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Pip of Detroit is in the purpose in people business our formula is simple: Your purpose + values in others= IMPACT.
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Money alone can't fix Detroit's problems — our city needs your help

Money alone can't fix Detroit's problems — our city needs your help | Welcome to pip of Detroit | Scoop.it
Federal help is on the way, and that's good news for Detroit. The $300million in assistance discussed Friday is a shot in the arm to several promising blight-reduction and safety initiatives taking place across the city.
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Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

The success of Detroit will be through the power of citizen engagement and how volunteering and mentoring can change one person life at a time.  

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The impact of employee engagement on performance

The impact of employee engagement on performance | Welcome to pip of Detroit | Scoop.it
Employee engagement is a top priority for senior executives, but while most see a clear need to improve engagement, many have yet to develop ways to measure and tackle this goal.
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The survey found that many companies find it challenging to measure engagement and tie its impact to financial results: fewer than 50 percent of companies said that they are effec¬tively measuring employee engagement against business performance metrics like cus¬tomer satisfaction or increased market share.

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It's Time to Invest in Performance and Impact

It's Time to Invest in Performance and Impact | Welcome to pip of Detroit | Scoop.it
'It's Time to Invest in Performance and Impact' blog post by Guest Contributors.
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Impact—With a Focus on Support and Engagement

There are two pathways of conversation around impact. One is focused on the nonprofit organizations themselves to demonstrate governance, leadership, transparency and impact. The second is focused on the corporate side to have an engaged workforce, smart charitable investments and sustainable social impact.

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4 Habits Of Superbly Confident People

4 Habits Of Superbly Confident People | Welcome to pip of Detroit | Scoop.it
Let's get into that sweet spot of really accepting and cherishing our vulnerabilities, our humanness and ourselves!
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One of my favorite movie scenes is from the movie Chariots of Fire, where the runner Eric Liddell is running in a race by the ocean. As the wonderful music of Vangelis plays, he asks himself, "Where does the power come from, to see the race to its end?" He then hears his inner voice respond, "The power comes from within." (If you haven't seen the movie, give yourself an inspiring treat and watch it!)

Let 2014 be a year of confidence for you!  Great article... 

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The State of Employee Engagement [INFOGRAPHIC]

The State of Employee Engagement [INFOGRAPHIC] | Welcome to pip of Detroit | Scoop.it

RT @Employee_Survey: The State of Employee Engagement ... - Infographic List http://t.co/ePdik0U4vL


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Invest in social change in 2014 by engaging your employees in mentoring and volunteering in the areas they are natural gifted in.

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For Businesses

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Ideas for Businesses Tips for Corporate Engagement in #GivingTuesday From our partners at CECP. #GivingTuesday provides an…
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This holiday season give the gift of volunteering it will change and impact our communities. We can't wait to hear you stories from #givetuesday!  

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World Vision responding as Typhoon Haiyan devastates Philippines

World Vision responding as Typhoon Haiyan devastates Philippines | Welcome to pip of Detroit | Scoop.it
Typhoon Haiyan, considered one of the strongest tropical storms ever, made landfall in the Philippines early November 8 and caused catastrophic damage. World Vision’s teams are working to assess the damage and mobilizing a response.
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Please prayExternal Link for children, families, and communities affected by this terrible storm, and pray for those working to assist survivors who are in desperate need.

Make a one-time donation to World Vision’s Philippines Disaster Response Fund. Your contribution will help us deliver life-saving assistance in the aftermath of sudden-onset emergencies in the Philippines, like Typhoon Haiyan.

Sponsor a child in the Philippines today. By investing in the life of a boy or girl in need, you’ll help provide life-giving basics and resilience for an entire community in the aftermath of devastating disasters like Typhoon Haiyan.

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Business Transformation Through Corporate Citizenship: How Stanley Litow Keeps IBM On Cutting Edge Of Innovation

Business Transformation Through Corporate Citizenship: How Stanley Litow Keeps IBM On Cutting Edge Of Innovation | Welcome to pip of Detroit | Scoop.it
A series of  Forbes Insights profiles of thought leaders changing the business landscape: Stanley Litow, V.P. of Corporate Citizen and Corporate Affairs and President of the IBM Foundation...
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No one company or sector of the economy can solve the planet’s big problems on their own. Collaboration or what we call an ‘open sourcing’ approach is required. 

