Bill Gates and Heifer International hatched a plan to hand out free chickens to impoverished communities. When the South American country of Bolivia found itself on the list, it flatly refused the offer, calling it “rude.” The tiff may say more about the challenges that hinder international aid and diplomacy than the commercial value of a flock of free chickens.
U.S. immigration policy is focused on an outdated model — one that categorizes people into two groups: those from Mexico and “other than Mexico.” It is hardly a way to cope with the country’s economic needs and does little to embolden its leadership in the world.
During a divisive time, how can a company inspire people to lay aside personal opinions and do something for the greater good? JetBlue has an answer.
Duke Energy, North Carolina’s largest coal company, stands to gain in the state’s latest round of coal ash regulations. Some payouts protect homeowners’ rights to clean water, but does Bill 630 go far enough to protect the state’s natural resources? Maybe not, suggests a new suit brought against the coal company.
Out of 1,600 volunteers who worked with AmeriCorps popular healthcare program last year, six were found to have given emotional support to women seeking abortions. And believe it or not, that was enough to shutter the entire program — which provides healthcare services to underserved populations.
Unfortunately for Louise Linton’s future career prospects, the reception of her self-published book about a voluntourism stint in Zambia did not go well. Critics accused of her of describing a crassly fictionalized version of life in sub-Saharan Africa, and before long the hashtag #LintonLies was trending on Twitter.
“A sustainable world already exists,” Janine Benyus, co-founder of the Biomimicry Institute, said at the 2016 Sustainable Brands Conference. “And we need to access that wisdom.”
When heading out into unfamiliar territory, a map or a compass can keep us on course. Fortunately, there is such a “compass” for businesses staking their claim in a sustainable new energy economy.
“A bill of this importance merits hearings, expert testimony and thorough legal analysis, not the ‘backroom dealing’ that created this deeply flawed draft,” Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety, said of the GMO-labeling legislation that hit the senate floor this week. “As it stands, this bill is a sham and a legislative embarrassment.”
In a recent op-ed, writer Akilah Hughes called for advertisers to stop sponsoring Buzzfeed’s YouTube channel over accusations that the site is a cauldron of pilfered content and stolen ideas.
For many Muslims, spread across the world from southeastern Europe to Indonesia, daily routines often center around work. The holy month of Ramadan provides a time for them to reflect and count their blessings.
“Brexit could potentially represent a great risk or a great opportunity to both the EU and to Britain,” says Christian Felber, author of “Change Everything: Creating an Economy for the Common Good.”
SPECIAL SERIES: Rethink Reuse
This week we tip our hats to artists around the world who set out to make a statement with their work and inspire a brighter future. Trust us, you’ll be sharing these on social all weekend.
SPECIAL SERIES: Fostering Diversity and Purpose at Work
Everyone wants to find purpose in their jobs. A recent PwC survey of 1,500 employees and 500 C-Suite leaders in 39 industries proved this to be true, and found some interesting trends about what purpose means for employees.