Update, Corporate Cities


Briefly, I wanted to update my last post Corporate Cities.  Since writing, I discovered a couple similar ventures that I thought I’d note here. First is the Philips Livable Cities Award.  Philips wants to promote health and well-being in cities, and they’re doing this by offering 3 grants totaling €125,000.  They’re collecting simple ideas from individuals, communities, NGOs and businesses in three main categories: Well-being Outdoors; Independent Living; and, Healthy Lifestyle at Work and Home.  These areas are meant to influence public safety, personal health through diet, exercise, or engagement, and senior living.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LX7qYllMteU&hl=en_US&fs=1]

Second is GE’s healthymagination program.  This is GE’s initiative to improve healthcare through innovation.  Healthymagination was started one year ago and has established a $250 million equity fund for making investments.  Its first investment was made in CardioDx, a cardiovascular genomic diagnostics company.

http://files.gecompany.com/gecom/tools/GEVideoPlayer.swf

Do you know of any other interesting public/private partnerships or corporate social responsibility investments?

-Terra Curtis

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