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The Companies With the Best CSR Reputations

The Companies With the Best CSR Reputations | Welcome to pip of Detroit | Scoop.it
Here are the companies with the best corporate social responsibility (CSR) reputations, based on a study by Reputation Institute, a private global consulting firm based in New York.
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How can your company become part of this club? Create a plan in CSR and strategy focus on four areas: Community, Employees, Environment and Governance. 

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Patagonia Environmentalism Essay: The Elephant in the Room

Patagonia Environmentalism Essay: The Elephant in the Room | Welcome to pip of Detroit | Scoop.it
At a recent forum on corporate sustainability, it occurred to me that all the presentations were in some form related to innovation“It’s interesting no one has mentioned it,” I said. He nodded and replied, “But everyone knows it’s the elephant in the room.”. 
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The question – the challenge – is therefore to ask how we can redirect those values to create a better economy that leads us to a better world, instead of over the cliff.

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Microsoft Corporate Citizenship: Serving Communities: Employee Giving

We believe that the passion and creativity of our employees emerges when they know their efforts make a difference - and a large part of that comes through helping others.
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PIP is pumped up to address employees in the Heartland Region today at their "Feed the Need Luncheon" Microsoft sets the bar high when it comes to Corporate Citizenship and PIP is excited to celebrate 30 years of GIVING! #feedtheneed

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MGM Resorts International Employees Pledge $4.7 Million to Help NGO's

“Our employees have demonstrated, yet again, their enormous generosity and desire to inspire our world through giving,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. “I am proud of our culture, our employees and the excellence they bring to our resorts and carry into our communities every day.”

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We give MGM our Change- Maker ROCK award today: MGM understands its employee's can impact and create a positive change in our communities.  

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SSIR x Bridgespan: Giving That Gets Results (SSIR)

SSIR x Bridgespan: Giving That Gets Results (SSIR) | Welcome to pip of Detroit | Scoop.it

The giving season is upon us, and Stanford Social Innovation Review, in partnership with The Bridgespan Group, has created this eight-week series of voices from the vanguard of giving. I also recommend you volunteer before you give by doing this you will see if the NGO's is a changemaker for society. #Givesmart

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The world needs more change-makers: men and women who don't just see things as they are, but who imagine things as they might be - and do something about it!

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Microsoft Corporate Citizenship: Youth Empowerment: YouthSpark

Microsoft Corporate Citizenship: Youth Empowerment: YouthSpark | Welcome to pip of Detroit | Scoop.it
Empowering young people to change their world.
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Today's youth face an opportunity divide – a gap between those who have access to the skills and training they need to be successful, and those who do not. With more than 75 million unemployed youth around the world, we must work together to close this divide in order to secure the future of our youth, and of our global economy.

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Looking Ahead – 5 CSR Trends on the Radar for 2014

Looking Ahead – 5 CSR Trends on the Radar for 2014 | Welcome to pip of Detroit | Scoop.it
'Looking Ahead – 5 CSR Trends on the Radar for 2014' blog post by Liz Gorman.
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 Employee Engagement 2.0 – It's All About Choice

Employee engagement around CSR is evolving and some companies have started turning to gamificationor micro-volunteerism to make engagement easy, fun and personalized. More importantly, companies that give employees some choice in how they participate or the ability to influence their company’s CSR efforts may discover they have “improved retention and ultimately, positive bottom line results,” according to Sustainable Brands.

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Corporate Giving: Who Benefits Most?

Corporate Giving: Who Benefits Most? | Welcome to pip of Detroit | Scoop.it

'Corporate Giving: Who Benefits Most?'Corporate philanthropy is big bucks. Companies invest billions of dollars each year in order to help change the world. But supporting communities may not be the only objective. Corporate philanthropy can be leveraged to empower and engage employees.

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Riding the Digital Wave of Employee Engagement  Making it easy for employees to connect to the causes that matter to them is a critical element in the success of this approach. The likelihood of an employee being stirred to make a charitable contribution is heightened when the employee can log on to a website, at any time, from any place (and not necessarily during work hours), find something that she or he is passionate about, connect to others who share the same passion, and, with a quick click, change the world. New digital tools to connect employees and between employees for the greater good are offering interesting possibilities to help companies develop their CSR reputation.
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blueprint 2014 | GrantCraft

blueprint 2014 | GrantCraft | Welcome to pip of Detroit | Scoop.it

Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2014 is an annual industry forecast written by leading philanthropy scholar Lucy Bernholz about the social economy — private capital used for public good.

