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Cannes entries reveal a move towards design for change

As the South African representative on the Design judging panel at Cannes, this year's entries revealed a move towards design for change...(videos)

By Sulet Jansen 11 Jul 2014 13:35

CSI as a brand, brand building in development

For many non-profit and non-government organisations, marketing is a swear word. Generally there is also little money for marketing in these organisations, and even in corporates CSI practitioners often feel left out of marketing. However, CSI itself is a brand, so there needs to be a shift from CSI being viewed as asking for something to what it offers.

By Danette Breitenbach 11 Jun 2014 14:45

CSI in Africa: challenges and learnings

One of the panel discussions at the recent Trialogue Making CSI Matter conference was on some of the challenges faced and lessons learnt by corporates, NPOs and NGOs practicing CSI in Africa.

By Danette Breitenbach 10 Jun 2014 15:30

Making magic with a love movement

Cheesekids started with eight people. Today over 20,000 people volunteer with them. One of the biggest activations that takes place on Mandela Day is through Cheesekids.

By Danette Breitenbach 10 Jun 2014 09:00

CSI: a business imperative

Perhaps 10 years ago CSI was about doing something for the sake of doing something and then feeling good about it, but today it's about creating a good business story. It has become a business imperative.

By Danette Breitenbach 9 Jun 2014 12:00

The internet of business

With the dictionary definition of the internet being a vast computer network linking smaller computer networks worldwide, my comprehension of the digital world in the professional sphere came full circle.

By Kamogelo Modise 4 Jun 2014 14:03

Empower cause marketing for sustainable social change

There is continuing need for corporate social investment (CSI) or socio-economic development contributions, the preferred government terminology.

By Sheila McGillivray 30 May 2014 14:28

Here's a sponsorship that will make a major impact on people's lives

If you could get your client R24.5m editorial coverage for two months (Jan and February), would you have happy clients or what?

By Marion Scher 31 Mar 2014 11:34

The evolving business model for m-governance

A look at the evolving business model for (mobile governance) m-governance projects and the use of mobile technology as a catalyst for inclusive development.

By Vijay Sai Pratap 27 Mar 2014 14:00

Cause related marketing getting bigger, better

Said officially, it is a marketing tool used to help address the social issues of the day, through providing resources and funding, whilst at the same time addressing important business objectives.

By Matthew Karpinski 20 Feb 2014 09:09

Ne(k)romancers feed on corporate gluttony

What crazy, self-aggrandising, corporate-exploited BS has happened to Nek Nominations, the latest craze sweeping social media.

By Peter Mann 10 Feb 2014 06:48

Clear out your closet for #TheStreetStore

Now here's an interesting concept - some of us are proper hoarders when it comes to our wardrobes, but here's an opportunity to give it all away to the homeless. It's called The Street Store, and it's happening Tuesday, 14 January 2014, in Green Point, Cape Town.

By Sindy Peters 13 Jan 2014 07:06

New ICT centres for Prestwich Street Primary

New ICT centres were unveiled at Prestwich Street Primary in Green Point last week. The school is situated in an affluent area, but serves mainly underprivileged learners.

By Sindy Peters 7 Nov 2013 08:58

CSI - red herring or social imperative?

Anyone with their finger on the pulse of marketing would know that we are moving towards a future of generosity, caring and sustainability.

By Dhatchani Christian 10 Sep 2013 07:30

Yusuf Abramjee shares insights from Lead SA and Crime Line

In Tribes, Seth Godin shares how you can build something that people care about, a movement that goes far beyond being a passing fad. Lead SA and Crime Line are exactly those movements in South Africa, and arguably in Africa.

By Mongezi Mtati 21 Aug 2013 15:25

4U Rage Festival calls on youth for good

In just over a month, one school will be awarded R50 000 to help it make a positive and, more importantly, a sustainable change for its chosen charity. The brainchild of Will McIntyre, director of the 4U Rage Festival at G&G Productions, Rage for Good is calling on SA matric learners to get involved in this year's campaign.

