Posts Tagged ‘development’

Funding Social and Environmental Justice in Brazil is Recognized as an Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize Finalist

Dominic Stucker, July 12th, 2016
Amalia Souza, Donella Meadows Fellow and Co-Founder and Director of the CASA Socio-Environmental Fund in Brazil, was nominated as one of 7 worldwide finalists for the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize in 2016. The prize recognizes individuals who work for the development of philanthropy for progressive social change in emerging market countries. CASA’s purpose is to

Nexus in Bhutan: Soil, Water, Land, Farming and Climate Resilient Local Ecosystems

Dominic Stucker, December 13th, 2015
Nirmala at a community meeting in Bhutan For much of 2015, Fellow Nirmala Nair worked in Bhutan as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP’s) National Adaptation Program of Action II (NAPA II), a project carried out by the National Environment Commission (NEC) of Bhutan. The project is being implemented by the Tarayana Foundation

Finding Empowerment in South Asia

Dominic Stucker, September 15th, 2015
By Taylor Knoop, former SLN Intern and senior at College of Wooster, Ohio Last summer I received a fellowship to compare the micro-finance efforts of a large-scale organization in Bangladesh to a smaller, more holistic organization in Nepal. It was beyond fascinating to compare the two methods towards female economic independence, and it left me wishing we

WealthWorks: Reframing the Economy for Sustainability

Dominic Stucker, August 15th, 2015
Fellow Shanna Ratner is a lead developer for WealthWorks, a 21st-century approach to local and regional economic development that brings together and connects a community’s assets to meet market demand in ways that build livelihoods that last. WealthWorks was designed for people, firms and places of all sizes, shapes and success levels. There are three

Pakistan Leading Change: Empowering People for the Common Good

Dominic Stucker, April 15th, 2015
The Ministry of Change (MC) is a social networking platform for empowering and connecting change makers in Pakistan to engage in projects – financially, physically and socially – changing the lives of citizens everywhere. Founder Fellow Huma Beg says the goal is to bring together people with ideas, organizations with projects and donors and volunteers

Adaptation to Climate Change through Water Resources Management

Dominic Stucker, August 30th, 2014
Taking a systems approach inspired by Donella Meadows, Fellow Dominic Stucker and Elena Lopez-Gunn co-edited a case study volume for Earthscan / Routledge entitled “Adaptation to Climate Change through Water Resources Management: Capacity, Equity and Sustainability.” The project received seed funding from Brown University and involved 45 early career and senior contributors from across disciplines and

Featured Fellows: System Change Makers

Dominic Stucker, November 26th, 2013
Photo by Huma Beg At a recent workshop, we heard stories about the inspiring work that Fellows and close partners are doing around the world. Here are examples from Pakistan, India, and the United States that span democratizing national-level development, incubating urban food gardens and saving a watershed from mining impacts. Huma Beg  is poised to launch her

iAct Webinar Highlights: Development and Conservation Conflict

Dominic Stucker, August 6th, 2013
Roger Crofts on Key Development and Conservation Questions Sponsored and co-designed with the Sibthorp Trust in the United Kingdom, this iAct Dialogue for Sustainability webinar on Development and Conservation Conflict focused on conceptualising the bigger picture while developing a vision for the future. Webinar speakers and 30 participants identified key challenges and questions, and proposed solutions for increasing

Fellow Trista Patterson Featured in BBC “Power of Nature” Series

Dominic Stucker, January 30th, 2013
Photo courtesy of Clemens Kalischer, © 2009 The BBC recently launched its new 10-episode series, the Power of Nature, highlighting the value of wilderness with stunning cinematography. Fellow Trista Patterson offers commentary in the episodes on the Himalayas, the Great Barrier Reef, the Antarctic Ocean, and Rivers in the Sky (the Amazon). View the first 4-minute

Fellow Mike Dupee Helping Increase Food Security among Coffee Growers

Dominic Stucker, October 9th, 2012
Coffee farming family, Central America. From video “After the Harvest,” produced by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. Today, Andrew Revkin of the New York Times featured an article by Fellow Mike Dupee, Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, in the Dot Earth section of the paper: “A Coffee Seller Seeks to Cut

Rio+20 Youth Voice: Action for the Future

Dominic Stucker, June 27th, 2012
Kiara Worth of South Africa, representing the UN Major Group for Children and Youth, gave this collaboratively-written speech expressing the feelings and aspirations of youth at the end of the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. Undeterred by the weak governmental agreement coming out of the meeting, the speech emphasizes the need for intergenerational cooperation,

Embracing Confusion on the Path toward Sustainability: Reflections from Ladakh

Dominic Stucker, April 28th, 2012
Solar panels on a rooftop in Yang-Tang, Ladakh. By Taylor Knoop. By Taylor Knoop, young leader and co-founder of WorldYato. In my community “sustainability” is a catchphrase, an adjective that describes the progressiveness of a building, idea or concept. As a small, upscale suburb of Providence, Rhode Island, my town values the “green” movement, so long as

From ‘Limits to Growth’ to ‘Life Beyond Growth’

Dominic Stucker, March 7th, 2012
By Dominic Stucker, Program Manager at Sustainability Leaders Network. This piece also appeared in the March 2012 issue of The Systems Thinker. Celebrating the Publication of Limits to Growth The Club of Rome and the Smithsonian Institute hosted the symposium Perspectives on Limits to Growth: Challenges to Building a Sustainable Planet in Washington, DC on March 1 to celebrate the 40th anniversary

Featured Fellow: Huma Beg

Dominic Stucker, November 14th, 2011
Huma Beg, Foundation Director and Documentary Producer Islamabad, Pakistan Through Serendip – the media and communications company she founded with her husband – Fellow Huma Beg has created hundreds of documentaries on all issues of development and poverty alleviation, including frontline flood impacts in her country. Especially in the last two years, some 7 million people have

Student Taylor Knoop Raising $11,000 for Ladakhi Village

Dominic Stucker, November 7th, 2011
Village of Ursi, Ladakh by Taylor Knoop This article was written by Elizabeth McNamera and posted on the EastGreenwichPatch on November 3, 2011. Reposted with permission. She spent last semester there; the money would be used to provide a consistent water source for crops. Taylor Knoop looks like a regular teenager. She’s medium height, with bright eyes, fair