J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 09-29-2018

Are you a Compassionate​ & Conscious Capitalist?

KARL R. LAPAN, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE NIIC. If you’re in business for the sole purpose of making money, you’re are ignoring other important stakeholders vital to a healthy business and positive bottom line. If your motivation is to help people first and foremost while making a living at the same time, you’re onto something. I believe capitalism and intentional altruism can and do intersect. 

It might also turn out that they might also be more successful financially. Buffet and Collins often remind us that saying no distinguishes super-successful people from successful people. Going above and beyond: Compassionate capitalists tend to live their life as servant leaders and are always willing to go the extra mile. People who practice this habit stand out, which in turn helps them to attract the right people, the right projects, and achieve higher personal job satisfaction. If you can incorporate even one of these principles into your life and business, I imagine you’d find great satisfaction in deeper relationships and also potentially a more robust bottom line. 

This behavior has the power to inspire others, creating a chain reaction that can only add to our society as a whole. Intentionally choose to be both a conscious and compassionate capitalist leader in your business. 

Keywords: [“business”,”people”,”might”]
Source: https://theniic.org/insights/are-you-a-compassionate%E2%80%8B-conscious-capitalist/

‘Compassionate capitalism’ urged for India

Narayan Murthy: One of the world’s most admired business leaders. Debate is currently raging throughout India over the economic policy of the new government, following a lukewarm media response and stock market jitters. Mr Murthy told BBC World Service’s The Interview programme that more had to be done to drive entrepreneurial activity. Mr Murthy is one of the world’s most admired business leaders, who gives much of his company’s wealth to charity. A growth rate of 7%-8% a year has been targeted by India’s Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram. 

Mr Murthy said the only way to do this was to encourage a new set of entrepreneurs. He warned this would not happen if the approach was too hard-nosed. Mr Murthy pays himself less than $50,000 a year, and said his company stresses ethical use of profits, 96% of which come from business outside of India. He recalled that when India had bordered the old Soviet Union it had been very difficult to establish his company in 1981. Infosys develops software systems for a number of global giants. 

Mr Murthy said that when he set up the company, it took seven days of approval to travel outside India, and he waited a year to obtain a telephone for his office. Most importantly, they allowed foreign companies 100% equity in hi-tech companies in India. 

Keywords: [“India”,”Murthy”,”company”]
Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3757843.stm

Compassionate Capitalism

This podcast is part one of a conversation with David Meltzer, Co-Founder and CEO at Sports1Marketing. David is an executive, author, and humanitarian best known for his work in the field of sports marketing. He is a featured speaker at conferences, corporate meetings, seminars, and other events along with being featured in The New York Times, Sporting News, Fox Business, and Bloomberg. At Terranea Resort in Los Angeles, RevThink’s Tim Thompson and Joel Pilger lead a Creative Entrepreneurs conference on BULLETPROOFING PROFITS. Knowing that being our topic, we recognized our audience might show up thinking we were going to talk only about money. 

Much to everyone’s surprise, we revealed that profits in a creative firm are not about money, but rather about CHOICES and maintaining CONTROL of your business. In David’s talk, he provided us with break from all the talk of numbers plus a terrific dose of inspiration. Sharing his ideas from his books – one titled Connected To Goodness and the other titled Compassionate Capitalism – David’s message featured his stories of success, failure, redemption, and purpose. 

Keywords: [“David”,”talk”,”featured”]
Source: http://revthink.com/podcast-david-meltzer-compassionate-capitalism-part-one/

Businesses Doing Good: “Compassionate Capitalism” Alan McMillan Tickets, Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Alan McMillan was in the right place at the right time, Silicon Valley in years of dramatic transformation into the information age. He rode the crest of of the wave in sales and management and lived through the adreniline laced experiences of fianancial successes, job loss, getting re-hired, and then turned his life from success to significance when he returned with his wife, Kateri, to Athens, OH where he had attended Ohio University. Alan and Kateri bought a student apartment building and a convenience store with a rentable space for a restaurant. As they turned their hearts toward the needs of others, there was opportunity, and also a new vision of how compassion can be expressed through the way business is done. Alan McMillan is is the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Development at Hocking College and is an Adjunct Professor in Business at Ohio University in Athens, OH. 

From Sustainable to Flourishing Businesses and Communities. 

Keywords: [“Alan”,”student”,”Kateri”]
Source: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/businesses-doing-good-compassionate-capitalism-alan-mcmillan-tickets-48031669015

Compassionate Capitalism

With Christian values infusing all aspects of student life and administrative policy, Pepperdine has established an environment that assures both academic and personal betterment. Pepperdine’s standards for academic excellence are recognized internationally and are met through graduate and undergraduate programs across five schools, cutting-edge research, and exceptional faculty. Easily access information about Pepperdine’s admission requirements, financial aid programs, and the unique qualities of our diverse community. Christian values, firmly rooted in the Church of Christ heritage, are at the heart of Pepperdine. We invite you to examine, challenge, and grow your faith regardless of your spiritual background. 

