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We *Should* Read the Back of the Brownie Box

Just by coincidence, I learned about how “controversy swirls around harsh anti-obesity ads” in Georgia, part of a five-year, $25 million anti-obesity effort and hosted at strong4life.com. Then I read about a consultant explaining to board members of the Natural

Posted in Climatechange, Publicparticipation, Sustainability, USA

Oil vs. Wind vs. Pipelines vs. Solar, etc.

Op-Ed in the NYT — “A Shortsighted Victory in Delaying the Keystone Pipeline” – outlines some of the tough trade-offs that will be forced upon decision-makers thinking about energy. Who decides? Intuitively, one would say “democratically elected government”, but federal, state

Posted in Climatechange, Publicparticipation, SEIA, Sustainability, USA

Externalities of Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act?

The title, “How Congress Devastated Congo”, is a bit much, but this OpEd gives pause to all of us thinking that human rights in mining is a black or white issue. It is true: It’s easier to sidestep Congo than

Posted in Artisanalmining, Conflict, Corporateresponsibility, DRC, Humanrights, Livelihoods, NGOs, Publicparticipation, Transparency

Consultants!

The New Yorker, 04 July 2011

Posted in Amused

Cash For Everyone

How Africa can extract big benefits for everyone from natural resources – cash transfers, so the Guardian post says. I am a bit skeptical that this would provide any quick fixes either for poverty alleviation or reducing corruption, and sparsely

Posted in Cashtransfers, Communitydevelopment, Sustainability, Transparency

TEDx Brussels 2010 – Paul Collier

Here’s the punchline of the talk: “There is no substitute for building a critical mass of informed citizens within each of the societies that have these valuable resources and are currently poor.” TEDx Brussels 2010 – Paul Collier – How

Posted in Publicparticipation, Sustainability, Transparency

Eco-Terrorism? Not Quite…

This article – Eco-Warriors Call Attention to Economic Development Dilemma – is a good for highlighting the need for engagement. Mechanisms for communication are needed to resolve conflicts that are certainly bound to continue simply because industrialized mining is so

Posted in Uncategorized

CommDev (and In-Flux)

A missed gem on my Resources list. I came across CommDev again when I found this relatively new (slow blogging plagues me)  resource on the massive challenge of in-migration and in-flux on major projects: A Handbook for Addressing Project-Induced In-Migration.

Posted in Communitydevelopment, Corporateresponsibility, HIV/AIDS, Humanrights, Migration, Publicparticipation, Sustainability

Las Bambas Independent Advisory Group

Researching some sustainability reports this week, I learned about an Xstrata initiative in Peru to create an Independent Advisory Group on the Las Bambas mine. I can’t comment on the performance from my London-desk, but given the recent turmoil in

Posted in Corporateresponsibility, Peru, Publicparticipation

Congo Conflict Minerals Act of 2009

Metals derived from inhumanely mined minerals go into electronic products used by millions of Americans. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, many people – especially women and children – are victimized by armed groups who are trying to make a

Posted in Conflict, Corporateresponsibility, DRC, Humanrights, Transparency