February 2009 Blog Posts (40)

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Added by Grant Richmond-Coggan on February 26, 2009 at 15:05 — No Comments

Social Media and Volunteering: Blessing or Curse?


I write this blog with three groups in mind; volunteers, non profits, and companies with volunteer programs. For these three audiences, social media continues to expand its…


Added by Chris Jarvis on February 25, 2009 at 16:00 — No Comments

Direct supply versus Fairtrade

Time to join the debate the belief is something is better than nothing but is that really so.

The choices we take often present two fairly simple aspects, hard or easy and that really is the challenge between direct supply and fairtrade.

Direct supply requires a real knowledge of your supply chain - some people view it as a chance to map the carbon footprint of a product effectively but rarely are the fforts as indepth as they need to be. Fairtrade massages the socially… Continue

Added by Mark Trotter on February 25, 2009 at 11:41 — 2 Comments

Old age, to the unlearned, is winter!

Today's Quote

Old age, to the unlearned, is winter; to the learned, it's harvest time.

-Yiddish Saying


Mike Shraga

Increasing Customer Service With Systems Technology

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Added by Mike Shraga on February 25, 2009 at 4:33 — No Comments

To use my strength in the service of my vision

When I dare to be powerful - to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. --Audrey Lorde


Mike Shraga

Increasing Customer Service With Systems Technology

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Added by Mike Shraga on February 23, 2009 at 17:43 — No Comments

Challenging words

I fall foul of this so often these days reading the interesting regurgitation of other peoples views that are neither original nor are they well informed they quote quotes of people quoting someone else.

It reminded me of something someone said:.......... orhere is an interesting link where someone wrote and article on this subject or that topic.......

Original quotes often create thought provoking dialogue and actions to the point that really opens… Continue

Added by Mark Trotter on February 23, 2009 at 11:49 — No Comments

New CBI Export Coaching Programmes for the industrial sectors:

The Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI) was established in 1971 and is an Agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and part of the development cooperation effort of The Netherlands. CBI contributes to the equitable economic development of selected developing countries and countries with economies in transition by providing services aimed at strengthening the competitiveness of companies in the field of export marketing and export management pertaining to the EU… Continue

Added by Petronella du Toit on February 23, 2009 at 5:47 — No Comments

Nadine Exter: Corporate Responsibility Champions Network: A ‘How to’ Guide

At the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility we seek to work with companies to understand the challenges they face in…


Added by member on February 20, 2009 at 16:00 — No Comments

Global food crisis will deepen without action to support small farmers, warns Fairtrade Foundation



Efforts to tackle the global food crisis will fail without…


Added by Business Fights Poverty on February 19, 2009 at 23:00 — No Comments

Hoodies from Heaven

When a friend of mine in Denver told me what he and his wife had achieved in this single venture I started to imagine the results of a network that linked postive small actions like this local project, the impact of collating that information would be immense.

Chris decided that something had to be done in his local community, homeless people now living on the streets in the cold winter, through the hardest weeks needed more than just good thoughts and prayers someone had to do… Continue

Added by Mark Trotter on February 19, 2009 at 19:03 — No Comments

Investment opportunity for Clean Businesses (www.ccvf.org)

For companies seeking investment or investors interested in the Clean Business sector, the California Coast Venture Forum has announced the launch of their Clean Business Investment Summit™ on March 26, 2009 at the Corwin Pavilion at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

With increased interest from investors, entrepreneurs, and businesses in emerging markets such as clean tech, ethical, green, socially responsible, and sustainable enterprises, the Clean Business Investment… Continue

Added by Alissa Sears on February 19, 2009 at 17:25 — 2 Comments

'Everybody knows it doesn't work'

Despite receiving more than $1 trillion from the west over the last half century, Africa remains in dire economic straits.

Original article written by Aida Edemariam, The Guardian, Thursday 19 February 2009


The breakfast room of the Hôtel Balzac on the Champs-Elysées is slowly filling up with the murmuringly well-heeled when Dambisa Moyo makes her… Continue

Added by Steve Jennings on February 19, 2009 at 4:05 — No Comments

Study reveals link between media and investment in Africa

Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks business, is today launching its sixth annual Africa Business Reporting Awards. Initiated by Diageo in 2004 the awards seek to encourage more prolific business journalism in Africa and to increase the continent’s share of voice in the international media.

A study commissioned by Diageo, and published today to coincide with the first call for entries for the Awards, reveals that coverage of business in Africa has proliferated during the last… Continue

Added by Jo Crawshaw on February 17, 2009 at 15:34 — No Comments

Does Corporate Social Responsibility Affect the Bottom Line? Yes....and No

Corporate Social Responsibility is not an option. Even companies with poor CSR performance rankings are scrambling to get it right. This may become the most important business strategy on the horizon.

The question everyone is asking

Does CSR… Continue

Added by Chris Jarvis on February 16, 2009 at 16:09 — No Comments


In "Advice to a Young Tradesman," Benjamin Franklin the great American Economist, Diplomat, and Entrepreneur wrote, "In short, the way to wealth, if you desire it, is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality; that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. Without industry and frugality, nothing will do, and with them everything."

These immortal words ring ever so true now in this age of unbridled consumption culture… Continue

Added by Trevor Simumba on February 15, 2009 at 22:56 — No Comments

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action!

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action,and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.… Continue

Added by Mike Shraga on February 15, 2009 at 20:00 — No Comments

Unleashing the human entrepreneurial spirit

Extreme Poverty causes extreme death. It creates extreme need. It demands extreme urgency, extreme compassion and sustainable & scalable solutions that deliver extreme help. Global emergencies need the participation of the global business community.

It is crucial that global business performs with a sense of PURPOSE, and not just performs for short term shareholder interests.

We know that charity alone is not the answer in tackling poverty, nor is business. But great… Continue

Added by Steve Jennings on February 15, 2009 at 18:00 — No Comments

Join the dialogue on Obama and social entrepreneurs

I am a writer for NextBillion.net and would love to hear from the Business Fights Poverty community about what members are thinking and doing regarding social entrepreneurship and the new Administration.

Added by Jenara Nerenberg on February 14, 2009 at 3:30 — 2 Comments

Corporate Social Responsibility is Just Self-Interest

The world has changed. Even in this economic downturn corporations are being pressured to adopt socially responsible and sustainable practices. But how much should business be responsible for? And where are the lines between business, government and non-profits?

I am trying to figure something out.… Continue

Added by Chris Jarvis on February 13, 2009 at 15:07 — 1 Comment

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