April 27, 2006

BBC Article: Jeff Skolls (not Sachs!) on Social Entrepreneurship

Posted in articles at 5:51 am by Aditi Sriram

A BBC arcticle entitled Young, Gifted, and Not-for-Profit talks about a new generation of people who want to solve some of the world’s most persistent problems are mixing successful elements of business and charity into the practice of social entrepreneurship. This piece profiles a few of the pioneers in this rapidly expanding non- or low-profit field.

Meet Jeff Skoll, of the Skoll Foundation, based in Silicon Valley USA which has fundedthe study of social entrepreneurship. Skoll is a young businessman who made a fortune as president of Ebay, but who now devotes himself to backing films and encouraging social entrepreneurs in a hurry to change the world.

April 24, 2006

Article: Mapping Environmental Resources Near You

Posted in articles at 5:46 am by Aditi Sriram

Looking to connect with green groups, resources, and locations in your area? If so, then you might scope a green community map. Compiled by everyone from cartographers to community groups, these green maps are a growing phenomenon that can point you to local eco-hotspots you weren’t aware of. This piece from Grist profiles Wendy Brawer, who started the nonprofit that made New York City’s first green map. Read the article here.

April 19, 2006

Infobites: From Jamais Cascio, “Open the Future”

Posted in articles at 4:05 am by cuenv-main

Jamais Cascio, formerly of WorldChanging, has started his own blog, Open the Future. On it he posts as his "core" one of his old essays from his WC days:

Creating an open future requires foresight […] but it also requires that we embrace a way of looking at the world that emphasizes responsibility, caution and (perhaps paradoxically) a willingness to experiment. It requires that we recognize that the status quo is contingent, and that we can never be in full control of our environment. Even the most powerful among us live at the sufferance of the universe.

The tools that we depend upon to enable effective, knowledgable and sustainable responses are neither surprising nor obscure: information about the planet, its people and its systems; collaboration and cooperation among the world's citizens; access to the means by which we expand our knowledge, feed our people, and cure our illnesses. Actions taken to restrict information, hinder collaboration, and centralize power in the hands of the few will, almost invariably, cut off our options. Actions we take that expand what we know, how well we work together, and how readily the people of the world can build their future, conversely, almost invariably increase the options we have for a better tomorrow.

Complete essay: OtF Core: The Open Future.

Posted by Six Silberman.

March 28, 2006

Immigration Bill to criminalize activities affecting illegal immigrants

Posted in articles, cu official shenanigans at 11:23 pm by Aditi Sriram

The North County Times talks in more detail about an idea that Samantha Powers, Pulitzer Prize winner and Harvard Professor of Law brought up during the Emma Lazarus talk on Monday evening in Low Rotunda. Responding to comments by former Columbia President George Rupp, who now directs The International Rescue Committee (IRC), she mentioned a new bill to be passed in Congress. She was accompanied by Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof. I know y’all know who he is, but its cooler to see his name as a link. 😉

Nonprofits Fret Over Proposed Immigration Bill
Nonprofits are concerned about a bill currently before the
Congress that would criminalize many activities related to
providing services to undocumented immigrants. As this article
from the San Diego, CA area details, the proposed legislation
would place considerable pressure on nonprofits to verify the
immigration status of anyone they help place in day labor
positions, with the threat of fines and jail time for those that
assist undocumented workers.

Read more here.

March 22, 2006

Slum Ecology

Posted in articles at 7:39 am by Aditi Sriram

Mike Davis writes for the The Orion Magazine about how the international economic policies that decimated rural infrastructures worldwide have driven hundreds of millions of the poor to already teeming cities.

The article begins

A villa miseria outside Buenos Aires may have the worst feng shui in the world: it is built in a flood zone over a former lake, a toxic dump, and a cemetery. Then there’s the barrio perched precariously on stilts over the excrement-clogged Pasig River in Manila, and the bustee in Vijayawada that floods so regularly that residents have door numbers written on pieces of furniture. In slums the world over, squatters trade safety and health for a few square meters of land and some security of tenure. They are pioneers of swamps, floodplains, volcano slopes, unstable hillsides, desert fringes, railroad sidings, rubbish mountains, and chemical dumps—unattractive and dangerous sites that have become poverty’s niche in the ecology of the city…

Read the rest here.

March 20, 2006

SSIR Again: The Tempered Radicals

Posted in articles, csr at 4:21 am by Aditi Sriram

Another Stanford Social Innovation Review article by Debra Meyerson entitled The Tempered Radicals: How employees push their companies–little by little–to be more socially responsible begins:

They are not heroic leaders of revolutionary action. They are under-the-radar rebels. They’re corporate employees but they’re also idealists. They believe their companies should be more socially responsible. And working in small ways from within corporate giants, they trigger big changes in how their companies do business.

Link (PDF).