A bacterium that degrades and assimilates poly(ethylene terephthalate) (plastic) March 11 Kyoto University, https://t.co/COcHF9d9sA— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) March 12, 2016
via El País, marzo 10, “Descubierta una bacteria capaz de comerse un plástico muy común”https://t.co/XmLBDTqaiD— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) March 12, 2016
The meaning of democracy changes for Europeans depending on their education status, income and national context https://t.co/U2K0D0hPmh— LSE EUROPP blog (@LSEEuroppblog) December 12, 2015
Pedro C. Magalhães – University of Lisbon
Pedro C. Magalhães is a Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon and Scientific Director at the Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation. He does research in public opinion, elections and voting behaviour, and constitutional and judicial politics. He has recently edited a special issue of the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties on “Financial Crisis, Austerity, and Electoral Politics”.
Besir Ceka – European University Institute
Besir Ceka completed his PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute and a lecturer at the James Madison University in Florence. Broadly speaking, his interests lie in the fields of public opinion, political participation, party politics and international organisations with a particular focus on the European Union. His work has been published in Comparative Political Studies and European Union Politics.
Iceland no1 on WEF Gender Gap Index 2015. most equal society gender-wise https://t.co/VE00Si3nLC— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) November 23, 2015
The Global Gender Gap Report 2015 https://t.co/0EWMKOafca since 2006while the world has made progress overall, stubborn inequalities remain.— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) November 23, 2015
The Economist - The glass-ceiling index Mar 5th 2015 https://t.co/nOLDcwHtH5 Finland best place in the world to be a working woman— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) November 24, 2015
Thru education,youth act 2 prevent violence agnst women https://t.co/hyZtEgirng Intl Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women,Nov25— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) November 25, 2015
Women enrolled full-time in US top business schools increased to 36% in 2015 (from 32 in 2011). Let's aim higher! https://t.co/7Qwspydp4J— WXN (@WXN) November 18, 2015
Here’s hoping Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will start the overdue paternity-leave revolution - Nov 24 https://t.co/CiZXIDY3Tk— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) November 24, 2015
In 2010, people in US spent 1.1 B hours seeking health care for themselves or or etcThat time was worth $52 billion. https://t.co/WrCKUnmfW8— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) October 15, 2015
Researchers calculated the health benefits of renewable electricity projects and energy efficiency measures http://t.co/kfWR6wKQDw— HarvardPublicHealth (@HarvardChanSPH) October 14, 2015
https://t.co/IXD5DZLLa3 Today’s children may be the first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents Let's change that— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) October 15, 2015
Sir Tony Atkinson is Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics and Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. He was previously Warden of the College. He is Fellow of the British Academy, and has been President of the Royal Economic Society, of the Econometric Society, of the European Economic Association and of the International Economic Association. He is an Honorary Member of the American Economic Association. He has served on the Royal Commission on the Distribution of Income and Wealth, the Pension Law Review Committee, and the Commission on Social Justice. He has been a member of the Conseil d’Analyse Economique, advising the French Prime Minister. He is a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.
He is author of Unequal Shares, The Economics of Inequality, Lectures on Public Economics (with J.E. Stiglitz), Poverty and Social Security, Public Economics in Action, Incomes and the Welfare State, Poverty in Europe, The Economic Consequences of Rolling Back the Welfare State, and Social Indicators: The EU and Social Inclusion (with B Cantillon, E Marlier and B Nolan), The Changing Distribution of Earnings in OECD Countries and Public Economics in an Age of Austerity. He has published articles in, among other scientific journals, the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Economic Theory, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Economic Journal, the Scandinavian Journal of Economics, and the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. He was the editor of the Journal of Public Economics for 25 years.
Atkinson has long been at the forefront of research on inequality, and brings his theoretical and practical experience to bear on its diverse problems. He presents a comprehensive set of policies that could bring about a genuine shift in the distribution of income in developed countries. The problem, Atkinson shows, is not simply that the rich are getting richer. We are also failing to tackle poverty, and the economy is rapidly changing to leave the majority of people behind. To reduce inequality, we have to go beyond placing new taxes on the wealthy to fund existing programs. We need fresh ideas. Atkinson thus recommends ambitious new policies in five areas: technology, employment, social security, the sharing of capital, and taxation. He defends these against the common arguments and excuses for inaction: that intervention will shrink the economy, that globalization makes action impossible, and that new policies cannot be afforded.
More than just a program for change, Atkinson’s book is a voice of hope and informed optimism about the possibilities for political action.
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What Can Be Done?
Anthony B. Atkinson
“Tony Atkinson has done more than anyone else in helping us to understand the meaning of inequality, why it is important, how it has changed over time, and how it can be influenced. He is one of the great scholars of our time.”
