Thinking about how to help bring the world’s poorest people out of poverty can feel overwhelming. So overwhelming that for a lot of people, it’s more appealing to move on to less challenging problems with easier solutions. But here’s a basic solution we might want to consider, and it gets bonus points for being empowering, too.
You’ve heard all about human rights and labor rights and child labor. But now it’s 2013, so we’ve dealt with all that, right? Nope.
- At 3:50, he offers to show you a Chinese sweatshop down the street from Madison Square Garden.
- At 6:35, he says the problem is bigger than any one country can solve.
- By 10:30, he gets down to the one institution he believes can make a difference — if they use their power for good.
I don’t know that he has the best answer, but I do know that more ears need to hear about the problem.
No business is perfect, but I really admire the ones that are constantly trying to be better. It can’t be easy to avoid the “anything to profit!” mindset in favor of “How can I leave the world a better, more sustainable place?”
Here’s how one CEO is shooting for the latter.
I promise I don’t live in a hole! I know there have been criticisms of TOMS Shoes and companies like it. But it looks like TOMS, at least, has been listening to them. Check out the CEO’s response to critics and his plan to have one-third of all shoes produced in the countries to which the company donates by the end of 2015. Jobs! Let’s hope it happens.
This is the political equivalent of shooting yourself in the foot, then hitting the Sunday morning talk shows to complain about the bullet hole in your foot.
Delano Roosevelt laid out a Second Bill of Rights, or an Economic Bill
of Rights, in 1944. Little did he know that 70 years later we’d
still be fighting for what he knew this nation needed.
Meet LaTonya. She turned what for many would have been the end of the line into something positive and inspiring.
For a semester, these students got to learn from a curriculum of their own design. Surprisingly, it wasn’t all recess and lunch breaks. One kid even took flying lessons—for science!
Obviously this sort of self-directed learning won’t work at all schools or for all students, but it’s incredibly refreshing to see a school giving its students the opportunity to do something other than pass standardized tests. Check out what the principal of the school has to say at 5:48, hear from a student one reason why she thinks this program is successful at 9:51, see what happens when a student’s project doesn’t go as planned at 10:31, and then share this if you’d like to see more programs like this in schools. I know I would.
In 1963, the marchers on Washington demanded jobs and freedom. Fifty years later, do they have them?
What’s the best way to fight back against an industry that keeps making the same lame excuses about why they won’t hire you? Make those excuses irrelevant.