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Will Foundations Be More Effective in China?

Sunday, December 4, 2011 22:29 Comments Off

Over the last 2-3 years, one of the more interesting developments in China’s philanthropic landscape has been the explosion of foundations that have come onto the scene. Interesting because as the number of foundations, and the number of celebrities/ CEOs opening their own foundation, grew there was a general belief that this would improve the […]

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When Donor Resiliency is Lost

Thursday, December 1, 2011 18:48 Comments Off

Last night, and this afternoon, I had a bit of a scare. A donor to one of the organizations I have been working with, a long time friend, sent me a message that she was pulling her donation because of an error I had made.  It was a simple error in failing to recognize her […]

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Apple Takes A Step Forward Towards CSR. But is Still Exposed…VERY Exposed

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 10:00 3 Comments

If the first step towards recovery is admitting that you have a problem, then readers will agree that Apple taking the time to meet with several of China’s most prominent Green NGOs was a first step for Apple. Particularly given the fact that Apple was largely unwilling to address the numerous labor and environmental failures […]

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China’s Eco-Cities Need to Do More than Win Awards

Friday, October 14, 2011 20:40 Comments Off

Last month while being interviewed for the New York Times piece China’s City of the Future Rises on a Wasteland, I was asked about the importance of China’s eco-city planning… What should be the goal of an eco-city and why are they important to China? To me, this was perhaps one of the more important […]

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Urbanization in China Will (Naturally) Increase Per Capita Emission

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 13:55 Comments Off

There was a time where China could legitimately stand up and say that they were “cleaner” than everyone else, and use a per capita statistic to back that information up. Over the years though, it has grown tougher because the audience (1) began adjusting for the fact that China had hundreds of millions of farmers […]

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When Landfills Overflow. When there is No Away

Thursday, September 22, 2011 9:49 2 Comments

When working with my students on the issues of sustainability, one of the fundamental facts that I am trying to impress upon them is that ultimately there is no “away”. That ultimately, the wastes that we are creating through the economic models we have developed will at some point grow so large that they cannot […]

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Understanding the Systems We Aim to Fix

Sunday, September 18, 2011 16:54 Comments Off

With the conversations around systems and sustainability still largely a moving a target that bounces between emotional polar bears and destructive weather systems, I honestly cannot think of a better time for a focus on understanding the systems that exist in our economy, the impact of our economy on our environmental systems, and taking steps […]

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Simple Questions of Attaining “Sustainability”

Thursday, May 5, 2011 22:35 Comments Off

When thinking of the issues we face environmentally, and the recent links to climate change, we often speak about issues on a global level without considering the local issues/ impact of those discussions.  A condition I think about often as the discussions around climate change and environmental protection continue to be hobbled by issues of […]

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Green is Dead. Sustainability is the Future

Friday, January 21, 2011 23:37 3 Comments

Green is dead.  Sustainability is the future. 2011 will be the year that we move from the polar bear to understanding the economic value of our natural resources. That the debate over climate change was never really about weather patterns, but about the fact that we have pinned our economies down to unsustainable economic models […]

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Is China Ready for Online Donation Platforms?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 23:33 Comments Off

While reading the recent news that Shanghai based Social Venture Group (SVG) will be launching their most recent project, a website called China Charity Gift to facilitate donations to seven China based charities. It was a project that I know they have been working on for a while now and while taking a sneak peak […]

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