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The Pachamama Alliance
They aim to generate a critical mass of conscious commitment by bridging the indigenous and modern worlds.

About:
"Pachamama Alliance is a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all.

With roots deep in the Amazon rainforest, our programs integrate indigenous wisdom with modern knowledge to support personal, and collective, transformation that is the catalyst to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet."

Started 1995 by Bill & Lynne Twist.

Their partner in China who localised presenter's manual and video subtitles to Chinese is Huadao Eco-village / SDC in Chengdu / Sichuan.

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Agrachina  Sustainability  Platform  southamerica  USA  China  community  Social_Networking  Social  Social_Media  Education  Ecology  Ecobalance  environmentalism  Environment  Humanitarian  activism  Volunteer  NGO_NPO 
march 2019 by eocas
International Vegetarian Union (IVU)
International Vegetarian Union founded in 1908 which became a global network of independent organisations which are promoting veg'ism (vegetarian & vegan) worldwide.

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Agrachina  health  food  foodsystems  Sustainability  NGO_NPO  Germany  Platform  Vegan  via:frauchauchat 
march 2019 by eocas
ResArtis
Artist residency portal.

About:
"We are an association of over 650 centers, organisations, and individuals in over 70 countries. Each of our members is dedicated to offering artists, curators, and all manner of creative people the essential time and place away from the pressures and habits of every-day life, an experience framed within a unique geographic and cultural context.

Through Res Artis, organisations become part of a global community of colleagues engaged in dialogue through our face-to-face meetings and virtually through our online presence.

Those interested in attending a residency can use the information and resources on our website, gaining insights into the profiles of our members and staying informed about their events and application deadlines.

Since 1993, through the volunteer efforts of the Board of Directors, dedicated staff and countless partners and friends, Res Artis has grown to become the largest network of its kind, promoting the role of residential art programs as a vital part of the contemporary arts world, stimulating the creative development and mobility of artists, and furthering intercultural understanding."

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Fashionmeetsorganic  Lifesnippets  Association  NGO_NPO  Netherlands  artist  community  Collaboration  events  Research  creation  Creative  Inspiration  Innovation  Culture  Directory_Database  curation  Art  Platform  residencies  grants 
march 2019 by eocas
Not For Sale
Creates businesses (restaurants, shoe-repair shops, etc.) whose profits are used to help victims of human trafficking.

About:
"We grow self-sustaining social projects and purpose-driven business to end exploitation and forced labour.


These enterprises create opportunities, and return revenue to those who need it most."

Mentioned 20190317 by Alex Crawford as positive example of a social enterprise at Huadao Eco-village conference.

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Agrachina  NGO_NPO  USA  SocialEntrepreneur  Social  community  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Model  sustainablecompany  sustainable  Sustainability  Inspiration 
march 2019 by eocas
Sustainable Development Committee (北京国际交流协会可持续发展专业委员会 Beijing International Association of Sustainable Development Professional Committee)
About:
"The SDC committee is committed to the research and practice of sustainable development; to provide a broadened global vision of ecological environment, financial order and moral culture; and through international exchanges as well as collaborations in eco-community, healthcare and epidemic prevention, energy technology and cultural & creativity, we actively promote sustainable development of eco-civilization reflected by harmonious co-existence between men as well as human and nature.

The Committee positioned itself as a platform for Chinese and international think tanks to build connections with one another, and it is also a cultivation centre for identified talented doers."

Registered 2005 in Beijing, yet with many of its members based in Chengdu / Sichuan and tightly related with Huadao Eco-Village that is localised there.

One of the founding organizers of Hanwang Forum, an annual conference similar to WEF Davos with ~2,000 participants consisting of government leaders, royalties, non-governmental organizations, research institutes, entrepreneurs, experts and academics from United Nations, European Union, over 40 countries and regions across Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. The respective fields of “Hanwang 7+1” are namely Government Policies, Civil Society, Agriculture and Food, Healthcare, New Energy (Energy Conservation), Information Technology, Eco-community as well as Cultural Heritage and Innovation.

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Agrachina  Sustainability  community  NGO_NPO  Sichuan  Chengdu  sustainable  development  Policy  civilsociety  Agricultural_Development  Platform  Conference  Beijing  China  Organic_Agriculture  health  Energy-saving  Information_Society  Information_Technology  Ecology  Culture  History  Innovation  Environment  Collaboration  Creative 
march 2019 by eocas
OpenChain
About:
"The OpenChain Project builds trust in open source by making open source license compliance simpler and more consistent. The OpenChain Specification defines a core set of requirements every quality compliance program must satisfy. OpenChain Conformance allows organizations to display their adherence to these requirements. The OpenChain Curriculum supports this process by providing extensive reference material for effective open source training and management. The result is that open source license compliance becomes more predictable, understandable and efficient for all participants in the software supply chain."

An example of their practice is the open source merger and acquisition (M&A) assessment checklist which is intended as a tool to help evaluate the open source practices of an organization as part of the due diligence process. TOC of 60-pages document:

- Discovery of open source software in code bases
- Review and approval of open source use
- Satisfaction of open source license obligations
- Overseeing community contribution to open source projects
- Process adherence audits
- Open source policy
- Appropriate staffing for compliance execution
- Adaptation of business processes to accommodate open source specific requirements
- Training
- Verification practices
- Compliance process management
- Maintaining inventory of open source software
- Automation and tool support for large scale use, consumption, and compliance

Under the umbrella of The Linux Foundation.

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Startupinthecloud  NGO_NPO  Legal  opensource  Compliance  Linux  Standardization  Software_Engineering 
march 2019 by eocas
SPI
About:
"Software in the Public Interest is a non-profit organization which was founded to help organizations develop and distribute open hardware and software. Our mission is to help genuine, substantial, and significant FOSS (free and open source software) projects by handling their non-technical administrative tasks so that they aren't required to operate their own legal entity.
[...]
SPI acts as a fiscal sponsor to many free and open source projects.
[...]
We encourage programmers to use the GNU General Public License or other licenses that allow free redistribution and use of software and hardware developers to distribute documentation that will allow device drivers to be written for their product."

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Startupinthecloud  opensource  NGO_NPO  fundraising  legal  USA  grants 
march 2019 by eocas
Global Heritage Fund
Their mission is to protecting the world’s most vulnerable places through sustainable preservation and community empowerment.

From Wiki:
"Global Heritage Fund (GHF) is a non-profit organization that operates internationally. Founded in California in 2002, GHF says it has since then invested over $25 million and secured $20 million in co-funding for 19 global heritage sites to ensure their sustainable preservation and responsible development.

Projects realised such as in:

Banteay Chhmar, Cambodia
Chavín de Huántar*, Peru
Ciudad Perdida, Colombia
Cyrene*, Libya
Fujian Tulous*, China
Göbekli Tepe, Turkey
Hampi*, India
Rakhigarhi, India
Marcahuamachuco, Peru
Mirador, Guatemala
Pingyao*, China
Ur, Iraq
Wat Phu*, Laos

(* indicates a UNESCO World Heritage Site)".

A more recent project in Dali Village / Guizhou to establish a local co-op together with Beijing-based architecture studio ATLAS :
https://globalheritagefund.org/2017/11/28/dali-textile-co-op-social-enterprise-ghf-studio-atlas

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Agrachina  Fashionmeetsorganic  NGO_NPO  Fundraising  foundation  USA  Culture  Rural_Development  decentralization 
march 2019 by eocas
The global food problem isn’t what you think - The Washington Post
Making a point for 'Nutrition Security'!

Excerpts:
"Providing food security to the nearly 10 billion people who will inhabit the globe by 2050 is one of the key issues of the 21st century. Given that reality, you might think the international community would at least be able to agree on how to define the problem.

Unfortunately, you would be wrong.

While a large part of the agricultural research establishment is focused on one aspect of the challenge — calories — another part of the scientific community is focused on a related but different one: adequate nutrient consumption.

To this point, the first group has driven the world’s agricultural research agenda. But a new study I co-authored with a group of international scientists and recently published in Nature Sustainability suggests that calorie fundamentalism is leading us down a dangerous path.

Our group looked at both the question of how much food will be available during the next three decades and the question of whether this food will meet our nutritional needs.
[...]
We must shift our emphasis from food security to nutrition security.

A major effort must be made to increase the productivity — the yield per hectare — of nutrient-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and beans. By enhancing their productivity, we’ll make them more available and affordable. And we’ll see the benefits in a diminished obesity crisis and fewer victims of micronutrient deficiencies."

Written by Gerald C. Nelson, a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a former senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute.

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Agrachina  health  food  foodsystems  Food_Security  Food_Safety  development  NGO_NPO  Research 
march 2019 by eocas
CNCF - Cloud Native Computing Foundation
About:
"The Cloud Native Computing Foundation builds sustainable ecosystems and fosters a community around a constellation of high-quality projects that orchestrate containers as part of a microservices architecture.

CNCF serves as the vendor-neutral home for many of the fastest-growing projects on GitHub, including Kubernetes, Prometheus and Envoy, fostering collaboration between the industry’s top developers, end users, and vendors.
[...]
CNCF is an open source software foundation dedicated to making cloud native computing universal and sustainable. Cloud native computing uses an open source software stack to deploy applications as microservices, packaging each part into its own container, and dynamically orchestrating those containers to optimize resource utilization. Cloud native technologies enable software developers to build great products faster."

Among the members are all the biggest names of the Western cloud computing hemisphere and among the Chinese ones are Aliyun / Alibaba Cloud, Huawei, JD.com, Inspur (Odoo CN), Kingsoft, Tencent Cloud, ZTE and many smaller ones.

Under the umbrella of the Linux Foundation.

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Startupinthecloud  Cloud_Development  cloud_providers  Cloud_Service_Providers  Platform  opensource  foundation  NGO_NPO  devops  Virtualization  Education  Software_Engineering  Standardization  Linux 
march 2019 by eocas
Software Freedom Conservancy
About:
"Software Freedom Conservancy helps promote, improve, develop, and defend Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects. Conservancy provides a non-profit home and infrastructure for FLOSS projects.
[...]
Once joined, the “member project” receives most of the benefits of existing as a non-profit corporate entity without engaging in the arduous work of forming a separate, new organization. Conservancy aggregates the work of running a FLOSS non-profit for its many members.

Conservancy provides many important services for its member projects. Member projects can take directed donations, which allows donors to earmark their donations for the benefit of a specific FLOSS project. Conservancy provides fiscal oversight to ensure that these funds are spent in a manner that advances the project and fits with Conservancy's 501(c)(3) mission to promote, advance, and defend software freedom.

If the member project's leaders want, Conservancy can also hold other assets and titles on behalf of the projects, such as copyrights, trademarks, domain names, online hosting accounts, and title and ownership of physical hardware. Also at discretion of the project's leaders, Conservancy can assist in defending the rights represented in these assets. For example, Conservancy is available to assist member projects in enforcing the terms of the projects' FLOSS license.
[...]
Conservancy opposes the notion of patents that cover software, and urges contributors to its member projects not to apply for patents."

