Social Responsibility Day Seeks National Impact, Virtually; Free-Public-Access by Webcast or Phone -- Diverse Opportunities for Public Service

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A unique national gathering is scheduled for September 26 to bring people across the country together -- virtually -- in making a difference for the future. Social Responsibility Day will feature business, civic, environmental, and policy leaders on an array of public interest topics. How the public is affected and how people from all walks of life can make a difference is the focus.

Think about the possibilities if we do even more!

Business, civic, environmental, and policy leaders from across the country will be featured in a unique virtual event about making a difference for the future. Scheduled for September 26th, Social Responsibility Day is about informing the public on important issues of the day and practical ways by which individuals, organizations and communities can contribute for a better future.

The event is a one-of-a-kind national gathering and includes a variety of programs available at no-charge to the public. All that is needed to take part is Internet access or a phone. On-demand replays will be available for those who miss live Tele-Webcasts.

Volunteerism, green practices, civic engagement, community leadership, mentoring, ethics, democracy, family connections, environmental stewardship, business best practices and a host of other topics will be included, a menu of options through which virtually everyone can make a difference.

An interview with Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield is the keynote program, available early in the day, with a one-time-only evening replay. Cohen and Greenfield are co-founders of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream; best-selling authors; and leaders in values-driven business and socially conscious, Win-Win business practices.

Inspired by their leadership in social responsibility, the decision was made to expand the program into a day-long event of interviews and presentations. Also featured are sessions with such notables as:

  • Mary Wilson, President, League of Women Voters U.S.
  • Bob Edgar, President, Common Cause U.S.
  • Wendy Spencer, Executive Director, FL Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service. Appointed by President Bush to national Council for Service and Civic Participation
  • Jack Levine, Founder, 4Generations Institute
  • Carol Browner - Former head of US Environmental Protection Agency. Principal, The Albright Group, LLC, a global strategy firm, Washington, D.C. Chair, National Audubon Society. Speaking on climate change, energy, the environment and growth.
  • John H. Hankinson, Jr., Attorney and Consultant. Former Region IV Administrator, USEPA. On values and spiritual dimensions of environmental action, leadership models, more.
  • Honorable Bob Graham - Former long-time head, U.S. Senate Committee on Intelligence. Co-Chair of Congressional Joint Committee tasked with 9/11 investigation. Author, "Intelligence Matters". Founder, Graham Centers for Public Service. On national security and what the public needs to know as participants in the war on terrorism.

All of the sessions have a theme of public service.

The event is being sponsored by the Florida Public Interest Foundation (FPIF). Notes its Founder and Chairperson, Marcia Elder, "the event is a call to action for the public." Adds Elder ... "we can all make an enormous difference if each of us does just one thing." "Think about the possibilities if we do even more!" "This event is about why and how -- why we should and how we can." Elder is organizer for the event.

The program intentionally covers a broad spectrum of topics and illustrates the point that higher standards and better results can be achieved in all walks of life - business, government, home-life and other. Speakers will also show how the public is affected by various issues in ways that many are unaware of - and will dispell the common belief that one person can't make a difference.

Program times are posted on the Foundation Web site, for times zones across the country. Events run from 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM Pacific and 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Eastern. On-demand replays will be made available for all sessions except Ben & Jerry. Web access is through the Foundation Website (Social Responsibility tab on the Home page). Phone access information is noted there for sessions that will also be available by phone.

Additional programs are being scheduled to further inspire public commitment and action, with a special focus on the environment, growth and quality of life. The public can sign up for these sessions through the Web site, also being provided as a public service. Past programs on leadership and other topics are accessible on-line. In addition, public involvement is being encouraged in the Foundation's Youth Leadership Academy.

The Florida Public Interest Foundation is a charitable nonprofit organization that provides an array of services for betterment of the public welfare. Public education and empowerment through technology-based services is a Foundation specialty, enabling it to serve the public without restraint by geographic boundaries. For further information on Foundation programs and services - and on Social Responsibility Day - please see: ForThePublic.org.

Participation of Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield has been made possible through the Greater Talent Network, New York City, New York. The Elizabeth Ordway Dunn Foundation provides support to FPIF for public education on the environment and growth topics.

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