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Six Transportation Trends That Will Change How We Move Since the British pioneered “road locomotives” more than a century ago, people have traveled from point to point in largely the same way. That’s changing. Six technologies are converging on the transportation industry, and investors have taken note. Venture investors put $5.7 billion into transportation businesses last year, more than twice the level of investment in the previous two years combined. Uber was the big winner, raising $3B. But other startups also raised significant funds, like GrabTaxi ($334 million), Lyft ($250 million), BlaBlaCar ($100 million), and INRIX ($65 million). Using TimeBanking to provide respite for caregivers UNDESA Population Div., World Population Prospects, the 2012 Revision, 2013 By Hannah Lobb (Intern at TimeBanks USA) WDSU News in New Orleans recently ran a story on the NOLA Timebank. In the news clip, Gretchen Zalkind, founder of NOLA Timebank, explained how timebanking is both important to the community and her personally.

About Us We are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. Learn more about how it works. 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? This is a question that companies, foundations, non-governmental organizations—and even governments—have been increasingly tackling over the past decade.

Tesla Motors, Inc. Has a New $9 Billion Ally (NRG, TSLA) Source: Tesla Motors, Inc. Tesla Motors, (NASDAQ: TSLA ) is roaring ahead with electric vehicle innovation -- but it's not the only one. EV's need infrastructure, and Tesla Motors has found an unlikely new ally with the power to push electric vehicle feasibility to the next frontier. Here's what you need to know. Recharge RevolutionNRG Energy, (NYSE: NRG ) isn't an auto manufacturer. Ithaca, NY Launches its Own Digital Currency to Boost Local Economy A startup local currency has just launched the Ithaca dollar in Ithaca, NY, designed to not only promote investment in local businesses and bring the community together, but to also pick up where one of the most successful alternative currency experiments in the US, the Ithaca HOURs, has left off. Ithaca Dollars The new Ithaca dollar is produced by a company called Ithacash, and for the moment is exclusively in digital form. The company founder, Scott Morris, is keen to keep local money within the local community. Local currencies “generate a lot of social and economic wealth,” said Morris to CNYcentral. The new currency has a one to one parity with the US dollar, although when an individual buys into the scheme they receive 125 Ithaca dollars for their first $100 deposit.

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. This is quite an accomplishment for your organization and its leadership, as you are well on your way to becoming a socially enabled enterprise.

Global Calculator shows how the world can 'prosper' while tackling climate change 28 Jan 2015, 07:20Simon Evans The world's population could live a prosperous, European-style lifestyle by 2050 at the same time as avoiding dangerous climate change, according to a new Global Calculator developed by the UK's Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The online tool shows how global prosperity can increase, even as emissions fall by 60 per cent from current levels in line with climate targets. This feat, according to the calculator, would require a series of massive changes to how we use energy, such as a shift from fossil fuels towards nuclear and renewables, and much wider use of electric heat and transport.

See Ya Later, Capitalism — the Collaborative Economy Is Taking Over — Backchannel The old model of unwieldy behemoths is giving way to a new one of collaboration. Welcome to the world of Peers. Compare the phone you had as a kid to the one in your pocket now. The first was a telephone owned by a monopoly that you used at most only minutes a day. The latter is a smart networked device you refer to hundreds of times. The difference? How Can Big Data Have a Social Impact? Find us on Google+ facebook twitter linked-in Email Subscribe Login Debates & Series Up for Debate: How Can Big Data Have a Social Impact?

The Scientific Breakthrough That Will Completely Change The Electric Vehicle Market Tesla's Model S is the only car approaching a 300-mile range, but improving technology could change that quickly. Image owned by The Motley Fool. From an research perspective, the drive to build high-density batteries for electric vehicles is just starting. Sure, research on better batteries has been going on for years, but until the last year or two the electric-vehicle market was so small that universities, much less large battery manufacturers, didn't see it as a priority.

Charting Your Own Credit Union - Sustainable Economies Law Center Under-served communities, often communities of color, are in dire need of funding and development, but, all too often, people from these communities are unable to access funds necessary for this work. Cooperation is a time-tested development strategy. Through cooperative banking, under-served communities can receive vital services while keeping banking institutions accountable through the democratic process. Panelist information coming soon! This teach-in will focus on the process interested communities members must go through in order to create a credit union. We will focus on the difference between state and federal credit unions and the process of individuals starting a credit union serving minorities.

By Social Entrepreneurs, For Social Entrepreneurs® Welcome to SkollWorldForum.org former Social Edge users! Social Edge was an online community created by the Skoll Foundation from 2003 - 2013. The site has since closed as we have focused efforts on the new Skoll World Forum platform. However, if you were a Social Edge user, you will be pleased to know that all of your articles and comments have been saved and can be browsed below. In addition, if there is a specific piece of content or a particular author you are looking for, please use the search bar at the top of the screen. We have moved over 2000 posts from SocialEdge.org to SkollWorldForum.org, and are constantly adding new, relevant content.

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