Keywords: [“Pepperdine”,”programs”,”academic”]
Source: https://www.pepperdine.edu/entertainment-media-culture/events/conversations/tom-shadyac/ts2-compassionate-capitalism.htm

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 07-29-2018

What is a ‘system of privilege’? – Allan G. Johnson

White people are generally assumed to be law-abiding until they show some sign that they are not, while people of color are routinely assumed to be criminals or potential criminals until they show they’re not. A white person, for example, can work hard and have little to show for it, can be mistreated by the police without cause, be denied a job they’re qualified for. What privilege does is load the odds one way or the other so that the chance of bad things happening to white people as a category of people is much lower than for everyone else, and the chance of good things happening is much higher. A system of white privilege, for example, is white-dominated, which means the default is for white people to occupy positions of power. White-dominance doesn’t mean that all white people are powerful, only that the powerful tend almost always to be white, and when a person of color occupies a position of power, that will be noted as an exception to the rule. 

White-identification also encourages whites to be unaware of themselves as white, as if they didn’t have a race at all. It also encourages whites to be unaware of white privilege. White-centeredness is the tendency to put white people and what they do at the center of attention-the front page of the newspaper or magazine, the main character in the movie. When you organize a society in this way, the result will be patterns of unearned advantage that are available to whites simply because they are socially identified as ‘white. Abundant research, for example, shows that whites and blacks are equally likely to use illegal drugs, which would lead us to expect them to be equally likely to wind up in prison for that offense. 

On top of that, young white males are the demographic most likely to sell illegal drugs. The white privilege in this example, is the practice of the criminal justice system to overlook or respond less harshly to drug crimes committed by whites, while the corresponding oppressive consequence for people of color is the systematic selection of people of color for arrest, prosecution, and punishment. 

Keywords: [“White”,”people”,”privilege”]
Source: http://www.agjohnson.us/glad/what-is-a-system-of-privilege

Jon Chopan

Despite the notion that we are voiceless, it seems to me that the challenge of a good creative writing instructor is to teach students that they do indeed have a voice and that their voice, that all our voices in concert, have meaning. We should be struggling with our students as writers, and students of writing, to leave behind something worth protecting, worth defending, something that contributes to the growth of this culture. One of my greatest struggles, as a writer, as a human being, is to find purpose in the things I do. This, it seems, is the job of a good creative writing teacher, to help their students in their quest to find purpose. In a culture that has grown weak on faith in the arts, in the power of words, it would seem now, when things are most bleak, that our job is to bring new hope to an army of writers who will go forward and make their mark on this nation. 

Having been the student of two fine writing programs, and having had the privilege to be around so many skilled and compassionate instructors, I truly believe in this purpose as a creative writing teacher. I mean, in my classes, to help my students find their stories, to find the unique thing it is that they were meant to say. I also believe in the power of students to return that favor, be it through a direct act or through simply watching them grow as writers and learning from them. Nothing thrills me more than the energy of young writers, how the world of words seems new and boundless to them, and that energy keeps me going as a writer, as a teacher, because it has the power to breathe life into the things we all come to take for granted, the debates and books and tools we feel we already know so well. In my own writing I hope to give voice to the people and places I come from. 

I did not become a writer or a teacher of writing because it seemed easy, or because it was something I happened upon. I believe that by fostering the creativity born of writing, born in well told stories and in boldly written poems, that we are contributing to a kind of creative power that is much needed. 

Keywords: [“writes”,”student”,”teach”]
Source: http://www.glimmertrain.com/bulletins/essays/b137chopan.php

9 FDR’s New Deal

They got it in the form of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal, but there was more continuity between Hoover and the early New Deal than most people realize, and more mixed messages coming from Franklin Roosevelt’s campaign than most historians remember. Having a capitalist like Joe Kennedy on board helped FDR insulate the New Deal from right-wing criticism. Race & the New Deal.The New Deal excluded sharecroppers and tenant farmers from farming relief in order to discriminate against minorities. These New Deal flaws have led modern civil rights commentator Ta-Nehisi Coates to argue that modern liberalism is intrinsically racist, but many civil rights leaders have been leftists or liberals and even the New Deal helped minorities in important ways. Second New Deal: Labor ReformThe Second New Deal improved workers’ leverage as strikers and their pay. 

Second New Deal: Housing ReformThe Government also reformed housing during this second phase of the New Deal. FDR won four elections, and won by a historic landslide in 1936, just after the more radical Second New Deal kicked in. In response, FDR threatened to pack the Court with more judges, all favorable to the New Deal. He didn’t play up the pro-New Deal angle but merely suggested adding one judge for each existing judge over 70 that refused to retire and claimed the bigger court would lighten their workload. The Court-Packing Scheme was ridiculous – with that precedent, any president could simply add judges favorable to his policies – but FDR was cleverly focusing the public’s attention on the Court threatening to undo the New Deal. 

FDR was reminding the Court that they were out of step with the times, regardless of the legal technicalities of the New Deal – technicalities known to legal scholars as the Constitution. Since his court-packing bill died, FDR claimed he lost the battle but won the war, saving the New Deal. The New Deal led to bigger government with the establishment of Social Security and its offshoot programs like unemployment insurance and Medicare. 

