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New social movement spreads anti-hate message.
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WILPF | Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

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Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

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Global trends: The world is changing faster than at any time in human history

Animation describing some of the trends and changes we're seeing in the world around us.
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'Maker movement' inspires new artistic expression - Christian Science Monitor

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'Maker movement' inspires new artistic expression
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In cities where space is limited and expensive to rent, programs such as Mozilla's Hive Learning Network are filling the gaps with pop-up events.
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Reframing Organizations by Lee Bolman

First published in 1984, Lee Bolman and Terrence Deals best-selling book has become a classic in the field. Its four-frame model examines organizations as fa...
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The Role of Family and Social Change

Despite enormous changes in the forms that families may take, family as an institution somehow endures and continues to play a uniquely important role in soc...
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Social change is written in the streets -- New Internationalist

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Fifty years ago the Civil Rights Act was passed into law in the US. Movements not governments propel change, believes Mark Engler.
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Happy International Women's Day!

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Equality for women is progress for all!


Explore celebrations around the world: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/


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London calling: World's top travel spot - CNNMoney (press release)

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London calling: World's top travel spot
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The city, which has a population of about 2.2 million, will receive more than 4.8 visitors per resident, easily the highest ratio among the cities surveyed.
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WW3 UPDATE: Ukraines "DOOMSDAY SCENARIO" Explained

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Larry Page's vision of future looks like John Maynard Keynes' - SFGate

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Of course, as we draw near to the end of Keynes' century, it is abundantly clear that his vision was never quite realized.
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Stigmatized workers quitting Tepco in droves

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Stigmatized workers quitting Tepco in droves Stigma, pay cuts and risk of radiation exposure are among the reasons why 3,000 employees have left Tepco, the utility at the center of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Now there’s an additional factor: better paying jobs in the feel-good solar energy industry.

Engineers and other employees at Tokyo Electric Power Co. were once typical of the nation’s corporate culture that is famous for prizing loyalty to a single company and lifetime employment with it. But the March 2011 tsunami that swamped the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, sending three reactors into meltdown, changed that.

Tepco was widely criticized for being inadequately prepared for tsunami despite Japan’s long history of being hit by giant waves and for its confused response to the disaster. The public turned hostile toward the nuclear industry and Tepco, or “Tohden” in Japanese, became a dirty word.

Only 134 people quit Tepco the year before the disaster. The departures ballooned to 465 in 2011, another 712 in 2012 and 488 last year. Seventy percent of those leaving were younger than 40. When the company offered voluntary retirement for the first time earlier this year, some 1,151 workers applied for the 1,000 available redundancy packages.

The exodus, which has reduced staff to about 35,700 people, adds to the challenges of the ongoing work at Fukushima to keep the meltdowns under control, remove the fuel cores and safely decommission the reactors, which is expected to take decades.

The factors pushing workers out have piled up. The financial strain of the disaster has led to brutal salary cuts while ongoing problems at Fukushima No. 1, such as substantial leaks of irradiated water, have reinforced the image of a bumbling and irresponsible organization.

“No one is going to want to work there, if they can help it,” said Akihiro Yoshikawa, who quit Tepco in 2012.

After leaving he started a campaign called “Appreciate Fukushima Workers,” trying to counter what he calls the “giant social stigma” attached to working at Fukushima No. 1.

Many of the workers, as residents of the area, also lost their homes to no-go zones, adding to personal hardships.

The Fukushima stigma is such that some employees hide the fact they work at the plant. They even worry they will be turned away at restaurants or that their children will be bullied at school after a government report documented dozens of cases of discrimination.

While Tepco is out of favor with the public, the skills and experience of its employees that span the gamut of engineers, project managers, maintenance workers and construction and financial professionals, are not.

Energy industry experience is in particular demand as the development of solar and other green energy businesses is pushed along by generous government subsidies.

Currently the government pays solar plants ¥32 per kilowatt hour of energy. The so-called tariff for solar power varies by states and cities in the U.S., but they are generally lower than Japan’s version. The rate in Germany is about half that in Japan.

