Global Envision: exploring market-driven solutions to poverty
An expedition to the Amazon by a group of Yale researchers has led to the discovery of a fungus that can break down plastic, possibly solving the world's rampant waste problem.
With more than 11 million Syrians fleeing or displaced within their country, global governments and aid organizations still struggle to come up with funding for the refugees' basic needs: clean water, sanitation, shelter, food and education.
“These are the diamonds of the future,” says Lisa Bissell, CEO of Pure Grown Diamonds. “They are revolutionary because they’re sustainable and conflict-free. They’re a whole new choice for eco-minded consumers.”
As Nigeria's middle class grows, street peddlers and open-air markets are finding themselves in direct competition with shopping malls and big box stores.
In the spirit of giving, here are some of Global Envision's favorite social enterprises — companies that wear their hearts on their sleeves...and on their shoes, bracelets, hats and Punjammies.
Capitalism isn’t a term many associate with foreign aid – but it could be a cure to the broken international development system in place.
What does social entrepreneurship mean to someone who lives, teaches, and works it? Global Envision talked to Cindy Cooper, director of Portland State University’s Impact Entrepreneurs program, to find out.
Providing clean, safe water across the globe is a huge undertaking, with a $10 billion to $175 billion price tag. But several solutions-from drinking straws to a “drinkable” book-are showing that technology doesn’t have to be massive to make a difference.
Is the “buy one give one” model worth your dollar? It depends.
Anger erupted over Cecil the Lion's death in Zimbabwe. But the relationship between trophy hunting, wildlife conservation, and economic growth is more complicated than the collective outrage might lead you to believe.
The first planned Palestinian city promises to bring thousands of jobs to the West Bank. But can it overcome regional instability and conflict?
23 years after the Earth Summit, a clock ticks down the hours, minutes, and seconds to the day in September 2015 when the U.N. will adopt its long-negotiated Sustainable Development Goals with the input, resources, and support of the private sector.
Companies, investors, and other private sources of development funding have become increasingly important in the effort to end worldwide poverty and hunger.
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