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Smokeless Biofuel Saves Lives in Africa

(3BL Media and Just Means) - When I make dinner tonight, I’ll walk over to my stove, turn a few knobs and be eating in twenty minutes or less. Easy, clean, safe and cheap. However, those four adjectives do not describe the way most people, women and children in particular, in developing nations experience cooking.

Emergency Health Care Improved by Innovative App

(3BL Media and Just Means)- "One picture is worth a thousand clinical words," said Crystal Law, MIT Alumna, former EMT and Co-Founder of Twiage.

My Five-Minute Vacation: Organic, Fair and Delicious

“There is no such thing as a socially responsible business because that term
suggests that an enterprise has reached a destination and there is no more work to be done."

Honest Tea co-founder and TeaEO, Seth Goldman.

Coca Cola is the David that the Slingshot Needs.

"The Slingshot is the little tool that David needs to defeat Goliath"—Dean Kamen.

New York Announces a Statewide Ban on Fracking

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - On December 17th New York Governor Andrew Cuomo shook the world with the announcement with the Empire State was banning the practice of hydraulic fracturing or fracking, as it’s come to be known. The governor claims to have relied on the judgment of Health Commissioner Dr. Harold A. Zucker and Joseph Martens, the state environmental conservation commissioner, in making the call. “I am not a scientist,” said the governor. “ I’m not an environmental expert. I’m not a health expert. I’m a lawyer.  So let’s bring the emotion down, and let’s ask the qualified experts what their opinion is.”

Zucker said his decision boiled down to the question of whether he’d want his family living in a town where fracking was taking place. The answer was no.

Fracking has been credited for the huge boom in US oil and gas production, which has put it on a path to overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest producer. But it has also been controversial, almost from the outset, with numerous complaints about health issues, fear of contaminated water supplies, large amounts of water consumption and earthquakes. Economic  impacts could potentially cover a wide swath of our economy starting with agriculture and tourism and extending outward from there. Yet drillers are protected by Federal law from disclosing, under the Safe Water Drinking Act, the contents of the “fracking fluids” they are injecting into the ground. This loophole was put in place by former Vice-President Dick Cheney, whose company Halliburton has been a major player in the fracking industry. This level of secrecy has done much to increase public suspicion of the process.

The domestic energy boom has helped to bring energy prices down which has helped to make American industry more globally competitive. It has also helped to accelerate the move away from coal on the part of many utility companies. Add to that the fact that it has reduced our dependence on imported oil, and you can see why so many were willing to overlook the potential health and environmental risks that have been associated with the practice.

One Company’s Story: Getting From Sustainability to Flourishing

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Over the past few weeks, I’ve had some great opportunities to travel, meet new people and learn a lot. I went to Kenya and followed the folks at Vestergaard, makers of long-lasting insecticidal bed nets for malaria prevention as they rolled out a new campaign to address waterborne illness.

Then I went to Cleveland to attend the Flourish and Prosper Conference as Case Western. At the conference, I met Lyell Clarke, CEO of Clarke, an Illinois-based company that, like Vestergaard, also makes mosquito control products. Not one to pass up a coincidence, I followed up with Lyell for an interview, especially when I learned what an exemplary company he runs, particularly in the area of sustainability.

Lyell told me the story of the transformation that he and the company went through, more or less together, that resulted in a convergence between personal values, and a revised set of corporate aspirations that has made Clarke, not only more successful, but also a far more satisfying place to work.

They had licensed a new organic molecule from Dow Agrosciences for a larvacide that could potentially be safer than anything used in this application before. The problem was that the molecule was highly unstable and they needed to come up with a stable formulation. It took eight years of development, but they finally did. It was a great achievement that eventually led to the Natular™ product, which won the President’s Green Chemistry Award in 2010.

The breakthrough in the lab, led to a bigger breakthrough that redefined the company.

“We were doing well, had significant market share, but I wasn’t feeling satisfied. I began to ask myself, what are you handing over to the next generation? We’re a third generation service and distribution company going back to 1946. Is there something else I could hand over that this millennial, my son John Lyell Clarke the 4th, would want to be part of?”

Clarke engaged a strategy consultant who suggested he take his staff on a retreat.  This was back in 2008. They called in the whole company, around 160 people, even those working in other countries.


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