An Amazing Idea On So Many Levels!

The question to be answered was;
"How do you design a home that someone living below the poverty line can afford, but that anyone would want - while also providing a living wage for the local construction team that builds it?
And the answer is this:

"The houses are designed to appear to be sort of normative, but they're really high-performance little machines in every way,"

For over a decade, architecture students at Rural studio in West Alabama have worked to find the answer and after years of building prototypes, the team finished their first pilot project in the real world. 

Read the whole article: this-house-costs-just-20000-but-its-nicer-than-yours

Doing Good while Doing Business <3

Mark Zuckerberg Sells $95 Million Of Facebook Shares For Charitable Causes.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have started to make good on their pledge to give away 99% of their wealth to public-interest causes. On Wednesday and Thursday, the couple’s two vehicles for charitable giving and impact investing—the Chan Zuckerberg Foundation and CZI Holdings LLC—sold Facebook shares worth nearly $95 million before taxes, according to a regulatory filing on Friday.

The sales likely netted more than $85 million after capital gains taxes, which CZI Holdings must pay because it is a limited liability company rather than a nonprofit foundation.

The couple announced their plans to give 99% of their Facebook shares to social causes in a Facebook post in December, the same month their daughter, Max, was born. At the time, their stock holdings were worth $45 billion.

To fulfill their pledge, the pair formed the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which intends to fund charities, companies and policies that “advance human potential and promote equality.” The organization will initially focus on improving education, curing disease, and strengthening communities, according to its website. The venture’s first investment, in June 2016, was in Andela, a startup that trains African engineers for jobs in the tech industry. Zuckerberg’s spokesperson declined to specify what the cash netted in this week’s transactions will fund.

The couple plans to sell or give away no more than $1 billion-worth of stock each year through 2018, according to the regulatory filing.

FORBES estimates that Zuckerberg has a fortune worth $53.3 billion.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/katiasavchuk/2016/08/19/zuckerberg-sells-95-million-of-facebook-shares-for-charitable-causes/#e16e3d21c275

Mapping the World of Changers - take a journey and get inspired.

Change can and does happen by way of large, complex and for-profit corporations. The companies on this year's Change the World list hail from 22 different countries..

http://beta.fortune.com/change-the-world/visualizations/?iid=recirc_ctwlanding-zone1

METHODOLOGY

How we chose the companies: The Change the World list recognizes companies that have had a positive social impact through activities that are part of their core business strategy. We prioritize companies with annual revenues of $1 billion or more, and we strive to present a global and well-rounded list. The process begins with a call for nominations from business, academic, and nonprofit groups. The initial solicitation and assessment of nominees is conducted in partnership with FSG, a nonprofit social-impact consulting firm, the Shared Value Initiative, a global platform for organizations seeking business solutions to social challenges, and Professor Michael E. Porter of Harvard Business School. Fortune writers and editors then evaluate and rank the companies by three factors:

1- Measureable Social Impact: We consider the reach, nature, and durability of the company’s impact on one or more specific societal problems, and we work to confirm that impact through independent sources. This category receives extra weight.

2- Business Results: We consider the economic benefit the socially impactful initiative brings to the company. Profitability and contribution to shareholder value generally outweigh the indirect benefits of reputation and employee satisfaction.

3- Degree of Innovation: We consider how innovative the company’s effort is relative to that of others in its industry and whether its impactful actions have prompted other companies to follow its example.

The Credit Card that tracks your carbon footprint

This is GENIOUSE - and we are thrilled to see how far this will take us. Will it be possible to actually see these numbers when we are about to make a purchase in the future? In order to always have the possibility to make a consciouse choise before we decide where and what we want to buy? 
It would most certeanly make the environmental impact of our choises much more real to us.

nordic.businessinsider.com/finnish-bank-launches-credit-card-that-tracks-that-lets-the-users-track-their-carbon-footprint

Source: http://nordic.businessinsider.com/finnish-...

Heartrepreneurs - Making a Difference by Doing Business.

Savvy Society Aims To Sell Shoes While Introducing Girls To Computer-Aided Design And 3-D Printing.

Alexa Fleischman, 27, launched Savvy Society last year with cofounder Lauren Wallace, 26. The company sells flat shoes for girls aged 6 to 12. Using a simple design program, the girls create custom decorations like flowers and snowflakes that attach to the $20 shoes. The attachments cost an additional $15 and are produced with a 3-D printer. The hope, Fleischman says, is that using a computer-aided design program will get girls excited about STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math).

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“The consciousness of a business can only raise as high as the consciousness of the leader, so the best investment a leader can make is working on themselves.”

At TOMS www.toms.com they follow the “one-for-one” model - for every pair of shoes purchased, one pair is given to children in need around the world.

We admire founder Blake Mycoskie for his work and for making a change.

Read more about it and get inspired:
 http://mariashriver.com/blog/2016/05/toms-blake-mycoskie-maria-shriver-business-for-good-architects-of-change-live/

Yes we LOVE your Story VOLVO

The new V90 campaign, which goes live May 30th at 8:15pm CET on national TV stations and social media platforms, features a new and unique score by Hans Zimmer, the world-renowned and Academy Award-winning composer behind the scores of films such as Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean, Inception and Interstellar.

Watch a preview:

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