“Epic Fail”

As I was writing my last blog post about failing development aid and creativity in the socially responsible business world I came across an interesting video of a TEDx talk. In one part of this video David Damberger, the man giving this speech mentions his recently created website “Admitting Failure”. This site can be used by development agencies to publish their project plans, tell how certain results have been achieved or have differed from the expected, and get feedback.

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No CSR Without Women?

Having visited the Green Week, I met a lot of people and was able to get lots of information about fair-trade, innovations, sustainability, environmental concerns and so on. I could listen to presentations and talk to people on my own. One sentence I was told was that CSR would be “more a feminine thing”.

Is there some truth in it? Or is it just a dumb way of getting done with CSR? Read the full post »

Companies: “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly!” – We are looking for “The Good” one!

In the past months my team Viola and Martin and I told in our blog posts many interesting stories, discovered astonishing and shocking facts and criticized companies, systems, developments and so on. It was very interesting to learn more about the topics we researched – which were  almost all related to Corporate Social Responsibility. We reported about bad businesses, for instance Martin’s post who informed us about child labour or Viola’s blog post about bad working conditions. What we  learned during this semester and within this blogging task was that although CSR has become more and more common that there is still a lot to do till our world is becoming more equal and fair-minded.

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Transferring Pity into Creativity

Good things always happen when you have a beer.
You might meet interesting new people you would have never met if you hadn’t been in that bar. You might end up having a fantastic night, doing things you normally would not do. Or you just have a good time with your old friends.
My story is one of those.

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‘A Global Love’ ? – The Next Utopia !?

If all work together and they are still powerless
After my laptop broke down and I could experience how important it is to have an external hard drive and to back-up everything important, my sisters and I wanted to give my father one for Christmas.
Standing in the shop, being shocked by the prices, a shop assistant told us that the prices were this high because of the flood in Thailand.

According to the boston globe,  the prices of external hard drives sold at retail electronic stores had skyrocketed in November because about 40 percent of the world’s supply of hard drives are made in Thailand and the estimated drop in worldwide hard drive production was 30 percent for last year’s fourth quarter.
Lucas Mearian confirmed in the end of December 2011 that, whereas the prices of the hard drives are slowly shrinking and recovering, the  hard disk drive supply shortages in the wake of Thailand flooding would affect consumers, computer system manufacturers and corporate IT shops until 2013. Read the full post »

Exxon Mobil in ‘The day the water died’

This blog post is about Exxon Mobil’s oil spill catastrophe Exxon Valdez in 1989 and its reaction to it. During the research I want to learn more about the tremendous oil spill, I want to find out if and how the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility changed after the disaster and to get some important questions answered. This blog post is the continuation of my last blog post where I reported about BP’s oil spill Deep Water Horizon in 2010.

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The Solution to Save the World

Ok, now let’s get to it. My last two posts were about how I would structure and write my next post. Now I am really excited to finally write it down.

Everyday as we watch the news we observe crises. We watch how the world financial crisis turns into an economic crisis. People lose their jobs. Some countries can not afford to provide social welfare to their citizens any longer. The German government provides billions of euros to stabilize highly indebted countries such as Greece or Italy. The result: protests, pain and panic

 

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Start 2.0

I am very interested in the idea of a post growth economy. As I stated in my last blog post I found some interesting articles dealing with the topic.
I actually had the intention of starting to write a complete and coherent, well- structured post today. But as I have moved along informing myself and reading more opinions on the web, I feel like I have to structure myself and the arguments more. Therefore I will not write a complete blog post this time but work out an outline for next week instead.

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Brave New World- Imagination Or Forecast?

Being  inspired by the captivating, frightening and wearing out movie My sister’s keeper, as well as the story of Brave new world by Aldous Huxley, I decided to investigate the topic Genetic Engineering concerning human beings.

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Same Shit – Every Year

Whereas my classmates wrote about the way of establishing a new platform for commerce which can be used to purchase Christmas presents (Elisa) or the energy some high tech presents take (Hannah), for me, and I guess for a lot of us, a repeating question after Christmas is:

How come I always get stuff I neither want nor need at all? Read the full post »