Innovations

42 Innovations
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    The key idea for Styrkebaserad is to guide people; leaders, co-workers, parents into sustainable positive change using A...
      Sweden
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Ron Fry
      Ron Fry Strength-based training and education introduces Appreciative Inquiry to Sweden.
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne This story of bringing Appreciative Inquiry to Sweden reminds me of the opportunities each of us have to creatively contribute to society and the planet while doing and sharing what we love and are genuinely passionate about.
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    Mark Tranchina is owner of the Vanderbilt at South Beach on Staten Island, New York. His work at the party venue, c...
      Worldwide
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Charles Wankel
      Charles Wankel This story is about how entrepreneurs found a seaside boardwalk area that had fallen on hard times for many years and put forth a business effort centered on restaurants and public spectacles such as fireworks and races to rejuvenate this district of the...  more
    • Marina Williams
      Marina Williams Strong relationships are at the core of a community's ability to flourish. Through efforts to create and maintain encounter spaces, the project offers essential opportunities for exchange and connections among community members beyond their everyday acquaintances.
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter I really like this business solution to a community's problem.
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    Bank Danamon, thorugh the Danamon Peduli Foundation, launched a Corporate Social Responsibility program called...
      Indonesia Exemplar
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Amelia Naim Indrajaya
      Amelia Naim Indrajaya Great innovations to develop the micro and small entrepreneurs of Indonesia. Healthy micro, and small businesses will be a prosperous partners of the Bank.
    • Jim Trengrove
      Jim Trengrove Heartening to see the efforts of Bank Danamon moving ahead with such a program aimed at local business and community development with the understanding that as the community succeeds, so does the bank's business.
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    Vancity has always had Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) options for it’s members. Vancity incorporates&nb...
      Canada Exemplar
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Lindsey  Godwin
      Lindsey Godwin Vancity's work invites us all to 'redefine wealth'. Their approach illustrates what an "abundance economy" could look like in action, helping to create flourishing for all.
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter This is a truly inspiring story about a financial institution that has embedded business as an agent of world benefit into their core business operations and beliefs. It is very inspiring the many ways in which they have helped their community!
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    The Cloud Meet Bed and Breakfast provides a simple natural lifestyle, which revolves around nature for those who may fee...
      Worldwide Exemplar
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Aixa Ritz
      Aixa Ritz A rural area that local government saw potential for development only by attracting industrial factories was changed by one person who saw the beauty of nature and saw potential for development with organic farming, female employment, and providing a way...  more
    • Isabel Rimanoczy
      Isabel Rimanoczy The relevance of this business goes beyond providing a more natural experience for the guests: it has influenced the local government to rethink the development of the area, it is providing jobs in a community that suffers from unemployment and workers migrating...  more
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    The Old Spokes Home in Burlington, Vermont was up for sale. A local non-profit had the innovation to change the non-prof...
      United States
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Lindsey  Godwin
      Lindsey Godwin The story of Old Spokes Home inspires us all to see what can be created when passionate individuals come together with the intention of creating ore good in the world. Helping get more people on bikes helps generate flourishing for not only the bikers, but...  more
    • Marina Williams
      Marina Williams Bicycling is becoming increasingly popular, as it simultaneously addresses many pressing topics that affect urban and suburban quality of life; namely traffic, active living and wellness, affordable transportation and zero emissions, among others. The story...  more
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    Conceptos Plásticos is a company that helps to mitigate the environmental negative impact of the plastic transfor...
      Colombia
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Gustavo A Yepes López
      Gustavo A Yepes López This case has huge potential because of the innovation and positive social and environmental impact. It is also disruptive and has potential to be scalable.
    • Laura M. Johnson
      Laura M. Johnson As we learn more about climate change, it becomes increasingly important to find building and manufacturing solutions which are more conducive to healing our planet. This model has implications to provide shelter in a safer, more sustainable way to the people...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter This is a really really cool innovation. This company provides housing solutions for people in need and also keeps plastics and other materials out of landfills. So much good!
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    The Finca Rosa Blanca Resort is a coffee farm and luxury eco-friendly inn located in Costa Rica. “Since the beginn...
      Worldwide
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Aixa Ritz
      Aixa Ritz In an industry known for negative environmental and community impacts, Finca Rosa Blanca is a great example of how high end accommodations and leisure experiences can be provided in a sustainable manner while running a profitable business.
    • AIM Team
      AIM Team I especially like this story for how it shows that business sustainability should and can extend beyond the business' walls, into and for the local community. Thank you for sharing this uplifting story of how luxury and sustainability are not only compatible...  more
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    This is an initiative to generate a change in the development of real estate projects to promote the importance and th...
      Colombia
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Gustavo A Yepes López
      Gustavo A Yepes López This company is an example for the construction sector, it would be important to highlight the innovation in the consolidation of a management system for sustainability
    • Stephanie Hagen
      Stephanie Hagen It's great to see an example of a construction company that is working to create value through focusing on sustainability.
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne Gracias Mauricio and Gustavo for bringing us this story of an amazing Sistema B Certified business in Columbia - a successful construction company contributing to the well-being of stakeholders and the planet.
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    Cobra Plastics' lean manufacturing practices and efficient use of resources stems from a desire to better serve their cu...
