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The Emerging Bright Spot in Europe

Antonio Borges | Posted 07.18.2011 | Business
Antonio Borges

it will take a while before most crisis-hit countries will be able to reclaim the economic output that was lost as a result of the crisis. But things are definitely going in the right direction.

You May Not Be Into Plastic, But Plastic Is Way Into You

Kerry Trueman | Posted 07.06.2011 | Green
Kerry Trueman

What makes Plastic: A Toxic Love Story such a compelling read, is her honest assessment of plastic's finer attributes, which largely get ignored in the debates over shopping bags and single-use water bottles.

The 'Surprises' of the Japanese Crisis and the Investment Lessons to Learn

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 10.26.2011 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

Surprise consequences to the earthquake in Japan have revealed significant weaknesses in both the worlds of politics and business and from an investment point of view, there are lessons we can learn.

The Twin Elephants in the Room

Paul and Anne Ehrlich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paul and Anne Ehrlich

Two large-scale, interconnected trends are driving almost every other global crisis today. But don't expect to hear about them from the media.

How 'Collaborative Consumption' Is Transforming Startups

MIT Entrepreneurship Review | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
MIT Entrepreneurship Review

Collaborative consumption market places are everywhere: media, car rental, lodging, staffing, textbooks, apparel, custom graphic design and even finance.

Generation Y Buys What Their Friends Influence Them to Buy

Meagan Johnson and Larry Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Meagan Johnson and Larry Johnson

Recently, my dad and I appeared on a TV talk show to promote our new book, Generations Inc. While we waited in the green room (that's where they stash...

Davos 2011: Welcome to the World of the "G-Everybody"

Aron Cramer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Aron Cramer

Welcome to the world where our information, perspectives and influence come from more sources than we can possibly count.

How To Defend Yourself Against The Media’s Fear Tactics

Judith Acosta | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Acosta

Has it really become that hard? Is there no place quiet in the world? Have the media and the golden arches made their presences felt everywhere?

Why Do We Travel?

Ben Colclough | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Ben Colclough

Why do we travel? What makes us up sticks, subject ourselves to bleary eyed early mornings, hideous flights and unsettlingly new diets? For many it is seemingly simple, we have to.

Eco Etiquette: 10 Wow-'Em Green Gifts Under $25 (PHOTOS)

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Every purchase comes with its price for the planet, whether it's the natural resources used to create it, the energy expended to manufacture it, the fuel used to ship it, or the waste created when disposing of it (not everything can be recycled forever).

Textile Waste: Taking Cues From Emerging Markets

Mattias Wallander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mattias Wallander

The average American consumes over 60 pounds of new clothing a year. Unlike us, emerging economies protect the environment by consuming millions of tons of second-hand clothing each year.

Could we 'Have' Less and 'Be' More?

John Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
John Jackson

How do we wean ourselves off a consumption-fueled economy? We don't have all the answers, but we have two compelling reasons to try

Investing in a Rebalancing of Growth in Asia

Anoop Singh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Anoop Singh

It will take time and steadfast implementation of reforms to boost investment and, in turn, rebalance Asia's growth.

Buckpedaling Gains Momentum and More Media Scrutiny

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Whether you're the angry right winger or the average angry voter, you're wondering whether Buck will say anything to get elected.

Are Low Birth Rates a Milestone or a Tipping Point?

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Philip N. Cohen

Reaching a data point such as the lowest-birth-rate-ever is a milestone. It's not a tipping point unless it leads to accelerating change in the same direction.

A Couple Who Owns Just 100 Things Got Me Thinking About My Consumption

Ysolt Usigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Ysolt Usigan

I understand the idea of living "simple," but I don't think I'm quite down with living deprived. I guess the moral of the story -- for me, anyways -- is to (simply) spend wisely.

Hello, America? This is Your Wakeup Call

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Randall Amster

This is a bona fide moment of truth for Americans. We either wake up and smell the methane, or continue sleepwalking down a path to seemingly inevitable self-destruction.

Is Consumption Consuming You?

Christina Pirello | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christina Pirello

Life is precious. This little cliche is thrown around in a world where all the evidence points in the opposite direction. We abuse ourselves, our animals, our neighbors, our planet.

When Do I Prosper?

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

My parents would have been embarrassed to go to the bank and ask for a loan to buy more gadgets. The Depression taught them, and they taught me, don't go into debt. It's worth revisiting those values now.

Please Don't Eat the Mountains

Reverend Billy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Reverend Billy

Life on earth is talking to us. The oil and ash and tsunamis and mudslides and tornadoes -- these are massive memos from the life that preceded us.

Why Hulu Will Start Charging Subscription Fees

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ramon Nuez

Under the subscription model Hulu will begin testing in May, a show's five most recent episodes will be free; viewers who want an all-inclusive collection of shows can pay $10 a month for Hulu Plus.

Real Men Consume Less and Create More

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kirsten Dirksen

Boys are consumers. The problem is that men aren't outgrowing this passive role.

Mexico's Mutant Kernels Ripen After GM Corn Ban Reversed

Jan McGirk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jan McGirk

Mexico's first crop of genetically modified maize - due to be harvested later this month - is stoking anxiety about the risks of biotechnology.

Living in Hand-Me-Downs

Valerie Tarico | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Valerie Tarico

Spending money is powerful. It is a power I can use mindfully if I choose. What kind of trends do I want to be setting? Do I treat my stuff like someone else will own it someday?

Worth Watching: Yann Arthus-Bertrand's "Home"

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Avital Andrews

Yann Arthus-Bertrand's method is to get somewhere high, usually a helicopter or a paraglider, and point his camera downward. The results are usually magnificent, and last year, they inspired a film.