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Social Agent Me
Beijing-based platform which helps to create and monetise social connections.

Startupinthecloud  Social_Networking  Social_Networks  Communication  community  Monetization  Beijing  China  Startups 
10 weeks ago by eocas
"We are making deep learning easier to use and getting more people from all backgrounds involved through our:

- free courses for coders
- software library
- cutting-edge research community

Our slogan is "Making neural nets uncool again", following an explainer:

Being cool is about being exclusive, and that’s the opposite of what we want. We want to make deep learning as accessible as possible– including to people using uncool languages like C#, uncool operating systems like Windows (wh...
Startupinthecloud  AI  Education  Tutorial  community  Software  Software_Engineering  Research 
10 weeks ago by eocas
The Pachamama Alliance
They aim to generate a critical mass of conscious commitment by bridging the indigenous and modern worlds.

"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.

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
Open Social is an online community platform for volunteer communities, ideation communities, and extranets. The software is based on Drupal's social module, written in PHP.

HQ in Amsterdam / Holland.

Startupinthecloud  community  Netherlands  opensource  Software  SaaS  PHP  Platform  Volunteer  Intranet  Communication  Social_Media  Social_Networking 
march 2019 by eocas
Online community and petitition site for healthy and green living, human rights and animal welfare.

From Wiki:
"Care2 is a social networking website that was founded by Randy Paynter in 1998. The goal of the site is to connect activists from around the world with other individuals, organizations and responsible businesses making an impact."

Agrachina  Social_Networking  Social_Networks  community  health  Green-New-Wave  green_promotion  Humanitarian  Animal_Welfare  Politics  via:frauchauchat 
march 2019 by eocas
Artist residency portal.

"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."

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.

"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.

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)
"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.

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
The Enterprisers Project | A community of CIOs discussing the future of business and IT
"The Enterprisers Project is a community and online publication built to discuss the evolving role of the CIO and how they are driving business value in an increasingly digital world. The Enterprisers Project is a collaborative effort between Harvard Business Review and Red Hat. Each week we share articles written by CIOs, for CIOs and other IT executives, that are aimed at elevating the role of CIO from technology service provider to innovation driver in partnership with the business.
What is an Enterpriser?
In an era of increasing IT complexity and digital disruption, CIOs are busier than ever. Yet, our community of 60+ business-minded IT leaders, who we call Enterprisers, take the time to regularly contribute advice, lessons learned, and invaluable insight into how they inspire enterprise-wide innovation.

In addition to Enterpriser articles, we feature original research, exclusive HBR reports, infographics, videos, Q&As, news, and other resources that IT professionals find valuable. "

Startupinthecloud  Agrachina  Education  Magazine  community  CIO  Linux  opensource  IT  Management  Collaboration  Innovation  Technology  Enterprise_Architecture  Video_Platform  news 
march 2019 by eocas
Open Source Guides
"Collection of resources for individuals, communities, and companies who want to learn how to run and contribute to an open source project.
Open Source Guides were created and are curated by GitHub, along with input from outside community reviewers, but they are not exclusive to GitHub products.
Our goal is to aggregate community best practices, ... we try to use examples and quotations from others to illustrate our points."

- How to Contribute to Open Source?
- Starting an Open Source Project
- Finding Users for Your Project
- Building Welcoming Communities (which encourages people to use, contribute to, and evangelize your project)
- Best Practices for Maintainers
- Leadership and Governance
- Getting Paid for Open Source Work
- Your Code of Conduct
- Open Source Metrics
- The Legal Side of Open Source

Startupinthecloud  community  opensource  Tutorial  Education  Best_practice  Documentation  Legal  Business_Advisory_relevant  Finance  Management  Governance 
march 2019 by eocas
Free Software Foundation
"The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom. We defend the rights of all software users.

As our society grows more dependent on computers, the software we run is of critical importance to securing the future of a free society. Free software is about having control over the technology we use in our homes, schools and businesses, where computers work for our individual and communal benefit, not for proprietary software companies or governments who might seek to restrict and monitor us. The Free Software Foundation exclusively uses free software to perform its work.

The Free Software Foundation is working to secure freedom for computer users by promoting the development and use of free (as in freedom) software and documentation—particularly the GNU operating system—and by campaigning against threats to computer user freedom like Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) and software patents."

Founded and lead by Richard Stallmann, organises year-long-campaigns such as (fighting for the right to repair, against DRM / DMCA), free software licenses (e.g. GNU), free software OS tools (e.g. GNU Toolchain in GNU/Linux), a OS with kernel (GNU Guix) or conferences such as LibrePlanet.

Startupinthecloud  opensource  Software  Legal  tools  Systems_Management  Security  community  Campaign  activism  Linux  Politics  Policy 
march 2019 by eocas
Kata Containers - The speed of containers, the security of VMs
"Kata Containers is an open source project and community working to build a standard implementation of lightweight Virtual Machines (VMs) that feel and perform like containers, but provide the workload isolation and security advantages of VMs.

The Kata Containers project has six components: Agent, Runtime, Proxy, Shim, Kernel and packaging of QEMU 2.11. It is designed to be architecture agnostic, run on multiple hypervisors and be compatible with the OCI specification for Docker containers and CRI for Kubernetes.

Kata Containers combines technology from Intel® Clear Containers and Hyper runV. The code is hosted on Github under the Apache 2 license and the project is managed by the OpenStack Foundation."

Founding members are RedHat, Ubuntu, Dell and ARM.

Startupinthecloud  Virtualization  devops  Docker  Standardization  opensource  Systems_Management  Security  community 
march 2019 by eocas
OPNFV Gambia
"OPNFV Gambia progresses the state of NFV around continuous delivery, cloud native network functions (CNFs), testing, carrier-grade features and upstream project integration. OPNFV was a pioneer with NFV continuous integration and is now taking a first step towards continuous delivery. The release also includes new service assurance and monitoring features. CSPs driving network transformation initiatives can utilize OPNFV for continuous integration and testing, development of reference architectures, VNF onboarding and validation, use case testing, NFVI/VIM procurement, development of operational practices and more. OPNFV is the nexus point for collaboration between open source networking projects and ecosystems by integrating upstream projects into reference architectures tuned for NFV use cases, leading cross-project initiatives for dynamic continuous integration (CI), and fostering the open source community transforming networks."

Under the Linxu Foundation umbrella.

