Monthly Archives: October 2013

Measuring impact on resilience: A case of the New England fishery

I had the opportunity this summer to spend some time with a Boston-based fish Red's Bestcompany called Red’s Best. Using a unique software platform, Red’s Best works to promote traceability in fisheries as well as the consumption of local, fresh, and diverse fish species from New England waters. During my time with them, I tried to assess the impact their company was having on the resilience of the social-ecological system they operate in. Drawing on information from stakeholder interviews and scientific literature, I built a framework through which to assess their impact on the New England fishery social-ecological system. It was incredibly interesting to see what insights the resilience approach can offer to this both company and the fishing industry, and also to uncover the many challenges of the resilience approach. Key findings are discussed in the attached report.

Measuring the impact of business on the resilience of social-ecological systems: A case study of Red’s Best and the New England fishery

Fair Trace Tool launches campaign furthering innovation to build value in transparent supply chains

Let’s make sure devastating tragedies, like the ones in Bangladesh, will never happen again.

Fair Trade USA

Fair Trade USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We have the technology to intervene—and you have the power to help us put it in place. Can you please help us get the word out and share the INDIGENOUS Indiegogo campaign with your networks? This campaign will allow us to share breakthrough technology with other brands and organizations around the globe.

This year, nearly every INDIGENOUS garment comes with a QR code attached that makes it possible for our customers to meet the artisans who make our fashion, see a map of our supply sourcing, and read about the social impact of their purchase. This simple technology, called the Fair Trace Tool ™, was created with the help of our good friends at RSF Social Finance, Worldways Social Marketing, SourceMap, Good World Solutions and the Grameen Foundation.

We are calling on YOU to help make it possible for us to share this technology with fair trade brands that are otherwise unable to afford it. Your donations will also help fund social impact studies that prove the astounding value of fair trade in the lives of artisans and farmers.

We’ve offered some amazing perks for donors, including merchandise, discounts, even a trip to Peru. Check it all out at

Supply chain transparency can truly save lives and change our world.
Give a little, give a lot, but please give something. And whatever you do, share it with everyone you know!

Yours in collaboration,
Scott Leonard

Investing in systems change with superior albiet very early returns

Investing in resilience and sustainability clearly needs to take on many forms. At its core, it’s about taking common sense approaching to nurturing people and planet. Many flip the challenge of climate change into an opportunity to invest in resilience.

I was really excited to learn today of Green Alpha Advisors new mutual fund launched with Shelton Capital Management.

It is one of the few fossil fuel free investment portfolios backed by! Launched in March ’13, their year to-date returns are 29%, well exceeding market benchmarks!!

Let’s keep our eye on Green Alpha Advisors putting into practice principles of making the transition to the ‘New Economy.’ Sierra Club has even branded a sub-fund as possibly the greenest stock portfolio on Earth! offers their blog at the Sierra Club.

And, is the portal directly to Green Alpha Advisors.