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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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

A Sectored System: Public Education

 

By Mark Hecker

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.

What Healthcare Can Learn from NASA's Social Strategy

By Nancy Meyer

Developing a successful social media strategy isn’t rocket science, but some lessons learned from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) illustrate it just takes some thought and planning.

GMO Labeling Campaigns - New Battlegrounds

During a recent discussion with an executive for a major food producer who manages sustainability programs, we were surprised that the issue of labeling products containing GMOs was off her radar now that California’s Prop 37 was defeated.

Movement Building for a New Economy

By Patrick Davis

There is an enormous amount of energy among people and organizations that recognize the need for a global economic transformation. Both here in the US and across the world, wealth distribution is as disproportionate as it has ever been. (Check out this interactive Poverty Index over Time tool on UnSectored)

Non-Thermal Concentrated Solar Power

By DAVIS SWAN

In a previous blog I discussed three very different types of solar energy electricity generation;  Photo-voltaic (PV), Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and Solar Updraft chimneys.  This blog will deal with a branch of CSP that hasn’t received much attention and hasn’t yet been commercially deployed on a large scale.  This could be referred to as non-thermal CSP.

Checking Doctors

By DR. SCOTT M. SHEMWELL

Volume 2 Number 3

Pilots use them and now doctors do as well.  Mission critical is by definition an activity that must not fail.  Partial success in such an environment may not be good enough and often has management visibility and even legal consequences.

After placing at the top of his or her pre-med Bachelor level degree and four years of medical school, a period of on-the-job training ensues.  After another four or more years as an Intern then Resident, a physician certainly can be deemed to an expert is his or her field.

RovAir Helps Business Travelers Share Mobile Hotspots

 

The sharing economy is really an exciting new development that can and will continue to take on many new forms as innovation continues to broaden our horizons and break down the barriers that once stood in the way of the world becoming more like one big family.

Of course, some companies (like rental companies) have been in the sharing economy business for a long time (without being called that) and are now being updated with new models (and sometimes new players) that leverage the power of technology and social networking.

This is Not Who We Are

By Jeff Raderstrong

I’m beginning to realize that our institutions do not reflect who we are as people. They are not aligned with what really motivates us to get up in the morning.

2013 Digital Health Communications Predictions

By Beth Bengtson

How will digital health communications change this year? Certainly there’s work to be done on this front. Here are the musings of the Hale Advisors team on where we need to evolve as communicators and the trends to watch.

Evolve:

3 Cause-Related Superbowl Ads that Made My Spine Tingle

By JOE WATERS

On Sunday night I was busy pinning cause-related Superbowl ads on this Pinterest board.

There were three cause-related ads in particular that got my attention and sent shivers down my spine (like a good commercial should!).

The Top 10 Stakeholder Issues

Future 500 has identified the Top 10 issues that activists and corporations will likely contend with this year. A growing number of consumer and activist groups is working on each issue demanding more sustainable solutions. Corporations need to understand the activist landscape and they need to identify key stakeholders.

Sustainability? Ask Why.

By CELESA HORVATH

Last week, I wrote about the importance of cultural integration and the need for a shared vision to guide the sustainability agenda, particularly through times of leadership change.  That made me reflect on how we get to that shared vision: we start with ‘why‘.

In my view, “why?” is one of the most critical questions any organization must ask itself before embarking on a sustainability journey.

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