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Why “Popularity Contest” Surveys are Useless

But this kind of survey pushes away the small companies with smaller followings but very green practices (Interface, Timberland, etc.) Only two such companies made the list: Tom’s of Maine and Ben & Jerry’s, and both are owned by much larger companies.

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Will Budweiser’s Gamble Pay Off?

makes Budweiser’s “Born the Hard Way” Superbowl ad so surprising, almost shocking. The football-adoring working-class male Bud drinker (a big part of their audience) is one of the demographics most likely to have voted for DT.

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I DID Give Him a Chance…And That’s Why I March

I’m starting this post at 2:30 a.m. on January 21, as I prepare to board a bus to Washington, joining the Women’s March for human rights that will greet the newly sworn in US president on his first full day

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Why I Found this Democratic US Senator’s Survey Unethical

Dear Senator Gillibrand, I have been a fan of your since you took office. However, after following your Facebook link to the Planned Parenthood funding survey, I have to say I felt tricked, deceived, and betrayed. I’ve used this blog

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Top 10 Reasons Why the Electoral College Should “Just Say No” to Trump

whole bunch of reasons why it might want to exercise that power. Some of them are about his complex financial empire, some about his personal actions—and some about the questionable integrity of this year’s voting process

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$10 Million to Charity—Another Cheer for Patagonia!

expected to reach $2 million in sales, but instead generated five times more. Patagonia says the fundraiser “attracted thousands who have never purchased anything from Patagonia before.”

Posted in Abundance and Prosperity, Branding, Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Eco-friendly, Entrepreneurship, Environment, Green Business, Green Marketing, Innovation, Marketing Trends/News, People Helping People Tagged with: , , , , ,

Orange-Hair’s Pivot

[Trump] claims that his temperament is his best asset. Let’s take him at his word—and give a landslide vote in November that repudiates that temperament and doesn’t expose us to the dangers of his other, presumably worse attributes.

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Social Entrepreneurship MUST Be Genuine

Charitable give-backs are NOT the only model. I’m rather a fan of creating products, services, and business cultures that directly *and profitably* turn hunger and poverty into sufficiency, war into peace, and catastrophic climate change into planetary balance.

Posted in Abundance and Prosperity, Branding, Business Ethics, Business-general, Corporate Social Responsibility, Diversity, Eco-friendly, Energy & Sustainability, Entrepreneurship, Environmenl, Green Business, Marketing Techniques and Philosophies, poverty, Transparency vs. Secrecy Tagged with: , , , ,

Voting for the Lesser of Evils Three Times—THIS Time

Here in Massachusetts, we get to vote on some interesting referenda. Lifting the Charter School Cap UPDATE, OCTOBER 6, 2016: I’ve been convinced in the intervening weeks that this particular charter school vote is not one I can support. I

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Don’t Bait-And-Switch–Intentionally or Not

I had just signed a petition he originated on gun control, and wanted to share it. I didn’t check how it posted on FB. I felt tricked and betrayed enough to take the entire post down. Let him get signatures some other way.

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