of the trend of “business for a better world.” The Secretary understood that in order to advance human rights across the globe, he would need the support of civil society, private and public business institutions, as well as government. The Compact outlined ten principle goals to establish a more humane and socially and environmentally sustainable world. The work of the Compact continues this week finding its voice in the Social Good Summit at the 92Y co-sponsored by the UN Foundation, Mashable, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
It’s a long way to Sebastopol, California from New York City (3,012 miles), but if you are out that way this summer, don’t miss a stop at Taylor Maid Farms for a cup of Java you won’t forget!
Since President Obama continues to hedge on his position on the Keystone XL Pipeline, we wanted to share with you comments from the esteemed environmental research group, “Friends of the Earth” in Berkeley, California.
Despite apathy on the part of the FDA, the USDA has launched a non-GMO labelling program. Meat and eggs derived from animals who were not fed genetically-modified feed can now be labeled as such.
Three Italian ministers have signed a decree which will ban Monsanto’s MON810 maize, one of the two genetically modified crops currently legally grown in Europe and sold commercially. To keep the “Made in Italy” name pure, 80% of the Italian public support the initiative.