Monthly Archives: December 2011

Should we “Occupy Exxon”?

But I do have two concerns about picketing gas stations: First, the impact on the poor shlubs–local business owners–who bought the wrong franchise. I don’t know if there’s an easy way to target those stations that are corporate-owned rather than locally owned. And second,

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One Author Fights Back Against Amazon’s Latest Stab IN The Back

This is a guest post by Edward Hasbrouck, author of The Practical Nomad, in a rebuttal to Amazon’s latest blow against independent bookstores: getting its customers to spy on them for price checks and then buy online. Remember: when big

Posted in Business Ethics, General Commentary, Marketing Techniques and Philosophies, Marketing Trends/News, People Helping People, Publishing, Uncategorized

Cars Aren’t the Only Things to Share

Plenty of us older folks who know a good thing when they see it. I’ve been lifelong practitioner of this sort of approach, and a public advocate all the way back to at least 1995, when I published my fourth book, The Penny-Pinching Hedonist. I’m turning 55 on Saturday, and here are some among many sharing experiences I’ve had over the years:

Posted in Abundance and Prosperity, Demographics/Psychographics, Energy & Sustainability, Frugality/Frugal Fun, Green Business, Marketing Trends/News, People Helping People, Shel's Personal Life Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

Brag: First Business to Earn Green America Gold Certification

I received notification that I (as the human face of am the very first business in the country to be certified by Green America at the Gold level (which was a fairly arduous process involving several reviews of an extensive questionnaire covering socially responsible investing, supply chain, commitment to social and economic justice, and, of course,environmental benchmarks, among other things).

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The Best Sustainability Tip Wins a $1299 Multifunction Printer

Now through Monday morning at 6 a.m., youhave a chance to enter a contest for a brand new Dell Dell 3335dn multifunction printer, which not only prints two-sided at high resolution from any computer on our network, but also scans,

Posted in Abundance and Prosperity, Energy & Sustainability, Green Business

Dear Democrats: Stop Enabling GOP Bullying

If you give bullies what they want, they feel empowered, and they trample you again, and they go out and find new victims, Every parent knows this.

Yet apparently, the Democratic Party doesn’t understand this reality.

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U.S. Solar Industry Posts Best Quarter Ever

Good article in Renewable Energy World, showing that despite such setbacks as Solyndra, solar is actually a pretty solid player these days. In fact, for the first time ever, the U.S. solar industry installed more than a gigawatt of new

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Occupy the Food System, by John M.Gerber

Good essay from my colleague in the next town, whose path crossed mine because we both write for the same website in Australia, on how we locally-minded consumers can take back control of the food system.

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Ron Paul Goes Street-Smart

Who would have expected this ad from quiet, quirky Ron Paul? It’s edgy, active, engaging and very young-seeming. And it makes a very bold promise. His son Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s influence, perhaps? NOTE: sharing this ad is not in

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Denmark’s Audacious Goal: 100 percent Renewable Energy by 2050

don’t break out the champagne just yet. Denmark plans to replace coal and oil with a large percentage of biofuels. While biofuels are renewable, they are not always clean. Wood-burning, in particular, can contribute massively toward pollution and carbon emissions

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