Software Freedom Conservancy, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in New York.

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Startupinthecloud  Legal  NGO_NPO  community  Business  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Model  opensource  open-data 
february 2019 by eocas
Shibboleth Consortium – Privacy Preserving Identity Management
Federated SSO.

Wiki:
"Shibboleth is a single sign-on log-in system for computer networks and the Internet. It allows people to sign in using just one identity to various systems run by federations of different organizations or institutions. The federations are often universities or public service organizations.

The Shibboleth Internet2 middleware initiative created an architecture and open-source implementation for identity management and federated identity-based authentication and authorization (or access control) infrastructure based on Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML). Federated identity allows the sharing of information about users from one security domain to the other organizations in a federation. This allows for cross-domain single sign-on and removes the need for content providers to maintain user names and passwords. Identity providers (IdPs) supply user information, while service providers (SPs) consume this information and give access to secure content."

Apache 2 license.

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Startupinthecloud  Security  sysAdmin  Software_Engineering  opensource  Enterprise_Architecture  Management  NGO_NPO  Biodiversity  Integration_Solution 
january 2019 by eocas
OpenLDAP
OpenLDAP Software is an open source implementation of the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) and as such allows SSO.

About:
"The OpenLDAP Project is a collaborative effort to develop a robust, commercial-grade, fully featured, and open source LDAP suite of applications and development tools. The project is managed by a worldwide community of volunteers that use the Internet to communicate, plan, and develop the OpenLDAP Suite and its related documentation.
[...]
The suite includes:
- slapd - stand-alone LDAP daemon (server)
-libraries implementing the LDAP protocol, and
- utilities, tools, and sample clients."

It is released under its own BSD-style license called the OpenLDAP Public License.

LDAP is a platform-independent protocol, several common Linux distributions include OpenLDAP Software for LDAP support. The software also runs on BSD-variants, as well as AIX, Android, HP-UX, macOS, Solaris, Microsoft Windows (NT and derivatives, e.g. 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, etc.), and z/OS. It is mainly used as an address book (for e.g. email clients) or authentication backend to various services (such as Samba, where it is used to emulate a domain controller, or Linux system authentication, where it replaces /etc/passwd) and basically holds the user data.

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Startupinthecloud  Security  Systems_Management  Enterprise_Architecture  opensource  Integration_Solution  NGO_NPO  Standardization  Linux  Software_Engineering 
january 2019 by eocas
Fermes d'avenir
Intro by organic-market.info:

"Maxime de Rostolan founded the organisation Fermes d'avenir five years ago. In France, this organisation supports agro-ecological smallholder initiatives through appropriate training formats, advisory services, model farms as well as lobbying and public relations work."

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Agrachina  farming  France  farm-to-table  farmers_livelihod  Farmer_Community  Social  SocialEntrepreneur  Marketing  Agricultural_Development  Agricultural_Specialist  Permaculture  ecological  Ecology  Sustainability  sustainable  Agroecology  PR  agency  workshop  Education  Training  Platform  NGO_NPO  LocaVore  Rural_Development  Rural_Economy  Rural_Employment  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Education  Organic_Farming  Consultancy 
january 2019 by eocas
mimycri
About:
"mimycri is a registered non-for-profit organization in Germany. In a diverse team, newcomers and Berliners make history tangible by working together. We are upcycling broken refugee rubber boats into high quality bags.

The idea for mimycri was born on the Greek island Chios where the co-founders – Vera and Nora – volunteered several times since 2015 welcoming people arriving at the shores. This experience motivated Vera and Nora to stay engaged and do something.

VALUES
mimycri is about a change in perspective. It demonstrates that when we start to see things in a different way, a whole new world of possibilities can open up. We look for the good in the bad. We envision a world in which we help and support each other, just because we can – and because it feels good.
[...]
Sustainability: We are using what is already there and give new life to rejected material. The overall setup of the project is designed to be environmentally, socially and economically independent.

Integration: We are convinced that social and economic participation are key to successful integration."

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Fashionmeetsorganic  NGO_NPO  Brand  eco_brand  Social  Fair_Trade  community  Communication  sustainablefashion  bags  Germany  upcycling 
january 2019 by eocas
Framasoft
About:
"From the educational world and now turned towards popular education, Framasoft is above all a network of projects, of which the first, directory https://framalibre.org, dates back to 2001.

These projects are run by people working together with the same desire: promote digital freedoms.

Respect for the fundamental freedoms of users, guaranteed by legal contracts (the free licenses), is at the heart of the librist movement and ensures that the human remains in control of the digital tool.

The Framasoft’s goal is to offer, mainly online, a set of concrete and practical tools to facilitate adoption:

of free software (directory, USB sticks, installer…);
of free cultural creations (blog, translation, publishing house…);
of free services (more than 30 free services in the project De-google-ify Internet).

Presented as a "gateway to the Free World", the network Framasoft wants to position itself as a bridge between the librarian community and the general public."

One of their projects is for example PeerTube, kind of a free, decentralised Youtube.

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Startupinthecloud  sustainablecompany  France  NGO_NPO  community  opensource  Legal  Platform  Sustainability  Social  Public_Cloud  Service_Provider 
december 2018 by eocas
Ecosystem Restoration Camps
About:
"Ecosystem Restoration Camps is a non-profit organisation founded by a movement of people who wanted an action-based solution to address accelerating climate change. The camps are a practical, hands on way to restore land degraded by humans. Our mission is to work with local communities and build camps that transform degraded landscapes into lush, abundant, life-giving ecosystems.
[...]
We envision a global network of Ecosystem Restoration Camps supporting the emergence of fully-functional, peaceful, abundant, biologically diverse Earth brought about through cooperative efforts for the ecological restoration of degraded lands."

Founded by Beijing-based filmmaker, soil scientist and environmental activist John D. Liu.

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Agrachina  NGO_NPO  USA  community  Education  climatechange  Tutorial  Rural_Development  network  Soil  ecological  Ecosystem 
december 2018 by eocas
Cashmere and Camel Hair Manufacturers Institute (CCMI)
About:
"The Cashmere and Camel Hair Manufacturers Institute (CCMI) is an international industry organization representing the interests of producers and manufacturers of camel hair, cashmere and superfine wool fiber, yarn, fabric and garments throughout the world.

In 2006 CCMI formed the Superfine Wool Council to add superfine wools to its mission of promoting the accurate labeling of noble fiber products and to engage in education of the public about, and private enforcement of, national and international standards governing the labeling of such fine wool, cashmere and camel hair fiber, yarn, fabrics and garments. CCMI is proud of its objective to maintain the integrity of cashmere, camel hair and superfine wool products throughout the world.

CCMI provides a forum for industry leaders world-wide to meet and discuss important issues and to identify workable solutions for the common good of the industry. CCMI represents the interests of members at both national and international levels and works with appropriate government bodies and other non-government organizations whose activities affect the industry.
[...]
CCMI supports testing laboratories worldwide on the improvement of their animal fiber testing ability by conducting an annual Round Trial and by providing laboratories with animal fiber sample collections and other materials.

CCMI also supports research institutes in the development of new animal fiber identification technologies applying leading-edge science, such as Protein Analysis and DNA Analysis."

Based in the USA.

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Fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  Cashmere  Manufacturing  Industry  NGO_NPO  USA  Legal  Quality_Control  Organization  wool  Fibres  yarn 
november 2018 by eocas
Global Hand
About:
"Global Hand is a matching service: a non-profit brokerage facilitating public/ private partnership.

Although today’s world sees many parties wishing to respond to global issues, the problem they often face is connectivity. Who should they partner with and how?

Global Hand is designed to bring together people from all parts of the spectrum. You can use this site to find partners wherever you fit. Your area of interest may be:

Social Entrepreneurship
Philanthropy
Disaster response
Poverty alleviation
Advocacy
Microcredit
Job Creation
Guidelines/Best Practice
Doing business with the poor
Sustainable Development
Corporate Social Responsibility
Gifts-in-kind
Services-in-kind
Humanitarian Aid
Fair Trade
Corporate Volunteering

Global Hand helps match for-profits, non-profits, foundations, trusts, governments, diplomats and more."

Global Hand is run as an initiative of Crossroads Foundation Limited, which is a non governmental organisation registered under the laws of Hong Kong and is supported by Crossroads Global Village (UK), an independent company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales.

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Agrachina  NGO_NPO  community  Platform  SocialEntrepreneur  Directory_Database  foundation  Fundraising  Micro-Financing  Sustainability  development  CSR_Corporate-Social-Responsibility  Fair_Trade  Volunteer  HongKong  UK 
november 2018 by eocas
GVB (Global Village of Beijing Environmental Education Center)
About:
"Global Village of Beijing Environmental Education Center (GVB - 北京地球村环境教育中心) is a non-profit non-governmental organization working on issues regarding sustainable development in the People’s Republic of China mainly through environmental education in the form of production and distribution of multimedia publications and the organization of journalist trainings. The organization advocates for green lifestyles, provides training for eco-villages, and promotes environmental issues in the media. GVB also carries out a reconstruction project in villages destroyed by the 2008 earthquake by rebuilding energy efficient homes and promoting traditional Chinese social values and medicine."

Founded 1996 by Liao Xiaoyi (廖晓义 - Sheri Liao) a Chinese environmental activist, journalist and producer of documentaries whose works are credited with advancing the Chinese environmental movement.

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Agrachina  Sustainability  NGO_NPO  China  environmentalism  sustainable  Rural_Development  health  Expert  SocialEntrepreneur 
november 2018 by eocas
Impact Institute – Towards the Impact Economy
About:
"Our mission at the Impact Institute is to empower organizations and individuals to realize the impact economy by creating a common language for impact and providing the tools to use it. We develop open-source standards for impact measurement and valuation and provide organizations with the tools, training, and services to implement them.

The Impact Institute is a social enterprise and a spin-off of True Price. True Price, founded in 2012, developed methods and tools to measure and monetize impact. In 2018, True Price decided to continue as a non-profit focused on maintaining a standard and community to realize true pricing, a system where consumers can see and voluntarily pay the true price of their products. All services, as well as the development of new methods and technologies, have been spun off to the Impact Institute."

Founded by German-Mexican Adrian de Groot; insightful interview:
http://organic-market.info/news-in-brief-and-reports-article/why-the-organic-community-should-fall-in-love-with-true-prices-interview-with-adrian-de-groot-ruiz.html

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Agrachina  Sustainability  Consultancy  Standardization  semanticweb  opensource  open-data  Netherlands  Fair_Trade  Consumerism  Consumer_Behavior  Consumer_Rights  NGO_NPO  SocialEntrepreneur  sustainablecompany  Economy  circulareconomy  tools  BI 
november 2018 by eocas
Earth Rights Institute
About:
"Earth Rights Institute (ERI) is designed to be an equilateral knowledge platform, where local people collaborate with academics and development professionals, both local and foreign, by exchanging skills, experiences, and knowledge to solve crucial development issues such as widespread poverty, land right disputes and environmental degradation.

