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Looking at the Whole Lifecycle of Technological Hardware to Build Peace

By Marianne Perez de Fransius, founder Peace is Sexy & Peace Superheroes “It seems to me that there’s a deontological question we have to address here: how can we keep talking about using technology to build peace while ignoring the very real conflicts that the development of this technological hardware produces? Whether it is the[…]

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Why Companies should Talk about Peace with People who Disagree with them Most

June 20 marked World Refugee Day, and the assessments of how many displaced people are suffering and living in fear serve as a reminder of the need for the proposed sustainable development goal 16. For the first time, goal 16, which seeks to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice[…]

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Why you should consider Africa for your next vacation

Africa does not figure on most non-Africans’ top vacation destinations, but it should, even if you have a baby. My husband, our 19-month old and I have recently done a lot of traveling in Southern Africa, i.e. in South Africa (multiple self-driven safaris in Kruger Park, hiking around the Drakensbergs, a couple weeks in Cape[…]

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War is profitable, so peace is too

by Bernd Zikulnig, a 33 year old pilot, a former professional soldier, the founder of peacebucks – free money. War is highly intertwined with the economy and many wars are primarily conducted, or not conducted, because of financial interests of multi-billion dollar corporations. According to SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute), total world spending on military expenses[…]

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Video: Business as a Force for Good

Many professionals experience dissatisfaction with the results they get for the amount of work they put in. Given the amount of time we spend working (at the office, at home, on our commute and even on vacation!), it’s easy to wonder why profits aren’t sky-rocketing, why clients aren’t thrilled with our products and services and[…]

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No Contradiction between Sustainable and Profitable Growth

“Business can be the most powerful agent for change, and if business doesn’t change, then I think we’re all doomed,” Rose Marcario, Patagonia’s CEO said. “Business that puts profit above people and the environment is not going to be a healthy and sustainable way for us to live and for the planet to survive.” One[…]

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Peace is Profitable – A Marketing Idea

by Doug Hoffman What could be more valuable than having other people tell your story? Over the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic shift in how people gather information.  We have gone from a time when people gathered most of their information from TV, radio and newspapers, all controlled by large companies, to a[…]

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How many slaves work for you?

Slavery is not just the stuff of history books. There are still a surprising number of slaves working today… and they’re even working for you! This infographic gives you a run-down on the current state of slavery and what you can do about it.  Slavery today infographic

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Increase Profits by Bringing Women into Business

With International Women’s Day on March 8, we see the usual focused interest on women’s issues including increasing female participation in political and legislative processes, decreasing violence against women, increasing the number of years of education for girls and women and decreasing the pay gap between men and women. While they are all important issues,[…]

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Keeping Your Chocolate Slave-Free

With a product as good as chocolate, it’s hard to imagine that it can have a part in modern day slavery. But the good news is that there is an industry-wide response to tackle the issue.  With over 58 million pounds (26 million kilograms) of chocolate consumed each year during Valentine’s week, about 5% of[…]