Economic crisis can be ended Through Farz Methodology

Before I come to the point that I want to make today, I have a little story to narrate. About four years ago, I stumbled on to the microfinance sector by a sheer stroke of chance.  Before that I had always dreamt of doing something for the teeming millions suffering in the ruthless clutches of […]

“Eco” Electricity From Dirty, Useless Waste

Turning household rubbish into electricity is viable, efficient and economical, according to a new venture in the bio-energy sector. Using a unique combination of new-generation alkaline fuel cells with plasma gasification and other existing proven technologies is the key to increasing efficiency and affordability, says the company, Waste2Tricity, that is backing the scheme. The firm […]

Business in a World of Good

Market research conducted in 2010 reveals a multi-billion dollar consumer demand that is being starved of supply. Guided by the eco-savvy consumers of today, its more than just a fad or a trend to fade away in three years; sustainability is at the core of this consumer choice, and that means the demand is also […]

The Whistleblower

Assange was the winner of the 2009 Amnesty International Media Award (New Media), awarded for exposing extrajudicial assassinations in Kenya with the investigation The Cry of Blood Ð Extra Judicial Killings and Disappearances. The Whistleblower In these times, it is commendable to know of people who are attempting to bring forward the facts on such […]

Asia Microfinance Forum 2010

The Asia Microfinance Forum 2010 gathered more than 450 experts from over 50 countries in October in Colombo, Sri Lanka. ÊConvened by the Banking With the Poor Network (BWTP) and organised byÊthe Foundation for Development Cooperation (FDC), the three day forum brought together industry experts to brainstorm on the role of microfinance in achievingÊfinancial inclusion […]

Why Brazil?

Some less obvious reasons for why I find myself here, in the Amazon, of all places, and what possible role I may be able to play. By: Matthew Pike (United Kingdom), YIP I would like to welcome you into my thoughts and walk you through some less obvious reasons for why I find myself here, […]

Internet communities organise to take on global economic crisis

Suppose the internet existed in 1929. How might the Great Depression have been different? The Internet is a tool of global communication. If it had been available in the 1930s, the downturn and subsequent restructuring that became the Great Depression could have occurred faster and more efficiently, yielding less suffering. Eighty years later, we are […]

Entrepreneur’s Story: Wellnessecity

Amena Lee Schlaikjer has been involved in new enterprises in China for some time, previously describing herself as an “entrepreneurialist” as she’s always launched businesses for others. But she’s just launched her own initiative, Wellnessecity, a Shanghai-based operation aiming to create ways to live healthier in cities. She spoke to ‘eg’ about conceiving and developing […]

The life of a Nobel Peace Prize winner

Liu Xiaobo, who recently won the Nobel Peace Prize, was born in December 1955, is a Chinese literary critic, professor, and human rights activist who called for democratic reforms and the end of one-party rule in China.He is currently serving as a political prisoner in China. He has served as President of the Independent Chinese […]

Losing our direction

Way down at the end of the world is New Zealand, a country that needs to find ways to remain a viable, first world place to live. A country whose light shines for everyone to see, who wants an image of ‘being green’, environmentally friendly and the home of the All Blacks. New Zealand has […]

Giving Poetry Away

By Beth Spencer Republished with permission of the author A while back I got an email from a scientist in Texas who’d read some poems on my webpage in his lunch hour and said he was heading down to his local Barnes and Noble to buy a copy of my book. Of course, he’s not going […]

Let’s Get On With It

The millennials, the people born between 1980 and 2001, got Barack Obama elected. They turned out in record numbers, and they registered untold numbers of other voters. They grew up with computers, cell phones, and the Internet. They experienced 9/11 together. They have met the dire doomsday warnings of Al Gore and others not with […]

To Reach the Clouds

‘One year after the nightmares of September 11, how good to remember that morning in 1974 when a young man gave New York a gift of astonishing, indelible beauty. How good that he has sat down now to give us this lively and often heart-stopping account of how he achieved his masterpiece’. Paul Auster He […]

At Home

Hello – is anybody home? What does it mean to feel “at home” in this world? I often feel at home when I can laugh with a friend Ð where openness, trust and mutual revelation are like comfortable furniture. Slumber offers a similar experience. But when not asleep, where on Earth am I most at […]

Vegetable Tour Guide

By Elizabeth Alington It’s full-on for Andrew Seager most of the year. From dawn to dusk last Spring, he was busy preparing raised beds, spreading compost, goading the tractor into doing the hard-yard and sowing beans, carrots, radish, basil, and zucchini.  Somewhere along the way he managed to transplant Autumn’s fare of kohlrabi, broccoli and […]