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Saturday, November 12, 2005 10:44 AM
Al Gore: "This organization is a Movement"
Anita Sharpe on Making a Difference

I'm here at the sold-out NetImpact conference at Stanford University. It's the largest conference ever held at Stanford; hundreds of people are on the waiting list. Someone even called the NetImpact headquarters in San Francisco to see if anyone was scalping tickets.

In case you're not familiar with NetImpact, it's an organization of MBA students and youngish professionals (most of whom have MBAs from leading B-schools), who want to use their business degrees to make a difference in society. And, as Al Gore said in his keynote remarks yesterday, it is indeed a movement.

'Millions of people are searching for a better way to add meaning to their lives,' the former presidential candidate noted. 'They are not willing to work in a business environment that clashes with what they know in their personal lives to be right and just.'



2 comments

shari aaron - 11/16/2005 12:29:21 PM
Gulliver -- I challenge you to see how hard it is to break the mold and new ways (systems &structures) that is required for businesses to be profitable but act with good social conscience. Corporations have built incredible structures that need to evolve to more caring, social beings rather than continue to be run as corporate behemoths who engage in philanthropy or corporate volunteer programs but still pollute the earth or offer inadequate health care plans. At least Net Impact members are trying to find new ways to stimulate positive progress and change.

I attended last year's Net Impact Conference and felt the same level of dedication. I am a professional New Impact member and proud of it. While nothing can ever be perfect, Net Impact members openly discuss how to make change happen that is not disruptive but rather progressive. Mabye you should give it a try before you dismiss it.
gulliver - 11/13/2005 4:25:08 AM
yeah but... yeah but... yeah but... yeah but... yeah but...

Doesn't it take itself a tad too seriously? With language like 'Thought-Leaders for the future of business'. And doesn't that 'Please note: Net Impact is not liable for any of the activities of our chapters' get-out reek just a little?

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