Friday, May 16, 2008

Five People You Gotta Pay Attention to Today

“It’s almost a time warp. All the predatory and demeaning and discriminatory stuff that went on in workplaces 20, 30 years ago is alive and well in these professions.” -- Sylvia Ann Hewlett, found of the Center for Work-Life Policy, speaking about women in science, technology and engineering

"There's a lot of happy talk around that we're going to have slowing in the rate of growth in young workers and, therefore, employers are going to want to hire older workers just at the time that older workers are going to want to work. We think it's much less clear than that." --Boston College economist Alicia Munnell, co-author of "Working Longer," a book to be published this month by the Brookings Institution.

“For many in the millennium Y Generation, they don’t understand the repercussions. They think everybody’s cool. In reality, no – everybody’s not cool.” -- leadership coach Peggy Klaus, talking about employers finding unflattering online information about job candidates that can damage their chances of getting a position

"Rwanda's economy has risen up from the genocide and prospered greatly on the backs of our women. Bringing women out of the home and fields has been essential to our rebuilding. In that process, Rwanda has changed forever. . . . We are becoming a nation that understands that there are huge financial benefits to equality." --Agnes Matilda Kalibata, minister of state in charge of agriculture

"You can work all the time and still live in a studio apartment. You can be recognized walking down the street, but somehow you can't afford to buy a home. That's not right in every possible way."-- agent Devon Jackson, speaking about declining actor's wages


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2 comments:

Scot Herrick said...

The Rwanda story is a must read.

There are two important forces at work in improving people's lives. One of them is "microlending." The other is the Fair Trade movement.

Microlending is something we can do...check out Kiva.com and for minimal money one can help make a big improvement in people's lives. These are small loans with your amount no more than $50. But, at $50 a month out in loans, you can make a big difference to 12 different businesses.

Fair Trade is a program that has companies guaranteeing base prices for goods. The trade is that the program teaches farmers about sustainability in their crops, marketing, and exporting their goods.

Some of the fair trade money is also invested into the community -- schools have been built, bridges replaced, and other items. Fair Trade items have their logo on their products (start with organic logos and then look more). Your contribution is to buy these items compared to others on the shelf and drive demand.

Really good stuff.

Anita said...

Scot,
I donated to Kiva last year, and sort of forgot about it. Then, periodically I would get a note that the person has paid off the loan and the money had been reinvested for another worthwhile project. This has been nothing more on my part than giving money that I would have spent on lunch for a week. But it absolutely has changed lives. I would thoroughly recommend it. Thanks for leaving such an informative comment.