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NAIADE - Safe Water Project by Mini Puri, Synergy International (SICU SSG New Delhi).

As one of the central aims and objectives of the SICU Synergy Solutions Group is to generate ideas for, create and develop social mobilizitation projects to better the world, I'm happy to get an opportunity to introduce you the "NAIADE - Safe Water Project" by Mini Puri, Synergy International (SICU SSG, New Delhi).



CSR is a part of our every day life, even that we don't notice it. When you visit the gasoline… Continue

Added by Tom Merilahti on March 31, 2008 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

BUILD STRONG NATONS AMID GLOBALIZATION

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



[Writ 22 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]



In my meaty article on New Nationalism, I advanced fourteen (14) contentions in substantiation of what neo-nationalism is.



The first basic contention is that the nation-state can thrive and grow amid globalization. In other words, globalization shouldn’t lead to the destruction of nation-states. The trend since the start of massive implementation of liberal reforms leading to global… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 30, 2008 at 9:07am — 1 Comment

Just Good Business: The ROI of Sustainability

The Economist is bringing together senior executives to discuss the concept of corporate sustainability at a half-day conference in Hong Kong on June 26th. From the website:



Just good business: The ROI of sustainability will allow you to debate progress in sustainability with leading figures from global businesses. The Economist Intelligence Unit has already conducted a global survey of 1,200 executives from a range of industries, including 337 in Asia, in order to gain… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on March 28, 2008 at 6:11am — No Comments

NEO-NATIONALISM TAKES CENTER STAGE

Erle Frayne Argonza



[Concluding portion of the article: E. Argonza, “New Nationalism: Grandeur and Glory at Work.”]



This paper now ends with a note on the prospects of neo-nationalism making waves. Note that Old Nationalism is the dominant discourse within the nationalist streams, and this fact is fully recognized in this paper. Old Nationalists will definitely have a hard time digesting the premises and contentions presented in this article. Being anchored on Western… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 27, 2008 at 5:43am — No Comments

Eco polar station

Belgium builds world's first ever 'zero-emission' Antarctic research station.



The Belgium government has funded the setting up of the Princess Elisabeth station through the International Polar Foundation.



Acting as a technological showcase and a launch pad for the wider understanding of climate mechanisms, the base will be the first to minimise its carbon footprint on the Antarctic by using renewable energy resources and eco-construction principles.



The… Continue

Added by Kenneth Westling on March 26, 2008 at 10:16pm — No Comments

About this Blog

This blog is a place to highlight the work of those interning in the field with the Foundation for Sustainable Development. It is a place where readers can learn about the work being done and the experiences of those out there right now, and a place where interns can express what they are learning and doing and experiencing and share this with the community. Whether you are an FSD alumnus/alumna, a prospective intern, or a member of the general community interested in Sustainable Development,… Continue

Added by Mary on March 26, 2008 at 10:00am — No Comments

Fighting Climate Change: Human Solidarity in a Divided World

The UNDPs Human Development Report 2007/2008 discusses the various challenges we face regarding climate change, as well as future risks and potential strategies to mitigate the negative consequences. As the report states, "We are therefore making choices today that will affect our own lives, but even more so the lives of our children and grandchildren. This makes climate change different and more difficult than other policy challenges."



To download the full report (PDF)...… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on March 26, 2008 at 6:51am — 3 Comments

THE OLIGARCHY QUESTION

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



BACKGROUND



The following statements are excerpts from the article E. Argonza, “New Nationalism: Grandeur and Glory at Work.” This article is my humble contribution to the current efforts at formulating policy frameworks for development and growth within the context of a globalizing world. The basic contention of neo-nationalism is that it is sacrosanct to conserve and advance the interests of nation-states, however this should also take note of the… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 24, 2008 at 6:03am — No Comments

NEW NATIONALISM: BASIC CONTENTIONS

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



[Culled from: E. Argonza, “New Nationalism: Grandeur and Glory at Work!”]



Being an advocate of new nationalism or neo-nationalism, I outlined in the original article a number of contentions about this emerging ideology. I would prefer to treat the body of ideas as ‘policy framework’ than as ideology, given the new trend to veer away today from anything ideological.



1. Strong nation can thrive and grow amid globalization.

2. Make room… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 23, 2008 at 9:17am — No Comments

NEW NATIONALISM: GRANDEUR AND GLORY AT WORK!

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



[Excerpts. Revised edition, Quezon City, Feb. 2008. Original version writ August 2004.]





