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Social Media, Sustainability and Transparency

Two posts in less than a week? I must officially be an insomniac.

Tonight’s excuse is that I’m waiting for my laptop to painfully slowly back-up before setting off to Paris to take part in Societe Generale’s Citizen Act finale.

I was invited to take part in today’s Guardian’s Sustainable Business live online Q&A on ‘Using social media to communicate sustainability’.

Wanted: More Women Inventors to Save the World

With such great need around the world for clean drinking water, safe housing, renewable energy, disaster relief, biomedical devices, and so on, we need inventors to build solutions and bring them to market. Unfortunately, it turns out that we might be missing out on talented young men, and even more women, who would be--but who are not--considering careers as inventors.

More donations to charity via rounded-up credit card purchases

The virtual ink had barely dried on our story about SwipeGood when we received word of Pennies, a like-minded UK contender. Billed as “the electronic charity box,” Pennies aims to provide an “easy, affordable, private and secure way for people to donate between 1 penny and 99 pence to UK charities, big and small, as they shop and pay by card,” in the site's own words.

My lessons learned: What to expect from a good CSR / Sustainability blog

I have been running this blog since early 2008 now. It started as a collection of personal thoughts and events but ever since I started to write a little more about CSR / Sustainability I also had to make sure I am listing to my readers enough to get an interesting discussion going.

The topic of this post is to provide you with some of the these lessons I learned over the past years when it comes to my blog design, the content and what my readers are looking for:

That Man and That Quote Again

 It’s 1.34am and I’m lying awake in a hotel room in London after 20 hours of travelling, meetings and an enjoyable, if whirlwind, debate entitled ‘CSR: Myth or Reality‘.

Philanthropy: Is Your Company Squandering a CSR Opportunity?

If your company is philanthropic, but you’re not matching your executives to nonprofit boards in a purposeful way, then your company is missing out. Missing out on a number of valuable opportunities, including: government and community relations, economic development, leadership development, and effective stewardship of your costly grant-making. This is particularly relevant for companies that are expanding into new markets here in the U.S.

Top 10 Sustainability / CSR and Online / Social Media Marketing Trends for 2011 (Part 1: Sustainability Trends)

By now, you’ve probably read some marketing and sustainability trend forecasts for 2011. Why another? Because there’s not another one out there exactly like this one!

I’ve grouped the top ten trends into two broad categories: Sustainability/CSR and Online/Social Media.

Part I. Top Sustainability and CSR Trends for 2011:

Why Cause Marketing is the Borg

The battleground is Europe, but it really could be anywhere in the world.

Governments are out of money, and museums, historical sites and cultural institutions are turning to the private sector and consumers to keep their doors open and visitors coming through the turnstiles.

Cats, Mice and Sustainable Energy




"Join me in setting a new goal. By 2035, 80 percent of America’s electricity will come from clean energy sources.”  – President Barack Obama, State of the Union, January 25, 2011.


Are You Ready for a Nonprofit Board: Ten Questions to Consider

I'm an activist when it comes to recruiting talented people to serve on nonprofit boards. My friends know that when I leave a party, a few people might be on a new path that will lead to their joining nonprofit boards. Only because I so often meet amazing people who are interested in boards but don't quite know what a board does, what will be expected of them, or how to find the right board that fits their interests and where they can add value.

Charitable Giving: Apple forfeits to Android

We’re big fans of Beth Kanter and her work helping non-profits utilize social media to “power change.” Recently on Twitter, Beth announced her intention to switch from the iPhone to a phone that usesGoogle’s Android operating system.

Cause Marketing: Which side are you on?

North American corporate cause sponsorship spending should expand by 5.0% in 2011. According to the IEG Sponsorship Report, this will be “driven by marketers seeking to earn goodwill from consumers and other stakeholders still recovering from the recessionary economy”.

In Australia, volunteer-made site enables help for flood victims

Necessity is the mother of invention, as the old saying goes, and there's no clearer time to see that maxim in action than in the wake of a disaster. Much the way Bushfire Housing sprang up back in 2009 to help the thousands of Australian families left homeless by fires in Victoria and New South Wales, so Flood Aid aims to help those affected by this year's devastating floods.

Designer Boards: For a Better World

By building more effective nonprofit boards, we can achieve more ambitious results for our communities and the world. Federal and state laws regulating nonprofit boards make that possible by giving us flexibility in designing each board. Boards can be created to maximize every organization’s revenues and its impact.

Sustainability Packaged Effectively

I don’t often post quick links, but this article in the U.K.’s Daily Mail spoke to me of my latest obsession – sustainability hidden in plain sight.  Except this time, it is sustainability packaged in a way that will resonate with a lot of previous naysayers.  If greed and the U.S.

2011: The Year to Shape Up Nonprofit Boards

Nonprofit boards alone have leadership authority--the legal and fiduciary responsibilities--for the organizations that can invigorate the economies of our communities, protect the environment, provide access to education and health care for all, alleviate poverty around the world, and more. Given such important missions, under tough financial circumstances, let 2011 be the year that nonprofit boards get in shape.

For continuation, see Fast Company here...http://bit.ly/hIcDz5

Is High Unemployment Driving Workplace Discrimination?

There were nearly 100,000 new charges of discrimination filed against employers during fiscal year 2010. This marks the highest level (7.2 percent) of new discrimination cases ever recorded, according to the latest report by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Microsoft and NGOs Helping Haiti Recover Through Technology

REDMOND – Jan. 12, 2011 – The day last year when the earth violently shook his country and the lives of millions of his fellow Haitians to pieces, Jude Antenor was late for school. 

CSR Messages: Raising the Bar

Do your CSR messages differentiate you from your competitors? Do you tell your CSR story in a way that captures the attention and imagination of your customers and your employees? I thought it would be interesting to look at some real examples – in this case from the oil and gas industry. See what you think: 

Let’s Talk About Cause Marketing at Quora

We have a new toy. Let’s play.

It’s the new question and answer site called Quora. Like Twitter, you ask a question, you get an answer, but you don’t have to filter out the other noise. You can follow people, but you can also follow topics (e. g. cause marketing) or questions (e. g. Where is cause marketing headed in 2011?). Also, like Twitter, Quora results are showing up in Google.

An added feature is that you can vote up or down people’s answers.

2011 – A Good Year for CSR Communications in Europe

Time for a quick update on my movements in the world of CSR.

After a couple of years talking with all those friendly sorts at 3BL Media, sharing blog posts, tweets,  Skype conversations and even yours truly sat in front of a video camera for 3BL TV, we decided it was time to announce our formal engagement.

CSR 2010: 2010 was CSR's "Coming Out" Party; What will 2011 bring?

As we've seen by many recent year-end posts, 2010 really culminated in a "coming out" party for corporate social responsibility professionals.

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