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Caste census: Operational issues or ideological blocks?

The Home Ministry has declared that inclusion of caste in the current census may not be possible because enumeration had already rolled out. The Ministry has citied logistical constraints rather than ideological considerations stating that if deemed necessary, a caste count could be handled by some other agency like the National Commission for Backward Classes rather than being made a part of the decennial census. What does this mean- does it mean moving away from the commitment to establish a… Continue

Added by CSO Partners on June 21, 2010 at 4:17am — No Comments

Structures and systems that fully support people in bringing their best to their work on a consistent basis

There are three primary reasons why great strategies fail to get executed:



1) people are not in the right roles

2) people charged with execution don’t really now what the strategy is

3) strategy has not been personalised by people charged with execution



To change these sad scenarios:



Match people to roles




Often before I undertake a performance improvement project with clients, I review service and product delivery roles from board to… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on June 20, 2010 at 6:40pm — No Comments

Can you describe the strategy for your business growth in six words?

The great writer Ernest Hemingway apparently believed the following to be six of his most powerful words: For Sale: Baby Shoes. Never Worn.



My friend and colleague Kwai Yu, Founder of Leaders Cafe 2020 used these words to start a discussion in the Leaders Cafe group on LinkedIn he called Who are you? Could you tell the 'story of you' in six words?



I was fascinated by the replies and then had an ahha moment - could… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on June 17, 2010 at 8:39pm — No Comments

PwC's 3-Tiered Strategy for Community Investment (USA)

How to Make a Difference: PwC & the Gangs of Chicago



The corporate world is on a bandwagon. It’s growing and gaining speed and everyone seems to be jumping on board. What do we call this rolling and

sometimes rickety phenomenon? It’s known as “Corporate

Social Responsibility
” and there are a few – an important few -

companies on board that have earned a moment to be…

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Added by Chris Jarvis on June 16, 2010 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Enlightened self-interest is one of the key drivers of a new world that is desperately waiting to be born

Enlightened self-interest for me is simply acting to further the interests of others without attachment, knowing that my own interests will be taken care of as a consequence.



This is very different to unenlightened self-interest which seems to drive many of our politicians and so-called business leaders who act according to their own selfishness.



All over the world I see unenlightened self-interest destroying businesses, families, lives in general, and… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on June 16, 2010 at 12:41am — No Comments

Turn your values into virtues

One of my favourite writers and authors is Thomas L. Friedman. His 14th May 2010 blog A Question From Lydia raised my awareness for two reasons. Firstly Thomas is in Greece and the question from Lydia he saw on a burnt down facade of Marfin Bank In what kind of a world will I grow up? Lydia, age 10.



And secondly this paragraph:



So more and more of us are behaving by, what Seidman calls, “situational values”: I do whatever the situation allows. Think… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on June 11, 2010 at 9:45pm — No Comments

Human Beings as part of the Environment

World Environment day celebrated on the 5th of June provides yet another opportunity to reflect on the man-nature relationship- it is necessarily dialectical? Does it always imply an inherent conflict? Can one perceive of nature, environment, ecology without human beings in it?

Keith Bosak in his study of Nanda Devi Biospehere Reserve notes that much of the debate concerning nature and environment focuses on problems of ecosystem management and biodiversity conservation rather…

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Added by CSO Partners on June 11, 2010 at 1:24am — No Comments

Audit Approaches to Budget Support Programmes

Jerome Dendura, Executive Director of Idilmat Ltd., shall be presenting a course on Audit Approaches to Budget Support Programmes in Brussels on the 7th of July, 2010. This is a course that evolved out of his work on Structural Adjustment Facility audits carried out in the 1990s and the early 2000s.

Added by Ronald E. Quist on June 10, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Straight Talk with FIFA's Social Responsibility Head

JOHANNESBURG, 10 June 2010 (PlusNews) - South African AIDS organisations have issued a statement lambasting FIFA, the world soccer body, for ignoring their requests to distribute HIV prevention information in stadiums and fan parks during the Soccer World Cup.



IRIN/PlusNews sat down with Federico Addiechi, head of FIFA's Corporate Social Responsibility…

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Added by Development Crossing on June 10, 2010 at 6:07am — No Comments

Spin and Story, two different things entirely

Recently I drove past the BP service station where I normally do business and went to a competitor. In the process I wondered how many people are doing the same, even if unconsciously?



