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Celebrating Mothers through Fair Trade

Connecting Nature and Fearless Leadership: Finding Your Fiercest Self

(3BL Media and Just Means)- “I would ask you, Julie, who are the seagulls in your life? How can you emulate the pelican behavior?" This was Beverly Winterscheid, the founding partner of Center for Nature and Leadership, and Leadership Development Professor in the Bard Sustainability MBA, talking and, as always, prodding.

The True Cost of Fast Fashion

Social Enterprise WorkSquare Creates a “People First” Hiring-Placement Business

(3Bl Media/Justmeans) - WorkSquare is revolutionizing the hiring placement industry in Miami, Florida. What began as an MBA thesis at Harvard Business School by founder Vanessa Bartram has developed into a people first, B Corp- certified social business.  WorkSquare’s team launched the company in 2008 to create a path toward financial stability for South Florida’s low-wage workers.

Have You Already Bought Your Last Car?

(3BlLMedia/Justmeans) — It’s getting hard to know what’s really true anymore. There are a number of reasons for this: fake news, political mischief and perhaps even a greater tolerance for liars. But there is also another reason: technology. Technology is changing so fast, that when people make pronouncements about deliveries by drones, exploration of other planets, or a rapid transformation of the car industry from what it is today, to a preponderance of electric, self-driving cars that are no longer owned by car-owners but hailed by a tap on a smartphone, it’s hard to know if they are simply making all this up.

According to Christopher Mims, writing for the Wall Street Journal, the one about the cars is true. With the convergence of electric powertrains, self-driving technology and the growth of new ride-sharing business models, we could be looking at a transportation revolution on a par with what Henry Ford’s Model T did a century ago. Ford’s revolution happened surprisingly quickly. Car ownership leapt from 8% to 80% of the population in just ten years.  Is it about it to move that quickly in the opposite direction? A lot of trends seem to indicate that it could.

For one thing, there will be a multitude of attractive alternatives. Urban planners, concerned about making their cities greener, have put increased emphasis on public transit, bike lanes and walkable neighborhoods. For those too old or out of shape to walk or bike, new electrified bikes, scooters, and even skateboards can get you where you want to go quickly and affordability without wearing you out, safety concerns notwithstanding. These latter fall into the category of consumer electronics, vying for a market segment known as the last mile, getting a commuter home from a bus stop or train station.

These are some of the reasons why millennials seem to be opting out of car ownership. Surveys by the Urban Land Institute show that they are far less likely to use a car and more likely to use alternatives. Futurist Alex Steffen quipped that it’s because they can’t surf the web while driving. It’s more likely because they can visit their friends online without needing to drive over to their houses.

Electric Cars Are Coming on Strong

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Change takes time, but sometimes not as much time as one would have thought. A few short years ago, the idea of electric vehicles seemed like a tiny speck on a distant horizon—a toy for technophiles and early adapters. But even the Wall Street Journal says the EV’s will be here sooner than you think. And by here, they don’t mean on the fringes.

The numbers seem to bear this out. Worldwide, some 312,000 plug-in vehicles were sold in the first half of this year. That’s a 49% increase compared to last year. That growth rate, says Clean Technica, is roughly ten times that of the overall vehicle market. The biggest action was in China, where they grew 128% with home grown BYD vehicles providing the lion’s share. Japan came in second, and Europe, taken as a whole comes in third, with 21% growth before we get to the 18% growth seen here in the US.

Here at home, some 64,296 were sold through June. That is about one for every 150 cars sold. The top five models were Tesla Model S, Chevy Volt, Ford Fusion Energi PHEV, Tesla Model X, and Nissan Leaf with Tesla Model S sales roughly double that of the Leaf. Leaf sales have dropped recently in anticipation of a new model with significantly improved range, a phenomenon that has become common in the rapidly-changing EV world.

The tipping point, says WSJ, is the 200 mile range mark, which Tesla has already hit, and others, including the soon to be released Chevy Bolt, will meet and improve on.

Sustainable Hotels on Track to Become the Norm

(3Bl Media/Justmeans) – Sustainability in the hotel industry is no longer an optional incentive. As travelers continue to become more aware and take the potential environmental impact into account before choosing a hotel, it is clear that sustainable hotels are fast becoming the norm.

Cuba’s Sustainable Tourism Opportunity

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Following the restoration of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, a great new tourism opportunity is about to unfold. As the interest of Americans grows in exploring this pristine Caribbean destination, it will face an invasion in the form of new cruise line stops, new commercial flights from the U.S., and the development of hotels and other tourism infrastructure.

Thinking About an Ethical Travel Destination Off the Beaten Path? Here Are the Top 10 Places to Visit Now

These developing nations don’t just have stunning natural beauty, they are champions of human rights, animal welfare, environmental conservation and renewable energy.

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