Monday, April 21, 2014

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It's Not a Democracy

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It's Not a Democracy

For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.

How to Get a Job at Google, Part 2 - NYTimes.com

How to Get a Job at Google, Part 2 - NYTimes.com: "“My belief is not that one shouldn’t go to college,” said Bock. It is that among 18- to 22-year-olds — or people returning to school years later — “most don’t put enough thought into why they’re going, and what they want to get out of it.” Of course, we want an informed citizenry, where everyone has a baseline of knowledge from which to build skills. That is a social good. But, he added, don’t just go to college because you think it is the right thing to do and that any bachelor’s degree will suffice. “The first and most important thing is to be explicit and willful in making the decisions about what you want to get out of this investment in your education.” It’s a huge investment of time, effort and money and people should think “incredibly hard about what they’re getting in return.”"



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Thursday, April 17, 2014

BBC News - How a new bike messenger firm got its wheels turning in India

BBC News - How a new bike messenger firm got its wheels turning in India: "But it is exactly that issue - money - which is a barrier to new businesses across the world - and India is no exception.

Despite being a big community of real potential, Indian start-ups find it difficult to raise initial funds.

For technology firms, the struggle is less pronounced. But for firms in most other sectors it can be hard.

"There is less risk appetite in this country. No-one is ready to make the first move," says Anshula Dubey, co-founder of Indian crowdfunding business Wishberry."



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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Jamaicans attempt to eat their way out of invasive Lionfish problem | The State Column

Jamaicans attempt to eat their way out of invasive Lionfish problem | The State Column: "The Jamaicans may have found a solution to the problem though: If you can’t drive out invasive species, eat them.

The Caribbean nation’s National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is reporting a decline in the population of invasive Lionfish due, in large part, to Jamaican’s acquiring an appetite for the spiny fish"



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Monday, April 14, 2014

Inclusive Business Grant To Assist Asia’s Poor | Pro Bono Australia

Inclusive Business Grant To Assist Asia’s Poor | Pro Bono Australia: "The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and development partners are using a new $3.6 million grant to support around 20 private sector businesses in Asia targeting poor and low-income communities.

“Economic growth has been high in Asia but that hasn’t trickled down to improve living standards of the poorest in most countries,” Armin Bauer, Principal Economist in ADB’s Regional and Sustainable Development Department said.

“Private companies are only now slowly recognizing that poor and low income groups are a huge market for goods and services and a good source of employees and talent.”

The grant will help companies develop new business models relevant to the poor and those on low incomes, and assess the social impact of such activities.

It will focus on “inclusive businesses,” or enterprises and projects that make both profits and provide goods, services, and jobs for those living on less than $3 a day. Around 60 per cent of Asia’s population is estimated to live on this small sum."



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International Development News | How to make development cooperation more effective in Asia-Pacific

International Development News | How to make development cooperation more effective in Asia-Pacific: "The Asia-Pacific Effective Development Cooperation Report will cover vital issues including progress on previous commitments, resources for development, South-South cooperation, knowledge sharing and business’ growing role in development.

Early results from a global survey on progress since the 2011 Busan Partnership Agreement for Effective Development Co-operation show the 15 Asia-Pacific countries taking part have made greatest progress on improving aid predictability and mutual accountability. However, this varies across countries and untying aid has also shown mixed results. Aid on budgets and gender equality also need further progress."



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Can Social Enterprises Really Solve Poverty? - Forbes

Can Social Enterprises Really Solve Poverty? - Forbes:

The landscape of social enterprise is strewn with these tales of struggle and frustration. And yet, only a few solutions have achieved impressive scale and by doing so have been able to improve the lives of millions of people.
What’s different about the solutions that scaled is that they resulted from the powerful interplay of social enterprises and industry facilitators. From smallholder tea in Kenya, to microfinance in India, to solar energy in Bangladesh, we have seen that while innovative enterprises are clearly the engine of change, external facilitators can help them succeed and scale by working alongside them to tackle the tough barriers that stand in the way. 
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