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LINKS

Here are some links you may find helpful as you begin (or continue) your journey to change the world, one act at a time.

ACTIONS + PLEDGES


http://ifwerantheworld.com

The idea of microactions comes to life at this link offering inspiring and challenging
ideas for everyone.

www.strategyforsustainability.com/do-one-thing

Check out this site — it encourages people to find one thing and pursue it regularly. It can be anything from cycling to work or doing laundry with cold water. They call it DOT – Do One Thing.

http://www.publicinc.com

If you believe that small acts multiplied by lots of people is a cool idea, this is the site for you. It’s fun, interactive and dedicated to making good stuff happen.


BLOGS


sustainablog.org

Jeff McIntire-Strasburg’s blog features information and analysis of all things green — business, politics, science, culture and lifestyle.

sustainabilityadvantage.com

Sustainability guru Bob Willard’s site offers tons of tips and tools that are easy to incorporate into daily living.


BUSINESS


http://www.orendaconnections.com

This is a great resource for businesses interested in developing CSR strategies.

http://mbdc.com

For companies keen on creating a positive footprint, this consultancy has some great offerings, including certification.

http://www.gbb.org

Looking for info on the value of Green Certification for your business venture? Check out this site.

http://www.corporateknights.ca

This watchdog site ranks Canadian businesses for clean capitalism. It’s a must-read for anyone who cares about wide-ranging sustainability.

bcorporation.net

B-Corp is a U.S. organization that certifies companies committed to using their businesses to make a better world.

unglobalcompact.org

The United Nations Global Compact is for businesses wanting to align their operations and strategies with the principles of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

http://www.slowmoney.org/

Slow Money brings people together around a shared vision about what it means to be an investor in the 21st Century.


COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

https://www.farmmachinerylocator.co.uk/impact-of-our-consumption/

A cool graphic to help you understand the impact of your consumption

http://hungerawarenessday.ca/make_a_change

This site provides ideas for how to change what you know  — and how you think — about hunger problems in our communities.

seeclickfix.com

If you see something in the community that needs fixing, here’s where to go to make it happen.

http://socialinnovation.ca

You can catalyze social innovation in Toronto (and around the world) here.

http://www.care2.com

If you’re looking for easy ideas to live a healthy, green lifestyle, and want to impact the causes you care about most, bookmark this site.

http://cityrepair.org

Want to creatively transform your community? Check out City Repair, an organized group action that educates and inspires communities and individuals to do just that.

http://www.livingeconomies.org

The online community at this site brings stakeholder groups together to build local living economies.

civicaction.ca

Here you’ll find collective leadership ideas on city issues from the Toronto revitalization organization formerly known as the City Summit Alliance.

http://www.pps.org

This is a cool resource for people wanting to create and sustain public spaces.


DEMOCRACY

http://www.votesocial.ca

VoteSocial.ca is a citizen initiative to encourage Canadians to vote and to protect the values of cooperation and democracy


http://www.avaaz.org/en

Avaaz is a global web movement that brings people-powered politics to decision-making everywhere.

http://www.getup.org.au

An independent political movement in Australia, this site aims to connect like-minded people who want to bring participation back into their democracy.

http://www.leadnow.ca

This youth-led advocacy organization helps Canadians of all generations participate in their democracy.

http://front.moveon.org

MoveOn offers a way for busy but concerned U.S. citizens to find their political voice in a system often dominated by bigger players.


ENVIRONMENT


http://www.350.org

This site is all about solving the climate crisis with online tools that facilitate strategic offline action.

bullfrogpower.com

Canadians can use this link to find easy and practical renewable energy solutions for their homes, businesses, and transportation needs.

thebetacup.com

Java Joes can click here to find the best ways to eliminate paper cup consumption and help bring these ideas to life.

climatecounts.org

This site rates the world’s largest companies on their climate impact, spurring corporate climate responsibility and conscious consumption.

http://www.evergreen.ca

Here, inspiration abounds for Canadians interested in creating and sustaining dynamic outdoor spaces—in schools, communities and homes.

http://focusthenation.org

This site fosters connections between the generations to accelerate the transformation to a clean energy future.

http://www.green4good.ca

Want to dispose of digital equipment in an eco-friendly manner? Check out this site that offers Canadian enterprises smart solutions, while donating cash and new technology to charity.

carbonfootprint.com

The best carbon footprint calculator for home and business is right here.


