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Crowd-funding could solve energy poverty in remote townships

Crowd-funding could solve energy poverty in remote townships

A clean tech expert is hoping to tap into crowd-funding and community ownership models to help install solar energy and address the soaring costs of dirty fossil fuels in remote Western Australian communities. Peter Hansford of Regional Cleantech Solutions, recently hosted a community solar forum at Notre Dame University in Broome. It attracted  110 people and $120,000 in pledges for community solar projects. Hansford in confident that such a model an be used to harness the plentiful solar resources of north-western Australia and he has spoken with five separate indigenous communities in the Kimberley region about such projects. In…

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Live Interview with Sang Lee on connecting investors with innovative and socially conscious startups

Sang Lee is the founder and CEO of Return on Change, the next generation’s investment crowdfunding platform aiming to connect investors with innovative and socially conscious startups. Sang is also a recipient of the Under 30 CEO Award in New York.

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Crowdfunding for local power

Crowdfunding for local power

With corporate social responsibility and the “less bad” initiatives of corporations crowding today’s sustainable business headlines, it’s not every day you get a story like this. It’s the story of a hugely successful David vs. Goliath Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign fighting against Xcel Energy’s efforts to help undermine localized power in Boulder, CO, with what opponents are calling a misleading and disingenuous ballot initiative. Yes, that’s Xcel Energy, regarded as one of the most progressive energy utilities in the United States. The same investor-owned utility that, according to grassroots group New Era Colorado Foundation, is unable or…

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Exclusive Interview: Devin Thorpe with social entrepreneur Lesley Mansford CEO of Razoo

Exclusive Interview: Devin Thorpe with social entrepreneur Lesley Mansford CEO of Razoo

Live Interview 2:00 PM PST. What is Razoo? More than a Website Razoo is a movement of people who want to make generosity a part of everyday life. Living Generously Generosity is win-win. Not only does it make the world a better place, it also makes us happy and fulfilled – especially when we give to the people and causes we care about most.   Lesley Mansford, CEO: I want to make a difference by democratizing philanthropy so that everyone can be a philanthropist. Lesley is a seasoned GM, marketer and entrepreneur with over 20 years of…

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Crowdfunding Takes On Hunger, Health And Human Rights

Crowdfunding Takes On Hunger, Health And Human Rights

Kickstarter meets Kiva meets TOMS: That’s the idea behind a soon-to-be launched social enterprise and crowdfunding web site by the name of Reciprocity & Co. The basic concept is this: Founded by Gainsville, Fla.-based Sam McPherson, the site promotes projects aimed at addressing major areas of need, like health or human rights abuses. But the way it happens is consumers buy an organic cotton tote bag or backpack for $25, and $5 from those revenues goes to help an organization involved with one of those projects. Example: the Alaska Sudan Medical Project, which is trying to build a school in…

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Kickstarter: An iPhone Kitchen Thermometer, From the Inventors of Twine

Kickstarter: An iPhone Kitchen Thermometer, From the Inventors of Twine

Of all the ordinary things we can now link up to our smartphones and tablets–watches, scales, cars and even those dumb slabs that serve as our front doors–the humble kitchen thermometer doesn’t seem like an especially exciting candidate. But imagine being able to pore over graphs of botched loaves when trying to perfect the elusive art of at-home bread baking. Or being able to keep an eye on the temperature of a bird in the oven while running to the store to grab some forgotten supply. Or even just being able to monitor its temperature without…

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Crowdfunding Lesson From Habitat: Empower Your Volunteers

Crowdfunding Lesson From Habitat: Empower Your Volunteers

Dave McMurtry is a player in Silicon Valley. I mean that in the very best sense. He is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and has spent much of his career in the tech community, including more than half a decade at tech giant Intuit. He more recently served as the CEO of Loomia, a social media company. In 2005, Dave wanted to take a break from his career to give back. As a pilot, his first choice was to volunteer some flight time to Doctors without Borders, but when he found out there weren’t any of…

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Is Crowdfunding The Future For Biomedical Research?

Is Crowdfunding The Future For Biomedical Research?

Microryza.com (not the catchiest of names) is a crowdfunding platform for research that raises money over the Internet from individuals who are willing to donate small amounts to fund a specific project. The average donation according to Microryza is $92. In return for a 5 percent cut of funds raised and a 3 percent credit card processing fee, Microryza provides researchers access to a website where they can solicit money from the public to fund their research. Crowdfunding is typically an all-or-nothing deal, where donors only have to pay their pledged support if the project is…

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The Kickstarter Of Solar Gets Ambitious With Military Housing Installation

The Kickstarter Of Solar Gets Ambitious With Military Housing Installation

  Mosaic has done a pretty good job of introducing the concept of crowdfunding to solar. By giving anybody the power to invest in solar projects around the United States for as little as $25, Mosaic has become a darling of the cleantech community. So far, the Oakland-based startup has successfully funded $2 million towards 16 solar installations from normal people investing. But most have been pretty small: the biggest project to date has been a 657 kilowatt installation on a charter school in Colorado. But now, it looks like the crowdfunding vehicle is getting a lot…

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Crowdfunding For Environmental Change

Crowdfunding For Environmental Change

Crowdfunding is a tool for sustainable innovation and community building that could end up making our neighborhoods safer, our country cleaner, and our democracy more vibrant. Maybe there’s an unsightly vacant lot in your neighborhood that needs cleaning up. Or maybe Hurricane Sandy or an ExxonMobil oil spill devastated your community. Whereas residents previously had to rely on the government to lend a hand or pick up their own rusty shovel, they are now granted another promising option: crowdfunding it back to health. Crowdsourcing capital doesn’t just bring to market an innovative tech product or bring to theaters that…

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