— Nicholas Stern, London School of Economics and Political Science
Based for most of his working life in Britain, Handy became the country's leading management spokesperson....
helped set up LBS...
The Second Curve: Thoughts on Reinventing Society, Charles Handy, Random House Books, £14.99
The difference is that Handy’s prescience over the decades has earned him the right to dabble and, given his record, you would not want to bet against some of his radical ideas coming true.
If I were prime-minister...
Many of society's biggest policy challenges — protecting the environment, providing healthcare, education, and safety, encouraging participation in the democratic process — are social dilemmas. These challenges require individuals to bear personal costs in order to benefit others, a behavior that is typically defined as ‘cooperation’ ...
Published March 2015
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Ever since the (UK) Coalition Government launched its flagship policy idea of the ‘Big Society’, it has attracted criticism. And yet, while commentators may criticise the political ideology of a smaller state and question the fact that this equals a bigger society, many aspects of community-based volunteering and social solidarity transcend political ideologies.
This is also reflected in the way organisations interact with their local community, with employer-supported volunteering programmes becoming more popular for a number of reasons. In particular the HR community has started to engage with this topic, as part of the wider employee engagement and learning and development agenda, as the link between skills development and volunteering becomes more established.
In this paper we explore the current state of play of employee volunteering and the benefits this brings for organisations, society and volunteers themselves. We also examine the barriers to wider adaptation and implementation of these practices, arguing that it is in organisations’ own interest to play a more active role in promoting volunteering to their employees and to support them in their volunteer journey. This should be part of the toolbox for HR professionals in the future and we will touch on what the CIPD can do to encourage and support the HR community in taking this agenda forward.
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The CIPD runs its own volunteer mentoring programme, Steps Ahead Mentoring, which matches HR professionals with young job seekers to help them with their employability skills.
From Big Society to the big organisation? New report on supporting employee volunteering http://t.co/bcI5Y82KMG— CIPD (@CIPD) March 11, 2015
Traditionally, economic "catching-up” has been judged by how emerging market countries and firms achieve economic growth like GDP or sales, productivity and innovation. But recently, greater recognition has been given to evaluating the progress of catching up in terms of people's subjective well-being such as satisfaction and positive emotions. Do people have the expectation of a high quality life filled with greater satisfaction, and positive energy and emotion? At the country level, national gross happiness has been widely acknowledged as an effective way to evaluate sustainable development beyond economic wellness. At the firm level, research has shown that the long-term success is significantly related to its happiness. An organization's happiness benefits productivity by stimulating individual's creativity and commitment, facilitating the organization's cooperation capability, and generates a collectivist environment that can lead to more positive inter-organizational interaction and human prosperity. This perspective recognizes that in social systems, such as countries and organizations, people seek a feeling of connection with one another, a need for belonging, and a desire to be cared for and respected.
Over the past decades of growth, China has had significant material success at the national, firm, and individual levels. Yet, a number of important problems have also surfaced. For example, in contrast to the country's amazing economic performance, it ranks low in the Happy Planet Index*...
...It is important to emphasize as well that this does not mean we are pessimistic about China and Chinese firms' catching up and future globalization prospects. In contrast, we are quite optimistic about their capability in the next stage...
Zhang Ying is the associate dean for China business and relations at Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University and Christopher Marquis is an associate professor in the organizational behavior unit at the Harvard Business School
* (Wikipedia) The ecological footprint, championed by the WWF, is widely used by both local and national governments, as well as supranational organisations such as the European Commission. The HPI itself was cited in 2007 in the British Conservative Party as a possible substitute for GDP. A 2007 review of progress indicators produced by the European Parliament lists the following pros and cons to using the HPI as a measure of national progress: ...
In the spirit of fairness as there was a mention of the "British Conservative Party" above:
Holding our nerve against the Tory press | LabourList http://t.co/0PNybRYyfj— stefanstern (@stefanstern) February 5, 2015
Apr 6, 2014 ... Launching the #socialprogress Index with http://t.co/uPpXMSr4lq on April ... Michael Porter on video about Social Progress Index
Nov 22, 2014 ... The first major effort of the Social Progress Imperative is the Social Progress Index, launched April 11, 2013 at the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, ...
May 16, 2013 ... The first major effort of the Social Progress Imperative is the Social Progress Index, launched April 11, 2013 at the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, ...
17 de enero de 2015
Ayer celebramos la entrega anual de los Premios CODESPA en su XVIII edición. Estos Premios se otorgan a aquellas empresas, voluntarios y periodistas que han llevado a cabo una labor extraordinaria a la hora de colaborar en la lucha contra la pobreza desde el sector privado.
