Category Archive: Social Entreprenuers

Hello Rewind

If you get the chance, check out Hello Rewind.   This young group takes old T-shirts and turns them into cool laptop sleeves.

After my house was recently broken into, I had an incentive to throw all the rest of my old stuff out (what was left of it anyway).  In the process, I realized that I had a lot of old T-shirts that had sentimental value…but were on their “last [...]

A week that simply blew me away

Martin Luther King, Jr. via last.fm

Like many of you, I was horrified, inspired and amazed at different times throughout this tragic week.

Horrified:  Watching the horrific tales of desperately trapped people unfold during the Haitian earthquake was gut wrenching.

We’ve all seen tragic events unfold on TV over the years & we’re used to seeing graphic coverage.  But what was it about this specific disaster that gnawed at me so hard?

Was it [...]

Danone: Building a socially focused multinational

Image by Getty Images via Daylife

When Nobel prize winner Muhammad Yunus, the father of microcredit, gets fired up about a big idea, things just seem to happen.

A couple of years ago, Yunus, best known for his revolutionary microcredit big idea that launched Grameen bank and lifted millions out of poverty, partnered with Danone to begin his latest innovation–a social (multinational) enterprise.

Social business is not a new idea…but embedding a “social [...]

Shareholder activism, Glasnost and dinosaurs…

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Mikhail Gorbachev introduced Glasnost in the 80s…hoping he could moderate the abuse of administrative power in the Central Committee of the USSR.  Gorbachev uncorked the genie of openness and transparency (see Wikipedia for full details) unleashing a pent up yearning for freedom.  We all know what happened next–the iron curtain fell and democracies started popping up across eastern Europe.

It would have been great to have a Gorbachev like [...]

Planning for people…Livable Streets Initiative

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Over the last couple of years, I have been biking to work when the weather permits.  So last week, I paid my Swiss bike tax (sounds bad, but it’s not much) and started hitting the trails. One thing that I have always loved about living in Switzerland (and Germany) is that urban street environments seem to designed more for people vs. cars.  So, I was excited [...]

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