Islamic microfinance gains popularity in war-torn Afghanistan
After spending several years in Iran as a refugee struggling to make a living, Shooperi Sharif never imagined that one day she would have a business of her very own. Last year, the 34-year old mother of three took out an Islamic microfinance loan to expand her business -- it was an Islamic loan as she's one of thousands of Afghans who refuse to take interest-bearing loans.
Corporate responsibility: Are companies responding to social demands?
Only one manager in about six is likely to view her company as a global corporate citizen with a responsibility to help solve social problems, as opposed to one stakeholder in three. This is one of the key findings of RESPONSE: Understanding and Responding to Social Demands on Corporate Responsibility, a study created and funded by the European Commission to study the gap in perceptions of social responsibility among companies and stakeholders.
Alignment is important because "only when
The double bottom line: social investing comes of age
The current economic malaise has sent investors looking for new avenues of investment - not just for the financial returns but also to make a difference in the world at large. Enter the socially-responsible investment, a niche market that is now coming of age.
A new sustainability playing field
Sustainability as a concept has changed enormously, according to Brendan May, founder of the Robertsbridge Group. There is no longer any escape from our collective environmental challenge-no sector or company, large or small, is immune.
Innovation booming in emerging markets despite obstacles
Traditional measures of innovation usually focus on science and technology, for example on patents produced, scientific papers published and PhD graduates in science and engineering. While the role of science and technology in driving innovation continues to be important, we are witnessing a new type of innovation in Latin America and other emerging markets, i.e. innovations that are more horizontal and more context dependent.
Coordination among corporate donors helps provide faster, more efficient humanitarian aid
Like individuals, companies mobilise their resources to contribute to large-scale emergencies as quickly as they can. Corporate donations may be in the form of cash, goods and services in-kind like technical expertise or capacity. Many companies will work through their local staff and offices to provide support to international aid teams. This type of local support can be very valuable for aid workers facing a long list of bottlenecks when arriving in a new country to deliver assistance. Having
Ayala: Taking care of the bottom line while seeking a social impact
“Businesses cannot simply operate in societies that are plagued with extreme poverty and where the environment is severely degraded. It is important for businesses to build in solutions to these challenges in their business strategies for their long-term viability and survival.” That’s according to Fernando Zobel de Ayala, who is President and Chief Operating Officer of Ayala Corporation, and concurrently Chairman of Ayala Land, the largest real estate company in the Philippines.
A helping hand for families trying to escape the poverty trap in India
Kancheepuram, some 80 kilometres south-west of Chennai, is well known for its 500-year-old heavyweight silk sari tradition. But chances were that its ornate, intricate pieces were woven by children between the age of five and 13, working 12 to 16 hours a day and bonded to a master weaver until their parents’ debt was paid in full.
The Economic Growth Engine: How Energy and Work Drive Material Prosperity
The authors of this unique book explore the fundamental relationship between thermodynamics (physical work)
and economics. They take a realistic approach to explaining the relationship between technological progress,
thermodynamic efficiency and economic growth, the findings of which conclude with a fundamental explanation of
endogenous growth that is both quantifiable and consistent with the laws of thermodynamics. A major implication of
this is that future economic growth is no
Oregon Department of Justice Honors Attorney Program
Career Services Speaker Series Oregon Department of Justice Honors Attorney Program September 9, 2010 Career Services The Honors Attorney Program is designed to provide five outstanding recent law school graduates—including those who have served as judicial clerks or in government fellowships—with the opportunity to gain public law experience after law school. In this podcast, Oregon’s [...]
Finding No Hidden Variables
"Measuring 'Nothing' and Getting It Right" - a symposium in honor of the physics career of Dr. Stuart Freedman (http://freedman2014.org): Dr. Tony Nero (Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) speaks about Dr. Stuart Freedman's 1972 experiment (with Dr. John Clauser). The theory of "hidden variables" is discussed, including its motivation, conduct, and results, as well as factors affecting how credit was apportioned for its success.
Financial writer Gretchen Morgenson, GOP stalwart Vic Gold, lori Wallach on trade and Bill Moyers on
With U.S. mortgages entering foreclosure at a record pace, the crisis has far reaching implications, from the financial markets to the financial health of ordinary Americans. For the latest, Bill Moyers interviews assistant business and financial editor at The New York Times Gretchen Morgenson, who has been covering the story. Also on the program: lori Wallach, Director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, on the secret trade deal negotiated by leaders of the Democratic Party and its implic
Monument commemorating non-Soviet Jews deported to Litin and murdered there
Anna Birbraer, who was born in 1927 in Litin and lived there during the war years, tells about the monument commemorating the young European Jews deported to and murdered in Litin, and also POWs and Roma http://www.yadvashem.org//untoldstories/database/commemoration.asp?cid=752
Engaging students in ethical debates
This case study outlines an investigation into the acceptance of a new pedagogical paradigm aiming to engage and inspire students in ethical and entrepreneurial activity
Research on Microorganisms that Live Off Carbon Dioxide
This video produced by Teachers' Domain features Cathy Drennan, Professor of Chemistry and Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cathy explains that her research focuses on microorganisms that live off carbon dioxide, one of several greenhouse gases that are widely believed to accelerate global warming. Specifically, Cathy is investigating how a protein inside these microorganisms converts carbon dioxide into energy. Ultimately, Cathy hopes humans might apply what they learn from
Civil Engineering in Developing Countries
Based on working on exercises on project decision making and planning, the specific context of working abroad in general and in developing countries in particular is illustrated, with regard to socio-cultural aspects, planning and financing of projects, roles of (consulting) engineers and contractors, local materials, techniques and knowledge and environmental issues. Study Goals: define projects in several phases of the project cycle (feasibility, identification, design and construction, evalua
Protecting the Future of Food One Seed at a Time
The varieties of wheat, corn and rice we grow today may not thrive in a future threatened by climate change. Cary Fowler takes us inside a vast global seed bank, buried within a frozen mountain in Norway, that stores a diverse group of food-crop for whatever tomorrow may bring. Run time 17:06.
Nikesh Arora Discusses Google's Investment Decisions and the Shifting of Ad Spending Online
Chrystia Freeland Interviews Nikesh Arora
Part I: An Innovation 'Ecosystem'
Cisco SVP Dan Scheinman and Wharton's Saikat Chaudhuri Discuss Acquisitions and Innovation, Part I: An Innovation 'Ecosystem'
Martin Varsavsky on How U.S. Tech Firms Differ from Their European Counterparts
Martin Varsavsky's fans see him as a rebel who has often disrupted the telecommunications industry. An Argentine/Spanish entrepreneur who has launched seven companies in the past 20 years, Varsavsky's current venture is FON, which he describes as a "community-empowered company dedicated to building the world's largest global WiFi network." He has a few partners helping him get there -- Skype, eBay and Google. In a podcast interview with Kevin Werbach, a professor of legal studies and ethics at W