Esta edición ha contado con más de 70 participantes, si bien el jurado, tras una ardua deliberación, se ha decantado por estos 5 ganadores:
Our views of Society could be vindicated sooner than you think: I rely very much on the sound judgement of my... http://t.co/QE2s7jvDnv— Edouard Husson (@edouardhusson) November 17, 2014
Our countries have lost any sense of a global balance. But you will see, our views will prevail! Sooner than expected.
My dear friend, we have a lot of work ahead of us. We must bring people back to the fundamental balance on which societies and the international community of nations should rest: the balance between the individual and the common good...
Free excerpts from book "Rebalancing Society" to be published in January 2015
Managers, like spouses, should be selected for their flaws as much as for their qualities. http://t.co/7IgmGAh1aQ— Henry Mintzberg (@Mintzberg141) November 1, 2014
October 1, 2014, HBR blog network.
More new businesses are better for society, right?
That’s a common assumption. For instance, take this recent Washington Post piece, headlined, “More businesses are closing than starting. Can Congress help turn that around?” Sounds ominous at first. But wait a minute – is starting more new businesses always a good thing?
New survey finds 83% of financial professionals are interested in investing based on societal or environmental impact
The findings from the 2014 Social Business Global Executive Study and Research Project are presented in the "Moving Beyond Marketing."
The Social Business Big Idea is supported by Deloitte University Press with whom MIT Sloan Management Review is collaborating on the development of research materials connected with Social Business and management innovation.
New Tool Puts Dollar Value on Social Projects, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Sep 22, 2014
...The Social Impact Calculator is the result of the Low Income Investment Fund’s effort to measure the effect of its own work...
For example, she says, the fund uses research conducted by James Heckman, a Nobel Prize-winning economist, to put a dollar value on its work financing early-education centers...
LIIF gratefully acknowledges our partners for their insight and feedback on this project, includes: (Academic related) Paula Braveman, University of California, San Francisco; Chris Herbert, Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University; Doug Jutte, Build Healthy Places Network and University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health;
The best academics are those that build a form of public dialogue into their work. Like you lot, on Twitter: http://t.co/FoNYPFto6I— TimesHigherEducation (@timeshighered) August 31, 2014
"Hong Kong is a wonderful, thriving society to be part of. If you don't believe me, go outside today," Sunil Kumar, dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Operations Management, said in his opening remarks at the inaugural ceremony’s keynote panel discussion, “Which Capitalism for the 21st Century?”
Impressed by Pres. Obama’s open mind. Today he invited me and other economists to lunch to better understand the needs of the country— Zingales_en (@zingales) July 2, 2014
July 2012, BookTV: Luigi Zingales, "A Capitalism for the People"
In a plea to bolster free markets and not big business, he shared insights from his new book, A Capitalism for the People: Recapturing the Lost Genius of American Prosperity, (Basic Books (June 5, 2012))
SAN FRANCISCO (June 4, 2013) - The University of San Francisco (USF) announced today that it has selected the San Francisco Free Clinic to receive the 2013 University of San Francisco California Prize for Service and the Common Good. Focused on community wellness, the San Francisco Free Clinic provides free, accessible medical treatment to those without health insurance, while also advancing the field of primary care by providing educational opportunities for future medical practitioners
Centro Community Partners, located in Oakland, fosters socioeconomic change in communities by providing business advisory services and leadership development programs to underserved entrepreneurs that are needed to grow businesses and provide jobs.
Earlier this year, Centro released a mobile app called the Centro Business Planning Tool, which people can use to create a business plan right on their smart phone. The app is available for Apple products (in English) and on Android (in English and Spanish).
To learn more about how Centro developed the app, check out "PhotoEssay: How We Made Our App in 7 Pictures"!
Watch the video below to learn more about Centro:
Management Team (centrocommunity.org/about/centro-team/)
Arturo A. Noriega
Founder & Executive Director
Arturo brings more than 17 years of work experience as a management consultant. Arturo specializes in economic development, strategy, governance, risk management, finance, and organizational change management. He has worked at Mission Energy, Moody’s KMV, Barclays Global Investors, AON, Deloitte, and Ernst & Young. He has earned an MBA in Strategic Management and Leadership from Peter F. Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University and a BA in Economics and a concentration in Finance from Haas School of Business from U.C. Berkeley.
Naldo Peliks (video @ 2min5secs)
Chief Operations Officer
Naldo is responsible for developing Centro’s operational capacities, leading the organization’s advisory services and overseeing product development. He brings 10 years of marketing and business strategy experience working with organizations in technology, banking, retail and education. He is also a founding member of Baobank, a microfinance initiative in Burkina Faso. Naldo has a BA from the University of San Francisco and an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid Spain.
