America is in the midst of a new revolution. But this revolution is quiet, incremental, nonviolent, and traveling beneath the mainstream media’s radar. The new American revolution challenges the current notions of dog-eat-dog capitalism — through the building of a parallel economic system that shares, cooperates, empowers, and benefits fellow workers and community members.
Archive for July, 2011
Rich, famous guy encourages young scientists to consider the needs of the poorest in deciding what to do for their life’s work
“I admonish you to consider the needs of the poorest in the work that you do,” [Bill Gates] told the scientists. “The advances there will be particularly important in coming years and without your attention they will not take place.” Gates made his comments following his induction into the honorary senate of the Foundation of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.
She was just an average thirteen-year-old girl, until overnight her awkward dancing in the background of Rebecca Black’s “Friday” video made her a target of near-universal derision on the Internet…When Benni Cinkle finally responded to the attention and began answering questions, the hordes anticipating more lulz at her expense did a 180, surprised to themselves interacting with a gracious, humble person with a sense of humor about herself. In the months since, Cinkle’s website, That Girl in Pink, has become a launchpad for her charitable works.
The news media has a filtering process that only lets the bad stuff through. When they do break up the monotony with something lighthearted, it’s always something pointless and inconsequential, like that thing recently with the monkey that learned to fly a helicopter. But there actually is good news out there — on some of the big issues of the day, no less.
For all his star power, though, Damon is more than just the pretty face of Water.org. He has turned himself into a development expert. This would seem like an obvious and necessary first step for someone embracing the global water crisis as a personal mission. But, in fact, it’s highly unusual for a celebrity to dive this deep into a problem this daunting. Whether talking microfinance strategy with rural bankers, giving detailed reports from the field at the annual Clinton Global Initiative, or personally thanking donors like PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, Damon has quietly developed the cred of a program geek.
Get Your Minimum Required Dose of Beauty: fairy tale land on the border of Germany and the Czech Republic
A decade ago, in a moment of inspiration, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority stumbled on a way to help the environment and its own bottom line: donating retired subway trains to the little-known cause of creating artificial reefs.
USAA, CVS Caremark, Costco, UnitedHealth Group and Berkshire Hathaway are among the few multi-billion dollar American corporations that actually pay their fair share of taxes and don’t hide their money offshore.
…if you combined the federal tax receipts of just these five corporations, that accounts for more than $7 billion. Theoretically, that money paid for 175,000 teachers at $40,000 a year, or for the guaranteed healthcare for sick and injured 9/11 first responders outlined in the Zadroga bill.