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5 days 18 hours ago

Guest blog by B Lab

In a lot of ways, business is the most powerful force on the planet.  It directly influences and interacts with everyone--they hire us, they sell to us, and they are created by us.  And unlike governments (which they also undoubtedly influence), they are not limited by the geography of borders; like the old British Empire, business is something on which the sun never sets, for better or worse.  While business has all too often been a bad influence on our world, that is not always the case, nor does it have to continue to be.  The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in...

5 days 20 hours ago

Guest blog by Emma White, Auvisa.org

Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya was constructed in the early 1990s in response to those were fleeing war torn countries like Somali, Ethiopia, Sudan, Eritrea, and Congo. Over the years, it has grown to be the largest such camp in the world, and with its size have come many problems facing the refugees who are staying in it. They range from lack of sanitation, child prostitution, sexual and gender based violence (female genital mutilation and early marriages) to prejudice against the disabled. Several agencies have sprung up to help alleviate these problems by...

1 week 3 days ago

Guest blog by Tim White, Kohler 

A glass of clean water. Something so simple that we take for granted daily. An estimated 1.8 billion people...

2 weeks 5 days ago

Guest Blog by Alicia Bonner Ness, PYXERA Global

Okay, maybe not everything.

But this Thursday, November 12, I hope you will tune in for the Global Engagement Forum Broadcast at pyxeraglobal.org. The broadcast will be streamed live from 10am to 1pm ET from the Knight Studio at the Newseum. Over the course of three hours, you’ll have the chance to hear from leaders and innovators who are changing the game for global development. Read on for what you...

1 month 1 week ago

Guest blog by Hazel Henderson, Ethical Markets

The best way to ensure that your diamond is not bloodstained from conflicts is to buy an identical gem created by human science.  These can be indistinguishable from diamonds mined from the Earth and avoid polluting the planet and exploiting miners, hundreds of whom die every year.  The growing science-created diamond industry is the biggest challenge yet to the mystique of mined diamonds.

Remember when women proudly wore fur coats, some from endangered species?  Today’s women are more likely to fear public scorn.  Furry fabrics are now the...

1 month 2 weeks ago

Guest blog by Deborah K. Holmes, EY Americas

Deborah Holmes is speaking at The Global Engagement Forum this Nov. 10-12 in Washington, D.C. on the Global Goals and education. Click here to learn more on the Forum and how to move the Global Goals from...

1 month 3 weeks ago

Guest Blog by Hazel Henderson, Ethical Markets Media

My broader look at Facing Up to Inequality on a global level explored the erosion of jobs due to automation, the part-timing of the workforce in the “shareconomy” via Uber, TaskRabbit and the reemergence of guaranteed minimum incomes first advocated in the 1960s by Milton Friedman as a “negative income tax.”  Today, all these approaches to redefining work and incomes to maintain purchasing power and aggregate demand in the USA and other OECD countries are...

1 month 3 weeks ago

Guest blog by Mehmood Khan, PepsiCo

Water scarcity is one of the greatest risks facing humanity and the global economy. Water shortages—from the U.S. to Peru to India—are impacting every facet of our society, including our global food supply. The UN estimates that by 2025, 1.8 billion people will live in countries or regions in which water is scarce, and approximately two-thirds of the world’s population could soon be living under water-stressed conditions. With ratification of the UN Sustainable...

2 months 3 weeks ago

Guest blog by Hazel Henderson, Ethical Markets Media

The wild swings on Wall Street and other now interconnected bourses in today’s global casino have seen billions withdrawn by small investors.  Their instincts are correct.  Today’s markets are becoming too erratic and volatile for investors – driven by frantic speed trading and speculators.  The usual bromides from market pundits blame China, oil prices, the Fed, slowing global GDP-measured economic growth.  Very few have the courage to point to the fundamental problems:

  • The basic structure of securities markets has...

2 months 4 weeks ago

Guest blog by Pamela Hawley, UniversalGiving

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

-Howard Thurman

This is very true.

Often I hear people say, “Oh, I wish I did something meaningful like you do, helping the world.” Working in philanthropy is a wonderful way to serve. But social workers, teachers or philanthropists don’t corner the market on meaning. If you want to create...