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melissa_a on 2011-12-12The TWIGA foundation is a consulting group in Bosie, Idaho which is “dedicated to being a voice for family consciousness to strengthen each individual’s commitment to themselves, their family, their work-life, and their community”. They seem to have many affiliations and programs, from “Block Fest”, basically an advertisement for a kit which helps families teach their children cause and effect, and basic logic, math, and science skills, to affiliations with “Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free Foundation” and the “Alfred P. Sloan Foundation”. They basically thrive on the consulting services offered to businesses who desire to be more family friendly and offer more flexibility in the employee’s work schedules. This foundation can basically be hired by companies to help them become more family-friendly by measuring their employees needs and the company’s needs, helping establish telecommuting employee programs, health and wellness programs, etc. Apparently “twiga” is Swahili for giraffe, their mascot of sorts, because giraffes apparently “are keenly aware of and protective of their young”, “have the largest hearts of all land mammals”, and “are the tallest animals in the world and exemplify great vision”. The website is really very attractive and well-laid out and appears welcoming, friendly, and trusting. At first, I found it difficult to find out exactly what they “do”, because there is so much “warm and fuzzy” information about helping families and promoting healthy, balanced lifestyles that I wasn’t sure how the foundation was really accomplishing until I noticed the “Consulting Services” tab. The website is definitely intended for employers, and the foundation basically pulls together resources from here and there to provide consulting services for these employers/companies. While it sounds like a nice concept, honestly, if I were an employer I probably wouldn’t be too interested in paying for their servi
melissa_a on 2011-12-12Too long again... here is the rest:
While it sounds like a nice concept, honestly, if I were an employer I probably wouldn’t be too interested in paying for their services because it really seems like a few people with business management degrees spent some time pulling together other foundation’s resources and partnered with many others and probably charge a lot of money to do some testing/polling and provide recommendations.