Innovations

431 Innovations
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    Artisans of Madagascar make inspirational, home decor items using all natural materials. The artists draw upon authentic...
      Madagascar Exemplar
    Goal 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    • Mary Grace Neville
      Mary Grace Neville Revival of traditional arts has drawn a new generation closer to their cultural roots and their ancestral heritage. It's beautiful to learn about young adults taking up the passions of generations before them in ways that increases a commitment and belong...  more
    • Laura M. Johnson
      Laura M. Johnson Razafindrabe Collections merges traditional arts with the commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly materials, and then supports the community through profits and practices. It took vision and conviction to bring this idea into action, and it will be exciting...  more
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    Collector of water waste. Saves life under water. Product created by reusable materials.
      Spain
    Goal 14. Life Below Water
    • David Cooperrider
      David Cooperrider This is a story of high purpose and how sense of purpose leads people to see entrepreneurial opportunity--where others see pollution this story shows us leaders that see "waste to wealth." It raises a wonderful question for business education: "how do we...  more
    • Christina Jankus
      Christina Jankus What started off as a conversation between two surfers about trash in oceans turned into a simply brilliant solution to effectively clean the oceans one harbor at a time.
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    Provide the poor with solar energy and solar products to improve their quality of life and improve their livelihood. ...
      India
    Goal 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
    • David Cooperrider
      David Cooperrider Business model innovations like this show that the “impossible” can often be solved by treating people with dignity and believing in their potential.
    • Christina Jankus
      Christina Jankus SELCO's business model empowers the rural poor to help themselves.
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    This innovation is a partnership between several companies who united in order to empower local women in Kenya to emerge...
      Kenya Exemplar
    Goal 17. Partnerships for the Goals
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne Thank you Britany and Ruba for bringing us this inspiring story.
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    The EDI Institute partners with leading medical, community, and educational organizations to promote recovery and emotio...
      United States
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • Mark A. Vasquez
      Mark A. Vasquez I am so happy to be able to share EDI's story. They provide a truly creative and inspiring approach to helping people explore and address personal challenges. I had some first-hand experience with MyMoments while visiting EDI's demo table at an event (which...  more
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    The all natural food market is slowly reaching Africa, bringing with it a revival of traditional cheese-making practices...
      Morocco Exemplar
    Goal 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    • Mary Grace Neville
      Mary Grace Neville What fun to discover a small business owner so dedicated to improving the health and well-being of others in such broad ways, all originating with organic goat cheese! He even gives his goats "maternity leave." As he revives tradition, I see how this leader...  more
    • Ellen Boyd
      Ellen Boyd This is a "win-win-win" story of uniting tradition, technology, and well-being. I was struck by how the business owner is restoring traditions and building inclusiveness as he strengthens the community.
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne What a wonderful story. Thank you Oidad and Samia and your professor Mary Grace.
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    This innovation highlights how an inclusive business culture can impact the community and society in ways that are beyon...
      United States
    Goal 10. Reduced Inequalities
    • Nurete Brenner
      Nurete Brenner What struck me most about this story is how the company not only accepts people with disabilities as part of its workforce as do other companies but makes them part of their core competencies. They turn something that most would see as a disadvantage into...  more
    • Ellen Boyd
      Ellen Boyd A compelling story about the power of diversity and equality. Accessibility Partners has built a successful business by seeing possibility where others often see limitations.
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    "Saving the world with bikes," the mission statement of Marty's Reliable Cycle, shows his dedication to global impa...
      United States
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • April Patrick
      April Patrick This story really highlights the excellent work Marty's Reliable Cycles does, making clear how much potential bicycling has to change our world. And it's great to see current students profiling a great FDU alumni.
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne After reading this story I just had to get up and out on my bike. That says it all. What a meaningful and fun business for the members, visitors, and the community.
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    SAANS is a retailer that sells clothing and accessories that are made responsibly and ethically. Every zipper, butt...
      Worldwide
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • April Patrick
      April Patrick This innovation is passionately presented with an enthusiasm for the industry and an understanding of the ways that fashion can change the world.
    • Stephanie Hagen
      Stephanie Hagen It's neat to see how SAANS' focus on ethical design and sustainability is revolutionizing the fashion industry!
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    Marrakesh Organics is an ecological training center with a holistic transformation intention. The farm's goal is he...
      Morocco Exemplar
    Goal 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne This is another inspiring business initiative that Professor Neville's students are discovering in Morocco. Marrakesh Organics has the potential to ignite a business movement for a "...world of abundance and peace (mind, body and soul)" - Omar Hajji
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    PV Squared, located in Greenfield, MA, and established in 2002, provides renewable energy solutions to homeowners and bu...
