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How Old Is Too Old to Start a Business?

my chapter leader was a 75-year-old fireball who had taken up yoga and become a vegetarian at age 70

Posted in Entrepreneurship, General Commentary, Green Business, Psychology, Shel's Personal Life, Social and Economic Justice Tagged with: , , , , , ,

With an Abundance Mentality, We Can Solve Hunger, Poverty, War & Climate Change

how green lighting options such as solar-powered LEDs that replace toxic and flammable kerosene can better the environment, health, safety, and the local economy all at once…how studying nature’s amazing engineering can create new products like adhesives modeled after gecko feet or a fuel-sipping plane designed to mimic the most aerodynamic birds.

Posted in Abundance and Prosperity, Activism, Business-general, Corporate Social Responsibility, Eco-friendly, Energy & Sustainability, Entrepreneurship, Environment, Green Business, Green Marketing Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Justice Sonia Sotomayor: Never Give Up Hope

Justice Sonia Sotomayor works the crowd (Photo by Shel Horowitz.

Justice Sotomayor asked her mother why she’d never been taught to dance as a child, and her mom replied, “You were always outside chasing fireflies. We could never get you to be still long enough.”

Posted in Activism, Diversity, Ethics in Government, General Commentary, language, People Helping People, Politics, poverty, Social and Economic Justice Tagged with: , , ,

One More Reason to Love Newark NJ Mayor Cory Booker

Not many politicians, even progressive ones with a strong sustainability commitment, would try to live on today’s food stamp budget. Hats off to Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker for this bold step–showing his colleagues what it’s actually like to

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A Marketer Analyzes Michelle Obama’s Convention Speech

Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention [link to a transcript] gets an almost perfect 9.9 from me. I think when people remember the great speeches of the 21st century, this one has a good chance of making the list.

Posted in Activism, Democracy, Demographics/Psychographics, Diversity, language, Marketing Techniques and Philosophies, People Helping People, poverty, privacy, Social and Economic Justice Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,

Panera CEO: Corps Can Use their Strengths to Right Wrongs

“Imagine Walmart doing distribution for food banks…in which The Gap runs thrift shops…in which The Home Depot is involved in rebuilding.” This challenge comes from Ron Shaich, CEO of Panera, as he closes a wonderful talk at Sustainable Brands about

Posted in Abundance and Prosperity, Business Ethics, Business-general, Corporate Social Responsibility, Demographics/Psychographics, People Helping People, poverty Tagged with: , , , , ,

Cell-Phone Pricing Model Makes Solar Available in Deep-Poverty Pockets

Quite exciting: solar systems for remote, off-grid areas in developing countries, set up with near-zero upfront investment and a pay-as-you-go model, converting to full ownership when the system is paid for.

Posted in Abundance and Prosperity, Demographics/Psychographics, Diversity, Energy & Sustainability, Entrepreneurship, Green Business, Marketing Techniques and Philosophies, poverty, Social and Economic Justice Tagged with: , , , ,

Pope Benedict XVI Addresses Financial Meltdown, Environmental Issues, and Poverty

Pope Benedict XVI’s third encyclical is a sweeping, 144-page document addressing and interlocking a wide range of social issues. He calls on the financial industry to tame its greed and turn to ethics, asks the United Nations and individual governments

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