Sir Richard Lambert, former Director General of the Confederation of British Industry, currently Chancellor of Warwick University and senior independent adviser to Deutsche Bank. He was a Member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, before which he worked at the Financial Times, serving as Editor when the successful US version of the newspaper was launched. He was commissioned by the Government to write the Lambert Review of Business-University Collaboration in 2003.
Jueves 4 de Setiembre, 09:15 - 10.15
La Gestión del Conocimiento ¿Cómo y Para Qué?
APERHU y CENTRUM Católica, ambos líderes indiscutibles en gestión de personas, proponen al país una mirada hacia afuera, para conocer las mejores prácticas en el mundo sobre la gestión de personas, y una mirada hacia adentro, para evaluar lo que sucede en el país y obtener una propuesta que logre en nuestras empresas laboralmente responsables el éxito esperado.
Te esperamos este 4 y 5 de setiembre en la 23° edición del Congreso de Gestión de Personas en CENTRUM Católica (Jr.Daniel Alomía Robles 125, Los Álamos de Monterrico – Surco).
Why we should abandon shareholder capitalism and return to stakeholder capitalism: http://t.co/JSsJKgDtu8— Robert Reich (@RBReich) August 10, 2014
A new study (PDF, 42 pages) scheduled to be published in this fall by Princeton’s Martin Gilens and Northwestern University’s Benjamin Page confirms our worst suspicions.
Gilens and Page analyzed 1,799 policy issues in detail, determining the relative influence on them of economic elites, business groups, mass-based interest groups, and average citizens.
Their conclusion: “The preferences of the average American appear to have only a miniscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”
But if we give up on politics, we’re done for. Powerlessness is a self-fulfilling prophesy.
The only way back toward a democracy and economy that work for the majority is for most of us to get politically active once again, becoming organized and mobilized.
We have to establish a new countervailing power.
My lecture on inequality at Aspen Ideas Festival -- to top 1%, who need to understand what's at stake: http://t.co/EKTsb8dkLZ— Robert Reich (@RBReich) July 1, 2014
Q: The book officially comes out in one week. What do you think I should be doing to excite new audiences & get more people to buy the book?— danah boyd (@zephoria) February 17, 2014
Our first financial product, the Social Enterprise Expansion Fund, is seeking to fill the risk-taking expansion capital gap for social enterprises while providing investors with an attractive blend of financial and social returns. Our innovative model enables a new class of investors to put their money to work to change the world.
Growing the social investment market: turning rhetoric into reality
Jonathan Jenkins is encouraged by the Cabinet Office's progress report on the state of the social investment market
The social investment market is growing, but is it set to blossom? Photograph: Luong Thai Linh/EPA
The government's progress report on growing the social investment market (updated 5 June 2013) shows this is crunch time for the social investment market.
We have started to learn thr is no tradeoff between social progress and economic efficiency in any fundamental sense http://t.co/9R5DyVVQhU— Michael E. Porter (@MichaelEPorter) June 19, 2013
This project will develop an automated reader for large text archives of human rights abuses that will reconstruct stories from fragments scattered across a collection, and an interface for navigating those stories. ..., this system will help researchers and courts reveal witnesses and patterns contained in their own collections. US Team's Project Website Canadian Team's Project Website
A Report on the Experiences of First Respondents to the Digging Into Data
This report culminates two years of work by CLIR staff involving extensive interviews and site visits with scholars engaged in international research collaborations involving computational analysis of large data corpora. These scholars were the first recipients of grants through the Digging into Data program, led by the NEH, who partnered with JISC in the UK, SSHRC in Canada, and the NSF to fund the first eight initiatives. The report introduces the eight projects and discusses the importance of these cases as models for the future of research in the academy.
How many lifetimes? ...Because the resources in question were digital, the time of analysis and discovery was compressed into months, not decades...
Beware the Big Errors of ‘Big Data’, Nassim N. Taleb, Wired.com, 8 February, 2012 ...I am not saying here that there is no information in big data. There is plenty of information. The problem — the central issue — is that the needle comes in an increasingly larger haystack.
U.S. government: (4,835) Raw data sets, October 2012 (www.data.gov)
TechAmerica Foundation’s Big Data Commission released today its long-awaited report, “Demystifying Big Data: A Practical Guide to Transforming the Business of Government.” (PDF 40 pages) It offers a comprehensive roadmap for the use of Big Data by the Federal government and a set of policy recommendations and practical steps agencies can take to get started on Big Data initiatives.
