Of the 29 social enterprises represented, roughly one third earned less than 50 percent of their own revenue, with the figure in some cases as low as 15 percent. Can we expect all social enterprises working in difficult social and environmental areas to be financially self-reliant?
Today, one day before the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting commences here in the secluded Swiss mountain town of Davos, 29 selected social entrepreneurs are already meeting to imagine what the social enterprise sector will look like in 2030 before mingling during the rest of the week with over 2,500 other participants. (more…)
Harry Lehmann, Director of Environment Planning and Sustainability Strategy at the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA), just dropped off this video ‘Flow’ aiming to explain the resource challenges we face to non-scientists. The video was made by UBA and the Sustainable Design Center eV. While the graphics are attractive and the video gets more dynamic as it progresses, the monotonous computer voice drives me crazy and switches off any sense of humanity, for me. On the other hand, at least this voice can’t sound moralising and patronising, like other educational and campaign videos do. What’s your view- does it effectively inform newbies to the resource field?
With less than a month to go to the second World Resources Forum (WRF), I’m taking a trip down memory lane to the inaugural WRF in 2009, where I was blogging as a Student Reporter. While the environment itself was impressive to a student still immersed in classroom theories and game theory matrices, the feeling of change (or, forgive my use of British cultural terms, the ‘X Factor’) was missing from the air. The WRF succeeded as far as respectable international conferences go, but in terms of combatting the problems outline in the WRF 2011 Summary, it felt like progress was slow. A couple of changes that could combat this include:
1) Meaningful calls for action, or none at all: The Calls for Action 2009, while including nothing objectionable, added little to the debate other than summarising the general feeling in the sustainability field. 2) Walk the talk: students may be idealists, but it’s common sense that if you’re at conference about sustainable resource use, serving shrimps and plentiful meat doesn’t set the best example of optimal resource use.