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09-21-14: The People’s Barbaric Yawp

09-21-14: The People’s Barbaric Yawp

With marching bands and costumed bicyclists and a 30-foot papier mache figure representing Mother Earth, the People’s Climate March felt as exuberant as a parade at times. Yet the 400,000 of us who gathered in New York City on September 21 were on a very serious mission: tell the world leaders gathering for the UN … Continue reading

Humility, Not Technology

Humility, Not Technology

From the Good Intentions file comes another story about well-meaning entrepreneurs in the developed world trying to “do something good” for people in the Global South. Sadly, the results are predictable. This time, the do-gooders are the team at Uncharted Play, who designed Soccket, a soccer ball that harnesses kinetic energy to power small appliances. … Continue reading

Gratitude: A List

Gratitude: A List

Thanksgiving, for all its complex and controversial history, is one of my two favorite American holidays, and the official act of giving thanks is something that I think shouldn’t be restricted to one day a year. So putting that in practice, I started free writing on gratitude. Here is a partial list of what and … Continue reading

Social Entrepreneurship and Self-Discovery

Social Entrepreneurship and Self-Discovery

Casting about on the interwebs on an entirely different task the other day, I came across this thought-provoking post by Lara Galinsky of Echoing Green on social entrepreneurship. Given the immense popularity of social entrepreneurship and Echoing Green’s role in promoting it, I was intrigued that Galinsky took on the task of examining its shadow … Continue reading

The Up Side of an Upside Down World

Like a lot of people, in the last couple of weeks I’ve felt the mixture of disappointment and indifference that UN climate change summits tend to elicit these days. With the failure of governments to come to a binding agreement on greenhouse gas reduction at Rio+20 and the silence of major media outlets in reporting … Continue reading

What’s Writing Got to Do with It?

I remember once upon a time having a conversation with a board member for an organization for whom I was working. I suppose he assumed that I had a degree in sociology or international relations. After I explained the career journey that started with a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing, he gave me … Continue reading