Startupinthecloud  network  Linux  Standardization  devops  development  Software  Cloud_Development  cloud_providers  Cloud_Service_Providers  opensource  Ecosystem  community 
march 2019 by eocas
Software Freedom Conservancy
"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.

Startupinthecloud  Legal  NGO_NPO  community  Business  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Model  opensource  open-data 
february 2019 by eocas
Free and Open Source ERP System equipped with wide and detailed functionality, metasfresh fits for companies from industry and trade that are searching business software that provides high scalability and flexibility.

It's a friendly-fork of ADempiere and the planning and development happen openly in the community.

metasfresh is written in Java, JavaScript scripting language and works with PostgreSQL database management system. It is composed of Client and Server components, realised in a 3-tier architecture with Rest-API and a Web User Frontend developed in HTML5/ ReactJS/ Redux.

Mature vertical integration in the field of food production and trade.

Maintained by software integrator company metas in Bonn / Germany.

Startupinthecloud  ERP  Java  Germany  opensource  Trade  Enterprise_Architecture  PostgreSQL  Javascript  Application  Apps  community  Community_Cloud_Computing 
february 2019 by eocas
Community-driven hosting company with pay-as-you-wish pricing.

Their technology stack includes:
Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, node.js, Erlang, Lua, qmail, vmailmgr, maildrop, ezmlm-idx, DSPAM, etc.

Based in Mainz / Germany.

Startupinthecloud  Hosting  community  perl  PHP  Ruby  Python  Javascript  Messaging  Germany  sustainablecompany  Sustainability  Service_Provider  Systems_Management  sysAdmin  Web_Application_Hosting  Web_Development 
january 2019 by eocas
Webarchitects Co-operative
"Webarchitects is a Sheffield based, small and friendly, multi-stakeholder co-operative which has been providing ethical and green, web hosting, virtual servers and GNU/Linux sysadmin support services for over 20 years."

Application hosting for:

Matomo (ex-Piwik)

Startupinthecloud  UK  community  Hosting  Fair_Trade  opensource  sysAdmin  sustainablecompany  SaaS  Web_Agency  Community_Cloud_Computing 
january 2019 by eocas
"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.

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."

Fashionmeetsorganic  NGO_NPO  Brand  eco_brand  Social  Fair_Trade  community  Communication  sustainablefashion  bags  Germany  upcycling 
january 2019 by eocas
YPARD | Young Professionals for Agricultural Development
"YPARD enables and empowers young agricultural leaders who shape sustainable food systems. It is an international movement by Young Professionals FOR Young Professionals for Agricultural Development.
This global on-line and off-line communication and discussion platform is meant to enable and empower young agricultural leaders around the world to shape sustainable food systems."

Started in 2005, hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Global Forum for Agricultural Research (GFAR), Bioversity International and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). In 2006 in Bern, Switzerland funding support by SDC and official formation in India soon after.

Besides of fostering discussion via their social network function are they also have a regularly updated directory related to fundraising. For example they have posted the 'International Innovation Award for Sustainable Food and Agriculture' from the FAO and the Swiss governmentfor which our UR Bridge app is eligible for the 'Award for Digitalization and innovation for Sustainable Food Systems (USD 40 000)'.

Agrachina  Rural_Development  community  Social  SocialEntrepreneur  Social_Networking  Agricultural_Development  Forum  foodsystems  Food_And_Agriculture_Organization  Policy  Politics  Sustainability  poverty  Fundraising  Innovation  Italy  Switzerland  UrB 
january 2019 by eocas
CSAware by LocalHarvest | CSA Software - CSA Management
"LocalHarvest has been helping family farmers build strong businesses since we launched our national directory in 2000. We have become a trusted marketing partner for our membership of over 25,000 farms and farmers markets. And it works: over 6 million people a year come to LocalHarvest to find out where to get local food in their communities.

Our mission is to connect people looking for good food with the farmers who produce it. We provide online tools that help small farmers thrive. In 2009, seeing that our CSAs were growing, but perhaps not as fast as they might, we began building a set of administrative and e-commerce tools for CSAs and food hubs: CSAware was born.

Then we integrated CSAware with the LocalHarvest directory to give CSAware users top billing — potential members searching for local food on LocalHarvest can click directly to your online store to sign up. Those 6 million people who use LocalHarvest? A few of them will find their way to your business.
With CSAware, we make the administrative end of running a CSA smooth and straightforward. That leaves you more time to focus on growing great food, building your soil, and expanding your business."

Based in Santa Cruz, California.

Agrachina  Software  CSA_Community_Supported_Agriculture  Directory_Database  Agricultural_Organic_Guide  Agricultural_Trade  LocaVore  Management  USA  community  food  farm-to-table  Productivity  Sustainability 
january 2019 by eocas
"Wefarm is a free peer-to-peer service that enables farmers to share information via SMS, without the internet and without having to leave their farm. Farmers can ask questions on farming and receive crowd-sourced answers from other farmers around the world in minutes.

Example How-To:
1. Rose's crop is suffering from a disease, so she sends a simple, free SMS to the local Wefarm number.
2. Her question is instantly posted online and sent to selected members of the Wefarm community via SMS.
3. Rose receives useful, relevant knowledge within minutes... without leaving her farm or having any access to internet."

Social enterprise with a few successful founding rounds.

Agrachina  Africa  nigeria  SocialEntrepreneur  Social  Sustainability  Knowledge  knowledgemanagement  community  Crowdfunding  Agriculture  Agricultural_Development  Rural_Development  Farmer_Community  farming  Social_Networking 
december 2018 by eocas
"From the educational world and now turned towards popular education, Framasoft is above all a network of projects, of which the first, directory, 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.

Startupinthecloud  sustainablecompany  France  NGO_NPO  community  opensource  Legal  Platform  Sustainability  Social  Public_Cloud  Service_Provider 
december 2018 by eocas
"PeerTube is software that you install on a web server. It allows you to create a video hosting website, so create your "homemade YouTube".

The difference to YouTube is that it’s not intended to create a huge platform centralizing videos from the whole world on a single server farm (which is horribly expensive).

On the contrary, PeerTube’s concept is to create a network of multiple small interconnected video hosting providers.
Fundamental freedoms:

- PeerTube is freely provided, no need to pay to install it on your server;
- We can look under the hood of PeerTube (its source code): it’s auditable, transparent;
- Its development is community-based, it can be enhanced by everyone’s contributions.

