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Viral Video on Man on His Knees Reflects Modern Life in Asia

Andrew Lam | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Andrew Lam

The video is unsettling: A Vietnamese tourist on his knees begging a Chinese storeowner in Singapore for his money back after trying to purchase an iPhone 6. Within minutes the video goes viral, capturing headlines across Asia.

How Sustainable Luxury Can Save The Planet

Soren Petersen | Posted 11.13.2014 | Business
Soren Petersen

Co-written by Dr. Gjoko Muratovski People care about themselves, their children, their animals and then the environment - in that order. Guilt, sha...

Inspired by Moments of Emotional Brilliance -- Tender and Tuned In: Part 3

Miriam Mason Martineau | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Miriam Mason Martineau

Even as we all know that there are many stumbles along the way to emotional intelligence and wisdom (the journey to developing emotional intelligence is a long and windy one), it is so helpful to get a fuller sense of what is possible and what emotional health looks like in action.

Sustainable Consumption and the World of Endless Images, Voices, and Ideas

Steven Cohen | Posted 10.13.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

If the past fifty years has taught us anything, it is that one should never project the next fifty years. People and their needs remain constant. Little else seems to be very stable.

Jaime Scholnick and Sandra Low: Of Cheese-Wiz and Polystyrene

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 09.25.2014 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

Love, hate, pleasure, fascination. These are the shared conceptual territories explored in the stylistically disparate practices of painter Sandra Low and painter/sculptor Jaime Scholnick -- showing together for the first time at the Rio Hondo College Art Gallery in Cultural Gumbo.

How Fear Of Death Could Make You Splurge

The New York Times | Anna North | Posted 09.25.2014 | World

If you’re trying to sell something, consider putting a tombstone in your ad. It might seem macabre, but a new study suggests that thinking about dea...

Rebuild the Economy, Stupid!

Zack Exley | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Zack Exley

America has come to the breaking point. Our ability to think our way to a solution is temporarily impaired thanks to the utterly devastating annihilation of reasonable economic ideas by the neo-liberal revolution. So before we rebuild the economy, we've got a job ahead of us to rebuild some ideas.

More vs Enough -- Time to Re-Set Our Cultural Values

Rob Kall | Posted 11.09.2014 | Impact
Rob Kall

This article explores what I think has become just about a mental illness -- the desire for "more" and the corollary "bigger." This is a disorder that...

The Luxury of Inconvenience: Consumerism in the Age of "Time is Money"

Chloe Sharfin | Posted 11.09.2014 | Business
Chloe Sharfin

We're indulging in the luxury of inconvenience -- saving time on the tasks we care less about and spending added time on what fulfills us and ultimately makes us happier -- and that's impacting our consumption habits as well.

In New York, Gross Is Good

Zoe Strimpel | Posted 09.02.2014 | New York
Zoe Strimpel

Just back from a few days in New York where, among other things, I drank (or tried to) some of the most horrible-tasting things that have - surely - e...

Why Modern Consumers Crave Both Freedom and Structure

Troy Campbell | Posted 10.27.2014 | Business
Troy Campbell

Consider even the mundane phenomenon of self-serve frozen yogurt. The reason frozen yogurt has become so popular may not be entirely due to its taste, but to the opportunity for constrained creativity.

Rejecting Consumerism: On Losing And Letting Go

Leora Novick | Posted 10.26.2014 | Travel
Leora Novick

As an avid traveler, I pride myself on my sense of being in the moment with each new journey and destination. Yet the second my camera, the proof of "how much fun I was having" was lost, I became inconsolable. It forced the unpleasant question of the motivation behind my travel.

Shopping Made Psychic: No-Content Marketing Marches on

Spencer Critchley | Posted 10.25.2014 | Business
Spencer Critchley

Content marketing emerged from traditional marketing, after all the promotion finally became overwhelming. But what happens when there's too much content? Code.

Vicarious Philanthropy: Are We Doing Good or Just Buying More?

Kimann Schultz | Posted 10.12.2014 | Impact
Kimann Schultz

When we as shopaholic Americans consume via do-gooder products and entertainment, what are we really doing other than lifting a corporation's bottom line?

The Sharing Economy at a Crossroads

Kyle Hutzler | Posted 09.30.2014 | 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 09.11.2014 | 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 09.07.2014 | 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 08.12.2014 | 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...