Sean Travers, Japan president of EarthStream, a London-based recruitment company that specializes in energy jobs, has been scrambling to woo Tepco employees as foreign companies do more clean energy business in Japan.

“Tepco employees are very well trained and have excellent knowledge of how the Japanese energy sector works, making them very attractive,” he said.

Two top executives at U.S. solar companies doing business in Japan, First Solar director Karl Brutsaert and SunPower Japan director Takashi Sugihara, said they have interviewed former Tepco employees for possible posts.

Besides their experience, knowledge of how the utility industry works and their contacts, with both private industry and government bureaucracy, are prized assets.

“It’s about the human network and the Tepco employees have all the contacts,” said Travers, who says he has recruited about 20 people from the utility and is hoping to get more.

Since September 2012, all Tepco managers have had their salaries slashed by 30 percent, while workers in nonmanagement positions had their pay reduced 20 percent.

But last year, Tepco doled out ¥100,000 bonuses to 5,000 managers as an incentive to stay on. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/07/21/national/stigmatized-workers-quitting-tepco-droves/#.U85eK9GKCcw


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Nuclear Racism: the war against aboriginal people in Australia

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The nuclear industry has been responsible for some of the crudest racism in Australia's history. This radioactive racism dates from the British bomb tests in the 1950s and it has been evident in more recent debates over nuclear waste. Continue…

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How Great Leaders Think: The Art of Reframing

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Book Description The proven model that offers powerful and elegant strategies for leaders How Great Leaders Think: the Art of Reframing uses compelling, contemporary examples to show how more complex thinking is the key to better leadership. Leaders who understand what’s going on around... http://www.ebookma.com/pdf/how-great-leaders-think-the-art-of-reframing.html


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TEDxUChicago 2011 - Jonathan Greenblatt - Revolutionizing the World Through Social Responsibility

As a serial social entrepreneur Jonathan Greenblatt is the co-founder of Ethos Water and the former CEO of Good Magazine. Greenblatt participates on several ...
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How Building An Ecosystem Of Support Can Generate Social Change

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Momentum for social entrepreneurship is exploding. Every year, more and more people are working on businesses and organisations designed to improve the world. Many of us feel the need to serve a gr...
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ISO and social responsibility

Social responsibility is needed to safeguard our future. ISO 26000 can help us make a positive difference.
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Britain plans to build the first commercial spaceport by 2018

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Britain is to build a commercial spaceport that will be used to launch manned missions and commercial satellites. A list of eight locations for the spaceport – which could be used by Virgin Galactic and the US company XCOR to launch space tourism flights – has been drawn up by the government and will be announced on Tuesday at the Farnborough air show.


It is planned to have Britain's spaceport in operation by 2018 even though a decision has yet to be made on its location. Several sites around the country have been linked to spaceport plans and are now being studied by officials.


The spaceport would be used to launch both manned missions and commercial satellites, and the Guardian cites companies including Virgin Galactic and XCOR Aerospace as potential users. The eight potential spaceport sites are now being studied by government officials ahead of a final decision, though it isn't clear when that's expected.


Still, the spaceport plan calls for a quick turnaround, which shouldn't be a surprise considering how the UK's space sector has been growing. According to the Guardian, the sector is now worth over £11 billion ($18.8 billion), and the government wants to help raise that to around £40 billion for 2030.


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Sensors and Citizens: Finding Balance in the New Urban Reality

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Todd Douglas Taylor You have a front row seat. Unfortunately it is the driver’s seat of your family car and a multi-vehicle accident just unfolded before your eyes. People are almost certainly injured. Traffic is backing up in all directions. As you
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The city of tomorrow may already be here

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Innovation aimed at tackling 21st century problems is emerging in cities around the globe. Join CNN as we explore technology that will change our lives. (Cities killing the planet?
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The future of birth control and drug delivery: Remote controlled ...

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An MIT spin-off in Massachusetts, backed by the Gates Foundation, has developed a small, remote-controlled drug-dispensing implant that sits just under your skin. To activate the drug dispenser you simply press a button on ...
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