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The international NGO GOAL has engaged with Cambridge University Judge Business School in an MBA student-led project designed to strengthen small stores in the capital of Honduras, Tegucigalpa. GOAL has been working with these small enterprises for many years and was keen to leverage the skills of outstanding business students in order to take these small enterprises, which play an important part in the social and economic fabric of their neighborhoods, to the next level.
Pulperias are small neighborhood corner stores that are found everywhere in Latin American countries. In Tegucigalpa, Honduras, pulperias are primarily owned by women, operated inside the home of the owner and characterized by low ...more
Nowhere is the power of business to achieve change more emblematic or more hopeful than the sunrise of the community energy sector across the UK. It has been an extraordinary journey to see new technologies for a clean future matched by new techniques for community organising, offering a very human scale domestic success story.
Ever since the first renewable energy co-operative, Baywind, started, the sector has been an exemplar for bootstrap learning and peer support. The backing of Esmee Fairbairn and the partnership we have had with Locality and the UK Government for our Community Shares Unit, focusing on local equity raising, has allowed us to experiment in how to build on this, with a practical project backing the energy and potential of peer ...more
This is one of my first forays into CSR. I have to say at a very young age I have both loved nonprofit work, as well as the forprofit sector. You can read some of my early thoughts as I am getting involved in the sector, giving a speech at Bank of America, about Corporate Social Responsibility.
Good morning, we’re very excited to be here this morning. We’ve come from California, and we’re thrilled to be partners with Team Bank of America in this initiative…I’ve been a Bank of America customer since I was ten years old. So— [applause] Does that work? Okay, good, I’m so glad. My father took me to review all the different banks, and I did my market analysis when I was ten and I’ve never changed.
We are a part of VolunteerMatch. We are an internet based nonprofit organization that creates web-based services that make it easy for individuals, nonprofits and corporations to get involved in the community. We have been around for about five years, continuing to ...more
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The National Trust is one our country's most loved charities and yesterday I was having an NT day by visiting two of their much loved houses, Greenway and Coleton Fishacre. Greenway is a stunning Georgian house set into the wooded hills overlooking the Dart river, just downstream from Dartmouth. The best way to arrive as did my brother, father and old fiend John, is to take the ferry up river and get off at the Greenway landing. This old house was the much loved home of Agatha Christie and was gifted to the NT by the daughter and grandson of Dame Agatha. It contains much of the contents of the house as it was in her day. You can walk into her bedroom and still hear her talking (an old radio interview playing from a Roberts radio!). Clever lot the NT.
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Mentally, I sometimes Let It All Go, Each Day. I literally picture myself moving, and it impels action! You realize as your day unfolds how many things you have which you feel iffy about, or just ok. And that’s when they go in the give away bag.
I actually have a giveaway bag now that has its own shelf with the label “Le Don.” That’s French for “The Gift.” So most every week, I am giving something away, which I hope will be considered a gift eagerly used and appreciated by someone else.
I have found Letting It All Go — helps others, and helps my home and heart become simpler, clearer… It’s a gift all ways around.
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