Oprah’s Take on a Philanthropic Economy: The Big Give

Lynne Twist said, “The time will come when people will receive recognition not for how well they accumulate money, but for how well they allocate it.” Well, that time is here, with Oprah’s new primetime television show “The Big Give,” scheduled (tentatively) to air in January 2008.

This is the first primetime network series from the queen of daytime TV, and it takes the “reality TV” concept to a whole new place: this show is all about inspiring people around the country to do good for others. The Big Give will challenge contestants to dream up creative and innovative ways to help others. Contestants will travel throughout the United States, completing tasks based around the communities’ needs and changing the lives within them. It’s a new, positive twist to primetime television created in the spirit of The Oprah Winfrey Show.


Networking Conquers Dubai

Network marketing and direct sales are conquering the world. The Direct Selling Educational Institute of Dubai has scheduled its first International Direct Selling Festival for May 17-19, 2008. Are you ready to enter a fresh market and connect with an affluent audience of entrepreneurs who are keen to invest and eager to make a change in their lives? Learn all about the state of the networking profession in the business capital of the United Arab Emirates and the endless possibilities of expanding your business into the Middle Eastern, African and Asian regions.

For more information, visit www.networkingtimes.com/link/dubai

A New Global Community Is Connecting Good Work Everywhere

Imagine you’re on vacation in Fiji and you discover the island’s natural habitat is suffering from the effects of tourism. Back home, you decide you want to support Fiji’s local environmental movement. But how do you tap into it?

Or, imagine you are volunteering for an organization in Fiji and you’d like to learn from the experiences of a city in Hawaii that is also experiencing pollution due to tourism and has created successful ecotourism programs. How do you get in contact with the leaders of the programs?

The answer is, you do it through WiserEarth.org.

WiserEarth “serves the people who are transforming the world. It is a community directory and networking forum that maps and connects non-governmental organizations and individuals addressing the central issues of our day: climate change, poverty, the environment, peace, water, hunger, social justice, conservation, human rights and more. Content is created and edited by people like you.”

“Wiser” is an acronym for World Index for Social and Environmental Responsibility. Created by the Natural Capital Institute, a team of researchers, business people, activists and writers focused on protecting our human and natural resources, this ambitious project provides the tools and a platform for non-profit organizations, social entrepreneurs, students, organizers, academics, activists, scientists and citizens to connect, collaborate, share resources and build alliances.

Anyone, anywhere in the world can add his organization. Users can search by theme, location and name of the organization as well as by names of individuals involved. Moreover, they can donate money via the web site, search for job or volunteer opportunities and view a list of relevant publications and public events.

Is our world growing Wiser? The idea comes from entrepreneur Paul Hawken, who launched the web site together with his latest book Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming. The web site shows an impressive and ever-increasing number of idealistic organizations worldwide—according to Hawken, as many as a million.

WiserEarth has a sister organisation, WiserBusiness.org, whose mission is “to guide society towards a restorative economy, the cornerstone of which is community-based business.” This online database of responsible companies includes an area where business people can learn about corporate social responsibility and share experiences and resources with one another. It helps consumers find responsible companies and allows them to post comments about products and businesses. WiserBusiness also provides government officials with accurate information so they can create policy for the business sector that serves society and the environment.

The promise of the Wiser movement is that by linking up, we discover through our shared concerns and actions that we are a global family.