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Economy

The Business of Values

June 25th, 2011  |  Source: HBR Blog Network

 

I recently spent a few days at the Harvard Business School with a group of Deans and Professors from around the globe. The event was a symposium that HBS has run for several years, as a way of reflecting on and improving the field of leadership at a macro level.

The focus of this year's event was "values." The sticky issue of ethics, of the responsibility business leaders have to "do the right thing."


Appetite for Change

June 24th, 2011  |  Source: SustainAbility

Reinventing the Global Food System

The global food system is under scrutiny for environmental impacts including habitat degradation, greenhouse gas emissions and freshwater use. Half the world’s farmers go hungry, while around a billion people are clinically obese. Demand for food is growing and yields are falling. Radical and rapid systemic change is required.


Design school equips grads with entrepreneurial toolkits

June 23rd, 2011  |  Source: Springwise

During tough economic times, the academic challenges of college can pale next to the difficulty of finding a job afterwards. Aiming to help make its graduates’ lives easier in this respect, the Rhode Island School of Design has begun equipping them with a kit of business-oriented tools upon graduation.


Saab Auto Workers' Union Raises Bankruptcy Threat

June 23rd, 2011  |  Source: WSJ

A Swedish labor union Thursday threatened to force car maker Saab into bankruptcy proceedings over workers' unpaid wages.

Union IF Metall said it now is gathering from its members pay slips that haven't been honored in order to prepare requests for payment that will be sent to Saab Automobile. When Saab Automobile receives the requests, likely sometime next week, it will have a week to pay the claims.

"If it does not have the money at that point, there is only one thing left to do," said Berko Davidovic, lawyer at IF Metall.


From a Latte to a Life: 'The Price of Everything'

June 17th, 2011  |  Source: K@W

In the months following September 11, 2001, Congress approved a fund to compensate the victims of the terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon that claimed nearly 3,000 lives. Unlike most bills passed by Congress, this one had an unlimited budget. Money, in the grand scheme of things, was not an object when it came to the largest terrorist attack ever to occur on American soil.


A New Immigration Consensus

June 15th, 2011  |  Source: WSJ

A bipartisan coalition of business leaders and mayors have joined together to make the case that visa reform is an economic imperative.

Key points made by MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG

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Renewable Energy at a Crossroads

June 14th, 2011  |  Source: strategy + business

The wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal energy sector has grown in fits and starts during the last 30 years — but now may finally have the momentum to become a self-sustaining industry.


Blackwater Gets ‘Too Big To Fail,’ Hires AIG Castoff

June 13th, 2011  |  Source: Wired.com

Nothing says, “We’re through with scandal!” quite like hiring a former executive from one of the country’s leading economic bloodsuckers.

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Mystery woman in white appears at Bilderberg 2011

June 13th, 2011  |  Source: The Guardian

A shadow fell across the Engadine. The skylark ceased his merry song, the flowers curled and blackened in the meadow and a man in a special issue Bilderberg anorak set off on his stroll.

Bilderberg has had some bad ideas in its time (a European superstate, anyone?) but Lord Mandelson's nature walk has to be the worst. What were they hoping for? Had they not seen the 200 activists camped opposite the hotel gates?

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Why Aid Organizations Inflate Their Numbers

June 10th, 2011  |  Source: Foreign Policy

Grave Inflation A new report on the Haiti earthquake reminds again that, for aid groups, more casualties means more funding




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