Keywords: [“new”,”Deal”,”government”]
Source: http://sites.austincc.edu/caddis/fdrs-new-deal

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-28-2018

Turning Point USA: This pro-capitalism campus group beats back efforts to shut it down

Two recent victories scored by the nationwide campus activism group Turning Point USA show the relatively young but growing organization is fighting back against efforts to shut its clubs down – and winning. This week, a club the pro-capitalism group sought to form at a California campus was approved by administration after student government leaders voted to reject it. Last week, a Michigan university settled a lawsuit with Turning Point USA. As a result, its members may now travel the campus promoting free speech instead of in just a small corner of campus. Often, students seeking to form Turning Point USA chapters face an uphill battle. 

In the span of two years, for example, student government leaders at five different universities have refused to give the free market club official recognition as a student organization. Since 2015, student leaders at Santa Clara University, Northwestern University, Creighton University, Drake University and Hagerstown Community College denied Turning Point student chapters such recognition, which would generally give the group permission to reserve space for free on campus and receive a portion of student fee allocations for events. At Creighton, the ROTC student seeking to form the club at that Catholic university in Nebraska, Justin Carrizales, was rejected twice before finally securing approval in January. Turning Point USA is a relatively new nonprofit campus activism group that largely strives to promote fiscal responsibility, free markets and free speech issues and stays away from social issues. While the group has seen success and growth in recent years, the nearly half-dozen rejections at some campuses to form – even though overturned – is not the norm, according to Matt Lamb, director of Campus Integrity for TPUSA and a former student reporter for The College Fix. 

After the nonprofit legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom filed suit against the school on behalf of the club, administrators walked back their stance and revised their expressive activity policies to respect students’ First Amendment freedoms. The Hagerstown Community College administration settled a lawsuit after the student wishing to start the club sued. After being rejected 15-3 by the student senate this past fall, the club must wait until fall 2017 to renew its plea for recognition. 

Keywords: [“student”,”university”,”club”]
Source: https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/31578

Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs, Compassionate Capitalism and Local Community Publications

Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs Inc. Maria Peck, previously the director of the ACE Women’s Center, will lead one of ACE’s biggest projects slated to begin this year. Peck’s focus will be on providing access to commercial loans of $50,000 and greater and being visible in the Hispanic community by giving presentations and collaborating with other organizations. Peck started working at ACE as a microlender after working with ACCION USA, owning her own business, and gaining more than 15 years of sales and marketing experience in Atlanta and New York. About Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs Inc.ACE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and CDFI loan fund that provides loans and business consulting services to help borrowers throughout Metro Atlanta and North Georgia create and grow stable, sustainable businesses that generate jobs. 

Founded in 1999, ACE has loaned more than $39 million to about 725 entrepreneurs, which has created or saved more than 6,200 jobs in Georgia. You don’t have to be a successful entrepreneur to create generational wealth if you can learn how to invest in those companies that have the potential to be the next big thing, according to Karen. Karen has been described by some as a dominant force in the entrepreneur and investor markets with her blog, published articles, frequent speaking engagements, and her Compassionate Capitalist radio show. She has been a frequent speaker and mentor within numerous Small Business and Economic Development initiatives and was the recipient of the Advocate of the Year award in 2016 at the Flight to Freedom Summit in San Ramon, California, for her work to promote Compassionate Capitalism. Karen left the corporate world over a decade ago, having been involved with many product launches, to pursue her passion for seeing innovation funded and to help the entrepreneur and investor community she served create thriving businesses. 

Karen immersed herself in the world of angel investing, first as the protégé to the founder of the Network of Business Angels. The power of microtargeting to a businesses exact demographic by supporting their local community publication. The power of content branding and the opportunity to be the only business in their industry to be allowed to submit content for the duration of their sponsorship. 

Keywords: [“Business”,”entrepreneur”,”ACE”]
Source: http://probusinesschannelusa.com/buckhead-business-show-access-to-capital…

50 years since the Panthers formed, Capitalism + Drugs still = Genocide

This article analyzes 1) addiction from a thoroughgoing, critical perspective, and 2) compares some widely accepted healing approaches with those of the Black Panther Party and the Rainbow Coalition-multinational, revolutionary-minded community groups that the Panthers inspired. Today, the concept that drug addiction is a medical issue that should be addressed with appropriate, coordinated public health measures is gaining ground though still not universally accepted. Capitalism does not work to comprehensively solve the problem of addiction among workers, as addiction itself, as well as its criminalization, serve to divert and tamp down the class struggle. From its inception in 1966, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense led local and national struggles to challenge the oppression that weighed on the Black community and on all disenfranchised people. In reality, the drug epidemic is far worse today than it was 50 years ago when the Panthers confronted it as a major assault on oppressed communities. 

The Young Lords provided leadership and direction to those Puerto Ricans, Black people and poor whites looking to confront the underlying source of their pain and addiction. Defying convention, the Young Lords challenged the institutions in their community that turned their backs on the people. Inspired and trained by the Panthers – the architects of survival programs – other oppressed people, poor whites and radicalized young people organized themselves into the American Indian Movement, the Patriot’s Party and White Lightening, as well as many multi-national socialist formations across the country. New Recovery focuses on community education and political advocacy around issues of importance to the recovery community-for instance, insurance parity for mental health and addiction treatment, restoration of voting rights for felons convicted of drug crimes, alternatives to prison as an approach to the problem of addiction, and so on. People who work a strong program of recovery have the potential to become powerful organizers because they are principled people. 

