Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Solid Foundations

"If you actually made a difference, I think that's the greatest reward and the best testimony to your life."

Wise words from Doris Buffett, sister of Warren Buffett and founder of her own self-funded charitable organization, Sunshine Lady Foundation.

Doris Buffett was at Cornell University recently and eClips was fortunate enough to catch up with her and capture some of her wonderful words for our collection. To hear the full context from Buffett's quote, listen to the eClip.

Another recent addition to eClips is a lecture from Joanne Florino, Executive Director of the Triad Foundation. She recently spoke on both the background and current challenges facing charitable organizations. To hear more about what Florino had to say, check out her comments in eClips.

Apparently, eClips is not alone in our interest in charitable organizations. In the May 7, 2007 edition of Forbes, Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation, wrote an article entitled The Charity Chain. In the article, Gregorian states the need for big foundations to band together to address global needs. He ends the article with a comment which is very similar to the one from Buffett - "What is done to improve the lives of human beings is much more important than who is responsible."

Friday, April 20, 2007

Journey To The Top

Karen Katen, Chairman of the Pfizer Foundation and retired Vice Chairman of Pfizer, was recently the Keynote speaker at the 2007 Catalyst Awards Conference. Her keynote was entitled "One Woman's Journey To The Top"

During her lecture, she discusses the current challenges and opportunities facing women in the professional world and also states that her journey to the top was not a solo effort and was possible due to the collaborative efforts of all the women who went before her.

Click here to hear this clip and the rest of Katen's lecture in eClips.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Charity Isn't Always Sweet

Caroline Baillie was the keynote speaker during the Olympus Innovation Awards Ceremony at the 11th Annual NCIIA meeting.

During the lecture, Baillie discussed the importance of educating engineering students about innovation tempered with the concept of social responsibility.

She stated, "Charity generally keeps things the same. Justice means we actually want things to be changed so that there's more equity and when we follow each of those paths, we do different things." While engineering students can be trained to develop new products that could help consumers in developing countries, there also must be economic models in place that drive home the point to these same consumers that this is not a hand-out, but rather their personal investment.

Listen to the above quote from Baillie's lecture in eClips.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Entrepreneurship Education In Action

Burt Swersey, lecturer in Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) was recently awarded the 2007 Olympus Lifetime of Educational Innovation Award.

For the past 18 years, Swersey has taught the ideals and methods of innovation and has served as a role model to students. Many of these students have made significant impacts, either as entrepreneurs or as product designers for well-established companies, accumulating patents and business plan competition awards.

One of these students was John Blackburn, RPI '05, president of BullEx Digital Safety, a company that has developed a novel clean-burning, safe and effective fire extinguisher training system. The invention was sparked in one of Swersey's engineering courses!

eClips was able to interview both of these gentlemen during the 11th Annual NCIIA meeting this past March. Their comments have recently been added to eClips.

Listen to Burt Swersey share thoughts on innovation and entrepreneurship education as Burt speaks with eClips.

Listen to John Blackburn share thoughts on building a startup and share challenges he has experienced as a young entrepreneur as John speaks with eClips.

Interested in hearing more from Burt Swersey? Check out his Innovation Junction blog.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

400 and counting!

eClips just reached a milestone of sorts...we just loaded our 400th case.

eClips now contains over 8000 digital video clips from 400 different interviews, panels and lectures.

If you are new to eClips, come take a look at what we have to offer.

If you are one of our more experienced users, keep coming back - there are always fresh insights being added!