Voices of Influence: Original and Guest Blog Posts from Around the World

These blogs provide insight into the latest issues, challenges, advances and debate around CSR and sustainability. Original and guest blog posts highlight differing perspectives and context.

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Water: Conflict or Cooperation?

World Water Day this year highlights the role of cooperation in managing the many competing needs for the resource, a topic near and dear to Future 500's heart. Demand for water is surging as global population booms and developing economies continue their steady hum. Meanwhile, climate...

FDA Should Use New FTC Digital Guidelines as Guardrails for Social Media

By Zoe Dunn

The Pharmaceutical industry may just have the social media guardrails it has long been waiting for.

While the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates the industry, hasn’t yet issued its promised social media guidance, it may just defer to the newly-released Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) staff guidance document on digital advertising, ...

The Moral Arc of the Universe is Long: Creating UnSectored Change Takes Time

 

By Kathy Chamberlain

We are all impatient about the pace of social change. Some recent UnSectored posts have referred to the idea of building movements for change, whether indirectly or directly, and these...

Ulster County Rises on V-Day to End Violence Against Women and Girls

By John Bath

Women and men gathered at thousands of events in more than 200 countries to spend part of their Valentine’s Day joining a global phenomenon known as One Billion Rising to end violence against women.

Coinciding with the 15th anniversary of V-Day, an activist movement to end all forms of violence against women and girls, One Billion Rising is a worldwide day of protest...

Made to Measure? Understanding Investor Challenges with Social Impact Measurement

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In a recent J.P. Morgan study, 70% of surveyed global investors identified impact measurement as important to the development of the impact investing industry. 96% of investors surveyed report that they use metrics to measure...

Changing Healthcare One SMS at a Time

 

By Nancy Meyer

When it comes to mHealth, in many ways developing countries are ahead of the U.S., as innovative text-messaging programs bring life-saving information and supplies to remote areas and achieve remarkable results.

Take, for example, the ways SMS programs in Malawi, Zambia, and other parts of Africa are being used today:

  • improving health care services at the community level e.g. ChildCount
  • ...

Why Integrated Reporting is Inevitable

 

These days, integrated reporting is a corporate dog everyone loves to kick.

People will tell you it’s a bore, a chore, a snore. It’s another corporate cost center, a straightjacket on corporate communication, a full-employment program dreamed up by do-gooders to give jobs to bean counters.

To its harshest critics,...

Today's Social Movement

 

By: Jeff Raderstrong

As a teenager, I was obsessed with the 60s. It started with the music—first classic rock like the Beatles and Rolling Stones, but I quickly moved on to the protest songs of the day—Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Crosby Still Nash and Young, Pete Seeger. From there, it was only a small jump to focus my attention to people like Martin Luther King jr. and groups like the Students for a Democratic Society and the Black Panthers.

I think I was so focused on...

Pharmville: Applying Gamification to Healthcare

 

By Nancy Meyer

What can pharma learn from FarmVille?

That enormously popular online game played—and shared—by millions on social networks, illustrates principles of engagement, interactivity, motivation, and loyalty that can be harnessed by healthcare firms.

It’s called gamification, applying game thinking and game mechanics to non-game environments to engage audiences and solve problems. We believe healthcare can take the best lessons from games like FarmVille, World of...

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