Weekly News: Plastic Bits, Pollution Entrepreneurs, and Learning from Failure

With so much going on in the realm of sustainability, entrepreneurship, and innovation, and only a limited amount of bandwidth for professionals in this space, I have created this post to highlight articles that I feel are (1) important, (2) relevant, and (3) interesting in the areas of social innovation and entrepreneurship.

If you have an article, or event, that you feel needs to be mentioned, please do so in the comments section.


23 charts and maps that show the world is getting much, much better – It’s very easy to look at a social media feed and think that things are going the wrong way. Sometimes that is true, but at other (perhaps the majority of) times, we simply need a bit of perspective.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Isn’t What You Think it Is – National Geographic

It’s not what you think.  It’s a lot bigger, and full of a lot of different materials in smaller quantities.  And it is important to understand that as we are not going to fix the problem if we create the wrong solutions.

How Start-ups Are Battling Air Pollution in China – Entrepreneur

It’s a lot of fun seeing entrepreneurs you know get mentioned in the news, particularly when they are the good guys developing new products and business models for solving big challenges.

Why do digital health startups keep failing? – Fast Company

This is a market that will see a lot of failure, but through that are the solutions that will scale to bring safe, affordable, and accessible healthcare to the masses.  Perhaps by reading this, you’ll gain some insights into how it should actually be done

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