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The Sharing Economy at a Crossroads

Kyle Hutzler | Posted 07.31.2014 | Business
Kyle Hutzler

Zipcar and Airbnb demonstrate the power of the sharing economy, which has taken off with the simple promise of liberating people from the hassles and costs of ownership and overpriced commercial services.

World Cup vs. Planet Earth

Arthur Rosenfeld | Posted 07.14.2014 | Green
Arthur Rosenfeld

As I watch the frenzied World Cup competition approach its apex, I cannot help but wonder why human beings are more interested in kicking balls around a field than they are in the fact that our activities have bought us a one-way ticket to extermination.

Note to Self: 'No-Gifts' Birthday Parties Don't Work

Hinda Mandell | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Hinda Mandell

You thought you were being enlightened and anti-consumerist. You thought you were saving your friends money, a trip to the toy store and the hassle of gift shopping. Your intentions might well have been sincere, but really, you were just being annoying.

This Dead Dutchman Teaches Us That 'Consumerism' Isn't Always Bad

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 07.07.2014 | World

We’re deeply suspicious of the word ‘consumerism’; it’s become a stick with which to beat the modern world. Yet consumerism doesn’t have to ...

It Was Maria von Trapp All Along

Erica Ford | Posted 06.12.2014 | Parents
Erica Ford

My daughter and I spent a lovely couple of years playing with trucks, books, instruments and blocks. Then she turned two. Every single gift she received was Disney Princess folderol. I watched with dismay as she received crowns, magic wands, dolls and rash-inducing synthetic nightgowns. 

The Founder Of Mother's Day Hated What The Holiday Became

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 05.15.2014 | Business

The founder of Mother's Day wouldn't have wanted you to buy those flowers for mom. Or that card. Or those chocolates. In all likelihood, she would...

The Wack Donald's Project

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

The actual street and the digital version of it are now intrinsically linked and often if you see new occurrences of street art it takes just a bit of...

Ask People About What They Love, Not What They Do

Troy Campbell | Posted 06.22.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Troy Campbell

This one change has made conversations immediately livelier, deeper, and less awkward.

Earth Day: Now With 95 Percent More People!

Stephanie Feldstein | Posted 06.21.2014 | Green
Stephanie Feldstein

Unfortunately, among all those Earth Day sales for yard accessories, eco-friendly t-shirts and other mass-produced "green" products, you won't find a single spare Earth on clearance.

The Brave New World of Campus Life

Paul Stoller | Posted 06.17.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) recently released a report that compares faculty and administrator compensation. It comes as...

Why Life's An Endless Treadmill To Buy And Satisfy

Posted 04.07.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

According to Joshua Becker, writer at Becoming Minimalist, the constant yearning for more material goods is something we can't escape, no matter how h...

4 Reasons Parents Buy Into The Culture Of Gender Stereotyping

Lori Day | Posted 05.31.2014 | Parents
Lori Day

Parents are buying this stuff because they're unsure, they're torn, they're tired, they're confused, and they're feeling bombarded... but be clear, they're not buying this stuff because there is an unmet demand for more gender stereotypes for their children.

Dear Family Whisperer: Battling the Gimmes

Melinda Blau | Posted 05.27.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Some parents fear that financial discussions "burden" children. But it's just the opposite. Earning and spending should be part of everyday conversation so kids grow up armed with awareness and information.

The Loneliness of the Sick Self-Tracker

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 05.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Shaquille O'Neal towered on a main stage in the Austin Convention Center, chatting about wearable technology amid the uber-hip throng at the South by ...

Caddy Conundrum: What if This Guy Was Your Boss?

Kenneth Matos | Posted 05.19.2014 | Business
Kenneth Matos

No one minds if you want to work 24/7, but they do care if the only way to validate that experience is to announce to everyone else that they are losers in a game they are not playing and use your authority and resources to stop them from playing the games they enjoy.

Artists, Ethics, and the Plastic Pig of Consumerism: An Interview With Mike Albo

Eddie Sarfaty | Posted 03.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Eddie Sarfaty

In The Junket, playing March 14th-April 20th at The Lynn Redgrave Theater, writer and performer Mike Albo presents the thinly veiled autobiographical ...

4 Ways to Love Movies As Much As Children Do

Troy Campbell | Posted 05.19.2014 | Entertainment
Troy Campbell

3) Kids are encouraged to be excited about movies. So as an adult you need to find friends that encourage that same excitement.

Awareness Bound and Unbound

David Loy | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion
David Loy

In place of the usual Buddhist warnings about clinging and attachment, many of us now have the opposite problem: an inability to concentrate on one thing.

Cadillac Made A Commercial About The American Dream, And It's A Nightmare

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.27.2014 | Healthy Living

There are plenty of things to celebrate about being American, but being possessed by a blind mania for working yourself into the ground, buying more s...

A Constant Bullying

Dave Pruett | Posted 04.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Dave Pruett

Most of us pay no heed to our mythology. It's the water we swim in, and we take it completely for granted. Or worse, we discount whatever smells of mythology. "That's just a myth," the saying goes, meaning an untruth, something believed without a shred of evidence.

Walk Softly

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Maybe it's the human condition that's toxic, but I don't really believe that. I don't think it's greed that is pushing us to the outer limits of self-destruction, but something more complex.

What's Hot This Winter

Ko Im | Posted 04.21.2014 | Style
Ko Im

The latest edition of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has come and gone and while we all know whatever we wear next season will eventually trickle down, it's clear current street style has its copycats and followers.

When Is it One Gadget Too Many?

Paul Fidalgo | Posted 04.16.2014 | Technology
Paul Fidalgo

Is there at least one gadget that, despite how cool it might be, simply becomes redundant?

Yoli Ouiya

How To Go From A Conventional Hoarder To A Conscious Consumer

HuffingtonPost.com | Yoli Ouiya | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

According to a Nielsen’s Global survey, 46 percent of global consumers agreed they would be willing to pay more for goods and services from companie...

The Harm That's Caused by Transparent Messages in Advertising

Angela Hartlin | Posted 03.12.2014 | Women
Angela Hartlin

Without our insecurities, beauty product companies would become less aggressive in their marketing practices. Our own desire for superficial self-improvement is what keeps these practices alive and thriving; we are essentially selling out our self-worth.