Yearly Archives: 2010

The Power of Coaching

by Mark Feldman

Eli J SegalI place my recent experience as a Segal Fellow Coach in the category of things I feel guilty about. Why? Not because I didn’t show up on time or give it my all, but because I got so much out of the experience. I can almost hear Eli knowingly chuckling about the power of service to help transform those who serve.

I am grateful to my Segal Fellow Alan Ratliff who during the time we spent together gave me a window into his dynamic and highly complex work informing GBLT (gay, bi-sexual, lesbian, and transgender) policy development on the state-wide level.  Over fancy salads, Japanese noodle soups, and something Thai that I am still not sure about, I learned about the disconnects between public officials and a new generation of youth leaders and activists in this arena.  Alan is bravely in the process of positioning himself as a bridge.  He is learning to speak the languages of multiple stakeholders and helping them find new ways to first “hear” one another and then, hopefully, work together.  Like most Fellows, he is a pioneer.

I place my recent experience as a Segal Fellow Coach in the category of things I feel guilty about. Why? Not because I didn’t show up on time or give it my all, but because I got so much out of the experience. I can almost hear Eli knowingly chuckling about the power of service to help transform those who serve.

I am grateful to my Segal Fellow Alan Ratliff who during the time we spent together gave me a window into his dynamic and highly complex work informing GBLT (gay, bi-sexual, lesbian, and transgender) policy development on the state-wide level.  Over fancy salads, Japanese noodle soups, and something Thai that I am still not sure about, I learned about the disconnects between public officials and a new generation of youth leaders and activists in this arena.  Alan is bravely in the process of positioning himself as a bridge.  He is learning to speak the languages of multiple stakeholders and helping them find new ways to first “hear” one another and then, hopefully, work together.  Like most Fellows, he is a pioneer. Continue reading

"If you are not at the table, you are on the menu"

by Nikki Korn

Participating in the UN Conference for Global Change was a one of the most engaging six hours I have spent all year. Last month, I sat in a very outdated hotel meeting room at the end of a long table, surrounded by business leaders, United Nation’s staff and other NGO leaders. Everyone was committed to leading, learning and/or exploring CSR. The group was convened by the newly established Foundation for Social Change and the United Nations. It was the most powerful information sharing I’ve experienced in a long time.

Why so engaging?  Because the corporate and NGO leaders who presented their cases were well past searching for a business case for CSR, they are blazing the trail of corporate sustainability.  They were pioneers helping their businesses use CSR to be relevant, profitable survivors in today’s complex and competitive business world. 

Participating in the UN Conference for Global Change was a one of the most engaging six hours I have spent all year. Last month, I sat in a very outdated hotel meeting room at the end of a long table, surrounded by business leaders, United Nation’s staff and other NGO leaders. Everyone was committed to leading, learning and/or exploring CSR. The group was convened by the newly established Foundation for Social Change and the United Nations. It was the most powerful information sharing I’ve experienced in a long time.

Why so engaging?  Because the corporate and NGO leaders who presented their cases were well past searching for a business case for CSR, they are blazing the trail of corporate sustainability.  They were pioneers helping their businesses use CSR to be relevant, profitable survivors in today’s complex and competitive business world. 

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“Communicating Community Involvement” – Feldman’s Course

by Cause Consulting

Mark Feldman taught a three day CSR communications strategy class as part of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship professional development curriculum in Phoenix, AZ October 20-22.  This course … Continue reading

Change the World with “Zilch”

by Nikki Korn

Participating in the Zilch.  It’s not a word we typically connect to something positive.  Well, Nancy Lublin, my friend and Founder of Dress for Success and lead executive for Do Something has a fresh and real perspective in her new book Zilch.

Whether you’re in a company, nonprofit or searching for your next gig—Zilch speaks to how successful nonprofit leaders have built great brands, teams and organizations making real impact, without a lot of resources…well, not much at all.  It’s practical, honest and straightforward and, candidly, a breath of fresh air about how all of us can be empowered to do big things in our work by applying creativity, teamwork, passion and problem-solving and not typical approaches.