      United States
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Victoria Avi
      Victoria Avi This group of students was enrolled in MBA650 Sustainable Business Practices Course at CSU. I'm proud of the students for finding a unique manufacturing company in the NEO region that aims to flourish!
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter It's great when a company recognizes that they need to make their business practices sustainable, not just "bolt on" some green initiatives. I hope to see other companies look to this one as a great example.
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    Huf Group developed the innovation Laser on Chrome for its potential application in the automotive industry. Laser ...
      United States
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A fascinating innovation to replace paint with lasers to mark chrome metal surfaces. The purpose of the patented innovation is to reduce costs, be more environmentally friendly, and be more time efficient. The future vision of the innovation is in its scalability...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter A great innovation with a lot of future potential for many industries.
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    Rust Belt Riders, founded by Dan Brown and Michael Robinson, is an environmentally conscious waste removal service in No...
      United States Exemplar
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A business model innovation that diverts food waste from restaurants, businesses, schools, and other institutions to turn organic waste into value added products. Replaces conventional food waste management practices that contribute organic material to landfills...  more
    • Ellen Boyd
      Ellen Boyd The co-founders had seen firsthand the huge amount of organic waste generated in the food and restaurant industries, and they decided to do something about it. Through their innovative business model, they collect organic waste and create nutrient-rich compost,...  more
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    Along with rapid economic development and a new, large urban population, environmental problems and urban diseases have ...
      China
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A planning and design innovation to rebuild large natural wetlands and woodlands, restoring ecosystems and biodiversity, in a major Chinese city center. This innovation provides a scalable model for the growing number of urban centers worldwide suffering...  more
    • Jim Trengrove
      Jim Trengrove Comforting to know that the governing authority of a burgeoning global city, beset by growth problems, can step back, envision and plan for a future with sustainability at its core. The details of the designs included in this story present a clear picture...  more
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    Tunnel Vision Hoops designs and manufactures greenhouse structures with offerings that are unique to city and ...
      United States Exemplar
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A fascinating example of a greenhouse design innovation that takes advantage of a growing market demand in urban farming while adapting to regional needs for improved performance in inclement weather. This innovation showcases the maturing of "green" products...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter The use of these hoop houses in "food deserts" has great potential to radically change communities. This innovation not only helps farmers maintain their livelihood, but it helps change the way people obtain food in urban neighborhoods.
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    Elithis is a consulting and engineering group that is dedicated to delivering energy efficiency solutions to all buildin...
      France Exemplar
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo This innovation in residential building design & construction deserves to be recognized. It was one of the the first positive energy residential buildings in the world, meeting the "net positive" standard at a lower cost than a comparably designed conventional...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter This innovation is a big step forward in creating sustainable cities all over the world.
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    An electric car network piloted at the Conference of the Parties (COP22) in Marakech, Morocco as a corporate strate...
      Morocco
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Mary Grace Neville
      Mary Grace Neville A corporate partnership hoping to influence consumers to make green choices turns my perceptions of activism upside down. I have only considered how individuals and communities influence corporate behavior. Now, this example shows that corporations can try...  more
    • Kevin Payne
      Kevin Payne I share Mary's insight on the role corporations can play as community activists. A great partnership that spreads awareness on the importance of green technology that will hopefully shift consumer behavior towards green cars.
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    Collecting E-waste is becoming a common business, but what do these business do with the e-waste? Probably it is going t...
      United States
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo The challenge of treating e-waste is not new, but this story is about a radically better way to deal with it. As noted, the differentiator with the 4th bin model is that they handle the e-waste items with extreme care to prevent the hazardous materials from...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter It's not just that this company is encouraging New York City to ethically dispose of e-waste, it is that they are finding way to refurbish some of these items and give or sell them to people that need them. Very impressive business model.
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    Minami Sanriku Hotel Kanyo is a large resort hotel featuring 244 guest rooms in Minamisanriku, Japan, a town in the Toho...
      Japan Exemplar
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • David Cooperrider
      David Cooperrider "Turning joy and hope into energy"--this is a powerful story of a hotel business standing up and helping a whole community recover from disaster, in this case, a shocking earthquake in Japan. It tells me this: consciousness of community may always be there,...  more
    • Andrea  Fleischer
      Andrea Fleischer Inspiring example of how a local business helped a community rebuild and flourish after a devastating earthquake
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    The typical American homeowner routinely harms the environment by wasting freshwater, and the energy to filter and trans...
      United States
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • David Cooperrider
      David Cooperrider Working with nature is a positive, life-affirming path to business success that is good for people, the planet and profit.
    • Jim Trengrove
      Jim Trengrove I found the nature of this innovation very dynamic, very compelling and hopeful. Pearl's Premium Grass Seed tackles so many environmental and health problems that many of us have just accepted as necessary evils to maintaining a beautifully landscaped lawn.
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    Divert food waste from landfills to reduce green house gases Create a hygienic process to manage food waste Convert ...
      United States
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • David Cooperrider
      David Cooperrider An innovation that shows the value of bringing a circular economy mindset to business success.
    • Kevin Payne
      Kevin Payne A great example of businesses and stakeholders collaborating to develop and implement a solution that helps address a major environmental challenge, food waste management.