Author name: Jim Witkin

Jim is a consultant providing writing and research services for the sustainable and socially-conscious business sector. He is also pursuing an MBA in Sustainable Management at the Presidio School of Management. His interests are social enterprise (the combination of social mission with the efficiency of a market-based approach) and the use of technology (especially information and communication technology) to address the issues of education, equality, environment, health, and economic development. You can keep tabs on Jim at or you can often find him blogging at the various coffee shops in Palo Alto.

SMS to the Rescue: Text messaging bridges the Digital Divide

According to Walter Stahel — one of the founders of the sustainability movement and original thinkers behind the Cradle-to-Cradle design philosophy – social ecology is one of the five pillars of sustainability. He defined social ecology as encompassing “…the fabric of societal structures, including peace and human rights, dignity and democracy, employment and social integration,

Is There a Green Upside to the Economic Meltdown?

The economic meltdown could be good news for the area of clean energy investing, according to Steven Fraser, a senior lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the recently published “Wall Street: America’s Dream Palace.” Fraser believes that backlash to the recent economic crisis will result in a new era of enlightened regulation and investment akin to Roosevelt’s New Deal, which helped America climb out of the Great Depression. Fraser offered these opinions in a recent interview on WHYY’s Fresh Air program.

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