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Discussions Discussion Sustainable city
Hanna A-Sweden, Oct. 14, 2013

My name is Hanna, and I’m from Sweden. While reading different post here on Einztein I found that many people are willing to change their habits to lessen their carbon footprint, but one person won’t make a difference. We need to reach out to the whole world. Everyone need to contribute if we ever want to success in creating a sustainable world. Introducing this subject to children and teenagers is a good start but the ones who can make a huge different and change a whole country’s carbon footprint is not the individual, it’s the leaders. Today many political leaders believe that other issus are more important than climate change, but they need to change their view and soon because our time is running out.

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/06/david-cameron-hasnt-spoken-about-climate-change-three-years-time-running-out
Hanna A-Sweden
Comments (15)
  • Pam Miller Pam Miller Oct. 14, 2013
    Hannah, You are right. We need to make climate change a priority for our country's leaders so that widespread change will happen. Our voices can influence our leaders.
  • Marisa R- usa Marisa R- usa Oct. 15, 2013
    Hi Hannah, i agree completely with what you are saying about climate change being an issue that is often overlooked. The only thing is i believe one person does make a difference. Every little bit we save helps. The leaders won't be able to do it on their own either. I agree we all need to come together and influence each other.
  • Earl A-USA Earl A-USA Oct. 17, 2013
    Hello Hannah. I would like to add that there is also the possibility of not just one person changing his/her environmental impact, but a collection of people in a community agreeing to do so as well. People on a nationwide scale could also consider taking actions for themselves to help the environment. Such actions of good will do not have to come by pressuring from political leaders.

    That could be coupled with the help of political leaders who may advocate reforms to various environment polluting activities, such as fossil-fuel power plants and creating too much waste. I am simply offering another possibility for helping the environment that is not involving the help of a government. One could use your idea as well as doing environmental actions on a community wide scale.
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Discussions Discussion Building The “Perfect” Business Model
Anthony Williams, Oct. 29, 2011

Designing Business Models for the Poor

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qqh8r3Z1e8I
Anthony Williams
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  • Mercedes Domingues Mercedes Domingues Oct. 29, 2011
    This is a great lesson in listening to what people really want before providing business opportunities to people who live in poverty. I fully agree that the micro-financing model is too one dimensional. The majority of people don't want to or don't know how to be entrepreneurs. This is true even in non poverty societies. That's why there are more employees than there are entrepreneurs.

    Micro-franchising is a very creative alternative. Identify what consumers want. Then systematize, replicate and scale a franchised business according to those needs. Replicating and giving that franchise to many alleviates the burden of entrepreneurialism. It's clear that most people would be more successful as business owners instead of as entrepreneurs. Less risk.
  • Anthony Williams Anthony Williams Oct. 29, 2011
    My purpose for this project is to have as many alternative views and ideas as possible (and even what may even seem impossible) ! Thanks for the support
  • Jessie Rhodes Jessie Rhodes Nov. 2, 2011
    Fascinating example of how to establish a cultural/community based business model in someone elses country:

    Over the years, Italy learned the difficult lesson that it could no longer compete with China on price. So Italy decided to compete on quality. But then, China came to Italy to produce “Made In Italy” fashion!

    Tens of thousands of Chinese began settling in Prato in the late 1980s, transforming the textile hub into a low-end garment manufacturing capital. They have successfully blurred the line between “Made in China” and “Made in Italy,” undermining Italy’s cachet and ability to market its fashion goods exclusively as high end. They have created a thriving, if largely underground, new sector while many Prato businesses have gone under.

    According to the Bank of Italy, Chinese individuals in Prato channel an estimated $1.5 million a day to China, mainly earnings from the garment and textile trade – a new “fast fashion” economy. Profits of that magnitude are not showing up in tax records.

    Along with a profitable business model, negative issues regarding immigration, xenophobia, organized crime, etc. are also referred to.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/13/world/europe/13prato.html?pagewanted=all

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