At the Kitchener Public Library

Event at the Kitchener Public Library:

Wednesday, June 3 at 8pm, The Main Auditorium.

Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y


from NY's 92nd Street Y is beautiful, simple, and clean; it's about
bringing people together and forming that global community."    
~Consul General of Canada


Live from NY's 92nd Street Y™ ("Live"),
now in its seventh year, uses satellite technology to simultaneously
broadcast the Y's renowned educational and cultural programming to
community organizations across America. Join some of the world's most
fascinating people for compelling and thought-provoking interactive
discussions on the issues and events that affect our lives. Most of the
programs provide opportunities for questions and answers with the
presenters where participants from remote locations can ask questions
as if they were in the New York audience.


is first come, first served with doors opening one-half hour before the
start time.  The 92nd Street Y reserves the right to cancel a broadcast
if there is little interest. Please check our website (one month in
advance) to confirm this event will proceed as advertised.



Forum on Sustainable Global Enterprise

With Al Gore, Stuart Hart, H. Fisk, Johnson & Ratan Tata


Wednesday, June 3 at 8 pm
Main Library


roundtable discussion is the culmination of the three-day Cornell
Global Forum, where 100 pioneers at the forefront of the field will
seek innovative ways to transform business and the environment, and
explore the intersection between clean technology and business
development at the Base of the Pyramid, the socioeconomic designation
of the world’s four-and-a-half billion poor.



goal is to create profitable businesses that raise the quality of life
for the world's poor, respect cultural diversity and conserve the
ecological integrity of the planet.


Panelists include: Al Gore, former Vice President, author, chairman, Generation Investment Management LLP; Stuart L. Hart,
S.C. Johnson Chair of Sustainable Global Enterprise and professor of
management at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management; H. Fisk Johnson, chairman, CEO and chairman of the board of S.C. Johnson & Son; and Ratan N. Tata, chairman of Tata Sons Limited, the holding company of the Tata Group, India's largest conglomerate.

The Socially Responsible Intern Surplus

Wow, that was a great article. Thanks for sharing.

It sounds like there is a flock of highly skilled interns turning their heads to non-profits and NGOs but without any larger strategic plan. Like the blogger mentioned, 690 interns applied to 10 intern posts. There is no way an organization can make a truly informed and confident decision on who to hire. They probably won't even be able to go through all the resumes. It sounds all so chaotic.

Resumes are the tried and true of hiring single people, but it is such an arduous and complicated process. What if an organization cut their costs and saved time by using an outside consultancy firm to work on some of their projects. That consultancy firm will not only have all the resources of that organization, but will also have an extensive network of resources that they have built on their own.

I see four trends right now that we need to capitalize on: 1) the economic upswing 2) businesses cutting costs and looking for savings 3) lots of highly skilled, young people looking at community/NGO/goodwill work (partly because the Obama effect) 4) A sense of having to do business in completely innovative ways.

Let me know what you think.


On Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 4:16 PM, Ruby Ku <> wrote:

Saw this article and have been pondering on it…

Act Local, Act Global

Think of the popular slogan, "Think Globally, Act Locally".

If we operate effectively at a local level in terms of connecting young energetic people with local businesses, non-profits and other organizations then we can take the model globally by providing the same talent to organizations across the world. We can connect the local talent with international partners through the internet on a project by project basis. We still keep a personal connection because we (the social consultants) are working locally with that talent.

Check out this site:

It is a UN agency that matches volunteers with international organizations or projects. It is a really cool idea, but there doesn't seem to be a personal connection between anyone. I think you need that motivation sometimes to keep working.