Let There Be Light (For the 3M People in the Philippines Without Electricity)…In a Soda Bottle?

Light…one Litre at a time. Take a used Soda bottle, add Water, Bleach and My Shelter Foundation’s Illac Diaz, and you get 50w of daytime light for 5 years. As reported by Brynn Opsahl, on the Global Envision website- using an MIT student design, Mr. Diaz has brought light to some 300,000 Phillipinos who had no, or illegal and unsafe access to electricity- without using electricity or any other non-sustainable energy The bottle is inserted and secured through a hole in the ceiling, and allows sunlight to refract, bringing 360 degrees of light into the room below. The design/application is: Sustainable Made from Recycled … Continue reading Let There Be Light (For the 3M People in the Philippines Without Electricity)…In a Soda Bottle?

Farm in a Pack?

With all eyes now on Somalia, one Social Entrepreneur, Rachel Zedeck, has been focusing on the systemic causes of food shortage and drought in the greater region, as well as the design and delivery of ‘colonial’ Aid programs for some time. In an August Dowser interview by Rachel Signer, Ms. Zedeck related the following: “Drought happens every year in this region. Every year there’s a famine. Every year there’s economic loss. This year is particularly bad but it’s not new. It’s like Somalia is a poster child for the aid world now. The real problems are systemic and that’s where … Continue reading Farm in a Pack?

New Business in the UK is Increasingly Social

“The findings are detailed in Fightback Britain, a report based on the largest analysis of the social enterprise sector in the UK, supported by the Co-operative Bank.  It reveals that social enterprises, which exist to benefit society and reinvest their profits, are twice as likely as mainstream businesses to have reported growth in the last year. They are also more likely to be led by women, young people, and those from minority ethnic groups. Research uncovers ‘start-up explosion’ in Britain’s most deprived communities – highlights from the report include: 39% of all social enterprises are based and working in the most deprived communities … Continue reading New Business in the UK is Increasingly Social

Could Social Enterprise Be the Next Growth Sector in the US Economy?

   The Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO), the “voice of micro-enterprise development” has released a report revealing the potential power of the micro-enterprise sector within the U.S. economy. Simply titled “One in Three,” it provides the following incredible statistic: if 1 in 3 micro-enterprises in the U.S. hired 1 employee, “the U.S. economy would reach full employment.” Here are three more amazing facts from the report: Micro businesses represent more than 80 percent of all businesses in the United States In 2010, more Americans became entrepreneurs than any time in the last 15 years A $5K increase in revenues per … Continue reading Could Social Enterprise Be the Next Growth Sector in the US Economy?