The uplifting of communities necessarily touched masses of people. Only a new system, which prioritizes people’s needs over profits, can we make health care available to all poor and working people. 

Keywords: [“people”,”community”,”Addiction”]
Source: http://liberationschool.org/50-years-since-the-panthers-formed-capitalism…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-17-2018

Who Likes Beer ? – Jo Abbess

As if focusing all our efforts and energy on repairing an already-breaking machine of trade with its destructive exploitation of resources and labour is going to stop climate change. The Holy Economy can go hang if we don’t address Climate Change, and it will, because Climate Change is already sucking the lifeblood out of production and trade. The non-governmental organisations – the charities, aid and development agencies and the like, do not know how to deal with climate change. Well, they can, and they do, and you better watch out for more poor, starving African type campaigning, because programmes for adaptation to climate change are important, and I’ve never said they’re not, but they don’t address mitigation – the preventing of climate change. People are talking in hushed, reverential tones about Make Climate History. 

Now, they’re doing it again with climate change. A truly independent strongly critical movement centred around the Campaign against Climate Change organised a demonstration of protest every year in London, leading people either from or to the American Embassy, as the USA was the most recalcitrant on taking action to control greenhouse gas emissions. They organised events sometimes on the very same day as the Campaign against Climate Change, and their inclusive hippy message was all lovehearts and flowers and we wouldn’t hurt a fly type calls for change. In the run up to the Copenhagen Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Kyoto Protocol in late 2009, all the NGOs were pushing for energy to be concentrated on its outcome, but nobody who joined in the vigils, the pilgrimages or the marches had any chance to make a real input. With climate change, the relationships that count are between the governments and the energy industry. 

Look, I’ve done my share of climate change actions. Given half a chance, most of the British people would vote for climate – a decent, hardworking, sunshine-and-rain and rather moderate climate – and none of this extremist storms, floods and droughts scenario we’ve been suffering recently. 

Keywords: [“climate”,”change”,”energy”]
Source: http://www.joabbess.com/2014/05/30/who-likes-beer

Captain Capitalism

Not a threat necessarily, but a delusional man who would hunt down security guards on campus and use them as free late night therapists. Despite his dishonest intentions, most guards didn’t mind his company in that it gave us something to do, especially during summer evenings when the campus itself was abandoned and absolutely no action was going on. They and their administrative bloat staff need physical college campuses to continue on otherwise they would have to get real jobs in the real world. Reserve Assistant Vice Adjutant Deputy Diversity Officers would have to sling coffee instead of receive their welfare in the form of make-work-unnecessary-government jobs. I will delve into why colleges need to be eliminated in a later article. 

For now I want to use the obsolescence of American colleges to highlight a hypocrisy which should make even the most leftist leftists call into question their integrity, veracity, and practicality. I’m no environmentalist, but there are roughly 21 million college students in the US today. Some of these college campuses have over 50,000 students and are veritable large cities. Professors, college administrators, and students are FULLY aware it would be cheaper and much better for the environment to replace physical colleges with digital ones. They know that one GOOD professor can teach millions of students for pennies on the dollar online compared to the thousands of professors and the tens of thousands of college admin staff that is needed to run these now-pointless, unnecessary physical institutions. 

If online colleges were ever to establish a beachhead, they would be forced to do what use real world, real adult, hard working Americans do every day – work a real job. If only there were accredited online colleges that offered worthwhile degrees for a fraction of the cost and greenhouse gas emissions…. Oh wait. 

Keywords: [“college”,”physical”,”student”]
Source: http://captaincapitalism.blogspot.com

Other Rackets

The case can be made to nearly entirely eliminate the life insurance industry. In a telling beginning to the industry and a comment on insurance in general, the company refused to pay the widow and children of Gybbons and insisted that a year consisted of twelve months of four weeks each, making Gybbons’s unfortunate death a few days outside of the policy period. There are arguments that the change was necessary if the industry was going to survive, but instead of creating a safety net for the masses, life insurance became a tremendous scam. In the 1994 Consumer Reports Life Insurance Handbook, the state of the life insurance industry was summarized. The life insurance industry was able to get away with it, with many greased government palms along the way. 

The life insurance industry largely does not deserve to exist, except the rationale of capitalism and making people rich off of the idea. Life insurance is also the only industry I know of where somebody succeeded in fighting its corruption and impacting their racket: enter A. L. Williams. His father died when he was young, and the life insurance proceeds did support the family long, and Williams eventually took on the industry, selling term insurance with part-time agents selling from their homes. 

The life insurance industry banded together and fought his company in a number of states. An odd thing about the issue is this: let’s say that the life insurance industry was dealt a crushing blow by an epidemic disease or a meteor hitting New York City. The taxpayers are in effect insuring the life insurance industry anyway. For years, I was skeptical that the food industry would turn into a monopolistic/oligopolistic industry, as energy, medicine and other large industries had, because there were so many small farms and growing food is the world’s most widespread industry. 

