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In Focus: Oxfam’s Behind the Brands campaign

Interview with the Oxfam policy advisor leading the charity’s latest campaign to drive up sustainability standards among the world’s top food and drinks companies.

Last month Oxfam released a set of scorecards ranking the ethical practices of the “Big Ten” food and drinks companies. The firms, including Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Kellogg’s, between them make more than $1bn a day and have an...

In Focus: Oxfam’s Behind the Brands campaign

 

Interview with the Oxfam policy advisor leading the charity’s latest campaign to drive up sustainability standards among the world’s top food and drinks companies.

Last month Oxfam released a set of scorecards ranking the ethical practices of the “Big Ten” food and drinks companies. The firms, including Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Kellogg’s, between them make more than $1bn a day...

A Vision for Big Data in the Social Sector

 

By Patrick Davis

Recently, my buddy Brian Weinberg and I had the chance to interview Matt Mahan, CEO of Causes as a part of our on-going GAMECHANGERS series (see full interview below). Causes is arguably the largest online platform for social change in the world. As I’m writing this, Causes boasts 153 million members hailing from 142 countries, who have taken over 1 billion actions collectively. These actions include starting...

Charities Need to Increase Overheads

By David Connor

Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is wrong

If you work in social enterprise or a charitable organisation make sure you find 18 minutes and 55 seconds to watch the video below.

I’ve seen the link to this video enthusiastically being bounced around the social media world for a few days and I finally managed to squeeze in a watch over lunch today.

I’ll let Dan do the talking first and add...

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...

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...

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.

Never before have I seen such a clear indication that the “Ed...

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.

JPL leads the $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory mission, which dropped the 1-ton Curiosity rover on the Red Planet’s surface Aug. 5. It’s an institution of 5,000 people studying theories and science often too complicated to pronounce, making it all the more impressive that its inventive social media team managed to...

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. From a Future 500 perspective, fostering corporate-NGO engagement on contentious issues like GMO labeling...

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)

Our existing economic legal framework continues to...

The Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emission Future of Africa

Posted on SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS TOOLKIT

By Oluwabamise Lanre Afolabi

There are concerns that emerging economies such as China, India and Brazil will overtake developed countries in their future demand for energy. This is because the demand for energy in these countries is...

Responsibility in Corporate Engagement: Enhancing Accountability and the Impact of CSR in the Developing World

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By Tomislav Ivancic

In today’s age of global standards, media and civil society scrutiny, it is understandable that many firms have opted to create dedicated units towards enhancing their contributions towards society. Ensuring responsibility in business is not merely a fad, but rapidly becoming the norm in the corporate world. According to the World Bank’s Markus...

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.

Research...

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