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Dear President Carter

Angela Garcia Combs | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Angela Garcia Combs

When I had no safety at home, when food was scarce and my life seemed impossibly violent and out of control, you became President. You instilled a belief in me that moral leadership will win.

Zero-Cost Recharge

Kyle David Anderson | Posted 08.24.2015 | Business
Kyle David Anderson

Paul Sullivan's "Getting Workaholics to Stop and Recharge" is another welcome addition to the swelling tide of popular and academic articles focused on the balance between life and work. But the piece does one thing very poorly: put wellness within a reasonable reach.

'Be Healthy and Be Rewarded' -- With Rewards in Health Care... Everyone Wins!

Michael Dermer | Posted 07.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Dermer

A decade ago, financial rewards for healthy behavior was a "fringe" technique in some circles and morally offensive in others. It was common to hear ...

Laudato Si, Westphalia, and a New Old Principle of Governance

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

History abounds with the problems of creating global governance. Think about how the League of Nations failed, giving way to the United Nations. Look at the establishment of the Eurozone, and the convulsions brought on by the Greek financial crisis. Getting people to the table is hard.

The Centrality of Sustainability

Steven Cohen | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

Over the past half century, we have seen the environmental issue evolve from a fringe issue barely clinging to a spot on the American political agenda to the subject of a pope's encyclical.

10 Ways Restaurants Manipulate Our Spending And Eating Habits

Quora | Posted 06.16.2015 | Taste
Quora

The next time you dine out, take along a copy of this list and count how many of the following psychological ploys your favorite restaurant uses.

Taking Aim at Mindfulness

Arthur Rosenfeld | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion
Arthur Rosenfeld

As shocking as it may be to hear from a Taoist monk, I've loved target shooting since I was a boy. Well, perhaps given China's history of warrior monks, it's not all that shocking. Simplicity is inherent in target practice;.

Can Economists Measure Society's Self-Absorption?

The Atlantic | Marc Bain | Posted 05.12.2015 | World

Last month, Bank of America Merrill Lynch released the compellingly titled report, “Vanity Capital: The global bull market in narcissism,” which p...

Naomi Klein's Own Form of Climate Change Denial: Blame Capitalism

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

Having thus alienated mainstream readers -- exactly the people the climate change movement most urgently needs to reach out to and bring on board -- Naomi Klein's book then goes on to block meaningful debate among the already converted.

Review: Morris Berman's New Book on Japan, "Neurotic Beauty"

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.26.2015 | Books
Peter Van Buren

Neurotic Beauty: An Outsider Looks At Japan is a fine addition to a long list of books that attempt to explain Japan, what one observer has called the "most foreign of foreign countries."

After Easter: Why Christianity is Failing in America

Jonathan Walton | Posted 06.21.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

Jesus' crucifixion, His death, the excruciatingly long Saturday, His bodily resurrection and some unspecified moment of return all say "why would I follow Him?"

6 Facts About the Impending Renewable Energy Revolution

R.F. Hemphill | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
R.F. Hemphill

There is good news about renewable energy, and it matters to all electricity consumers -- which means all of us. So why am I qualified to share these facts with you?

Yoga Bodies: Rejecting Society's Idealized Images

V.K. Harber | Posted 06.10.2015 | Women
V.K. Harber

The more I taught and practiced, the more I realized that society's perception of the average yogi is not at all accurate. There are thousands of dedicated practitioners with bum knees and c-section scars and flabby arms and imperfect skin.

Are Consumers Still Consumers?

Jim Joseph | Posted 05.23.2015 | Business
Jim Joseph

I don't think we should call them consumers anymore. Sure, they consume our products, but they are so much more important that to us than just that. They participate in our brand, keeping it vital and relevant in their lives. They make our brand, well, our brand.

How Social Media Is Killing Your Company

David Giannetto | Posted 05.19.2015 | Small Business
David Giannetto

There are some companies--again, only the most dominant brands--that can simply deliver content to their community via any social media platform and consumers will buy.

Valentine's Day: A Global Perspective

Markus Giesler | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business
Markus Giesler

The idealized romantic bond is one that focuses on the individual and its emotional preferences and open displays of affection, and is strongly connected to the idea of marriages based on love. This ideal, however, is often at great odds with traditional cultures.

7 Things Most of Us Have Thought but Don't Want Anyone to Know

Rachel Weinstein | Posted 04.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachel Weinstein

Walk into any grocery store to buy orange juice and deodorant and you'll have a decision with which to contend. Which of the 25 types of orange juic...

9 Interesting Ways to Raise Conscious Consumerism in Kids

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 03.29.2015 | Parents
Devishobha Ramanan

The process of planting a seed, watering it every day, watching it sprout and grow a wee bit taller everyday is pleasurable by itself. It's even more enjoyable when you get to use your produce in your daily food.

Can Luxury Lead Us Out of Inequality?

Misha Pinkhasov | Posted 03.14.2015 | Business
Misha Pinkhasov

The pollution of moneyed interests in politics aside, does the political will for reform even exist among the constituency? After all, it was the American electorate that put a business-friendly Congress into office this year.

'Twas The Day After Christmas

Shruti Eva Saini | Posted 02.25.2015 | Business
Shruti Eva Saini

It's a common emerging theme -- unleashing products for a holiday in an accelerated non-sequential order (with so much Christmas stimuli in stores in November I often found myself wondering what happened to Thanksgiving) -- but who is causing and reinforcing this trend?

These Eco-Friendly Artists Are Dreaming Of A Plastic Free Christmas

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.25.2014 | Arts

White Christmases are so 2013. This year we're taking a hint from our favorite artistic-activist collective Luzinterruptus and dreaming of a plasti...

Wealth Inequality: Trickle-Down or a Sinking Ship?

Misha Pinkhasov | Posted 02.22.2015 | Money
Misha Pinkhasov

Three makes a pattern so, with inequality at the top of the news - be it about champagne wars at the House of Lords or the inherent privilege of white males on the streets of America - it is time to have a conversation about the difference between privilege and patronage.

Does Wanting More Put Me on the Naughty or Nice List?

Katie Tandy | Posted 02.22.2015 | Women
Katie Tandy

Wanting money for money's sake is bad, but needing money to maintain a certain quality of life is good. But what exactly does that mean? What is this elusive future "life"? And just what does it cost to maintain it?

How to Save the World -- A Simple Answer

Deepak Chopra | Posted 02.21.2015 | Impact
Deepak Chopra

Divisive thinking doesn't settle anger or fear but fuels both. In our common future, the problem is always the same everywhere--acting against our own happiness. The solution is to stop doing this and to find a new way to be happy.

Consumed By Our Consumer Society

Dr. Natasha Josefowitz | Posted 02.18.2015 | Women
Dr. Natasha Josefowitz

Impulse buying has none of these elements -- you see it, it sings to you, you want to possess it, you might deliberate for a few seconds about the fact that you don't really need or maybe you cannot really afford it, and then you buy it anyway because practical factors don't really play a part in the decision.