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Shanaka Fernando – August 24th event Shanaka Fernando is a revolutionary. For many years he has been well-known in Melbourne, Australia, as the pioneer of the Lentil as Anything pay-as-you-feel vegetarian restaurants. In recent times he is becoming influential as a public speaker and motivator.. Impact Investing One of the most provocative investment themes to emerge from the financial crisis is “Impact Investing.” But what is “Impact Investing”? At the most strategic level, impact investing is based on the idea that philanthropy and government intervention alone cannot solve the primary challenges that the globe faces. Specifically, an Impact Investment seeks financial return as well as measurable environmental, social or governance value (ESG). As the developing world consumes more energy, from where will it come? As populations continue to rise, how will we feed ourselves?

Circular Economy 100 What is the Circular Economy 100? The Circular Economy 100 is a global platform bringing together 100 pioneering businesses engaged in accelerating the transition to a circular economy over a 1000-day (3 year) period. The programme will provide the opportunity for companies to stimulate circular economy innovation, foster collaboration, build capacity and unlock the economic opportunity through accelerator workshops, distance learning modules and an annual summit, hosted by the Foundation and its Founding Partners. Business Rationale Following the launch of the Foundation’s first report in Davos in 2012 the circular economy has rapidly gained the attention of business and government and highlighted an opportunity worth up to 630bn USD for businesses making the transition towards a circular economy. This was subsequently followed up by a second report, released at the World Economic Forum in January this year, focusing on the opportunities within the consumer goods sector.

Lentil as Anything - Everybody deserves a place at the table - book by Shanaka Fernando “When money loses its value, the goodwill and kindness we extend to each other will emerge as the ultimate and most sustainable currency of exchange.” Shanaka Fernando is often hailed as a modern-day revolutionary. As the founder of the Lentil As Anything community restaurants in Melbourne that feed thousands every week, he advocates a unique business and life perspective. Entrancingly honest and refreshingly candid, Shanaka’s memoir hints at the roots of his early social awakening with tales of a 1970s childhood in Sri Lanka. From his upbringing within an eccentric extended family living in a residential compound populated with a throng of memorable characters, we accompany Shanaka on his travels from Australia to Asia to South America and back as he explores new ways of living his life. Shanaka’s example of what can be achieved based on an inclusive ‘people-first’ philosophy will inspire, challenge and provoke insights and questions that are undeniably worthy of attention.

Bank Betterment & Bank Breakers: A Fintech story of Boats, Icebergs & Orville. When I joined SVB UK from J.P. Morgan back in 2012, there hadn't been a new UK Bank in years. Small Banks weren't calling themselves ‘Challengers’ (they were just small) and even ‘Fintech’ was so embryonic that today’s “Disruptive Fintech companies” just called themselves FX Brokers. Oh I jest (well, sort of). Looking at 2015, we now have 6 new ‘Challenger Banks’ launching in the UK and Fintech is enjoying such a period of explosive growth that even Traditional UK Banks are taking notice.

From a Facebook group to an organization - the OuiShare Manifesto It all started in 2010, when Antonin Léonard was blogging about collaborative consumption in French. Little did he know that this was the beginning of the organization we now call OuiShare – a network of people with common values, which have finally been summarized in a manifesto. In its early stages, the OuiShare community was a Facebook group created by Antonin in April 2011 to connect people who believed in the potential of the collaborative economy and were trying to make it a reality. Shortly afterwards, they began to organize meetups every month in Paris at Next&Coworking or at Nathan Stern’s place to continue their discussions about the collaborative economy in person. It was then that Antonin felt he was on to something bigger:

Pay what you want Pay What You Want (or PWYW) is a pricing strategy where buyers pay any desired amount for a given commodity, sometimes including zero. In some cases, a minimum (floor) price may be set, and/or a suggested price may be indicated as guidance for the buyer. The buyer can also select an amount higher than the standard price for the commodity.[1][2] Motivation[edit]

300+ Awesome Free Internet Resources You Should Know Ali Mese is a freelancer, wanderer, and contributor to few startup projects. Say hi on Facebook or Twitter. This post originally appeared on his Medium blog. ‘A ReaL MeaL’ Melbourne’s on-street soup kitchen In the last 3/12 years A ReaL MeaL has served over 15,000 hot meals The Big Umbrella is proud to be leading A Real MeaL, providing hot food to the marginalized communities of Melbourne. We seek to provide more than just food to these people, we aim to create friendships and build trust. This goal is achievable through the help and support of the Father Bob Maguire Foundation as well as the friendly and genuine nature of our volunteers. A ReaL MeaL differentiates itself from other programs. Rather than providing a meal we share a meal. Discover & Share Innovation Idea Street is an online ideas-management platform that encourages employees to share their innovative ideas for change with a community of likeminded colleagues, and work with those colleagues to help make their ideas a reality. Instead of submitting an idea to a closed suggestion box, like a typical staff suggestion scheme, Idea Street puts ideas out in the open, so that other people within an organization can vote and comment on the suggestions of others. In this way ideas can be refined by the collective expertise within the community and the most promising suggestions can be brought to the attention of relevant decision makers. Idea Street encourages employees of all grades, roles and locations across an organisation to take part in what becomes essentially a decentralised innovation process. Staff are free to submit ideas on anything that may improve their day to day working lives, how their organization operates or serves its customers, stakeholders or suppliers.

British public to choose ‘greatest issue of our time’ for £10 million prize Longitude Prize 2014, a challenge with a prize fund of £10 million, has been launched today to help solve one the greatest issues of our time. The British public will cast the deciding vote to choose the issue that the prize will tackle. The prize has been developed and run by Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation. It was launched by the Prime Minister at G8 last year, and through the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is being supported by the Technology Strategy Board, the UK’s innovation agency, as launch funding partner.