Category Archives: Global Economy

Watch South Africa – Renewable Energy Up 68% for Solar

Want to hear an incredible success story with renewable energies? Then watch South Africa! In a remarkable 4 years, they have become a model for renewable energy all across the world. One of the areas that is critical about renewable energy is not just the ability to produce it, but to make it cost-effective. You can have great solar panels but if they are expensive it prohibits many people (and companies) from buying them. Even if you can point to a greater long-term investment, it’s hard around their short-term pocketbook.

So let’s watch South Africa: Prices for wind energy are down 42%; prices for solar energy are down 68%.

Further, their economic counsel is on board with this program. They realize how impactful it can be… for not just the cities to benefit, but for world communities. Many of them have never had access to any type of energy and their first one is renewable and natural!

How exciting that our world is now leapfrogging pollutant energy such as coal, and getting people at the bottom of our pyramid the cleanest energy on Earth. Wonderful!!!

GOOD NEWS: More People Drinking Water and Not Soda. Congratulations Coca Cola and Pepsi!

Water is hot and diet soda is not.” Wall Street Journal Continue reading

The Classic Pamela Positive: The Days of Linear Giving Are Over

hands-462297_640The days of “linear giving” are over — what I mean is, it’s not “I give you this, you give me that.”   That’s Linear Giving and it doesn’t always happen. Continue reading

Civil Society’s Strength Across the World – Where Are the Hotspots?

What government ranks the highest with staffing and attention to culture? To education? Or health?

You might be a bit surprised!   Come learn where governments are investing their time.

Civil society sector FTE workforce, by field1

The Winners in Culture
Sweden (45.5%), Slovakia (37.0%) and the Czech Republic (35.8%) win out here.

The Winners in Education.
Be proud Pakistanis! They are the top country with devotion to education in the civil sector at 56.6 percent.  Still a long way to go in implementation and progress, but the will is there.  Peru comes next (45.2%) and a no brainer with South Korea (40.5%) where education is deemed a strong part of their culture.

Finally, Health

Japan (37.3%) and the Netherlands (29.5%) win out.


Exciting to see new countries take the lead and help change the world. Let’s support them!

You can start by giving a child the gift of an education!

1 – 1995-2000

Why Being a Volunteer Can Help Run the World

When we think of worth, we often think of our salary. But we neglect to think about how our volunteers service service can actually help run an organization, including the government.

Many people get down on government.  “It’s inefficient!” they cry. And yes, it can be bureaucratic.  But let’s take a closer look if we look at what can done for civil society, if  we also add in important volunteers.

Civil society sector sources of support, with and without volunteers1:

Government with volunteers
Argentina 19.5%
Australia 31.2%
Belgium 76.8%

Government without volunteers
Argentina: 73%
Australia: 62.5%
Belgium: 18.6%

Covered by Philanthropy
Argentina 7.5%
Australia 6.3%
Belgium 4.6%

What a difference. Without volunteers, Argentina’s civil society would be cut nearly in half; Australia would be cut by nearly 2/3rds; and Belgium by nearly 1/5th!

So the next time you aren’t sure your volunteer work is making a difference,  please think again. You might just be helping run the country, one local city at a time.


1. 1995-2000



The Importance of Home

For most of us, there is some positive memory of home.

Perhaps it is around the dinner table. Or when your mother made cookies. Maybe it was at your best friend’s house, or your grandmother’s kitchen.

Smiling Family Posing in Field

But some people have to carry it within hearts.

With war, political strife and the breakdown of law, people must flee what they call home. The people of Sudan, Columbia and Iraq are countries with the highest number of internally displaced people (IDPs). That means you are a refugee of sorts, but within your own country.


The countries with greatest amount of people fleeing homes within their country (2010):




Sudan-  4.5 million – 5.2 million






Colombia-  3.6 million – 5.2 million






Iraq- 2.8 million





Democratic Republic of the Congo- 1.7 million






Somalia-  1.5 million






Pakistan- 980,000






The regions with the greatest amount of people fleeing homes in 2012:
– Sub Saharan Africa- 10.4 million
– The Americas-  5.8 million

And Colombia was the highest country with IDPs with a total of between 4.9-5.5 million (2012).


While a physical home can be removed, home cannot ever be taken from our hearts. Strength, remembrance and hope must be built there.  So today, why don’t you support someone with a home. You can give them a home or write them a kind message on our Facebook page

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