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Fringe Projects #5: Financial Innovation... Avoiding the next global recession

Dernière mise à jour le 3 décembre 2013.

Fringe Projects #5: Financial Innovation... Avoiding the next global recession

The financial system is an integral part of our world’s economy. The Global Financial crisis of 2008 and the ongoing European Financial Crisis are both indicators that money plays a huge role in the stability of the economic system in which we live. The fragility of this system has resulted in numerous creative citizens from all over the world taking matters into their own hands and creating alternative financial instruments.

 

Many people these days have heard of Bitcoin, the most widely known alternative currency, but there are many other financial innovations that are taking place throughout the world. Here ...

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Fringe Projects #4: Social innovation helping people feel good

Dernière mise à jour le 2 décembre 2013.

Fringe Projects #4: Social innovation helping people feel good

As the winter holiday season approaches, I thought it might be nice to share some of the best feel-good projects that we have found in social innovation. Our criteria were loose – any project that aims to improve the spirits of others was eligible. And sure enough, social innovators did not disappoint!

 

Makeup in hospitals

 

Cosmetic Executive Women is an association that began in France in 1986. It gathered 270 women who work in the beauty industry and began offering beauty care to women who have been hospitalized. Cosmetic manufacturers donate products and women are selected based on patient needs. The ...

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Fringe Projects #3: The ins and outs of recycling

Dernière mise à jour le 24 octobre 2013.

Fringe Projects #3: The ins and outs of recycling

In 2011, the United States produced approximately 250 million tons of waste. To put that in terms of something more tangible, that number is roughly equivalent to 41 million elephants.

 

There aren’t even that many elephants left on the earth today. And that is just the waste from one country! Fortunately programs such as recycling and composting exist to help reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. But are these programs enough?

 

Recycling is a process that changes one material (waste) into a new product in order to re-use the useful materials from the original product ...

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Fringe Projects #2: Can social innovation help you get better healthcare?

Dernière mise à jour le 10 octobre 2013.

Fringe Projects #2: Can social innovation help you get better healthcare?

Healthcare can be a contentious issue.

 

 

Depending on the country, healthcare can be government subsidized, privately run, or free for citizens. (Check out this article on 10 different health care systems from around the world to learn more.) The subject can be rife with conflict as well – the current United States government shutdown being a prime example as the Affordable Care Act, or President Obama’s health care reform act, is the key issue. Political beliefs and personal situation both play a large role in people’s ideas of what kind of healthcare their country should have. Despite these issues ...

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Fringe Projects #1: Prison Reform

Dernière mise à jour le 27 septembre 2013.

Fringe Projects #1: Prison Reform

The prison system is probably not something most of us spend much time thinking about. Whenever the penitentiary system does come up in conversation, it usually relates to negative aspects such as drugs, gangs, mental health issues, and abuse.  But a well-functioning rehabilitation system is crucial to the success of any stable society.  It stands to reason that the area would be prime for social innovation, and indeed there are many innovative ideas being proposed for prisons around the world.

 

First up, Puppies Behind Bars.

  • This project, started in New York in 1997, is based on the idea that inmates ...

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