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Doing what we are capable of doing - with thanks to Gandhi and Haque

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing said Mahatma Gandhi would suffice to solve most of the world's problems.

We can do a lot worse that following some of the controversial, yet I think common sense approaches of Umair Haque, a Director of the Havas Media Lab, and a regular conributor to Harvard Business Review blogs.

I particuarly like Haque’s great to… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on February 23, 2010 at 10:29pm — No Comments

The Journey of the Volunteer: Tourist, Traveler & Guide:

The following blog entry is a cross-post from my blog Realizing Your Worth.

Tourist – Traveler – Guide. This is the journey of the volunteer. The great failure of volunteer coordinators lies in expecting tourists to act like guides, treating guides like tourists, and ignoring the traveler all-together. Its time we meet people where they're at. Here's what… Continue

Added by Chris Jarvis on February 23, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Is Online High School Right for Your Student?

Over the past several years, Colorado families have been the

beneficiary of the growth of online high school options. Colorado

online high schools have proven to be a valuable education choice for

many students and their families who are looking for an alternative to

the traditional school setting, whether because of learning style, life

or family circumstances. For many, virtual high schools have meant the

difference between giving up on school or… Continue

Added by Crystal Thomas on February 22, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

How would you Connect Arts, Human Rights and Modern Day Slavery (ART & CSR)?

How would you Connect Arts, Human Rights and Modern Day Slavery (ART & CSR) into Core Business and Marketing Strategies? CSR stands for Corporate Social Responsibility.

SICU (Synergy Integrated - Connects the Unconnected) has agreed on a STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP
with ARTISTS FOR FREEDOM - A globally active project fighting for… Continue

Added by Tom Merilahti on February 22, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

When sustainability isn't sustainable and how it can be

Here is a link to an excellent article by Zack Smith and Chad Stewart.

Zach and Chad are principals of Interkannections an organisational development consultancy focusing on leadership development, sustainability, and talent management systems.

I love their article for several reasons. It focuses on why being less bad (which is what a lot of… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on February 21, 2010 at 9:33pm — No Comments

Subverting, Disenchanting and Rationalizing STI Systems: A Strategy for Revealing Modernity in Africa

Any interest in a speculative reflection on the power of modern science, technology and innovation systems (STI) for revealing some distinctive style of modernity in Africa?

The modernization of these systems, as the backbones of any mode of modernity, also requires the modernization of our mental or intellectual costumes. This process is essentially the passage from closed, self-confirming, faith-based, customary, totalizing or terrorizing knowledge systems to essentially… Continue

Added by Jacques L. Hamel on February 19, 2010 at 1:24am — No Comments

Social Networks: When is your audience big enough?

Man..Dwight Howard can JUMP! I'm actually in the middle of watching the Spurs take on the Nuggets on TNT but nothing spectacular going on, looks like the Spurs are going to pull this off. I wish I could jump that high, but after watching White Men Can't Jump it just hasn't been the same.…

Added by Kenneth Westling on February 17, 2010 at 1:00am — No Comments

Investors Step Up Pressure on Corporate Responsibility Reporting

A coalition of global investors from 13 countries, managing over

US$2.1 trillion of assets, today added its voice to the increasing

calls for better corporate reporting on environmental, social and

corporate governance (ESG) activities.

The international investor coalition is writing to 86 major companies urging them to honour the reporting requirements of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s biggest voluntary corporate

responsibility initiative. Each of…


Added by David Martel on February 16, 2010 at 8:59pm — No Comments

The 3 Stages In The Journey Of A Volunteer

The following blog entry is a cross-post from my blog Realizing Your Worth.

Did the financial collapse have an effect on volunteering rates? You bet. Volunteer rates mushroomed during the winter of 2009. So where are all those volunteers now? Good question.…


Added by Chris Jarvis on February 12, 2010 at 9:29pm — 4 Comments

Can You Prove Your Company's CSR Matters? Probably Not.

The following blog entry is a cross-post from my blog Realizing Your Worth.

We measure…


Added by Chris Jarvis on February 10, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Receiving and Giving - how much is enough?

When I hear or see that a child has died somewhere in the world from hunger or a preventable/curable disease (as 27000 will today) I feel an emptiness I cannot describe. I have always felt this way. Sometimes when confronted with this appauling news I stare for a few minutes without a single thought crossing my mind. When I return to normal I am renewed once more to do my bit to make poverty history.

My wife and I support children in need through World Vision and we know that our… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on February 10, 2010 at 7:29pm — No Comments

What do you care about?

This cause marketing movement really intrigues me. Not because its an upcoming trend, not because its revolutionizing the industry nor is it because it stirs up really cool campaigns.

Its because I believe cause marketing has always existed in some form or another. And we as marketers, who at times have been accused and figuratively lynched by the masses for exploiting our power and influence to foment decadence in society, now have a cure for the common mob. Marketers now exploit… Continue

Added by Kenneth Westling on February 9, 2010 at 1:18am — 1 Comment

Moral Business

I just read an opinion piece in USA Today, God Goes to the Office ( While it was an interesting read, it could not be more off base. The results of defining business as solely materialistic have created an inherently exploitative system only seeking to maximize short-term profit while minimizing corporate social responsibility and… Continue

Added by Will Marre on February 8, 2010 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Do you know anyone who doesn't want to save money or energy?

The following video was recorded pre the monumental failures of Copenhagen Climate Change Summit. Nevertheless it contains great case studies of four UK companies, Kingfisher, Adhams, Continental Clothing Co., and 4energy and how they are proving the business case for sustainability and that doing good through saving money and energy really is great for business.

Be remarkable


Founder… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on February 7, 2010 at 3:02am — No Comments

Fresh Faces: The Power of Beauty

I'd like to share one of my favorite campaigns I came across today. As I'm sure it will spark the *aja!* moment for those who enjoy learning about excellent social media tactics. And for those 'social media veterans' it serves as an excellent case study for its proper use of the terms 'holistic, viral, social and strategic'. Case-in-Point: "Bobbi Brown Cosmetics has launched “Pretty Powerful", a campaign featuring real women. A photo gallery profiles eight…

Added by Kenneth Westling on February 5, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Green Police

The great thing about the web is that commercials like the Trojan Olympics - despite not having syndication in the US or the cultural openness to air such content - spread like viruses on the web. That's true of anything on the web so I'll be more proactive in getting more funny international ads up on the site soon.

Let me quickly add, I stopped looking forward to the Olympics a…

Added by Kenneth Westling on February 5, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Rodney North Interview on Green America Business Network: Fair Trade = Equal Exchange

Fair Trade = Equal Exchange

From Faces of the Green Pages - Conversations with the Green Business Leaders:

As a founding member of the Green America Business Network, Equal Exchange has a long history of going the extra mile. They were Fair Trade before there…


Added by David Martel on February 4, 2010 at 6:14pm — No Comments

A way to help in Haiti's economic development

Introducing, which will soon will offer you the opportunity to lend or contribute to sustainable economic development projects in Haiti.

Please visit the temp site and REGISTER so you are among the first to know when we are live. In that way you will have first dibs on the projects that will be featured!!

ALSO: Important - we are looking for projects or enterprises that are seeking funding and meet nec. criteria:

- Potential… Continue

Added by Laura Hartman on February 4, 2010 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Is CSR a movement?

One of the best summaries of what I think is happening in the business world today is here.

Written by Bill Baue Executive Director of Sea Chane Media the summary contains many great links and is well worth your study if you are interested in making CSR a way of life for you which I think you should be .

Be remarkable


Founder… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on February 1, 2010 at 11:10pm — No Comments

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