OP-ED: WHOSE OPINION MATTERS IN PENANG?

Lessons from a Stakeholder Engagement Process for Penang, Malaysia

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* Final report guidelines

hand pen computer guidelinesThe seminar paper accounts for fully half of your final grade in this course.  The way in which you present it is important and in the following we set out the standards and details of presentation that we expect will be rigorously adhered to.

Once you have absorbed the following, I invite you to have a close look at the section on Bibliographic Referencing and Citation, to which you can link  here.

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Fair Use, Copyright, Citation and Original Work

From updated section of : SDES Final Report Guidelines (http://wp.me/p1zD54-mm)

writing on computer - fair useBefore we get into the details, let me plead with you to be very careful as you prepare your working materials and start to  write, to be extremely careful to acknowledge your sources in the proper way. You are the author so the words must be yours. We live in an era of such enormous availability of materials on just about any subject, and all that often only one easy click away. But we also have minds. So please show me in your paper how you use your mind and acknowledge all those sources in the appropriate way

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Perverse Trade-offs – Ethical considerations in sustainable development

From the course library:

Within business organizations, decisions that have far-reaching health, safety, environmental, and economic impacts on entire communities (if not nations) can be made unilaterally, sometimes literally by one individual. Continue reading

Leading and Lagging Countries in Contributing to a Sustainable Society

To what extent companies contribute to a sustainable society is a question increasingly important, not only to the companies themselves, but also to investors, the countries they do business in, and civil society in general. But it is a difficult question to answer, with standards just now emerging in the form of “integrated reports” that help companies disclose corporate sustainability efforts just as they do financial data. Continue reading

“Equity” is part of Sustainable Development: Analysis of Policy Link & “Community Mapping”

The term “sustainability” has become a catch phrase for business, government, and non-profits to improve brand image, acquire funding, and pursue ambitious projects. Yet “sustainability initiatives” often neglect to include the public in designing proposals and implementing projects. When organizations apply top-down client based solutions, they fail to advance social justice or empower citizens to be part of the community building process. This greatly undermines the “sustainability” of the effort and does not lead to equitable development. Continue reading