"Does Suffering Make Life Worthwhile?"

Find the answer in this thoughtful piece by Tom Stevenson:-)    

"Aphorisms on Kindness from The Book of Life"

In theory, we all love kindness of course, but in practice, a kind person sounds like something we would try to be only once every other more arduous and more rewarding alternative had failed. Learning to be kind means acknowledging how boring kindness can (unfairly) sound.

So begins this truly lovely piece about kindness.

With deep thanks to Jo McNeilly for sharing this:-)    

"You Don’t Need a Goal, You Need a Theme"

“Happiness is rarely a result of what you accomplish,” suggests Niklas Göke.    

"Random Acts of Kindness Foundation"

Our mission is to change schools, the workplace, families and society through kindness. We work toward that goal by creating free content that promotes kindness toward others & teaches important kindness skills to kids.    

"The Quest for Resilience"

Gary Hamel and Liisa Välikangas explore the “Resilience Gap”: even perennially successful companies are finding it more difficult to deliver consistently superior returns.    

"The Three Principles of Wise Power"

“If you know how to harness the power of your mind, heart and soul, you will be wiser in the face of surprises and disruption,” proposes Visiting Professor of Corporate Governance and Sustainability at INSEAD, Marc Le Menestrel.    

"Economics and the Great Divide"

Systems change is the ultimate pathway to the next economy we are striving to build.

Enjoy these suggestions for making change happen by Kendall Clifton-Short.    

"Should We Choose Humility Over Heroism?"

The Myth of Heroism, and Why It’s Bad For Us: Umair Haque shares his kind and compassionate view.    

"Choose the One that Thrills Your Heart"

Jack Preston King suggests that, to discover your destiny, take this advice from a Greek god:    

"5 Crucial Quotes on Leadership and Why They are Important"

I am very passionate about leadership in education because a great leader saved my career. She showed me the importance of tapping into someone’s strengths and bringing out more in someone that they believed they could bring out in themselves. I am forever grateful for her guidance and think about her leadership often and hope that I provide just a portion for others through my work, in what she did for me.    

"The Difference That Open-minded People Possess"

Zat Rana proposes that Your peripheral awareness is a light that attracts the darkness of what has yet to illuminate you. But for you to see it that way, you have to help it out when it provides the signal. You have to look for the pleasant in the unpleasant.

Enjoy this lovely reflection on being open to your world.    

"How to Build Closer Relationships"

Thoughtful and very relevant advice from 7 TED speakers on creating better connections.

“Why don’t I feel closer to my parent/sibling/friend/co-worker?”

It’s a question that many of us have pondered at some point, and it usually comes out of our desire to feel more connected to the real VIPs in our life: that is, the people we care about, the people we share DNA with and/or the people we spend a lot of time with. There are a number of reasons — such as timing, competing commitments, differences of opinion, geography — why emotional distance can creep into the most important bonds. Here’s advice from seven TED speakers to help bridge some of them. Warning to the emotionally squeamish: Yes, we’re entering touchy-feely territory. But we can promise that none of these tips will hurt, and they could even make your relationships stronger.    

"Delivering Kindness to Your Customers"

This link takes you to a page of newsletters written by Yurek Leon of Terrific Trading. All refreshing reading, including many ways to bring kindness into your customer relationships.    

"Killing the ethic of killing"

Ginny begins this thoughtful blog post:

Death. We know it as an inevitability. There’s no elixir, to date, which grants us immortality. Death cannot be denied to all things that live. Hunger, senescence and biological weakness are the undeniable ways of this world.

That we humans, as part of nature, take life away from other beings is not always a wrongdoing. Peace on Earth is never going to be do-able when ecological violence and pain exist innately within the evolution of how life acquires energy; largely by the consumption of others.

More, we humans cause death by accident, neglect or ignorance. We might accidentally step on an ant, or a dandelion growing in a crack in the pavement. We might buy clothing from a retailer who sources stock from a place where river life is killed by dye run-off. We might choose to take our own life. We may even help others to end theirs…..    

"Self reflection and journaling for leadership"

A lovely invitation to the timeless and most helpful practice.    

"How To Recover When The World Breaks You"

We all break. The key is to become strong in the broken places.    

"The Moment When You'll Finally Change"

My take on this is to be conscious of the moment when it becomes harder to resist change than to embrace the opportunity, but Kris puts it very well here:    

"Why Leadership Requires Mental Resilience"

Seth encourages us to keep our internal smile especially in the tough times!    

