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10 years 12 months ago

<p>A recent political cartoon shows an outgoing President George W. Bush holding the door open to a refrigerator full of putrid, rotting food, and next to it, a dishwasher overflowing with dirty plates, cups and spoons.&nbsp; The contents of the refrigerator and the dishwasher bear the labels "Banks," "Economy," "Wall Street," "Housing," "Credit," "Consumer Confidence," and "GM."</p>
<p>The cartoon also shows Bush saying to a distressed-looking President-Elect Barack Obama, "You know that old saying, 'to the victor belong the spoils?'"</p>
<p>Indeed.</p...


10 years 12 months ago

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Times New Roman;">As organisations like JustMeans and 21 "Century Network try to create a more just and sustainable world by bringing companies and people together and encouraging public debate so as to encourage positive change, a sobering report by the US National Intelligence Council (NIC) makes sombre reading.The United States leading intelligence organisation has warned that the world is entering an increasingly unstable and...


11 years 2 hours ago

<p>International air traffic into Orlando International Airport has been on the rise in recent months because of the Open Skies accords negotiated between the United States government and European powers. If you have noticed flights to London&rsquo;s Heathrow airport from your city suddenly shifting to Gatwick, the cause is the same. Nevertheless, while transatlantic nonstop flights from Orlando have grown in frequency and variety, the aircraft have shrunk.<br /><br />It used to be that the Boeing 747 was the main aircraft of choice because of its payload and range. However, its smaller rivals have overtaken its duty cycle for many of the cities serving Orlando, including the 737.<br /><br /><img src="...


11 years 4 days ago

<p>The world is not black and white. It is never one or the other. There is always another alternative, it may be hidden, and you might need to change your thinking to find it but it's there.</p>
<p><strong><br />Cultural Creatives: The Hidden Subculture</strong></p>
<p><strong>Western culture likes to present the world in black and white.</strong> You are either conservative or liberal. You either love the city or love the country. You are either left brain or right brain. There is never a represenation of those of us who choose to live our lives in shades of grey.</p>
<p><strong>Similarly, our culture is the same way. The dominant points-of-view are black and white. You are either Modern...


11 years 5 days ago

<p style="text-align: justify;"><em>"So the question is, do corporate executives, provided they stay within the law, have responsibilities in their business activities other than to make as much money for their stockholders as possible? And my answer to that is, no they do not"</em><br />-Milton Friedman<br /><br />I came across this quote during my MBA studies and rejected it instantly.&nbsp; Several years prior, while reading <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Ben-...


11 years 5 days ago

<p>A couple of weeks ago I defended environmental advocacy groups (my former peeps), from what I considered overblown criticism of their engagement with corporations. Now, to prove that I'm an objective observer of their strengths and weaknesses, I'm going to point out a big, glaring problem that not many of them will like to hear:<br /><br />It's time to walk the walk on climate change, because you are not living up to your talk.<br /><br />I can hear the sputtering now: "But I'm saving the Amazonian rainforest and getting corporations the world over to report on their carbon emissions! My organization helps our million members take personal action to save the planet!" All of this is true, and I give you total props for your visionary efforts, but...


11 years 6 days ago

<p><span style="font-size: small;">Reflecting on Halloween, I wonder, why do American festivities involve an abundance of unnecessary and increasingly disposable stuff?</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">A few examples:</span></p>
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<li><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Take Halloween: </strong>More and more people buy ready-made costumes, many of which have been manufactured and shipped from China.&nbsp; Those who make their own costumes tend to buy materials for the occasion -...


11 years 1 week ago

<p>The election of Barack Obama has created hope that change can happen but unless that change is both cultural and structural then that hope may be dashed. What is needed more than anything is a reform of our democratic system where legislators are often the voting fodder of Governments or the spokesperson of the corporate elite.<br /><br />It is difficult to blame the MPs or Congressmen for this as they are victims of a political system that desperately needs modernising &ndash; in fact not just modernising but &ldquo;post modernising.&rdquo; <br /><br /...


11 years 1 week ago

<p>Dear President-Elect Obama,</p>
<p>I am one of your proud constituents. I was one of the thousands of revelers at Grant Park in Chicago on Election Night. I was lucky enough to have been invited as a "plus one" to the ticketed area of the rally by a friend who had scored tickets. I followed the returns on the giant screen mounted in Hutchinson Field, although I could see the stage in the distance as well.</p>
<p>When the announcement was made that you had been declared the winner of the Presidential election, I was jubilant. I jumped up...


11 years 2 weeks ago

<p>As social entrepreneurship and socially responsible investing expand into the mainstream conscious, we're faced with the challenge of determining "what counts?" While many new entrepreneurs are making an effort to be explicitly "green," and an increasing number of traditional investors are looking to add double and triple-bottom-line businesses to their portfolios, leaders in the fields may feel a mix of excitement and apprehension. On one hand, we're thrilled that new businesses and sources of capital are entering the space. After all, we're looking to drive a big shift in...


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