PeerTube is a free/libre software financed by a French non-profit organization: Framasoft (

Startupinthecloud  video  Video_Platform  decentralization  Platform  community  opensource  Social_Networking  sustainablecompany 
december 2018 by eocas
The Odin Project
"The free online curriculum for learning web development with Ruby on Rails and JavaScript
The Odin Project (TOR) is one of those "What I wish I had when I was learning" resources. Not everyone has access to a computer science education or the funds to attend an intensive coding school and neither of those is right for everyone anyway. This project is designed to fill in the gap for people who are trying to hack it on their own but still want a high quality education.
Education should be free and accessible
This curriculum itself is free and we tried to link to resources that are themselves free so anyone in the world can use them.
You learn best by actually building
The Odin Project curriculum is full of projects that will help you build a strong portfolio of work on Github to fill out your resume.
Motivation is fueled by working with others
We're committed to connecting students together so they can stay motivated and learn faster.
Open source is best
Our curriculum and website are available on Github and we encourage students to actually contribute to the project itself!"

Startupinthecloud  Ruby  Education  Javascript  Tutorial  Git  community  Social  Programming  Database  HTML  CSS  webdesign  Web_Design  Web_Development  opensource 
december 2018 by eocas
Ecosystem Restoration Camps
"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.

Agrachina  NGO_NPO  USA  community  Education  climatechange  Tutorial  Rural_Development  network  Soil  ecological  Ecosystem 
december 2018 by eocas
Tidelift | Open source software you can depend on
"Simply put, our mission is making open source work better—for everyone.
Open source software is incredible, but it’s got some issues. For open source maintainers, a project can feel like a full-time job even when it isn’t—a labor of love, with little direct financial reward. For professional software teams, building on top of open source components can be risky business—especially without the assurances they expect from traditional commercial software.

So we asked ourselves:
How could open source work better for everyone involved?

First, software development teams should be able to depend on the open source software they incorporate into their projects. They should be confident that it is reliable—professionally supported, more secure, easy to integrate, and properly maintained.

Meanwhile, open source maintainers and core teams should be compensated for the value their projects create. They should have easy access to paying users and to the tools necessary to deliver a professional software experience.
For us, it’s as simple as that. Create a win-win proposition, where everyone sees the benefits.

The end result? More, better software that our entire planet depends on."

Startupinthecloud  USA  SocialEntrepreneur  opensource  Service_Provider  Consultancy  Legal  Organization  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business  community  support  CRM  Software  Software_Engineering  Business_Model  Intellectual_Property 
november 2018 by eocas
Global Hand
"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
Disaster response
Poverty alleviation
Job Creation
Guidelines/Best Practice
Doing business with the poor
Sustainable Development
Corporate Social Responsibility
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.

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
Geoff Lawton - Permaculture, PDC, Online Courses
"Geoff Lawton is a world renowned permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. He first took his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course in 1983 with Bill Mollison, widely considered the “father of permaculture.” Geoff does teaching, consulting, designing, administering and implementing. Some projects:

- consultancy in the environmentally green, Masdar City in the United Arab Emirates
- development work from the Greening the Desert projects in Jordan
- rehydration strategies in the deserts of Hadramaut, Yemen
- housing projects for the Kurds in Iraq after the war, rebuilding an entire village with 53 straw bale houses

[...] courses focused on the practical design of sustainable soil, water, plant, animal, energy, structures, legal and economic systems.

Geoff has established permaculture demonstration sites that function as education centres in all the world’s major climates — information on the success of these systems is networked through Geoff established the Permaculture Research Institute and the website to network mainframe information worldwide."

Agrachina  Permaculture  Consultancy  Education  Rural_Development  Agricultural_Organic_Guide  sustainablecompany  Sustainability  sustainable  environmentalism  farm  farmers_livelihod  book  community  Soil  water  Plant_Protection  Energy  Legal  Research 
november 2018 by eocas
Earth Rights Institute
"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'"

Agrachina  Africa  USA  NGO_NPO  Platform  Knowledge  knowledgemanagement  Research  Consultancy  Environment  Social  community  Rural_Development  sustainable  Sustainability 
november 2018 by eocas
Think Tank and platform founded by Philipp Grefer in Beijing in 2018 to spark cross-sectoral dialogue about digital life, style, culture, business, science and technology. WISE invites and connects thinkers and doers from different industries online and offline to discuss essential questions about how we want and should live in the future.

"WISE puts “the human” at the center of discussions ranging from technology, music, art, fashion, entertainment, business, media, and science. Topics range from how AI can help us to solve world hunger, if the robots will take over our jobs, what we can learn about the future by looking into the past, how to find China´s first international superstar, and the future of design and creativity."

Fashionmeetsorganic  Platform  community  Beijing  China  Germany  Lifestyle  Culture  Business  Technology  Investor_Relations  InteractiveBeijing 
october 2018 by eocas
GNU Kind Communications Guidelines
"A code of conduct states rules, with punishments for anyone that violates them. It is the heavy-handed way of teaching people to behave differently, and since it only comes into action when people do something against the rules, it doesn't try to teach people to do better than what the rules require. To be sure, the appointed maintainer(s) of a GNU package can, if necessary, tell a contributor to go away; but we do not want to need to have recourse to that. The idea of the GNU Kind Communication Guidelines is to start guiding people towards kinder communication at a point well before one would even think of saying, "You are breaking the rules." The way we do this, rather than ordering people to be kind or else, is try to help people learn to make their communication more kind. I hope that kind communication guidelines will provide a kinder and less strict way of leading a project's discussions to be calmer, more welcoming to all participants of good will, and more effective."

Lifesnippets  Startupinthecloud  Communication  Forum  community  Management  Psychology  Education  opensource  Culture 
october 2018 by eocas
P2PU - Peer learning community for developing and running free online courses
"P2PU is a grassroots network of individuals who seek to create an equitable, empowering, and liberating alternative to mainstream higher education.

We work towards this vision by creating and sustaining learning communities in public spaces around the world. As librarians and community organizers, we bring neighborhoods together to learn with one another. As educators, we train facilitators to organize their own networks and we develop/curate open educational resources. As developers and designers, we build open source software tools that support flourishing learning communities. And as learners, we work together to improve upon and disseminate methods and practices for peer learning to flourish.

