Over the last 2 months I have been taking my first online education class via Coursera. The course is on Gamification and is taught by Kevin Werbach at the Wharton Business School. It has been an overall positive experience. I encourage others who are interested to check out the course options. Truly Coursera, EdX, Khan Academy and others like them are transforming education. But that is a topic for another time. One of the gamification course segments was on the use of gamification in social impact settings. It was through this section I came to learn about Practically Green. Practically Green is an online platform which is adopts gamification tactics to inspire people to embrace healthy and more sustainable choices at home, at work at in their communities. It is a cool company, that recently was named as a finalist at the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX) Innovation Awards. Read on to find out more.
Yesterday I heard a talk from Hult Business School on Greenovations or examples of companies innovating to create a more sustainable world. It profiled various initiatives from the large to the small. It was an interesting talk with many good examples of businesses sustainably incorporating green agenda into their business models. One of the ones which most struck me was a company called BigBelly Solar – a company focused on using big data and machine to machine (M2M) communication to improve our waste management systems. It is a very innovative company which has been featured in the BBC and Forbes Magazine and won accolades such as the World Smart Cities award. Even cooler is when I found out its system has been launched in more than 30 cities worldwide including helping my hometown Philadelphia, PA to save more than $1 million annually and was recently launched in NYC in a big event hosted by Mayor Bloomberg. Read on to find out more.
I have recently been on a reading kick after adding myself and exploring friends book preferences on Goodreads. So I thought it would be appropriate to profile an interesting American social business venture called Better World Books that focuses on selling recycled books in a responsible way and making enough money to be able to contribute to environmental and social causes. This triple bottom line company is a well-known story having been named by Fast Company as one of the 45 social enterprises that was changing the world and been the subject of a recent Harvard Business School Case Study. So read on to learn more.
A few months ago I had lunch with a few friends at a former classmates new franchise restaurant; Triple O’s in Singapore. The purpose of the lunch – besides eating some delicious burgers – was to meet a visiting entrepreneur from South Africa who was staying with another friend via the couchsurfing community. I was feeling tired that day and almost didn’t make it. But I am glad I did because I got to learn about a wonderful new venture based in Cape Town, South Africa called TrashBack.