Inspiring Ideas

Interview With Nick Cooney: How To Be Great At Doing Good

Charitable donations have been increasing in recent years and accounted for approximately $358 billion in 2014 (or, 2 percent of GDP). Of this amount, about 72 percent of donations came from individuals (perhaps in part due to Warren Buffet and Bill Gate’s positive peer pressure). With so many charities to choose from, who should we be writing […]

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In Indonesia Panasonic CSR Helps Cut Out The Darkness

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org With a population of about 700 people, the village of Sone in West Timor, Indonesia is famous throughout the region for its production of beautiful, traditional fabrics. Located close to a mountain summit, Sone is completely off the electricity grid. With the hope of learning about the challenges of living in

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Sustainable Development in Action at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

Sustainable Development in Action at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

Living sustainably and responsibly is an ideal not often found in whole families, and much less often found in whole communities. However, with a vibrant and non-exploitative social structure actively building on the principles of sustainable development, the innovative community of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is growing stronger and more sustainable every day. As summed up

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Help Wanted: Build the Best Green Jobs Site Ever

Help Build the Best Green Jobs Site EVER! Important Media, our parent company, is hosting an IndieGoGo campaign to crowdfund the best green jobs site ever. Sounds audacious, right? Perhaps a little self-important? But with our global network of clean tech, clean transportation, healthy food, and sustainable living websites, we are confident that we can build

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TimeBanks: Investing Your Talent is a Great Gift!

Being born with a talent is like receiving a great gift, but as they say, giving is better than receiving. Now there’s a way to have your gift and give it, too. Just put it in the bank — the TimeBank. Promoting equality through inclusive exchanges of time and talents, TimeBanks provide investors with a

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Should We Put a Price on Nature to Save it?

The first World Forum on Natural Capital was held in Edinburgh, Scotland last November. This comes at a time when there is increasing interest in the idea that we need to place a value on the services that nature provides us with for free if we are to prevent further environmental degradation. The conference attracted

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Time for a New Politics of Sustainability

The major defining feature of politics in our current day and age is the division between the political left and right, with the political spectrum popularly being perceived as a progression from communism on the extreme left, through socialism, liberalism, and conservatism, to fascism on the extreme right. The terms left and right are believed

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The Sharing Economy: A Short Introduction to its Political Evolution

Can the sharing economy movement address the root causes of the world’s converging crises? Unless the sharing of resources is promoted in relation to human rights and concerns for equity, democracy, social justice and sustainability, then such claims are without substantiation – although there are many hopeful signs that the conversation is slowly moving in

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Could a Blue Economy grow a more sustainable future?

One of the big problems with truly innovative and world-changing ideas is the fact that many people, when hearing about them, dismiss them as fables, as being a “nice concept, but totally unfeasible,” and instead of believing that a more abundant and prosperous future is possible, thanks to ‘blue sky’ thinkers, they continue doing the

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Microfunding and Crowdsourcing Brings Neighborhood Projects to Life

We’d probably all agree that our communities need to be improved and revitalized, and we’d also probably agree that while all of us can take small steps individually to make them a better place, making larger, longer lasting, and more effective changes are beyond the efforts of any single one of us. But when crowdsourcing

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Agriculture where plants can’t grow: Israel’s Arava valley

Israel’s central Arava desert, where saline soils and dry climates are the norm, a thriving community creates up to 60% of Israel’s exported agricultural products. Recently, I visited the Arava valley to see the miracle of agriculture in the desert up close and personal. According to our tour host Michal Marmary: “By any standard, farming

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Israel’s Aggressive Oil Reduction Goals: Is 60% In 12 Years Achievable?

At the Bloomberg Fuel Choices Summit in Tel Aviv, we learned about Israel’s aggressive alternative transportation goals–reducing oil use by 60% by 2025–and how they plan to achieve it. A talk by Eyal Rosner of the Prime Minister’s office elucidated some of the insights the country has learned from its various clean tech programs over

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Ideation Nation Crowdsources Ideas for Improving Communities with Technology

For the last couple of weeks, a unique project has been crowdsourcing ideas for improving our communities using technology, and giving citizens a chance to be a part of something that could yield innovative and lasting solutions for what ills us. Thanks to MindMixer and Code for America, Ideation Nation has been holding a month-long

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Alternative Gift Registry Promises More Fun, Less Stuff

For a refreshing break from the traditional approach to gift giving in our overly-consumptive culture, an alternative gift registry focuses on experiences over goods, homemade over mass produced, and donations over purchases. SoKind, which is a project from The Center for a New American Dream, offers a different take on our culture’s mindless addiction to

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Low Cost Virtual SIM Card Enables Mobile Numbers for the Phoneless

For many people in the developing world, having a mobile phone can make a huge difference in their lives, by not just enabling easier communication, but also by allowing users to take advantage of mobile payment processing and sending or receiving money. However, even with access to a local mobile network, if users can’t come

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