      United States
    Goal 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
    • Stacie Chappell
      Stacie Chappell This is an exciting business model that has potential for full-spectrum flourishing!
    • Rose Folsom
      Rose Folsom The win-win aspect of a worker-owned company that also decreases carbon footprint is a wonderful challenge for many companies to adopt!
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    Plastic bags litter the streets and fields of Cambodia - posing a threat to the health and well-being of humans and live...
      Cambodia
    Goal 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • David Cooperrider
      David Cooperrider Innovations such as this show that creatively approaching a local problem can become a global connection to a better life for whole communities.
    • Kevin Payne
      Kevin Payne Amazing to see the stylish products that are created from discarded plastic bags; even more impressive when you learn the story of where the products are made and who creates them.
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne I would love to see these story go viral and stimulate like-thinking businesses all over the world. Even small children would understand and be inspired - and probably act if they were told this story. Thank you Marc for your inspiration and Kevin for seeking...  more
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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.
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    House of Thethana creates beautiful fabrics that enhance interiors and garments. The fabrics and designs are influe...
      Lesotho
    Goal 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • Mary Grace Neville
      Mary Grace Neville Women led businesses not only empower women owners and employees, but also women and girls who encounter these proud and often paradoxical role models. Combine that with the power of fabric designs as cultural symbols and H.O.T. takes on a catalyst role for...  more
    • Alec Simon
      Alec Simon House of Thetana is a really nice example of how creativity and innovation can help enrich society. House of Thetana helps to spread the culture of Lesotho while helping to provide economic opportunity and inspiration for the people of Lesotho.
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    Fresh ingredients. Nutritious. Live healthier, longer lives. Helping people. Mission Green. Biodegradable ingredien...
      Worldwide
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • Ruben Burga
      Ruben Burga Freshii, by its very example of an innovative business model, is making millenials and gen-Z more aware of the impact that they can have on the world in their day-to-day eating experiences! Leading by example is so motivating to everyone in the community!
    • Stephanie Hagen
      Stephanie Hagen It's great to see a fast-casual restaurant combine an emphasis on fresh, nutritious food with concern for the environment. Their energy conservation measures are wise from both a business and an environmental standpoint.
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    Guelph Solar has an extensive range of solar products offering the newest technology. Their main draw for the average ci...
      Canada
    Goal 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
    • Ruben Burga
      Ruben Burga Guelph Solar is a great example of leveraging public resources with community awareness for sustainability and harnessing the power of the sun to help promote responsible and sustainable cities!
    • Stephanie Hagen
      Stephanie Hagen The MicroFit program sounds like a neat example of how business and government can work together to promote a better society for all.
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    Making peace through business Partnership across cultures Bringing people together Commonality over conflict ...
      Israel
    Goal 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    • Nurete Brenner
      Nurete Brenner I think this is a very important story in support of how local, small and medium-sized businesses contribute towards peace in a community and a region. This idea is scalable in the sense that they are a role model for others who might now consider partnering...  more
    • Rose Folsom
      Rose Folsom Adam and Alaa have forged a living reminder that what we have in common is much greater than what divides us. They show us the power of things as humble as ice cream to help melt centuries-long animosity.
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne What a find Mihaela. Thank you. This story is a taste of the future - a small example of what is possible for the region and the world. What governments haven't been able to accomplish a small business has. Bravo for Adam and Alaa.
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    Safaricom Ltd. is a mobile telecommunications company that focuses on transforming lives and communities through te...
      Kenya
    Goal 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • Nurete Brenner
      Nurete Brenner What impresses me about this company is how they use their technological innovations for social enterprise. It seems that each and every one of their technological innovations is designed to address one or more of the SDGs. It's hard to pick just one.
    • Rose Folsom
      Rose Folsom Agree with Prof. Brenner -- this project is the poster child for full-spectrum flourishing. A great example of win-win for the corporation and the communities.
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    Project Greater Purpose is a culture change initiative started in 2007 in which Clarke, a global environmental products ...
      United States
    Goal 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
    • David Cooperrider
      David Cooperrider A heartwarming, whole-person innovation that benefits people, the planet and profit.
    • Patricia Raber
      Patricia Raber By using Appreciative Inquiry, Clarke was able to transform its mission and message to become a company in the forefront of sustainability initiatives.
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    One Drop is a diabetes management platform that harnesses the power of mobile computing and data science to empower peop...
      United States
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • David Cooperrider
      David Cooperrider Making good health and well-being the focus of chronic health condition treatment is truly the future!
    • Patricia Raber
      Patricia Raber This is a fine example of how personal experience motivates innovation resulting in an app that easily helps diabetes sufferers take charge of and improve their heath.