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Featured Content – April 2012 Archive (13)

Where are you hanging out even though you perceive there is no value in doing so?

I never quite got the hang of Facebook. I joined initially because everyone else was and so I thought there might be something in it.  I gave a lot of value I think.  Return on investment of time and energy (admittedly I didn’t spend a lot of either) zilch, zero, nothing. LinkedIn on the other hand very glad to belong and contribute.

No one from Facebook has ever contacted me to ask me what I want.  LinkedIn has.

No one from Apple has ever contacted me either.  Apple produces…


Added by Ian Berry on April 25, 2012 at 12:00am — No Comments

Sustainability Growth and Social Media

In the past couple of years the use of the word "sustainability" is put to just about everything in order to make it look " green" or "social". Companies have invested and continue to invest tremendous sums of money and resources in initiatives aiming to make them look more sustainable in the eyes of their stakeholders. But how can they prove or even know that these investments are worthwhile, or that they improve and/or strengthen the company's brand image reputation?



Added by Irene Daskalakis on April 24, 2012 at 4:12am — 5 Comments


Corporations developing their first organized, strategic CSR program may be uncertain where to turn for sound advice. Creating, implementing, and communicating CSR policies and initiatives can be one of the most daunting tasks a company can undertake. Brave One is happy to offer this list of 50 resources for any organization new to the world of Corporate Social Responsibility.



1. In a post for …


Added by Jesse Mayhew on April 20, 2012 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

15 Easy Ways To Make A Difference - Start Now

Many people believe that they don’t have what it takes to make a difference to the world. Going green doesn't have to be a daunting task that means sweeping life changes. The truth is, every one of us is put in this world to contribute and make a difference to the world in our own unique way. It need not be anything out of the world. It just needs to be something you do with the intention of doing good. Simple things can make a difference. Sometimes it takes a few reminders for things take…


Added by John Smith on April 20, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

When To Go With And When To Stop The Flow

For sometime now I have been sharing a weekly sparkenation here and other places.

Sparkenation: a spark that ignites passion that leads to action that changes what’s normal.

This week I shared the following and received a lot of emails asking for my thoughts on how, which is what this blog is all about.

How skillful are you are letting go when you need to and being persistent when you need to be?

"In the confrontation between the stream and the…


Added by Ian Berry on April 19, 2012 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

The Truth Will Come Out - The Train Left The Station

Social changes remain gradual and linear until we reach a “tipping point” where a sudden shift occurs in “norms” and behavior. Sustainable Industries has listed some interesting trends written by Cynthia Figge, CSRHub. Several trends are driving corporate transparency and disclosure towards a tipping point where disclosure will be normal and opaque behavior will be aberrant:

  1. The power of crowds.  There is no point trying to hide a secret that a lot of people know.  Through…

Added by Henry Klen on April 19, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Where Do Women Go?

Women are leaving the workplace. According to the Monthly Labor Review there has been a upward trend of women exiting the workforce over the past 10 years. The publication reports that 75.3 percent of women ages 25 to 54 were in the workforce  — a decrease from 76.8 percent.

There are distinct challenges that women face in the workplace. Many companies are exploring these issues and focusing initiatives on obtaining, engaging, and retaining women leaders in the workplace but many are…


Added by John Smith on April 18, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Top 4 Ideas To Engage Students In CSR

Why don’t more young people know about what business is doing in this area? What can large corporations do to better communicate their CSR programs to younger audiences?

According to Professor Madsen, Distinguished Service Professor for Ethics and Social Responsibility at Carnegie Mellon University, “Part of the problem might be the actual way that corporations are sending their CSR messages via various social media. As there is often an overriding concern with making CSR activities…


Added by Henry Klen on April 17, 2012 at 7:46am — No Comments

Eliminating Carbon Emissions And Fossil Fuel Subsidies Will Reduce Social Inequality

Carbon emissions between 1990 and 2008, Europe and Central Asia saw a 28 percent fall - the largest of any region of the world - even as GDP grew by 22 percent, according to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Climate-changing emissions still remain among the highest in the world per capita in some countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia – but those countries are also the ones where fossil fuel subsidies remain in place.…


Added by John Smith on April 13, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

The challenges of achieving greater transparency, by Janet Voûte, Nestlé's Global Head of Public Affairs

At Nestlé we believe that actions speak louder than words.  We have to deliver what we promise.  We have to be transparent if we are to persuade our stakeholders, our partners, and our critics, that we are building our business in a long-term, sustainable way. 

Significant step

This month we’ve achieved a significant step towards greater transparency, receiving an A+ rating from the Global Reporting…


Added by Wettstein Barbara on April 12, 2012 at 3:24am — No Comments

New “State of the Field” in Youth Economic Opportunities Publication Now Available!

Making Cents International is pleased to announce the release of its latest “State of the Field” publication, which emerged from the 2011 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference.  This practical resource features learning from over 80 leading organizations that are working around the world to increase and improve economic opportunities for young people. Topics include youth enterprise development; workforce development; youth-inclusive financial services; working with adolescent girls…


Added by Chelsea Babcock on April 6, 2012 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Is candor the new competitive edge?

I have been working and meeting people in Dubai in the past two weeks. I enjoyed the people from many diverse places of birth immensely, particularly their candor - “the quality of being open and honest.”

Is candor the new competitive edge? My answer is candor is definitely a key component of competitive advantage.

Like you, I suspect, I am sick and tired of spin, BS, and double talk. I embrace candor with vigour and enthusiasm. My approach is reciprocated. The rewards are…


Added by Ian Berry on April 4, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Whom do I actually serve?

Andebo Pax Pascal shares his experience as an aid worker in Africa’s newest country in his second guest post By examining beneficiaries’ place (or lack thereof) in two projects, he explores whether the development discourse has drifted into the abstract, beyond those he serves.


The idea of different categories of people--donors, government representatives,…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on April 1, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

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