An investment in knowledge pays the best interest
Benjamin Franklin

December 2, 2019

Young professionals and sustainability practices – investment in future decision makers, CEOs, ministers, board members, politicians, scientists, practitioners, policy makers, professors...

Are Millennials an influential generation making waves and demanding sustainable change? How are they affected by the world in which they have grown up and to what extend they are going to change that world? ... [Read more]

November 5, 2019

How knowledge about sustainability can help graduate employability?

Everyone looks for a career that will fulfil their needs and satisfy them both professionally and personally. But what are the fields of study that will be relevant in 5, 10, 15 years from now? ... [Read more]

October 7, 2019

Teaching primary and secondary school students about sustainable practices

How should young people think about rapid economic, social and environmental changes in the world today and tomorrow? How do we build sustainable well-being and well-doing in the future? ... [Read more]

August 5, 2019

Methods for Achieving Positive Social Impact

Social impact is fundamental change that addresses social challenge that affects quality of life of individuals, communities and society as a whole, and as such it is result of: 1) different long term processes and activities implemented or supported by various stakeholders, 2) interactions and interrelatedness between relevant sectors, and 3) changes during different development phases ... [Read more]

July 8, 2019

Positive and Negative Social Impact

Social impact is fundamental change that addresses social problems that affect the quality of life of individuals, communities and society as a whole, and as such it is the result of different long-term processes and activities implemented or supported by various stakeholders. Once achieved, social impact spreads its influence (ripple effect) to different spheres of life ... [Read more]

June 5, 2019

From Philanthropy to Social Sustainability

Data from the World Giving Index shows that in the years 2013-2018 Malaysia ranked at a high position of 17th most generous nation in the world. Individual or institutional donors usually have a whole range of reasons for giving – from genuinely supporting and addressing social issues, self-promotion, branding, securing public standing, leaving a legacy behind to indirectly supporting political causes and gaining professional benefits ... [Read more]

May 3, 2019

It is not always about amount given, but it is always about continuity of support

The truth is that nothing remains static in the world in which we live. Even though torpedoes will always appear, no-one really knows what the future is going to bring and the accurate probability of specific predictions actually occurring. It is also true that people believe in all sorts of predictions because of deeply-rooted human aversion to uncertainty. However, instead of just sitting, waiting and consulting fortune cookies (another way in which aversion to uncertainty plays with us) about the probability of predictions to fail, we can start identifying the weakest parts of the overall social development in our company, community, sector or society and begin strengthening our resources and capacities to address problematic issues... [Read more]

April 3, 2019

10 Rules of Social Sustainability

1. It is is not about your business, it is about people and communities your business affects and depends on... 2. It is not about amount of your support, it is about continuity of your support... [Read more]

February 20, 2019

The Real Love Story – CSR or Social Sustainability?

There are disagreements on what are the main differences between Corporate Social Sustainability (CSR) and Social Sustainability, and no doubt that this article will add few more to the list. However, I feel that explanation about variances deserves a bit different and livelier approach, which is the reason why I am going to tell you another story - the one I hope will stay with you regardless of/or thanks to its occasional exaggerations (every story has to have a bit of drama) and few generalization... [Read more]

February 1, 2019

Tick the box or really do good?

During the last decade there has been increasing demand from international development organizations, investors, activists and final beneficiaries for public institutions, corporations and donors to provide transparent data on the social and environmental programmes and impact they have been implementing and achieving. As a response, renaissance like re-birth of terms such as iconic, catalytic and transformative (all in the service of describing impact) appeared in annual reports of different stakeholders, but surprisingly (or not?) in many cases stakeholders are actually not reporting about their or anyone else’s social impact or sustainable practices... [Read more]

January 10, 2019

Doing vs Achieving

Activities and annual results are relating only to what stakeholders are Doing, and the fact that their annual or multi-year projects were successfully implemented doesn’t mean by default they are achieving any positive social impact. Social impact is the Achieved long-lasting fundamental change in the quality of lives of the many – individuals, communities and society. Mixing Doing with Achievement (both in documents and in practice) is a trap that could prevent stakeholders from... [Read more]

December 22, 2018

Quick fixes vs long term solutions

When it comes to the type of activities that donors (CSR departments, foundations, charities) are supporting it seems that in majority of cases they are more focused on temporarily serving then on permanently solving. Research shows that only international and bilateral donors in many countries in South East Asia support advocacy/policy type of projects, which usually last longer and bring results later... [Read more]

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