The Research Design Associates Blog

2012

Saudi Arabia has continued economic growth

Recently Saudi Arabia again touted its continued economic growth during a seminar in the UK. Opportunities are in the housing sector. The Kingdom projects a shortage in housing of 1.2 million homes. To alleviate the shortage the Kingdom has allocated $1.2 billion for the construction of 500,000 homes this coming year. Comparing this to the United States it is little less than a month supply of new homes in the entire country. Considering the size and density of the country this is very robust growth rate.

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12.23.2012

All Amendments Created Equal

Voters must hold your elected officials accountable for public policy action that comprehensively addresses the intersection of rights, mental illness and weapon possession. The status quo is unacceptable and our elected leaders must understand that reality. Interdisciplinary cooperation between those charged with law enforcement and those who provide services to the mentally ill has to be supported by integrated public policy. Only then can intervention reduce the risk of lethal violent outbursts from those suffering from mental illness. This is going got infringe on “rights” and increase health care costs. But these monies should be measured the dear costs of those in Newtown, CT, Colorado or yet to occur massacres in public space.

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12.19.2012

We Have to Diminish the Lethality

We must hold our elected officials accountable for leading public policy discussion, action, and comprehensive progress toward addressing mass violence in our community space. The tragedy of the school shootings in Connecticut has muted partisan rhetoric for a few days. Now is the time to require our elected officials to step back from politics, pause incessant campaigning, mute special interest groups and stop fundraising until the policy addressing mass violence is enacted.

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12.17.2012

The Sales Murder Mystery

Are you serious about killing sales performance in your organization? Here are the top 10 fool proof methods for killing your sales team’s performance.

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12.9.2012

So what do Football and Sales have in common?

Just like your favorite football team, your sales team’s performance is greatly dependent on how well you lay out the game strategy for your team. Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that your team’s performance is not important. Your team has to be good enough to even qualify for the playoffs before they can win the game. But to get to the top, you need a combination of great sales people and, an even better sales strategy.

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12.2.2012




Throwing the Innovation Incubator Out With the Dirty Immigration Bathwater

For more than 3 centuries talented immigrants have contributed to the US’s greatness. At a time when we are not producing enough home grown talent, we are no longer attracting the best and the brightest from around the world. Short-sighted post 9/11 immigration laws have caused a brain drain of people who came to the US legally but cannot obtain a H1B visa (or green card) to allow them to work, start companies, employ Americans and innovate. The visa system is broken and the impact this has had on skilled immigrants threatens our future capacity to innovate.

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11.18.2012

We Elected Them

A few months into President Obama’s first term Republican leaders in Congress openly stated that their #1 goal was to deny him a second term. In the process, they denied the American electorate a functioning government. Nice work! Yet the Republican leadership could not have caused the divide without many legislators and citizens drawing ideological lines in the sand. While the goal of denying Obama a second term failed, we are stuck with the residual ideologically rigid non-functioning government that has yet to step up to the task of functionally addressing the country’s problem.

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11.12.2012

GIIRS: A New Standard for Socially Responsible Investing

Global Impact Investing Ratings Service is yet another brilliant, direction setting mechanism developed by the B Lab – the same socially conscious minds that brought you B corporations. B Lab has translated the values and standards used to evaluate B corporations into an assessment tool to help investors, fund managers, and small to mid-size corporations. Companies, foundations, and funds are rated on their social and environmental impact and receive from one to 5 stars. The most recent quarterly report shows 140 companies in developed markets and 128 on developing markets are GIIRs rated

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11.3.2012

B Corporations: Redefining Sucess in Business

Businesses holding the certification commit to a social responsibility that is reflected in the customers they serve and in the communities they call home. They aspire to do no harm and to benefit all. For Revolution Foods, it's providing healthy school lunches and nutrition education. Certified B Corporations use the power of business to solve environmental and social problems. The movement has attracted over 600 companies in 15 countries,

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10.21.2012