ERI takes an innovative approach to join education, advocacy and research in building ecologically, economically and culturally sustainable communities in some of the world's poorest communities. ERI advocates a model of development that supports the re-localization of development expertise. We believe that in order to empower communities to manage and direct their own development, strategies and expert knowledge must be conceived locally.

We are affiliated with the IU as a United Nations NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) for these UN Departments

- ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council)
- UN Habitat
- UNCSD (United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development)
- UN Finance and Development

[...] offer online courses: 'Become a Leader in Sustainable Development' and 'Course on Land Rights, Land Value Taxation and Commons Rent'"

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Agrachina  Africa  USA  NGO_NPO  Platform  Knowledge  knowledgemanagement  Research  Consultancy  Environment  Social  community  Rural_Development  sustainable  Sustainability 
november 2018 by eocas
The Nature Conservancy - TNC
About:
"Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has worked to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends.
[...]
From our historic work in land acquisition to cutting-edge research that influences global policy, The Nature Conservancy is constantly adapting to take on our planet’s biggest, most important challenges. Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives."

Charitable environmental organization, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, United States. Active in 72 countries. Chinese branch 大自然保护协会 (dà zìrán bǎohù xiéhuì), office in Beijing (DNC compound at No. 9 Jianwai Dajie) with local website (http://tnc.org.cn).

Closely affiliated with Alibaba / Jack Ma, they jointly run the China Global Conservation Fund (CGCF) which focuses on addressing global environmental challenges beyond China’s borders. Between 2011 - 2018 funded 21 projects, around US$ 17 million. Primarily financed by The Nature Conservancy’s China Board of Trustees which are: Karen Lo (HK fashion business), Pony Ma Huateng (Tencent), Niu Gensheng (Mengniu Dairy), Ou Yaping (ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance & Shanghai Rockbund Museum), Wu Ying (China Capital Group), Zeng Fanzhi (artist), Zhu Baoguo (pharmaceutical company Joincare Group), Zhao Zhijun (real estate mogul).

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Agrachina  NGO_NPO  USA  Africa  China  development  Environment  Fundraising  Investor_Relations  water  Water_Pollution  Water_Resources  Biodiversity  Social  environmentalism  Policy  Beijing  Sustainability 
november 2018 by eocas
Kiva
About:
"Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. We celebrate and support people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, anyone can help a borrower start or grow a business, go to school, access clean energy or realize their potential. For some, it’s a matter of survival, for others it’s the fuel for a life-long ambition.

100% of every dollar you lend on Kiva goes to funding loans. Kiva covers costs primarily through optional donations, as well as through support from grants and sponsors."

Offices in also in Bangkok, Nairobi and Portland.

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Agrachina  NGO_NPO  USA  Finance  Investor_Relations  Fundraising  Business  Venture_Capital  grants 
november 2018 by eocas
INBAR - International Network for Bamboo and Rattan
About:
"Intergovernmental organisation of 44 Member States, which promotes the use of bamboo and rattan for environmentally sustainable development and green growth."

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Agrachina  bamboo  Forestry  Environment  sustainable  development  green_promotion  NGO_NPO 
october 2018 by eocas
Sustainability Pathways: Sustainability assessments (SAFA)
About:
"Developing and implementing an integrated approach to analyzing different sustainability dimensions as a coherent whole and integrating them in development or business strategies remains a major challenge.

With a view to offer a fair playing field, FAO built on existing efforts and developed a universal framework for Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture systems (SAFA). SAFA has been presented to FAO member countries in 2013; including the SAFA Guidelines, Indicators and Tool and App."

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Agrachina  Sustainability  Declaration  Transparency  semanticweb  Comparison  Standardization  certification  NGO_NPO  Label  Framework 
october 2018 by eocas
SMART (by Sustainable Food Systems GmbH)
About (from FIBL):
"The term "sustainability" is used inflationary and inconsistently. Hundreds of sustainability frameworks have been developed and more and more companies have "sustainable" products on offer. For consumers and buyers it is very difficult to tell whether a farm or a company are actually operating sustainably or not. In addition, farmers and companies in the agricultural and food sector face the question how to assess their sustainability performance in a comparable way and to communicate it in a credible way, without pursuing green-washing.

Therefore the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL has chosen to develop SMART – Sustainability Monitoring and Assessment RouTine – a method that allows farms and companies in the food sector to assess their sustainability in a credible, transparent and comparable manner. SMART is the world’s first tool, which is fully consistent with the SAFA-Guidelines (UN FAO Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture systems) and provides an efficient manner to apply them in practice.

However, SMART is not a new standard, certification system or label but solely an analysis and assessment instrument. It therefore does not compete with existing standards and certificates, but is a useful supplement.

In order to provide SMART sustainability assessment services FiBL founded the spin-off Sustainable Food Systems GmbH (SFS) which now is the owner of the lincense rights and rights of use of SMART. The SFS is owned by FiBL Switzerland, Germany and Austria."

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Agrachina  Standardization  Sustainability  semanticweb  Framework  Declaration  Comparison  Research  sustainablecompany  NGO_NPO  certification  Switzerland  Germany  austria  Organic  Organic_Certification  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Education  Transparency  Label 
october 2018 by eocas
Open Apparel Registry (OAR)
About:
"The mission of the Open Apparel Registry is to maintain an open-source, neutral and publicly accessible database of every facility in the global apparel and footwear sector, for the purposes of enabling industry collaboration and improved identification of factories. This improved identification will be facilitated by the unique OAR ID allocated to each facility."

The OAR was developed by supply chain transparency platform Sourcemap, and funded by the C&A Foundation, sourcing data from organisations like the Fair Factories Clearinghouse and dozens of brands such as Gap and Nike. Dr Leonardo Bonanni Founder and CEO of Sourcemap Inc., noted: “the OAR’s aim is to provide a reference and to streamline supply chain mapping. We hope it serves as a reference for not only brands and NGOs, but for researchers and start-ups aiming to inform the public about the performance of various apparel brands and their products.”

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Fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  Directory_Database  Manufacturing  Database  Apparel  Shoes  Industry  NGO_NPO  Research  Fair_Trade  SupplyChain  Sourcing 
october 2018 by eocas
PV CYCLE Association
About:
"A non-profit, member-based organization, PV CYCLE offers collective and tailor-made waste management and legal compliance services for companies and waste holders around the world.

Founded in 2007 by and for the PV industry, PV CYCLE today includes a broad range of waste products in its portfolio."

WEEE compliance & waste management scheme for:

- PV (photovoltaic) module waste
- Electrical/electronic equipment waste
- Battery waste
- Industrial waste
- Packaging waste

Offers:

- Waste Compliance
- Waste Collection & Treatment
- Waste Consultancy
- Waste Dismantling
- Waste Management Programs
- National Services

Based in Brussels / Belgium.

HAG
Agrachina  Recycling  Legal  Management  waste  Industry  Association  packaging  Solar  NGO_NPO  Consultancy  Belgium 
september 2018 by eocas
Sugar Labs
About:
"At Sugar Labs we make a collection of tools that learners use to explore, discover, create, and reflect.
[...]
It is a volunteer-driven member project of Software Freedom Conservancy, a nonprofit corporation. Originally part of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, Sugar Labs coordinates volunteers around the world who are passionate about providing educational opportunities to children through the Sugar Learning Platform."

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Lifesnippets  Education  NGO_NPO  opensource  Software  Platform  Python  Linux 
august 2018 by eocas
UABB (Bi-City Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism Architecture) | 深港城市建筑双城双年展
About:
"Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) is currently the only biennial exhibition in the world that is based exclusively on the set themes of URBANISM AND URBANIZATION. Co-organized by the two neighboring and closely interacting cities of Shenzhen and Hong Kong, UABB situates itself within the regional context of the rapidly urbanizing Pearl River Delta, concerns itself with globally common urban issues, extensively communicates and interacts with the wider public, is presented using expressions of contemporary visual culture, and engages in international and avant-garde dimensions as well as discourses of public interest."

HAG
Fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  shenzhen  Guangdong  HongKong  community  Architecture  urban  Urbanism  Urbanization  NGO_NPO  Innovation  design  government  Governance  Communication  Service_Provider  Platform  events  Economy  Industry  Research  Directory_Database 
july 2018 by eocas
Shenzhen Center for Design (SCD) | 深圳市城市设计促进中心
About:
"SDC was founded by the Urban Planning Land and Resource Commission of the Shenzhen Municipality and is a non-profit organization with its mission set as “to encourage and promote innovations in the design of urban spaces and environment”. Its goals are: to integrate resources from the governmental, the industrial, and the academic fields; to establish a database of design ideas and thoughts around the urban developments in Shenzhen; to offer services for designers such as communication channels, trainings,and promotion opportunities; to fully enhance and uplift the design quality of urban developments in Shenzhen; and to stimulate the transformation of Shenzhen ‘s economy to produce a better innovation industry."

For example UABB (深港城市\建筑双城双年展 Bi-City Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\ Architecture) grew out of SCD's activities.

HAG
Fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  shenzhen  Guangdong  HongKong  community  Architecture  urban  Urbanism  Urbanization  NGO_NPO  Innovation  design  government  Governance  Communication  Service_Provider  Platform  events  Economy  Industry  Research  Directory_Database 
july 2018 by eocas
Fashionable Forests at the High Level Political Forum | UN DESA
Excerpts:
"Forest fashion takes centre stage at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, during the 2018 High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development.

The “Forests for Fashion” exhibit brings together the work of many young designers, all inspired to use forest-derived materials for their creations.

Alongside many innovative and creative designs, is a capsule collection by Spanish designer Ms. María Lafuente using the world’s first fabrics certified by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), which can be traced back to sustainably managed forests.

Almost 65 per cent of global fabric consumption consists of synthetic fibres derived from fossil fuels, whilst the majority of the remainder is made up of cotton, a water- and pesticide-intensive crop. Renewable and responsibly sourced wood fibres are part of the solution to transform fashion into a more sustainable industry.

Forest-based materials need to originate from sustainably managed forests and to be produced in a sustainable and ethical manner.
[...]
Visitors can also learn about the connection between forests, fashion and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by exploring the ‘SDG cubes’."

HAG
Fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  NGO_NPO  USA  Trade  Spain  Forestry  Sustainability  Agroecology  Fashion  Policy  Politics  certification  Ecobalance  Eco  sustainablefashion  Brand 
july 2018 by eocas
Global Ecovillage Network - Community for a Regenerative World
About:
"The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) catalyzes communities for a regenerative world. GEN is a growing network of regenerative communities and initiatives that bridge cultures, countries, and continents.