"Holding Space: the high art of leadership"

Nick Udall introduces us to the leaders needed for today and the future: Evocative leaders. They love life. They see problems as opportunities. When they hear no, they think yes. It is never about them, but it’s about the bigger endeavour they are passionate about, and the difference it will make. This is a special kind of leadership, as it doesn’t rely on hierarchical position, or command and control.    

"The Science of Happiness in Four Simple Work Habits"

One happiness researcher believes we’re all capable of becoming happier in our jobs. It just takes a little bit of deliberate practice.    

"The Good News: You are in Charge of Your Own Happiness:-)"

Message from Mo Gawdat:  happiness is greater than or equal to events of our lives minus our expectations.    

"Naomi Klein: How Shocking Events can Spark Positive Change"

World events are pretty shocking right now. Journalist and activist Naomi Klein studies how governments take advantage of chaotic events to push societies backward, but in this talk Klein takes the opposite tack. She asks: What if we used today’s shocks to push us to create the society we really want? “The shocking events that fill us with dread today can transform us, and they can transform the world for the better,” Klein says. “But first we need to picture the world that we’re fighting for.”    

"What Dysfunctional Leaders Do:"

Fail to Communicate at a Higher Functioning Level by Heather Herring Casey.    

"Suggestions for having a good day"

Lovely images and music along with suggestions for you to reflect on.    

"Grief is Just Love with No Place to Go by Kathy Parker"

Grief is not a road we walk, or a journey we take. It is not a process that can be defined by stages we are told we must feel – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. It is not a textbook diagram, or a framework we must comply to. It isn’t a task we must complete. We don’t push through it, we don’t move into it and out of it, we don’t follow a linear progression until we reach the other side of it…    

"The psychology of your future self"

Over the next ten years, how much do you think your values, personality and preferences will change?

It turns out that they are likely to change more than you think. When reflecting on our past, we realize that throughout our life we have significantly changed. But when thinking of the future, we tend to greatly underestimate how much we will continue to evolve. In his fascinating seven-minute TED Talk, “The psychology of your future self,” Harvard professor Daniel Gilbert shares powerful research revealing this consistent miscalculation.    

"My Stroke of Insight"

One of the most extraordinary gifts of the human brain is the ability to think about how it thinks — to observe itself in action. Rarely has any brain been in a better position to do this than the one belonging to neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor. On December 10, 1996, Taylor experienced a massive cerebral hemorrhage, and in her classic TED Talk, “My stroke of insight,” she shares what it was like from the inside.

Although we spend most of our time in our left brains Taylor encourages us to live more in our right brains, which is where her consciousness shifted during her stroke. She describes it as a place of beauty and peace and connectedness, where the boundary between the self and the universe dissolves. It is only here that we discover our strength and wisdom.    

"Choose Wisely Who You Learn From"

Adam Smith has some wise words to share in this article. He begins with: Life is made up of many choices, and I think it is important to remember the need to choose wisely as to whom you allow to speak into your life.    

"Eight Ways to Unlock the Power of Community"

It’s about being open to the needs of the community, not just my needs!    

"The Art of Stillness"

The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. It’s the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.    

"The Conversational Nature of Reality"

Internationally acclaimed poet David Whyte is an Associate Fellow at Templeton College and Said Business School at the University of Oxford, David works with many European, American and international companies, using poetry and thoughtful commentary to illustrate how we can foster qualities of courage and engagement.

In his talk, David encourages us to remain open to know the dialogue with our surroundings inform and inspire our ideas.    

"How The Power Of Kindness Impacts Your Life And Others"

Tony Fahkry encourages us to be kind anyway. Lovely article.    

"How To Stop Letting Others Dictate Your Worth"

It’s far better (and more resilient) when doing good work is sufficient. In other words, the less attached we are to outcomes the better.

Ryan Holiday gives us valuable insight into one of the major struggles to becoming happy with ourselves.    

"10 Habits That Change Boys Into Men"

This article’s focus is on helping the struggling and confused young man. Indeed, many young men have taken the adverse cues of society as an excuse to evade responsibility and never really grow up.
If you are a young man and you’re struggling, you are not alone. This article is intended to challenge you to rethink your entire approach to life. If applied, these habits will radically set you apart from the decaying norm.    