P2PU is a distributed organization, incorporated as a 501(c)3 in the United States. Our network stretches the globe, with our heaviest concentration of work currently happening in Canada, Kenya, South Africa, and the United States.
governance guidelines and policies on Github."

Closely affiliated with Creative Commons. Similar to other MOOC providers such as edX.

Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  Fashionmeetsorganic  Lifesnippets  Education  Training  USA  opensource  Culture  community  Governance 
october 2018 by eocas
Grace Foundation
"The Grace Foundation raises funds and engages people with resources (money, knowledge, influence) to invest in a system change. [...] We further the creation of Terra Nova by supporting a network of comprehensive cultural models which we call healing biotopes. These centers aim to be self-sufficient thus laying the base for an alternative economy, decentralized and free from the conventional mechanisms of interest, debt and exploitation. This alternative economy is key to humanizing money. We support the implementation of this network by funding education and knowledge-sharing."

"Established in 2007 by Sabine Lichtenfels and Rainer Ehrenpreis (Schweibenalp). The original inspiration to create a conduit for diverting money into large-scale peace work came to Sabine Lichtenfels and Benjamin von Mendelssohn during a pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. The strategy of building models for bringing about system change is based upon a political theory developed by Dr. Dieter Duhm and brought to life in the community of Tamera in Southern Portugal which we recognize as the first model ‘healing biotope’."

Ethical Principles:
"1) Work towards decentralized regional self-sufficiency in water, food and energy thus providing the complicity-free material base for a new culture.

2) Give equal attention to inner and outer peace work. It is seldom that a project fails due to external pressure alone. Egoic structures like struggles for power and attention, jealousy and envy need to be addressed and transformed for the healing of our culture of separation. This work must be held in balance with the needs of and the service to the larger whole.

3) Accept and address love and sexuality as aspects of the dominant culture which are in particular need of healing. These issues must be released from the domain of privacy and brought into public discourse for the healing and learning of all.

4) Support a spiritual practice which places the sacredness of life at its center.

5) Create an economy based on reciprocity, communal sharing and giving. One in which economy and ecology are restored to their right relationship – with economy serving ecology."

Agrachina  Lifesnippets  Investor_Relations  Fundraising  Switzerland  Spain  Culture  decentralization  water  food  Energy  health  Philosophy  community  Economy  Ecology  Permaculture 
october 2018 by eocas
"Isso – Ich schrei sonst – is a lightweight commenting server written in Python and JavaScript. It aims to be a drop-in replacement for Disqus."

Startupinthecloud  Python  Communication  community  opensource  Javascript  Forum  blog 
october 2018 by eocas
Kapdaa - The Offcut Company
"The word ‘Kapdaa’ means ‘Cloth’ in Hindi. (Phonetically pronounced as Cup-pa-daah)
Over time I noticed a lot of excess fabric being left over and going unused. Seeing this I thought to myself, “It would be such a shame, if these beautiful fabrics with such lovely designs went to waste”.
Bespoke notebooks covered by designer fabric offcuts.
Have been able to get a whole new world of mills, textiles and interior designers, and even pram and shoe makers to be intrigued by our concept. They have successfully reached out to an array of brands, to sit up and have a dialogue about their sustainable actions by creating a range of fashionable stationery, simply out of their exquisite offcuts."

Fashionmeetsorganic  Textile  UK  London  upcycling  Made-to-Order  Fabrics  interior  Shoes  accessories  Sustainability  Green-New-Wave  Platform  community 
august 2018 by eocas
UABB (Bi-City Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism Architecture) | 深港城市建筑双城双年展
"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."

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
"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.

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
Global Ecovillage Network - Community for a Regenerative World
"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.

Agrachina  Lifesnippets  ecological  Sustainability  community  Rural_Development  urban-rural  Permaculture  network  Culture  NGO_NPO 
july 2018 by eocas
About from Crunchbase:
"Sweetgreen is an American fast casual restaurant chain that serves simple, seasonal, healthy salads and grain bowls made in-house from scratch, using whole produce delivered that morning."

Cooperates with local farmers and engages with local communities including as well the means of music festivals and such.

Agrachina  sustainablecompany  Lifestyle  Vegetables  food  farm-to-table  community  UrB 
july 2018 by eocas
Permaculture project in Madagascar. Initiated by Swiss Lukas Uhl.

Agrachina  Permaculture  Africa  Madagascar  Switzerland  NGO_NPO  Sustainability  sustainable  Agricultural_Specialist  community  Rural_Development  rural  Eco 
june 2018 by eocas
Designing better file organization around tags, not hierarchies
Excerpts from introduction:
"Computer users organize their files into folders because that is the primary tool offered by operating systems. But applying this standard hierarchical model to my own files, I began to notice shortcomings of this paradigm over the years. At the same time, I used some other information systems not based on hierarchical path names, and they turned out to solve a number of problems. I propose a new way of organizing files based on tagging, and describe the features and consequences of this method in detail.

Speaking personally, I’m fed up with HFSes, on Windows, Linux, and online storage alike. I struggled with file organization for just over a decade before finally writing this article to describe problems and solutions. Life would be easier if I could tolerate the limitations of hierarchical organization, or at least if the new proposal can fit on top of existing HFSes. But fundamentally, there is a mismatch between the narrowness of hierarchies and the rich structure of human knowledge, and the proposed system will not presuppose the features of HFSes.
existing alternative systems like Git and Danbooru bypass HFS problems to deliver a better user experience. Then I describe a step-by-step model, starting from basic primitives, of a proposed file organization system that includes a number of desirable features by design.
I care most about the data model and less about implementation details. For example in HFSes, I focus on the fact that the file system consists of a tree of labeled edges with file content at the leaves; I ignore details about inodes, journaling, defragmentation, permissions, etc."