...The ground-breaking McKinsey Global Institute’s big data report published in May 2011 estimated that “in the developed economies of Europe, government administrators could save more than €100 billion ($149 billion) in operational efficiency improvements alone by using big data, not including using big data to reduce fraud and errors and boost the collection of tax revenues...
When Princeton professor Anne-Marie Slaughter published an essay in The Atlantic titled, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," in July 2012 (most popular article of all-time of The Atlantic), she touched a nerve across generations and among both men and women, setting off a renewed public debate on women's progress and work-life balance.
Slaughter recently visited campus as a guest lecturer in the Authors@Wharton series and spoke directly to the people who she says inspired her to write the piece: this generation's students. In an interview for Knowledge@Wharton with Stewart Friedman, Wharton practice professor of management and director of the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project, Slaughter, former director of policy planning for the U.S. State Department, shares what it was like to draw back the curtain on her life as someone perceived to "have it all," and why she passed up the promotion of a lifetime to be with her family. She also suggests how companies can make life better for both women and men, and what society collectively must do to support the next generation.
An edited transcript of the conversation follows...
My foreword to "Writing My Wrongs" by Shaka Senghor, Feb 7, 2013
...On July 1, 2012, the MIT Media Lab announced that we would be creating an Innovators Guild-a team of scholars, executives, and designers that would go to communities around the world using the power of innovation to help people. Our first focus for this was Detroit...
Dean Garth Saloner on why business schools must change if they are to serve their students and society well.
February 5, 2013, EFMD's Global Focus Vol 7, issue 1 - "The business of change" (lead article)
Founded seven years ago in Dublin, Ireland, Camara (camara.org) has established e-learning centres that have provided digital literacy services to some 450,000 children in poor communities in 1,650 schools in Africa, Ireland and the Caribbean. The organisation has installed over 35,000 computers and trained more than 5,000 teachers to use the technology for learning purposes.
Another alumni, Jane Chen (MBA 08) (wikipedia), is cofounder and CEO of Embrace, a non-profit company that has developed a low-cost portable baby incubator. The incubator Embrace sells uses a gel-like liquid that can be heated in boiling water and inserted into the back of a modified infant sleeping bag, which keeps a baby’s body temperature at a constant 37 degrees. Today, these baby incubators cost less than $200 – about 2% of the cost of a traditional incubator – and are saving lives in India, Africa and beyond.
The latest issue of Global Focus leads with Stanford GSB’s Garth Saloner on why business schools must change if they are to serve their students and society well. Other highlights include: The sustainable business; Towards a coherent portfolio of quality; Growing talent in growth countries; Globalising students; No pyramids in China; Fit for purpose: Putting sustainability into practice in a business school; Rise of the dragons; What alumni want; African futures; Progressive teaching ensures business school competitiveness; The Social Contract with Business: implications for the MBA; Languages and communication: a new challenge for management education.
We have a very close relationship with the academic community and our award holders. Representatives of the academic community play a crucial role in the Council itself and the bodies that advise it on its strategy and the research that it funds. Our relationship with the UK academic community is critical to achievement of excellence with impact.
We work with a wide range of organisations from within academia, including researchers and administrative staff, individually and collectively (eg through HEI’s and learned societies, and not explicitly restricted to social sciences). We interact with the academic community on:
Online applications must reach the ESRC by 8 March 2013. Late applications will not be accepted.
The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is a high profile unit set up by the coalition government to explore how behavioural science can improve the design, delivery and evaluation of public policy. There is a growing consensus that the success of many policy initiatives is contingent on their behavioural impact. The Behavioural Insights Team is working with a number of departments, government agencies and local authorities to develop innovative, evidence-based policy solutions and to implement them using robust randomised control trial methodology. The team is part of the Cabinet Office based on Whitehall in central London.
Behavioural Insights Team (Research Fellowship) (PDF, 2 pages)
Video uploaded on Oct 19, 2012. Sir Ronald Cohen, chairman of Big Society Capital, speaks with McKinsey's Ian Davis about the opportunities and challenges of financing social investments and the parallels he sees between these activities and the rise of the venture-capital industry.
A cofounder and former chairman of Apax Partners, Sir Ronald Cohen pioneered the British venture-capital industry. Over the past decade, he has also stood at the vanguard of social investing. When Britain established its first social-investment bank, Big Society Capital, in 2011, Sir Ronald was named its chairman. In a conversation with Ian Davis, McKinsey’s former managing director and a board member of the bank, he describes the opportunities and challenges of financing social investments and the parallels he sees between these activities and the rise of the venture-capital industry.
Click here to learn more about Big Society Capital: www.bigsocietycapital.com/