Quotes + Thoughts | On redefining poverty

If we stop thinking of the poor as victims or as a burden and start recognizing them as resilient and creative entrepreneurs and value conscious consumers, a whole new world of opportunity will open up. ~ C.K. Prahalad

Inspiration: Frangia Eco Chic, Ideas Inspiring Innovation

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Professionals volunteering pro bono services for a good cause [2]

Video from Taproot Founder Aaron Hurst from Taproot Foundation on Vimeo.

I stumbled upon a great non profit organization, Tap Root Foundation, whose core mission is to help provide professional services to other non profit organizations, via Pro Bono Services from Expert Professionals in their field.  Because in the end, just like corporations, non profit organizations face the same challenges of how to run their organizations efficiently and effectively, using a plethora of resources and skills… all for the goal of reaching their goals. Providing humanitarian efforts is a commendable action, anywhere on the planet, but these organizations must be run professionally too, it’s not as simply as a few do-gooders joining forces in their conviction of a great cause. Humanitarians may differ from their counterparts in the corporate sector with a higher degree of idealism, but the manner in which they run their organizations succumb to the same risk as corporations, in professional management, optimizing resources on hand, and seeking innovation to get things done better.

The challenges of Financing, Marketing, HRD-matters, and Operations, are all the same. The Tap Root Foundation recognized this challenge early on and seeks to make a difference by seeking help from professionals willing to donate/volunteer services pro bono. Great cause, lofty mission… deserving the support! Thank heavens for Social Media, spreading such commendable message has become so much easier… and their great cause… all the more doable!

When we think of someone volunteering for a nonprofit, a typical image which comes to mind involves an individual working in a homeless shelter or digging a well in Africa, taking a position on the front line to help those in dire need. But all nonprofits need help with infrastructure too: marketing, computers, human resources & finance.

Most organizations tackling social problems don’t have access to the marketing, design, technology, management or strategic planning resources they need to succeed. Without this talent, few are able to have their intended impact on critical issues like the environment, health and education. Taproot is a nonprofit organization that makes business talent available to organizations working to improve society.

Inspiration: Global Patriot

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Professionals volunteering pro bono services for a good cause [1]

Taproot’s Approach from Taproot Foundation on Vimeo.

I stumbled upon a great non profit organization, Tap Root Foundation, whose core mission is to help provide professional services to other non profit organizations, via Pro Bono Services from Expert Professionals in their field.  Because in the end, just like corporations, non profit organizations face the same challenges of how to run their organizations efficiently and effectively, using a plethora of resources and skills… all for the goal of reaching their goals. Providing humanitarian efforts is a commendable action, anywhere on the planet, but these organizations must be run professionally too, it’s not as simply as a few do-gooders joining forces in their conviction of a great cause. Humanitarians may differ from their counterparts in the corporate sector with a higher degree of idealism, but the manner in which they run their organizations succumb to the same risk as corporations, in professional management, optimizing resources on hand, and seeking innovation to get things done better.

The challenges of Financing, Marketing, HRD-matters, and Operations, are all the same. The Tap Root Foundation recognized this challenge early on and seeks to make a difference by seeking help from professionals willing to donate/volunteer services pro bono. Great cause, lofty mission… deserving the support! Thank heavens for Social Media, spreading such commendable message has become so much easier… and their great cause… all the more doable!

When we think of someone volunteering for a nonprofit, a typical image which comes to mind involves an individual working in a homeless shelter or digging a well in Africa, taking a position on the front line to help those in dire need. But all nonprofits need help with infrastructure too: marketing, computers, human resources & finance.

Most organizations tackling social problems don’t have access to the marketing, design, technology, management or strategic planning resources they need to succeed. Without this talent, few are able to have their intended impact on critical issues like the environment, health and education. Taproot is a nonprofit organization that makes business talent available to organizations working to improve society.

Inspiration: Global Patriot

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Hear out children speak their voices… it’s their planet we’re borrowing…!

Hello, I’m Severn Suzuki, speaking for ECO, The Environmental Children Organization. We’re a group of 12 and 13 year olds trying to make a difference. Vanessa Suttie, Morgan Geisler, Michelle Quigg, and me. We’ve raised all the money to come here ourselves. To come 5,000 miles to tell you, adults, you must change your ways. Coming up here today, I have no hidden agenda. I am fighting for my future.

Losing my future is not like losing the election or a few points on the stock market. I am here to speak for all generations to come. I am here to speak on behalf of all the starving children around the world whose cries go unheard. I am here to speak for the countless animals, dying across this planet every day, because they have no where left to go.

I am afraid to go out into the sun now, because of the holes in our ozone. I am afraid to breathe the air, because I don’t know what chemicals are in it….


While attending Lord Tennyson Elementary School in French Immersion, at age 9, she founded the Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO), a group of children dedicated to learning and teaching other youngsters about environmental issues.[3] In 1992, at age 12, Severn Cullis-Suzuki raised money with members of ECO, to attend the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. [Source: Wikipedia]

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Stats + Facts | Some disheartening realities through figs

By Dian Hasan | February 3, 2011

They say that a picture tells a thousand words, and can travel across borders. When a picture is that compelling, often no translation is required. Such is true in photojournalism.

The reverse can also be said, about attaching statistics and figures that can help drive home a message as it puts into perspective reality. Often making a transition between perceived reality into well… reality bites.

Here are some not so rosy figs about the plight of the world’s oceans and her contents that were published in Singapore-based “Asian Diver” adventure travel magazine.

  • 2048: The year ecologists and economists predict that the world will run out of seafood.

  • US$ 9 billion: The annual value of illegal fishing activities.

  • 1 billion: The number of people who rely on fish as one of their main sources of protein.

  • 2008: The year the Yangtze River Dolphin was declared extinct due to pollution and boat strikes.

  • 90%: The percentage of all the ocean’s large fish that have been fished out.

  • 23,000: The number of dolphins and porpoises reportedly killed every year in Japan.

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Quote of the Day | On persistence.

For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.

~ Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy (1932 – 2009), Addressing Democratic Convention, August 1980

 


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Green Buildings | Portland’s proposed vertical garden

By Dian Hasan | November 6, 2010

green wall portland

Already at the forefront of “urban green movement”, Portland, Oregon boasts among the nation’s highest per capita usage of bicycles, and the city continues to forge ahead with innovative thinking on how to reduce carbon footprint and further boost its green quotient.  Here’s one such direction involving green buildings, as  appeared in technocult.

The federal government plans to plant its own bold garden directly above a downtown plaza. As part of a $133 million renovation, the General Services Administration is planning to cultivate “vegetated fins” that will grow more than 200 feet high on the western facade of the main federal building here, a vertical garden that changes with the seasons and nurtures plants that yield energy savings.

“They will bloom in the spring and summer when you want the shade, and then they will go away in the winter when you want to let the light in,” said Bob Peck, commissioner of public buildings for the G.S.A. “Don’t ask me how you get them irrigated.”

Rainwater, captured on the roof, and perhaps even “gray water” recycled from the interior plumbing are both possibilities, the architects say. But they concede that they are still figuring out some of the finer points of renovating the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, which was completed in 1975 and is currently 18 stories of concrete, glass and minimal inspiration.

Inspiration: Technocult

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