(3BL Media/Justmeans) - When ideas collide, great things happen. Plus, when we involve young thinkers in this process, exciting things happen, including solutions. Engaging young people to help create social change gives them life skills and provides their communities with a range of locally led solutions and innovations.
FROM THE EDITOR
U.S. Women Leave Workplace for Lack of National Paid Leave
The percentage of women in the U.S. at work or who want to work is declining, according to the White House Council of Economic Advisers. As part of the problem, the Council’s report notes the U.S. is the only developed country that does not offer paid maternity leave as federal policy. The result? Europe now leads the U.S. in female labor force participation. As in so many areas, lack of a federal family friendly policy has led some states to act. California, the first state to offer paid parental leave in 2004, has seen new mothers more likely to return to work. Business could pick up more of the slack; just 59 percent of workers say their employers offer paid leave, according to the Council of Economic Advisers. For American business to stay competitive, this situation has to change. Read more here.
John Howell, Editorial Director
News & Blogs
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - What if we could take all that carbon dioxide that we have too much of and turn it into a clean energy source? Sound far-fetched? Well, it isn’t really. After all, plants do it every day. That is much of the rationale behind biofuels. Let the plants store the solar energy as sugars, starches, etc., which we then convert into things that our machinery can use (e.g. ethanol, bio-diesel).
Learning how to use new technology can be a lot of fun. This is the ethos of the events put together by Embark Labs when they teach children as young as seven years old to program.
Embark Labs recently hosted an event at Cisco headquarters in Santa Clara, CA as part of the company’s Community Relations program. Children learn not only how to program, but also get the opportunity to develop other skills such as problem solving, creativity and collaboration.
Guest Blog by Mark Schapiro, author of Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of a Disrupted Global Economy
In June, a decades-long open secret hit the media like a typhoon: Climate change is the fundamental economic challenge of our time.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - India has the largest child population in the world, with more than a third of its population below the age of 18. Sadly, it also has some shocking statistics to deal with: India has the world’s largest number of sexually abused children, with a child below 16 raped every 155th minute, a child below 10 every 13th hour, and at least one in every 10 children having been sexually abused at any point in time.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Texas does not necessarily come to mind as the first state you think of when it comes to alternative energy, or alternative anything else, for that matter. Yet, despite their long and proud history as an oil state, Texas leads the nation in wind power, one of the fastest-growing forms of alternative energy.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Global brands are increasingly willing to include sustainability as one of the key factors in their decision-making process. Caring for the society and the world is a human emotion that motivates an average consumer, and companies are keen to feed this natural human drive in addition to feeding the consumers’ individual aspirations through their brand.