sustainability

This past weekend I had the privledge of joining a number of food bloggers and media folks at a very special announcement made by Modern Steak Owner, Stephen Deere.  Stephen along with the owner of Benchmark Farms, Michael Munton shared a new joint venture - Modern Steak has bought a bull! This means that offspring from this bull will be used as one of the meat sources for Modern Steak, tying the consumer directly to the producer.  A cradle-to-cradle consumption model.

What I did on my summer vacation... Another "out of the box experience".

For those who know me well, I am not Sporty Spice... But I will try anything once, provided it won't kill me. So bunjee jumping and sky-diving are out, but 3 weeks camping by myself is something that I could do. So I am.

This is the first post of my roadtrip. I love road trips. The last significant one I went on was in 2007 when I drove across Canada, ending up in Ottawa on the Day of Action. You can read about this trip on my first blog, "What do we have in Common." I ended up taking all the side roads asking people along the way, what we had in common. I was seeking out the answer to this question because I was struggling with how the media kept portraying our differences, when what we have in common is actually greater than our differences. This trip led to my connection to the Milestone's Project. If you have the opportunity to see this exhibit: Canada - on display in the arrivals section of the Calgary Airport - International Level; USA - in Boulder, Co. multiple locations; I strongly recommend it.

At this past year’s SoCap, I led an Open Space conversation around the language that we are using in the social business/enterprise/venture space. I have observed over the past few years, as this sector evolves and pushes boundaries, there is much inconsistency in how we communicate what we are doing.  These organizations are generating revenue by tackling some of the world’s biggest problems, yet there seems to be much confusion in the marketplace from those who are building the businesses and those who are investing in them.

Wow! That really sums up how I am feeling these days.  In a recent article posted by the Financial Times people can now feel good about feeding their addictions. 

Okay, maybe that is a little harsh… But really, if you think about it – our TV watching habits took a philanthropic spin when American Idol launched their Africa projects a couple of years ago; and how can we ignore Oprah’s Big Give?!  Now our online gambling addictions can have a positive social impact.

In Canada a large number of charities receive government funding from dollars generated at casinos.  Gambling is not a new source of revenue; what is new, is the betting on prediction markets.