"Lessons from the longest study on human development"

For the past 70 years, scientists in Britain have been studying thousands of children through their lives to find out why some end up happy and healthy while others struggle. It’s the longest-running study of human development in the world, and it’s produced some of the best-studied people on the planet while changing the way we live, learn and parent. Reviewing this remarkable research, science journalist Helen Pearson shares some important findings and simple truths about life and good parenting.    

"What Fear Can Teach Us"

In telling the story of the whaleship Essex, novelist Karen Thompson Walker shows how fear propels imagination, as it forces us to imagine the possible futures and how to cope with them.    

"The Better You Know Yourself the More Resilient You Will Be"

Adapting to change requires self knowledge.    

"The Paradox of Belonging"

This is a challenging paradox. Those who flourish in our community don’t need to be here.    

"Secrets of the Most Resilient People"

Being able to bounce back from devastation may seem like a superpower, but there are several things you can do to prepare in advance.    

"Don't Lose Yourself in Kindness"

There is kindness, and there is kindness. This story finds the sweet place between. Enjoy!    

"Why Listening to the People You Hate Will Make You Smarter"

This listening touches a personal chord, and is not easy, but it’s crucial for true resilience.    

"The 2 Minutes It Takes to Read This Will Help You Overcome Any Obstacle"

You were lied to, of course, when you started your journey.
You were made to believe it would be easy.
It is not easy.
It is not easy to start a business or write a book. It is not easy to grow a following or implement working solution. It is not easy to find an asset worth $1 and apply your unique idea to make it worth $5. It is not even easy to become very good at one activity.
Please read on…    

"The Ultimate Survival Guide to Not Fitting In"

Todd Brison begins: I’m good at not fitting in. I do it all the time. But humans need to belong, so I do these things to make people think I’m a normal human being.    

"How do we get sustainability that can survive bad leadership?"

Mallen Baker proposes that “We will have to remove once and for all the belief that a CEO has a duty only to maximise returns to shareholders.”    

"The ocean crisis: hope in troubled waters"

In an interview with, Safina discuses the many perils facing marine life; the recent ocean spill in the Gulf (which his next book will tackle); his views on capitalism, consumption, and religion; and how widening our circle of compassion to include all life could save the world.    

"Shaping Business for the Future"

“We need a new paradigm for business” says Fiona Brooks.    

"The Future of Leadership"

“Class of 2013: The Future of Leadership” by Deepak Chopra is his commencement address to: President Margaret Drugovich, Trustees of Hartwick College, Guests, Parents and Students of the 2013 Graduating Class at Hartwick College.    

"Is this Japanese concept the secret to a long, happy, meaningful life?"

This article from the World Economic Forum introduces a simple possibility for a meaningful life. Please enjoy.    

"The Dark Side of Resilience"

“… could too much resilience be a bad thing, just like too much muscle mass can be a bad thing — i.e., putting a strain on the heart? Large-scale scientific studies suggest that even adaptive competencies become maladaptive if taken to the extreme.”    

"Take a 120-Second Break to Boost Your Happiness"

Outside Magazine, 6 April 2016.
At some point during your work day, productivity starts to lag, and you need a break. We get it, and that’s why our ongoing Weekly Escape series transports you from your desk to an incredible place in two minutes or less. This week we go to the Drakensberg Escarpment of South Africa with photographer Alex Nail, who captured this footage while on a 9-day unsupported hike through this unbelievable wilderness. Boasting colossal cliffs, jagged ridges, and the world’s second highest waterfall, Tugela, the beauty of the escarpment will get you through the day. You can follow Nail on Facebook here.    

"Jim Collins' Flywheel Continued"

Jim Collins has been researching his concept in his “Good to Great” book about the flywheel. Please enjoy his findings and recommendations.    

"How to Develop a Passion for Compassion"

No other skill is more vital for a life well-lived.    

"Why Grief is a Teacher"

A powerful short piece about opening up to the life lessons at the centre of grief.    

"Cafe Dissensus"

Cafe Dissensus is an alternative magazine dealing in art, culture, literature, and politics. It’s based in New York City, USA. We DISSENT. The magazine also runs a blog, Cafe Dissensus Everyday.

A very specific urge behind this magazine is to challenge the contemporary parochial attitude in Indian media.    

"Ten Tips from Ghandi on Changing the World"

Be guided by the infinite wisdom of this revered teacher, from the UPLIFT Weekly.    

"A Better World Starts With You!"