GEN builds bridges between policy-makers, governments, NGOs, academics, entrepreneurs, activists, community networks and ecologically-minded individuals across the globe in order to develop strategies for a global transition to resilient communities and cultures.
[...]
An ecovillage is an intentional, traditional or urban community that is consciously designed through locally owned, participatory processes in all 5 dimensions of sustainability (social, culture, ecology, economy and whole systems design) to regenerate their social and natural environments.

Ecovillages are living laboratories pioneering beautiful alternatives and innovative solutions. They are rural or urban settlements with vibrant social structures, vastly diverse, yet united in their actions towards low-impact, high-quality lifestyles.
[...]
GEN is composed of 5 regional networks, spanning the globe. The network is made up of approximately 10,000 communities and related projects where people are living together in greater ecological harmony.

Some network members include large networks like Sarvodaya (2,000 active sustainable villages in Sri Lanka); the Federation of Damanhur in Italy and Nimbin in Australia; as well as small rural ecovillages like Gaia Asociación in Argentina and Huehuecoyotl in Mexico.

It also includes urban rejuvenation projects like Los Angeles EcoVillage and Christiania in Copenhagen; permaculture design sites such as Crystal Waters, Australia, Cochabamba, Bolivia and Barus, Brazil; and educational centres such as Findhorn in Scotland, Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, Earthlands in Massachusetts, and many more."

Started in 1995. For example the Switzerland-based ecovillage Schweibenalp is member of GEN Europe.

HAG
Agrachina  Lifesnippets  ecological  Sustainability  community  Rural_Development  urban-rural  Permaculture  network  Culture  NGO_NPO 
july 2018 by eocas
NüVoices – Women Writers' and Artists' Collective 女性作家联盟
About:
"More women are writing about China, doing business in China and generally doing interesting things in China than ever before, and we want more of their voices to be heard.

NüVoices is an international editorial collective gathering veteran and emerging writers, journalists, translators and artists to celebrate and support the diverse creative work of self-identified women working on the subject of China (broadly defined).

We are working on our first anthology to showcase great work from women on China and our members host events worldwide to create a large, supportive community that spans the globe."

HAG
Lifesnippets  Fashionmeetsorganic  Art  Literature  Philosophy  China  Collective  NGO_NPO  Press  Social_Networking 
july 2018 by eocas
Permapartner
Permaculture project in Madagascar. Initiated by Swiss Lukas Uhl.

HAG
Agrachina  Permaculture  Africa  Madagascar  Switzerland  NGO_NPO  Sustainability  sustainable  Agricultural_Specialist  community  Rural_Development  rural  Eco 
june 2018 by eocas
Women for Women International
Their mission:
"In countries affected by conflict and war, Women for Women International supports the most marginalized women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, she is able to create sustainable change for herself, her family, and community."

Founded in 1993 by Zainab Salbi, since then performed more than 400'000 year-long educational programmes.

International section of UK-based headquarter (www.womenforwomen.org.uk).

So far supported projects in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria and Rwanda.

HAG
Agrachina  Rural_Development  equality  NGO_NPO  Africa  congo  nigeria  Rwanda  Afghanistan  Education  Lifesnippets  community  Sustainability 
june 2018 by eocas
Bethany Williams
Sustainable designer with 'Breadline' up-cycling collection collaboration with Tesco.

About:
"Bethany Williams believes that social and environmental issues go hand in hand and through exploring the connection between these issues we may find innovative design solutions to sustainability.

We want not just to comment on a community, but work in their social spaces to try to create a change through furthering economic gain for charity. By using social capital, intellectual and labour intensive skills we aim to create a profit, which will be given to connected charities, continuing the cycle of exchange.Through collaboration with communities and charities we hope to create a collection embedded with real people and hope to cause a real effect in the social space we engage with.

The current collection ‘Breadline’ particularly wants to highlight and help find solutions to the hidden hunger in the UK, specifically working along side the Vauxhall Food Bank and Tesco to achieve this.We have developed an exchange of fresh fruit and vegetables (from Tesco) for waste items from the food banks users household. We have developed a collection using these waste materials, plus recycled cardboard and ‘Tesco everyday value’ branded organic prints, all donated by Tesco. We will be donating 30% of profits to The Vauxhall food bank, continuing the cycle of exchange. Through traditional hand crafted techniques and working with local craftsmen / women, we have developed the surface of these waste materials to create hand crafted woven, printed, knitted and embroidered materials.

Every one of our garments is 100% sustainable and made in the UK, even down to the buttons which are hand crafted in the Lake District from our collaborators own planting of trees.

We provide an alternative system for fashion production, as we believe fashions’ reflection upon the world can create positive change."

HAG
Fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  Designer  design  Sustainability  sustainable  sustainablecompany  Collaboration  circulareconomy  Social  SocialEntrepreneur  environmentalism  NGO_NPO  Inspiration  Innovation  UK  indiedesign 
june 2018 by eocas
OpenIDEO - Social Impact Powered By Design Thinking
About:
"Founded in 2010, OpenIDEO—IDEO’s open innovation practice—enables people worldwide to come together and build solutions for today's toughest societal problems. Online and around the globe, OpenIDEO works with world-class partners to convene diverse communities that collectively develop ideas and accelerate social innovation. OpenIDEO’s platform expands on the power of crowdsourcing, equipping participants with resources, connections, and design tools to create real impact. After tackling dozens of topics ranging from food waste to girls' education to Ebola, people everywhere are designing a better future with OpenIDEO.
[...]
OpenIDEO is part of IDEO, a global design and innovation consultancy. We use open innovation to help people connect and address a wide range of societal issues. IDEO.org is IDEO's nonprofit sister organization, which focuses on designing products and services that improve the lives of people in poor and vulnerable communities. We often work closely with colleagues across the IDEO family, and we always draw from the same DNA."

HAG
Fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  design  Platform  Innovation  Solution  Sustainability  Social  Crowdfunding  NGO_NPO 
june 2018 by eocas
Ocean Protocol — A Decentralized Data Exchange Protocol to Unlock Data for AI
About:
"Society is becoming increasingly reliant on data, especially with the advent of AI. However, a small handful of organizations with both massive data assets and AI capabilities have become powerful with control that is a danger to a free and open society.

Ocean Protocol aims to unlock data, for more equitable outcomes for users of data, using a thoughtful application of both technology and governance.
[...]
It is a decentralized protocol and network of artificial intelligence (AI) data/services. It incentivizes for a vast supply of relevant AI data/services. This network helps to power AI data/service marketplaces, as well as public commons data. The heart of Ocean’s network is a new construction: a Curated Proofs Market. CPMs bridge predicted relevance with actual relevance of each AI service, by having curation markets for cryptographic proofs (e.g. proof of data availability)."

Ocean Protocol is supported by Ocean Foundation, which is a Singapore-based
non-profit foundation. Ocean Foundation’s mandate is to:
(a)
development of the Ocean Protocol and activate a community of
stakeholders;
(b)
provide guidance for the development of the Ocean Protocol; and
(c)
support the growth, and governance of a vibrant data exchange network
and ecosystem based on the Ocean Protocol.

HAG
blockchain  daas  Startupinthecloud  ai  Ecosystem  Data  Technology  curation  Platform  Security  Privacy  Public_Cloud  Analysis  Storage  Social_Networks  Social  Sustainability  NGO_NPO  Singapore  sustainable  development  open-data  opensource  decentralization 
may 2018 by eocas
Main Linux problems on the desktop, 2018 edition or why Linux sucks
Similar to Bryan Lunduke's annual presentation "Linux Sucks" is Artem Tashkinov's less funny but more comprehensive regularly updated article "Major Linux Problems on the Desktop".

The article got translated to several languages including to Chinese: "Linux在桌面领域存在的主要问题" (https://www.oschina.net/translate/why-linux-is-not-ready-for-the-desktop-current). Although the latter is quite dated (2013) whereas the English-version got updated in 2018.

Table of contents

Preface
Desktop Linux Problems and Major Shortcomings
Summary
Linux Works for Me™, This Article is Bollocks!
Commentary from the Author
Windows 10 vs. Linux
Solving Linux

Summary / critical acclaim of article by Jon "maddog" Hall:
http://www.linux-magazine.com/Issues/2016/185/Doghouse-Linux-Is-Not-Perfect

HAG
Startupinthecloud  opensource  Software  Software_Engineering  Linux  community  Marketing  development  Collaboration  Collective  NGO_NPO  Crowdfunding 
may 2018 by eocas
European Citizen Science Association - For evidence-based sustainable development
ECSA's mission is to connect citizens and science through fostering active participation.

About:
"The European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) is a non-profit association set up to encourage the growth of the Citizen Science movement in Europe in order to enhance the participation of the general public in scientific processes, mainly by initiating and supporting citizen science projects as well as performing research on citizen science.
[...]
ECSA draws on +200 individual and organizational members from over 28 countries across the European Union and beyond, having become a European reference network of Citizen Science initiatives. ECSA field of activities:

- H2020 projects (http://www.horizon2020projects.com)
- Contributing to policy briefs
- Open science policy platform
- Development of principles for good practice in citizen science.

Strategic competencies:

- Promoting Sustainability through Citizen Science,
- Building a Think Tank for Citizen Science,
- Developing Participatory Methods for Cooperation, Empowerment and Impact.

Our Mission is to connect citizens and science through fostering active participation."

Registered NPO in Berlin / Germany.

HAG
Agrachina  Lifesnippets  Startupinthecloud  Knowledge  knowledgemanagement  Innovation  Sustainability  sustainable  development  decentralization  Research  Platform  Germany  NGO_NPO  Biodiversity  climatechange  Environment  environmentalism  Legal  community  democracy 
april 2018 by eocas
Make-a-Point 造点 (zào diǎn)
About:
"Design-led innovation platform dedicated to facilitating business for the common good. [...] Instead of designing the downstream, notably finished artifacts, we swim upstream, to actively search for a role where design can generate new mind-sets, relations and networks to democratise innovation that leads to new solutions for emerging futures."

HAG
Agrachina  Innovation  China  agency  NGO_NPO  SocialEntrepreneur  Social  Ecosystem  Consultancy  Business  Designer  Sustainability  Beijing 
march 2018 by eocas
Denim Alliance
About:
"The Alliance for Responsible Denim (ARD) is an initiative from House of Denim, Made-By, Circle Economy and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. ARD brings denim brands together to collectively take steps towards improving the ecological sustainability impact of denim production. These first steps include establishing measurements, benchmarks and standards for resource use (e.g. chemicals, water, energy) and recycled denim."

Two of their major major projects are:

Wet Processing Benchmark - Improving the environmental impact of denim finishing and focussing on the Never-Out-of-Stock styles.

Post-Consumer Recycled Denim Standard - Developing a preferred industry buying standard, defining a business model and roadmap for the introduction and scaling up of Post-Consumer-Recycled-Denim (PCRD) production.

