To weep is to show true compassion, to sympathize with the plight of the less fortunate, to devote ourselves not just financially but also emotionally and whole-heartedly. To act on this is to show true mercy. This is the central message behind the theme of the 2015 State and Pastoral Visit to the Philippines of His Holiness Pope Francis, "Mercy and Compassion", and perhaps his entire papacy itself.
Good evening, dear readers on The Daily Aloy and the CSR Learner's Corner! After much technical-related delays, I am happy to announce that my column of editorials on the CSR Learner's Corner, The Librarian's, has now been successfully migrated to The Daily Aloy. From now on, all CSR Learner's Corner readers can expect to view my editorial column, which… Continue reading Announcement: CSR Learner’s Corner editorials now up on TDA
This is a repost of "Why Talk About Education and CSR?" an article written by Mr. J. Anton Yap, the Executive Vice-President of the Benita & Catalino Yap Foundation. Hyperlink is mine. Education has always been central in the spread of an idea to go from a small group of individuals to the general population. In… Continue reading Repost: Why Talk About Education and CSR?
I would like to give a shout-out to Ms. Noreen Bautista, program officer of ISED, who turns 25 today. Happy birthday, Noreen! 🙂 Dear readers, On Monday, 29 September 2014, CSR Bookshelf’s parent organization, the Benita & Catalino Yap Foundation (BCYF), is holding the 4th Philippine Conference on Research in CSR. It’s our flagship event,… Continue reading Of the 4th Philippine Conference on Research in CSR, and Research
Good evening, dear readers! So we've been building up the research spirit through the overhaul of this Bookshelf in appearance and content (trivia: if you haven't see it below, my theme is based on the "Academica Theme" - very apt, wouldn't you say?), including the things I write every Monday evening. Now you may be… Continue reading Making Research a Lifestyle
Good evening, dear readers! You may have noticed something as you browse through this library, especially in the Wikipedia and journals sections. While this library's name is CSR Bookshelf, and thus focuses on CSR research (CSR Bookshelf is connected with BCYF's CSR World department, but not the Institute for Social Enterprise and Development [ISED] department), we… Continue reading 2 things for a true learner to know.
Whenever I'm asked about the work I do - or whenever I, say, invite someone to an event of ours - I usually end up creating more questions than answers (leading the people asking me to give polite nods of understanding instead) or being stereotyped as an NGO worker who would not earn a lot in… Continue reading Sealed with a Kiss.
Though it may never be possible to fully come to a universal, infallible truth about a matter, doing research can clear the way enough that at least confusion is dispelled. The more written output about something resemble each other, the more it is likely they depict what we think to be the truth - again, based on objective analysis and evaluation.
Whenever I come across anything about CSR in any of its forms on the Internet (which remains to be my primary source of news), I usually get mixed feelings. On the one hand, I get angels singing in my head that something nice has been done. On the other hand, I also think that some of the… Continue reading Nielsen: PH with Most Socially Conscious Consumers; and My Reflections Thereof
Guess who's back! After forcing myself to take a month-long sick "leave" (as I really got sick for three weeks), and working on other matters, the weekly editorials are here again to serve as this amateur serial reformist's insights into how we can use a CSR 3.0-based education to achieve social change. 🙂 I read BBC News… Continue reading Patriotism Marrying Art and Science
Lately, I've been thinking about what I've read in the book I'm currently reading, Conscious Capitalism by John Mackey and Raj Sisodia. It preaches that in true conscious capitalism - or, in our case, true social enterprise - the poorer can get richer without the rich needing to get poorer. It is truly a matter of… Continue reading Of Commitment and Perspective
In BCYF's model, CSR 3.0 - personal CSR - is seen as a prerequisite to starting, sustaining, developing, and scaling a true social enterprise (which in itself is CSR 2.0), for the individual cannot profess to be an agent of social change through their organization if they themself do not possess the passion for the common good.… Continue reading Let’s get down to business.
