Monday, November 04 2013
Emory University's Ciannat Howett, director of sustainability, offers the tell-all-truth of how one CSV-savvy, Southern university set out to do "the right thing" and boost the bottom line. Thus far under Howett's leadership, the university has saved $19 million – and they've only just begun. Find out how Howett has created change one sweater at a time.
Written by Stephanie Proft Monday, September 02 2013
Your charge: to create economic opportunity for communities in need in Atlanta. Your answer? Lettuce, lots of lettuce. If all goes as planned, the Atlanta Lettuce Works will build a hydroponic lettuce co-op in the Pittsburgh neighborhood near downtown. Estimates indicate that the 40 wage-based, employee-owners could earn up to $50,000 a year – certainly significant in an area where 38 percent of residents live below the poverty line and 32 percent did not graduate from high school.
Written by Megan Blevins Tuesday, June 04 2013
“Future entrepreneurs have the power to create a mesh, create a conversation and solve real world problems,” says Lisa Gansky, author of “The Mesh: Why the Future of Business Is Sharing.” Gansky has created a book and online business directory – thanks to the latest technology – that offers individuals access to goods and services without the burden of ownership. Here, she explains why access trumps ownership and her take on “unused value = waste.”
Written by Stephanie Proft Tuesday, May 28 2013
What happens when you combine social entrepreneurship, brilliant volunteers in design and engineering, and a little corporate backing? In the case of Design That Matters (DtM), a nonprofit based in Salem, Mass., it can lead to powerful creations like NeoNurture, an infant incubator that can be constructed from used car parts, and the Kinkajou Microfilm Projector and Portable Library, an efficient projection system that has been used to teach over 3,000 adults how to read in developing regions.
Written by Jan Turner Tuesday, November 13 2012
Named one of “150 Women Who Shake the World” by Newsweek, Gabi Zedlmayer heads the Office of Global and Social Innovation at HP. She leads a global team of experts in their quest to solve social ills by applying the resources of HP and its partners. Forget the cloistered gentility of theoretical research – this is tech with its sleeves rolled up. For Zedlmayer, “Corporate success and social advancement are interdependent.”