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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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...

The ABCs of Health Literacy: Understanding to be Understood

By Nancy Meyer

The healthcare sector spends millions of dollars on advertising, but how much of what is being communicated is really being understood?

When one considers that as many as half of all American adults have limited literacy skills and even more—as many as 9 out of 10—have limited health literacy skills, the issue becomes more acute. Numerous studies document a mismatch between patient reading skills and the readability level of health materials.

When the vast...

Onion Headline? "Government Should Slow Down Race to Implement Electronic Health Records"

By DAVE CHASE

Healthcare has been a technology paradox for a long time. There have been few places further out on the cutting edge of technology than biotech and medical devices. In contrast, healthIT has been in a time warp (see Why It’s Good News HealthIT is So Bad). While next year is the 20th anniversary of the Web, the dominant...

When It Comes To Information Always Take Shortcuts But Never Cut Corners

By Stephen Heiser

Never confuse short-cuts (which maximize efficiency) with cutting corners (which is laziness that jeopardizes information integrity and increases risk).

When working with information systems, and just about everything else, there is a natural human desire to get more done with less effort. Some call this working smarter not harder. Others call it maximizing efficiency. I call it going to work every day in the real world.

Sure, some people are perfectionists who focus on every detail with...

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