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The Rise of the Entrepreneur Activist

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Paul Lamb writes for the Huffington Post:

Long gone are the days of street protests and hunger strikes. These days the socially concerned 30 and under crowd are mostly on laptops joining Facebook Causes pages, Tweeting their moral outrage, and texting $5 donations to disaster relief efforts in between TV shows. Slactivism rules… or so we are told.

Such portrayals ignore what many Gen Y and Zers (youth under 18 years of age) are doing in the real world to address poverty, injustice, global warming and other pressing issues of our day.

One increasingly popular hands-on approach is social enterprise.

Social enterprise — the merging of profit making businesses with social causes — presents a very different approach to social change. In the past most changemakers and activists viewed business as the enemy. Today an increasing number view it as a tool to achieve better results and a more practical way to sustain good works over time.

Read Lamb’s article:The Rise of the Entrepreneur Activist

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Shift to resource efficient economy in EU predicted to create business opportunities

Monday, December 6th, 2010

The European Environment Agency (EEA) report released last week concludes that a fully integrated approach to transforming Europe to a resource-efficient green economy can not only result in a healthy environment, but also boost prosperity and social cohesion.

The Executive Director of the EEA, Jacqueline McGlade, told a press conference at the European Parliament that this is “the most comprehensive report that we have up to date on Europe’s environment. Environmental legislation as we’ve known it is no longer able to meet these challenges” she warned.

The President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek stressed the urgency of the environmental challenges saying that “It’s affecting our citizens, the quality of water we drink, food we eat, and the air we breathe. There’s no simple solution. So regulators, businessmen and citizens need to act together.”

Representatives from the European Commission agreed with this sentiment and stressed the importance of improving the efficiency of resource usage.

Environment Minister Joke Schauvliege said that “these challenges are an opportunity to shift to a resource efficient economy that would boost the EU, create new business opportunities, drive innovation and provide a crucial contribution to green and sustainable employment.”

More article on the need for developing a green economy in EU

UK economic recovery ‘poses threat to environment’

Butterflies or Business – Europe can have both

Growing demand for resources ‘threatens EU economy’

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Green Business Could Become Economic Engine if Congress Sees the Light

Monday, November 29th, 2010

The nonprofit Next 10 and Collaborative Economics report that green manufacturing jobs in California grew 19% between 1995 and 2008, while during this same period overall manufacturing jobs fell by 9%. In the first half of 2010, California green business attracted almost $3 billion in venture capital, making it the top state for green technology patents. In fact, between 2007-2009 over 450 patents for solar, wind and advanced battery technologies were registered in the state, far outpacing any previous two year period.

The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economics and Statistics Administration released a report “Measuring the Green Economy” – a first step toward measuring the size and composition of the emerging green economy and the number of green jobs it’s created. The report found that green products and services contributed 1-2% of US GDP in 2007, with revenues between $370 and $516 billion. In 2009, there were 1.8 – 2.4 million green jobs, mostly in green services, not manufacturing. Energy efficiency, resource conservation and pollution control accounted for 80-90% of employment and revenue.


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Don’t Worry About The Bedbugs — Eliminate the Financial Parasites

Friday, October 29th, 2010

By John Harrington for the Huffington Post

Growing up in rural East Texas, I thought I knew what poverty looked like — I certainly didn’t know what it cost. You don’t unless you are locked in with few ways out and preyed upon by check cashers, payday lenders, pawnshops and rent-to-own bandits.

One doesn’t need to read Gary Rivlin’s Broke USA: From Pawnshops To Poverty, Inc. — How The Working Poor Became Big Business to be educated about how expensive being poor in America can be — just walk into the Fruitvale or West Oakland neighborhoods of Oakland, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Or, you can walk down Mission Street in the Mission District or on Market Street in San Francisco and see lots of people lined up in front of payday lenders and check cashers on almost every corner. They are also in almost every American city and accounted for over $113 billion in business nationally in 2007, including check cashing, payday loans, money orders, and money wiring.

Continue reading ”Don’t Worry About The Bedbugs — Eliminate the Financial Parasites.”

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