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Geotourism Challenge 2009: Power of Place - Sustaining the Future of Destinations

Join our search for the most innovative examples of geotourism around the globe. Enter by the extended deadline May 25, 2009.

This 2009 Geotourism Challenge, sponsored by National Geographic and Ashoka Changemakers, attracted 610 innovative geotourism entries. Check out these destinations from 81 countries that promote natural and cultural heritage while improving the well-being of the local people.

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Waste Collection: A New Frontier For The Fashion Industry?

By Alden Wicker

Many consumers are unaware that a large chunk of their wardrobe is essentially plastic. More than 60% of the global fiber market is polyester, a carbon-intensive petroleum product which has been refined to the point of doing almost anything we ask of it. It can look like silk, cotton, or soft faux fur, or can be combined with natural materials to improve their performance and lower cost.

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Social Entrepreneurs Catalyze Co-Creation Amongst The Apparel Industry

Collaboration in fashion goes well beyond Kate Moss teaming up with Topshop. Forward-thinking brands co-create by working together with competitors and social entrepreneurs to design radical new projects and processes that lead to win-win-win situations.


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Cocoa Malecu

Sem fins lucrativos / ONG/ Setor Civil

Our project aims to empower the indigenous Malecu to sustainably produce cocoa in diversified agroforests and to build up short, fair and transparent value chains for the high-quality products, including chocolate blend with native fruits and nuts from the agroforest.

Unidad en Diversidad

Sem fins lucrativos / ONG/ Setor Civil

La Consulta es la expresión de la justicia en los asuntos humanos
Es un espíritu que parte de la premisa de que el beneficio de la parte se logra dentro del beneficio del conjunto.
Procura la Unidad en Diversidad.
Maximiza la Sinergia Social, logra comunidades que trascienden la suma de las partes.

Eliminar a Ideia de Lixo

Com fins lucrativos

Eliminar a ideia de lixo é a missão da TerraCycle, um negócio social que desenvolve programas nacionais de reciclagem por meio do patrocínio das fabricantes e do protagonismo do consumidor: principal agente na mobilização de redes de coleta que fomentam a educação ambiental e geram doações sociais.

Favela Orgânica


O Favela Orgânica veio para modificar a relação das pessoas com a natureza, com os alimentos e com elas mesmas. Propõe um olhar consciente sobre o Ciclo do Alimento e da Vida. Gera mais comida, acaba com o desperdício, cuida da natureza e valoriza o poder de cada um de nós para fazer a mudança.