Zilch. It’s not a word we typically connect to something positive. Well, Nancy Lublin, my friend and Founder of Dress for Success and lead executive for Do Something has a fresh and real perspective in her new book Zilch.

Whether you’re in a company, nonprofit or searching for your next gig—Zilch speaks to how successful nonprofit leaders have built great brands, teams and organizations making real impact, without a lot of resources…well, not much at all.  It’s practical, honest and straightforward and, candidly, a breath of fresh air about how all of us can be empowered to do big things in our work by applying creativity, teamwork, passion and problem-solving and not typical approaches. Continue reading

Youth Design Launches Kids in Careers

by Mark Feldman

Youth Design just graduated another class of summer youth designers and again their work is inspring and impressive.  This innovative program places inner-city Boston high school students into paid summer internships with some of Boston's most creative design professionals.

In addition to doing actual client work, this year's class also created social message campaigns - a topic close to our hearts at Cause Consulting.  As a judge for this Time to Design Competition, I was privledged to review the student's work and help select the top designs for a limited edition cause T-shirt. I can't wait to get and wear mine.  First place was awarded to Youth Violence, see image above, for an amazing use of typography and words that send a life or death message.

Youth Design just graduated another class of summer youth designers and again their work is inspring and impressive. This innovative program places inner-city Boston high school students into paid summer internships with some of Boston’s most creative design professionals.

In addition to doing actual client work, this year’s class also created social message campaigns – a topic close to our hearts at Cause Consulting. As a judge for this Time to Design Competition, I was privledged to review the student’s work and help select the top designs for a limited edition cause T-shirt. I can’t wait to get and wear mine. First place was awarded to Youth Violence, see image above, for an amazing use of typography and words that send a life or death message. Continue reading

Inspired by Youth Produced Films

by Nikki Korn

You must take five minutes this weekend to watch this inspiring short film created by 16 year-old David Were about his realities living in the largest slum in Kenya. I have been working on the Adobe Youth Voices program since its inception four years ago, and I am continuously inspired.

This and ten other youth produced films are being celebrated this week at Lincoln Center in New York City as part of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival. Over a hundred additional films are uploaded at the Adobe Youth Voices Gallery.

You must take five minutes this weekend to watch this inspiring short film created by 16 year-old David Were about his realities living in the largest slum in Kenya. I have been working on the Adobe Youth Voices program since its inception four years ago, and I am continuously inspired.

This and ten other youth produced films are being celebrated this week at Lincoln Center in New York City as part of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival. Over a hundred additional films are uploaded at the Adobe Youth Voices Gallery. Continue reading

How to Start a Volunteerism Program: Korn in Inc. Magazine

by Cause Consulting

Nikki Korn provided counsel to companies on creating meaningful, sustainable corporate volunteer programs in this Inc. Magazine article. Nikki provided advice on selecting the right project, engaging internal team in … Continue reading

ARAMARK Employee Volunteers Refurbish Community Center for Homeless

by Cause Consulting

More than 125 ARAMARK employees in Los Angeles dedicated their time, energy and talents to over 20 projects to refurbish the Salvation Army’s Bell Shelter as part of ongoing partnership … Continue reading

Boston Beer Company Wins CECP 2010 Founders Award

by Cause Consulting

The Boston Beer Company received the 2010 Founders Award from the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy for its philanthropy strategy in creating its signature cause program, Brewing the American Dream, to … Continue reading

Sam Adams Wins CECP Philanthropy Award

by Mark Feldman

Congratulations to our client the Boston Beer Company for receiving the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy’s (CECP) prestigious Founder’s Award for Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy.  This award recognizes the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream® program for its demonstrated CEO leadership, dedication to measurement, successful partnerships, and innovation.

We are proud to be a part of the Samuel Adams team and honored to work on this exciting program that supports low and moderate income micro-entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry.

Congratulations to our client the Boston Beer Company for receiving the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy’s (CECP) prestigious Founder’s Award for Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy.  This award recognizes the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream® program for its demonstrated CEO leadership, dedication to measurement, successful partnerships, and innovation.

We are proud to be a part of the Samuel Adams team and honored to work on this exciting program that supports low and moderate income micro-entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry. Continue reading

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