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And the rich keep getting richer!

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s true. A picture is often worth a thousand words.   In Neil Irwin’s New York Times story he cites two charts from Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century that bring home the outrageous nature of our increasing unequal society. In the 1940s, 50s and 60s, most of the income gains accrued to the majority of people and the bottom 90 percent of earners captured at least a majority of the rise in income. By the time we reach the period from 2009 to 2012, 116% of income growth goes to the top 10% with everyone else...

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Birth control pill turns male fish into females and led to near extinction of fish in lake

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Reported by Aly Thomson in The Regina Leader-Post, the study, being published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, found that introducing small amounts of estrogen into a lake led to the near extinction of the fathead minnow because it interfered with the fish’s ability to reproduce.   Lead researcher Karen Kidd of the University of New Brunswick said the study has been ongoing since the late 1990s, when researchers in the United Kingdom discovered that male fish began to develop eggs when estrogen from birth...

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Fairer Trade: Rubber Giant to Hear Villagers’ Complaints

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

More than 15 months after a Global Witness report revealed that Vietnam’s state-owned rubber giant, the Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG) had illegally cleared land and displaced communities in Cambodia, The Cambodia Daily recently reported that the company has announced that it will accept and respond to complaints from those whose lives it has damaged.   Vietnam Rubber Group, which counts the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) as a shareholder, has amassed more than 140,000 hectares of land.  The 2013 Global Witness...

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Five Reasons Why I Love Greenpeace

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A couple of weeks ago, I finished our annual Board of Directors retreat at the Garrison Center north of New York City. The two days I spent with the staff and other board members reminded me why I love Greenpeace: 1)    We bring corporations to their knees. As they’ve done to hundreds of companies, Greenpeace actions send fear into the hearts of the CEOs’ running the worlds largest corporations. Within days of an action at Proctor & Gamble, the world’s giant personal household and personal care products giant, P&G...

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The Voice of Small Business Is Ringing True

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There is still one thing both sides of the aisle agree on: Small businesses are great for the economy. After all, there are 23 million small businesses in the U.S., accounting for more than half of all American jobs and sales, according to the Small Business Administration. Without them, the economy would be more vulnerable and far less diverse. And both political parties like to trumpet how much they support these job creators.   So how can we make sure we’re doing the right things to support these companies? The answer’s simple: Ask...

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Making Shit Up

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We live in confusing times. Desperate to believe that what we think we know to be true, is in fact, the truth. The alternative is much too scary – but essential. Life is a journey, what is true today may no longer be true tomorrow. We will never know the “whole” truth.   Nathaniel Philbrick, the author of “Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution,” wisely wrote, “The more we can realize that we’re all making it up as we go along and somehow muddling through making ugly mistakes, the better. We’re not destined for...

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Are we still the greatest?

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Maureen Dowd, one of the best Op-Ed writers to ever grace the pages of the New York Times, often strikes at the heart of the American dilemma capturing our current confusion with the precision of a surgeon. On this Fourth of July, in her column, “Who Do We Think We Are?” Dowd tapped into the dilemma of our psyche. “From Katrina to Fallujah, we’re less the Shining City Upon a Hill than the House of Broken Toys.  For the first time perhaps, hope is not as much a characteristic of American feelings.   Are we winners who have...

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Rating America: 16 Things That Need Work

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The World Economic Forum recently released, “The Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013,” that ranks 144 countries, on everything from “Organized Crime,” to the “Quality of Overall Infrastructure,” and the “Protection of Minority Shareholders. “ No. 1 represents the best nation and No. 144 represents the worst nation. America did very poorly almost everywhere other than Gross Domestic Product where we ranked first. This is yet another message about a system that no longer works or at least a system that works well only...

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Wall Street: A Culture of Greed

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

23 percent of finance industry insiders say they have observed wrongdoing in their workplace. A new report on financial industry insiders about ethical conduct, suggests that Wall Street’s culture of greed and willful misconduct is as strong today as it ever has been. That’s not just sad, but dangerous for all of us. While I frequently ruminate on the fundamental problems with an economy designed to produce pollution, inequity, ill health and discrimination, increasingly I worry that the absence of a moral compass on an individual level...

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Is Corporate Responsibility Dead? 2.0

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I think I first asked this question in 2009. My answer was – not dead, but dying. Dying because it no longer represented any clearly defined goals. There was a desperate lack of metrics and if you totaled up all the so-called corporate responsibility impacts, we were still headed for disaster. CSR in total may have bought us a few more years to avert a most certain disaster.   Why is CSR dead? Because a handful of leading edge, innovative companies have raised the bar on what we should expect and what may be possible from corporate...

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