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Youth Sustainability Conference Makes IMPACT!
The Co-operators is fuelling the push to a more sustainable future by engaging the passion of a collective group of Canadian youth through its program, IMPACT! The Co-operators Youth Program for Sustainability Leadership. In partnership with the Natural Step Canada, the David Suzuki Foundation, and several other organizations and Canadian universities and colleges, The Co-operators hosted its second gathering of the some of the country’s brightest young minds Sept. 15-18 in Guelph. The IMPACT! Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership is billed as an opportunity for students to gather with sustainability experts from business, non-government organizations and academia and discuss some of the most pressing issues faced in today’s society. But if you dig deeper, you see it’s about igniting a wave of sustainable progress driven by the future leaders of society. At the conference, students of commerce, economics and engineering mingled with those in faculties of education and environmental sciences... Continue Reading
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Doing Good, Better: New Initiative Will Support Socially Focused Designers
From a story about Occupy Design’s infographic kits to a challenge asking readers to redesign the report card, GOOD features designers using their talents to improve their communities almost every day. But the triumph of solving a social challenge often comes at great cost: Most of this work is done without pay and during overtime hours, which can strain a designer’s business. “Designers say, ‘I’ll take my own time and my own resources and try and solve a problem alone,'” says Manuel Toscano, principal of the corporate identity firm Zago. “That’s wrong.” A new initiative by AIGA, one of the... Continue Reading
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The Hidden Eco-Benefits of Working from Home
Some time ago I posted on how we built a home office in an storage old barn using reclaimed materials. And I have to say that working from home is one of my favorite thing about my current job(s). Every now and then, of course, we hear of studies that claim that telecommuting is more polluting than working from an office—studies that Lloyd usually debunks in pretty short order. But nevertheless these get me thinking—telecommuting has way more eco-benefits than just saving on gas from your commute. Here are a few of my favorites. (Yes, some of them involve peeing.)... Continue Reading
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Bob Marley’s activist granddaughter in MTL for world premiere of her new Rasta doc at FNC
“It is difficult to be a Marley and it is [also] not difficult to live up to the Marley name because I am who I am,” says Donisha Prendergast, the 25-year-old documentary filmmaker and granddaughter of global music icon Bob Marley. “People expect things from me just because I am a Marley. Some have good expectations and others have bad expectations. Sometimes people expect me to be a diva. But I don’t deal with all that celebrity stuff. It’s not necessary for me.” Prendergast is in Montreal this week for the world premiere at the 40th annual Festival du Nouveau... 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
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Ethical Halloween Candy That Doesn’t Suck
Trick or treat? Each Halloween, American kids dress like ghouls, hit the streets, and collect as much candy as their pillowcases can carry. But behind those fun-size treats lies some real horror: Most chocolate producers rely on cocoa at least partially harvested by child slaves. In recent years, select fair-trade manufacturers have gained traction in the chocolate marketplace by eliminating child laborers from their supply chains. But most fair-trade companies don’t market their candies to kids. A hippie-dippy dark-chocolate bar isn’t a very valuable commodity when all the other kids on the block are trading king-size Butterfingers. But there are some offbeat... Continue Reading
Gift of giving: Singer's book identifies the trustworthy charities.
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Ethics Matter: A Conversation with Peter Singer
Ethics Matter Series Peter Singer, Julia Taylor Kennedy InterviewPeterSinger.mp3 Having trouble with audio or video playback? Click here Utilitarian philosopher Peter Singer lives up to his beliefs, giving away 25-30 percent of his income to alleviate absolute poverty, and defending animal rights–or as he puts it, “extending equality beyond the species boundary.” Here are his thoughts on these topics and more. Since 1999 he has been Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. Visit: thelifeyoucansave.com for more info Original article: (http://www.carnegiecouncil.org) Related articles Peter Singer on Henry Sidgwick’s Ethics (3quarksdaily.com) Does... Continue Reading
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The app that dares you to care
In a time when economic uncertainty is the only thing that’s certain, it’s hard to focus on anything but your own survival. But with CareZone, Ritesh Tilani hopes you’ll still continue to care. A year ago Ritesh Tilani had an possibly profitable idea that would give consumers the choice to buy from socially conscious companies. And in August, under Tilani’s umbrella company Innoventa, the mobile app CareZone was launched at JamJar Dubai. And with over a hundred users in under a month, CareZone is poised to become a nationwide app of choice. So what is CareZone? The press release announcing... Continue Reading
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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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