From Kim Forrester, here are 4 ways to consciously choose and amplify kindness. It seems easy but does take courage.    

"Life Lessons from a Mother"

Erin Sullivan shares her journey with her mother, including what she said at her mothers’ funeral. Some brave and true life lessons for all of us here.    

"What dream has you?"

Prince Ea suggests that we look at dreams the wrong way round. The question is “what dream has you?” Enjoy.    

"9 Mantras that Changed My Life Forever"

Todd Brison shares his life growing mantras, demonstrating that it does matter what we say to ourselves in our heads. Self talk matters!    

"13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want To Be Successful"

The fascinating thing about this list is that there is not one “thing” on it. It’s all about our values and priorities and being our best selves.    

"Why is Kindness Good for You?"

Enjoy this article from the Ripple Kindness Project    

"Peace Science Digest"

The Peace Science Digest provides analysis and access to the top research in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies.

Published monthly, we aim to provide a mutually beneficial link between the field’s academic community and its practitioners, the media, public policy-makers and other possible beneficiaries.    

"If Everyone Cared"

With thanks to the group Nickelback, we can understand how different our world would be if everyone cared.

And thanks to Tony Manso who told me about this video.


"Millennials: How We can Help Them!"

Simon SInek has some insightful and helpful advice for what is really needed for this wonderful generation to grow strong and resilient in themselves. It begins with relationships.    

"New Ways to Protect the World’s Last Wild Places"

Despite the devastation that humans have wrought on our planet, many people are working to shift back the devastation with impressive results. This article from the Pew Charitable Trusts tells how.    

"Living Planet Report 2016"

There is despair, but there is also hope here. “Transitioning towards an adaptive and resilient food system that provides nutritional food for all within the boundaries of a single planet is a daunting but essential goal.”

Reading this report, there are good things happening…    

"What Great Listeners Actually Do"

Jack ZengerJoseph Folkman analyzed data describing the behavior of 3,492 participants in a development program designed to help managers become better coaches. They found some surprising conclusions, along with some qualities they expected to hear.    

"Talks to help you focus on what really matters"

From praising slowness to what really matters at the end of life, these talks will help you slow down and reflect.    

"A New Digital Currency for Sustainable Development"

An innovative digital currency could help harness and unleash more private capital to alleviate poverty, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.    

"Talks to Help You Focus on What Really Matters"

It’s easy to get caught up in the daily dramas of life. These talks can help you step back, slow down and appreciate the bigger picture.    

"The Dream We Haven't Dared to Dream"

What are your dreams? Better yet, what are your broken dreams? Dan Pallotta dreams of a time when we are as excited, curious and scientific about the development of our humanity as we are about the development of our technology. “What we fear most is that we will be denied the opportunity to fulfill our true potential,” Pallotta says. “Imagine living in a world where we simply recognize that deep, existential fear in one another — and love one another boldly because we know that to be human is to live with that fear.” utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2016-05-07&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_content=talk_of_the_week_image    

"COMMIT! Forum"

COMMIT! to a Responsible Culture and Supply Chain: The Event Where Responsible Companies Buy From Responsible Companies!    

"Alliance Magazine: for Philanthropy and Social Investment Worldwide"

Since 1998 Alliance magazine has been the leading magazine for philanthropy and social investment worldwide providing news and analysis of what’s happening in the sector right across the world.    

"A Most Resilient Grandmother!"

Margaret Watroba tells her amazing story of moving from Poland as a young person and making a whole life in Australia. AND she has climbed Mount Everest!!!

Please enjoy:-)    

"How the Teddy Bear Taught Us Compassion"

In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt legendarily spared the life of a black bear — and prompted a plush toy craze for so-called “teddy bears.” Writer Jon Mooallem digs into this toy story and asks us to consider how the tales we tell about wild animals have real consequences for a species’ chance of survival — and the natural world at large.    

"Boatlift of 9/11"

We certainly were busy watching the news right after 9/11, but never saw this. BOATLIFT OF 9/11.

In the 10 years since this happened, this is the first time I’ve ever seen this video. I don’t even remember seeing/hearing about this evacuation on the news! And the fact it was all done in 9 hours.

This is an interesting video well worth watching. The man at the end (same man at the beginning) has some great words to live by for all of us.    

"Be the Peace! It begins in your own heart"

The 2014 United Nation’s Global Peace Day linked hundreds of cities around the world.    

