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13 Conferences for 2013 – Plus 17 More!

By REALIZED WORTH

Having trouble deciding which conferences to attend this year? Following you’ll find a list of our top 13 conferences for 2013 – plus 17 more! These conferences are focused on CSR, Sustainability, Corporate Volunteering and/or Philanthropy. Let us know where you’re going to be – hopefully we’ll see you there!

Note: Even with 30 conferences listed, there are likely to be some that we missed. Please help us make our list more accurate. You can comment at the end of this article or contact us directly at ...

From Farm to Condo

By MONIKA MITCHELL

Good-b Editor’sNote: Collective food coops have been booming in the San Francisco-Bay Area for decades. Only in recent years have these emerged in urban neighborhoods like Brooklyn. In true New York style, you don’t even have to leave your home to get to the farm. Now a new start-up called, “Farmigo” from SF can bring the food coop to your door. But is it’s deliver system sustainable? Check it out below.

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Best Cause Marketing Campaigns of 2012

By JOE WATERS

I searched through all my posts and Pinterest boards from last year and came up with my 2012 picks for best cause marketing campaigns.

Below are my top picks (although I have an expanded list here on Pinterest). Each link will take you to either a post I wrote on the program or to a pin on Pinterest. Remember, when you click on the image on Pinterest you can get the backstory behind the program.

What were your favorite cause marketing campaigns of 2012? Leave a...

The U.S. Election and Energy Policy

BY MAXWELL DRUMMOND INTERNATIONAL 

A little over a month ago, Americans elected President Obama for his second term.  Faced with four more years, the American oil and gas industry has been analysing and predicting how the President’s energy policy will affect them. 

In particular, the industry is focusing on decisions President Barack Obama will make to regulate or promote natural gas drilling in the United States. Whist the...

HealthPocket: The Kayak of Health Insurance (transcript)

By DAVID WILLIAMS

The audio for this podcast can be accessed here.

David Williams: This is David E. Williams, cofounder of MedPharma Partners and author of the Health Business Blog. I’m speaking today with Steve Zaleznick, Director for Consumer Strategy and...

Spain Shuts Down Oldest Nuclear Reactor

The Garona nuclear power plant is shutting down in order to avoid new taxes that would render the plant unprofitable.  Spain is introducing higher taxes on electricity generation as a measure to address an over 24 billion euro ($31 billion) energy tariff deficit after years of selling power below costs.

The operator of the plant Nuclenor said, that the additional 153 million euros of taxes that the BWR nuclear reactor at Garona would incur in 2013 would “increase current economic losses to the point of sending Nuclenor into...

Leadership Lessons From Nonprofit Mergers And Closings

Financial challenges facing nonprofits are driving organizational mergers and closings. Because the role of the nonprofit board is to ensure that the organization’s assets are used for designated purposes, the board must be thoughtful in deciding if and when a nonprofit is no longer viable, and then exploring options for the future. There are valuable leadership lessons to be learned from boards that have undertaken the serious responsibility of merging or closing a nonprofit...

GlobalGiving E-Gift Cards: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Naveen Kumar was first inspired to volunteer in his college years during the 2001 Gujarat earthquake in India. Two years later, his volunteer spirit was reignited while, as an employee of HP, he was taking information and communications technology (ICT) into rural communities in India. When a woman confronted him with the question, “How can computers give me food?” he determined to help her and her family to solve their problem of accessing the food ration cards for which they qualified; he did this online. Seeing the needs around him, Kumar also determined to engage himself and...

Khan Academy Approach Poised to Solve a "Wicked Problem" in Healthcare

By DAVE CHASE

The current Forbes cover features Salman Khan who may be having more impact on education than any other teacher before him. His impact isn’t limited to education.

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Funicular Power - Newton's Apple to the Rescue

By DAVIS SWAN

If you have been reading entries in the “Black Swan Blog” you should have noticed that they deal with concepts that are somewhat off the mainstream but still very grounded in real world situations and applications.  However, in my introduction to this blog I did warn readers that some of the ideas

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Retention Q&A

BY MAXWELL DRUMMOND INTERNATIONAL 

Brian Coffman joined Maxwell Drummond in Houston as a Senior Consultant before transferring to Calgary to manage the company’s Alberta operations in 2009. In 2012, after serving as the Vice President Americas, Brian was promoted to Vice President Talent & Organizational Capability and is now responsible for several areas surrounding Maxwell Drummond’s global talent strategy.

In this addition of the Human Capital Blog, Brian discusses retention strategies and...

Data Analysis, the Election and Health Care Reform

DAVID E. WILLIAMS 

The re-election of President Obama dramatically increases the chances that the Affordable Care Act will be fully implemented. It also demonstrates the power of data and analytics to drive results and to improve over time. Karl Rove helped get George Bush elected by pioneering the use of consumer data to finely segment voters, but in the last two elections the GOP has been far eclipsed by the Democrats who have built on what Rove did and took it much further.

