Things aren't really back to normal yet here in Boston. My office was open today, but the streets on two sides of the building are closed. I went to a new café for lunch because all my favorites are still shut. My friends who live right at the site of the second bomb - whose apartment a bunch of us were in at the time of Monday's events - are still staying with friends. The streets around my office, a block from Copley Square, are crowded by oddly quiet.
Last month, I was lucky enough to attend the White House Forum on Cross-Sector Leadership, which was co-hosted by the InterSector Project. The day was devoted to exploring the need for greater cross-sector collaboration, and how cultivating individual leaders can help bring the sectors closer together.
With all the talk of restraint to ensure viability of our planet/lifestyles, dour economic forecasts (not just for Greece, Cyprus and a few others in the EU - how's your credit rating UK?) and general feeling that life just won't be as much fun anymore, I think it's time for a Sustainability Party!
Are you planning to develop a social media strategy to communicate your company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) or sustainability plan? What are some of the biggest challenges in using social media to communicate sustainability efforts?
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’m passionate about my work. It’s rare that this passion creates anger. But, most definitely, that happened last week when I read the EdWeek blog post of Tom Vander Ark, a Venture Capitalist working in the educational space.