Archive for the Community Category
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Doing good helps companies do well
Award nominees cited for their business practices, but also appreciated for the benefits they bring to their communities They may be small, but that doesn’t mean they have small hearts. Three of the nominees for Small Business of the Year for Small Business Week 2011 don’t let the fact they only have a handful of employees stop them from trying to make a big impact in the community. The Residential Electric Contractor Company – or TRECC Electric for short – helps build houses for Habitat for Humanity. Calgary‘s Child Magazine helps raise money for respite care for parents. And Sure Systems – an IT firm – helps feed the homeless. But ‘doing good’ isn’t just an after-thought for these successful businesses. It’s a core philosophy that ultimately translates into more satisfied workers, happier customers, healthier communities and a better bottom line. TRECC director Susan Crippin says the companies employees have... Continue Reading
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Today is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – And Who Listens to the Poor?
When we think of the poor, we think in broad strokes. We think of a village devastated by a hurricane or a group of faceless beggars on the street or daily wage laborers huddled over a field. But the poor are not one entity. Far from it, they are Farida, who feared her dark skin led to a bad marriage, or Indu, a member of India’s marginalized tribal community, or Sukhibala, whose husband will not let her work outside the house. The voices of the poor are often forgotten when it comes to international development.  These voices are often drowned... Continue Reading
WP Do Good Vision
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Warby Parker’s “Do Good” vision for humanitarian eye wear comes into focus
How socially good can a good-looking, successful company really be? So, so good. Warby Parker is the kind of company you’d want to take home to Mom. The New York City via Wharton Business School startup was just named one of Huffington Post’s 2011 Game Changers ranked among “the 100 innovators, leaders and role models who are changing the way we look at the world and the way we live in it. Warby Parker is a humanitarian eye wear company that sells brilliantly designed glasses for $95–a quarter of most high-end retail prices. And just like TOM’S Shoes , for every pair you buy, Warby... Continue Reading
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New Yorkers say something nice
Think New Yorkers are rude? Think again. The people at Improv Everywhere decided to put a megaphone on a lectern in public places across New York City, encouraging passersby to “Say Something Nice.” The project was a collaboration between Improv Everywhere and the Guggenheim Museum exhibition “stillspotting nyc.” It’s nice to know that when given the opportunity, people can spread positive messages to those around them — even in the city that never sleeps.... Permalink
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Do Good Bus To Tour Alongside Foster The People…With Your Help
Except for the sparkling white charter bus sitting in Bryan Trainor and Jennifer Barrette-Trainor’s driveway on Sept. 30, one wouldn’t suspect the quiet neighborhood to be hosting one of the more popular bands to pass through the Quiet Corner in some time. Foster the People, whose song, “Pumped Up Kicks” is number three on Billboard’s Hot 100, was in town for a private acoustic concert. But this fundraising event wasn’t about the band, so much as the charitable work carried on by the Do Good Bus, in which they arrived. The bus is the brainchild of Rebecca Pontius, sister of... Continue Reading
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Do Lectures 2011 – The People’s Take Over
Yesterday for our third post in the Do Lectures 2011 series we encouraged you to Start Where You Live. You never know quite how far you will travel. In the case of Welsh organic salt company Halen Môn their unique local product ended up at the White House in Obama’s favourite chocolates. Now that we’ve made a start and we’ve got some momentum let’s look at where change can take us with The People’s Take Over. Power to the People We heard yesterday that Michael Kelly’s dissatisfaction with his supermarket stocking Chinese garlic lead to him starting the Grow It... Continue Reading
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Connected | In Theaters 9/16
We humans are all ever-increasingly connected with one another [as cell phones and the internet foster still-further-reaching institutions, as global trade networks continue to expand, etc] is beyond dispute. What the sum total impact of this dizzying array of newfangled connections will be is, on the other hand, entirely disputed. Some hold out hope that a world in which we are ‘interdependent’ on the millions of people we’ve never met will be a world in which we take better care of each other, as well as our resources. Others see a world of festering apathy, of populaces glued to screens... Continue Reading
Elliot
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Baby squirrel has three mamas
It was a beautiful sunny day this Sunday past. A perfect day for a long bike ride. My partner and I decided to venture from the west end of Toronto to the East, to explore the Cabbagetown Art’s and Crafts Sale. In order to get there, we decided to go through Queen’s Park. In the center of the park, we came across a small group of people who seemed to be fawning over something. Upon taking a closer look, we realized it was a baby squirrel. He was quite taken with a young university student, by the name of Elliot.... Continue Reading
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Community + Loo = CLOO
CLOO’ from Hillary Young on Vimeo. Community + Loo = CLOO Here’s a riddle: How many public bathrooms are there in your city? Answer: As many as you want. For the cost of a latte, CLOO’ turns residential bathrooms into bathrooms that you, your friends or friends of friends can use, making city living easier. Find out more CLOO-App.com To sign-up follow twitter.com/?CLOOApp. For inquiries send us a message at CLOOapp@gmail.com If you’re an investor or developer don’t hesitate to get in touch. Creators: Hillary Young & Deanna McDonald HillandD.com Music by Joe Arroyo, “Rebelión”... Permalink
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