HAG
Fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  circulareconomy  Netherlands  NGO_NPO  Platform  Education  Industry  denim  jeans  Sustainability  Manufacturing  Recycling  Chemicals  water  Energy  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Model  Standardization  Framework 
march 2018 by eocas
Tech Solidarity
About:
"501(c)4 grass-roots organization whose goal is to better connect tech workers with the communities they live in. Our emphasis is on regular in-person meetings, volunteer assistance to organizations serving the vulnerable, and the creative use of labor law in pursuit of an ethical agenda.

Founded in November of 2016 by Maciej Ceglowski, a San Francisco web developer (Pinboard), Tech Solidarity holds quasi-monthly meetups in a number of American cities, coordinates volunteer help for NGOs, and helps secure working journalists and political campaigns."

Aiming for regular in-person events in every major tech center and towards 2018 Mid-terms running the "Great Slate" campaign in rural areas of swing states in order to galvanize Democrats and other opponents of GOP Republicans / Trumpists.

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Agrachina  Lifesnippets  Politics  NGO_NPO  community  Education  Media  urban-rural  Rural_Economy  Technology  Innovation 
march 2018 by eocas
Fashion For Good
Innovation platform towards circular economy. About: "We are a global platform for innovation, made possible through collaboration and community. Fashion for Good™ enables the daring invention and widespread adoption of good fashion practice with ‘The Five Goods’: Good Materials, Good Economy, Good Energy, Good Water and Good Lives. [...] Through our Plug and Play Accelerator, we give promising start-up innovators the funding and expertise they need in order to grow. Our Scaling Programme supports innovations that have passed the proof-of-concept phase, with a dedicated team that offers bespoke support and access to expertise, customers and capital. Finally, our Good Fashion Fund (in development) will catalyse access to finance where this is required to shift at scale to more sustainable production methods. [...] We operate from our first hub in Amsterdam / Holland, which also houses a Circular Apparel Community co-working space and a visitor-facing exhibition. We create tools that are open-source, such as our Good Fashion Guide, which provides tips for brands wishing to embrace circular apparel principles. [...] With an initial grant by founding partner C&A Foundation and an open invitation to the entire apparel industry to join, Fashion for Good convenes brands, producers, retailers, suppliers, non-profit organisations, innovators and funders united in their shared ambition. Supported by an innovation hub in Amsterdam, a startup accelerator in Silicon Valley and a worldwide network of changemakers, Fashion for Good will reimagine the way fashion is designed, made, worn and reused." Besides initiator C&A are the accelerator/competition corporate partners adidas, C&A, Galeries Lafayette, Kering, Target and Zalando. HAG
Fashionmeetsorganic  Innovation  circulareconomy  Platform  NGO_NPO  community  Collaboration  Textile  water  Energy  material  Fundraising  incubator  Netherlands  foundation 
march 2018 by eocas
ClimateWorks Foundation
About:
"ClimateWorks Foundation is a team of researchers, strategists, collaborators, and grant-makers who are committed to climate action and believe in the power of collective philanthropy.

A non-governmental organization that works globally, ClimateWorks collaborates with funders, regional and research partners, and other climate leaders to strengthen philanthropy’s response to climate change."

Their portfolio consists of:
- Cross-Cutting Strategies
- Clean Power
- Oil
- Energy Efficiency
- Forests & Land Use
- Non-CO₂ Mitigation

Based in California / USA.

HAG
Agrachina  Sustainability  NGO_NPO  climatechange  Research  Fundraising  USA  Clean-Tech  Energy  Energy-saving  Forestry  Land_Grab  Fossil_Fuels 
march 2018 by eocas
Circular Economy Lab
About:
"Our mission is to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, circular economy in Canada and beyond.

Launched by The Natural Step Canada in 2016, our unique process brings together public and private sector leaders from different sectors and value chains to co-develop and implement circular economy solutions. These solutions ultimately eliminate waste, improve productivity, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and foster value-creation and innovation.

We work collaboratively with our partners to:

- Define the circular economy opportunity: We help governments and businesses understand the opportunities, barriers and strategies for advancing the circular economy within their organizations, their value chains and the province as a whole.

- Accelerate promising ideas: We work with our partners to identify, incubate and scale circular economy initiatives. These include:
- Strategic, collaborative initiatives to address systemic barriers that individual organizations can’t tackle alone
- “Innovation moonshots” with the potential to transform the economy,
New or improved circular products, services, policies, business models and strategies.

- Build momentum for change: We increase circular economy awareness, understanding and commitment through strategic research, communications, education and engagement activities for stakeholders across Canada.

[...]

CEIL uses the proven Sustainability Transition Lab (STL) process developed by The Natural Step Canada. The STL process brings a genuinely new, pioneering approach to dealing with complex problems that require new levels of public, private and not-for-profit sector collaboration. Its innovation and strength lies in combining three areas of practice that have each been successful in their own right:

- A science and systems-based approach to sustainable development that has been rigorously tested and refined over 25 years of international application in businesses, governments and communities,
- The change lab methodology that emerged from the hard-won negotiations that ended South Africa’s apartheid, and
- Leading edge, proven public engagement strategies anchored in network theory and digital media.
"

HAG
Agrachina  Sustainability  circulareconomy  NGO_NPO  Canada  community  Communication  Platform  Research  Recycling 
march 2018 by eocas
OpenCog Foundation
About:
"Open-source software project aimed at directly confronting the AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) challenge, using mathematical and biological inspiration and professional software engineering techniques.
[...]
OpenCog is a framework for developing AI systems, especially appropriate for integrative multi-algorithm systems, and artificial general intelligence systems.
[...]
The OpenCog Foundation is a non-profit organization, founded in 2011 as a formal entity to foster research, guide the development of the project, and encourage the adoption of the framework in universities and research centers around the world.

OpenCog is currently being used at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to power the next generation of intelligent game characters. The framework is also being used to control Nao robots at the BLISS lab at Xiamen University, China, to enable them to learn about their environment and communicate more effectively with humans.
[...]
Credo:
No challenge today is more important than creating AGI, with broad capabilities at the human level and ultimately beyond."

HAG
Startupinthecloud  AI  Framework  NGO_NPO  Research 
march 2018 by eocas
Dat Project
About:
"A distributed data community. Dat is a nonprofit-backed community & open protocol for building apps of the future.

Use Dat command line to share files with version control, back up data to servers, browse remote files on demand, and automate long-term data preservation.
[...]
Share, backup, and publish your filesystem. You can turn any folder on your computer into a dat. Dat scans your folder, allowing you to:

- Track your files with automatic version history.
- Share files with others over a secure peer to peer network.
- Automate live backups to external HDs or remote servers.
- Publish and share files with built in HTTP server.

GUIs:

- Dat Desktop - A desktop app to manage multiple dats on your desktop machine.
- Beaker Browser - An experimental p2p browser with built-in support for the Dat protocol."

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Storage  decentralization  NGO_NPO  Data  Information_Systems  Information_Technology  Technology  Availability  Public_Cloud  Private_Cloud  cloud 
march 2018 by eocas
World Resources Institute
About:
"WRI is a (Washington / USA-based) global research organization that spans more than 50 countries, with offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States. Our more than 700 experts and staff turn big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being.
[...]
We envision an equitable and prosperous planet driven by the wise management of natural resources. We aspire to create a world where the actions of government, business, and communities combine to eliminate poverty and sustain the natural environment for all people.
[...]
Our "count it - change it - scale it" Approach:

1. Count It
[...] analysis identifies risks, unveils opportunities, and informs smart strategies.

2. Change It
We use our research to influence government policies, business strategies, and civil society action. We test projects with communities, companies, and government agencies to build a strong evidence base. Then, we work with partners to deliver change on the ground that alleviates poverty and strengthens society.

3. Scale It
We work with partners to adopt and expand our efforts regionally and globally."

p.s. Well-balanced article about sustainable fashion:
http://www.wri.org/blog/2017/09/what-we-know-and-need-know-about-sustainable-fashion

HAG
Agrachina  NGO_NPO  USA  Research  China  Sustainability  Environment  environmentalism  Analysis  civilsociety  community 
february 2018 by eocas
International Rivers
About:
"Since 1985 at the heart of the global struggle to protect rivers and the rights of communities that depend on them.

We work with an international network of dam-affected people, grassroots organizations, environmentalists, human rights advocates and others who are committed to stopping destructive river projects and promoting better options.

We seek a world where healthy rivers and the rights of local communities are valued and protected. We envision a world where water and energy needs are met without degrading nature or increasing poverty, and where people have the right to participate in decisions that affect their lives.

Based in four continents, our staff has expertise in big dams, energy and water policy, climate change, and international financial institutions. We support partner organizations and dam-affected people by providing advice, training and technical assistance, and advocating on their behalf with governments, banks, companies and international agencies. The focus of our work is in Latin America, Asia and Africa."

Also active in Guizhou / China.

HAG
Agrachina  water  Water_Pollution  Water_Resources  rural  Ecology  community  Africa  NGO_NPO  China  Guizhou  environmentalism  Sustainability 
february 2018 by eocas
Social Innovation Offers Five Golden Opportunities to the Apparel Industry
Intro:
"The global apparel industry has grown significantly in the past decade, but at a heavy environmental and social cost. Social innovation can bring healthier, more holistic future growth."

In collaboration with NPO Ashoka.

HAG
fashionmeetsorganic  agrachina  innovation  textile  sustainability  industry  supplychain  environment  social  ngo_npo  report 
january 2018 by eocas
Natural Factory
About:
"Collects examples to inspire us to ‘let nature be our factory’ in contemporary, sustainable ways. It’s a diverse selection of interesting examples to get the creative thoughts going, rather than an exhaustive academic database.

Designers, makers, architects, engineers … anyone involved in creating the things we need; are there ways you can better harness the waste-free circular economy offered by natural processes and organisms to create radically more sustainable solutions? This might be looking for contemporary ways of using natural materials, or even better innovating ways to ‘grow’ entire products – really letting nature be our factory.

Entries include drones grown from mushroom mycelium, bacterially produced biodegradable plastics and boutique furniture grown in a carbon-negative ‘orchard’, as well as more familiar natural materials and traditional craft processes which could be re-purposed or developed.

We are also including entries from the rapidly developing field of biotech / bio-hacking, which some believe holds the potential to provide materials and processes sustainably by interfacing with or carefully modifying living organisms (the jury is out on the long-term sustainability in some cases, but better to engage and be aware).
Who

This is a voluntary project started by designer/maker/biologist friends from from several countries interested in exploring this field together.
[...]
Supporting organisations:
- MakerBay Hong Kong
- Hong Kong Polytechnic University Materials Research Centre (MRC)
- Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab (SZOIL)"

HAG
Agrachina  Sustainability  NGO_NPO  China  HongKong  shenzhen  Research  Database  Innovation  Architecture  natural  waste  circulareconomy  Biodiversity  Bio-based_Chemicals 
january 2018 by eocas
Blockchain for Social Impact (BSIC)
About:
"BSIC incubates, develops, and implements confederated blockchain products and solutions that can address social and environmental challenges across the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
We aim to inspire, federate, and create bridges between NGO’s, and government agencies, foundations, impact investors, philanthropists and technologists by focusing on the following focus sectors:

Financial Inclusion
Supply Chain
Identity & Vulnerable Populations
Energy & Environment

We promote the creation of Ethereum blockchain solutions and applications which address social and environmental issues. By working to shift economic and social paradigms through blockchain technology, we increase the economic prosperity of individuals and communities.