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What a Difference a Year Makes

Volume 1 Number 20

By DR. SCOTT M. SHEMWELL

On November 15, the deepwater drilling sector quietly passed an important first anniversary, the implementation of the Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS) regulation.[i]  One year ago, SEMS evolved (some argue perhaps hastily) from a long history of risk management processes the industry had developed over decades and became law.[ii]

Perhaps more important than the passing of new regulations on the industry is the...

From Desktop to Hardhat

By Dr. Scott M. Shemwell

Volume 1 Number 19

Many of us have attended workshops, been part of internal taskforces and other office based activities to identify, quantify and implement changes in the way we do business.  We often leave motivated and ready to execute the next great leap only to find that weeks and months later little if anything has resulted from our efforts.

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The CSR Challenge For Companies Doing Business In China

China’s emergence as an economic force has been both rapid and relatively recent. It was only in 2001 that China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO), allowing it access to foreign markets with very low tariffs on Chinese exports. In exchange, China had to lower its own tariffs on imports and follow the terms of trade governed by the WTO and its members.

For foreign businesses operating in China, the past few decades have been challenging  when it comes to corporate social responsibility and...

The Climate Debate Gloves Are Off

I just had to share this to make sure you didn’t miss it.

THE best magazine cover, story and quote for quite some time. A bold statement to the core of the climate denier community. Congratulations Josh Tyrangiel (Editor) and all at Bloomberg Businessweek.

There is already a robust and increasing discourse around climate change brought on by Hurricane Sandy and this for me is a great stick in the ground for where we are at today. There is more hope for tomorrow.

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Sandy Creates US Climate Hope?

As I watch the revealing impact of the storm in the US and the power of nature wreaking havoc on the financial heartland of the US I wonder if we are witnessing the pivotal moment in the US climate change debate?

We cannot not underestimate the impact of an again vulnerable New York,  to overcome stubborn political denial and corporate lobbying. From a detached, long distance perspective I get an uneasy feeling of similarity to watching the initial aftermath of the...

Keep Your Friends Close

Information Management Systems Can Grant Your Stakeholders Access to Critical Information While Also Restricting Access to Proprietary Business Information

The nuclear industry today has redefined security for modern collaboration. In the old days the practice of restricting access was fairly straightforward. You kept your secrets secure from the bad guys and made sure that the good guys had access to absolutely everything that might help them succeed.

Things were as simple as an old black & white John Wayne...

What the U.S. Could Buy With Wasted Healthcare Dollars

PBS created an interesting infographic on what could be done with the $750 billion waste that the Institute of Medicine report highlighted. Read the rest of the story on PBS.

Of course, one person’s “waste” is another’s revenue. This is why those profiting from waste will put up every roadblock imaginable to eliminating that waste. It’s the classic approach used by incumbent businesses – FUD (Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt). There are items below that I’m sure resonate...

Why Has Corporate Social Responsibility Stalled?

CSR has come a long way in a very short time. But while CSR remains a high priority, social performance has been lackluster and corporate leaders want to know how to increase the value of their investments in this area. In this context, it’s no surprise that Fast Forward is the theme of Business for Social R...

Is There A Business Case For Engaging Patients?

The AMA recently published an article questioning the merits of patient portals — the primary tool for engaging patients. Rob Tennant, senior policy adviser with the MGMA-ACMPE, the entity formed by the merger of the Medical Group Management Association and the American College of Medical Practice Executives raised the fundamental issue: “The business case just hasn’t been made.” I’ll attempt to make it.

Perhaps the best evidence of the business case is when industry visionaries/organizations/leaders such as HIMSS (the professional...

New Robot Designed For Investigation Of Fukushima Daiichi Reactor Basements

by Lucas Hixson

The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, (NEDO), and the Chiba Institute of Technology have designed a new robot which will be used to investigate the basement areas of the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi.  Unmanned robotic equipment is essential for ongoing work operations at the crippled plant, where radiation levels are often found too high for humans to work around.  TEPCO operators have also been employing the robots in less-contaminated areas, to conserve doses which otherwise would be absorbed by workers....

Turning Strong CSR Stories Into New Meaning For Your Employees

A strong CSR report provides an excellent starting point for your brand to achieve a meaningful position in the hearts and minds of your employees

That’s because, according to a recent Forbes report, CSR and employee engagement work hand in hand:

  • Hewitt & Associations found that, “the more a company actively pursues worthy environmental and social efforts, the more engaged its employees are”.
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The Six Reasons Why Companies Actually Wind Up Embracing CSR

Awhile back I wrote an article titled “The Six Reasons Why Companies Should Embrace Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).”  In fact, it was one of my most popular posts, thank you very much all you readers out there.

However, in fancy political science- and economics- speak, that was what they call a “normative analysis” – a perspective based on fact that describes how something should be and not how something actually is. So, for example, we may suppose that...

Doctors are a Broken Record We Don't Comprehend >80% of the Time

As both the private and public sector aggressively shift healthcare incentives from a “do more, bill more” to a value and outcome based model, healthcare providers ignore patients role in driving outcomes at their own peril.  It is generally understood that patients forget 80-90% of what they are told at the doctor’s office. As incentives no longer reward outcome over activity, this is a disaster...

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