ecobasa.org launched! written by Arne Bollinger on July 16, 2015, 12:31 p.m. After many years, many conversations, many volunteer circles and many many hours and lines of programming, it is finally done: the new ecobasa.org is online! You can now register and join the network, as well as invite communities that you know to join! Because without members, there is no gift-economy network :) The basic structure of the platform is there, you can already see how it is supposed to work. What Bottled Water Costs the Environment—and Your Health Bottled water is the world’s best-selling drink, and Americans are its most loyal customer. You pay hundreds or even thousands of times more for the prepackaged water than you would if you got it from the tap. Yet nothing has proved that “ultra-purified,” “mountain-sourced,” “glacial-runoff,” or “oasis-obtained” water is any better for you. What we do know is that bottled water takes a lot more energy, resources, and—yes—water to produce and transport.
Centre for Sustainable Community Development Sustainable Community Development (SCD) aims to integrate economic, social and environmental objectives in community development. SCD is based on a consideration of the relationship between economic factors and other community elements such as housing, education, the natural environment, health, accessibility and the arts. SCD has emerged as a compelling alternative to conventional approaches to development: a participatory, holistic and inclusive process that leads to positive, concrete changes in communities by creating employment, reducing poverty, restoring the health of the natural environment, stabilizing local economies, and increasing community control. Social Business Center of Excellence? You're firm is getting the hang of becoming a socially enabled enterprise. No longer doing isolated skunk works social media projects, your firm got organized – strategic, in fact. You have a clear handle on your social media accounts, tools, metrics, a governance policy and even an escalation path if things go awry.
Ecology in a Changing World: the #ESA100 centennial video The Ecological Society turns 100 in 2015. When the society was founded in 1915, ecology was a new field, still defining its scope as a discipline rooted in the study of the relationships of organisms to each other and their environment. The last century has seen the development of the foundations of ecological theory. The discipline continues to expand its boundaries with new ideas, new experimental tools, and the recruitment of young scientists from previously excluded social groups. From Utility to Amenity: Greening the Alleys of Los Angeles This article is part of an ongoing collaboration with Grist, the web's home for environmental news, commentary and humor. They're all over the city, but you'd hardly know it. Across Los Angeles, the city's alleyways account for more than 900 linear miles of pavement.
Fueling the Currency of Social Impact Imagine a stock market where share price is based solely on the currency of creating social impact. If you improve the lives of people in a community, identify a tangible solution or business model for a social problem, your stock goes up. The caveat is that the solution has to work, and has to demonstrate a measurable social impact to produce a return. Would you buy this stock? And if so, how much would you expect in return on your investment? Marie Goodwin on How to Run a Business in the Gift Economy Reposted from Shareable magazine, Marie Goodwin talks about the challenges and rewards of exploring the gift economy. Maybe this is you: you’ve been working for a while on your own, making a little bit of money, maybe a lot of money. But something doesn’t feel right.
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