Shoes for Love: A Boy Scout Service Project

February 14, 2014

The Central Texas chapter of Boy Scouts for America, Capitol Area Council, is collecting shoe donations on behalf of Dando Amor. 

Dando Amor is a non-profit charity dedicated to blessing the lives of children throughout the world. To learn more about this organization, visit dandoamor.com.

If you live in the Austin, Texas area and have shoes to donate, please consider doing so using the information that follows.

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Giving Tuesday – 3 Reasons Your For-Profit Business Should Prioritize Social Responsibility

December 3, 2013

You’ve heard of post-Turkey Day Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you heard of Giving Tuesday? Started in 2012, this movement is focused on helping others after a weekend of shopping for family and friends (or yourself).

This year, Giving Tuesday falls on December 3 (today!), and businesses, individuals and nonprofits are making an extra effort to volunteer their time, sharing their stories of giving back via social channels with the hashtag #GivingTuesday. While it’s certainly satisfying to do something good for others, there is a host of other reasons for a for-profit business to get involved in socially responsible activities. I’ll share just three of those reasons today, along with some tips to get started.

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Social Media and the Internet’s Role in the Deterritorialization of the Protest Culture

November 13, 2013

December 2010 marked the beginning of a new global culture of protest. Activists began to harness the power of the internet to gather and share the energy of their protests, breaking through local and national territorial boundaries. Local mobilization has moved to mass global mobilization and discontent has never been more public and more interconnected, with civil unrest sweeping across the world. While civil unrest is certainly not a new phenomenon, it has never been so large in scale and more spontaneous in demonstration, making riot predictions nearly impossible.

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Microfinance: Global Economic Impact and Opportunities

September 27, 2013

Microfinance has quickly become one of the more important means for developing nations to improve the quality of life for impoverished citizens. While the global economic impact of microfinance is met with mixed evidence and growing concern, a case can be made that microfinance positively supports the United Nations goal of global financial inclusion. It can also improve the socioeconomic conditions of individuals and groups of persons around the globe living in poverty that are seen as undesirable candidates for more traditional forms of loan assistance; particularly women.

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