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Impact Investment, Business and Poverty

By John Hoffmire Traditional investors often put money into companies focused mainly on the returns they will see, while many nonprofits and government agencies provide funding for programs in return for measurable social impact. Impact investing attempts to join business and social concerns. The point of impact investing is to fund companies that not only generate

2020-02-18T14:12:08-06:00Tags: |

Could we eradicate poverty?

By John Hoffmire Those answering this question seem to have become more and more optimistic over the past several decades. Major advances in technology, education, healthcare and business practices have led to reduced poverty rates around the world. Although victory is still a long way off, it seems that we have a fighting chance in the

2020-02-17T05:54:53-06:00Tags: |

Addressing Poverty Through Business – CRISP Social Ventures Moves Forward

By John Hoffmire The beacon of development often conjures up images of radical innovations, disruptive models and leapfrog technologies. And yet, as nations attempt to embrace the promises of development, there is often a colossal failure of both imagination and execution in providing for even the most basic of human needs. Measurable social change, ensuring

2020-02-08T07:36:06-06:00Tags: |

What the Poor Think of the Rich

The core of the American Dream — equality of opportunity and rewards commensurate with efforts and abilities — has enchanted millions of people across the globe. However, it is important to assess whether the reality bears out that ideal. Although two-thirds of Americans (69 percent) agree with the statement that “people are rewarded for intelligence

2020-02-05T07:44:14-06:00Tags: |

Ways to Address Poverty and Inequality Through Business: Your Comments Summary

In a recent column, I asked readers to write in with ideas about how full employment would influence the debate about inequality in the U.S. Since the column was published, eradicating poverty and trying to address inequality have been even more ever present in the spotlight as issues to be addressed in meaningful ways. Many

2020-01-29T19:53:07-06:00Tags: |

The Longer We Wait, the More Difficult it Will Be for the Future of Social Security

Social Security policy is unsustainable in its current form. What has consumed a significant portion of America’s paychecks and helped sustain a significant portion of America’s seniors is destined for change. In 2019, the trustees of the Social Security program released a report predicting that all of the trust fund’s reserves would run out by

2020-01-16T08:53:48-06:00Tags: |

Malaria, is the end in sight?

Malaria is an illness that sickened 228 million people worldwide in 2018—405,000 of whom died. By far the greatest number affected live in Africa’s poorest countries. Africa was home to 92 percent of the malaria cases and it was where 93 percent of the malaria-related deaths took place, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

2020-02-03T09:13:36-06:00Tags: |

It’s not income that determines charitable giving

The American people are no strangers to the spirit of charitable giving. A phenomenal figure from Charity Navigator shows that as many as 50 percent of American households donated money when the 2010 earthquake devastated Haiti. This giving accumulated to $1.4 billion. Another example of American goodness was the $1.6 billion donated to victims of

2020-02-03T09:18:27-06:00Tags: |

Short-term air pollution linked with hospital admissions, substantial costs

Hospitalizations for several common diseases—including septicemia (serious bloodstream infection), fluid and electrolyte disorders, renal failure, urinary tract infections, and skin and tissue infections—have been linked for the first time with short-term exposure to fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5), according to a comprehensive new study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In addition, the study found that

2019-12-24T06:15:51-06:00Tags: |

A better way to scrub carbon dioxide from smokestack emissions

An international team co-led by an Oregon State University chemistry researcher has uncovered a better way to scrub carbon dioxide from smokestack emissions, which could be a key to mitigating global climate change. Published today in Nature, the findings are important because atmospheric CO2 has increased 40 percent since the dawn of the industrial age,

2019-12-23T10:17:18-06:00Tags: |

Benefits Of Agriculture And Consumption Of Local Food

All over the world, especially in developed countries, farmers and consumers are forming communities that revolve around food grown locally, yet in Africa, traditional or local agriculture is not given the full recognition it deserves, to promote the survival of the local farmer and also to sustain the economy. Food has always played a fundamental

2019-12-22T09:42:55-06:00Tags: |

Consider Hydrogen

Whether the concern is rooted in polluted air, in greenhouse emissions or in a dependency on a finite supply of resources, businesses and governments worldwide have begun the search for cleaner, more abundant fuels. Words like zero-emission, once only seen in environmental reports, are now entering board room and political discourse as leaders respond to a growing demand for better management of our resources and their associated externalities.

2020-02-03T09:19:02-06:00Tags: |