"The Collaboration Imperative"

This article explores four models of collaboration, showing that systemic sustainability collaboration can work! Please enjoy.    

"A Question: What If Everyone Cared?"

Please be inspired by this 4-minute video of fellow Earth citizens who cared enough to change their world. You never know it might help you to make steps to protect what you care about:-)    

"Money and Happiness!"

Recent research shows that there is a limit to how much money buys happiness,9171,2019628,00.html    

"Environmental Acceptability as the Driver of New Civilization"

This article explores the leadership that our human world needs for living sustainably on our planet.    

"Trust and the Fall of Public Relations by Robert Phillips"

Trust, Robert argues, is both complex and fragile – the result of an atomised and activist society, where power and influence are asymmetrical. Trust is possible – but there isn’t a simple formula to build it, nor a silver bullet to restore it. Leaders must think and behave differently if their own leadership, companies and/or brands are to be trusted.    

"Compassion and Happiness"

Compassion plays a central role in sustainable happiness. John F. Schumaker finds that happiness is elusive but obtainable.    

"Kindness is The Pale Blue Dot"

This short film, from the Sagan Series, explores the possibility that we can be kind to our planet because it’s the only home will have in the universe.    

"Survival of the Nicest"

A new theory of evolution based on the human species learning to survive and thrive through building collaborative environments.    

"Resilience Matters Most"

According to the Harvard Business Review, if you want to lead lasting change – especially social change – in the world, your resilience matters the most.    

"The Greater Good Science Center: The Science of a Meaningful Life"

The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.    

"A Leader's Kind Heart Is Good For Business"

What’s the secret to Shari Arison’s success? Spreading kindness, in the workplace and the world.    

"The Slow Movement"

The Slow Movement aims to address the issue of ‘time poverty’ and poor health through making connections.
If we think about the following trends. Buddhism is the fastest growing religion in the world today. People are turning to organic food in droves. Schools are in turmoil.
How slow can you go? Home schooling is becoming commonplace. People are downshifting. The Slow Food movement is gaining popularity with 811 convivia worldwide.    

"Words of Peace Global"

“Words of Peace Global (WOPG) is an international charitable foundation which promotes Prem Rawat s message of peace by making it available to audiences around the world through Live Events, Webcasts, LifeStreams, Broadcasts, and a variety of other communication channels. We invite you to explore this site, where you can find a variety of materials, including videos, articles, news, and more.”    

"The Sycamore Tree Project"

In Western Australia, the Sycamore Tree Project is a program run by Prison Fellowship WA. Victims of crime come into the prison for one session a week for 10 weeks to meet with convicted felons and share their stories. Through the sharing of stories from both sides of the law, the participants are often propelled into a journey of healing and forgiveness. Myriad produced this program to help give possible participants an idea of what they can expect from the program. Here is a video of some of the stories: The Sycamore Tree Project.    

"Global Directions"

Global Directions is based in Sydney. An independent think-tank, examining economics, international law, international relations and social trends from an interdisciplinary approach, with a very humanistic flavour.
Global Directions was founded by Dr Keith Suter: a futurist, thought leader, media personality and powerful thought provoking keynote speaker in the areas of social policy and foreign affairs.    

"3rd Middle East Corporate Social Responsibility Summit"

Shell has announced its sponsorship of the third Middle East Corporate Social Responsibility Summit, a regional initiative it launched six years ago to demonstrate its commitment to Sustainable Development of the communities within which it operates.    

"Social Profit Network: A New Model for Positive World Change"

Around the world, a new form of social change is taking place. In contrast to traditional NGOs, a core set of extraordinary individuals and organizationscalled social entrepreneursare using business rigor to develop and implement economically-sustainable, high-impact solutions to social and environmental problems. We at Social Profit Network are working with some of the most powerful social entrepreneurs in the world, helping to scale their solutions and maximize their impact.    

"The Centre for Social Profit Leadership: Supporting the Business Needs of Social Entrepreneurs"

Social Entrepreneurs providing innovative solutions to pressing social problems using free-market principles.

Established in 2005, The Center for Social-Profit Leadership is dedicated to serving and supporting the leadership requirements of innovative social entrepreneurs by providing access to the highest quality faculty composed of business, academic, leadership and social entrepreneurial professionals.    