Keywords: [“industry”,”insurance”,”life”]
Source: http://ahealedplanet.net/other.htm

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-02-2018

Compassionate Capitalism: Serving the Poor Profitably with David Green

An Ypsilanti native who now lives in Berkeley with his family, David Green’s warm and approachable style made it easier to picture him as your friendly, lawn-mowing neighbor than a legendary social entrepreneur who has impacted the lives of millions. Green is best known for making healthcare affordable for the poor by significantly reducing the manufacturing costs of medical technologies. Green is an Ashoka Fellow and VP, a MacArthur Fellow, and a globally recognized leading social entrepreneur. Among those inspired by Green were several Erb students in attendance. Green’s work was key to the success of Aravind Eye Hospital in India. The hospital serves the poor by performing hundreds of thousands of cataract surgeries a year, the majority of which for free or at a very low cost, all the while maintaining financial sustainability. By targeting the problem areas along the supply chain, Green was able to reduce the prohibitive cost of the surgery technologies dramatically. An example: Green found a way to produce state-of-the-art surgery replacement lenses for under $10.00 a pair, instead of the previous $150.00. My in-a-nutshell attempt at defining Compassionate Capitalism based on Green’s enlightening talk: for-profit social enterprises with a low margin, high volume business model that seek to reduce manufacturing costs by maximizing production capacity, combined with a tier-pricing strategy to ensure affordability to the poor, while using surplus revenue to maintain financial sustainability and forming a lasting impact by “Tilting the industry competitive landscape”. Green has continued to use Compassionate Capitalism to change lives. Those are just a few examples; Green’s current project list was so incredulously long that jaws were dropping over the breakfast table. Green expressed that his competitive nature kept him going, and running and meditation also helped relieve some of the stress from juggling seven to eight startups simultaneously.

Keywords: [“Green”,”social”,”student”]
Source: https://erbsustainability.wordpress.com/2009/10/30/compassionate…

‘Compassionate capitalism will continue to flourish’

In his first book,A Better India: A Better World,Murthy,now chief mentor and chairman of the board at Infosys,outlines his journey as he created one of the biggest entrepreneurial successes in liberalised India. In Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech,he said a true democracy is where there is freedom of speech and expression,freedom of religion,freedom from want,and freedom from fear. Freedom from want is not there for a significant percentage of the population. If we look at the Rama Sene etc,we realise we don’t have freedom from fear. What is your current position?While I do appreciate the value of independents like Meera Sanyal,Captain Gopinath or Mallika Sarabhai,I still believe that a major transformation can only be brought about by a group of people who come together with a similar set of principles,similar set of values,fight the election,form the government and push those policies. Will we see a turn towards a middle path?Entrepreneurship,which is the bedrock of capitalism,will continue to receive attention,will flourish and will bring benefits to people. Believe that capitalism with moderation-or compassionate capitalism,which is all about capitalism of mind and socialism of the heart kind-of-stuff-will continue to flourish. In one of your talks you do mention that international trade can be key to addressing conflict issues. Second,I talked about ensuring that compassionate capitalism is adopted. Recent corporate events in India and abroad have vindicated the corporate governance values that you have espoused through the years. Are you satisfied with the spread of technology initiatives for e-governance and improvement of life?We have to realise that technology is about reducing cost,improving productivity,making life more comfortable-and who needs it more than the poor? So a country like India has to embrace technology more than the rich countries need to. Am involved quite a lot in Infosys in talking about the policies and strategies of Infosys.

Keywords: [“freedom”,”talks”,”people”]
Source: http://indianexpress.com/…/compassionate-capitalism-will-continue-to…

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Keywords: [“Capitalism”,”definition”,”system”]
Source: http://www.libertyfoundationgospelministries.org/p/e/…and-capitalism.pdf

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 01-30-2018

Re: What is the most exciting development in the business world?

Compassionate Capitalism: Serving the Poor Profitably with David Green

An Ypsilanti native who now lives in Berkeley with his family, David Green’s warm and approachable style made it easier to picture him as your friendly, lawn-mowing neighbor than a legendary social entrepreneur who has impacted the lives of millions. Green is best known for making healthcare affordable for the poor by significantly reducing the manufacturing costs of medical technologies. Green is an Ashoka Fellow and VP, a MacArthur Fellow, and a globally recognized leading social entrepreneur. Among those inspired by Green were several Erb students in attendance. Green’s work was key to the success of Aravind Eye Hospital in India. The hospital serves the poor by performing hundreds of thousands of cataract surgeries a year, the majority of which for free or at a very low cost, all the while maintaining financial sustainability. By targeting the problem areas along the supply chain, Green was able to reduce the prohibitive cost of the surgery technologies dramatically. An example: Green found a way to produce state-of-the-art surgery replacement lenses for under $10.00 a pair, instead of the previous $150.00. My in-a-nutshell attempt at defining Compassionate Capitalism based on Green’s enlightening talk: for-profit social enterprises with a low margin, high volume business model that seek to reduce manufacturing costs by maximizing production capacity, combined with a tier-pricing strategy to ensure affordability to the poor, while using surplus revenue to maintain financial sustainability and forming a lasting impact by “Tilting the industry competitive landscape”. Green has continued to use Compassionate Capitalism to change lives. Those are just a few examples; Green’s current project list was so incredulously long that jaws were dropping over the breakfast table. Green expressed that his competitive nature kept him going, and running and meditation also helped relieve some of the stress from juggling seven to eight startups simultaneously.

