Author: Derek Markham

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Is the World Ready for Sacred Economics?

If we truly want to work toward a more sustainable world, and a more sustainable economy, it might be necessary to redefine our relationship with money, and to retool our financial systems, in order to transition to a new type of economy – one that puts an emphasis on community, the commons, resource-based economics, and […]

December 20th

GlaxoSmithKline to Stop Paying Doctors to Sell Their Drugs

One of the world’s largest drug companies, GlaxoSmithKline, is breaking with one of the pharmaceutical industry’s standard sales techniques, and focusing instead on the interests of its patients. Drug companies have found that it’s effective for their sales to pay doctors and other healthcare professionals to chat up other physicians about their products, and then […]

December 19th

Could a Global Supergrid be the Key to Our Renewable Energy Future?

[This article was written by Cory Connolly and originally published at Mosaic.] With the development of the smart-grid and distributed generation, the trend in energy seems to be local, but the future of the electric grid may in fact be more regional and global. In the United States, as in many countries throughout the world, […]

December 18th

Moringa Trees Fight Deforestation, Improve Food Security in Rural Kenya

By introducing and cultivating the fast-growing drought tolerant moringa tree in villages in rural Kenya, the Green World Campaign (GWC) is helping villagers reverse deforestation, improve soil fertility, and increase their food security. Between deforestation and short-term farming tactics that don’t replenish soil nutrients, farmland in Kenya has been severely depleted, and when combined with […]

December 16th

New Crowdfunding Platform Combines Funding with Philanthropy

In a twist on the current technique of crowdfunding, a new platform aims to add a charitable angle to crowdsourcing fundraising efforts by enabling both the entrepreneurs using the site, as well as their backers, to pledge a portion of that money to charity. With the conventional and rapidly growing crowdfunding model, which (if you’ve […]

December 16th

Is Bitcoin Mining Killing the Planet with its Massive Carbon Footprint?

Bitcoin, the latest virtual specie and darling of advocates of alternative, decentralized, and peer-to-peer currencies, has been making waves in currency speculation and spurring interest from investors and traders. And on the surface, bitcoin has a lot going for it, such as being digital, anonymous, decentralized, and open source, with its value not being tied […]

December 13th

The Principles of Economics that Drive the Economic Machine

For many of us, aside from economists and financial analysts, the basic principles of economics that drive the global financial system are something that we may have been exposed to briefly in an academic setting during our education, but that we rarely acknowledge as we go about our daily lives. It’s one thing to learn […]

December 12th

World Record Crowdfunding Campaign to Fund Tallest Skyscraper in Colombia

[This article was written by Alex Hayes and originally published by Mosaic.] The largest successful crowdfunding campaign in history just raised over $200 million, from 3,800 backers, for an ambitious project to build the tallest skyscraper in Colombia. The BD Bacatá is a skyscraper funded on the Prodigy Network, a crowdfunding platform. Once complete, the […]

December 12th

Our gift to you: $25 to start investing in clean energy!

Want to get started investing in solar energy? Our friends over at Mosaic, the leading solar energy investment platform, are generously giving away $25 to new investment accounts that sign up through our link (we don’t receive any money from this, and it isn’t an affiliate link, just a holiday gift). “Mosaic connects investors to […]

December 11th

Just Released: Guide to Early-Stage Global Impact Investing

For impact investors interested in funding early-stage social enterprises, there’s a new comprehensive guide available to help develop an effective investment strategy, as well as to serve as a guide for best utilizing capital in the service of not just profits, but also social good. The new e-guide from Toniic and Duke University’s CASE i3, […]

December 9th