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September 23, 2009

Team Building for Good

In past issues, we have discussed the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and its value in internal and external marketing. We have also reported teambuilding activities increase productivity and retention. Now, there is a company that helps organizations accomplish both goals---simultaneously.

Teambonding is a corporate team building company on the leading edge. They have over 75 unique, customizable programs breaking new ground in many areas. Innovators of scavenger hunts, culinary team building, and military care programs, Teambonding is the vision of founder and owner David Goldstein. Working together on activities that reach out to those less-fortunate inspires employees and cultivates a sense of camaraderie that enhances morale long after the missions are completed.

Here are some of the programs available from this cutting edge company:
Beehive Building: Beginning with a delightful scavenger hunt, teams construct beehive frames, ultimately donated to an enterprising women’s cooperative in Mexicali, Mexico. The cooperative has embraced beekeeping as a way to generate income for its families.

Charity Bike Build: Armed with wrenches and enthusiasm some teammates race to construct bicycles for needy children. At the same time, other members are navigating fun, innovative puzzles and challenges to earn enough “money” for purchasing the last crucial parts needed to make their team’s bike the first off the line. Imagine the energy that fills the room when the children, typically ages 8-12, show up to claim their first bicycles!

Go GREEN Racing showcases the importance of recycling, alternative energy, and green transportation, while making a contribution to the local community.

Operation Military Care (by far our favorite) is an engaging team-building activity that leads up to the final challenge----the assembly of care packages for our military heroes!

Whenever possible, the staff from the benefiting organization is there to receive the donations and convey their appreciation. Teambonding is a great way to build teams---while giving back to the community!

Our forecast is that visionaries like Goldstein will create more ground-breaking programs worldwide to support companies that want to give back to their communities and bond employees to their organizations. CSR is a global issue! For more information, visit

Special thanks to Peter Shankman for calling this organization to our attention.

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