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Connect & Collaborate with ICOSA - ARZU Studio Hope

Connect & Collaborate with ICOSA - ARZU Studio Hope

May 25, 2013

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A beautiful solution to a life-long challenge in Afghanistan. How to provide sustainable income to Afghan women with few skills and fewer options. Enter Connie Duckworth. 

Shortly after she retired from a distinguished career, a friend called Connie to say she’d put her name, “…in for something.” Something was a bi-partisan commission for Afghan women, and the State Department was looking for a business representative. Connie was inspired.

It took some stops and starts, but eventually it was clear that they should capitalize on the Afghan women’s incredible rug weaving skills, which just happens to be the only culturally acceptable paid work for women there, and target a socially-conscience consumer market.

ARZU Studio Hope was born. Duckworth talks about the challenges, successes, and flat-out serendipity surrounding this wonderful organization, on this special repeat presentation of Connect & Collaborate with ICOSA. 

You’ll also find Jan Mazotti’s interview with Connie Duckworth in the Winter 2012 issue of ICOSA Magazine (Volume 4 Issue 4 /Page 86)

Learn more about Arzu Studio Hope and the beautiful work they do – visit their website at where you can order beautiful rugs for your home or business with confidence that your money is doing good.

To learn more about our show tune in Saturday at 10:00 AM on KNUS 710 – or download our podcast.

Connect and Collaborate with ICOSA - Sustainability for SMES

Connect and Collaborate with ICOSA - Sustainability for SMES

May 18, 2013

Icosa Magazine

Sometimes sustainability practices can seem a bit out of reach for smaller companies. Without staff dedicated to researching energy efficient light bulbs, or employee-friendly health plans, some of the efforts a business would like to make, must be pushed aside just to get business done.

Martha Young and Graham Russell are creating a blueprint of sorts for small and mid-sized companies to manage their own sustainability without reinventing the wheel. They’ve created to gather and share some of the best practices for sustainability.

As our guests for Connect & Collaborate this week, they explain that sustainabilty is not philantropy.  Rather, it’s looking after the things upon which your business depends, as well as making a contribution to conserving the natural resources we all depend upon.

Sustainability means organizing and conducting business activities in such a way that the negative impact is reduced to a minimum or eliminated entirely. It starts with using resources more effieceiently, trying to use fewer natural resources and raw materials to achieve the same level of output.

Learn more about sustainability for SMEs by visiting, take the survey and look for results.

And of course, listen to the entire Connect & Collaborate program this Saturday at 10:00 AM onKNUS 710 – or download our podcast – you’ll find it at the top of this article.

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