Corresponding community discussion:

Startupinthecloud  File  Filesync  semanticweb  knowledgemanagement  Enterprise_Architecture  Data  Data_Warehouse  Tutorial  Documentation  Education  Report  Innovation  community  Database 
june 2018 by eocas
Metro - Data Crowdsourcing for AI and Machine Learning >>> Generate and sell your own data
"Anybody can use our community-made plugins, "DataSources", to generate data and sell it in real-time to a Project. (free for now) A Project could be a groundbreaking new AI, a research study, or someone's curiosity project.
Artificial Intelligence is fueled by data, so innovation is monopolized by those who control data.
Our philosophy is "Empower, Don't Restrict". Let users control and monetize their data.
We want to create a transparent and fair system of sharing any kind of data where both the producer of data and the buyer of data have the power they deserve. Right now, the middle-man has all of the power and that is why the world is dominated by Google and Facebook. This is a fair and honest system which will be built without imposing unreasonable restrictions upon what can and cannot be done.
We are not a data collection company. We're a data energizing company.
We have created a Chrome/FF extension to which users can attach "DataSources" - simple community-made pieces of code which allow users to generate their own data. Our website hosts "Projects", which are pieces of work which want to crowdsource data from users using specific DataSources. DataSources are made and curated by the community, not by us, and they are open source so anybody can verify them. This gives the community direct access to raw data with its intrinsic innovative value for the coming AI revolution, while giving individual users direct access to the monetary value."

Startupinthecloud  Agrachina  AI  machine-learning  Data  Platform  open-data  opensource  Crowdfunding  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Model  Business  Project_Information_Platform  community  Marketing  UrB 
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 (

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

Agrachina  Rural_Development  equality  NGO_NPO  Africa  congo  nigeria  Rwanda  Afghanistan  Education  Lifesnippets  community  Sustainability 
june 2018 by eocas
Schweibenalp – Center of Unity
"Living and working community to manage the seminar business and the permaculture gardens. As a part of the Global Ecovillages Network, we consider ourselves as one of the emerging models for a holistic cultural transformation. At the Center of Unity Schweibenalp we contribute since more than 30 years to the development of an integral life culture and universal spirituality."
In Brienz / Bernese Alps / Switzerland.

Agrachina  Permaculture  Sustainability  community  sustainable  sustainablecompany  Slow_Fashion  Slow_Food  network  Conference  Switzerland  gardening  Culture  Cultivation  Rural_Development  Rural_Economy  rural  Lifestyle  Lifesnippets  Agricultural_Development  artisanal  decentralization  natural  Philosophy  Ethics 
june 2018 by eocas
Torch Coffee Labs
Coffee-growing farm and educational center (barista, roaster, brewing, sensory Q, instructor SCAA/SCAE) in Pu'er / Yunnan. Branches in India, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Thailand.

Agrachina  coffee  Yunnan  Education  farm  Brand  community 
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" ( Although the latter is quite dated (2013) whereas the English-version got updated in 2018.

Table of contents

Desktop Linux Problems and Major Shortcomings
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:

Startupinthecloud  opensource  Software  Software_Engineering  Linux  community  Marketing  development  Collaboration  Collective  NGO_NPO  Crowdfunding 
may 2018 by eocas
Spectrum Chat
Online instant messaging platform to support communities. Publically shared ones are are for free, without ads and they promise not to sell personal data.

Extra moderator seats, private channels / intranet and high-level analytics / reports at cost.

Positions themselves as faster, more quality-oriented Reddit competitor.

Based on a Nodejs / React / Redis stack:

RethinkDB: Data storage
Redis: Background jobs and caching
GraphQL: API, powered by the entire Apollo toolchain
Flowtype: Type-safe JavaScript
PassportJS: Authentication
React: Frontend and mobile apps
Expo: Mobile apps
DraftJS: WYSIWYG writing experience on the web

- Shortterm > Desktop & Mobile app
- Midterm > Public API, Custom Domain
- Longterm > SSO, Identity API

Based in San Francisco / California and affiliated with progressive serverless hosting company

Startupinthecloud  Messaging  community  Public_Cloud  Javascript  Intranet  Forum  Cloud_Service_Providers  USA  serverless 
april 2018 by eocas
Creative Friends Asia – United Creatives
Creative Friends Asia is a community helping to improve standards for Creatives in Asia through meaningful platforms.
- Bridging creatives in Singapore and China with companies attracting new jobs and projects
- Creatives with unique ideas can benefit from our grant application services
- Own incubation program

Fashionmeetsorganic  Creative  Fundraising  incubator  Platform  Venture_Capital  network  HR  Communication  community  Singapore  China  grants 
april 2018 by eocas
Social Enterprise Alliance
"Social Enterprise Alliance is the national membership organization and key catalyst for the rapidly growing social enterprise movement in the United States. We provide social enterprises with the resources they need to succeed, support and grow social entrepreneurship on a national scale and serve as a voice for more sustainable social impact."

Agrachina  SocialEntrepreneur  Social  community  USA  Association  Sustainability  HR 
april 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.

"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 (
- 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.

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
The Good Wardrobe | Style.Shared.
Online style-sharing community hub mixing sustainable fashion with services that prolong the wardrobe life. Providing such as:
- Sewing class recommendation
- Local cobbler
- Long-life style directory
- Affordable sustainable style
- Positive impact of personal creativity
- Promotes local and ethical industries

The Good Wardrobe describes themselves as "the antithesis of fast fashion, a cocktail of Toptable and Stylebible with a twist of Freecycle; think the love-child of Tripadvisor and Treehugger, raised by eccentric but oh so stylish great Aunt Liberty – a war baby with a life-long love of make-do and mend."

Fashionmeetsorganic  UK  London  community  Fashion  Slow_Fashion  vintage  artisanal  Ethical_fashion  Sustainability  sustainablefashion  Service_Provider  Platform  repair  Localization  LocaVore  circulareconomy 
march 2018 by eocas
Tech Solidarity
"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.

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
The Repair Association
"The Repair Association, previously the Digital Right to Repair Coalition, was formed in 2013. The Association represents everyone involved in repair of technology—from DIY hobbyists and independent repair technicians, to environmental organizations and the aftermarket.
But more and more common goods now come with restrictions on your ability to do all that — or even hire someone you trust to do it for you. Some products even come with contracts and mandatory licenses that interfere with your right to resell your product.

A free, independent market for repair and reuse is more efficient, more competitive, and better for consumers. Repair helps create local jobs, and repair and reuse benefits the environment by reducing end-of-life electronic products. The freedom to maintain, innovate, and improve upon our products is imperative.
As consumers, we have the right to the following from the companies that we support:

Information: The documentation, software, and legal ability we need to repair our own products -- or choose someone we trust to do it for us.

Parts + Tools: Fair access to service parts and tools, including diagnostics.

Unlocking for Repair and Reuse: We should be able to unlock and modify the software and firmware that is required to operate our products.

Unencumbered Resale: We should be able resell our products (including the software needed to operate them).

