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I have 52 Slaves!

I recently found out that I am responsible for 52 slaves. With a son named Lincoln, that seems like something I should fix, given the other Lincoln's involvement in slavery.

You can take a test, and based on what you say (lifestyle, consumption patterns, buying choices) it well tell you your slavery footprint; the average number of slaves that support your lifestyle. It turns out that if I make average buying choices then there...

The End of Climate Silence


The Next Wave of Activism—And Potential Agreement

Forward on climateAmid a backdrop of severe and often catastrophic weather events in 2012, the environmental grassroots reignited around climate change. Each calamity heightened public anxiety, and over the year calls for action grew successively bolder. While droughts crippled crops in...

Companies Work to #HelpBoston

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....

CSR in Difficult Times


Anyone who is in CSR probably thinks that it’s a tough thing to do -  which it is!

But we can all draw inspiration from people who are really doing it tough by trying to get CSR embedded in particularly difficult times. Lebanon is such a place.


I was at CSR Lebanon’s recent CSR Forum, and it was the most responsi-glamorous group of speakers...

Engage radically - New McKinsey report confirms stakeholder engagement is an important factor in CSR


recent report by McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm, argues that a thorough stakeholder engagement process is vital to the success of a company. Today corporations are facing a diverse array of stakeholders - from government to consumers - that expect industry to help solve major economic, environmental and social problems. Unfortunately, traditional CSR programs are failing to deliver and pressure from...

Feeling Valued in the Nonprofit Sector


By: Ryan Steinbach

I believe that I am meant to work at a nonprofit or social enterprise. I’m passionate about a variety of social and environmental issues, I loved my experiences interning and volunteering for nonprofits in college, and I’m fine with giving up some income to find greater purpose in my work. I have known for a while that a revenue-generating nonprofit is the best fit for me based on my career priorities, thanks to some help from ...

"Reversing" Cross-Sector Leadership Exchanges


By Jeff Raderstrong

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.

We spent most of the time in a design workshop...

The Sustainability Party!

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!

Of course I'm not talking about throwing a party of...

What Are The Biggest Challenges to Communicating CSR with Social Media?

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?

As an orientation, the use of social media collaboration technologies can help organizations break down silos and facilitate knowledge sharing across business units, corporate functions and stakeholders. Social sharing enables individuals, communities, businesses, and non-government organizations the ability to connect with...

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


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"


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...


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