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Good to Know…Week of March 14, 2011

Tech Helps Relief organizations—and Scammers—After Japan Quake
There are myriad ways to help victims of the Japan earthquake with the Internet or your smart phone—but beware of scams.

To read this article, go to: GCN.com

Death to the Desk Phone: The Trusty PBX System is Fast Becoming a Relic
Mobile users, unified comm systems are changing the game; Port of L.A. offers one example.

To read this article go to: GCN.com

When Do-Gooders Go Viral
SeeYourImpact.org rewards acts of micro-charity with photographs and stories of the impact donors make. Here’s how the non-profit took the simple idea of storytelling to improve operations—and stand out in the crowd.

To read this article go to: FastCompany.com

U.S. Nuclear Plants Have Same Risks, and Backups, as Japan Counterparts
With the Japanese authorities working to avert a catastrophic meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and one other Japanese plant showing problems, the safety of America’s nuclear plants—and the wisdom of any expansion—is beginning to come under a new round of scrutiny.

To read this article, go to: NYTimes.com

Unintended Consequences: Chamber Report Shows That “Good” for Business May Be Bad for People
March 7, 2011—Mississippi is not used to getting good ratings for much of anything.
According to the Census Bureau, the state has the lowest per-capita income in the country, as well as the lowest life-expectancy. It ranks 47th on the American Legislative Exchange Council’s annual Report Card on American Education, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which rates states on the basis of child welfare, puts Mississippi dead last.

To read this article, go to: Remappingdebate.org

Women Farmers a Force in Fighting Global Food Shortages: Report
The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released its 2011 State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) report this week, just in time for today’s International Women’s Day. The report illustrates how better investments in female farmers would prevent malnourishment in 100-150 million people, because of the ways women are likely to allocate resources in a food-shortage-threatened world.

To read this article, go to: FastCompany.com

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