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Civilisedmoney: A Crowd-Funded, Ethical Alternative to Mainstream Banks?
Whether it’s local investing in everybody eats restaurants, the microfinancing of entrepreneurs through Kiva, or citizen-funded clean energy through eco-bonds, we’ve featured plenty of ways to get passed the big banks and put your money to work. Peer2Peer Finance Goes Mainstream In the UK there are already a number of peer2peer lending sites, like ZOPA, that are offering rates of return far better than your traditional bank. A new venture called civilisedmoney is aiming to take this model even further, offering a fully transparent, crowd-funded alternative to every service offered by mainstream banks: Eventually civilisedmoney will offer all the services that you currently associate with traditional banks, and some you don’t. You’ll be able to choose what happens with your money, whether you participate in lending, borrowing, investing, donating, fundraising or transacting. civilisedmoney is the first to bring together a range of people-to-people financial solutions. It’s the people-to-people portal. Whatever... Continue Reading
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Be KIND: Help Feed Senior Citizens This Thanksgiving
On Tuesday, November 1, Angelenos can do good just by being kind. Sounds simple, right? It is. And it will bring a happy and healthy Thanksgiving to hundreds of senior citizens. A KIND Healthy Snacks KIND Movement initiative, Do the KIND Thing hosts monthly KINDING Missions in new cities every first Tuesday of every month, also known as KIND Tuesday. L.A., November is our month. L.A.’s BIG KIND Act aims to feed senior citizens via the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. With the help of selfless Angelenos, nutritious Thanksgiving meals will be delivered to hundreds of senior citizens facing hardship.... Continue Reading
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London, ON Delivers On 1000 Acts of Kindness Challenge
1,000 Acts of Kindness Challenge started Oct. 1 and continues through end of the month Londoners are drastically exceeding the challenge goal: Nearly 55,000 kind acts reported in last year’s effort Londoners are performing nearly 53 kind acts a day as the clock ticks down in the 1,000 Acts of Kindness Challenge.The city’s kindness quotient stood at about 900 Monday morning as police got rolling on an effort to up the ante.Officers started the day with more than 500 stuffed animals — dubbed Hero Bears and dressed in patrol or tactical uniforms — that they planned to give away at... Continue Reading
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Is it Just Me, Or is it Getting Kinda Crowded in Here?
Though it’s impossible to say exactly when it will happen, demographers have chosen the date to mark the milestone. Humanity remains on a steep growth curve. It took only a dozen years for humanity to add another billion people to the planet, reaching the milestone of 7 billion Monday — give or take a few months. Demographers at the United Nations Population Division set Oct. 31, 2011, as the “symbolic” date for hitting 7 billion, while acknowledging that it’s impossible to know for sure the specific time or day. Using slightly different calculations, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the 7-billion... Continue Reading
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Makin’ It: Meg Paska, Urban Beekeeper
Meg Paska is an urban beekeeper, backyard farmer, and self-sustainability advocate living in the backwoods of Brooklyn, New York. Her adventures detail on raising chickens in a small backyard, brewing beer in the basement, and harvesting honey on rooftops will be richly explored in a forthcoming book. In the meantime, she keeps the wonderfully robust blog, Brooklyn Homesteader. Why bees? Bees sort of came into my life through a series of experiences in self-sufficiency over the years. I always enjoyed being outside and had an affinity for gardening and, more importantly, eating. I’m rather self-indulgent by nature. I got really... Continue Reading
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Council votes in favour of shark fin ban: Yay Toronto!
Toronto city councillors voted to ban the sale of shark fin products Tuesday afternoon. The final vote was 38-4. Councillors are also urging Ontario to adopt a province-wide ban. The bylaw will bring an end to the sale of shark fins and controversial products such as shark fin soup. The ban also makes it illegal for any Torontonian to possess or consume the product. Councillors in favour of the ban kicked off the meeting by presenting petitions with more than 16,000 signatures from people in favour of banning shark fin products. The bylaw would provide businesses selling shark fin products with... Continue Reading
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GoodSearch/GoodShop
Following the trend of people wanting to incorporate “doing good” into their everyday lives, more than 13 million people are helping feed the homeless, save the environment, cure cancer and help more than 100,000 nonprofits and schools just by searching the internet and shopping online. Six years ago, brother/sister team Ken and JJ Ramberg wanted to figure out a way to turn everyday actions into a way to support the causes trying to make this world a better place. So, they partnered with Yahoo and launched GoodSearch.com a Yahoo-powered search engine which donates about a penny a search to your... Continue Reading
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Wall Street Occupiers, the Future Depends on You
Video: For more than 15 years, David Korten has called for an end to the Wall Street economy. Why he hopes the Occupy movement will finally change the game. As the ranks of Wall Street protesters swell and solidarity spreads in other cities and nations, many Americans are asking, Why do they do it? And what do they imagine could replace Wall Street? After 15 years of outspoken criticism of the financial system, David Korten talks about moving back to a Main Street economy, and tells protesters nationwide why they give him hope.   Interested? #Occupy: Follow our ongoing coverage... Continue Reading
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Doing Good, Better: New Initiative Will Support Socially Focused Designers
From a story about Occupy Design’s infographic kits to a challenge asking readers to redesign the report card, GOOD features designers using their talents to improve their communities almost every day. But the triumph of solving a social challenge often comes at great cost: Most of this work is done without pay and during overtime hours, which can strain a designer’s business. “Designers say, ‘I’ll take my own time and my own resources and try and solve a problem alone,'” says Manuel Toscano, principal of the corporate identity firm Zago. “That’s wrong.” A new initiative by AIGA, one of the... Continue Reading
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