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Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Before The Flood” Documentary Free Everywhere


Leonardo DiCaprio’s extraordinary two-hour National Geographic documentary is now available for viewing free everywhere, including on this page, YouTube, The National Geographic website, and the National Geographic Channel. Everyone should watch it. Equally worthwhile is the series The Years of Living Dangerously on National Geographic. The 2-minute trailer and the full documentary film are below here.

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Krugman Joins The Chorus Urging The Return Of Big Ideas In Technology and Venture Capital


Following my recent blog posts on Reid Hoffman, COP21, and an apparent resurgence of Big Ideas in technology, a growing group of venture capitalists are resurrecting their original mission in industry and the economy. Paul Krugman of the New York Times has also noticed and offers his hope that this trend continues. Max Marmer, who wrote his now legendary 2012 Harvard Business Review article, “Reversing the Decline in Big Ideas,” has stimulated a broad rethinking on what we should be focusing. The successful landing of Space X’s Falcon 9 is a hopeful early indication that Elon Musk is one of those on the right track.

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What the Paris Climate Meeting Must Do


Le Bourget airport just north of Paris is the place where Charles Lindbergh landed the Spirit of St. Louis. That event 88 years ago could now be interpreted as foreshadowing the era of globalization. Tomorrow, the world’s nations will meet there under the banner of the UN Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC). COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, will, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.

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Norway Sovereign Wealth Fund Drops Coal and Tar Sands Investments


Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), worth $850bn (£556bn) and founded on the nation’s oil and gas wealth, revealed a total of 114 companies had been dumped on environmental and climate grounds in its first report on responsible investing, released on Thursday. The companies divested also include tar sands producers, cement makers and gold miners.

As part of a fast-growing campaign, over $50bn in fossil fuel company stocks have been divested by 180 organisations on the basis that their business models are incompatible with the pledge by the world’s governments to tackle global warming. But the GPFG is the highest profile institution to divest to date.

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Canada’s “Natural Resource Curse” Will Wreak Economic Havoc For A Decade


Those following international events have probably already seen the stories on Putin’s Russia, and the combined impact international economic sanctions, and now, the unexpected and unwelcome plummet in World oil prices. The Russian economy in 2015 will likely see a budget deficit of $20 Billion or more as the ruble collapses and oil prices plummet. The problem is global and expected by analysts to persist for the foreseeable future. Lesser developed countries like Venezuela and Nigeria, which are more dependent on their oil economies, are expected to see even greater impacts. Economists commonly refer to this as the “natural resource curse.”

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Celebrate Earth Hour Tonight March 23rd @ 8:30PM: Lights Out For One Hour


Celebrate Earth Hour tonight @ 8:30PM. Turn off all lights for one hour.

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What Makes Social Entrepreneurs Different?


Reblogged from the HBR Blog Network What Makes Social Entrepreneurs Different by Bright B. Simons  |   8:00 AM January 11, 2013 When social entrepreneurs say that they want to “work themselves out of a job” they are not making a glib statement to sound cool. They are merely stating the obvious — they want to fundamentally solve […]

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Social Impact Investing Will Be The New Venture Capital


Reblogged from the Harvard Business Review Blogs: Social Impact Investing Will Be the New Venture Capital by Sir Ronald Cohen and William A. Sahlman  |   8:00 AM January 17, 2013 During the past century, governments and charitable organizations have mounted massive efforts to address social problems such as poverty, lack of education, and disease. Governments around […]

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Enactus Launches Chapter with UBC Okanagan Faculty of Management


Human progress depends on our ability to tap into the entrepreneurial spirit that lives within each of us and channel the unique talents, passions and ideas we each possess toward creating good in the world. en•act•us A community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives […]

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