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Corporate Social Responsibility Increases Your Bottom Line

Corporate Social Responsibility to increase your bottom line. For a business to be sustained long-term (corporate social responsibility), a company needs to replace a single-financial bottom line with a more balanced triple-bottom line encompassing economic, social and environmental objectives into its business practices (also referred to as “people, planet, profit”). The corporate social responsibility approach outlines key areas of focus and guidance for its implementation which ultimately…


Added by Caroline Ganun on August 5, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Volunteering In NYC (or other cities) - Top 10 Resources

Volunteering in NYC or other cities can be daunting sometimes. Volunteering, yes, but where to start? Which organization? Lots of questions. Wikepedia is always a great starting point. The definition of volenteering: Generally considered an altruistic activity and is intended to promote good or improve human quality of life. In return, this activity can produce a feeling of self-worth and respect. There is no financial…


Added by Dan Johnson on August 8, 2013 at 6:25pm — No Comments

Beware of the boomerang

‘Boomerang’ by Michael Lewis is a delightful book albeit a scary one.  It’s a very well-researched written like a thriller novel about the breathtaking stupidity and shameful self-interest of the people who caused the GFC, most of whom are yet to be held to account.  It is also a book…


Added by Ian Berry on August 5, 2013 at 10:10pm — No Comments

Charlize Theron visits WhizzKids United

South African born Hollywood Actress and United Nations Messenger of Peace, Charlize Theron, praised WhizzKids United for their continuous dedication in the fight against HIV/AIDS during her visit to WhizzKids United.

Charlize Theron founded the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP) in 2007, in an effort to support African youth in the fight against HIV/AIDS. CTAOP’s mission is to help keep African youth safe from HIV/AIDS. The Project is committed to supporting…


Added by WhizzKids United on August 7, 2013 at 7:45am — No Comments

Corporate Office - Top 3 Suggestions

Corporate office, have you ever looked at yours? Corporate offices and corporate headquarters come in different shapes, sizes and, yes, different energy efficiency. Now imagine this... you actually can improve your business' bottom line by taking the following steps to make your office more energy-efficient:

1. Turn off lights in your office when not needed. For example, turning off fluorescent lights in corporate offices saves energy, extends overall lamp life and…


Added by Dan Johnson on August 1, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

From one Cornhusker to another: Peter Buffett, philanthropy, and how we can frame the dialogue

Dear Mr. Buffett,

The charitable industrial-complex, philanthropic colonialism, conscience laundering and inequality – these are topics a fellow Nebraskan like me wants to have more conversations about. So that’s why I was glad to read your New York Times op-ed this weekend, the …


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on August 1, 2013 at 9:05am — No Comments

The Secret to Sticky Volunteering Stories

describe the image  “The event at Baby2Baby has changed the way I look at giving back. The impact of these donations makes or breaks families. I will definitely be going back and give a helping hand or give products as much as I can! Such an awesome…


Added by Ryan Scott on August 1, 2013 at 2:56am — No Comments

July's 32 Top Resources: Women in Action | Farmers & Markets | Climate Change & Communities | REDD+

July 2013

July's 32 Top Resources: Women in Action | Farmers & Markets | Climate Change & Communities | REDD+

Dear DevelopmentCrossing Colleagues,

We encounter so many excellent adaptation and climate change resources that we are sharing them in a special issue newsletter:…


Added by Tim Magee on August 1, 2013 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Time to listen? Time to address our personal barriers

When Time to Listen: Hearing people on the receiving end of international aid came out earlier this year, I was excited to see how many organizations, including my own, were interacting with the multi-year study and its authors. (See previous how-matters.org…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on July 26, 2013 at 10:42am — No Comments

Is it a bird, is it a plan?

“Is it a bird, is it a plane…”

While the new Superman film is being enjoyed by millions across the world, WhizzKids United have been working with our own men (and women!) of steel, taking them back to the basics of comic book drawing in an innovative effort to give them a safe environment to share their feelings and combat their life challenges.

