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The economy is part of our society not the other way round

The following is just one paragraph from a very insightful and powerful article by John Ikerd of the University of Missouri. I highly recommend you read the full article here. It is called Rethinking the Economics of Self-Interests. A big thank you to my friend Liviu who alerted me to this article.

It’s economics that is out of date – not small family businesses, caring communities, loving families, nations with… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on March 16, 2010 at 10:26pm — 1 Comment

Kraft Foods Cadury deal under investigation by MP's.

Heavily in debt Kraft Foods (estimated at 22 billion USD) was allowed to buy Cadbury's the UK chocolate maker recently for 18.9 billion USD. The union representing many of Cadbury's workforce asked for assurances that Kraft would not close factories. Well guess what after giving assurances to the Cadbury board and the workers that no closures would occur they have announced a 'review' of this decision. An MP select commitee will hear representations from both Kraft and Cadbury bosses Marc… Continue

Added by Mark Harrison on March 11, 2010 at 4:41am — No Comments

Tourism seeks a more positive role in sustainable development

(Deutsche Welle) The world's largest tourism fair ITB Berlin is on. One of the growing trends in this industry is corporate social responsibility. But more steps need to be taken for tourism to lastingly benefit developing


Africa is becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination. Figures by the UN World Tourism Organization show the continent will show an average…

Added by Development Crossing on March 11, 2010 at 1:30am — No Comments

Gap Inc. named #1 Retailer in 100 Best Corporate Citizens List

Gap Inc. was named as the top retailer in Corporate Responsibility

Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizen List, placing 9th overall in the

most recent ranking of major U.S. companies by CRO Magazine which

serves as a national indicator of best practices in the area of

corporate responsibility.

The 100 Best Corporate Citizens List is based entirely on publicly-available information and ranks Russell 1000 companies on their performance in seven key areas: Environment,…


Added by David Martel on March 10, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

O2 unveils new CSR drive called Think Big

O2 is investing £5m over three years in a new corporate social responsibility drive called Think Big, aiming to encourage young people to help make a difference in their communities.

The initiative, which is being developed in partnership with UK Youth and the National Youth Agency, sees young people aged between 13 and 25

offered £300 grants to run projects to help their local communities,

with the possibility of an extra £2,500 grant…


Added by Development Crossing on March 10, 2010 at 1:54am — No Comments

Linchpins, Trusted Agents, Family, Friends, Colleagues, Who do you rely on? Who is relying on you?

I feel despair when so called world leaders fail to collaborate and therefore what needs to happen with climate change, economics, you name it, doesn’t happen.

On the other hand I feel excitement, inspiration, and exhilaration when I see or hear of so called ordinary people making a difference. I am convinced more than ever that positive and productive change is personal first, local second, the world third.

Aside from law and order, maintaining some infrastructures and… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on March 9, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Experiences from a tribal village

I was walking hurriedly towards Ambavi when suddenly a man whose face was familiar, stopped me and made a request. This request was bitter than any of the requests I have ever had. He became so cruel

in my eyes that I felt strongly to thrash him, at least with words. I

was in a hurry and I kept walking. The man actually said to me to look

for if there is somebody sick or in great need of money and willing…


Added by Kunj Mann on March 9, 2010 at 9:11am — No Comments

What we should and what should we not?

Passengers should refuse to ride in any vehicle driven by someone who has been drinking. Besides, given the perils of passive smoking they should also not let anybody smoke in public transport and any other public places. And there are many such things which people should do but they don’t. Reasons can be aplenty. “What I have to do?”, “I cannot do it alone” and “Look my contribution will hardly make a difference in the situation.”…

Added by Kunj Mann on March 7, 2010 at 10:40am — No Comments

Are all the mothers same?

It has been quite some time that I left my home for studies and work and

so did many of my friends. In many of the conversations with friends I

realized that I'm not alone who is nostalgic (admitting hereby). We

persistently used to miss the home cooked food and everything else. One

of the strategies which I followed while in college was to befriend

girls who were living with their families and then become a parasite to

their lunch boxes! It worked most of the… Continue

Added by Kunj Mann on March 5, 2010 at 1:13pm — No Comments

Should water be free?

Every other day some prophet or some political leader come calling that the next world war will be over water. True, truths are always bitter. In the recent years, there has been a lot of discussion over sustainable development and to check the over exploitation of natural resources. Climate activists have suddenly sprung up all over the world. Among all the natural resources water stands as the most important. It not only keeps the humans, animals and plants alive but also lubricates our… Continue

Added by Kunj Mann on March 5, 2010 at 10:18am — No Comments

Tree Hugging James Cameron at Global Green Pre-Oscar Party

"Green T" engages James Cameron in a conversation about National Tree Hugging Day
while hosting for Global Green's 7th Annual Pre-Oscar Party:

Added by Tamara Henry on March 4, 2010 at 11:27pm — No Comments

Business Strategy Not Philanthropy

Corporate Responsibility Magazine just released their 2010 100 Best Corporate Citizens List. The categories that companies were judged on are environment, climate change, human rights, employee relations, governance, philanthropy, and financial. While the list offers insight as to companies that are striving to be good corporate citizens, to be honest, looking at the list makes my stomach turn. As the saying goes, figures never lie, but liars figure.

It seems that a key question… Continue

Added by Will Marre on March 4, 2010 at 11:58am — 4 Comments

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

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