What if a nation’s health were measured by more than just GDP? We’re pretty intrigued by the Social Progress Index recently launched at the Skoll World Forum. It uses 52 indicators in the areas of basic human needs, foundations of well-being and opportunity to measure how well a country is providing for the social and environmental needs of their citizens.
Keep reading after the jump for more pieces that caught our interest this week. The topics range from Ohio eggs, to global CO2, and from urban planning, to new ways to measure and implement social innovation- but they all relate to sustainable community development and finding new ways to solve old and new problems! Enjoy our Friday round-up of some of the things we’ve been reading, watching, and paying attention to this week.
In the News
- Ohio Egg Farmers Donate 63,900 Dozen to Feed Hungry (Columbus Dispatch)
- CO2 levels hit new peak at key observatory(CNN)
- Crowd Funding Gets 10 New Platforms (dowser.org)
- Columbus District Sells Old School Buildings for $3.2 million (Columbus Dispatch)
- What Public Transit Data Teaches Us About How People Use the City (The Atlantic)
- Climate: Arctic Experiencing More Than Just Melt (The Huffington Post)
Research, Analysis and other Fun Stuff
- Beating Bank Owned Blight (Shelterforce- The National Housing Institute)
- Early State Enterprises Need More than Money (Stanford Social Innovation Review)
- Energy Access for Development – Impact (Infographic- The Guardian)
- Breaking the Binary: Policy guide to Scaling Social Innovation 2013 (available at the World Economic Forum. Published by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, in collaboration with InSight at Pacific Community Ventures, the Initiative for Responsible Investment at the Hauser Center for Non profit Organizations at Harvard University and the SK Group)
Want even more renewable energy specific news? Check out the Community Renewable Energy blog to see what they’ve been digging this week as well!