"Social Edge: by Social Entrepreneurs, for Social Entrepreneurs"

The mission of Social Edge to inform social entrepreneurs about news and opportunities, educate them with a set of information resources in the field and connect them to each other and the broader community with tools and services that support their work. Social Edge is a program of the Skoll Foundation that was inspired by Jeff Skoll’s commitment to connecting people with shared passions.    

"Business for Social Responsibility"

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) provides socially responsible business solutions to many of the worlds leading corporations. Headquartered in San Francisco and with offices in Europe and China, BSR is a nonprofit business association that serves its 250 member companies and other Global 1000 enterprises.    

"The Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility"

The Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ACCSR) is Australias leading specialist corporate social responsibility services provider. The centre provides advisory, research and training services in corporate social responsibility to a wide range of clients in the public, private and government sectors.    

"Harvard Business School: Working Knowledge for Business Leaders article "Where Morals and Profits Meet: The Corporate Value Shift""

Harvard Business School professor Lynn S. Paine’s book, Value Shift, argues that companies can’t consider themselves amoral or apart from society anymorethat the relationship between companies and society at large necessitates bringing a moral dimension to decision making. In this interview with HBS Working Knowledge’s Carla Tishler, Paine explains why this shift has occurred, and why now.    

"Community Business Limited"

A registered charity in Hong Kong, Community Business is committed to working with companies on corporate social responsibility. Its mission is to “Inspire, lead and support businesses to continually improve their positive impact on people and communities”    


The latest news on Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics from around the world    

"CSR Wire"

CSRwire is a source of corporate social responsibility and sustainability, press releases, reports and information. CSRwire members are companies and NGOs, agencies and organizations interested in communicating their corporate citizenship, sustainability, and socially responsible initiatives to a global audience through CSRwire’s syndication network and weekly News Alerts.
See RSS feed on the left of this page.    

"Australian Institute for Corporate Responsibility"

The Australian Institute for Corporate Responsibility (AICR) provides cutting-edge corporate responsibility resources for large, medium and small business and community organisations.

Formed through an alliance between Our Community, Shannon’s Way and Deloitte, the AICR provides Australian companies with access to the practical knowledge needed to manage, implement, sustain and measure high-quality community engagement and corporate responsibility programs.    

"People, planet and profit — Three Ps of corporate social responsibility"

Article from the Hindu Business Line Financial Daily, suggesting that over the years, companies have realised that clubbing business with community welfare is the best approach to continuity and profitability.    

"Corporate Social Responsibility News and resources"

This site is part of the personal site of Mallen Baker – Development Director for Business in the Community.

It is an expression of his own interest and concern in how companies respond to the agenda for corporate citizenship – the growing need to manage issues that affect their business reputation – and to respond to the growing needs and concerns of a range of different stakeholders.    

"Towards Corporate Social Responsibility"

Article from The Hindu: India’s National Newspaper, suggesting that concern for the community is often mistaken for socialism. On the contrary, capitalism thrives only when every citizen is an asset in economic activity and has opportunities to succeed.    

"Workplace Barometer: Are You Just Fighting Fires?"

With changing demography and generational changes in the workforce and with the unemployment rate in Australia at 1.25% in common with many other countries in the world standing at generationally low levels, it is more important than ever that recruitment and retention of employeees is seen as a strategic, board level initiative within organisations. However, most Australian organisations still consider recruitment to be a distress purchase and not something that needs to be planned for or factored into wider business planning.

As such, this report, the third in the Workplace Barometer series asks how equipped HR professionals are to think strategically and manage resources from a risk perspective. Are they focusing upon short term hiring needs rather than planning for talent resources? Are HR Managers too busy fighting fires to work strategically?    

"The Balanced Scorecard and Corporate Social Responsibility: Aligning Values for Profit"

Article from GreenBiz News, suggesting CSR reporting has grown over the past few years, but the information provided by those reports isn’t always used for strategic advantage. Tying values and measures to a Balanced Scorecard could be the way to make good intentions more profitable.    

"Inter-University Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture"

The Centre in Graz, Austria, was established in 1988 and is the Graz unit of the Faculty for Interdisciplinary Studies (IFF) of the University of Klagenfurt. Within the faculty it belongs to the Department of Research on Science and Technology.

IFZ is an interdisciplinary research institute dealing with issues of socially and environmentally sound technology design. In our work we attempt to improve the understanding of technology’s role in society and develop new approaches to shape technological change.    

"Ethical Junction Network"

Ethical Junction brings together businesses and consumers who share a commitment to ethical values. Our directory gives easy access to products and services while ‘Pulse’, its news forum, is the source of up to date information on events as well as opinions and comment.    

