Jason McLennan, one of the most influential people in the green-building movement, gave a very moving and inspiring talk. He has dedicated his life into building a more sustainable world. As CEO of the International Living Future Institute – a leading NGO that focuses on transformation toward a world that is socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative. McLennan is a sought-after designer, presenter, and consultant on a wide variety of green building and sustainability topics. Green building, also known as green construction or sustainable building, is an environmentally responsible and resource-efficient process used throughout the building’s life-cycle, from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, and renovation through demolition.
I read about the Georgia Works organization on Grantland, a sports and pop-culture site that I frequent. I was reading an article about Tommy Gaines, a former basketball prodigy from a small town in Georgia whose residents are stuck in a terrible self-fulfilling prophechy of crime and drug addiction. His basketball career was sidetracked by drug addiction that ruined his marriage, his relationship with family members, and left him homeless. He was able to turn his life around by entering the Georgia Works program.
INSITE is North America’s first supervised drug injection site. The government approved and sponsored facility opened its doors in 2003 in the run-down, drug-infested nieghborhood of eastern Vancouver, Canada. On average, INSITE operates at capacity of 600 visits per day by drug users who come to safely shoot-up. INSITE provides drug users of heroin, cocaine, morphine, and other illegal substances with clean needles, a safe environment, on-site medical professionals, counseling, housing assistance, addiction services and mental health treatment. The facility does not provide any drugs and medical professionals do not do any injections. The extremely controversial facility has prevented 221 overdoses and has had no deaths to date.
Last week, I published a post about The Container Store, evaluating whether or not its place (#27) on Fortune’s 100 Best Places to Work 2015 was justified. My main method of evaluation was investigating reviews of the company on Glassdoor.com. Ultimately, many posts by current employees corroborated positive case studies and articles I found on the company, while other posts from the past couple of years alluded to changes in business strategy and unfair treatment of employees, possibly as a result to the company’s 2013 IPO.
For Paper 2, I would like to delve into this company further. Continue reading How the Container Store Stacks Up, Ethically
Open government is a doctrine which holds that citizens have the right to access documents and proceedings of the government to allow for effective public oversight. Would a nonprofit organization with ties to state legislature and corporate interests count as a quasi-governmental agency?
Uber is a company that has taken new technological developments and used them to create a superior service within the transportation industry amid the changing sociocultural influences of today’s societies. Uber allows for greater convenience for their riders and improves the economy of the communities within which they operate through job creation, while also operating in accordance to local, state, federal, and international laws and regulations. Because Uber is a young company that is transforming the transportation industry and entering the food and delivery service industry, I think it would be a very interesting company to research in greater detail.
CarMax was featured on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” with an impressive ranking of 64. It’s diverse and well compensated workforce are among the country’s happiest employees. But how does this fit in to CarMax’s reputation as a whole? Continue reading CarMax: Redefining the Greasy, Sleazy Used Car Salesman
Great job this week! Rachel, Robbie, Ben, and Jordi really enjoyed discussing the posts.
First, some compliments:
- Good job taking in the feedback from last week by improving your titles and generating some really great discussions through your comments
- Great job adding multimedia to your blog posts
- Blogs this week were engaging and did a great job of generating conversation
- Overall, really creative use of examples from pop-culture and how they intersect with our class discussions
Now, some feedback and food for thought:
- We thought that the class did a really good job of writing about topics that interested them and this showed. However, we think that posts could have benefited with a more clear connection to the class throughout the blog post (as opposed to only at the end). We think this could have been accomplished with use of a thesis statement at the introduction.
- We were hoping for a broader selection of prompt topics by the class: lots of people posted about TV shows, but no one wrote about music or books. Try to view some of your classmates posts before creating your own so we generate a diverse range of topics in the future.
- The posts this week generated some really interesting discussion on plot-spoilers: the ethics of plot spoiling, when is it ok or not ok to discuss a plot line. What do you guys think about the ethics of plot spoiling? Consider tv shows vs. movies, Dramas vs Comedies.
Wall of Fame:
Our favorite posts:
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Our favorite use of multimedia:
- “Lessons in Business from South Park”by Greg– Great use of a gif!
Most engaging comments:
A common trait of those who rise to the top in any craft or profession is a ruthless competitiveness, a desire to win, a desire to be the best. These men and women’s unbelievable competitive drive, be it from hatred of losing, love of winning, fear of failure, or another motive, is the trait that brings them to such great heights and also often causes them to fall as spectacularly as they rose. I was surprised to see only one other post about House of Cards, whose 3rd season was released on Netflex this week.
*There will be no spoiler alerts in this post*
Grey’s Anatomy is a renowned American medical drama series that premieres on ABC is about various challenges the characters face in terms of personal and medical decisions. The encounters the characters face test their moral beliefs and values as they choose between the lively hood of their patients and career to become surgeons. The ongoing show focuses around a few major characters, but today I will be talking about four of them: Meredith Grey, Derek Shepard, Richard Webber, and Alex Karev. Dr. Webber is the Chief of Surgery at Seattle Grace Hospital along with Dr. Shepard as an attending who oversees the residents, Dr. Grey and Dr. Karev, who have become close friends over the course of their residency. This show displays numerous moments of internal conflict based on the oath they have sworn to as doctors.