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The Courage to Lead

John Fullerton | Posted 09.25.2014 | Green
John Fullerton

Henrik O. Madsen joined Norway's DNV, the world's leading ship and offshore classification company in 1982. Thirty-two years later, as Group CEO of the recently merged DNV GL, now a Euro 2.5 billion global enterprise, Henrik made a speech few CEOs will ever have the opportunity to attempt.

Redesigning Education

Kenneth Cole | Posted 09.12.2014 | Impact
Kenneth Cole

I wanted to help inspire young people at this pivotal time in their lives, before they start to put up walls and say "why" vs. "why not." I wanted to help them see that they could "make a difference" while making money to pay the rent.

Natural Defence Against Un-Natural Disaster

Paul Venton | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Paul Venton

As well as mitigating global issues such as climate change, nature reduces the impact an extreme event would otherwise have, and can support local sustainable livelihoods for the poor; which is key to coping with disaster.

Crowdfunding Your Social Venture

Lisa Curtis | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Lisa Curtis

Over the past few years, I've seen the impact that crowdfunding can have on social enterprises like mine. Even better, new data shows that crowdfunding is particularly favorable to women.

Is Green Investing Dead?

Aimee Christensen | Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact
Aimee Christensen

Human wellbeing depends upon earth's natural systems for our food, fuel, clean freshwater, protection from storms, shelter, and yet our current economic system does not effectively value nature -- either at all, or certainly at the level it is due.

Mixing the Perfect Natural Capital Cocktail

Jonathan Hughes | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Hughes

It is from this natural capital that humans derive a wide range of services, often called ecosystem services, which make human life possible.

What a Drive Through Mandela's Homeland Taught Me About Water

Robyn Beavers | Posted 09.17.2014 | Impact
Robyn Beavers

I arrived in Mandela's homeland thinking I had something to offer, but left feeling like I had just been given an education by some wiser friends.

Beyond Debt and Equity: My Love for Quasi-Equity

Daniel Epstein | Posted 09.02.2014 | Impact
Daniel Epstein

For investors who don't want to be left behind with the mega-trend of entrepreneurship in emerging markets, and for entrepreneurs unlikely to see an exit with their company, it's important to look into new structures of investment that don't rely on taking equity (broadly referred to here as "Quasi-Equity" structures).

It's Time to End the Misconception That Impact Investing Isn't Financially Profitable

Praful Shah | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Praful Shah

It is a fallacy that there is no return on investment in impact investing. One of the reasons the impact investments are successful is the passion of the founder and the team for the cause.

Using a Business Approach to Plant Trees and Create Jobs for Haitian Farmers

Muhammad Yunus | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Muhammad Yunus

Haiti is affected by the worst deforestation any country has experienced, which is currently at 98.5 percent. As it is, people in Haiti are affected by severe poverty, which forces them to cut down trees for fuel for cooking.

U.S. Policymakers Falling Behind Corporate America on Clean Energy

Mindy S. Lubber | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Mindy S. Lubber

Today, many of America's largest companies are strengthening their bottom lines by jumping on the clean energy bandwagon -- to the tune of more than $1 billion in savings per year.

International Development Is Changing and So Is What Makes Good Business

Gib Bulloch | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Gib Bulloch

It involves government, local and national; it involves a not-for-profit and it involves a private company with detailed knowledge of a specific technology and the willingness to adapt it to a specific requirement.