Keywords: [“Green”,”social”,”student”]
Source: https://erbsustainability.wordpress.com/2009/10/30/compassionate-capitalism-serving-the-poor-profitably-with-david-green/

Learning to Give

The Giving Pledge is a moral pledge signed by billionaires, who commit to giving away more than half of their entire wealth to help address our most serious problems in society. Billionaires signing the Giving Pledge may donate to charities, private foundations, and philanthropic organizations of their choice. They pledge to give throughout their lifetimes and through their wills when they die. In 2010, Gates and Buffet established the Giving Pledge for billionaires as a platform for donating, learning, and inspiring generosity in others. The Giving Pledge hosted learning sessions for signers of the pledge to meet each other and learn from each other’s experiences with philanthropy. The Giving Pledge expanded internationally with billionaires from India and China joining the pledge as well as younger billionaires, including Sara Blankley, the founder of Spanx, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook and his wife, Priscilla Chan, and Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky, the co-founders of AirBnB. Today, the estimated net worth of more 150 signers is $780 billion. Pledge: There many types of pledges, including moral pledges and legal pledges. The Giving Pledge uses moral pledges, like a promise made between friends. If a philanthropist agrees to give money to a non-profit school to build a playground, he or she signs a legal pledge to ensure that the school can pay the bank and builders the money that is required for construction. Compassionate Capitalism: Giving Pledge signer, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, champions compassionate capitalism over philanthropy as a way of empowering poor people, which she believes is more effective than traditional forms of direct charitable aid. The Giving Pledge: The official website outlining the pledge and listing signers of the pledge. Global Philanthropy Forum: Organization promoting ideas associated with impact investment, compassionate capitalism and philanthropy among the signers of the Giving Pledge.

Keywords: [“Pledge”,”give”,”signs”]
Source: https://www.learningtogive.org/resources/giving-pledge

Capitalism With a Heart

They justify corporate philanthropy, like donating to the United Way, not because it’s virtuous but because it buys public good will and thus contributes to the company’s bottom line. To hard-core free-marketeers, the corporation’s only mission is to generate profits for shareholders. Mackey defines his company’s mission as improving the health and well-being of everyone on the planet. Before taking the company public, he told investors that he was going to devote 5 percent of the profits to philanthropy, so they can’t complain now that he’s robbing them. Nor can Google’s shareholders, because its founders also warned investors of their philanthropic plans. As Katie Hafner reported in The Times, they’ve given $1 billion in seed money to Google.org, and set up the philanthropy as a for-profit organization so it can work with venture capitalists, start companies and use any profits to finance further endeavors. It’s smart of Google’s founders to try using capitalist tools to save the planet; the market’s discipline should keep their philanthropy from backing too many lost causes. Still, whatever Google.org accomplishes, I’d bet that it will pale next to the social good accomplished by Google.com. The company’s founders may not have set out to help humanity with their search engine, but they have enriched countless lives by spreading ideas and connecting people. If you read Adam Smith’s famous passage about the invisible hand causing capitalists to unwittingly serve the public interest, you might conclude that Google’s founders are better off investing their time and money in improving their core business. As Smith wrote, “I have never known much good done by those who affected to trade for the public good.” If compassionate capitalism is a more appealing brand, if Google and Whole Foods are using philanthropy to strengthen the invisible hand, even Smith would say they’re doing good.

Keywords: [“company”,”founders”,”good”]
Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/16/opinion/16tierney.html

JR Test Site News for 01-22-2018

Philosopher, Educator, Journalist, Scholar, Economist, Political Scientist

Scottish social philosopher and political economist Adam Smith wrote The Wealth of Nations and achieved the first comprehensive system of political economy. Adam Smith was an economist and philosopher who wrote what is considered the “Bible of capitalism,” The Wealth of Nations, in which he details the first system of political economy. While his exact date of birth isn’t known, Adam Smith’s baptism was recorded on June 5, 1723, in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. Smith entered the University of Glasgow when he was 14 and in 1740 went to Oxford. In 1748, Adam Smith began giving a series of public lectures at the University of Edinburgh. Through these lectures, in 1750 he met and became lifelong friends with Scottish philosopher and economist David Hume. This relationship led to Smith’s appointment to the Glasgow University faculty in 1751. In 1759 Smith published The Theory of Moral Sentiments, a book whose main contention is that human morality depends on sympathy between the individual and other members of society. On the heels of the book, he became the tutor of the future Duke of Buccleuch and traveled with him to France, where Smith met with other eminent thinkers of his day, such as Benjamin Franklin and French economist Turgot. After toiling for nine years, in 1776 Smith published An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, which is thought of as the first work dedicated to the study of political economy. Economics of the time were dominated by the idea that a country’s wealth was best measured by its store of gold and silver. Smith proposed that a nation’s wealth should be judged not by this metric but by the total of its production and commerce-today known as gross domestic product. Smith’s ideas are a reflection on economics in light of the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and he states that free-market economies are the most productive and beneficial to their societies. In time, The Wealth of Nations won Smith a far-reaching reputation, and the work, considered a foundational work of classical economics, is one of the most influential books ever written. In 1787, Smith was named rector of the University of Glasgow, and he died just three years later, at the age of 67.Videos.

