Today’s Solutions: May 30, 2024

Startup turns landfill-bound p

Startup turns landfill-bound produce into healthy candies

America has a food waste problem, with the USDA estimating somewhere between 30 to 40 percent of the food supply winding up in the trash bin. To make something valuable out of all that wasted food, entrepreneur Amy Keller has created a startup that saves produce destined for the landfill and turns Read More...

A good kind of group think bui

A good kind of group think builds sustainable small businesses

Ernesto Sirolli taps into the collective genius of communities. Larry Gallagher | Sept/Oct 2009 issue If you happen to ride your bicycle to Ernesto Sirolli's Sacramento, California, residence, as I did, your effort won't go unrewarded. When he opens the garage door, you'll be treated to a glimpse Read More...

A new form of currency could h

A new form of currency could help us in economic crisis

How a complementary currency helped save Switzerland from economic ruin in the 1940s—and could do the same for us today. Bernard Lietaerl | April 2009 issue The travails of the banking crisis have been front-page news for months, and the biggest bailout in human history is underway. However, the Read More...

Six recession-proof steps to b

Six recession-proof steps to becoming a natural entrepreneur

This economic crisis may be just the push you need to find the career of your dreams. Dave Pollard | April 2009 issue The economic news is the worst in at least a generation. What most people have done is cut personal spending, put off major purchases and try to pay off debts from the boom times. Read More...

Social entrepreneurs go mainst

Social entrepreneurs go mainstream

Never let a crisis go to waste. Social entrepreneurs take this economic upheaval to be a blessing, providing a chance for business to transition from an anonymous, complex system to one that is direct and transparent. Andrew Tolve | March 2009 issue In the wake of the 2008 financial flameout, Read More...

How to run a social enterprise

How to run a social enterprise, in three (not so) easy steps

Kevin Lynch | March 2009 issue There's a big pile of problems out there: violence, poverty, environmental degradation, human rights violations, disease and more. It's a big and daunting pile. It's so well chronicled that we needn't repeat endless statistics about its scale and scope, nor endlessly Read More...

The six million dollar men

The six million dollar men

Silicon Valley plans to clean up by investing in green energy. Tijn Touber | September 2008 issue "If the best way to create the future is to invent it, we say the second-best way is to finance it." John Doerr is only half joking. He's one of the most influential venture capitalists in Silicon Read More...

Not the same old drive-thru

Not the same old drive-thru

The meat is raised naturally; the packaging is recycled; the ovens use renewable power. New green fast-food chains are serving up burgers and fries to feel good about. Mary Desmond Pinkowish| April 2008 issue It's really cold and windy in Manhattan. The Friday lunch crowds scurry in and out of Read More...

Open for business

Open for business

Abdellah Aboulharjan gets young French immigrants off the streets and helps turn them into entrepreneurs. Peter Van Dijk | April 2008 issue Brahim Branki left his native Algeria as a young man to study urban planning in Paris, where he earned a bachelor’s degree. But after working many jobs in Read More...

Thinking allowed

Thinking allowed

The Hub wants to be the social innovator with a centre everywhere and circumference nowhere. Lillian Kennett| March 2008 issue   One morning last December, Briony Greenhill gleefully brandished five copies of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest—Christmas presents for her family. Read More...