BP’s story of beyond petroleum signaled an intent at least that the giant company was different to the rest and prepared to create a future without oil. Of course because of the Gulf of Mexico disaster, BP’s story now looks like spin and their reputation is in… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on June 8, 2010 at 6:11pm — 4 Comments

CSRminute: Bombardier's World Cup Train; Halo Awards to Macy's and Feeding America

theCSRminute can be seen daily on 3BL Media's CSR Network-the largest network of CSR channels across the internet, on Reuters Project Insider, and on the 3BL Media… Continue

Added by David Martel on June 8, 2010 at 10:56am — No Comments

Christine Bader on Responsible Business and Governance: Polycentricity and Inter System Coherence in Business and Human Rights Governance Frameworks

One of the great insights of recent efforts to develop transnational governance frameworks for business has been the need to broaden the understanding of sources of governance

beyond the state. The territorially bounded state may remain central to

any effort to extend governance frameworks to economic enterprises that

operate across states. However, it is no longer possible to think of

states as the only source of governance or the law of…
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Added by Larry Catá Backer on June 5, 2010 at 4:48am — No Comments

Are Pepsico, L’Oreal, Microsoft, and Walmart Good Corporate Citizens too?

Three CSR/Sustainability bloggers and practitioners that I admire, respect and follow are David Connor, Jeffrey Hollender, and Toby Webb. All three have recently posted blogs about companies who they feel are role models. David recently spent time with Microsoft people and Jeffrey with the CEO of Walmart Canada, and Toby has recently posted Ethical Corps 2010 Award Winners and Commended Companies.



See what David has to say about Microsoft… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on June 4, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Water Hour

Just passing this along at the request of the organization putting on

the event..... Spread the word!! With all the bad news lately about

the Gulf oil spill and the like, this is something we can all take part

in which will help make a difference to our planet!





Water Hour is coming at 8 pm on June 11!



Wonderfully, it is taking off - especially at www.waterhour.org;… Continue

Added by Jeremy Taylor on June 2, 2010 at 9:09pm — No Comments

Open Source Software a new hope to bridge the gap of e-education between poor and rich.

I am great admirer of Open Source Software.I use open office and have

received UBUNTU OS.I want to advocate and want to spread the message

of OSI to society.I am trying to establish a charitable computer

learning institute for poor's in my area.Here I will only use Open

Source Os and software to teach my target students. After…
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Added by Surajit Bhowal on June 1, 2010 at 11:42pm — No Comments

Cisco - a fine example of what a good corporate citizen looks like

Recently I had the privilege of speaking at the Key Media HR Summits in Singapore and Hong Kong. In Singapore I followed Jodi Krause, The Director for Organization Effectiveness for Cisco, who spoke on Engaging Talent for Greater Productivity. As my talk immediately followed Jodi’s, with no break for the audience, I was in the wings for her presentation which I thoroughly enjoyed. In fact it was uncanny how many times Jodi proved with real evidence what I was about to talk about… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on May 31, 2010 at 11:45pm — No Comments

The Impossible Act of Targeting: Poverty Estimates and Food Security

The recent decision of the central government to set up a central food security fund to compensate the Below Poverty Line (BPL) beneficiaries of the Targeted Public Distribution system (TPDS) who fail to get the proposed mandatory 25 kgs of wheat or rice per family a month at a subsidized rate of Rs 3 a kg has again raised the question regarding the whole idea of identifying those below the poverty line and those above it.

The issue has always been contentious and even today…

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Added by CSO Partners on May 31, 2010 at 4:07am — No Comments

'LATE' CAPITALISM CRASHNG DOWN ITS DEATH BED

‘LATE’ CAPITALISM CRASHING DOWN ITS DEATH BED





Erle Frayne D. Argonza…



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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on May 30, 2010 at 2:55am — No Comments

EUROZONE’S BURNING, CONVENE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CONFERENCE!

Erle

Frayne D. Argonza






Magandang gabi! Good evening!



Eurozone is burning. Before the flames would…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on May 27, 2010 at 11:18pm — No Comments

45 tools, tips, and techniques for recruiting, engaging, and retaining great people

45 tools, tips, and techniques for recruiting, engaging, and retaining great people is the title of my latest ebook and perhaps my most practical ever to help SME owners, leaders, and employees be remarkable in todays challenging times.



My ebook is about:



Attitude towards ourselves and other people.



The great German playwright, poet, and novelist Goethe said:

If we see man as he is, he can only get worse. 
If we see man as he could be, he… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on May 25, 2010 at 9:33pm — No Comments

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