Repairable Products: Designers should integrate design for repair and recycling principles into product development."

Agrachina  Technology  Sustainability  community  Documentation  repair  Recycling  tools  decentralization 
march 2018 by eocas
Farm Commons

We are all stronger when we work together. When farmers and attorneys share knowledge, the entire local food system moves forward. Farm Commons fosters the discussions and connections that build a strong legal backbone for our community.

Farmers should be empowered to take action on the legal situations that affect their operations. Our educational resources help farmers identify issues, break them down into manageable steps, and give farmers the confidence to move forward.

Ultimately, farmers need access to affordable, specialized attorneys. Farm Commons leads the edge of sustainable farm law through client representation, and develops the capacity of attorneys around the country to do the same."

Agrachina  Legal  USA  knowledgemanagement  Knowledge  community  Service_Provider 
march 2018 by eocas
Why OpenStreetMap is in Serious Trouble — Emacsen's Blog
It's always worrisome if an open-source flagship project stumbles. Insightful article on what has happened and what could be improved. Excerpt: "The obvious question is why the OpenStreetMap leadership takes the positions that it does, despite the clear need for change. The answers in my view are commercialism in the project, along with a cultural desire to retain the feel of the project's early days. While there are companies built around Wikipedia's engine (the Wikimedia Server), there are not many companies making money from repackaging Wikipedia. OpenStreetMap, on the other hand, has a commercial ecosystem around it, largely from the business of creating customized maps for customers. Many of the founders of the project, as well as others, have launched commercial services around OSM. Unfortunately, this creates an incentive to keep the project small and limited in scope to map up the gap with commercial services which they can sell. This also applies to HOT (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team -, which has a financial incentive to get grant money for itself and not have those resources going to the OSMF." HAG
Startupinthecloud  opensource  open-data  Open_Data  Organization  Finance  Fundraising  community  Geo  via:LanLink 
march 2018 by eocas
"A firmware for modern servers that replaces specific firmware functionality like the UEFI DXE phase with a Linux kernel and runtime.

It improves boot reliability by replacing lightly-tested firmware drivers with hardened Linux drivers.

It improves boot time by removing unnecessary code. Typically makes boot 20 times faster.

It allows customization of the initrd runtime to support site-specific needs (both device drivers as well as custom executables).

Its approach is proven for almost 20 years in military, consumer electronics, and supercomputing systems – wherever reliability and performance are paramount."

LinuxBoot is a Linux Foundation project.

Startupinthecloud  opensource  System  Systems_Management  Security  Safety  community  Linux 
march 2018 by eocas
Circular Economy Lab
"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.

Agrachina  Sustainability  circulareconomy  NGO_NPO  Canada  community  Communication  Platform  Research  Recycling 
march 2018 by eocas
World Resources Institute
"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:

Agrachina  NGO_NPO  USA  Research  China  Sustainability  Environment  environmentalism  Analysis  civilsociety  community 
february 2018 by eocas
International Rivers
"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.

Agrachina  water  Water_Pollution  Water_Resources  rural  Ecology  community  Africa  NGO_NPO  China  Guizhou  environmentalism  Sustainability 
february 2018 by eocas
"Auroville is a universal township in the making for a population of up to 50,000 people from around the world.

The concept of Auroville - an ideal township devoted to an experiment in human unity - came to the Mother as early as the 1930s. In the mid 1960s the concept was developed and put before the Govt. of India, who gave their backing and took it to the General Assembly of UNESCO. In 1966 UNESCO passed a unanimous resolution commending it as a project of importance to the future of humanity, thereby giving their full encouragement.

The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity – in diversity. Today Auroville is recognised as the first and only internationally endorsed ongoing experiment in human unity and transformation of consciousness, also concerned with - and practically researching into - sustainable living and the future cultural, environmental, social and spiritual needs of mankind.
The Aurovilians come from some 49 nations, from all age groups (from infancy to over eighty, averaging around 30), from all social classes, backgrounds and cultures, representing humanity as a whole. The population of the township is constantly growing, but currently stands at around 2,500 people, of whom approx one-third are Indian.
A 109-hectare area to the north of the Peace Area, the Industrial Zone, a zone for "green" industries, is focused on Auroville's efforts towards a self-supporting township. It will contain small and medium-scale industries, training centres, arts and crafts, and the city's administration.
The city area with a radius of 1.25 km. will be surrounded by a Green Belt of 1.25 km width. As a zone for organic farms, dairies, orchards, forests, and wildlife areas, this belt will act as a barrier against urban encroachment, provide a variety of habitats for wildlife, and serve as a source for food, timber, medicines etc. and as a place for recreation.

Presently an area of 405 hectares, the Green Belt - though incomplete - stands as an example of successful transformation of wasteland into a vibrant eco-system. Its further planned extension with an additional 800 hectares will make it into a remarkable demonstration site for soil and water conservation, ground water recharge, and environmental restoration."

Agrachina  Permaculture  india  Sustainability  farm  Ecosystem  ecological  Ecology  Rural_Development  Environment  environmentalism  Philosophy  sustainable  sustainablecompany  community  Organic  Organic_Farm  Organic_Education  Craftsmanship  GreenArchitecture 
january 2018 by eocas
"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 ( which evolved into UBS Global Visionaries (

Furthermore they have established an Ashoka Support Network:

Agrachina  NGO_NPO  USA  foundation  Switzerland  Social  entrepreneurship  Business_Model  Innovation  Creative  Ethics  incubator  community  government  Research 
january 2018 by eocas
Meet the woman leading China's new organic farming army
Comprehensive article about China's CSA landscape, some of their pioneers (ShiYan from LittleDongkey / SharedHarvest and Tianle from BJ FarmersMarket), the underlying reasons (pollution) and the required mindset shift (by consumers and farmers). It also refers to the Chinese term "Xin Nongren 新农人 New Farmers", a term fondly applied young Chinese who have quit jobs in the cities or elsewhere to devote themselves to sustainable farming.

Agrachina  Beijing  China  Organic  CSA_Community_Supported_Agriculture  Quality_Control  community  farm  farming  Agriculture  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Certification  Organic_Farm  Food_Safety  Report  Sustainability  sustainable 
december 2017 by eocas
State of the ÐApps
Directory platform for dApps in tag-categories such as: Finance, game, token, exchange, market, community, money, trading, p2p, gambling, transactions, social, metamask, security, development but also in more eco-centric tags like climate, energy, environment, sustainability.