Following the conception of the project from our partner Cardiff University, we were able to utilise their expertise to run the…


Added by WhizzKids United on July 22, 2013 at 7:23am — No Comments

Something "knowing thyself" requires

When emotional intelligence is missing in a leader, everyone knows it. Ian Thorpe on KM on a dollar a day yesterday discussed the elements of this and the challenges in developing one's self-awareness in aid work, a subject near and dear to this blog as well.

He describes it as, "recognizing and understanding who you are and…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on July 19, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Helping Boston

Boston It’s tough to read the headlines about the Boston bombings without feeling a blend of outrage, despair and resolve.  The attack fell on Patriots’ Day, a holiday commemorating the Battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775, the opening salvo of the American Revolution.  Patriots’ Day is a unique observance celebrated almost exclusively by the state of…


Added by Ryan Scott on July 18, 2013 at 1:08am — No Comments

If you know it, speak it

A blog I value reading every week is from the folk at Enablers Network. My thanks to them for a recent blog which alerted me to a brilliant TED talk 'Dare to disagree'by Margaret Heffernan.

I am a big fan of Margaret for her excellent…


Added by Ian Berry on July 12, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Global Corruption Barometer 2013

Transparency International has released its latest Global Corruption Barometer, drawing on a survey of more than 114,000 respondents in 107 countries.  Read the full press release below or visit the GCB 2013 site here.

Berlin, 9 July 2013 – More than one person in two thinks corruption has worsened in the last two years, according to the…


Added by Development Crossing on July 10, 2013 at 5:04am — No Comments

Greying Asia: A case of increasing the retirement age?

Interesting post on the Asian Development Bank blog around aging populations globally.  It starts off by referencing the following tweets from Hans Rosling:

“Life expectancy at birth in the world: 1960=50 years, 2013=70 years…” 

“Number of births/women in the world: 1960=5.0, 2013=2.5 ...” 

You know it intuitively but fascinating to see the numbers! The graphic below looks at the increase in life expectancy and decline in…


Added by Brad Ewing on July 8, 2013 at 10:48pm — No Comments

2013 Cone Communications/Echo Global CSR Study

Cone Communications recently released its 2013 Cone Communications/Echo Global CSR Study, looking at consumer attitudes, perceptions and behaviors around CSR.  A few snapshots from the full press release below:


"CSR has never been more urgent – incidents of corporate negligence…


Added by Development Crossing on July 8, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Intelligent Sustainable Cities

Intelligent traffic solutions, green buildings, water management, and smart grid infrastructure are just a few of the technologies helping to steer today’s urbanization toward sustainability.

The challenges presented by sustainable urban development are immense. In 2010, 82 percent of Americans lived in cities; by 2050 it will be 90 percent. Cities are responsible for around two thirds of the energy used, 60 percent of all water consumed and 70 percent of all…


Added by Petra Koenvenski on July 8, 2013 at 5:15pm — No Comments

My Personal Safety Quotes:


Over the years I have come up with several of my own safety and leadership quotations that I have used in either in conferences, meetings or training sessions.  Sometimes you can say just a few words and the message sticks with people for the rest of their lives.   I have put below a few of my favourites that I have had success with when trying to make people accept their responsibilities and become leaders.



Added by Wayne Harris on May 23, 2013 at 6:43am — No Comments

The Hottest Fashion at Work? Engagement.

stylish and engaged woman You want your company culture to be one of giving back - and it would be nice if you could get back as much as you give back.  That is to say, engagement in your employee giving and volunteer programs is just a starting point: you’d also like to see your employees engaged on the clock. You keep hearing that corporate volunteering and giving creates engagement at work, but you remain skeptical. 

Well, skeptic be gone.  …


Added by Ryan Scott on July 5, 2013 at 4:58am — 1 Comment

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