"Four popes in one ceremony is a fantastic thing to see and to be at, because it is history being written in our sight." Those were the words said by Polish pilgrim Dawid Halfar, only yesterday. The venue? Vatican City. The occasion? The canonization of two of the most prominent Popes of the twentieth century,… Continue reading Of the Church and BCYF, or How the Church Always Had It Right
For the past two weeks, I wrote for the need of a revolutionized educational system in general where social responsibility is like the backbone or lifeblood of the curriculum. Tonight, I'm taking a look at the presence of social responsibility in part of the curriculum I took up. Specifically, I'm reflecting on the Ateneo de… Continue reading Humanities for Humanity: A Reflection
Going abroad can give you a whole new perspective, if you choose to let it so. Sometimes, these musings translate into disgust at your current perspective, resulting in things like continuous raging at how incompetent or ineffective something is (I admit I do so a lot) - I'm sure you'll be able to relate. But… Continue reading A New Education – Part Two
Last week, after securing my Human ♥ Nature customers' orders in their flagship store along Commonwealth Avenue, I decided to spend a little time in the upstairs Enchanted Farm Café before I delivered the orders. If it were just another restaurant, I wouldn’t dawdle anymore, so that I could get home and back to work,… Continue reading A New Education
I mentioned previously that my first BCYF event was the 3rd Philippine Conference on Research in CSR, where I came as Ms. Noreen Bautista's volunteer. However, due to a series of events, the spotlight was suddenly cast on me as, at the last minute, I was convinced to become a panelist for the penultimate lecture of… Continue reading A Reaction to Dr. Raul Sunico’s “Arts and Culture as Areas for CSR Involvement”
To BCYF, living out their CSR 3.0 is all part of their ultimate goal: to keep true to their faith in God. As my recent posts in this Serial and even the Learnings from His Holiness section imply or state, true love for God cannot be limited to literally just between Him and me, as a love for… Continue reading A Call from Heaven
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. - Matthew 6:33 (NASB) I remember this verse due to a frequent Alleluia hymn we sing in Mass. I find it one of the best statements proclaiming the need to place our faith in God, and what will… Continue reading Weekly Grace: 23 February 2014
To the CSR 3.0 practitioner or social entrepreneur out there, you may find yourself asking, "Why am I doing this?" For some of us, we may ask why we are trading off the chance to earn a six-digit figure every month, or why we need to exert the additional effort to properly segregate what is… Continue reading Live your CSR: Live your purpose
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me. - Psalm 23:4 [excerpt] (ESV) This is my favorite verse from the Bible. It evokes some themes or motifs I love - nature, travel, the fight between good and evil, and God. But… Continue reading Weekly Grace: 16 February 2014
"C-S-R? B-C-Y-Foundation? Ano 'yun [What's that]? So, what exactly do you do?" This is the most common reaction I get from people, in particular family and family friends, whenever I respond to that dread-filling question, "You've already graduated, right? What do you do now?" To us recent graduates (take note, Class of 2013: we're no longer "fresh"… Continue reading Interdependence and Community, or Why I Feel Misunderstood Whenever I Explain My Work
And above all these [compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, bearing, and forgiving] put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. - Colossians 3:14, 12-3 (ESV) God, He who is Love, invites us to make love the cornerstone of our lives. When we make love the motive for everything we do, everything will… Continue reading Weekly Grace: 9 February 2014
Welcome to CSR Bookshelf! As a project of BCYF, our intent is to assist those from within and without our foundation by having a readily available resource that covers the various aspects of CSR. Though mainly intended for the newly interested, CSR Bookshelf nonetheless hopes to cover all the bases of this topic, such as:… Continue reading A Message from the BCYF Chairman
The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. - 1 John 4:8 (NASB) As we enter February, that month of love, of Valentine's Day, let us remember to always make love the cornerstone of every single thing, deed, word, action, and thought that we come up with. The very… Continue reading Weekly Grace: 2 February 2014
This week, Chinese-Filipinos - and Chinese all across the world - are preparing for the most important festival in their calendar - the Lunar New Year. It is called such because the East Asians observe a calendar based on the phases of the Moon (unlike the Gregorian and preceding Julian calendars, which are based on the… Continue reading Gongxi Facai!
Your own specific task, and the special responsibility given to you by the Lord is to find your own sanctification in the world, and to sanctify the world and transform it so that this world becomes more and more God’s world, God’s kingdom, where his will is done as it is in heaven. - Catholic… Continue reading Pray. Love. Live.
Today is the New Year according to the Julian Calendar, the calendar that had been in use prior to today's Gregorian Calendar. So I wish you a Happy New Year, dear readers and visitors! My name is Allister Roy S. Chua, but you can call me Aloy. I've been in the business of business for others… Continue reading Happy New Year! Happy New You!