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Cultural Fusion

An iconic photo of a Maasai in traditional shuka, carrying a spear and talking on his cell phone perfectly personifies the fusion of European, American and African cultures.

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GATES FOUNDATION INVESTS IN MONSANTO: Both will profit at expense of small-scale African farmers

Reposted from Community Alliance for Global Justice:

Farmers and civil society organizations around the world are outraged by the recent discovery of further connections between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and agribusiness titan Monsanto. Last week, a financial website published the Gates Foundation’s investment portfolio, including 500,000 shares of Monsanto stock with an estimated worth of $23.1 million purchased in the second quarter of 2010 (see the filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission). This marks a substantial increase from its previous holdings, valued at just over $360,000 (see the Foundation’s 2008 990 Form). Continue reading

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Students Must Learn About Cooperative Business Models

June 9, 2013by: 

Entrepreneurship is the main thing that is taught in business schools. A good business does not encourage being employed but generates a want among students to be their own boss. What most business schools fail to understand is that behavior is the key to entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurial education should ultimately impart values, skills, knowledge and ability to ensure a good entrepreneurial behavior. Institutions should teach values rather than attitudes to achieve this. When students are taught through this perspective, they learn to work with the community for economic welfare of society rather than mere profits. One way of achieving this is teaching the students about cooperative business models.

The new economy will be cooperative based

The main aim of any business student is to make a mark in the society. Traditionally, business schools equip students with tools through which they can raise money, create marketing channels, and ultimately make profits. The old world economy that was based on these has miserably failed in the recent times. On the other hand, business models based on cooperatives have been resilient to the economic downturn. The reason is that these models are largely based on domestic produce and local markets, which are mostly unaffected by global economy. They promote local employment and keep the revenue within the community. Students who do not know the concepts of cooperative business models will be left behind in the new economy. Continue reading