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9 years 5 months ago

This morning, professionals from international development, business, government and academia converged to a conference room at the World Bank offices in DC to discuss how to increase the penetration of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) among US-based companies.  Inger Andersen (VP of Sustainability Development at the World Bank) welcomed participants to the workshop, highlighting the growing importance of GRI reporting to get business done better across sectors.  Andersen also...


9 years 5 months ago

Today, The White House announced the creation of the Startup America Partnership, a new public-private partnership around entrepreneurship that is part of President Obama's strategy to create more quality US-based jobs.

The Partnership will be receiving funding from the Federal Government, the Case Foundation, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In addition, the Partnership has also received the support of a variety of organizations and firms that have made commitments to boost job creation through a variety of exciting entrepreneurship-based...


9 years 5 months ago

The international race to create solar energy jobs is alive and well.  There are several reasons why solar energy jobs are increasing.  One of the main reasons is that the cost of solar energy generation has significantly decreased in the past few years.  For instance, Professor John O. Blackburn, a professor of economics at Duke University, along with Sam Cunningham, a Duke graduate student, published a report in 2010 demonstrating that solar energy costs have actually become lower than...


9 years 5 months ago

As President Obama pointed out in his State of the Union Speech earlier this week, the US is losing ground as compared to other nations in its K-12 education system.  However, the US is still the envy of the world when it comes to its higher education institutions.  Many American universities still attract and retain the best academic minds in the world. Under the tutelage of these stellar faculty members, students at a number of US universities have the unique chance learn from the best when it comes to developing the innovative spirit and the...


9 years 5 months ago

The Unreasonable Institute, a growing social innovation incubator based in Boulder, Colorado, is gaining momentum in transforming social entrepreneurs from dreamers into doers.  Its 2010 unreasonable summer institute enabled 21 high potential social entrepreneurs to gain insights from mentors as well as to put together business plans.  Post-institute, 60%...


9 years 5 months ago

For many college seniors, January often signifies the start of the job hunting season.  Or rather the start of the anxiety related to having to think about what they can do with that degree or major. Many college seniors (and don't worry plenty of students who will complete graduate programs) have no idea of what careers are available to them.  The current job market conditions do not help.  According to the latest...


9 years 5 months ago

Creating new well-paying jobs to spur the economic recovery remains a central concern globally and in the US.  The Great Recession has left many professionals and their families struggling to make ends meet for over two years.  This jobless recovery is likely to be the longest recovery since the Great Depression.  Furthermore,  the convergence of automation and globalization have resulted in permanent changes in jobs across many industries.  For instance,...


9 years 6 months ago

One of the biggest benefits of the digital world is to be able to connect with like minded professionals at minimal expense.  For socio-eco innovators (SEIs), online events are invaluable to get career advice relevant to turning their values into value across sectors.  In the private sector, career advice for SEIs include examples of professionals working in corporate social responsibility for ...


9 years 6 months ago

Central to your career success and satisfaction is your ability to best position yourself to successfully compete for career choices that fit your values and aspirations.  Responsible career choices can be found in all industries, but several indicators suggest that responsible career choices in clean tech are likely to be growing in 2011.  For example, venture capital investments in clean tech increased by 43% in 2010 over 2009.  According to redfishtech.com, these VC investments were primarily focused on solar energy, energy efficiency, biofuels, smart grid, and transportation...


9 years 6 months ago

In this tough job market, job seekers are eagerly looking for job hunting tips that will make their job search easier and hopefully faster.  In my previous posts in this series, I provided job hunting tips that you can use for a reactive job search (i.e. browsing job postings online).  I also provided job hunting tips that you can integrate into your proactive job...


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