Tima Bansal Talks Sustainability at TEDX – Network for Business Sustainability

Tima presents a very interesting way to think about the divide between business models and the natural world:

Tima Bansal Talks Sustainability at TEDX – General NBS News – Network for Business Sustainability.


Favorite Charities

Peter Singer’s top 10 recommended charities (from Ted.com):

  1. Against Malaria Foundation. Of those 6.9 million children who die every year of poverty-related illness, 1 million succumb to malaria. AMF provides insecticide-treated bed nets, which only cost $5 apiece.
  2. Schistosomiasis Control Initiative. Protecting a child from worm-based disease for a full year costs around 50 cents. This organization works with governments to make sure it happens.
  3. The Humane League. Invests time, money and energy to reduce animal cruelty and save the lives of animals, focusing on farmed animals.
  4. GiveDirectly. This nonprofit transfers money to poor individuals in Kenya, letting them spend it for food and other basic needs, or on high-return investments.
  5. Oxfam International. This mega aid organization works in a wide range of areas, including disaster relief, education, sanitation and women’s rights.
  6. Proven Impact Fund. Dedicated to data and results, this fund from Innovations for Poverty Action supports interventions with strong evidence of success.
  7. The Fistula Foundation. Fistula is a ghastly injury during childbirth, and it afflicts women living in the poorest areas of the world. This organization provides needed surgery.
  8. The Hunger Project. Encouraging men and women to end their own hunger, this organization assists poor villages for five years, relying on the local workforce to build skills and take over before they leave.
  9. Vegan Outreach. A nonprofit that seeks to expose and end cruelty to animals.
  10. Population Services International. A global health organization that focuses on family planning, a simple service that can improve the health of women and their children.

A few of my favorite charities:

  1. Kiva. An online microfinance organization that directly connects lenders to micro-entrepreneurs around the world.
  2. One Billion Rising. A movement connected to many organizations around the world that aims to end violence against women and girls.
  3. Care. An old non-profit that takes a million different approaches to end poverty.
  4. Growing Power. An urban farm in the inner city of Milwaukee that uses innovative and intensive vertical farming methods to provide fresh, sustainable foods.
  5. Women for Women International. An organization that supports women survivors of war.
  6. Skoll Foundation. A funder of everything new, innovative and socially-oriented.

…Anyone else know of organizations that do amazing work? I’d like to get to 100…so far Peter and I are at 16.

New Petition on Avaaz.com

Crushed to make our clothes

We’ve all seen the horrific images of hundreds of innocent women burned or crushed to death in factories while making our clothes. In the next few days we can get companies to stop it happening again.

Big fashion brands source from hundreds of factories in Bangladesh.Two brands, including Calvin Klein, have signed a very strong building and fire safety pact. Others, led by Wal-Mart, have been trying to wriggle out of signing by creating a weak alternative that was pure PR. But the latest disaster has triggered crisis meetings andmassive pressure to sign the strong version that can save lives.

Negotiations end in days. H&M and GAP are most likely to flip first to support a strong agreement, and the best way to press them is to go after their CEOs. If one million of us appeal directly to them in a petition, Facebook pages, tweets, and ads, their friends and families will all hear about it. They’ll know that their own and their companies’ reputations are on the line. People are being forced to make *our* clothing in outrageously dangerous buildings — sign on to make them safe, and forward this email widely.

To the CEOs of H&M, GAP, and other fashion brands:

As citizens and consumers, we urge you to immediately sign an enforceable Bangladesh fire and building safety agreement, or risk fatal damage to your brand image. The agreement must commit you to pay for routine, independent inspections and safety upgrades for your supplier factories. Your companies and other multinationals profit from cheap labour, and can do much more to reduce the dangers of the places where your products are made.