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Introducing the Committee of 100

Tang Introducing the Committee of 100

The Committee of 100 (C100) was formed in June 1989 by a group of Chinese-Americans, many of them leading figures, to start a dialogue on how to save US-China relations. Fifty to sixty people assembled at the studio of I.M. Pei to devise a strategy. Six key people outlined the principles and goals of the organization. Henry S. Tang was one of them.

Front Line NGOs in China: Challenges and Success Stories

holly Front Line NGOs in China: Challenges and Success Stories

Golden Bridges is dedicated to building sustainable capacity of China’s NGO sector. The society’s needs are not always fully addressed by the government nor the private sector so the “civil society” requires people and community based efforts to focus on a broad range of human needs. Holly talks about challenges faced by front line NGOs in China, including competition from the government and an unclear and undeveloped legal system.

Social Entrepreneurship in China: Main Trends and Startup Advice

Hladin Social Entrepreneurship in China: Main Trends and Startup Advice

Mihela and Chris discuss current and future social entrepreneurship trends in China. Much like the development of internet usage in China, concepts like sustainable development and social entrepreneurship were relatively unknown 5 years ago, but thanks to efforts by major celebrities and grassroots NGOs, awareness is growing steadily and quickly. Mihela and Chris argue that social entrepreneurship is a method to contribute to positive social change in China.

Lessons on Ecological Rehabilitation From the Loess Plateau

John D Liu Lessons on Ecological Rehabilitation From the Loess Plateau

The Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP) documented a decade long World Bank project located in the north central China Loess Plateau, which dramatically and successfully transformed an area larger than Belgium from a totally devastated wasteland into a fully functional eco-system. This experience is now being transferred from China to successful national and local efforts in Africa in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. The UNEP and other organizations are cooperating to share this knowledge globally.

China is Trying Hard to be a Positive Environmental Example to Other Countries

Wu Changhua China is Trying Hard to be a Positive Environmental Example to Other Countries

Ms. Wu talks about China’s strategy to balance economic growth with sustainable development.  As the world’s most populous country and foremost exporter, China faces a difficult challenge to prevent its economic miracle from turning into an environmental tragedy. She emphasizes China’s efforts to reduce its carbon emissions, and its success in keeping a rather ambitious schedule in switching to alternative energy.  In this way, the giant of the east sets an example for other countries around the world.

Searching For Status: NGOs in China

Jia Xijin Searching For Status: NGOs in China

Professor Jia Xijin discusses the environment for NGOs in China. Unlike many developed nations, NGOs in China lack a clear legal status. This means that there are a variety of bureaucratic obstacles to their operation, with “service providers” generally having it easier than “advocacy organizations”. Professor Jia discusses some of those obstacles, as well as the creative ways NGOs in China have been able to circumvent them.

Making Positive Change Happen in China: The Roots & Shoots Program in China

Erika Helms Making Positive Change Happen in China: The Roots & Shoots Program in China

Recent Chinese history is marked by mass campaigns.  Mass campaigns to industrialize, mass campaigns to expand the economy, but a mass campaign to restore the balance of nature is still forthcoming.  Rather than wait, the Jane Goodall Institute China has taken up the reigns in this campaign to educate China's youth through the Roots & Shoots program. Ms. Helms hopes that knowledge of the environment will spread virally from child to parent and from school to community.

An Overview of the Third Sector in Greater China

Mark Sidel An Overview of the Third Sector in Greater China

Iowa Law School Professor Mark Sidel provides a detailed overview of the third sector (civil society/NGO sector) in Greater China and discusses emerging trends such as the impact of the economic downturn in charitable giving and volunteering, innovation in social entrepreneurship and the increased flow of philanthropic capital across borders, particularly across the Taiwan Strait.

Lessons on Ecological Rehabilitation: Part 4

John D. Liu 1

The Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP) documented a decade long World Bank project located in the north central China Loess Plateau, which dramatically and successfully transformed an area larger than Belgium from a totally devastated wasteland into a fully functional eco-system. This experience is now being transferred from China to successful national and local efforts in Africa in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. The UNEP and other organizations are cooperating to share this knowledge globally.

Lessons on Ecological Rehabilitation: Part 3

John D. Liu 3

The Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP) documented a decade long World Bank project located in the north central China Loess Plateau, which dramatically and successfully transformed an area larger than Belgium from a totally devastated wasteland into a fully functional eco-system. This experience is now being transferred from China to successful national and local efforts in Africa in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. The UNEP and other organizations are cooperating to share this knowledge globally.

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