Keywords: [“Smith”,”Wealth”,”Nations”]
Source: https://www.biography.com/people/adam-smith-9486480

and employee ownership can help

As globalisation and automation have accelerated over the past few decades, in most advanced economies – including the UK – the share of annual national income earned by employees has fallen, while that of capital has risen. I grew up in York and my parents were production workers in Rowntrees and Terry’s, two Quaker-owned companies which practised an enlightened form of capitalism – including an element of worker share ownership. As a report published tomorrow by the IPPR shows, employee ownership remains a niche affair in the UK. Apart from John Lewis and Arup, few of us could name a worker-owned company. Despite Margaret Thatcher’s dream of creating a share-owning democracy, both individual share ownership and British pension fund ownership of UK quoted shares are at record lows, and have declined since the 1980s. Among publicly listed companies, despite £62.4bn worth of their shares being owned by employees, roughly £60bn of this wealth belongs to the top tenth of households. Only one in 20 private companies offer employee share ownership schemes at all. As business secretary in the coalition government, I helped to deliver useful reforms to increase the rate of employee ownership. One was the introduction of employee ownership trusts. By enabling a significant proportion of a company’s shares to be placed in a trust on behalf of its workforce, EOTs give employees a stake in the success of their company. EOTs include substantial tax benefits if the stake granted to employees represents at least half of the business; in such cases the seller pays no capital gains tax at the point of transfer. Since their introduction in 2014, there are now over 150 EOTs in the UK, covering 12,000 people in firms ranging from five to 2,500 employees. For example, could plausibly lead to over 20,000 EOT companies by 2030, creating three million new employee owners. On its own it is not enough – separate reforms are needed to rebalance ownership of land and property, for example. There are other models of ownership to be encouraged, such as social enterprises and mutuality. As part of a broader programme to transform the UK into a true capital-owning democracy, employee ownership has a key role to play.

Keywords: [“employee”,”ownership”,”share”]
Source: http://www.cityam.com/277804/capitalism-needs-makeover-and-employee…

Letters Between Adorno and Marcuse Debate 60s Student Activism

Herbert Marcuse and Theodor Adorno were two intellectual power houses associated with the Frankfurt School. For people unfamiliar with the history of the Frankfurt School it may come as a surprise that Adorno and Marcuse were bitterly divided about the emerging student movements in the late 1960s. In France, Marxists like Louis Althusser bitterly argued with the student movements about towing the Communist Party line, which many rejected. In Germany, Adorno and Habermas were highly critical of the student movements, alleging that they would easily collapse into a kind of left fascism. Marcuse, while in America, mentored radical activists like Angela Davis and argued with with Adorno about the merits of the student movement. Now, in this set of letters between Marcuse and Adorno from 1969, readers can get an inside glimpse of their argument. They center around Adorno’s initial letter to Marcuse, where he complains about students from the SDS who occupied a room at the Institute for Social Research. Adorno had called the police, who treated the students “Much more leniently” than the students allegedly treated Adorno. Marcuse responds, chastising Adorno for calling the police if his life was not in danger. Adorno later complains of getting “Another dose of tear gas” in a class, related to the student activism. In the letters, Adorno refers to the barbaric behavior on the part of the students. Aside from drawing the hatred of many activists students during this time, Adorno was also subject to an incident that year where female students had exposed their breasts to him and showered flower petals on him after “If Adorno is left in peace, capitalism will never cease” was written on the blackboard. Though Adorno does not explicitly mention that incident in the letters, it’s likely that it was one of the many horrors he complains of to Marcuse. Adorno, in the letters, criticizes “The barbaric inhumanity of a mode of behaviour that is regressive and even confuses regression with revolution” and notes that the word “Professor” is now used condescendingly to “Dismiss people” in Berlin. He says to Marcuse, “I take much more seriously than you the danger of the student movement flipping over into fascism.”

Keywords: [“Adorno”,”student”,”Marcuse”]
Source: http://www.critical-theory.com/letters-adorno-marcuse-discuss-60s-student…