We are currently pursuing opportunities in each of the below areas:

Consulting
Research and publications
Hackathons
Meet-ups
Annual Conference
Speaking Opportunities

The Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition is an initiative of ConsenSys, a venture production studio based in Brooklyn, NY."

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Agrachina  incubator  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Planning  Business  blockchain  Social  Environment  NGO_NPO  foundation  Investor_Relations  Fundraising  Finance  SupplyChain  Sustainability  Consultancy  Conference  Research  Tech  Venture_Capital 
january 2018 by eocas
European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA)
About:
"Community of organisations sharing the same vision and a common goal: creating positive societal impact through venture philanthropy. EVPA helps investors and grantmakers connect and learn from each other in their pursuit of deeper societal impact.
[...]
Since 2004, we have been building a community of organisations interested in or practising venture philanthropy (VP) and social investment (SI) across Europe.

EVPA defines venture philanthropy as an approach to building stronger investee organisations with a societal purpose, by providing them with both financial and non-financial support.

Venture philanthropy’s ultimate objective is to achieve societal impact. VP does this through both social investment and high-engagement grantmaking."

Based in Brussels / Belgium.

HAG
Agrachina  NGO_NPO  europe  Belgium  foundation  Investor_Relations  Social  SocialEntrepreneur  Venture_Capital  Finance 
january 2018 by eocas
Ashoka
Wiki:
"Ashoka is an international organization that promotes social entrepreneurship by affiliating individual social entrepreneurs into the Ashoka organization. Their stated mission is "to shape a global, entrepreneurial, competitive citizen sector: one that allows social entrepreneurs to thrive and enables the world's citizens to think and act as changemakers."

Excerpt final paragraph from their About:
"Looking ahead, Ashoka is identifying emerging opportunities where society is reaching a tipping point that will make it possible to solve critical problems through widespread systemic change. It does this by helping entrepreneurs work with each other, and with partners in business, government, academia, and other influential institutions to draw on and demonstrate the power of collaborative entrepreneurship."

Started 1980 by Bill Drayton. Based in Arlington / Virginia / USA with Swiss office in Geneva. Active in 93 countries with ~3000 fellows. Their fellowship program consists of the following main criteria:

1. The Knockout Test: A New Idea
2. Creativity
3. Entrepreneurial Quality
4. Social Impact of the Idea
5. Ethical Fiber (evaluate candidates with rational analysis whether they can be trusted)

In 2015 started a Swiss Changemakers Program (https://www.ashoka.org/en/story/swiss-changemakers-program) which evolved into UBS Global Visionaries (https://www.ubs.com/microsites/social-innovators/en.html).

Furthermore they have established an Ashoka Support Network:
https://www.ashoka.org/en/program/ashoka-support-network-0

HAG
Agrachina  NGO_NPO  USA  foundation  Switzerland  Social  entrepreneurship  Business_Model  Innovation  Creative  Ethics  incubator  community  government  Research 
january 2018 by eocas
Cotton made in Africa (CmiA)
About:
"Initiative of the Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) that helps people help themselves through trade, improving the social, economic and ecological living conditions of smallholder cotton farmers and their families in Sub-Saharan Africa. Through training programs, Cotton made in Africa teaches the cotton farmers about modern, efficient, and environmentally friendly cultivation methods that help them improve the quality of their cotton, yield higher crops, and thus earn a better income."

Aid by Trade Foundation was established in 2005 by Dr. Michael Otto. Originally the foundation was named "Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry in Developing Countries" (FSAF). In 2007, the foundation changed its name to "Aid by Trade Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry". Its mission is to promote environmental protection and to improve the living conditions in developing countries.

HAG
Agrachina  NGO_NPO  Cotton  Africa  foundation  Social  Ecology  Training  Organic  farming  Sustainability  Agriculture  Agricultural_Trade  Forestry  Germany 
january 2018 by eocas
Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA)
About:
"Focuses on creating a prosperous organic cotton sector that benefits everyone—from farmer to consumer.
[...]
At OCA, we take a unique approach to our work that focuses upon farmer-level impact. We do not just seek to increase the organic cotton supply, but to grow demand for organic cotton that has been produced in a way that strengthens the business case for farmers. By rewarding the right practices on the ground, our work catalyses a wider chain reaction that goes beyond positive change at farm-level and creates opportunities for all in organic cotton.
[...]
As an accelerator, we unite those who are committed to being part of the change in organic cotton. Together with our market-driven interventions that are designed to be self-sustaining and scalable in the long-run, we build on existing initiatives, mobilize others into action and create shared opportunities across the supply chain."

Also seed breeding programs and providing platforms to share knowledge, best practices and lessons learned in the sector.

HAG
Agrachina  NGO_NPO  Netherlands  Organic  Cotton  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Certification  Organic_Education  Sustainability  Investor_Relations  Fundraising  Training  Seeds  india  SupplyChain  Marketing  Knowledge  farmers_livelihod  Ecosystem 
january 2018 by eocas
cinfo | Center for Information, Counselling and Training for Professions relating to International Cooperation
Independent platform which brings together institutional players and organisations in the field of international cooperation (IC). Established as a foundation in 1990 by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

4 main field of activities:
- Networking
- Recruitment
- Career Development
- Intercultural Collaboration

About:
"We advise specialists and interested persons on the international (IC) cooperation labour market, on career opportunities and jobs in various sectors, and on recruitment and personnel development. By doing so, we lay the foundations for sustainable decision-making.

We provide practice-based further education and training, as well as individual counselling and coaching for prospective and current employees in international cooperation."

Works closely with the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (www.aso.ch), including in China.

HAG
Agrachina  Switzerland  NGO_NPO  HR  Networking  Collaboration  Sustainability  foundation  Training 
december 2017 by eocas
DAO IPCI (Integral Platform for Climate Initiatives)
Seems like a government-initiated DAO to operate, sustain and developing carbon markets.

About:

"Decentralized Autonomous Organization operating, sustaining and developing the Integral Platform for Climate Initiatives, smart contracts and blockchain technology-based independent ecosystem designed for carbon markets, societal costs mitigation instruments, including carbon compliance units’, carbon-offset credits, other environmental mitigation credits, environmental assets, rights and liabilities.

DAO IPCI – truly decentralized public blockchain ecosystem is authentically private nonprofit project independent of government, corporate, business or NGO particular interests.

On May 24, 2016, the Russian Carbon Fund has officially unveiled the Integrated Program for Climate Initiatives.
[...]
designed to develop a distributed network of mitigation contributors based on common principles, rules and criteria, as well as provide an accounting platform, which can achieve absolute emission reduction targets in compliance with quantitative emission limitation commitments. The goal is to integrate corporate and regional mitigation initiatives.

The Integrated Program for Climate Initiatives derives from ongoing subnational and corporate climate initiatives and aims at providing for common investment instruments, which are based on climate change mitigation outcomes including high quality carbon offset credits.

The Integrated Program for Climate Initiatives has served as DAO IPCI genesis program."

HAG
Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  Russia  government  blockchain  decentralization  Sustainability  Localization  Local_Governments  Carbon_Trade  NGO_NPO  Ecosystem  Technology  climatechange  Business_Advisory_relevant 
october 2017 by eocas
BITNATION: Governance 2.0 - BORDERLESS | DECENTRALIZED | VOLUNTARY
About:
"BITNATION is the World’s First Virtual Nation – A Blockchain Jurisdiction.

Nation State Governments have failed to keep up with the technologies that are transforming our lives. The Internet has radically interconnected our world and Blockchain technology – a cryptographically secured public ledger that is distributed amongst all of its users – allows us to choose to govern ourselves for the way we want to live now: peer-to-peer, more locally and globally.
[...]
We’re a holacratic organization and we strive to become a fully functional Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO).
[...]
Anyone can join or create a team (‘holon’), whether for-profit or nonprofit, and benefit from the support and technological infrastructure of the BITNATION community."

The underlying rules / framework is called:
"Decentralized Borderless Voluntary Nation (DBVN) Liquid Holocracy Constitution".

HAG
blockchain  Framework  Standardization  decentralization  HR  Policy  Politics  Security  open-data  NGO_NPO  Organization  Localization  Ecosystem  Legal  network  Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  opensource 
october 2017 by eocas
ConsenSys
About:
"Venture production studio building decentralized applications and various developer and end-user tools for blockchain ecosystems, primarily focused on Ethereum.

The ConsenSys “hub / formation” coordinates, incubates, accelerates and spawns “spoke” ventures through development, resource sharing, acquisitions, investments and the formation of joint ventures. These spokes benefit from foundational components built by ConsenSys that enable new services and business models to be built on the blockchain. In addition to the development of internal projects and consulting work, ConsenSys is interested in the identification, development and acquisition of talent and projects on an ongoing basis."

Ventures:
- Balanc3; A smart contract powered Triple-Entry Accounting system (EtherSign and IPFS).
- BoardRoom;organization governance.
- DAOWars; Creating smarter AI.
- dAppstore; Marketplace for decentralized applications (‘Ðapps’).
- EtherEx; e-monetary exchange.
- EtherLoan; Decentralized crowd-lending platform.
- EtherPoker; Online poker where players never have to deposit money on a site, the shuffle is provably random, and cards are cryptographically secure.
- eSign; Signing and managing smart contracts.
- Grid+; Give consumers direct access to wholesale electricity markets.
- Gnōsis; Complex predictions made easy.
- HunchGame; Platform for trend setters and gossip gurus.
- Inflekt; Tribal network and events management platform.
- Ujo; Returns more value to content creators and their customers.
- WeiFund; Crowdfunding campaign platform that uses smart contracts.
- ConsenSys Supplychain; Empowering supply chain with smart contracts.