By Sindy Peters 24 Jun 2013 13:27

Effective CSR initiatives can lead to profits

Over the past decade many corporate organisations have joined the crowd and invested in socially responsible initiatives to demonstrate to their customers that they care about the world and wish to alleviate poverty and generally improve the living standard of society.

By Dr Estelle van Tonder 30 May 2013 16:21

Suiting up for social change

5 for Change recently held its second annual black tie fundraising event in Cape Town, introducing five social enterprises to many of the city's young professionals.

By Sindy Peters 28 May 2013 07:30

'Open streets, open city' idea worth spreading

Saturday, 25 May 2013, is a special day for Africa and an important day for the citizens of Cape Town too. Two great citizen-lead initiatives will take place in Cape Town tomorrow, 100in1day and Open Streets.

By Sue Northam 24 May 2013 13:04

Become a leader

According to John Quincy Adams "if your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader". And let's face it, good leadership is crucial to the success of any business.

By Candace McDonald 22 May 2013 06:15

The importance of HR management in an NGO environment

The importance of Human Resources (HR) in an NGO as a means of ensuring sustainable growth for an organisation cannot be overemphasized, as it is the fundamental strength upon which people; strategies, processes and operations are based.

By Portia Sokkie 12 Apr 2013 05:03

&Beyond goes beyond... for our rhinos

The staggering increase in rhino poaching globally has many corporations placing rhino-saving programmes on the top of the CSI agendas, and &Beyond has stepped up to the plate...

By Brian Berkman 15 Mar 2013 05:23

Corporate Sincere Responsibility

There is always some unpalatable job in any business that needs to be done in order to keep the wheels turning. It is a job generally characterised by no one noticing when it is being done right, but with absolutely everyone complaining the moment that things go wrong.

By Su-Mari Du Bruyn 8 Mar 2013 09:50

The bright side of education

There has been a considerable amount of criticism of South Africa's basic education in recent years. Some has been justifiable and some ill considered.

By Chris Moerdyk 5 Mar 2013 06:10

You can't just take, you gotta give something back

What does sustainability mean and what does it require?

By Caroline Lowings 23 Feb 2013 09:30

[2013 trends] It is no longer business as usual

No matter how slow off the mark, we have all come to the realisation that, no matter what line of business we are in, drastic measures are needed in order for us to not only increase market share but also to survive. It is not, however, all doom and gloom and for those who are embracing innovation and prepared to experiment with new ideas, a lot of opportunity awaits to reconnect with consumers and rise above the negative economic factors.

By Dave Nemeth 30 Jan 2013 10:44

[2013 trends] The year ahead for experiential marketing

It's that time of the year where agencies are asked to haul out the old crystal ball and provide pearls of thumb-sucking wisdom. Before we do so, it would be wise to see how history might repeat itself. Reflecting briefly, for experiential marketing, 2012 was quite a year locally and abroad. Oh, and mazeltov on surviving the Mayan apocalypse - it was touch-and-go for a second there.

By Mike Silver 29 Jan 2013 11:18

[2013 trends] A virtuous cycle - appscriptions, augmented, apocalypses and other apt trends

The world is more interdependent and interconnected than ever before. Technology is ensuring the free flow of ideas, information and energy; creative co-operation and influence; and is bringing change across the globe that is happening at an unprecedented and accelerated rate.

By Gisèle Wertheim Aymés 25 Jan 2013 12:59

[2013 trends] Predictions for the retail sector

A transformation is in motion amongst shoppers and retailers country-wide. Consumers are becoming more discerning and demanding, and retailers and manufacturers are under pressure to innovate, offer quality and savings - all in one eco-friendly package! Here are some interesting trends for the retail sector that I've identified for 2013.

By Gareth Pearson 23 Jan 2013 12:48

[2013 trends] 'Goodvertising' - the key to brand leadership

There's a transformational shift happening and it's picking up pace in the New Year. Business and its far-reaching (some might say overreaching) arm, advertising, are becoming more responsible, more caring and more sustainable.

By Thomas Kolster 22 Jan 2013 10:53

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