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Food for the City

The local-food movement is blossoming, with farmers markets springing up all over the United States. Demand for fresh produce and a desire to invest in local economies are driving this growth. Consumers show increased interest in “food transparency”—what the USDA’s Arthur Neal defines as the “full story behind how our food is produced.” Improved marketing, he says, using tools like social media and electronic forms of payment, is also contributing to the boom.

Growth is Not Enough

Our politicians are hung up on keeping the growth curve rising. But does GDP really tell us all we need to know about a country’s wealth and well-being? In this new RSA Short, Kate Raworth makes a powerful argument to look beyond economic growth alone for a true measure of prosperity and progress.

Kate Raworth is a renegade economist teaching at Oxford University, and is focused on the rewriting of economics to make it a fit tool for addressing the 21st century’s social and ecological challenges. 

Value Chain Innovation in Developing Economies

Hau Lee explains how value chain innovations can help entrepreneurs in developing economies grow their businesses, and what multinational corporations can learn from them. He is Thoma professor of operations, information and technology at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Invest in social change

Here’s a stat worth knowing: In the UK, 63% of men who finish short-term prison sentences are back inside within a year for another crime. Helping them stay outside involves job training, classes, therapy. And it would pay off handsomely — but the government can’t find the funds. Toby Eccles shares an idea for how to change that: the Social Impact Bond. It’s an unusual bond that helps fund new social services — especially those where a small investment could create a much larger societal benefit. (And yes, investors, mainly NGOs, get a share of the profit if the service works.)

M-Commerce Driving Socio-Economic Development

Elaine Weidman, Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, speaks about the power m-commerce has to eliminate barriers and drive socio-economic development. In countries like Uganda mobile phone technology has transformed the way people live and is the driving force for economic development in the world.

Developing Delta State’s Key Non-Oil Sectors 

Delta Beyond Oil where we take you inside Delta States non-oil sector. This state is one of six states that make up Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, where about 2 million barrels of crude oil are produced every day. But as global trends shift, diversifying its economy away from oil has become more critical for the growth of this state.

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