A century and a half ago, fossil fuels replaced slaves as the underpriced energy source driving American economic growth…

By transportation entrepreneur and former Zipcar CEO Robin Chase, cross-posted from the Huffington Post.  She co-founded the largest car-sharing company in the world, along with three other companies (Veniam, Buzzcar, and GoLoco). She was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, a Business Week Top Ten Designer, a Fast Company Champion of Innovation, and has been featured …

Robin Chase on new transportation platforms, cooperative capitalism, and more

Transportation entrepreneur Robin Chase is former CEO of Zipcar, the largest car sharing company in the world.  The is on the Boards of Veniam, the World Resources Institute, and Tucows. She also served on the board of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the National Advisory Council for Innovation & Entrepreneurship for the US Department of Commerce, the Intelligent Transportations Systems Program Advisory …

Policy changes helping avoid food waste

CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK Italy, known for its amazing food, is facing a related problem — food waste. According to government estimates, the country currently wastes about five million tons of food every year. To combat the issue, the Italian government recently passed a new law aimed at making it easier for both retailers and consumers to prevent food waste. The law …

Every additional μg/m3 of lead in air increased assault rates 21 years later (163 per 100K) — accounting for 29.8 % of the variance in assault rates 21 years later (compared to 5% for proportion of youth or finishing high school)

For every additional μg/m3 of lead in air, assault rates 21 years later increased by 163 per 100,000 population (see Table 3). Lead in air was the strongest predictor in the model, accounting for 29.8 % of the variance in assault rates 21 years later. By comparison, the proportion of the population aged 15–24 accounted for 5.4 % of the variance, and the proportion of …

Mergers are leading to price increases in 75% of cases, according to research

Some of the issues that could be ripe for discussion this fall… 1. Monopolies: Increasing Prices, Cutting Jobs The Busch/Miller merger is the latest attack on competition, joining the recent surge toward oligopolies in the banking industry, pharmaceuticals and hospitals, wireless companies, and airlines. Contrary to any condescending claims that mergers contribute to price-lowering efficiencies, they have actually led to …

Dutch and Finnish pilots for a universal basic income

The Dutch city of Utrecht is developing a pilot project for a universal basic income that will launch in January 2017. The Finnish government is designing a trial to see whether giving low-income people a guaranteed basic income destroys their motivation to do any work at all, as critics allege. The idea is not going away because most “real” jobs …

Indigenomics: building sustainability and long-term ecological alignment with our values, bringing an Indigenous perspective to economic and social development

Carol Anne Hilton wants Canadians to add a new word to their dictionary: Indigenomics.  Definition: The practice of bringing an Indigenous perspective to economic and social development.  Hilton, who is of Nuu-chah-nulth heritage, launched the word four years ago as a Twitter hashtag: #Indigenomics. Canada, says Hilton, needs a new language to move toward reconciliation. It’s a language she speaks …