Topics Under Category: "Spotlight"

7 Steps to Creating a Sustainability Transition Movement in Your Community

Rob Hopkins | April 21, 2018

In 2005, I was just an ordinary, low-profile guy in my thirties living in the town of Totnes, England. Like many of us, I worried about the crises endangering humanity—the rampant exploitation of natural resources, the frenetic and dehumanizing quest for profit, exclusion and widening of inequalities. It disturbed me profoundly, for example, that of […]

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Affordable Housing: Who Will Fill the Funding Gap?

Stacey Kirsch | March 22, 2018

Affordable housing development has been disrupted by new tax reform legislation, leaving a void in funding. New financing tools are needed to fill the gap. The Section 42 Housing Tax Credit Program (LIHTC) will be significantly impacted by the changes to the tax code. These credits encourage affordable housing and have funded over three million […]

Amazon Paid Zero Taxes for 2017 While Seeking HQ2 Subsidies

Matthew Gardner | March 14, 2018

From a decades-long strategy of exploiting state sales tax loopholes to its ongoing “HQ2” sweepstakes, Amazon’s leaders have rarely turned down a chance to use the tax system as the source of their competitive advantage. The online retail giant has built its business model on tax avoidance, and its latest financial filing makes it clear that Amazon continues to be […]

In Oakland, Community-Owned Real Estate is Bucking Gentrification Trend

Sarah Trent | March 12, 2018

For two decades now, the building at the corner of 23rd and International avenues in east Oakland has been a community hub for people and organizations with few other places to go. In a neighborhood that is low-income and majority people of color—flanked to the east by the largely Latino/Hispanic Fruitvale district and to the […]

Entrepreneurs are Optimistic, But Policy Changes Can Help

Locavesting Staff | March 1, 2018

The state of entrepreneurship is… optimistic. That’s according to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, which presented its 9th annual State of Entrepreneurship address on Wednesday. Although entrepreneurship as a percent of the population is just half of what it was a generation ago, the trend has been ticking up in recent years. And entrepreneurs, it seems, […]

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BALLE’s Rodney Foxworth Wants to Deepen Support For ‘Boundary Pushers’

Amy Cortese | February 21, 2018

The local economy movement is multi-faceted. But throughout its evolution, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies—BALLE for short—has been its spiritual center and guiding force. Seventeen years after it was founded to advance the ‘buy local’ and Main Street agenda, the nonprofit is entering a new phase. Under the leadership of Rodney Foxworth, a […]

Grameen America Launches New Impact Investing Fund

Anne Field | February 6, 2018

Microlender Grameen America is upping its game in impact investing. The U.S.-based microfinance organization marked its ten-year anniversary last month by announcing a new $11 million impact investing fund, the first in what it said will be a series of new funds. Called the Social Business Fund, it’s aimed at providing additional money to women entrepreneurs […]

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From Sundial and Unilever, an M&A Trend We’d Like to See More of

Jay Coen Gilbert | January 14, 2018

It’s been a busy few months for Richelieu Dennis, the founder of Sundial Brands. After selling Sundial, the personal-care products company he founded, to Unilever in late November, he kicked off 2018 by buying Essence, the storied black culture magazine, from Time Inc., returning the magazine to black ownership. “I’m very focused on giving back, investing and […]

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More Businesses Are Heeding the Call to be a Force for Good

B the Change | January 6, 2018

Climate Change. Inequality. Political dysfunction and divisiveness. These are some of the monumental challenges we face in the year ahead. One encouraging note is that businesses are increasing stepping up and embracing the role of business as a force for good. The most visible sign of this is the B Corp. movement. Since its beginnings […]

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In Toronto, a Long-Awaited ‘Social Stock Market’

Anne Field | December 11, 2017

Social impact investment platforms are cropping up to help connect investors with investment opportunities. The latest, a platform for accredited and unaccredited investors called Social Venture Connection (SVX), recently launched in Toronto. An earlier version of SVX,  introduced four years ago, served accredited investors only. “We really see this as a game changer for impact investing […]