I remember singing “Home, Home on the Range” in an endless loop when I was young and wandering through the woods, probably a vestige of hearing Gene Autry crooning. The song’s portrayal of roaming buffalo, deer and antelope playing struck an imaginative chord—it was something about the free spirit, the rare occurrence of a discouraging word and the forever-cloudless sky that felt so right. It certainly suited my privileged youth. I not only bought the myth, I got it for a song!
In 1905 GE established the Electric Bond and Share Company to provide financing to small local utilities. Already in business for a quarter century by that year, GE realized that capital flow and capital were crucial for conducting business.
When lending institutions (like banks) trumpet their commitment to environmental stewardship, they find themselves subject to the proverbial “sniff” test. It is one thing, for example, to offer paperless banking as a means of satisfying the eco-conscious consumer, but it requires a much higher degree of commitment to, say, discontinue financing of mountaintop removal (MTR) as a means of extracting coal.
Once again, we are faced with a “computer glitch” or “technical blip” in the increasingly volatile world of high frequency stock trading.
On Friday, BATS Global Markets, operator of a relatively new stock exchange that has captured 11% of all U.S. trading activity, was forced to withdraw its own IPO and refund all investors because its system crashed in the middle of the first day of trading.
Not only was its own stock offering wiped out, but trading of Apple shares was also halted on its system Friday due to the software problem.
Donations Driven by Donor Experience, Year-End Gifts and Large-Scale Disasters
(3BL Media) Bethesda, MD - March 5, 2012 - The Network For Good Digital Giving Index 2011 reaffirms important insights about digital philanthropy: People seem to give more when the online experience is intimate and emotionally coherent, and they also give online for reasons of convenience, especially at the end of the year and during large-scale disasters such as the Japan tsunami.