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
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 roadmap to sustainable transport
The massive efforts to save the automobile industry will keep it going for a few more years. But for the industry to survive beyond that, it must introduce not just new car models but a whole new set of business models.
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
G20: Solutions to Global Depression?
In this fourth podcast Linda Yueh and Jonathan Michie discuss the G20 debates over co-ordinated fiscal expansion, global regulation, and the role of the IMF.
5.1 Introduction We have seen some of the difficulties that Mrs Biggs has faced when formulating a sufficiently general and sufficiently specific rule to deal with the conduct of the visitors to her garden. In Part D we take things a step further by looking at some of the difficulties which may arise when it comes to interpreting rules such as the one developed (with your help) by Mrs Biggs. In particular, we will be exploring the way in which our understanding of the language used in rules affects our interp
We have seen some of the difficulties that Mrs Biggs has faced when formulating a sufficiently general and sufficiently specific rule to deal with the conduct of the visitors to her garden. In Part D we take things a step further by looking at some of the difficulties which may arise when it comes to interpreting rules such as the one developed (with your help) by Mrs Biggs. In particular, we will be exploring the way in which our understanding of the language used in rules affects our interp
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.
Dr. Paul Alivisatos (Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and Director of the Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute at Berkeley) and Paul Freedman welcome the attendees of Measuring Nothing and Getting It Right - A Symposium Honoring Stuart J. Freedman (http://freedman2014.org).
Essay Hook - Free English Video by Brightstorm
This video explains how to connect to (or hook) the reader and gain their interest when writing an essay. Essay hooks can either tell or recount a story, give an interesting statistic, provide a relevant quote or give a real world connection. When writing an essay hook, it's important to use definitions sparingly and to weave quotations in to interest the reader. (4:18)
Understanding Logical Statements, Part 1 of 5
"Identify the hypothesis and conclusion of the following statement, and determine whether the statement is always, sometimes, or never true." In this video, Sal Khan offers an introduction to understanding mathematical logic statements. Mr. Khan uses the Paint Program (with different colors) to illustrate his points. Sal Khan is the recipient of the 2009 Microsoft Tech Award in Education. (03:53)
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
2.6 Genre In The Realist Novel Dennis Walder provides you with an extract from a detective novel to identify, and suggests that you'll find this relatively easy because it contains certain features that we expect in such a work. In other words, we each have a mental set of expectations that we use to categorise writing. Research on Microorganisms that Live Off Carbon Dioxide Protecting the Future of Food One Seed at a Time
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
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.
In The Realist Novel Dennis Walder provides you with an extract from a detective novel to identify, and suggests that you'll find this relatively easy because it contains certain features that we expect in such a work. In other words, we each have a mental set of expectations that we use to categorise writing.
Research on Microorganisms that Live Off Carbon Dioxide
Protecting the Future of Food One Seed at a Time