FOOD + HEALTH


http://www.fooddemocracynow.org

This online community is dedicated to building a sustainable food system that protects our natural environment, sustains farmers and nourishes families

http://www.oceanwise.ca

For a deeper understanding about sustainable seafood, bookmark this link.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/CampbellCanada

Join this page on Facebook and Campbell’s will donate a can of Nourish Soup to foodbanks in Canada.

doleorganic.com

A site that lets you track the farm your produce came from

http://www.walkscore.com

Interested in a walkable lifestyle? Be inspired at this site that evaluates the walkability of many U.S. cities.


GIVING


http://www.kiva.org

If you’re looking to donate a little to help alot, check out kiva, a non-profit group that makes global micro-financing possible.

http://smallchangefund.org

This site provides a place for you to discover, share and support grassroots projects across the country.


GLOBAL INVOLVEMENT

http://dowser.org/

Here, the practical and human elements of global social innovation are brought to the fore through the filter of ‘Who’s solving what and how?’

http://india.5thpillar.org/

This organization encourages people to pledge against giving or receiving bribes in an attempt to end corruption in India. Watch its film, The Zero Rupee Note for inspiration.

http://www.movements.org

As a non-profit organization, this site is dedicated to identifying, connecting, and supporting grassroots digital activists from around the world.

http://www.fouryearsgo.org/

This site is a campaign launch pad to shift humanity’s course toward a just and sustainable future by the end of 2014.


http://possiblefuturesfilmcontest.org/

Here you’ll find an invitation to be a global storyteller: Make a short film that Inspires. Moves. Gives the world something to believe in.

http://www.worldchanging.com/about/

This nonprofit media organization is dedicated to solutions-based journalism about the planetary future.


http://www.good.is/projects

At GOOD, an integrated media platform for people who want to live well and do good, you’ll find content, experiences, and utilities to make that happen.


http://www.humanity.org/

This site encourages people to understand the planet as our common home.

http://www.wiserearth.org

Promoting the global movement of people and organizations working toward social justice, indigenous rights, and environmental stewardship is what this site supports.

http://www.socialedge.org

The global online community that resides here can help you connect, learn and share with other social entrepreneurs.

http://changetheworldmovement.org

This site is for empowering activists, promoting charities and recruiting volunteers in the global community.

http://www.tigweb.org

Here you’ll find a movement that provides youth with access to global opportunities, cross-cultural connections and meaningful participation in decision-making.

http://applicationsforgood.org
Attention techies! This site makes it possible to change the world, one app at a time


SHOPPING

goodgifts.org

Buy gifts online, such as bike for a midwife in a developing country, and the gift goes directly to someone in need.

goodguide.com

This link can help you find healthy, green and ethical products based on scientific research.

worldofgoods.com

You’ll find a plethora of unique products at this multi-seller marketplace for socially and environmentally responsible shopping.

projectlabel.org

Project Label crowd-sources data on company behaviour and then organizes it to allow you to support companies doing good things.

http://www.onepercentfortheplanet.org/en

Want to support companies with a conscious? Check out this site that lists businesses that donate 1% of sales to environmental organizations.

http://www.rankabrand.org

Ever wonder how transparent or green your favourite brands are? Check them here.

http://www.thredup.com

An online community where parents can swap children’s clothing and toys.

http://www.swap.com

This is an online marketplace that lets you list what you have and swap for thethings you want across many categories.

http://giftflow.org

Still in alpha, but a site to keep an eye on. Think of it as a giant network of reciprocity – giving away stuff you don’t need, getting stuff you do.

http://www.seventhgeneration.com

Earth-friendly products for home and personal care, plus tips and coupons.

http://www.livegreencard.ca

At this site, Torontonians will find shopping rebates, advice and tips on how to green your life.


TOOLS


www.strategyforsustainability.com/strategy-tools

Help beta test some new tools at this site by taking its personal assessment and organizational assessment surveys.


VOLUNTEERING


http://volunteer.ca

This site is a one-stop spot for Canadians interested in volunteering.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/GetVolunteering

Check out the ‘good-ometer’ here. Just by liking it you get 10 points. Personalize your volunteer profile get 10 more. It’s addictive in a good and fun way.

http://www.crowdrise.com

Philanthropy 2.0 — that’s what you’ll find at this site that creates fun and innovative fund-raising and volunteering ideas.

http://www.handsonnetwork.org

Global volunteer opportunities come to life here, thanks to a network that includes more than 250 HandsOn Action Centers in 16 countries.

http://www.bbbs.org

Big Brothers and Big Sisters offer thoughtful and simple ways to help children.

https://www.sparked.com

A microvolunteering network for people who want to give back, but don’t have big chunks of time to do so.

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