Millions in the developing world are living without electricity forcing people to rely on unhealthy, unreliable and informal energy sources such as kerosene. Today’s guest on No Ordinary Business is Ronit Kanwar, the co-founder and CEO of Empower Energy, a UK based start-up that is dedicated to improving access to reliable energy through a unique microfranchise model that is offered throughout the last mile of India.
In order to achieve sustainability, cross-sector collaboration is essential. Any single sector be it private sector, government, civil society on its own will not get there. Today’s guest on No Ordinary Business, Cynthia Ong, joins us to share how LEAP and Forever Sabah are working to facilitate a holistic approach to sustainability and convening partnerships across all sectors to work together to build a diversified, more equitable, and generative circular economy.
In today’s complex global ecosystem, the interdependency of the environment and human sustainability mandates that we address both together. Today’s guest on No Ordinary Business, Nigel Sizer, shares Rainforest Alliance’s, ambitious mission to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices, and consumer behaviour.
What do you get when you combine economic empowerment and education? A greater chance of breaking the cycle of poverty. Today’s guest on No Ordinary Business, Founder and CEO of YCAB Foundation, Veronica Colondam, shares with us YCAB’s model of social enterprise that uses traditional business ventures to finance the mission and enhance sustainability across Indonesia.
Increasingly, there is a convergence between the for-profit and non-profit worlds, an integration of the pursuit of profit and mission. The conventional thought system that doing well financially and doing good for society are mutually exclusive and separate is obsolete. New enterprises are integrating business and social impact in an effort to create greater sustainability. Today’s guests on No Ordinary Business, are both examples of this new model of business and change. Join our conversation with Becki Ueno, Founder of certified B Corp law firm, Sustainable Law Group, and Evelina Marchetti, Founder and CEO of Evelina Eco Events, a sustainable event production company, certified B Corp and benefit corporation, as they share their experiences integrating the pursuit of profit and social impact.
In today’s highly politicised climate, it is a struggle to find media coverage that is purely fact based. Even across the conservation world, much environmental news is published by advocacy groups and is therefore focused on particular agendas. On the other hand, there is Mongabay, a fact-based non-advocacy online news service dedicated to informing readership of social and environmental issues related to forests and other ecosystems. Today’s guest on No Ordinary Business, Rhett Butler, shares his journey to support the environment, explores current challenges in conveying news to the public, and gives his view of what’s needed to make environmental conservation more effective. Mongabay.com is the world’s most popular site for rainforest information and a well-known source of environmental news reporting and analysis.
The 20th century model of donation-based funding for non-profits is obsolete for what is being asked of civil society today. It is time for non-profits to move away from donor dependency to increase their social impact. No Ordinary Business is supporting this mission by promoting social enterprises and purpose-driven business.