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STANFORD—the United States is failing the “Bonhoeffer test,” which measures the morality of a society by the way it treats its children, Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund, told a Stanford audience.   Edelman said she mentions Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Protestant theologian who died opposing the Holocaust, in almost every speech [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Social entrepreneur Rupert Scofield says people in the world’s poorest nations can relate to what’s driving Occupy Wall Street demonstrators to the streets of the United States.  ”Their basic message is: ‘This system doesn’t work for us anymore. It’s not creating jobs. The distribution of wealth is completely out [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — By typical measures of success, Bill George had it all. There he was, in an executive job at Honeywell and sitting atop a short list of people being considered to become the U.S.-based international conglomerate’s next CEO. However, during that period back in the late 1980s he was miserable, [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — For a CEO who speaks often about leadership, DaVita Inc.’s Kent J. Thiry says it’s not something that can easily be taught in business school. Management, yes, but leadership is a human skill. “If you want to learn more about leadership, learn more about human beings, starting with yourself,” [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Chinese internet users have devised an array of creative ways to navigate around government censorship of China’s cyberspace, a leading Hong Kong-based CNN journalist told a Stanford audience. In a November 21 talk at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Kristie Lu Stout, BA ’96, MA ’97, an anchor [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — As a youngster, Joanne Pasternack thought she knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up — first an Olympic figure skater and then a pediatrician.  Instead, she has ended up in a totally different realm —professional football, where she works as the director of community relations and philanthropy for [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Guy Kawasaki, a tech venture capitalist and author, who worked for Apple in the 1980s and 1990s, said he learned plenty from Steve Jobs, the company’s late co-founder and CEO.  At the top of the list: ignore self-appointed experts bearing bad business news — a group including social media [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — To make the greatest impact as philanthropists in today’s world we must “put our minds to work as well as our hearts,” writes Laura Arrillaga-Andreesen in her new book Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World. Arrillaga-Andreesen, creator of the first course in philanthropy at Stanford’s Graduate School of [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — When she started her research into the psychology of aging as a young graduate student, Laura Carstensen assumed that older people were socially isolated, depressed, and lonely. Much to the contrary, Carstensen discovered there’s a silver lining to growing old — the elderly tend to exhibit better mental health status than their [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY —”Oil is ammunition,” read a World War II poster encouraging conservation. That message is just as appropriate today, according to John Warner, the former five-term senator from Virginia. The United States must reduce its consumption of fossil fuels not only for environmental reasons, but to improve its economic and national security, said Warner [...]

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