JR Test Site News for 01-21-2018

B. The development of machines, including steam engines and the internal combustion engine, made it possible to exploit vast new resources of energy stored in fossil fuels, specifically coal and oil. D. As the new methods of industrial production became more common in parts of northwestern Europe, they spread to other parts of Europe and the rest of the world. E. The “Second industrial revolution” led to new methods in the production of steel, chemicals, electricity and precision machinery during the second half of the 19th century. F. The changes in the mode of production also stimulated the professionalization of sciences and led to the increasing application of science to new forms of technology. II. New patterns of global trade and production developed that further integrated the global economy as industrialists sought raw materials and new markets for the increasing amount of goods produced in their factories. C. The rapid increases in productivity caused by industrial production encouraged industrialized states to seek out new consumer markets for their finished goods. C. Rapid urbanization that accompanied global capitalism often led to unsanitary conditions, as well as to new forms of community. The growth of new empires challenged the power of existing land-based empires of Eurasia. New ideas about nationalism, race, gender, class and culture also developed that facilitated the spread of transoceanic empires and new states, as well as justified anti-imperial resistance and the formation of new communal identities. D. New states developed on the edges of an empire. These rebellions sometimes resulted in the formation of new states and stimulated the development of new ideologies. IV. The global spread of Enlightenment thought and the increasing number of rebellions stimulated new transnational ideologies and solidarities. B. Because of the nature of the new modes of transportation, both internal and external migrants increasingly relocated to cities. B. The new global capitalist economy continued to rely on coerced and semicoerced labor migration, including slavery, Chinese and Indian indentured servitude, and convict labor. B. Migrants often created ethnic enclaves, which helped transplant their culture into new environments and facilitated the development of migrant support networks.

Keywords: [“new”,”state”,”Global”]
Source: http://msgurr.weebly.com/uploads/3/8/4/9/3849258/whap.concepts.period05.pdf

End of Enlightenment? Not if we fight for it – Philosophers for Change

Perhaps the neoliberal assault on education is not the destruction of democracy, but rather something much more profound; it may be the end of the Enlightenment. Enlightenment thinkers such as Denis Diderot, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Marquis Condorcet, Mary Wollstonecraft, Thomas Jefferson and later Georg Hegel all wrote of the power of a progressive and liberal education grounded in history and the liberal arts; they wrote about civic duty, public service and the infallibility of true democracy. After the events that higher education helped to inspire in the 1960s, conservatives began an assault on public K-12 and higher education. With this in mind, the present analysis argues that the Enlightenment may be coming to an end with the assault on public education and critical thinking. While education always had economic uses, such as helping the individual secure a high paying job and being workforce trained, education – especially higher education – was always thought of as primarily a social good with the ability to enhance the commonweal. In the case of education, the policies of state governments, as well as the federal government, are the primary tools to restructure K-12 and higher education from social to market goods. Standardized testing companies and educational technology companies, which have grown into billion dollar entities and do billions of dollars of world trade, have lobbied the US government and other governments across the world to hold education accountable. Performance based funding sets up definable goals for higher education institutions to meet, such as graduation rates, graduation of STEM graduates, use of data etc. Milton Friedman once remarked that public education in the US was a socialist island in a free-market sea. More than just greed, there is an ideological element to performance based funding policies and NCLB. These policies espouse and promote a certain view of education. Conservatives are afraid of the potential of public education at all levels to inspire social change. After the events of the 1960s, it became apparent what public education was capable of. The Enlightenment is based on the notion of criticism and humanism, both of which are not valued in American public education. Zumeta, W. “What does it mean to be accountable? Dimensions and implications of higher education’s public accountability”. The writer is a doctoral student in higher education.

Keywords: [“education”,”individual”,”student”]
Source: https://philosophersforchange.org/2013/11/19/end-of-enlightenment…

Overrated Rationality is the Enlightenment Mistake

Lastly, we see in some humans a limited form of what we call consciousness or self-awareness. The philosophers of the enlightenment who created the ideas of modernity predicated their ideas on human society on the assumption that most humans are rational and self-aware. The vast majority of humans adhere to whatever ideas they are taught early in life without ever a thought. For the most part, humans thrive by banding into tight collectives and living their lives railroaded by instinctual protocols of social interaction, courtship, and rearing offspring just like pretty much any other high level social mammal. The individual as enlightenment thinkers conceive of one, is a being who hardly exists amongst humans at all. We have only to read for 15 minutes about the inbuilt cognitive biases in humans and immediately begin to recall some of the stupid decisions we’ve all made. From the erroneous underlying assumptions of human rationality and consciousness come the catastrophic ideologies spawned from the Enlightenment. Capitalism and Marxism in their various forms are portrayed often as opposites, yet both come from the same source, Enlightenment thinkers who believed societies were composed of free rational individuals. Marxism believes the masses of workers ought to rule and Capitalists believe a market formed by the purchases of the masses ought to rule. In the end, what good is all the wealth in the world if the people meant to benefit are destroyed and the sterile units of money still counted dutifully by whirring machines, oblivious to the piles of dusty bones nearby?Ultimately, humans are group selected, like other social and eusocial animals. The ideas that stand the test of time and spread are those that help one group of humans outcompete another. If we would have a successful way of improving life for most people, an idea must first provide for the spread and defense of its adopters. No ideology will have its intended results unless it is grounded in a firm understanding of how people actually are in the real world. Its adoption would depend on those more capable of consciousness subjugating those less aware and the humans most Human in the Enlightenment sense adopting rule over human animals as man establishes rule over beast. Perhaps a banker who rules over a million humans by extracting a penny from each every day through sleight of hand is the natural ruler, parasite, and predator of their herd.

Keywords: [“human”,”people”,”rule”]
Source: https://colonyofcommodus.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/overrated…