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Conscious Consumerism

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Consumer tastes are notoriously fickle, changing at an ever-faster pace.  

Nonetheless, contributions from the ubiquitous ‘Red’ campaign – Motorola mobile phones, The Independent newspaper, Ipods, credit cards, etc. – recently topped $10 million. 

As yesterday’s reported, Ali Hewson’s Edun ethical fashion range is another recent example. 

Closer to home, Oxfam Ireland launched The Cake Sale: a 9-song CD by a loose and expansive collection of well-known musicians and writers. 

As the trend continues, it seems that like any other business, the companies and charities co-operating in these ventures will have to be both leaders and followers: shaping the direction of campaigns while at the same time adapting to consumer tastes.

20 July 2006

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

There will now be three of us sharing the office, which is good news.

The afternoon finds me attending a hospital appointment for a check-up and a blood test at Temple Street Children’s hospital in Dublin.

There is building work going on, and there are a few new wings since I was last there. There is an LCD television in the blood test waiting room and a ride-on tractor and car in the metabolic unit waiting room. There is even a machine to test my blood pressure, to save staff having to squeeze a little air pump, like they used to do.

The dieticians have almost become salespeople – telling me about new foods and drinks that are now available on prescription. There are even low protein ready meals available now, which understandably, I would have to pay for.

Looking at the hospital’s website, however, even they have to raise funds for various machines and equipment they require. This is something of a surprise to me, given that this is a major children’s hospital in one of the richest countries in the world.

I canonly imagine the conditions that a hospital in Basra has to cope with in comparison. How would the staff and patients of Temple Street cope in their situation?

I also wonder if they would in some way be prepared to help a far-away hospital with which they have something in common if only the basic fact that both are children’s hospitals?