Saturday, December 29, 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Generosity Experiment - Sasha Dichter of the Acumen Fund

The Generosity Experiment - Sasha Dichter of the Acumen Fund

 In this inspiring talk at the NextGen:Charity conference, Sasha Dichter of the Acumen Fund shares the results of his month-long "Generosity Experiment" where he said "yes" to every request for help.

 Sasha Dichter is the Director of Business Development at Acumen Fund, a nonprofit venture capital fund that invests in enterprises that serve the poor.  In this role, he leads up capital raising globally for Acumen Fund, including executing a successful $100M capital raise, serving as the point person for Acumen Fund’s Partner community, and heading up global partnerships for Acumen Fund including global expansion.  Sasha is a member of Acumen Fund’s leadership team and the author of the Manifesto for Nonprofit CEOs. He blogs about generosity,philanthropy and social change at

Video - Acumen Fund | 100 Million Lives Impacted

Video - Acumen Fund | 100 Million Lives Impacted

Acumen combines the best of charity and market-based approaches to tackle poverty. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, we raise charitable funds to invest in social enterprises that deliver affordable, critical goods and services to the poor. We support companies in India, Pakistan, and East and West Africa investing in the health, housing, water, energy, agriculture, and education sectors. 100% of your donations are invested in the entrepreneurs, leaders, and ideas that support our mission of changing the way the world tackles poverty.

Monday, December 24, 2012

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Bill Moyers Essay: Remember The Victims, Reject the Violence | Common Dreams

Bill Moyers Essay: Remember The Victims, Reject the Violence | Common Dreams

BILL MOYERS: Welcome. The bells rang for the lost: Charlotte Bacon, Olivia Engel, Ana Marquez-Greene, Dylan Hockley, Madeline Hsu, Catherine Hubbard, Jesse Lewis, James Mattioli, Emilie Parker, Jack Pinto, Noah Pozner, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos, Avielle Richman, Benjamin Wheeler, and Allison Wyatt. All were six years old.
Daniel Barden, Josephine Gay, Chase Kowalski, and Grace McDonnell were 7.
Six adults died with them: Mary Sherlach, Anne Marie Murphy, Dawn Hochsprung, Lauren Rousseau, Rachel D’Avino, Victoria Soto.
It helps to say their names, to rescue them from the statistical anonymity that always settles over these awful events. It helps those of us distanced from the loss to imagine, even grieve, the emptiness in the homes and hearts of those who loved them. They will never forget. We mourn, move on, and too soon forget. And then it will happen again one day, and we will scratch our heads and ask ourselves, “Was the last time Newtown? Or Columbine? Was it Aurora? Or that college in Virginia?” And once again we will mourn, move on, and too soon forget.
There is an old Hassidic saying that, “In remembrance is the secret of redemption.” But America forgets quickly, and gives no lasting indication it seeks redemption from its fetish with guns, its romance with the free market of violence. With the sport of it all. The show must go on. It’s our right. At any price. What were their names again? Oh, yes, Charlotte, Daniel, Olivia, Dylan, Allison, Dawn. Poor things, such a tragedy. Praise the Lord, and pass the ammunition.
And so we make our peace with violence. And make ourselves over in its image. A state senator in Missouri, a life-time member of the National Rifle Association, is pushing a bill to require that all first graders be enrolled in the NRA’s gun safety course. First-graders. Six and seven years old. Pledge Allegiance to the flag. Lock and Load. Our new Head Start.
A state senator in Tennessee’s Republican legislature says he will introduce a bill that would allow the state to pay for secretly armed teachers in classrooms. Saintly Miss Simpson, packing heat. Hey, Mr. Russell, it’s show and tell, can we see your Glock 9? After the Newtown killings, a sixth-grader at an elementary school near Salt Lake City brought a gun to school, saying he wanted to protect himself and his friends. Instead, allegedly, he used it to threaten some classmates. As The Good Book says, get with it, “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Ready. Aim. Fire.
And for the child who has everything this season, how about body armor? A Utah company named Amendment II offers a new line of it for kids. Mother Jones Magazine reports sales have tripled in one week. A Massachusetts company is promoting The Bullet Blocker, a “rugged computer backpack designed for work or play.” Made of the same materials used in bullet-proof police vests, currently on sale for the holidays for $199.99. And on Facebook, an outfit called Black Dragon Tactical that sells vests and other combat gear sent this message: “Arm the teachers, in the meantime, bulletproof the kids.”
This market never closes. America’s turned violence into a profit center. And if you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping, no need to wait for Santa; his sleigh couldn’t even hold the heavy weapons. Step this way. Black Friday is every day. And we have something for everyone, from cradle to grave. From cradle to grave.
Surely this can’t go on. This spilling of innocent blood, this bleeding of democracy’s soul. We’re losing faith in ourselves, acting as subjects, not citizens, no longer believing that it is in our power to do the right thing. We Americans are not smarter than other people, and certainly no more virtuous. Our exceptionalism is our capacity for self-correction. To reach the bridge of the ship, point to the iceberg dead ahead, and demand of the captain a change of course before it’s too late. “They,” the gun industry, its profiteers, zealots and apologists, its political stooges, fabulists, and constitutional originalists, who would have us think the “well-regulated militia” of a sparsely-populated frontier nation in the 18th century really means tolerating a perpetual wild west here in the 21st century. “They” say, “don’t tread on us, get off our well-armed backs, there’s nothing you can do.”
Of course there is. Register all guns. License all gun owners. Require stringent background checks. Get tough on assault weapons of any kind. Crack down on high-capacity ammunition as the President has now proposed. And then, enforce the laws. Yes, I know, determined killers will always find a way. But we can minimize the opportunities, and scale back the scope of destruction. Why do we accept the need for driver’s licenses? Or submit to the sometimes humiliating body scans at airports? Because it’s the law, and deep down we know we’re safer for the inconvenience of the law.
Good laws are hard to come by. Civilization, just as hard. The rough and tumble of politics makes them so. But democracy aims for a moral order as just as humanly possible, which means laws that protect the weak and not just the strong. Lest we forget.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sustainability Pays find the ultimate collection of studies by Hunter Lovins

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If you follow this link you will find a great collection of studies that prove the Business Case for Sustainability! 

Sustainability Pays
Studies That Prove the Business Case for Sustainability
When those wild-eyed environmentalists at Goldman Sachs tell you that the
companies that are the leaders in sustainable, social and good governance
policies have 25% higher stock value than their less sustainable competitors,
there’s a business case for behaving in ways that are more responsible to the
planet and to people.
This annotated list describes the ever-growing number of studies, most by
conventional management consulting houses, academic institutions and similar
establishment entities that prove this assertion.
As climate change, natural resource constraints, rapid development in emerging
economies, and a host of other factors drive unprecedented changes in
business, this will only grow stronger.
This document is a resource to help you understand how business leaders can
profit by integrating sustainability into their strategy and value-chain while
securing a competitive advantage.
Leading companies increasingly will evaluate their performance using an
integrated bottom line. This new measure places financial performance in the
context of a firm’s environmental and social impacts to gauge its competitiveness
in the marketplace more holistically. It recognizes the interdependent relation
between business, environment, and society and emphasizes that businesses
gain by identifying shared opportunities to support all three.

Sustainability is Good for Business Good for the People and Good for the Planet!