Join Dr. Goodman as she moderates “Developmental Challenges Post 2015,” with a focus on empowering women and local communities. Part of AIDF’s Washington, D.C. Aid and International Development Forum, the May 21 panel will include cutting-edge remarks on some of the most pressing sustainability problems of our time, including poverty, children’s equity, health, education and human rights. Distinguished speakers include: Papa Seck, UN Women; Meenakshi Menon, GHETS; and Richard Morgan, UNICEF. To register for the free, two-day conference, see: aidforumonline.org.
© 2013 Ann Goodman
While Spring officially arrived a week ago, the weather took a cold, dreary turn in New York and elsewhere, auguring more climate change to come.
Nonetheless, it’s been an exciting Winter for my sustainability activities.
Over the winter season, I’ve been active in a number of high-level sustainability events
and other projects, including the five spotlighted here:
1)Most recently, I learned Continue reading “Late Winter Roundup: ‘tis the season to welcome Spring…and a changing climate”
As the time fast approaches for women in the US and China to meet on green consumption in Washington, D.C. (see previous post), I fondly remember my dear colleague Prof. Shi Qi Qing, who skillfully formed international alliances in this field–notably with me while I led WNSF–during her inspirational tenure as Secretary General of CAWE, the China Association of Women Entrepreneurs.
She will be missed–for her wide knowledge, calm and warm personality, sound judgment and her passion for a sustainable world that women could help lead.
At Hong Kong’s World Green Forum in summer 2011, she said with usual aplomb that “the shift in the focus of a global economy toward investments in clean technologies and natural infrastructures like forest and soil is an optimal choice for economic growth in a real sense, a combat against climate change and [an aid to] adequate employment in the 21st century.”
Prof. Shi was truly an inspiring global green partner–across continents, languages and cultures.
During her decade-long tenure as Executive Director of the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future (WNSF), Dr. Goodman forged a long term alliance with the China Association of Women Entrepreneurs (CAWE) on sustainable business. Now, CAWE’s maternal organization, the All China Women’s Federation, is joining forces with the International Fund for China’s Environment, and Big Green Purse, among many other notables, to host an all-day FREE forum on “Using the Power of Purse to Protect the Planet: US-China Greener Consumption Forum.” Join Dr. Goodman, as she opens the ‘US-China Greener Consumption Forum’ at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., as moderator of the first plenary panel preceding a day of in-depth discussions of the vital cooperation between US and Chinese women to slow the depletion of natural resources and change consumption patterns with their new-found wealth and power. For details, and to register gratis, visit: http://www.ifce.org (March 22, World Bank, Washington, DC, 8am-5:15 pm, followed by reception)
Following her recent cutting-edge remarks on the nexus of sustainability and social media in France, LA and NYC, Dr. Goodman will speak in Bangkok, Thailand on “The Role of Social Media in Development” at the first Asia-Pacific Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF), one of the world’s leading forums for the humanitarian aid, relief and development sectors on January 30 and 31.
She will also moderate the panel on “Empowering Women as a Development Tool.”
The event will bring together practitioners and policy leaders from governments, the UN, NGOs and private organizations, to highlight the challenges faced by the aid and development sector and to share innovative ideas. As a center of operational activity and international support for both the humanitarian relief and development sectors, Bangkok is the ideal place for the first Asia Forum.
In addition to Ann, the panel on Social Media will feature… Continue reading “Ann to Speak at First AIDF-Asia Pacific Forum in Bangkok, Jan. 30-31”
© 2012 Ann Goodman
One of the outstanding presenters at NAEM’s recent roundtable onwomen’s leadership and environment was Susan Eisenhower, president of the Eisenhower Group Inc. and appointed member of the DEC’s commission
on America’s Nuclear Future (tasked with safely developing long-term solutions for the nuclear fuel cycle), and granddaughter of President “Ike” Eisenhower.
Her career has been one marked by progressive inquiry, critical thought and independent judgment.
She had some particularly wise words to impart to on leadership and environment to an audience of women environmental professionals in the corporate, policy and nonprofit sectors. Here are a few of her tips:
July 9-11, 2012, Washington, DC
This event will provide focused learning, while connecting corporate environmental women leaders and Washington-based policy influencers: http://www.naem.org
At the BBB Forum on corporate citizenship in NYC recently, IBM’s Harriet Pearson, VP Security Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer, made a good case for why Internet security should now be considered a number one business responsibility issue.
The recent LinkedIn snafu is just one example of the exposure a company faces when hackers gain control. That sort of break-in is reason enough to address security and electronic privacy.
But the argument for data protection as a social responsibility concern goes deeper.
There are four drivers putting these issues on leadership’s corporate citizenship agenda , Pearson explains:
“There’s been more data created in the past two years than… Continue reading “Digital Security: Business’s Social Responsibility?”
© Ann Goodman 2012
Q&A: Following UN Women NYC’s “3 Pillars of Sustainability,” May 8, 2012, Ann talks with Pharmajet’s Heather Potters, Founder and Chair, about the role of business in global health.
1. Ann: PharmaJet is a new medical device company, and your mother developed the technology. What’s the company’s role in furthering sustainable development?
Heather: The company’ mission is to make a positive contribution to reducing the global disease burden through injection delivery of vaccines with its devices, safely and effectively.
2. Ann: How do you do that?
Heather: We’ve developed a simple, innovative needle-free jet injection technology—focused on delivery of vaccines into the body. “Needle-free” is not new, but the way in which PharmaJet has approached it is. A variety of care givers, customers, patients, governments, and NGO’s have used the technology and confirmed it to be very useful and desirable in a variety of healthcare environments, as an alternative to needle-syringe and the resulting disposal, needle-stick, needle re-use and liability issues they face.
3. Ann: Is the traditional vaccination process potentially a global health issue?
Heather: The aim of vaccination is to help the body generate immunity to disease. Continue reading “PharmaJet’s Global Return on Health”
© 2012 Ann Goodman
Q&A: Following UN Women NYC’s “3 Pillars of Sustainability,” May 8, 2012, Ann talks with charity:water’s head of programming, Christy Scazzero, on how awareness of water sanitation affects global sustainability—and the impact it’s had in the developing world.
1. Ann: What does charity:water do to advance sustainability?
Christy: charity: water is a non-profit organization that helps bring clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries via an online donor platform. We do this through raising awareness about the water crisis and funding non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to implement water programs across sub-saharan Africa, Asia and Haiti.
2. Ann: How do you define sustainability?
Christy: We’re committed to ensuring that communities benefiting from water systems continue to have uninterrupted access to clean water. For the purposes of charity: water, water, sanitation, and hygiene services are considered “sustained” when systems and procedures Continue reading “Water Sanitation & Sustainability”