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Relocalising - in a community near you

<p>At this time of year I guess we are all thinking about hearth and home.

A wish list for 2009: Building the next generation of social enterprise

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<p>As we bid adieu to 2008 and begin to peek into 2009, it is time to take stock of where we have been and make plans for where we'd like to be.</p>

Culture Wars

<p>In a bad economy, it&rsquo;s more critical than ever to track the impact of philanthropic dollars being given to charitable causes. Trouble is, measuring impact remains a significant challenge for most classic advocacy organizations&mdash;but less so, some philanthropy experts believe, for social enterprises. Why?

A New Kind of Company

<p>In recent years, we have seen a surge of "new kind of" companies enter the marketplace.&nbsp; Social entrepreneurs launch these companies with lofty visions of creating positive change while making money.&nbsp; They offer a win-win for everyone, by focusing on the triple bottom line - people, planet, and profits.<br /><br />I am huge supporter of this these "new kind of" companies.

Conference Update from Alliance of Youth Movements

<p>Inspired by the sharp rise in the number of Facebook-organized political demonstrations and mass protests around the world this year, dozens of youth activists from the U.S. and abroad met today at Columbia University for Day 2 of the Alliance of Youth Movements Summit-a first-time gathering organized by Howcast, Facebook, MTV, the U.S.

Change Manifesto

<p>Today through Friday, <a href="http://info.howcast.com/youthmovements/summit">an Alliance of Youth Movements Summit</a> is meeting at Columbia University Law School to launch a new global network called 501c3, to help train people around the world to use social media&mdash;from cell phones to digital video to Twitter

Seeing the Light

<p><em>First a little background. I live in Virginia on a third of an acre in a single family home. The southern half of the property&nbsp;is wooded with a stand of 70 - 80 foot tall trees. The house itself is T-shaped, with roofs facing each of the cardinal points on the compass. </em></p>
<p>I decided to get solar panels for my home to (a) reduce my energy footprint in state that is primarily supplied by coal-fired power plants (b) reduce my energy costs. I went to a number of suppliers and here is what I was told:</p>

What IS a sustainable business?

<p>So what is a sustainable business exactly? Surely we must know by now.</p>
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<li>Is it a green business?</li>
<li>Is it a business that is good at environmental management? That follows an ISO standard?</li>

Thanksgiving Lessons

<p>While seasonal harvest festivals have long been part of the American tradition, the modern origins of a national Thanksgiving Holiday are more recent.

Who are the third sector legacy retailers?

<p>It's sad to see <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/nov/28/woolworths-recession" target="_blank">Woolworths in trouble</a>. &nbsp;As has been said elsewhere there's a lot of nostalgia for Woolies.

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