Immigrant-run sewing co-op aims to end fast fashion culture, starting with Muslims

CHICAGO (RNS) — Perhaps no item of clothing so immediately expresses a person’s values as a hijab. Why then, asks Hoda Katebi, do American Muslim women not take care to wear a hijab that is in line with their thinking about human rights and worker exploitation? “Our clothes are so intimate to our bodies,” said Katebi, 24, an Iranian American …

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This is the second post in my series, The Picture: big and small. In my first post I explored how land and oceans are integral to the survival of the earth (pretty obvious) and how they are threatened by climate change and pollution. I started big, and over the next few weeks I will be getting smaller, finally ending with …

Justice & Ethics in a Capitalistic World: How Your Spending Affects the Rich and Poor of the World

Today, accumulated wealth sits in a small number of pockets around the world and the gap between the rich and the poor has widened. More than 82% of wealth created in 2017 went to 1% of the world’s population. Half of the world is still living in poverty while a relative handful reaps excessive wealth. The trillions of dollars spent …

This Founder is preventing crime through coaching in prison

Baillie Aaron is the Founder of Spark Inside, a London-based organisation taking coaching into prisons to encourage rehabilitation, reduce violence and lower reoffending to ultimately prevent crime and future victims. Prison isn’t effective at reducing crime, or keeping us – the public – safe. Nearly half of all people leaving prison will commit another crime within one year of being …

What Makes Crowdfunding a Vital Tool for Social Entrepreneurs?

Though an early-stage social enterprise should prioritise bootstrapping as its means of financial sustenance, for some, this is not always a viable option. Converting some ideas into businesses can be capital-intensive, particularly those dependent on expensive production, research and development. This is why crowdfunding is becoming the go-to option for so many entrepreneurs, including those launching a social enterprise.  Traditionally, …