Smarter than a Smart Car? How about one that folds up after use? It’s About to go into Production.

As reported by Alex Davies, on Treehugger, the Hiriko, which means ‘Urban” in the Basque region of Spain, is set to go into limited production for a test release of approximately 20 cars next year. The impetus behind the project: if city dwellers won’t give up their non-public transportation devices, they need to be made as “energy and space efficient as possible.” The design, based on the MIT foldable City Car prototype: seats two has a range of more than 60 miles has four-wheel drive contracts to just under 5 feet long via its collapsible wheelbase! In his L.A. Times Wheels Blog, PHIL … Continue reading Smarter than a Smart Car? How about one that folds up after use? It’s About to go into Production.

‘Online game that allows players to raise rice for the hungry with every correct answer, has provided almost 5 million meals’

As reported by the World Food Programme (WFP), the online game ‘Free Rice’ reached the 1 million player milestone this month, which has translated into nearly 100 billion grains of rice, or meals for nearly 5 million people since 2007. When players answer trivia questions on literature and vocabulary correctly, they donate 10 grains of rice to the WFP. “Beyond the remarkable benefits for those most in need, this is a significant milestone for WFP in our mission to engage millions of people online in the fight against hunger.” Take a tour of the game here Freerice.com  and start clicking for … Continue reading ‘Online game that allows players to raise rice for the hungry with every correct answer, has provided almost 5 million meals’

“Who Made Your Pants?” Don’t ‘Sweat’ it; This UK Co. Up-cycles & Provides Great Working Conditions for Women

Lingerie and Human Rights? Who Made Your Pants Founder Becky John, found a way to marry two of her long time passions, by taking sweat shops out of the under garment production equation. When you ask yourself ‘Who made your pants?,’ if they are indeed from this UK Company, you can be assured they were stiched up in the Southamption factory’s cooperative, where jobs are being created “for women who’ve had a hard time.” To top (or bottom) it off, the Company is removing items from the  waste stream, by up-cycling the fashion industry’s un-used end of season remnants and designs. Finally, all profits … Continue reading “Who Made Your Pants?” Don’t ‘Sweat’ it; This UK Co. Up-cycles & Provides Great Working Conditions for Women

‘Rather than providing social services directly, Gov’t will offer ‘pay for success’ bonds to Private Sector Social Service Initiatives”

In his GOOD Business article, ALEX GOLDMARK, outlines how two Federal Agencies will apply a SOCENT model using an approved ‘pay-for-success’ bond measure. It will reward private sector businesses that generally have more efficient operational and delivery models than government to successfully address social issues. Per Goldmark, this “new for-profit investing tool” has already been used in the United Kingdom and Australia. The early evidence from the United Kingdom suggest social impact bonds are a promising innovation for lean budgetary times because the government doesn’t end up paying for projects that fail. Continue reading ‘Rather than providing social services directly, Gov’t will offer ‘pay for success’ bonds to Private Sector Social Service Initiatives”