Category Archives: Social innovations

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Peepoo
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The New Pioneers Case of the Month: Peepoople – taking the backdoor to sanitation

Just imagine for a moment that you did not have a toilet. Scary, isn’t it? This the reality for over 2.6 billion people on the planet, who lack access to even the simplest latrine. Peepoople has found a solution: a single-use, biodegradable and self-sanitising Peepoo plastic bag which serves as a personal, portable and low-cost latrine. Continue reading

Posted in | Environmental sustainability, Health, Social entrepreneurship, Social innovations, Sustainable business, The New Pioneers Case of the Month
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Philanthrocapitalism – social change through business

A new kind of charity is shaking up the business world and revamping the concept of ‘giving back’ – because this kind of charity is in fact not charity at all. Continue reading

Posted in | Growth principles, Social entrepreneurship, Social innovations, Socially Responsible Investing, Uncategorized
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Measuring happiness – progressive or pointless?

With today’s resource scarcity and skyrocketing social imbalances, how we determine and measure growth is becoming a critical issue. In The New Pioneers I focus on three sustainable growth principles. One of them is the principle of immaterial growth, reflected in concepts like the Triple Bottom Line and Gross National Happiness. Continue reading

Posted in | Economic systems, Globalization, Growth principles, New paradigms, Social innovations
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ForceForGood_TaniaEllis
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A business force for good

Hardcore businesspeople are realizing that they can increase their profits by incorporating social responsibility as a part of their business strategy. And heartcore idealists are recognizing that the use of market methods give them the opportunity to create even more social value. In time, the two fields will converge, and social entrepreneurship become more of a mindset rather than a specific category of start-up companies. Continue reading

Posted in | CSR, Partnerships, Social entrepreneurship, Social innovations, Sustainable business
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First-movers engage, innovate and co-create with CSR 2.0

The transformation of the internet through new social technologies is changing the face of CSR. With Web 2.o comes CSR 2.o with new possibilities for social interaction, involvement and participation in finding innovative ways to tackle everything from individual business challenges to global problems. Continue reading

Posted in | CSR, Globalization, New paradigms, Social innovations
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The art of sustainability

Not long ago, I discovered the project Happy Xmas Trees. This ambitious Danish art and sustainability project is currently transforming Copenhagen into one giant outdoor gallery featuring Christmas tree sculptures by various artists. But these trees aren’t just for show. Once Christmas is over, they will be auctioned off to raise money for the afforestation project, Happy® Forests. Continue reading

Posted in | Environmental sustainability, Ethical consumption, Globalization, Social innovations
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Social entrepreneurship on the map
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Social entrepreneurship on the map

The field of social entrepreneurship has over the past five to ten years increasingly attracted public attention. Today dedicated organizations, foundations, awards and TV series are promoting, supporting or paying tribute to social entrepreneurs from all corners of the world. Continue reading

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Worn Again products
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Upcycling – eco-friendly capitalism

Upcycling is one example of eco-capitalism – making a profit in an environmentally friendly way. Continue reading

Posted in | Ecobusiness, Environmental sustainability, Social entrepreneurship, Social innovations, Sustainable business
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Superflex and Guarana Power
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Value creation with aesthetic capital

Social entrepreneurs Superflex create value for Brazilian guaraná farmers with the use of aesthetical capital. Continue reading

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bio foods
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The business of organic foods

The market for organic foods is growing faster than for conventional foods. But will we be able to accomodate sustainable consumption needs in the long run? Continue reading

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