Issue 034 / The Vehicle of the Future, Slow Fashion Summer & What Google’s AI Principles Left Out

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This Week's Five Links

What Google's AI Principles Left Out — Bloomberg
Last week, Google released new artificial intelligence (AI) guidelines after thousands of employees campaigned against its controversial drone project with the Pentagon. It’s a first step, but is it enough? As algorithms exert more control over our lives, ethical AI is a growing concern that companies like Google need to take more seriously, including through external engagement.  

Coke Claims to Give Back As Much Water As It Uses. An Investigation Shows It Isn’t Even Close — The Verge
To tout its water conservation initiatives, Coca-Cola came up with the tagline, “For every drop we use, we give one back.” Sounds great — if only it were true. Coke only factored in the water used in the soda bottle itself, but left out the water used throughout its supply chain, which has a significantly greater impact. It’s a lesson for all CSR professionals, both of the need to be comprehensive with impact mapping and not to lose touch with the facts when crafting those catchy one-liners.

Black Plastic Is Killing the Planet. It’s Time to Stop Using It — Fast Company Design
Black plastic is harmful for a surprising reason: recycling. A lot of it gets sent to landfill because the sensors at recycling plants are bad at detecting it. So the black plastic that does get recycled tends to come from e-waste, which contains harmful toxins. When this toxic plastic gets recycled into things like takeout containers, it’s a big problem. The bottom line? Small choices, even around things like color, matter.

The Vehicle of the Future Has Two Wheels, Handlebars, and Is a Bike — WIRED
The future of transportation is exciting: solar-powered roads, autonomous vehicles, flying cars, the bicycle. Yes, the humble bike. Thanks to new technologies like RFID, GPS, Bluetooth and mobile-payment systems, the bicycle is going high-tech and enabling cities to become smarter through initiatives like dockless bike-sharing.

80,000 Hours
This free resource gives practical, evidence-based advice on how to do the most good throughout your career — all 80,000 hours of it. The entire guide is worth exploring, but we want to call attention to this section that outlines how anyone can make a difference, regardless of their career path.


The bike-tech revolution reminds us that innovation isn’t always about the totally new. It’s often just as powerful to blend a robust, old tool that works well with a bit of new tech to make it better.
— From The Vehicle of the Future Has Two Wheels, Handlebars, and Is a Bike (WIRED)

Spotlight: Slow Fashion Summer

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Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world and our obsession with new clothes is costing the planet. For instance, producing one cotton shirt requires 2,700 liters of water, which is the amount a person drinks in three years. And the industry creates 1.2 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually, which is more than international flights and shipping combined.

This summer, take action — or rather, inaction. Join Collaction’s Slow Fashion Summer campaign and commit to not buy any new clothes from June 21st to September 21st. 

We only wear 20% of our wardrobes, so take a summer trip into your closet to rediscover long-lost favorites. You can also buy secondhand or trade with a friend. 

Sign the pledge by June 20th and join the Facebook group to swap tips, tricks and clothes.


Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

Arabella Advisors — Program Assistant (Chicago, IL)
Beautycounter — Manager, Sustainability & Giving (Santa Monica, CA)
Belazu Ingredient Company — Charity & CSR Coordinator (London, UK)
Chalhoub Group — Corporate Social Responsibility Executive (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Economic Security Project — Administrative Associate (San Francisco, CA)
Farmer’s Fridge — Financial Analyst (Chicago, IL)
Next Street — Senior Analyst (Location Flexible)
Salary Finance — Team Assistant (Boston, MA)

Mid-Career

Fair Food Network — Digital Strategist (Ann Arbor or Detroit, MI)
Center for Child Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility — Director of Service and Product, Southeast Asia (Hong Kong)
Center for Court Innovation — Senior Project Manager, Technology (New York, NY)
General Mills — Sustainability Senior Analyst (Berkeley, CA)
Global Fund to End Modern Slavery — Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Manager (Asia, flexible)
LinkedIn — Global Employee Programs & Strategy Manager, Social Impact (San Francisco, CA)
Lyft — Social Impact Manager (San Francisco, CA)
Microsoft — Business Program Manager, Tech for Social Impact (Redmond, WA)
Organic Cotton Accelerator — Program Officer (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
PVH Corp — Corporate Responsibility, Systems Manager (New York, NY)
Starbucks — Senior Project Manager, Research & Innovation (Seattle, WA)
Swarovski — Sustainability Manager (London, UK)
The World Bank — Social Development Specialist (Yangon, Myanmar)
Who Gives A Crap — Growth Marketing Manager, Paid Social (Los Angeles, CA)

Experienced

Autodesk — Industry Marketing Manager, AEC Sustainability (San Francisco, CA)
Califia Farms — Senior Manager, Experiential Marketing (Los Angeles, CA)
Fair Trade USA — Supply Chain Director, CPG (Oakland, CA)
Hilton — Director, Corporate Responsibility, Asia Pacific (Singapore)
ICTI Ethical Toy Program — Program Director, Asia Operations (Hong Kong)
IDEO.org — Partnership Lead (New York, NY)
Ketchum Digital — Vice President, CSR/Purpose (New York, NY)
LEGO — PlayDay Programme Director (Billund, Denmark)
PayPal — Director, ESG Reporting Lead (San Jose, CA)
The Fresh Market — Director of Communications and Community (Greensboro, NC)


This newsletter is curated by Jessica Marati Radparvar, with support from content strategist Ysabel Yates and jobs board curator Danielle Vermeer. If you like it, please consider sharing it!