Core components (backend services for dApps & platforms):
- Benefactory; Smart contracts for nonprofit foundations and donators.
- BlockApps; Full stack application platform.
- BTC Relay; Verify ETH transactions on the Bitcoin blockchain.
- INFURA; Provides the world with secure, stable, fault tolerant, and scalable Ethereum and IPFS nodes.
- LightWallet; HD wallet to store private keys encrypted in the browser to allow you to run Ethereum dapps even if you’re not running a local Ethereum node.
- MetaMask; Browser extension that enables access to web Dapps through browser.
- Nethereum; .Net integration library for Ethereum.
- ProvID; Know-Your-Customer address verification on Ethereum.
- Regis; Register, track and transfer the ownership of digital assets.
- RepSys; Reputation system that is embedded in Dapps including uPort.
- Stabl; Enables dApps to hold and manage stable smart contract values, protecting users from ETH price volatility.
- Truffle; Development framework written in Javascript ES6 to create, compile, deploy, and test dApps.
- uPort; Enabling self-sovereign identity and digital assets.
- ethereumjs-accounts; In-browser Javascript module for managing Ethereum accounts and signing transactions remotely, without a local RPC node.
- ethereumH; Haskell Ethereum Client is a secure, scalable gateway for dApps.
- ethereumJ: Java Ethereum Client hosts Java Virtual Machine who runs a fully-featured Ethereum node.

Partnerships:
- Microsoft; Blockchain-as-a-Service (ETH BaaS) including developer tools Ether.Camp and BlockApps.
- TransActive Grid; Joint venture (with LO3 Energy) to provide business logic layer with real-time metering of local energy generation. Enables real-time purchase and sale of spot delivery, as well as futures and options on delivery, which can be traded on an open, decentralized energy trading exchange.
- CO-TRICITY; Partnership with Innogy Innovation aiming to create a market between homeowners who produce solar powered energy and local businesses.
- SingularDTV; Production and distribution platform, creating broadcast quality original film and television content.
- Ubuntu; Functionality such as Ethereum-verified Digital ID.

Non-profit affiliations:
- Smart Contracts Foundation (SCF); Organizations, companies, and others in the blockchain space which will define standardized frameworks and interoperability on various kinds of dApps.
- Ethereum Foundation (Stiftung Ethereum); Non-profit organization in Switzerland, to maintain specfications and protocols, and managing resources to build out the Ethereum and decentralized technology ecosystem.
- Cryptocurrency Research Group (CCRG); Cross-disciplinary research network focused on studying cryptocurrencies and other decentralized consensus technologies.
- Code to Inspire; Educating Afghan female students by improving their technical literacy and teaching them how to code so that they can find future employment as freelancers.

Founded by Martin Köppelmann who was also into predication analysis platforms Fairlay and Gnosis.

Offices in San Francisco, New York City, Dubai and London.

HAG
blockchain  Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  Ecosystem  Venture_Capital  Investor_Relations  Fundraising  Switzerland  USA  UK  decentralization  development  Software  Software_Engineering  Programming  Accounting_Software  Organization  Application  Legal  Energy  Communication  community  NGO_NPO  events  Crowdfunding  SupplyChain  Storage  Database  Javascript  haskell  Education  Rural_Employment  Research  foundation  Innovation 
october 2017 by eocas
CASVI - China Alliance of Social Value Investment-Shenzhen (社会价值投资联盟)
About:
"First licensed non-profit-organization specializing in social value (impact) investment promotion in China. Initiated by 50 prominent institutions led by YouChange Social Entrepreneur Foundation, United Nations Social Impact Fund, Investment Association of China, Tsing Capital Investment.
[...]
The pursuit of social value, sustainable returns and measurable evaluation should be attached with the same importance, and the economic incentives and social goals should be combined. Hence, the enterprises, social organization, masses and government can be encouraged to work effectively and jointly push forward the sustainable development of the economy and society.
[...]
social issues like polarization between the rich and the poor, environmental protection, climate change
[...]
effective approach is to unite the government, market and social departments for joint social innovation action, and guide the good capital or patient capital to enterprises or organizations which are adept in identifying social issues and provide sustainable solutions. Only in this way can the antagonism between the society and commerce be broken, and a new social ecological system developed.
[...]
Supply-demand analysis framework report on the diversified subjects and mechanisms that promote social value investment in China."

Key elements:
- Implementation rules for the government to purchase public service from the society
- Infrastructure construction in relation to social value investment market
- Researches on the concept framework and ecology of social value investment
- Responsible consumption and procurement should be advocated
- Social value investment should be introduced to the reform of state-owned enterprises and public institution.
- Laws and policy systems concerned should be improved, market players and service organizations (incl. Advisory Committee) should be developed.

Investment fields:
- Inclusive Financing
- Intelligent Manufacturing
- Green Agriculture
- Health & Pension
- Green Energy
- Education Quality

Three-A Model for social value investment:
1. Aim,
2. Approach,
3. Action.

Policy recommendations in consideration of:
- Definition difficulty,
- Imbalanced participants,
- Incomplete chain development
- Undefined system framework
- Inadequate tools

Based in Shenzhen.

HAG
China  Agrachina  Investor_Relations  Fundraising  Business_Advisory_relevant  NGO_NPO  Social  SocialEntrepreneur  development  Sustainability  Environment  goodgovernance  Policy  Research  Finance  Manufacturing  Green-New-Wave  Greentech  GreenArchitecture  Energy  Education  Innovation  Ecology 
october 2017 by eocas
AidData
About:
"AidData is a research lab at William & Mary's Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations. We equip policymakers and practitioners with better evidence to improve how sustainable development investments are targeted, monitored, and evaluated.
[...]
Who is doing what, where, for whom, and to what effect?
[...]
Generating and publishing more sectorally and spatially precise data on bilateral and multilateral aid projects.
[...]
Features / Datasets:
- Tracking Underreported Financial Flows
- Geospatial Impact Evaluation / Natural Resource Concessions
- SDG Coding
- Geocoding
[ ...]
Special focus on China and Africa. Dedicated report:
"AidData releases first-ever global dataset on China’s development spending spree - More than USD $350 billion in foreign aid and other forms of state financing that China committed to five major regions of the world."
http://aiddata.org/blog/aiddata-releases-first-ever-global-dataset-on-chinas-development-spending-spree

Excerpts China report:
- Chinese government considers its international development finance program to be a "state secret"
- China's official financing, including foreign aid, concessional and non-concessional state financing, to 140 countries
- A clear majority of U.S. spending (USD $395) was in the form of official development assistance (ODA), "the strict definition of aid," while the bulk of Chinese spending focused on other official flows (OOF), which is primarily intended for commercial projects
- Infrastructure dominates the majority of Chinese funds, particularly transportation
- Many top recipients are members of the Belt and Road Initiative
- Risky to run into repayment difficulties by lending money to countries where World Bank's indicator for rule of law is critical

Top 10 recipients of official Chinese development aid:
- Cuba ($6.7b)
- Cote d'Ivoire ($4b)
- Ethiopia ($3.7b)
- Zimbabwe ($3.6b)
- Cameroon ($3.4b)
- Nigeria ($3.1b)
- Tanzania ($3b)
- Cambodia ($3b)
- Sri Lanka ($2.8b)
- Ghana ($2.5b)

HAG
gis  development  Africa  China  Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  datasource  Data  NGO_NPO  Policy  Politics  research  open-data 
october 2017 by eocas
Experts: China won't meet 2030 air quality standards by solely enforcing end-of-pipe controls (Original: 专家:仅靠末端控制,2030年空气质量无法达标)
Summary by Lauri Myllyvirta from Greenpeace China:
"Important Qinghua study: 30% of Chinese cities can't meet air quality standards with end-of-pipe controls only - China needs to cut coal to 35% of total energy, end small-scale coal use, cut heavy industry output by 25% and CO2 by 17% to meet even current air quality standards."

HAG
China  Agrachina  Energy  Energiemix  Standardization  Environment  Policy  Research  NGO_NPO  coal  Renewable_Energy  Industry  Air  Pollution 
september 2017 by eocas
Start-ups shouldn't try to be unicorns—they should be zebras
Intro:
"The current technology and venture capital structure is broken. It rewards quantity over quality, consumption over creation, quick exits over sustainable growth, and shareholder profit over shared prosperity. It chases after “unicorn” companies bent on “disruption” rather than supporting businesses that repair, cultivate, and connect."

Excerpts (slightly modified by HAG to include non-internet companies too):
"Unicorns stand for exponential growth instead of sustainable prosperity in case of Zebra [...] monopoly vs plurality [...] competition vs cooperation [...] more vs enough/better [...] quantity-metric vs quality-metric [...] customer acquisition vs customer success"

Common challenges facing which zebra companies are facing:

"1. The problem isn’t product, it’s process.
(help institutions adopt, deploy, and measure the success of innovation, apps or otherwise)

2. Zebra companies are often started by women and other underrepresented founders.
(start 30 percent of businesses, yet receive only 5 percent of small-business loans and 3 percent of venture capital)

3. You can’t be it if you can’t see it.
(lack heroes to emulate, so they default to the “growth at all costs” model)

4. Zebras are stuck between two outdated paradigms, nonprofit and for-profit.
(existing imperfect structures like hybrid for-profit/nonprofit, Public Benefit Corps, B-Corps, L3Cs can be prohibitively expensive)

5. Impact investing’s thesis is detrimentally narrow and risk-averse.
(mostly limited to verticals like clean technology, microfinance, or global health)"

HAG
Investor_Relations  SocialEntrepreneur  Agrachina  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Model  Venture_Capital  Fundraising  NGO_NPO  entrepreneurship  Social  Business_Planning 
september 2017 by eocas
The Global Land Outlook (GLO)
About:
"The loss in both the quality and quantity of healthy and productive land resources is an immediate global concern, especially in developing countries and those with a high proportion of fragile and vulnerable drylands. As a symbol and global champion of such concerns, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) recognizes that halting and reversing land degradation is one of the key sustainable development priorities for most countries.

In response to this global challenge, the UNCCD secretariat and its partners identified the need to create a strategic communications publication and platform, entitled the Global Land Outlook (GLO), in order to facilitate insightful debate and discourse on a new and transformative vision for land management policies, planning and practices at global, regional and national scales.

The first edition of the GLO, published in September 2017 in both print and digital formats, was made possible with supporting partners such as the European Commission, the Governments of Korea, Switzerland and the Netherlands, and the United Nations Development Program. A GLO Steering Committee, composed primarily of representatives from the partner organizations listed below, was instrumental in guiding its development."

Condensed overview:
www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/12/third-of-earths-soil-acutely-degraded-due-to-agriculture-study

HAG
Africa  Agrachina  Biodiversity  Land_Rejuvenation  NGO_NPO  Report  European_Union  Switzerland  Korea  Netherlands  Sustainability  Environment  erosion  Study 
september 2017 by eocas
Project JUST - Guide for responsible and ethical fashion
About:
"We started Project JUST because we believe that real change can happen through the accumulation of the thoughtful choices you make every day.

With no information, consumers continue to buy fast fashion; incentives stay misaligned; more fast fashion is made; abuses continue. Informed and empowered consumers have the power to transform the fashion industry to an ethical and sustainable one with each purchase.