"Centre for Ethical Leadership"

The Center for Ethical Leadership is organized around a question: What kind of leadership does the common good need at this time in this place?

What we often hear people tell us is that we need leaders who:

Create Gracious Space as a tool for change.

Put their values in action to serve the common good.

Bring people together, across boundaries, to form collective leadership.

Ask compelling questions to initiate change that matters.    

"David Suzuki Foundation"

Since 1990, the David Suzuki Foundation has worked to find ways for society to live in balance with the natural world that sustains us. Focusing on four program areas oceans and sustainable fishing, climate change and clean energy, sustainability, and the Nature Challenge – the Foundation uses science and education to promote solutions that conserve nature and help achieve sustainability within a generation.    

"Social Capital"

Wikipedia entry describing Social Capital as a core concept in business, organizational behaviour, political science and sociology, defined as the advantage created by a person’s location in a structure of relationships.    

"In Search of Courage"

The core message of this thoughtful article from “Fast” is that courage is the enforcing virtue, the one that makes possible all the other virtues common to exceptional leaders: honesty, integrity, confidence, compassion, and humility. In short, leaders who lack courage aren’t leaders.    

"Social Investment Forum"

The Social Investment Forum is the U.S. national nonprofit membership association for professionals, firms and organizations dedicated to advancing the practice and growth of socially responsible investing (SRI). Critical to responsible investment practice is the consideration of environmental, social and corporate governance criteria in addition to standard financial analysis. Forum members support SRI through portfolio selection analysis, shareholder advocacy and community.    

"As Public Opinion Battle Heats Up, Corporations Outpace Government in Fostering Social and Environmental Responsibility"

Public opinion is increasingly influential in corporate decision-making, writes columnist Sebastian Mallaby in an August 7 2006 Washington Post op-ed.    

"Global Reporting Initiative"

The United Nations’ Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has pioneered the development of the worlds most widely used sustainability reporting framework and is committed to its continuous improvement and application worldwide. This framework sets out the principles and indicators that organizations can use to measure and report their economic, environmental, and social performance.

An international network of thousands from business, civil society, labor, and professional institutions create the content of the Reporting Framework in a consensus-seeking process.    

"Beyond Grey Pinstripes"

Beyond Grey Pinstripes is a biennial survey and alternative ranking of business schools. Our mission is to spotlight innovative full-time MBA programs that are integrating issues of social and environmental stewardship into curricula and research.    

"Corporate Responsibility Index"

The Corporate Responsibility Index (CRI), licensed to St James Ethics Centre for use in Australia and New Zealand, is a strategic management tool designed by business for business.

The Corporate Responsibility Index was developed to help improve corporate responsibility by providing a systematic process that assists companies to identify their non-financial risk, as well as develop and improve corporate responsibility in line with their business strategy. It provides a benchmark for companies which are committed to managing, measuring and reporting their impact on society and the environment.    

"Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes"

Launched in 1999, the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes are the first global indexes tracking the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide. Based on the cooperation of Dow Jones Indexes, STOXX Limited and SAM they provide asset managers with reliable and objective benchmarks to manage sustainability portfolios.    

"good company"

goodcompanys Engage Program makes it easy for corporate staff to volunteer their skills with one of our 670 community groups. We understand the challenges faced by both the corporate and community sectors. Our Engage Program provides a seamless, credible and effective solution that achieves better outcomes for corporates and community groups.    

"Social Ventures Australia"

SVA works with innovative non-profit organisations to increase their growth and impact to drive transformational social change.

Our activities are focused on three areas – supporting a selected portfolio of non-profit organisations, consulting to the broader non-profit sector and developing social sector partnerships.    

"World Social Forum"

Peoples’ movements around the world are working to demonstrate that the path to sustainable development, social and economic justice lies in alternative models for people-centred and self-reliant progress, rather than in neo-liberal globalisation.

The World Social Forum (WSF) developed as a response of the growing international movement to neo-liberal globalisation and the effects of neo-liberal economic policies being pursued in most countries. While international financial and trade institutions like the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organisation make prescriptions to be followed by countries across the globe that affect the lives of people all over the world, the effects of such decisions are poorly understood in many cases. People in developing countries, as well as the poor and excluded sectors of developed countries continue to grapple with new situations that are being thrown as a result of the thrust towards globalization.