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The View from the Bottom

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The View from the Bottom


People on the ground have no time for blah, blah, blah. They have to get through the day, earn enough to support themselves and their families. It's a full time job.


On of the things that happens on the ground is buying and selling. It seems that markets are an almost universal activity in human societies.


From time to time, this section will have things I've found that are interesting about markets on the ground.


Sustaining our missions through better management, decisions, and planning

Sustainable Nonprofit is the creation of a number of consultants, nonprofit professionals, and some employees at Mission Research, the primary sponsor of this community. We want to create a unified place for nonprofits and experts to share their experience, pain, achievements, and discoveries. Forums are moderated by nonprofit experts, some of whom also have blogs on this site.

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Connecting the Eco-Dots


Sustainability advocates are harnessing the power of the web to help visualize their networks through mapping. Robert Redford's Sundance Channel launched an 'Eco-mmunity Map' as an extension of the station's online environmental forum featuring blogs, news and discussion. Fusing the popularity of social networking sites such as MySpace and LinkedIn with the power of Google Maps, the tool allows eco-activists to literally put themselves and their organizations 'on the map.' The Eco-mmunity also ties in with the Sundance Channel's environmental program slot, THE GREEN, which this week confirmed programming of 'Big Ideas for a Small Planet' and 'It's Not Easy Being Green' from the BBC.



Dean's Beans Raises the Bar for Trade Justice with Two New Agreements

Company further supports trade justice in Peru and Ethiopia

(CSRwire) May 2, 2007 - Dean's Beans Organic Coffee Company, an all-organic and fair trade coffee and cocoa company in Massachusetts, continues to raise the bar in the area of trade justice with the signing of two new agreements this week regarding Ethiopia and Peru. The two agreements mark the company's continued dedication to improving the lives of small coffee farmers. It also models best practices for companies committed to the Fair Trade model.


After long negotiations to assure increased benefits to the farmer, Dean's Beans has signed on to the new Ethiopian trademark initiative. This program seeks temporary government ownership of Ethiopian geographic names via trademarking, to increase international recognition of the quality and character of the coffees that come from the famous Yirgacheffe, Sidamo and Harar regions. The program hopes to translate this recognition into higher market prices for Ethiopian coffees through the cooperative work of all industry stakeholders, from farmers through roaster retailers.


"This is an exciting and novel project that the farmers of the world are watching," says Dean Cycon, founder of Dean's Beans and a long time social justice and environmental lawyer and advocate. "It will take a lot of creative thinking and hard work, but the benefits to the farmers should be substantial."

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