“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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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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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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To Start Press “Enter”

Everything began with an extremely interesting article I found by accident checking different websites of German newspapers. I do this on a regular basis to stay informed and read the comments to see what people’s reactions are.
The topic of a sustainable future, of an economy without constant growth had been in my mind before but after having read about it again I thought ” Man, this is interesting. Let’s check the web for more details and opinions.”

 

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onwards!


“Auch aus den Steinen, die in den Weg gelegt werden, lässt sich etwas Schönes bauen.

J. W. von Goethe (more…)

Fraud and Bribery

My last week’s post was about corruption. I talked about Transparency International and posted an interview with Jack Abramoff, talking about his participation in the field of corruption in the United States. The entire topic is still stuck in my head and therefore I decided to write a second blogpost about corruption. This time about corruption in Germany.

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Look out! Stop the ‘Killer Jeans’!

When I wake up in the morning light. I put on my jeans and I feel alright. I pull my blue jeans on, I pull my old blue jeans on!

 David Dunda’s jingle “Jeans on” for Brutus Jeans in 1976

Jeans are sexy, comfortable and variable. Jeans are great, however not all of them! One of the latest jeans fashion trend has been sandblasted jeans.

Sandblasting gives denim a worn, faded look which has become very popular. Beth Buczynski’s blog “Are your designer jeans making factory workers stick?” points out that during the treatment process which is normally done in factories of developing countries, silica from the sand is inhaled by the workers which increases the risk of a disabling lung disease called silicosis. (more…)

Too Connected ?!?

Addiction to digital world
We today have access to more information, more people and more places than ever before.
We are completely and increasingly obsessed with the wireless technology.
Who of us would not like to stay in bed 24 hours a day, 7 days per week just to lazily push some buttons and all information and needs are provided to us?
For years, people talk about that excessive use of cell phones can cause tumors and even cancer, but many have perceived these reports as unfounded or just because there seems no other opportunity, continued to use it as before.

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