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Joel Kurtzman’s Case for Economic Optimism

October 16th, 2014  |  Source: Strategy + Business

As markets appear to be plunging, the founding editor of strategy+business argues that the United States is about to launch an epic new wave of growth.

by Art Kleiner [Erstwhile editor of strategy+business]


1955: Why the US Chose Nuclear Energy Over Solar

October 8th, 2014  |  Source: Sustainablebusiness.com

This amazing excerpt from the book, Let It Shine: The 6000-Year Story of Solar Energy, provides fascinating context to energy choices the US made in the 1950s. It was a pivotal moment for the advent of solar energy, but the US supported nuclear instead. 

 


Nonprofit Growth Outpaces For-Profits in U.S.

March 10th, 2014  |  Source: NPQ

Although the overall economy has been expanding slowly, the nonprofit sector is vibrant, according to a recent report in the New York Times.

From 2001 to 2011, the Times reports that the number of nonprofits in the United States grew 25 percent, while the number of for-profit businesses rose by half a percent, quoting recent figures compiled by the Urban Institute.


STUDY: AMERICA'S NATURAL GAS SYSTEM IS LEAKY AND IN NEED OF A FIX

February 13th, 2014  |  Source: Mitchell Foundation

The first thorough comparison of evidence for natural gas system leaks confirms that organizations including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have underestimated U.S. methane emissions generally, as well as those from the natural gas industry specifically.


The 5 Most Difficult Risks to Overcome as a Start-up

February 3rd, 2014  |  Source: VNN

Starting your own company is a rewarding yet scary experience. You have no idea if your idea is going to be a success or when you will start to draw a salary from your company. But the risks don’t end there. Macro economic headwinds might seem abstract, but things can go quickly wrong when you are at the helm of a fledgling company. So what are some of the bigger risks to consider as the owner of a start-up company?


Microfinance: Tiny loans are getting more expensive

February 1st, 2014  |  Source: The Economist

Interest on the minuscule loans made by microfinance outfits has always been high, but over the past few years it has become even higher. A recent paper, using data on over 1,500 microfinance institutions (MFIs) from around the world, shows that for the smallest loans, typically less than $150, the average rate climbed steadily from 30% in 2004 to 35% in 2011.*


Poverty nation: How America created a low-wage work swamp

December 16th, 2013  |  Source: Salon

For decades, both parties supplanted a push for higher wages with well-intended public aid. The result: calamity

2013 is the year many Americans discovered the crisis of the working poor. It turns out it’s also the crisis of the welfare poor. That’s tough for us: Americans notoriously hate welfare, unless it’s called something else and/or benefits us personally. We think it’s for slackers and moochers and people who won’t pull their weight.


Reckoning to Revival: How American Auto Workers Rebuilt an Industry

December 12th, 2013  |  Source: Bloomberg

In June 2009, the last auto plant in Detroit was idle, mausoleum-quiet and a symbol of failure. Weeds had grown three-feet tall around Chrysler's sprawling Jeep factory at the desolate crossroads of Jefferson and Conner as the company went dark during bankruptcy. Among the bills the near-dead automaker couldn't afford to pay: lawn service.


ON WORLD TOILET DAY, LET’S GO BEYOND THE TOILET

November 19th, 2013  |  Source: Skoll World Forum

·       Problem: World Toilet Day promotes the belief that we can solve the sanitation crisis by simply building more toilets across the developing world. But despite building more toilets, sanitation is the most off-track Millennium Development Goal.

·       Barrier to Progress: Organizations must rethink sanitation and the solutions to this global crisis.




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