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The Origins of Technology Materials Gain Importance

In her recent article from SIGNAL Magazine, published by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA, www.afcea.org), Rita Boland looks at the mandates that will affect electronics manufacturers and how they track certain supplies following legislation aimed at reducing violence in Africa. These so-called “conflict minerals” are defined in Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010.



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Added by William Newman on November 30, 2012 at 12:25pm — No Comments

What happened to the American Dream?

What happened to the American Dream?

With this background…

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Added by Kurt Lykke Lindved on November 28, 2012 at 11:31am — 1 Comment

Inpsirational Employee Engagement Quotes

According to the Corporate Leadership Council, employees with lower engagement levels are four times more likely to leave their jobs than those who are highly engaged.  But the importance of employee engagement isn't just increased…

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Added by Ryan Scott on November 28, 2012 at 2:15am — 1 Comment

Giving It All Away: A Company Volunteers, With a Side of Business

All too often, corporate citizenship is an afterthought.  Sure, Fortune 500 companies frequently offer…

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Added by Ryan Scott on November 26, 2012 at 4:37am — No Comments

book: "Power through Collaboration" by Stephen Willis, Ph.D.

 

 

An advanced, professional, and high powered guide for managing collaboration in complex and frustratingly difficult situations.

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Added by Stephen Willis on November 25, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Three Drivers Shaping the Future Integration of ESG Into Mainstream Reporting

ESG and Corporate Social Responsibility. So far exchanges comprising 44% of world stock market capitalisation have voluntary or mandatory ESG reporting requirements. The Johannesburg stock exchange and Bovespa of Brazil are leaders at embedding reporting standards, but the biggest game changer would be if the US and European exchanges mandated disclosure. While codes of conduct are emerging in both regions it is just a matter of time before this becomes legally binding, driven by investor…

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Added by Petra Koenvenski on November 24, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The Path to Eco-Responsibility is Easier with Free Beer

A single work week might not seem like the kind of timeframe required to make a huge impact.  But that’s all it took for Integrate PRto run an electronics recycling drive that responsibly recycled 2,617 pounds of electronic waste. So how did a tiny Houston-based PR firm manage to…

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Added by Ryan Scott on November 22, 2012 at 4:13am — No Comments

Is Your Company Barking up the Right Fundraising Tree?

Crowdfunding is a term generally reserved for raising money to support the next new startup, but it can also be used to define a new kind of employee giving program. This growing trend combines gamification and social media to boost…

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Added by Ryan Scott on November 20, 2012 at 4:54am — No Comments

Kids’ Stuff: Hasbro Engages Its Youngest Customers for Good

What were you doing when you were 9 years old? If you were anything like me, cartoons, bike riding and pickup games of baseball were the order of the day. But for Will Lourcey of Fort Worth, Texas, community impact is a top…

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Added by Ryan Scott on November 16, 2012 at 12:30am — No Comments

Need to know how to tackle a social enterprise and form an action plan?

Need to know how to tackle a social enterprise and form an action plan? Here's an introductory guide on where to start!

Check it out here:

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Added by Drew Tulchin on November 15, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Overcoming our biases is often a key to our differencemaking leadership

This 2 minutes and 26 seconds video by Ian Moore from United Kingdom looks at (in a hopefully entertaining way) one of the biases we have in our thinking - and how we can do something to overcome this bias.









The The Spirit of Community is a fascinating website and their…

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Added by Ian Berry on November 15, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Can developing and developed countries look at sustainability at the peak of Global economic crisis?

As nations struggle to go through the Global economic crisis, hell might be breaking loose for a sustainable world. Developing countries and developed countries are looking at many ways to create more employment, pay off their debt and solve income inequality. Many sustainable programs rely on compliance with government regulations and funding to facilitate their activities. However, the labour pains which will produce either a sustainable planet or unsustainable planet are starting to be…

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Added by Kalele on November 14, 2012 at 12:17pm — No Comments

The Ethics of the International Development Trip: Medical Electives

Often enough, the West imposes its view of development on to the developing world. This issue extends to the ‘gap year’ and volunteering industries, when the tourist’s needs are places ahead of the communities and environments that they claim to help.

 

There’s real potential for these international development schemes to do good, yet their sudden increase in popularity has seen many organisations cash in on their popularity, without taking the time to develop a business…

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Added by Hannah Rollings on November 14, 2012 at 10:31am — No Comments

AID Effectiveness

Without sounding ungrateful one wonders if aid agencies or development partners are as effective in helping Third World countries in their course towards sustainable development. In Swaziland it began as an emergency response where food aid is concerned, but it later became an annual event. Some communities have become perpetual beneficiaries of food aid despite having received good rains, farm inputs, etc. They simply will not apply any effort towards producing their own food. This has…

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Added by Clement N Dlamini on November 14, 2012 at 7:56am — No Comments

How do you tell a compelling story about people in need that doesn’t simplify or stereotype?

I use my How Matters YouTube channel to highlight portrayals of international assistance that inspire more nuanced conversations about the politics of global development and international aid. Frankly though, there’s not enough content to keep that page very active. Very few video-based products show people grappling with the realities of programming on the ground and the stories of grassroots change-makers too often remain…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on November 14, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

Ecotech Institute Now Offers Business Administration Degree with an Emphasis on Sustainability

Ecotech Institute, the first and only college focused entirely on preparing America’s workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainability, is now taking applications for its new two-year Business Administration - Sustainability degree program. Unlike Ecotech’s other lab-centric offerings, this program is steeped in business education with a unique focus on sustainability. The program will…

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Added by Rebecca Howard on November 12, 2012 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Can sustainable agriculture solve youth unemployment and mitigate the effects of climate change?

Youth, employment and Sustainable agriculture

 

“In Africa, 200 million people are aged between 15 and 24 years, comprising more than 20% of population. Africa’s population is growing fast and is experiencing a slow demographic transition, which will increase the pressure countries face with job creation.

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  • Youth make up 37% percent of the working-age population in Africa, but 60%of the total unemployed.
  • Youth…
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Added by Kalele on November 12, 2012 at 6:05am — 1 Comment

‘Tis the Season to Budget for Corporate Social Responsibility Success

Sidewalks strewn with autumn leaves.  Pumpkins dotting doorsteps.  Christmas decor making an early debut.  It’s that wonderful time of year again.  

Q4 budgeting season.

For Corporate America, 2012 has already faded in the rearview mirror.  The focus now is all about figuring out how budgets will be allocated to increase market share and…

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Added by Ryan Scott on November 12, 2012 at 5:11am — No Comments

What makes a thought leader?

I’ve been called a “thought leader” lately. It’s a lot better than some other things I’ve been called in my life, but still, it’s a label I’ve been trying to understand—so much so that I facilitated a session on it at last month’s Opportunity Collaboration.

When I first heard the term, I did a bit of sleuthing to understand its origin. It comes from the private sector. The best definition I found to work from was “proprietary…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on November 11, 2012 at 7:42pm — No Comments

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