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If we are going to be a catalyst for change we need the right tools to help navigate us in philanthropy.  The Blueprint provides an overview of the current landscape, points to major trends, and directs your attention to horizons where you can expect some important breakthroughs in the coming year.

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What Kind Of Philanthropist Are You? A How-To For Aligning Your Giving With Your Personal Values

What Kind Of Philanthropist Are You? A How-To For Aligning Your Giving With Your Personal Values | Welcome to pip of Detroit | Scoop.it
The current landscape of social impact work presents a variety of funding needs, each of which are valuable and important in their own right. Here are some questions to help you consider your charitable giving choices.
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#GivingTuesday highlights ways we can give back in our communities and impact the lives of others when we invest in social change. We can all be Philanthropist join the movement of Changemakers in 2014! 

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Opening the Curtain on $1.3 billion the New 2.0 Era of Impact Investing

Opening the Curtain on $1.3 billion the New 2.0 Era of Impact Investing | Welcome to pip of Detroit | Scoop.it

 Make no mistake: investors are eager to proactively align their portfolios with their values. However, the key organizing principles in the "1.0 era" -- anecdotes and observation, as opposed to evidence -- are no longer enough. The larger wealth advisors and institutional investors on which growth depends are demanding a level of product and performance specificity that has so far been elusive.

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We know the impact investing is not a silver bullet, and we are a bit wary that the hype might paint it so. It is but one of the many tools in our problem solving toolbox; we just haven't figured out how to optimize it -- yet. 

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Congratulations to Mike Duggan on winning the Detroit mayoral election

Congratulations to Mike Duggan on winning the Detroit mayoral election | Welcome to pip of Detroit | Scoop.it

The Detroit Regional Chamber would like to acknowledge three key elements of this result. First, we are excited about Mike’s energy, vision and most importantly, the turnaround expertise he brings to City Hall. Mike’s leadership and proven success will serve Detroit well. We look forward to assisting the Duggan administration in any possible way in working to move the city forward.

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Detroit has the right ingredients and leadership to move the city forward. We are looking for Bold, Courageous, and Tenacious to join Opportunity Detroit.

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"12 Years a Slave Movie" We still need to end slavery

"12 Years a Slave Movie" We still need to end slavery | Welcome to pip of Detroit | Scoop.it
Bradley Myles says "12 Years a Slave" immerses us in the terrible reality of 1840s slavery. But many people don't know slavery is also a modern day horror.
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27 Million are in slavery the opportunity to truly eradicate slavery is before us. Now let's rise to the challenge and seize it. Join the movement

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First Major Retailer Pushes 'Fair Trade' Clothing, But Will People Buy? We Say YES!

First Major Retailer Pushes 'Fair Trade' Clothing, But Will People Buy? We Say YES! | Welcome to pip of Detroit | Scoop.it
Following trends in chocolate and coffee production, Patagonia is the first major national apparel retailer to sell "Fair Trade certified" clothing, but will customers spend more for "fair" workers' wages and safer working conditions?
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We say Yes people will buy! This effort is part of a larger strategy to raise awareness with our customers on how they can make a difference in the world with their purchasing decisions."

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2013 Microsoft Citizenship Reporting

2013 Microsoft Citizenship Reporting | Welcome to pip of Detroit | Scoop.it
The 2013 Citizenship Report offers insight on Microsoft's approach and outlook on economic, social, and environmental issues, as well as our progress.

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Today PIP talked about the science of Giving at Microsoft it was such a pleasure to be with change-makers who see things the world needs  and BOLD do something about it! 

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A leader in Corporate Citizenship and employee engagement.

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Inspired Giving: How a Digital Culture Is Changing the World of Philanthropy

Inspired Giving: How a Digital Culture Is Changing the World of Philanthropy | Welcome to pip of Detroit | Scoop.it
'Inspired Giving: How a Digital Culture Is Changing the World of Philanthropy' blog post by Guest Contributors.
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The world needs more change-makers: men and women who don't just see things as they are, but who imagine things as they might be - and do something about it!

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The Fair Trace Tool

A new app brings artisans' and farmers' stories to the consumer at the point of purchase – putting a face behind the label in an effort to increase fair trade practices and supply chain transparency.