"State of the DApps is a not-for-profit curated directory of Decentralized Applications, also called DApps (pronounced D-Apps) on the Ethereum Blockchain. State of DApps was created to categorize and showcase developed projects built on the Ethereum Blockchain.

The inspiration for State of the DApps came from FreshMeat now known as FreeCode which was a site reference for Linux users, which had a big inventory of the open source applications, games and all sources for Linux.

In State of the DApps there are many projects covering different fields such as health, Ponzi schemes, games, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, education, registries, job markets, tinder for horses and many more.
State of the DApps is a privately funded and independent project [...] what makes us successful is our autonomy & objectivity."

Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  Sustainability  blockchain  Directory_Database  decentralization  Finance  community  Trade  Social_Media  Social_Networks  opensource  Marketing 
october 2017 by eocas
"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."

- 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.

- 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.

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
Federated personal profile with social networking functionality.

Socialhome federates using the Diaspora protocol. This allows content to federate not only to other #Socialhome nodes, but also with nodes from #Diaspora, #Friendica, #Hubzilla and in the future #Mastodon.

Open-source, written in Python. Stack including Django, Channels, Bootstrap 4, jQuery, Masonry, RQ, PostgreSQL, uWSGI, Circus, Mocha, federation, Haystack, Whoosh and soon VueJS.

Startupinthecloud  Social  Social_Networking  decentralization  Privacy  Private_Cloud  Python  Communication  community  Community_Cloud_Computing 
october 2017 by eocas
Spiral Dynamics – A Way of Understanding Human Nature
Intro (
"The Spiral Dynamics model is derived from the original thinking of Dr. Clare W. Graves. He saw human nature emerges along a developmental path from one equilibrium state to the next. These can be viewed as stages wherein each layer adds new elements to all that came before; in turn, each stands in preparation for a next phase which may or may not come. Every "level of human existence" offers a particular viewing point for the real world as defined by its unique set of perceptual filters. These diverse reality views lead to very different decision-making approaches, organizing principles for business, economic and governance models, and ideas of what appropriate, effective living means."

"Graves identified what people seek out in life at each level of psychological existence as follows:

Level 1 BEIGE (A-N) existential: survival, biogenic needs satisfaction, reproduction, satisfy instinctive urges

Level 2 PURPLE (B-O) animistic: placate spirit realm; honour ancestors; protection from harm; family bonds

Level 3 RED (C-P) egocentric: power/action, asserting self to dominate others, control, sensory pleasure

Level 4 BLUE (D-Q) absolutistic: stability/order, obedience to earn reward later, meaning, purpose, certainty

Level 5 ORANGE (E-R) multiplistic: opportunity/success, competing to achieve results, influence, autonomy

Level 6 GREEN (F-S) relativistic: harmony/love, joining together for mutual growth, awareness, belonging

Level 7 YELLOW (G-T) systemic: independence/self-worth, fitting a living system, knowing, good questions

Level 8 TURQUOISE (H-U) still developing global community/life force; survival of life on a fragile Earth; consciousness"

A future generation of researchers of Grave's theory have applied it to become the core of their consulting business called NVC Consulting (

Grave's model differentiates with Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Myers-Briggs model.

Lifesnippets  Psychology  Analysis  Social_Networks  Sociology  Research  Thesis  Communication  community  Ecosystem  Humanitarian  Consultancy  Consulting 
october 2017 by eocas
"Idea management system (IDMS), adapted for companies & organizations interested in sharing strategic decisions and future planning of products and services with their customers.

It is a perfect tool for decision makers and their analysts who need to take strategic decisions, and wish to expand their view of the problem with the poser of the crowd, whether these are the organization's employees or any other public.

OpenideaL is an open source project based on Drupal CMS and therefore it is modular, and allows growth and adaptation to the organization’s specific needs. These adaptations may include a unique design, polls and surveys, interfacing with external applications such as Facebook or to applications within the organization itself, and adapting the interface to a range of devices: phones, desktops, tablets or kiosks."

Innovation  Knowledge  Management  Management  Organization  semanticweb  CMS  Information_Society  Information_Systems  Community  Empirical_Social_Research  import_startupinthecloud  Startupinthecloud  opensource 
october 2016 by eocas
Roundabout 众爱
"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."

beijing  China  vintage  recycling  up-cycling  Community  ethics  UK  import_fashionmeetsorganic  NGO_NPO  Fashionmeetsorganic 
october 2016 by eocas
"FOSSASIA is the premier Free and Open Source technology organization in Asia for developers, designers, start-ups, and contributors. Projects at FOSSASIA range from open hardware, to design, graphics and software. FOSSASIA was established in 2009. The annual FOSSASIA took place in Cambodia, Vietnam and Singapore. FOSSASIA meetup groups exist throughout Asia."

Community  research  Data  Open_Hardware  Software  import_startupinthecloud  Open_Data  Startupinthecloud  opensource 
october 2016 by eocas
Statement about Stopping Cooperation with Seafile GmbH
Ownership dispute between the founders and developers of Seafile, the China-based Seafile Ltd ( | ) and their German-based reseller Seafile GmbH ( | ).

The conflict became public with this announcement by the German side:

Which the Chinese side responded:
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To which the German side clarified their point:

The Chinese side intends to change from the current GPL 2 license to AGPL 3 license.

Obviously the German side's forking wasn't a clear cut the way LibreOffice, FreeNAS or NextCloud did.

This fork-vs-takeover public fight with both parties claiming the right for the brand will weaken their open-source / free software community and drive away existing customers of their PRO Enterprise edition.

