Beyond Law Enforcement. Integrating Migrants

In today's MSNBC article Beijing starts locking poor villages at night, it is being reported that Beijing's migrant communities will effectively be locked down in an effort to prevent crime. According to the article, residents entering and exiting areas will be asked to show their documents to law enforcement (assumed to be Hukou and/or temporary residence permits) at night in the 16 villages. Exp…

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The Evolution of Philanthropy in China

The Evolvement of Philanthropy in China In this latest BigThink piece (my favorite site for all things intellectual), author of PhilantroCapitalism, Matthew Bishop, answers a few questions on the evolution of philanthropy in China. The clip is quite timely as I just finished reading the book 2 weeks ago (highly recommend), and was a book tha provided a bit of a laugh when I was…

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Plotting China’s Social Entrepreneurs

As part of our work to define and support the efforts of China’s social entrepreneurs, the Collective Responsibility Social Entrepreneur have been working on a series of exercises. Exercises that are mean to begin developing a framework that defines what is a social enterprise (non and for profit) is in China, as well as to develop a stronger understanding of the constraints that these entrepreneu…

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Philanthropy in China. Will Skepticism Impact Awareness? Transparency?

With the last 2.5 years being the most active time in China's recent history of citizen-based philanthropy, it has become clear that the lack of transparency in the system has become a real issue for some.  That while the historical system of donations, largely fuelled by corporations looking to leverage their donations into something else, benefited from a level of opaqueness.  the current system…

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Hope and Opportunity in China

This is an old post that I originally had at another site, but while catching up on some reading, I was reminded by the power of the interviews we did last summer, the stories we began to tell, and the sense of respect I have for China's migrant workers Earlier in the year while a few of my interns were inbetween assignments, I tasked them to get out of the office and do some street int…

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Learning to Ask NGOs the Right Questions

Looking back 2 years ago, in the aftermath of the 5.12 Sichuan earthquake, it was clear that something had changed.  That, through this experience and the millions of donations, another step forward for civil society awareness and participation had occured. It was a process that was largely controlled at the central level, and primarily benefited a small group of organizations.  Which lead to a…

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Where Does Community Fit into Sustainability?

Typically, when speaking about sustainability, I preface my thoughts on the issue that my definition is not simply one that is based in environment.  That in addition to the environmental issues faced, we must also look at how we align economies and societies to be more sustainable as well. In China, this definition tends to provide a level of tangibility that many are seeking as they look for a "…

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How Do Cities Organize Communal Life & Maintain Social Harmony?

As part of the 8th Europe Asia Young Leaders Forum, I was asked to present my thoughts on two questions:   How do cities organize communal life and maintain social harmony? What can business contribute to these processes?   .. and I was given 15 minutes to do so. The questions for me were ones that I regularly think about (particularly the first) as I walk through…

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The More You Travel, The More You See, The More You Give

Recently, while reading Philanthro-capitalism, the author made brief mention of the fact that successful business people who took the time while traveling to get out of their hotels and have real experiences tended to give more thought to the role in their own communities. It was a point that, like Marketing 101 terminology, I already knew, but the way the author threaded the two issues, the mo…

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Labeling China’s NGOs

In the recent Ethical Magazine article, NGOs and activists - Zealot, hypocrite or genuine article?, Brendan May writes out his thoughts on the various species of NGO that exist in his world. The tunnel-visioned zealot The hypocrite The angry activist The smiling salesman The overfed giant The genuine article The critical friend Doing a good job to highlight that there is…

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Shaping Your Future as a Responsible Leader

With building the capacity of students being one of our core focuses, and great joys, I was privileged to once again be invited to speak in front of 150 AIESEC students as part of their Shaping Your Future Conference. As an organization that I think has one of the strongest communities of students, students who are socially minded, being in front of them for an hour an a half (speech, panel, and w…

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Creating Buy-In for Sustainability and CSR

For many managers who are looking to build a CSR or sustainability platform, creating the internal buy-in necessary to support the goals of the program can be a significant hurdle to overcome.  That, regardless of program strength, moving the proposals up the chain of command and across business units can be THE hurdle that will determine how its funding gets allocated, whether or not it receives …

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Shanghai EXPO: Keeping Sustainability In Context

With less than a month to go to Shanghai EXPO, I have been receiving a number of requests for my opinion on the "sustainability" of the EXPO itself. It is a subject I addressed for the first time while speaking at a Net Impact event, and followed that up with a review of the UNEP report (part 1 and part 2) of the event, and most recently I was interviewed by NPR and following the recent JUCCCE…

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Join the 2010 Greennovate Earth Day Extravaganza!

If you are looking for something to do on Earth Day,then look no further than the Greennovate Earth Day event. A full compound affair, this year Greennovate has a lot of activities that will help participants learn about ways they can improve their lives, community and environment in very tangible ways: It might sound like we want you to do all our work for us, but don’t worry! The idea is tha…

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Chengdu Cleantech Investments: March 2010

1. Chengdu’s power saving technology world-leading, filling domestic gap On March 12th, Chengdu Gaowei Power Saving Technology Co., Ltd officially announced its latest R&D results costing 6 years and a few million yuan – the energy-saving technology and equipment of the submerged arc furnace and electric arc furnace. It is reported that this power-saving technology not only fills the domestic…

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