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Posted: May 11, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Education is a human right – it is the key that unlocks the door to all other rights, including economic equality, for millions of minority and low-income students. Beyond that, education is the unacknowledged engine that runs the American economy on both the individual and national level. Fueling that engine through scholarships secures human rights, empowers individuals, and creates wealth that has long-lasting generational impact.
Posted: May 08, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
We all live in “mediocracies” whatever our country’s form of government. We live in “attention economies” where brands, keywords and media trump politics, economics and culture in what Marshall McLuhan called “our global village”. Today we see countries following Britain’s branding in the 1990s as “Cool Britannia,” such as China’s promoting “The Chinese Dream” and the “circular economy”.
Posted: May 06, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Open letter to "Corporate Social Responsibility": You've served us well for several decades, but now it's time to go. Having been involved with you since the 1970s, parting is painful -- but necessary. So many companies around the world have integrated the near-genius concept of doing-good-while-doing-well into their DNA that your distinction no longer resonates.
Posted: May 04, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
In March, The New York Times ran a column declaring that "Fewer Women Run Big Companies Than Men named John." The article cited a Glass Ceiling Index that showed that Jims, Bobs, Jacks and Bills combined outnumber the total number of women among chief executives of S&P 1500 firms. A woeful sign that women still lag in leadership roles in corporate America. But go deeper down the corporate ladder and the story is even worse.
Posted: Apr 30, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
People are at the heart of FedEx. We’re in the business of connecting people, and we couldn’t do that successfully without the dedication of the hundreds of thousands of people within FedEx. That’s why we strive to create an environment where our team members can contribute and grow and where the values of diversity are woven throughout the organization. This starts with an inclusive culture.
Posted: Apr 29, 2015 – 09:48 AM EST
While the weekend timing of the Kathmandu earthquake meant that CSR and corporate communications teams were not at work in the United States, responses began quickly on Monday, first from U.S.-based telecommunications providers.
Posted: Apr 28, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Biomimicry—an innovation approach that taps into nature’s designs and process in order to solve human-scale problems—is poised to radically reshape the way we innovate and live.
Posted: Apr 27, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
The air pollution in northern China is so bad that residents can expect to die 5.5 years early. The country loses about 9 percent of gross national income each year to environmental problems. It seems laughable, then, for me to tell you that China is in fact the world’s leader in green manufacturing.
Posted: Apr 24, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
We don’t like giving up things we enjoy – like that yummy brownie. We don’t like to deny ourselves what our brain associates with pleasure, whatever that pleasure may be. This is why over 90% of folks who embark on a food diet fail. This is also why we feel resistance to traditional ‘sustainability’ advice – travel less, consume less, have less, be less.
Posted: Apr 22, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Stranded assets and operational disruptions are not the stuff of which great careers are made. And yet, without a significant upswing in corporate work on identifying and addressing water risk, these realities will mark an increasing number of companies and people’s careers.
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