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Archive for May 29th, 2018

A Chernobyl type catastrophe in the Amazon – hours left to win!

Joseph Huff-Hannon

Oil giant Chevron dumped billions of gallons of deadly chemicals in the Ecuadorian Amazon, leaving behind rivers full of toxic waste, decimating wildlife and spreading cancer and death in indigenous communities.
The battle between Chevron and Ecuador’s indigenous people has been waged for decades, becoming a landmark case globally.

Over 20 judges in Ecuador and Canada, including the Supreme Courts of both countries, have sided with the Ecuadorians in their pursuit to hold Chevron to account for dumping toxic waste in the water that people drink.

They’ve never cleaned it up!

But Chevron’s impunity could finally end if we persuade just one man to do the right thing, Bill McNabb .

Chevron’s top stockholder is a US retirement fund whose chair has challenged corporate abuse before, and his customers are part of this community!

If we flood him with support in the next 24 hours he could tip a historic vote — at Chevron’s shareholder meeting tomorrow. Add your name now:

Join the Call for Justice for the Amazon’s Chernobyl

A win against Chevron could open a new era where major corporations are finally held accountable for their crimes!

That’s where investor powerhouse Vanguard and its powerful chairman comes in.

Vanguard owns a large share of Chevron, and has just recently voted against management on climate-related resolutions at Exxon/Mobil, criticising executive pay at Viacom and pushing big banks on gender diversity.

With Chevron’s shareholder meeting in days, over 30 major investors are already calling on the company to settle the case. 

Vanguard Chairman Bill McNabb is a father of four who’s called on CEOs to be a “force for good.” Getting him on board could tip the balance toward a majority vote against Chevron’s recalcitrant management!

Add your name now and we’ll deliver our appeal directly to the chairman, right before the meeting:

Avaazers have campaigned against Chevron before, delivering letters to US senators, and filing legal briefings in court cases with partners. This is an incredible opportunity to get Chevron to finally clean up its toxic mess… and open up a new era of investor-driven social change!

With hope and determination,

Joseph, Pascal, Mike, Alice, Emma, Ricken and the entire Avaaz team

More information:

Shareholders Push New Chevron CEO For Answers on Ecuador

Tell Chevron’s New CEO to Finally Clean up Ecuador! (Amazon Watch)

In the Vanguard: Fund giants urge CEOs to be ‘Force for Good’

Investor Letter on Risks from Ecuador Litigation

Exxon Mobil loses support of a powerful voice in climate change policy

Chevron’s “Amazon Chernobyl” in Ecuador: The Real Irrefutable Truths About the Company’s Toxic Dumping and Fraud (Huffington Post)

Unmeasured results don’t matter? How to Measure without measuring?

Those who don’t enjoy measuring results, don’t enjoy achievement. And Unmeasured results don’t matter?

(Simpy because focusing just on the measured result encourages, you and organizations, to ignore other more important measuring sticks)

In general, someone is busy watching and measuring one number, but it’s the wrong one.

(We don’t measure a dependent variable simply because it is easy and straightforward, but to ask: “Is it a meaningful variable that corresponds to the experiment, testing or evaluation? Someone is busy watching one number, but it’s the wrong one.)

Measurement is fabulous. Unless you’re busy measuring what’s easy to measure as opposed to what’s important.

Dan Rockwell posted this June 6, 2013:

Hitting baseballs reminded me that effective assessments increase enthusiasm, concentration, and satisfaction.

The visit:

Dahliah, Asher, and Abram, three of our grandkids, are spending the week with us.

Asher, our 7 year-old grandson, is a sports fanatic. Yesterday, while in his red Phillies baseball jersey, I spent an hour hitting baseballs to him. He’s pretty good, if I must say so. He loves diving to make spectacular catches.

Poor performance:

His throwing, on the other hand, is inconsistent. Sometimes the ball has a mind of its own. Asher didn’t like seeing Poppi chasing after his inaccurate throws so I gave him a few throwing tips. Things got better but I could tell he still wasn’t happy.

Define winning. Measure results. Reward achievement.

The assessment:

“Hey Ash,” I said, “If Poppi doesn’t have to move to get the ball, when you throw it back, it’s a 10. But every step I take to get the ball is a point off.” His energy and attitude immediately lifted.

I took three steps to retrieve his next throw. Before I could announce his score, he called out, “That’s a seven.”

“Not bad,” I said. He smiled. Determination to get a ten gleamed on his face.

As his throws continued, he earned a few tens and everything from zero to nine. Curiously, after a perfect throw,  he called out, “Four.”

“Four?” I asked.

He said, “That’s four tens in a row.” He’d been keeping track of his achievement.

Enthusiasm requires:

  1. Clear pictures of winning.
  2. Measurable results that matter.
  3. Transparent, unbiased assessments.
  4. Immediate feedback.
  5. Belief that excellence is possible.

Bonus: Challenging and supportive environments.

What factors make assessments effective? Ineffective?


Why all the noise behind Nadine Labaki latest Cannes winning film “Capharnaüm”?

The newly elected deputy for the independent candidates, Paula Yakoubian, voted for Nadine Labaki as chairman of the new Parliament. Obviously, this vote was cancelled since Nadine is Not a deputy and this post is reserved to a Shi3a by convention and Not by any Constitution. But the message was clear because Berry party voiced negative opinions on Nadine latest film “Capharnaüm”, which won Cannes’ award from the jury.
The social media was frantic on the issue of Syrian refugees in Lebanon (more than 30% of population and the world community trying to deny Lebanon its rights to communicate with Syria in order to facilitate their return to the safe zones). Mostly the social media was in support of Nadine and her film,

Why Nadine Labaki scares them!
Is it because behind this name we find a committed filmmaker and a passionate activist who, with Brio, puts his finger on the wounds that hurt Lebanon society and various sectarian and feudal communities?

For examples:

“Caramel” in 2007 talks about the schizophrenia of the Lebanese woman between her deep desire and what society expects from her

“And now, where do we go?” is the film born as a result of the tragic events of may 2008 that failed to revive the civil war in a matter of hours.

(I Not sure I saw this movie. I recall watching two movies about expatriates returning to the south hunting for some explanation and lost people during the civil war (1975-1989). One of them is probably a Canadian documentary: A Canadian/Lebanese mother go about the South to locate the whereabouts of her missing son. Only to discover that it was her son, now living also in Canada, who raped her in an Israeli prison in Lebanon and his son is hers.)

Isn’t “Beirut Madinati” this dazzling success of the first steps of civil society and does not advance its commitment to another Lebanon?

Can “Capharnaüm” be separated from the humanitarian catastrophe caused by the war in Syria?

(Plausible with the hundreds of delinquent Lebanese and kids roaming the urban cities)

Let us continue to support all the achievements of Nadine Labaki and all those who, in shadow or light, are struggling to revive Lebanon!

Note 1Nada Corbani Akl wrote in a previous post:

The resilience of Nadine Labaki. The best that Lebanon offers to its children is to encourage them to migrate to countries where they shine, all without exception.

Nadine Labaki, who made us launch yesterday cries of joy mixed with pride, is doubly thanked because it resists here, in Beirut, in this bruised Lebanon, and that it is a message that we will, in spite of everything, get out of it, and brilliantly.

Note 2: My comment to this last post was: “Mais si on a decide’ de ne plus revenir et continuer notre mission au Liban, qui le fera? Our universities don’t take seriously scientific research, experimentation or free opinions that confront dogmatic pseudo-professors. We need a more reflective generation to hope for any change”




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