I would suggest that we take a look at opportunities in the humanitarian sphere now as a matter of good business practice.
I observe an inexorable move by business leaders to go beyond philanthropy and corporate social responsibility toward a more fundamental commitment to change the reality of their company operations on the basis of a more pro-social agenda.
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I attended the annual dinner of the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. this week. There are significant challenges facing government leaders as a result of ease of communications, which is politicizing the world’s people. People today believe they can make a difference. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, said in his keynote […]
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I was one of forty people at a breakfast this morning in New York City with Duke University men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, alias Coach K. He was in town to see a few members of his USA Basketball team (Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul) and to do a bit of recruiting. Here are a few […]
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