Originally posted on Worldchanging.com. With about 300 million people living below the poverty line in China, microfinance — most commonly defined as small loans for impoverished individuals to help them achieve financial self-sufficiency — is an attractive option. Wokai.org, “a capital-contributing microfinance intermediary,” is trying to bring money to Chinese entrepreneurs who want to set up [...]
Originally posted on ResponsibleChina.com. The co-founders of bambu, a so-called “renewable ideas company” based in Shanghai, brings “responsible manufacturing” to market with bamboo housewares, kitchen products and tabletops. Listen: The ResponsibleChina Show: Jeff Delkin and Rachel Speth, bambu
Originally posted on Worldchanging.com. A group of foreigners doing business in Shanghai recently hatched a new idea to bring “design with a conscience” to the China market. NEST, as the retail collective is called, aims to unite “intelligent design” with “responsible manufacturing” through collaboration among eight different brands selling sustainable products, including Wobabybasics organic baby clothes; AOO [...]
Originally published on ResponsibleChina.com. Dermot O’Gorman introduces WWF China’s Go For Gold campaign, an initiative that that encourages Olympic athletes, National Olympic Committees, and individual tourists to offset the carbon emissions from their air travel to Beijing for this summer’s Olympic Games. Listen: The ResponsibleChina Show: Dermot O’Gorman, WWF China, Go for Gold
Originally published on ResponsibleChina.com. Caroline Campbell is the creative director and co-producer of the Green Dragon Media Project, a multimedia report about the green construction industry in China. Listen: The ResponsibleChina Show: Caroline Campbell, Green Dragon Media Project
Originally posted on ResponsibleChina.com. Conrad Clark, producer and director from the Shanghai-based film company, Practice Productions, shares the process of making “Soul Carriage,” a movie that tells the story of a migrant worker from a construction company in Shanghai who must return the body of his dead friend back to his family in the countryside [...]
Originally published in the Fall 2006 issue of Abroad View magazine, a student-produced bi-annual publication about study abroad and international cultural exchange. Logging On I’m sitting at an Internet café—or wang ba, in Chinese—and I feel like I’m involved in some shady, underground operation. The lights are turned off, the rusty chairs don’t match, and [...]
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