Mark Cuban on Patriotism

“The most patriotic thing you can do is get filthy rich and pay lots of taxes so we can fix the issues we’re talking about.”

Mark Cuban
Mark Cuban (Photo credit: jdlasica)et filthy rich and pay lots of taxes so we can fix the issues we’re talking about.”

—Billionaire entrepreneur, Landmark Theatres and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban sits down with guest host Tony Robbins on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight. In the interview, Cuban talks business, politics, patriotism, wealth, and yes, taxes.


CSR in the Oil and Gas Sector: What We Should Learn from Chevron/Texaco-Ecuador

Lessons Learned From the Oil & Gas Sector

What Chevron’s $19 Billion Judgment in Ecuador Should Teach the World About Corporate Social Responsibility

On September 30, we posted a press release from CSRWire, “Chevron Fights $19 Billion Environmental Judgment from Ecuador,” that put forth some serious claims against Chevron Corporation’s ethics in response to a legal injunction.

According to Chevron (NYSE: CVX), the company paid $89.4 million in environmental fines and settlements during 2011, representing 3.32% of Chevron’s total environmental expenditures.

After 19 years of litigation, however, the judgment by Ecuadorian appellate court against Chevron is internationally binding and the second largest in history (BP’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has the highest outlay to date). The plaintiffs’ lawyers are attempting to enforce the judgment by seizing Chevron’s key assets in Latin America, which includes tankers, oilfields, and refineries. Continue reading CSR in the Oil and Gas Sector: What We Should Learn from Chevron/Texaco-Ecuador

Chevron Fights $19 Billion Environmental Judgment from Ecuador

Chevron Faces Shareholder, Union and Community...
Chevron Faces Shareholder, Union and Community Revolt at Annual Meeting (Photo credit: Rainforest Action Network)

NEW YORK, Sep. 28 /CSRwire/ – Desperate to avoid paying a $19 billion environmental judgment from Ecuador, Chevron has launched a retaliation campaign by trying to gain access to years of activity of the private email accounts of 101 people who have some connection to the lawsuit – including about 15 summer interns who worked on the case years ago while in college or attending law school. Continue reading Chevron Fights $19 Billion Environmental Judgment from Ecuador

Forest Whitaker on World Heritage

Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“We have to not just open our eyes to what’s going on in other places; we need to open our eyes to what’s going on right in front of us.”

Forest Whitaker, artist and UNESCO goodwill ambassador

Mira Sorvino on Human Trafficking

Social Good Summit 2012
Social Good Summit 2012 (Photo credit:

“More is spent in a single month [in the U.S.] fighting the war on drugs than all monies ever expended domestically or internationally fighting slavery from its inception. Per month, we spend more on the drug war than we ever have trying to free slaves.”

Mira Sorvino, actress and U.N. goodwill ambassador

Ohm My Goodness! Yoga Aid Raises $630,000 for Charity

The world’s first one day, around the world yoga tour benefits charities worldwide.

2012 Yoga Aid World Challenge kicked off in Sydney, Australia and proceeded to “follow the sun” to Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, India, Kenya, England, South Africa, Canada, wrapping up in the US in Los Angeles, California.

Continue reading Ohm My Goodness! Yoga Aid Raises $630,000 for Charity

[ON THE BLOCK] Nosh at the SoHo with Clooney and Karger

Two lucky philanthropists will score members only lunch with George Clooney and Dave Karger at the SoHo House in West Hollywood.

Bidding is open through October 11, 2012 on Charitybuzz [LOT #313207] and proceeds will benefit the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

Continue reading [ON THE BLOCK] Nosh at the SoHo with Clooney and Karger

PBS, Independent Lens Invite Story Submissions for National Broadcast TV


Don’t miss the deadline: Monday October 15, 2012

Read the Independent Lens Submissions FAQ >>

Independent Lens is a film festival in your living room. Since 2003, Independent Lens has presented more than 300 films to public television audiences. The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series is broadcast on the PBS national schedule on Monday nights at 10pm. Independent Lens is the largest showcase for independent documentaries anywhere on U.S. television, premiering 22 new films each season. The series is curated jointly by ITVS and PBS.

Independent Lens is currently seeking submissions of completed or near completed programs for broadcast during the October 2013 – June 2014 season.

Independent Lens films are often character driven stories, and are known for compelling storytelling, innovation, and diversity. Independent Lens welcomes individual expression and is committed to presenting diverse points of view, on topics suited for a national audience.

When selecting programs, Independent Lens considers a range of factors, including the quality of the filmmaking, the timeliness of the story, and audience appeal. Programs should offer a fresh perspective, especially if the topic has been explored on other PBS series.

Independent Lens seeks to present the U.S. television broadcast premiere, however we will consider a work of special merit that has had very limited television exposure (such as broadcast on local public TV station).

Independent Lens does not accept instructional films, performance pieces, docudramas, reenactments, and programs with content better suited for another PBS series (PBS’s Nature presents nature programs, PBS’s NOVA presents science programs, etc.). If you have a question about eligibility, please email

9-21-2012 International Day of Peace

9-21-2012 International Day of Peace

2012 Fingerprint of International Peace

“Peace” in 100 world languages, using a 2,012 word count, to commemorate International Peace Day, September 21, 2012. Created by PHILANTHROPE Magazine under Creative Commons License. Please share, in the spirit of peace!

“Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.”

Emmy Award Winner LeVar Burton Joins AIDS Research Alliance’s Board of Directors

Los Angeles, CA, September 11, 2012 –(– AIDS Research Alliance (ARA) today announced that actor/activist LeVar Burton has joined its Board of Directors. As one of seven members of the Board, Burton will play a key role in shaping AIDS Research Alliance’s program and fundraising.

“AIDS Research Alliance is honored to welcome Emmy Award-winning LeVar Burton to its Board of Directors,” said Carolyn Carlburg, CEO of ARA. “Since LeVar became our national spokesperson just over a year ago, his energy, knowledge and commitment have furthered the mission of this organization and cause. We are thrilled that his involvement will now grow.”

AIDS Research Alliance helped to make HIV/AIDS treatable, but 8,000 people still die of AIDS every day, while millions more with HIV may lose a third of their life spans. As an independent research organization, AIDS Research Alliance has moved the science forward, contributing to the approval of half of today’s HIV/AIDS treatments. Now, AIDS Research Alliance is dedicated to finding a cure, and is conducting research on its drug candidate, prostratin. Continue reading Emmy Award Winner LeVar Burton Joins AIDS Research Alliance’s Board of Directors