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The Fair Trade movement has attracted many brilliant people and devised many creative ways to advance its simple proposition of dignity, equity and self-determination for those who produce what we consume.

There have been great strides made in codifying, organizing, certifying and labeling. Fair Trade choices are more accessible to consumers than ever before.

Yet, it is still quite a minority of us that shop only fair trade products. And even fewer that demand reform in the corporate practices that are causing death and suffering for workers and their families throughout the developing world.

The Need to Help Workers

 

  It’s not that most of us don’t care. I think we do. I think we read the news about workers locked in and ordered to keep working, while their factory and co-workers burn around them and we are outraged. I think 1,100 dead in a factory collapse is staggering to us, and causes us to give pause. But, we don’t really know what to  do, do we? And so the band plays on. 


If there is any consolation, it is that this is the story of nearly all social movements that eventually turned a social tide, great and small. From civil rights to environmental protection, from seat belts to smoking bans we can – and do – change the status quo time and time again. The Fair Trade movement can transform the lives of artisans, farmers and laborers around the world. The big questions are: If not now, when? And, if not you, who?

The Time is Now

So, why not now? A quick look at when and why we change behavior – like shopping fair trade and demanding it from the brands which we prefer – shows that we change only when the emotional, economic or social cost of the status quo becomes too high. In other words, when we truly experience the pain in it, or truly experience the gain in changing it. For some, this experience can come in a momentary dawn of personal realization. For others, it is the ongoing influence of family and friends. For yet others, it may take a stiff measure of law and punishment.

Clearly, for the time to be now, more of us need to be experiencing the human pain and gain in which fair trade is grounded.

The Good Guys Should Get It Right

And, why not you? Most likely, if you are reading this, you’re considered socially conscious. You’re one of the good guys, right? So, what are you wearing today? Do you know who made it? Do you know the conditions they were working under? Do you know if your purchase has helped them and their family, or did it help to protect a manufacturer whose policies guarantee generations of poverty and oppression? If you are like most of us, chances are you can’t answer these questions. Hence, no experience of pain. Or of gain. Thus, no action, but likely a sense of dis-ease. Stay in this moment. Feel the dis-ease Understand that it is more than dis-ease, it isdisease. Many people are suffering and dying to make what we consume—maybe even what you are wearing today. And yet others are thriving.

disease of economic and social oppression. Once we experience it emotionally, we will work for the cure. Let’s all take a moment right now to think about what we are wearing today. Look at the stitches, imagine the seamstress. Her workplace. Her home. Her family. What do we want her life to be like? What is it like? Shouldn’t we know? Of course we should! To do otherwise is irresponsible, reckless and harmful to humanity.

I believe that the time is now, and we are the answer when it comes to fair trade and its humanitarian values. I have seen us firsthand – individuals, communities, even societies – makemassive changes that improve workers’ physical, economic and environmental well-being. It springs from what is inside of us, what we expect of each other and what we demand of our social and economic environment.

It takes 40% – 60% of us to stand up and say that we feel our sense of what’s right is being violated before a topic moves to the broad social agenda and the groundswell of change begins to move inexorably to its conclusion.

So, please stand up and be counted. Know what you are wearing. Share your belief in fair trade with your social circle. Demand fair trade where you shop. Reward fair trade brands with your purchase. And support the use of labeling, certification and new technologies like the Fair Trace Tool ™ developed by Indigenous Fair Trade + Organic and Worldways Social Marketing to connect consumers with the emotional stories of artisans and farmers and the social impact of fair trade at the base of the supply chain pyramid. By snapping a QR code at the point of purchase, the Trace Tool connects the consumer instantly to this content.  

Visit organizations like Fair Trade USA online to learn about the fair movement. Provide immediate support for the spread of Fair Trade values by making the Fair Trace Tool available to brands that could not otherwise afford it by as little as a $10 crowdfunding donation on Indiegogo at www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-fair-trace-tool.

The choice is yours. The time is now. The answer is you.

 

 About the Author:

Mark Marosits is co-founder and senior strategist with Worldways Social Marketing, a full service agency with global reach exclusively serving organizations working to improve the physical, social, environmental and economic well-being of individuals and communities throughout the world. He specializes in the art and science of positive behavior change.

    
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