April 25, 2015
  AmeriCares is responding to the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal earlier today, causing buildings to collapse, setting off avalanches on Mount Everest and catapulting the region into chaos. The massive quake struck shortly beforenoon local time about 50 miles from Kathmandu and could be felt as far away as New Delhi. Nearly 1,000 people are reported to have died in Nepal and the death toll is quickly rising. Hospitals...
April 23, 2015
Veteran management guru Fred Kiel uses hard data to prove that soft factors like integrity, forgiveness, and compassion energize employees and customers — and deliver better returns. It’s rare to find a business book, let alone one on leadership, that is well researched, well documented, well written, convincing, credible, and imbued with a voice that one grows to both trust and admire. Fred Kiel’s 200-pager, Return on Character: The Real Reason...
April 23, 2015
Sure, the numbers bear out a huge drop in solar energy costs in recent years. But if there was any question that people other than environmentalists are beginning to view renewables as the likely energy standard of the future, action in the stock market this week should answer that. After announcing a new $1 billion fund to finance solar installations by commercial customers, SolarCity saw its stock price jump 4...
April 15, 2015
China’s economy grew in the first three months of 2015 at its slowest quarterly pace in six years, dragged down by an industrial slowdown and a weak housing market, the government announced Wednesday. Gross domestic product rose 7 percent from a year earlier, in line with economists’ forecasts. While the growth rate means China still ranks as one of the world’s fastest growing major economies, it marked the country’s slowest quarterly expansion...
April 15, 2015
This is the beginning of the end. The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. And there's no going back.  The shift occurred in 2013, when the world added 143 gigawatts of renewable electricity capacity, compared with 141 gigawatts in new plants that burn fossil fuels, according to an analysis presented...
April 12, 2015
Shareholders in the biggest US companies stand to receive a record $1tn in cash this year, as blue chips’ concerns over the global economic outlook have diverted cash away from investment and is driving a boom in buybacks and dividends. Shareholder returns reached more than $903bn in 2014, with $350bn in dividends and $553bn in buybacks, official data from S&P Dow Jones Indices show. It expects buybacks to rise at a...
April 11, 2015
At long last, General Electric is on its way to exorcising the financial demons of Jack Welch. It took 14 years, a near-death experience and a flat-lined stock price, but Mr. Welch’s successor,Jeffrey R. Immelt, is now getting out of the banking business and returning G.E. to its industrial roots. It may have taken too long, but the timing works now on many levels. Mr. Immelt’s timing hasn’t always been so good. He took over as chairman and...
April 11, 2015
Michael E. Porter has announced the launch of the Social Progress Imperative, a new rigorous index rating the social performance of more than 50 countries. Developed with the AVINA, Rockefeller, and Skoll foundations, this is the first index to fully separate social indicators from economic ones. In examining data on basic needs, well-being, and opportunity it creates a global agenda for country level policy. "We've long...
April 11, 2015
Growing City jitters about the prospect of a hung parliament and signs of weakness in the key manufacturing sector prompted sterling to hit a five-year low against the dollar in foreign exchange markets on Friday. Sterling fell to $1.4558 on Friday morning – the lowest level since the uncertain days that followed the 2010 general election. It later recovered some ground but still closed down 0.51% on the day at $1.4637. Against...
April 9, 2015
When Marc Andreessen launched the Netscape web browser back in 1994, he inadvertently laid the foundation for what would later become the lyric annotation platform Rap Genius, and eventually, Genius. "Only a handful of people know that the big missing feature from the web browser—the feature that was supposed to be in from the start but didn't make it—is the ability to annotate any page on the Internet...


Off the Wires

April 23, 2015
Sure, the numbers bear out a huge drop in solar energy costs in recent years. But if there was any question that people other than...
April 15, 2015
China’s economy grew in the first three months of 2015 at its slowest quarterly pace in six years, dragged down by an industrial slowdown and a weak...
April 12, 2015
Shareholders in the biggest US companies stand to receive a record $1tn in cash this year, as blue chips’ concerns over the global...
April 11, 2015
At long last, General Electric is on its way to exorcising the financial demons of Jack Welch. It took 14 years, a near-death experience and a flat-...
April 11, 2015
Growing City jitters about the prospect of a hung parliament and signs of weakness in the key manufacturing sector prompted sterling to hit a five-...

Value Blog

April 25, 2015
  AmeriCares is responding to the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal earlier today, causing buildings to collapse, setting off...
April 23, 2015
Veteran management guru Fred Kiel uses hard data to prove that soft factors like integrity, forgiveness, and compassion energize employees and...
April 15, 2015
This is the beginning of the end. The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable...
April 11, 2015
Michael E. Porter has announced the launch of the Social Progress Imperative, a new rigorous index rating the social performance of more...
April 9, 2015
When Marc Andreessen launched the Netscape web browser back in 1994, he inadvertently laid the foundation for what would later become the...

Altruism Today

April 23, 2015
The single father of five children works two jobs, including in the cafeteria of the US Senate, but still must rely on food stamps. Now he’s...
April 22, 2015
Source: Disability Scoop Persons with disabilities could and should be considered a population whose civil rights are, unfortunately,...
April 16, 2015
A new study suggests witnessing death, not just deployment or combat, raises soldiers' risk of suicide. The jury is still out on whether...
April 15, 2015
A study released today by software company Abila (formerly Sage Nonprofit Solutions) contrasts the ideas nonprofits have about...
April 12, 2015
Succession from one generation of leadership to the next is a period of opportunity and risk. Common sense, an inclusive listening tour, frank...

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