Les 15 villes de plus de 100 000 habitants les plus accueillantes depuis mon expérience itinérante à travers 18 pays du continent américain.

Mes critères de choix de ces villes parmi les dizaines visitées pendant 3 ans sont : proximité de la Nature, richesse socio-culturelle, solidarité et authenticité des habitants, ouverture d’esprit, alternatives socio-écologiques dans le domaine des transports, énergie, agriculture/alimentation, habitat et économie. (Par ordre de ma progression du Nord au Sud du continent) : Lire la suite


ALTER ECO’s Business Model that Makes all Food-chain Intermediates Happy

Alter Eco USA Marketing Manager Mr. Antoine Ambert was interviewed by Sur la Route du Patrimoine Project, San Francisco, USA, May 2013.

About Alter Eco

Alter Eco USA is a pioneer social company engaged to fight for social and economic justice in the food supply chain. It employs about 12 collaborators. Alter Eco was first founded in France by Mr. Tristan Leconte, fond of travels and good food, who tried first to trade fairly the Roibos from South Africa.. As an alternative trading organization, they specialize in the import and distribution of Fair Trade products while directly benefiting farming communities in the Global South. Alter Eco offers only 100% fair trade, organic, non-GMO products and Carbon Zero certified. Alter Eco food offer includes the ancient super grain Royal Quinoa from the Bolivian Andes, Heirloom Jasmine Rice from Northern and Eastern Thailand, Latin America-grown and Swiss-made dark chocolate bars, and unrefined ground Mascobado cane sugar from the Philippines. Lire la suite

“Making Good Money”, the Daily Challenging Business of #VANCITY

Extract of the interview with Ms. Andrea Harris, Manager Community Investment at VANCITY, Vancouver, met by the Project’s Team on March 11th, 2013

The beginning…

When Vancity was created in 1946, the founders chose to incorporate as a credit union in order to enshrine the organization’s commitment to community. “Vancity is a credit union, which is a member-owned financial co-operative. As a financial co-operative, we exist for the sole benefit of our members and their communities. We believe that we can only prosper as individuals if we are connected to a healthy, sustainable community. That’s why we help members meet their financial goals in a way that also strengthens their community” she explained to us. The Board is elected by the people who use the financial services (i.e. members) of the Credit Union. Around 70% of the activity deals with lending for individuals, the other 30% with lending for companies. This mandate is very different from banks who are publically traded companies and driven to maximize their profits and returns to shareholders, who may or may not use the services of the bank itself.

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