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Now even unions can be crowdsourced. But weren’t they always?

The whole concept of a unionism depends on having a 'crowd' and harnessing the power of that crowd to gain collective bargaining power. Therefore, it might seem slightly strange to describe ThePoint's online service, designed to help office workers anonymously organise with their coworkers, as 'crowdsourced unionism'.

All atwitter at Copenhagen

Dave Sag is in Copenhagen this week covering the COP15 climate change summit for Anthill. This is his first post in the series.

I see REDD, I see REDD, I see REDD

Okay, this is, for some people, going to be an uncomfortable column to read as I am going to seriously challenge what for many seems like an obvious 'conventional wisdom'. In many cases it is better for the planet if you offset your carbon emissions than if you reduce them via your own in-house efficiencies. The woman with the fully carbon offset Hummer is probably a better friend to the planet than the man in his non-offset Prius.

The risk with green

Henry Ford’s marketing promise has moved on the colour wheel. Every company, product and service, from diapers through to life insurance, has become green.

Carbon pollution reduction — for fun and profit

When the Department of Climate Change decided to change the name of the national Emissions Trading Scheme to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, they really hit on a winner. Yes, it’s a bit harder to say – the CPRS doesn’t roll off the tongue like the NETS. In fact, it sounds a bit like a medical procedure, but it’s a brilliant name change because now the scheme is being referred to in terms of its goals, rather than its mechanism. The new name puts all the focus on what the scheme wants to achieve. The emissions trading scheme is simply the way in which it’s going to be done.

On bio-fuels

There has been a lot of criticism of late about bio-fuels and, like many issues, the good technologies are being tarred with the same...

The truth about offsetting

I was at a friend’s 40th the other night and got into one of those stupid arguments that you sometimes get into with other...

Shut the bleeding door!

Have you ever wandered off a cold and rainy street, through the open doors of a shop into somewhere warm, dry and seemingly a...

How do carbon credits actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

Previously, I covered how cap and trade schemes provide economic incentives for businesses to gradually reduce their carbon emissions in a cost-optimal manner. I...

What are Carbon Credits anyway?

The very best way to reduce your emission of carbon into the atmosphere is to make appropriate behavioural and structural changes so that you physically cease to emit so much carbon. Sounds obvious, hey? But the devil is in the detail.

Carbon neutral — says who?

October/November, 2007 You'll no doubt have read about all these businesses that have "gone carbon neutral," and thought, 'Gee, that's great, I'll go buy...

Reducing your carbon footprint

Step one in reducing your office's carbon footprint simply has to involve crushing one of the most stupid office habits - the take-away coffee....

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Five essential things to get right if you want to raise...

So you’ve got a brilliant idea, or maybe you’ve even started building your nascent business, but you think it might help to bring on some extra money. You try to raise the money, but wherever you go it seems there are roadblocks and challenges, and it’s difficult to know where to start. To help tackle this tricky tropic, we interviewed Bryan Vadas. He’s the founder of iPledg (Australia’s leading crowdfunding platform for creative, commercial, charitable and community projects) and Capital Exchange Australia (an education and funding platform for startups).

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The Alchemy of Negotiation with Matt Lohmeyer [FREE REPORT]

Negotiation is part and parcel of everyday life. Despite this, the idea of honing our negotiating skills doesn’t go down well with most of us. We fear that we’ll end up being manipulative, exploitative, scheming. To help us break the chains of this retrogressive mentality, we have Matt Lohmeyer. He has worked as a professional negotiator in various fields for over eight years and before that, negotiated deals with biotech pharmaceutical and chemical companies. In short, he’s an Alchemist in the Art of Negotiation.

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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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