Category Archives: social innovation

Revving up for 2015? Here’s a five point checklist

As we approach 2015, there are five things businesses, foundations and non profits can start now to make a greater social impact in the year ahead: Time for a tune up. Are you achieving what you set out to do? We find that at around the 3-5 year mark of a CSR or grant making […]

Running a purpose-driven business #LikeaGirl – or a guy – would

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Always, the maker of feminine hygiene products owned by P&G, has a great culture change campaign under way: #LikeaGirl. You’ve probably seen it, since it’s logged over 28 million views. But if not, you can watch the video here and cheer for the tween and teen girls who realize how insidious the phrase has become. Run […]

What’s Impact Investing? Good question.

I’ll bet you don’t know about Impact Investing. That’s ok. According to a recent poll conducted by the CFA Institute not even financial advisors are clear on what it is – only 14 percent said hey know. That jibes with the audience that attended the Impact Investing conference in Boston this fall, part of a […]

A Prescription for New Moms and Socially Minded Businesses

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A joint statement from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) just published in the journals Fertility and Sterility calls for doctors to help patients reduce their exposure to chemicals. “Reducing exposure to toxic environmental agents is a critical area of intervention for obstetricians, gynecologists, and […]

Conservation for Economy & Environment: Downeast Community Effort at a Grand Scale

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With summer upon us, many of us are thinking about vacation destinations, but not as much as what’s happening behind the scenes to make these destinations so appealing. I recently had a peek into a beautiful place in Maine that I’ve yet to visit – Grand Lake Stream. The natural beauty and serenity of Grand […]

A Matter of Degrees: Business and philanthropy innovate to help more students reach college

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The headlines are worse every day – college debt is higher than ever and the burden is being shared by students and their whole families, now to the point where society is questioning the value of a higher education degree. The New York Times just reported this sobering story: In the first three months of […]

What the new poverty report has to do with NMTCs in Maine

Yesterday’s Op Ed in this paper by Charlie Spies, the CEO of Portland-based CEI Capital Management had some great facts about preserving local business, creating jobs and environmental sustainability that come from investing New Markets Tax Credits. In case you missed it, the piece noted: “Approximately 2,000 direct jobs have been preserved or created in […]

Free beer! Saving the world one keg at a time

Free photos by Emile are at Portland Greendrinks events.

A few of us attended the Greendrinks Portland event at The Inn on Peaks Island last night. Since its local chapter founding in 2008, Greendrinks events have grown in popularity. The Portland, Maine chapter is part of the international Greendrinks network — an informal, volunteer-managed social networking group built around a common interest in the […]

Peeking behind the curtain – The green way to get products from there to here

Isn’t the heart of green supply chain strategies asking whether the ends justify the means? For instance, is buying California-grown organic salad a poor environmental choice because of the pollution from diesel truck fuel used to transport it to the East Coast? Would that be offset if the salad packaging was made with wind energy […]