Archive for the ‘Sustainability’ Category

  • Volunteer at a school, food kitchen, hospital, or anywhere you can be useful
  • Walk instead of driving
  • Shop local, eat local
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle
  • Donate to causes important to you
  • Plant a tree or a garden
  • Rescue an animal
  • Join a bone marrow registry
  • Commit random acts of kindness
  • Teach a child how to help make the world a better place

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The 2013 World Happiness Report can be found here: http://unsdsn.org/happiness.

In chapter 5 (Restoring Virtue Ethics in the Quest for Happiness) Jeffrey Sachs discusses four basic values within the overarching ethical framework of “the principle of humanity:”
(1) Non-violence and respect for life, including respect for human life and respect for the natural environment;
(2) Justice and solidarity, including rule of law, fair competition, distributive justice, and solidarity;
(3) Honesty and tolerance, including truthfulness, honesty, reliability, toleration of diversity, and rejection of discrimination because of sex, race, nationality, or beliefs;
(4) Mutual esteem and partnership, including fairness and sincerity vis-à-vis stakeholders and the rights to pursue personal and group interests through collective action.

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In Sex and Social Justice (1999), Martha Nussbaum addresses the Aristotelian question, “What activities characteristically performed by human beings are so central that they seem definitive of a life that is truly human?”

1. Life. Being able to live to the end of a human life of normal length…; not dying prematurely

2. Bodily health. Being able to have good health, including reproductive health; being adequately nourished…; being able to have adequate shelter

3. Bodily integrity. Being able to move freely from place to place; being able to be secure against violent assault, including sexual assault…; having opportunities for sexual satisfaction and for choice in matters of reproduction

4. Senses, imagination, thought. Being able to use the senses; being able to imagine, to think, and to reason – and to do these things in…a way informed and cultivated by an adequate education…; being able to use one’s mind in ways protected by guarantees of freedom of expression with respect to both political and artistic speech and freedom of religious exercise; being able to have pleasurable experiences and to avoid non-beneficial pain

5. Emotions. Being able to have attachments to things and persons outside ourselves; being able to love those who love and care for us; being able to grieve at their absence, to experience longing, gratitude, and justified anger; not having one’s emotional developing blighted by fear or anxiety

6. Practical reason. Being able to form a conception of the good and to engage in critical reflection about the planning of one’s own life

7. Affiliation. Being able to live for and in relation to others, to recognize and show concern for other human beings, to engage in various forms of social interaction; being able to imagine the situation of another and to have compassion for that situation; having the capability for both justice and friendship…Being able to be treated as a dignified being whose worth is equal to that of others

8. Other species. Being able to live with concern for and in relation to animals, plants, and the world of nature

9. Play. Being able to laugh, to play, to enjoy recreational activities

10. Control over one’s environment. (a) Political: being able to participate effectively in political choices that govern one’s life; having the rights of political participation, free speech and freedom of association… (b) Material: being able to hold property (both land and movable goods); having the right to seek employment on an equal basis with others

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Get a head-start on The Great Kindness Challenge
– modified for the workplace:
1. Smile at 25 people.
2. Pick up trash in your workplace.
3. Make a new friend.
4. Learn to say ‘thank you’ in a new language. (Or hello.)
5. Recycle your trash.
6. Walk or bike to work instead of driving.
7. Say ‘good morning’ to 5 people.
8. Hold the door open for someone.
9. Compliment 5 people.
10. Create your own kind deed.

More at greatkindnesschallenge.org.

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1. They use their strengths every day
2. Feel that they are an important part of their organization’s future
3. Are surrounded by colleagues who care about their overall well-being
4. Are excited about the future because of a leader’s enthusiasm and vision

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/26/jobs/honing-the-job-you-have-into-one-you-love.html

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To encourage employee health and wellness:
(1) provide information for better decisions
(2) provide motivation to keep it up
(3) provide fun such as games, competition, and team sports
(4) provide SMART goals, and
(5) provide the time.
See Mashable’s 5 related social apps.

Providing for the health and wellness of your employees:
(1) shows you care about them
(2) improves productivity, and
(3) results in lower healthcare costs.

Checkout The Scientific 7-minute Workout:
(1) Jumping jacks
(2) Wall sit
(3) Push-up
(4) Abdominal crunch
(5) Step-up onto chair
(6) Squat
(7) Triceps dip on chair
(8) Plank
(9) High knees running in place
(10) Lunge
(11) Push-up and rotation
(12) Side plank

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credit: Newseum.org

Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe – Thomas Jefferson

See Reporters Without Borders 2013 World Press Freedom Index.

From Time Magazine’s first year of publication, this is from an article titled Decency (May 5, 1923):
The American Society of Newspaper Editors aims to be to journalism what the American Bar Association is to the legal fraternity. Its first annual meeting in Washington was made notable by the adoption of a code of ethics. The more specific sections are:
1) Against press agenting: So-called news communications from private sources should not be published without public notice of their source.
2) Headlines should be fully warranted by the contents of the articles which they surmount.
3) A newspaper should not invade private rights or feelings without sure warrant of public right, as distinguished from public curiosity.
4) A newspaper has no right to publish a private statement ascribed to its author without his permission.
The final clause of the code reads: A newspaper cannot escape conviction of insincerity if, while professing high moral purpose, it supplies incentives to base conduct, such as are to be found in details of crime and vice, publication of which is not demonstrably for the general good. Lacking authority to enforce its canons, the journalism here represented can but express the hope that deliberate pander to vicious instincts will encounter effective public disapproval or yield to the influence of a preponderant professional condemnation.

See Ethics Codes from News Organizations today at Journalism.org.

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