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Bringing Women into Africa’s Growth Story

(3BL Media and Just Means)- Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei’s paths first crossed when they worked together at McKinsey & Company. But the idea to start a pitch competition and entrepreneurial training organization for women-owned, African companies was birthed a few years later during a women’s conference.

Connecting Nature and Fearless Leadership: Finding Your Fiercest Self

(3BL Media and Just Means)- “I would ask you, Julie, who are the seagulls in your life? How can you emulate the pelican behavior?" This was Beverly Winterscheid, the founding partner of Center for Nature and Leadership, and Leadership Development Professor in the Bard Sustainability MBA, talking and, as always, prodding.

Social Enterprise WorkSquare Creates a “People First” Hiring-Placement Business

(3Bl Media/Justmeans) - WorkSquare is revolutionizing the hiring placement industry in Miami, Florida. What began as an MBA thesis at Harvard Business School by founder Vanessa Bartram has developed into a people first, B Corp- certified social business.  WorkSquare’s team launched the company in 2008 to create a path toward financial stability for South Florida’s low-wage workers.

Death of EVs Greatly Exaggerated

(3Bl Media/Justmeans) - Mark Twain once quipped, “reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”

The same might be said of the pronouncement of Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jones, who said “EV’s are dead, long live TESLA.”

Stock analysts are not particularly well-known for their patience, and if Google went back far enough, you could probably find a similar sentiment being expressed by great-granddaddy Jones back in 1908 about the first Fords rolling off the assembly line. The impetus for the comment was an announcement that Toyota was ending its parts contract with Tesla.

Okay, admittedly, EV’s have not become highly profitable overnight, the way that Wall Street likes them. Yes, market penetration is still tiny, and some companies like Fiat, are losing money on every 500e they sell. But think of the size of the battleship that is turning around. In the US alone there are more than 120,000 gas stations. How many EV chargers are out there? Roughly 8,000. How long does the average American hold onto his car? Almost six years. How long has there been a viable, affordable EV on the market? Nissan LEAF sales began in December 2010.

EVs are superior to internal combustion vehicles in almost every way except that:

  1. They are more expensive
  2. Charging infrastructure is still being built
  3. Range is still an issue for many people
  4. They are not yet considered mainstream

All of this is changing rapidly. As Tesla has already demonstrated, and Jones himself acknowledges, they are being enthusiastically grabbed up by those that can afford them. Jones just happens to call them “compelling performance vehicles that just happen to be EVs.”

The fact that they just happen to be EVs, is not just a coincidence, but rather an outcome of something called low-end torque that electric motors can smoothly deliver in a way that even the best engines can only dream about. In a nutshell, it’s the power available before a vehicle has come up to speed.

UNWTO Promotes Sustainable Tourism to Conserve Migratory Bird Flyways

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has launched an innovative project that aims to develop sustainable tourism at destinations along the world’s major migratory bird routes. The organization will bring the project into spotlight on the World Migratory Bird Day 2014 – celebrated in more than 70 countries on 10-11 May.

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