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11 years 2 months ago

It is no secret that effective networking is one of the single most important aspects of successful job-hunting. I have spent the past five months building my network to both learn about the green realm and hunt down the perfect green job. I've always cringed at the word "networking," as the term connotes forced conversations and social climbing. But I'm realizing networking can become your own authentic process, and I actually enjoy it. The day I realized I was doing something right I received 4 compelling job descriptions, which landed in my...


11 years 2 months ago

<p>This is my first blog ever. If you&rsquo;re reading it, I must have figured out how to get it from my computer to yours. I&rsquo;ve been thinking about sustainability for years, since before I was picked for Clinton&rsquo;s President&rsquo;s Council on Sustainable Development.&nbsp; I came to the idea as a possible strategy to build support for preserving vast wilderness areas in what&rsquo;s left of one of the wildest pieces of America: the Colorado Plateau. I spent the 1990&rsquo;s exploring this question: If rural communities could build new,...


11 years 2 months ago

Today many large global corporations are larger and more powerful than most of the so called sovereign nation states within the United Nations. And yet when we demand democracy we do so only for those nation states. The United States has often been on a mission to make the world democratic and it's presence in Iraq, its support of Georgia as with many other situations has been clothed in the ideological clothes of supporting democracy.

But how can we have democratic states when the most powerful organisations, the global...


11 years 2 months ago

<p>With the presidential campaign in full swing, environmental issues, especially the burning of fossil fuels and the need to find alternatives, are top-of-mind for many people. I do not ask that you support one candidate over another but it is imperative that you become engaged in the political process and drive your favorite candidate to embrace sustainability.<br /> <br /> As a certified tree hugger, I know all about carbon emissions, the realities of peak oil, global warming, ocean acidification and so...


11 years 2 months ago

"Equality in itself never can be or should be a conservative goal."

- David Frum, conservative Republican scholar and author

I'm taking a break from blogging about the environment today to venture into an area that is probably near and dear to the hearts of many social enterprise founders: equality.  I read the line above in New York Times magazine article written by Frum entitled...


11 years 2 months ago

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11 years 2 months ago

<p>I find myself becoming increasingly impatient for change.&nbsp; I'm 35 now and have been actively involved in this social business game for 10 years or so. In those 10 years, in broad terms, the world's become a worse place to live.&nbsp; So if we're going to make the world a better place, social entrepreneurs had better get a move on.<br /> <br /> I sometimes wonder whether ownership structures get in the way of creating social change. Social ownership is generally seen as one of the three pillars of a true social enterprise - alongside a clear social mission and an...


11 years 2 months ago

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%;">Jared Blumenfeld has one of the most important environmental leadership roles in San Francisco, a city which he says is &ldquo;in the top 10 on the planet that have thought about how to become more sustainable and started actually doing it.&rdquo;<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Blumenfeld is Director of <a href="http://www.sfenvironment.org/index.html">San Francisco&rsquo;s...


11 years 2 months ago

<p>When I was a tyke, I used to love staying up all night to watch the <a href="http://www.mda.org/telethon/">Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon</a>. Not only did the charitable cause legitimize behavior that was otherwise verboten for young me, but the show transformed TV itself into a participatory medium. People calling in their contributions; local stations breaking in with local entertainment; fundraisers and micro-celebrities getting to speak to the world--the Jerry Lewis telethon was charity 2.0 long before the arrival of the social web.<br...


11 years 2 months ago

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<p>In ancient Greek cities, an open space serving as an assembly area and backdrop for commercial, civic, social, and religious activities was an essential part of life. It is where citizens did business, talked philosophy and politics and where debate and rhetoric became important skills. It was called the agora and situated in the middle of the city or near a harbour. Public space was valued much more than private space. Well off and worthy citizens might live in humble dwellings but the public space was far from humble...


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