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Ecotech Institute’s First Free Online Course, “Introduction to Sustainability,” Receives Positive Student Feedback

Descriptions such as “inspiring” and “eye-opening” were included in student feedback from Ecotech Institute’s recent free online “Introduction to Sustainability” course.



Students came from “all walks of life and from around the globe,” according to Kyle Crider, Ecotech Institute’s Program Chair and Manager of Environmental Operations, who led the course. There was a diverse mix of men and women in the class, ranging in educational background from high school to Ph.D., about half of…

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Added by Molly Koch on August 20, 2013 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Strategic CSR Increases Revenues

How can companies move past management of costs and risks (through CSR initiatives) to actually increasing their revenues with strategic CSR? That's the focus of a recent post by David Rönnegard, Senior Research Fellow at INSEAD.

"To regard CSR from a strategic perspective is largely about paying greater attention to political and social risks and…

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Added by Development Crossing on August 19, 2013 at 4:48am — 1 Comment

Consumer Attitudes towards Corporate Social Responsibility

No (CSR) surprises here but the 2013 Cone Communications/Echo Global CSR Study recently found that consumers want to reward companies for their positive societal influences.

Do consumers follow through on what they say they would do?…

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Added by Development Crossing on August 14, 2013 at 9:43pm — No Comments

Corporate Social Responsibility Report Writing

Triple Pundit recently shared the five things a good CSR report will do:

1. Focus more on future goals, less on past successes --- Don't dwell on the past, look to the future as well

2. Discuss the elephant in the room --- Acknowledge the negative impact of your business

3. Avoid a PR nightmare --- Focus on sustainable business…

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Added by Development Crossing on August 14, 2013 at 9:27pm — No Comments

Universum's CSR Rankings: US organizations with the best CSR reputation

Corporate social responsibility rankings are always in interesting indication. Interestingly, if you compare csr ranking lists the outcomes can vary by a lot. Universum recently surveyed 20,812 business students in the U.S., asking them to select the companies they think are “most ideal” to work for, and “Why?”.  Below are the top ten employers in the US most associated to…

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Added by Development Crossing on August 12, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been defined in a variety of ways and plenty has certainly been said about the topic over the years. Any famous corporate social…

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Added by Development Crossing on August 12, 2013 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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:…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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