We believe in true beauty, beauty that transcends the aesthetics of an item and...
fashion  ethical_fashion  platform  ngo_npo  consumerism  sustainability  inform 
september 2017 by eocas
Coin Center
About:
"Based in Washington D.C., Coin Center is the leading non-profit research and advocacy center focused on the public policy issues facing cryptocurrency and decentralized computing technologies like Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Our mission is to build a better understanding of these technologies and to promote a regulatory climate that preserves the freedom to innovate using permissionless blockchain technologies.

We do this by producing and publishing policy research from respected academics and experts, educating policymakers and the media about blockchain technology, and by engaging in advocacy for sound public policy."

HAG
blockchain  policy  politics  legal  ngo_npo  research  decentralization  finance 
september 2017 by eocas
NEM – Distributed Ledger Technology
About:
"NEM is the world's first Smart Asset blockchain. Built from the ground up for enterprise-grade performance, NEM's blockchain technology delivers a world class platform for management of almost any kind of asset: currencies, supply chains, notarizations, ownership records and more. NEM’S power is exposed through a straightforward and secure developer interface so that you can deploy your blockchain solution in record time. Whether you are building the next best mobile app or bringing blockchain into your existing business infrastructure, NEM makes blockchain work for you.

NEM’s Smart Asset system allows anyone to completely customize how they use the NEM blockchain, with a robust set of features including domain-like namespaces and full on-blockchain Multi-signature control. Any application can access these features through NEM’s simple API allowing easy integration within mobile apps, existing business infrastructure or contract logic. The NEM public blockchain provides an open and self-scaling platform for developers.

Powered by the NEM.io Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in Singapore with members across the globe. The Foundation is dedicated to the ongoing development of NEM blockchain technology and the promotion of a vibrant ecosystem of NEM users and developers in governments, academia, industry, and the public at large."

HAG
blockchain  Legal  Ecosystem  Framework  Singapore  NGO_NPO  Finance  Software  Software_Engineering  Application  Security  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Model 
september 2017 by eocas
Hong Kong Fashion Summit
About:
"The objectives of Fashion Summit tend to increase environmental protection awareness of public and provide a sharing platform of sustainable fashion development. It brings together a panel of leading academics, key players from the fashion industry, NGOs, media, decision makers and leaders from across discipline and geographical boundaries to exchange insights on the latest sustainable fashion trends, technology, best practice, solutions and opportunities. The theme of Fashion Summit (HK) 2017 is “Fashion Summit – Zero Impact”, to discuss tomorrow’s sustainability solutions for fashion."

Coinciding with HK Fashion Week with other programs such as Centrestage.

p.s On Sept 8 2017 with panel 'SLOWING DOWN FASHION IN ASIA' including Hans Galliker (NEEMIC / Redress)and Tong Yeung (Mecilla).

HAG
Conference  Sustainability  development  Industry  Fashion  fashionweek  fashion_forum  NGO_NPO  Slow_Fashion  Fashionmeetsorganic 
august 2017 by eocas
Pesticide Action Network International (PAN Intl)
About:
"PAN is a network of over 600 participating nongovernmental organizations, institutions and individuals in over 90 countries working to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. Founded in 1982 and has five independent, collaborating Regional Centers that implement its projects and campaigns. PAN International contains: PAN North America, PAN Latin America, PAN Africa, PAN Asia Pacific, PAN Europe."

Creates important reports such as:

Replacing Chemicals with Biology: Phasing out highly hazardous pesticides with agroecology
http://library.ipamglobal.org/jspui/bitstream/ipamlibrary/463/1/Phasing-Out-HHPs-with-Agroecology.pdf

And provide this banned-pesticide database:
http://pan-international.org/pan-international-consolidated-list-of-banned-pesticides

HAG
import_simplenote  Agrachina  Pesticide  Ecology  Social  Agroecology  Database  NGO_NPO  Ecobalance  europe 
may 2017 by eocas
Farm Africa
About:
"UK-based international NPO organisation working to build a prosperous rural Africa. We help farmers to increase their harvests, build their incomes and sustain natural resources, partnering with governments and the private sector to find effective ways to fight poverty. We work closely with local communities, who actively participate in all the decisions about our work. Typically, our staff are from the local area, can speak the local language and have a deep understanding of the local context.
[...]
We put world-class expertise into farmers’ hands, making them productive, climate-smart and competitive.
[...]
Our staff work on the ground in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
[...]
Using research and cutting-edge techniques, we find modern answers to the ancient problems of farming Africa well."

HAG
import_simplenote  Agrachina  UK  NGO_NPO  Rural_Development  Rural_Economy  Africa  farmers_livelihod  farming  poverty  climatechange  ethiopia  Kenya  Tanzania  Uganda 
december 2016 by eocas
Journal of Social Media for Organizations JSMO
About:
"Created as an open-access, peer-reviewed, electronic journal. It seeks to strike a balance between social media technology and the behavioral research that investigates how people use social media for the good of an enterprise. JSMO focuses on high-quality empirical investigations, analyses, theories, and case studies in social media development and usage.

They look for ways that social media can internally improve their employees' collaboration, information dissemination, organizational responsiveness, product quality, expertise finding, and organizational cohesion; and externally enhance relationships and interactions with and among customers, stakeholders, or interest groups. Research and technologies showing the effectiveness of different approaches for designing, developing, evaluating, and using social media are welcome."

Subordinated and finance by MITRE, a USA government research organization (note: especially in hindsight to defense / military).

HAG
research  Research_Papers  Tech  News  Social_Media  Social_Networks  Enterprise_Architecture  Use_Cases  NGO_NPO  Organization  Information_Science  Information_Society  Information_Systems  import_startupinthecloud  Startupinthecloud 
october 2016 by eocas
Roundabout 众爱
About:
"Roundabout is a social enterprise headed by volunteers. We provide a free service connecting those who wish to give, be that monetary or otherwise, to those in need. Started in 2008, we were the first charity store in mainland China. We now give support to 48 charitable organizations in the Beijing area and many more throughout China, Inner Mongolia and Mongolia."

HAG
beijing  China  vintage  recycling  up-cycling  Community  ethics  UK  import_fashionmeetsorganic  NGO_NPO  Fashionmeetsorganic 
october 2016 by eocas
Migrant Children's Foundation MCF
About:
"MCF is a non-profit organisation registered in the UK. Our aims are to enrich the lives of disadvantaged children in China through various forms of voluntary work, sponsorship, vocational activities and events. Our volunteers undertake support placements at under-resourced schools in Beijing, but the focus isn't only on teaching – it's about sharing experiences, giving time, learning new skills and experiencing life in one of the oldest, most fascinating and fast-changing countries on earth."

HAG
beijing  China  clothes  recycling  up-cycling  vintage  events  children  Education  import_fashionmeetsorganic  NGO_NPO  Fashionmeetsorganic 
october 2016 by eocas
NSFC - National Natural Science Foundation of China - 国家自然科学基金委员会 - Guójiā zìrán kēxué jījīn wěiyuánhuì
About:
"NSFC is an institution directly under the jurisdiction of the State Council to administrate the National Natural Science Fund. In accordance with the government's strategies and plans for the development of science and technology, NSFC is responsible for directing, coordinating and making effective use of the national natural science fund to support basic research and stimulate free exploration, identify and foster scientific talents , as well as to promote progress in science and technology and the harmonious socioeconomic development for the nation."

The leading council members are professors of solid mechanics, molecular biology and genetics, physical chemistry, metallurgy and chemical engineering, geochemistry, computer software and electronic engineering and materials science.

HAG
research  Research_Institutes  NGO_NPO  China  Pesticide  GMO  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
october 2016 by eocas
GMOs=Monoculture=Bio-disaster? Time to revise simplistic ideological narrative
Pro-GMO propaganda in disguise of being "the voice of science" [asserting that GMO proponents are misleading].

Written by Andrew Porterfield at the NGO 'Genetic Literacy Project' whose slogan is "science not ideology" and mission "What benefits do advances in genetics offer? What are the potential pitfalls?"

Their Glyphosate-blogroll (www.geneticliteracyproject.org/tag/glyphosate) publishes new posts almost daily with consistently pro-Roundup positions regarding usage and also regulations. Including from China such as Chao Zhang's report www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2016/10/11/adoption-of-gmo-crops-could-improve-health-of-chinese-farmers (originally published in journal Nature.com as 'Health effect of agricultural pesticide use in China: implications for the development of GM crops').

The NGO's 'Genetic Literacy Project' executive director is Jon Entine, media science advisors are Kevin Davies and Elizabeth Finkel, science & risk communication advisors are Geoffrey Kabat and Gary L. Kreps, human genetics advisors are Henry Harpending, Caroline Lieber, Ariella Oppenheim, Sharon Terry and food security advisors are Peggy G. Lemaux, C.S. Prakash, Chavali Kameswara Rao and legal and ethics advisors are Laurie Zoloth.

HAG
GMO  Press  research  NGO_NPO  Pesticide  policy  politics  China  import_agrachina  Agrachina  usa 
october 2016 by eocas
The Natural Step - Accelerate the transition to a sustainable society
NPO founded in founded in Sweden in 1989 by Karl-Henrik Robèrt.

They attempt to draft the following definition of sustainability:

"The Four System Conditions of a Sustainable Society - A Science-Based Definition of Sustainability:

-> Framework For Strategic Sustainable Development revolves around a robust, science-based definition of sustainability. “Robust” means that the principles contained in this definition are both necessary and enough to achieve sustainability. They are also applicable to any activity at any scale and they don’t overlap (each principle covers its own domain).
[...]
Scientifically ... four system conditions ... basic sustainability principles:

In a sustainable society, nature is not subject to systematically increasing …

1. … concentrations of substances from the earth’s crust (such as fossil CO2 and heavy metals),

2. … concentrations of substances produces by society (such as antibiotics and endocrine disruptors),
3. … degradation by physical means (such as deforestation and draining of groundwater tables),

4. ... in that society … there are no structural obstacles to people’s health, influence, competence, impartiality and meaning."

They developed the ABCD PROCESS to help interested companies to apply the rules for sustainability to their core business model, to improve long-term value creation. Steps:

A. Awareness: ‘whole-systems’ definition to build a vision

B. Baseline assessment: Conduct a sustainability ‘gap analysis’ of the major flows and impacts of the organisation. Assist organisations to identify critical sustainability issues, their business implications, and strategic opportunities for change.

C. Creative solutions: Innovative ways to realize vision by re-shaping mission, strategy and organization.

D. Devise a plan: Milestone plan with first steps, “low hanging fruits” and longer term planning."

Have branch offices and partners in Sweden, Canada, Netherlands, Switzerland, Finland, Italy, Portugal, New Zealand, China, Israel, Germany.

In Switzerland their org
Sustainability  Ecobalance  Ecology  environment  environmentalism  NGO_NPO  Switzerland  Sweden  Consultancy  research  Report  Netherlands  Germany  China  Israel  civilsociety  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Model  SocialEntrepreneur  import_agrachina  Agrachina  Business_Planning 
september 2016 by eocas
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