ECHOING THE NEO-NATIONALIST THEME



This paper echoes the emerging discourse referred to as New Nationalism. Note that various writers have formulated theories anchored on New Nationalism. Their theories out-rightly impact on public policy and development practice, such as the framework articulated by Robert Reich (see The Work of Nations). Here at… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 23, 2008 at 9:15am — No Comments

Cycle safety campaign: London

The aim of the Cycle safety campaign is to reduce the number of cyclists that are hurt on London's roads.



Imagine...



A passer-by asks you for directions. As you talk to him, two workmen walk between you carrying a door. In a flash the passer-by switches places with one of the workmen, and you are left giving directions to a different person. Do you think you would… Continue

Added by Kenneth Westling on March 20, 2008 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Attacks in Kenya 'Meticulously' Organized, Rights Group Says

According to a detailed report released Monday by the advocacy group Human Rights Watch, the Post-election attacks on villagers in Kenya's Rift Valley were often "meticulously" organized by local opposition leaders who called for "war" against people from President Mwai Kibaki's Kikuyu ethnic group. The report also went onto describe the killings of hundreds of opposition supporters by Kenyan police, especially in the slums of Nairobi and the opposition stronghold of Kisumu in western Kenya. In… Continue

Added by Kenneth Westling on March 18, 2008 at 3:24pm — No Comments

Olympic Officials Want to Clear the Air

The International Olympic Committee issued a statement yesterday and acknowledged for the first time that air pollution could affect the health and performance of athletes at this summer's Olympics in Beijing. (I wouldn't be surprised if you see more doping cases at this years Olympics to try deal with the conditions) The International Olympic Committee also stated that it would monitor air quality daily during the Games to determine whether to postpone certain outdoor events. Air-quality… Continue

Added by Kenneth Westling on March 18, 2008 at 12:37pm — No Comments

Peace Without Borders

Tens of thousands of people, some reports say up to 100,000, gathered at the border between Colombia and Venezuela this weekend for a free concert held to call for peace after the region's worst diplomatic crisis in decades. Colombian rock star Juanes, who organized the event, said, "We are all citizens who believe that the future of a country is not only a matter for a president, a government, but also for us...We are part of it - the movement of the citizens."



Colombia, Venezuela,… Continue

Added by Kenneth Westling on March 17, 2008 at 9:31am — No Comments

Bangkok Recommendations on Accessible Tourism in Asia and the Pacific from ICAT 2007

Bangkok Recommendations on Accessible Tourism in Asia and the Pacific



We, the representatives of Governments, tourism business sector and tourism-related professional organizations, accessibility experts, disabled people's organizations and other civil society organizations, met in Bangkok, Thailand from 22 -24 November 2007 at the Second International Conference on Accessible Tourism,



Appreciate the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Ministry of Social… Continue

Added by Scott Rains on March 11, 2008 at 11:00pm — No Comments

The Story of Greed - Subprime

Here are a couple of slides what greed can do. Click on the link. (You maybe have to click again on picture to zoom depending on your browser):

The Subprime World

Added by Dan Johnson on March 10, 2008 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

PepsiCo Donates $1million to UNCF

PepsiCo committed $1 million to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) at the organization's 64th Anniversary Dinner in New York last week. The money provides financial support to UNCF's 39 member institutions and scholarships to students at over 900 colleges and universities across the United States.



Indra Nooyi, CEO and chairman of PepsiCo, said, "PepsiCo is a proud supporter of UNCF and has been for sixty years. We are committed to expanding opportunities to help minority students… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on March 10, 2008 at 5:50am — No Comments

Investors Pressure Companies on Climate Change

The Financial Times reports today that US Airways and SouthWest Airlines are both facing resolutions that call on them to report on strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, part of 54 climate change-related resolutions filed by investors this year. Other companies, such as Best Buy, RiteAid, Kroger and Standard Pacific and Centex are also being asked to give details of their efforts to assess and reduce their output of greenhouse gas.



Mindy Lubber of Ceres, a non-profit… Continue

Added by Brad Ewing on March 10, 2008 at 5:41am — 1 Comment

World of (Green) Coca-Cola

The Coca-Cola Company's new World of Coca-Cola® building in Atlanta achieved official “green” status as an environmentally friendly building this week when it was awarded a “Gold” rating by the U.S. Green Building Council… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on March 7, 2008 at 4:14am — 8 Comments

SRI Assets Surge 18% from 2005-2007

According to the new edition of the Report on Socially Responsible Investing Trends in the United States, published by the nonprofit Social Investment Forum (SIF), socially responsible investment assets increased more than 18%, while all investment assets under management edged up by less than 3% from 2005 to 2007.



Social investing has enjoyed healthy growth from the $2.29 trillion documented in 2005 to $2.71 trillion in total assets under management "using one or more of the three… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on March 6, 2008 at 4:09am — No Comments

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