Python  C/C++  Legal  Business  Planning  Business_Model  China  Community  import_startupinthecloud  Startupinthecloud  opensource 
august 2016 by eocas
FashInvest intro:
"Danish startup is applying crowdsourcing to the problem of fit, allowing users to find and follow their "body doubles" within its community to see what clothes work well on people with similar proportions to them. The onboarding process involves a body quiz asking about height, weight and shape — no measuring tapes necessary — and users are also asked about the brands they know fit them well. All of this information generates a personalized feed for product recommendations, and users are encouraged to post selfies in their favorite clothes to spread the info-love back to their body doubles."

denmark  technology  Customization  Made-to-Order  Crowdfunding  Social_Media  network  Community  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Fashionmeetsorganic 
august 2016 by eocas
MTP (Shanghai Roots & Shoots Million Tree Project)
"Since 2007 aims to raise community awareness [...] By planting trees in Inner Mongolia, the Million Tree Project is designed to improve both ecological and humanitarian conditions there [...] fight climate change by planting oxygen-producing trees. It also encompasses true capacity building as the local population is intimately involved with, and benefits from, every step of planting, maintaining and monitoring the trees.
Land exploitation such as overgrazing and over-farming have degraded the land of Tongliao Municipality, and the now desertified area is expanding at an astonishing rate.
This project will reforest the area in order to revitalize the land and block the sandstorms.
Planted the first million trees in 2012.
Besides planting, community and education programs are implemented through our program to raise awareness and assist local living standards, ensuring positive impacts and project sustainability."

environment  environmentalism  activism  Sustainability  urban  gardening  Green-New-Wave  GreenArchitecture  Ecobalance  China  Shanghai  NGO_NPO  Ecology  rural_development  climatechange  erosion  community  education  innermongolia  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
august 2016 by eocas
ALIGNED - Aligned, Quality-centric Software and Data Engineering
"... demand to extract, process and publish web data ... However, converting Big Data sources into high-quality, structured knowledge for use in business processes is usually considered data engineering.

ALIGNED will develop models, methods and tools for engineering information systems based on co-evolving software and web data. Tools for model-driven software evolution based on Linked Data sources, runtime data quality analytics, human data curation and process integration will aid more efficient governance, increased agility and higher productivity."

research  Community  Standardization  XML  SEO  semanticweb  Data_Warehouse  Database  Software_Engineering  Big  Data  Information_Science  Information_Society  Information_Systems  Governance  Application  Development  Productivity  import_startupinthecloud  Startupinthecloud 
august 2016 by eocas
Henry Luce Foundation

"Established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., to honor his parents who were missionary educators in China.
Broadening knowledge and encouraging the highest standards of service and leadership.
Seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious and art communities.
Grant-making programs:
American Art;
Luce Scholars;
Higher Education;
Religion in International Affairs;
Public Policy;
Women in science, mathematics and engineering.
Asia Program pursues two interrelated goals. One is fostering cultural and intellectual exchange between the United States and the countries of East and Southeast Asia. The second is creating scholarly and public resources for improved understanding of Asia in the United States."

For example 'China-Africa Knowledge Project' ( ) gets funded by HLF.

Fundraising  NGO_NPO  China  investor_relations  Research_Institutes  research  Innovation  policy  community  import_agrachina  Agrachina  usa 
august 2016 by eocas
Circle Chic
"Destination for urban citizens to discover healthy tips, wellness solutions, useful knowledges and quality products to improve their health.
Fast growing community in major metropolitan cities around China with vetted professionals, experts, fans into healthy living.
built its foundation on the combination of western and eastern natural healthy living and wellness philosophies."

beijing  China  Shanghai  Lifestyle  Community  natural  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Consumerism  Quality_Control  Fashionmeetsorganic 
july 2016 by eocas
"We envision a world where everyone has the freedom and opportunity to create what they are meant to create. We build the infrastructure for a world of creators by helping leaders develop and organize thriving communities."

Cloud-powered community organizing platform for campaigning & fundraising using CRM & community CMS technologies.

Excerpt features:
- People database with social matching
- Action websites
- Goals dashboard and paths workflow
- Email A/B testing and scheduling
- Text messaging (pricing)
- User submitted events
- Service: Dedicated Community Strategist

- (public sector & open government initiatives, Drupal-based open-source CMS)
- (civic engagement)
- (marketing automation platform‎)
- (news platform)

Example of how Donald Trump uses it for his run for US presidency:

Community  Policy  Fundraising  Information_Society  Information_Systems  Innovation  NGO_NPO  Social_Media  Social_Networks  Communication  civilsociety  democracy  Politics  Information_Technology  Information_Culture  import_startupinthecloud  import_lifesnippets  Startupinthecloud  Lifesnippets 
july 2016 by eocas
Organic Consumers Association (OCA)
"Online US grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. We are the only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation's estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers."

community  NGO_NPO  Consumer_Rights  consumer  consumption  Health  Legal  Sustainability  food  Food_Trade  Food_Trade_Association  food_safety  food_standards  Declaration  Transparency  GMO  agriculture  Corporate_Farming  environment  environmentalism  Organic  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Certification  Consumer_Behavior  Organic_Food_Labeling  Organic_Market  Organic_Movement_Organisation  Organic_food  organic_education  policy  politics  import_agrachina  Fair_Trade  Agrachina  usa 
july 2016 by eocas
Menus of Change: The Business of Healthy, Sustainable, Delicious Food Choices initiative
"Initiative developed by The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in collaboration with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Working to create a long-term, practical vision for the integration of optimal nutrition and public health, environmental stewardship and restoration, and social responsibility concerns within the foodservice sector and beyond.
Our Principles of Healthy, Sustainable Menus provide chefs and foodservice leaders with menu and recipe guidance related to health and sustainability, along with business strategies that integrate both environmental and nutrition science imperatives.

Host a leadership summit each June.
Each year, the Menus of Change Annual Report is developed in collaboration with leading scientists and business experts, who sit on the initiative's Scientific and Technical Advisory Council and Sustainable Business Leadership Council, to ensure the report reflects the most current and accurate evidence available."

education  food  food_safety  waste  foodsystems  food_standards  Health  environment  environmentalism  Research_Institutes  foundation  community  Report  Best_practice  Tutorial  Sustainability  Business_Model  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
june 2016 by eocas
Building a Legally Resilient CSA Program Workbook
"Farm-based Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs are incredibly valueable for sustainable farmers who want to build strong relationships with their community. This workbook explores ways we can keep that trajectory strong by resolving the varied and unqiue legal issues of CSA. We explore a range of potential issues including making the sale, sharing risk, offering gift certificates, dealing with securities laws, managing drop sites, combining farm product, working with volunteers, hosting events, and managing food safety. Through a workbook-style that encourages farmers to reflect on their own priorities and risks, this resource empowers CSA farmers to move forward in creating a strong, resilient CSA program."

CSA_Community_Supported_Agriculture  farming  Farmer_Community  Tutorial  Best_practice  community  Legal  Sales_&_Distribution  Logistics  food_safety  food  Sustainability  import_agrachina  Agrachina  usa 
june 2016 by eocas
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