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Friday, August 13, 2004 - 03:27 PM
Imaginify the Bioneers and Planetwork conferences converging together in a symphony of ecological and technological imperatives. That's the way the 2005 World Exposition in Aichi, Japan (March 25 through September 25, 2005) is poised to go...From the website, "The site is being constructed with minimum possible impact on the environment in order to fully symbolize and express the Expo's theme 'Nature¬ís Wisdom.' One pavilion, Growing Village doesn't build houses they grow them...."
Tuesday, May 11, 2004 - 01:34 AM
Portland, Oregon. The Village Building Convergence is a Cyclical Event for the Restoration of Communication and Sharing, Working Together to Rebuild our Common Culture, and to Transform the City into a Network of Ecological Village Places. For ten days, May 21-30th, thousands of neighbors, volunteers and visitors will work together to continue building our physical and social village infrastructure. Whether it is getting hands and feet muddy in building a cob kiosk or sitting side-by-side engaging in thoughtful nightly presentations, the Convergence is a successful statement of common visions for a lively urban community.
Friday, April 23, 2004 - 01:33 AM
This article is a mix a few info portals and weblogs but they all relate. The first is from Technology Research News, "Silicon solar cells capture only some of the spectrum of sunlight, limiting their efficiency. A mix of several metals and oxygen could lead to solar cells that capture much more sunlight. The key is misaligning the material's crystal structure by infusing it with oxygen." Editor-in-Chief Paul Hughes of the FutureHi weblog carried this story from Berkeley National Laboratory that "An unexpected discovery could yield a full spectrum solar cell."
Monday, April 19, 2004 - 04:28 PM
UPDATED: NEW WEBSITE
A friend from Norway turned us on to Marcin Jakubowski, PhD. He is the founder of The Open Source Ecology Project, a nonprofit research and education institution creating open access to sustainable, healthy, and affordable ways of living. (1) open access to practical knowledge, (2) the collaborative development of working economic models via the nonprofit sector, and (3) education, demonstration, and training aimed at integrated, ecological, regenerative social enterprise. The process by which they attain the above is called Open Source Development, a collaborative, open process which builds on past knowledge and leverages public collaboration.
Thursday, October 30, 2003 - 08:42 PM
Excerpt from Social Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalism, by Coolmel, March 2007
"Wikipedia defines social entrepreneurs as “someone who recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a venture to make social change.” Ashoka describes social entrepreneurs as “individuals with innovative solutions to society's most pressing social problems.” The keywords here are “social problems” and “solutions.” In short, social entrepreneurs solve social problems (such as poverty, unemployment) to create a wide-scale social change without anticipation of substantial financial profit. In its attempt to define social entrepreneurship, the Stanford Social Innovation Review put it succinctly, “Social entrepreneurship signals the imperative to drive social change, and it is that potential payoff, with its lasting, transformational benefit to society, that sets the field and its practitioners apart.”
Conscious capitalism on the other hand is “creating a new paradigm for business,” to make corporations and businesses “conscious” about how they conduct their business. This includes infusing corporations and businesses with spirituality, corporate social responsibility (CSR), adoption of the triple bottom line (3BL) and other ethical business practices. In short, conscious capitalists (or business people engaging in conscious capitalism), put values first before profit. It's capitalism infused with “soul.” However, conscious capitalists are not necessarily recognized as entrepreneurs until they become “successful” with their business (see SSIR for details). And while conscious capitalists can also be social problem solvers, in general, conscious capitalists are exploiters of opportunity (or opportunity seekers) with a value proposition of gaining profit for themselves and/or for their investors, shareholders, and stakeholders.
Therefore, the main difference is: Social entrepreneurs are primarily (social) problem solvers without regard for profit. That's why many social enterprises are not-for-profit and have their grassroots planted in developing countries; While conscious capitalists are primarily opportunity seekers operating under the paradigm of conscious capitalism... "
Friday, September 26, 2003 - 05:57 PM
The World Resources Institute (WRI) is the first Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) to become a charter member of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX).