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Keep Up to Date with Worldchanging

Greetings Worldchangers, We've been excited to see that so many of you have become fans of Worldchanging on Facebook. This means you are receiving our stories in a new, interactive and sharable way -- it's been great to get instant feedback from you, and to watch as discussions develop on the page. Not a fan yet? It's easy, just click here. And many thanks to you who have signed up to follow Worldchanging and Alex Steffen on Twitter. We love sharing insider news and daily thoughts with...

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Clinton Global Initiative 2010 - Day 2: Strengthening Market-Based Solutions

This week I'm blogging from the Clinton Global Initiative 2010 Annual Meeting. In this post I go back in time to highlight the presentations on Strengthening Market-Based Solutions from Day 2. For links to all my CGI coverage click here. The "Action Area" focus for the first half of Day 2 was "Strengthening Market-Based Solutions." There were three excellent breakout sessions that made me wish I could be many places at once:"Advancing Development By Design" (video; start at 07:25). Here is...

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"If you don’t have scale, you have a hobby."

Tom Friedman at this year's CGI, on the importance of scope, scale and speed: "If you don’t have scale, you have a hobby."

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Radical Collaboration, paraSITE, and Dalhalla

Looking back one, two and five years ago today on Worldchanging: 2009 Radical Collaboration Adele Peters reports on an emerging idea of radical collaboration instead of traditional competition as a model for green businesses... 2008 paraSITE Art Project: Drawing Attention to Homelessness Sarah Rich discusses Michael Rakowitz's 10-year old ongoing project, paraSITE... 2005 Tällberg: A Concert in a Quarry Nicole-Anne Boyer reflects on her visit to the Tällberg Forum and the extraordinary...

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Building a Greener World through Marketplace Economics and Radical Transparency

Consumers now have little information about the true ecological impacts of what they buy. But that may be about to change, as new technologies that track supply chains are emerging and companies as diverse as Unilever and Google look to make their products more sustainable. by Daniel Goleman With climate legislation dead in Congress and the fizzled hopes for a breakthrough in Copenhagen fading into distant memory, the time seems ripe for fresh strategies — especially ones that do not...

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Spotlighting the Shadow Economy

For too long, fighting corruption has been left off the sustainability agenda – but battling sleaze is fundamental to meeting social and environmental goals, argues John Elkington. Many years ago, I visited the managing director of a leading electronic goods company in Tokyo. I was with a Japanese colleague, who suggested that we buy some chocolates on the way as a small gift for our host. Imagine my discomfort, then, when this top businessman – with all due ceremony – gave me a mini...

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Park(ing) Day and Climate Branding

Looking back one and five years ago today on Worldchanging: 2009 New Yorkers to Create PreFab Parks for Park(ing) Day Sean Conroe shares a video about Park(ing) Day 2009 and encourages everyone to share images and more videos on Worldchanging's Flickr photo pool... 2005 Brand Sensitivity to Climate Jamais Cascio reports on the UK's Carbon Trust, a government-sponsored initiative to study the social and economic factors related to a need to reduce greenhouse gases... Other recent "look...

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ULE 880: Introducing Sustainability for Manufacturing Organizations -- Your Feedback Needed!

Worldchanging contributor Joel Makower has announced an exciting new project: ULE 880 - Sustainability for Manufacturing Organizations, a new sustainability rating standard for companies, developed in partnership between UL Environment, a division of Underwriters Laboratories, and Joel's colleagues at GreenBiz.com. He describes the rating system: ULE 880 covers five domains of sustainability:Sustainability Governance: how an organization leads and manages itself in relation to its...

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TED Global 2010: Auret Van Heerden and Bringing Human Rights into the Global Supply Chain

Auret Van Heerden of the Fair Labor Association holds up a cellphone and tells us that the phone started its life with artisinal mines, run by gangs and staffed by slaves in the Congo. It was built in a factory in China where people have committed suicide and died after impossibly long work shifts. Chocolate comes from cocoa harvested by children in Ivory Coast. Diamonds come from impossibly dangerous mines in Zimbabwe. Uzbekistan shuts down the schools to bring children into the cotton...

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TED Global 2010: Nic Marks and Happiness that Doesn’t Cost the Earth

Nic Marks founded the Center for Well-Being, a consultancy that tries to expand definitions of social and governmental progress to include broader quantitative and qualitative measures of well-being. Martin Luther King didn’t say, “I have a nightmare.” Marks’s dream, he tells us, is that we’ll focus less on the nightmare and more on the dream. Modern film making is almost always about catastrophe – he references The Road, a bleak, post-apocalyptic film. The environmental...

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