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Janet Yellen's Not So Progressive Past

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Following President Barack Obama's failed effort to install his former economic adviser Larry Summers as Federal Reserve chairman, Janet...

Reverb: The New Green Sound

Daniel Cespedes and Izzy Weisz | Posted 11.10.2013 | Green
Daniel Cespedes and Izzy Weisz

Remember when concert tours were eco-friendly? Yeah, me neither. But this, "said no one ever," is potentially on its way to being a, "said everyone." Reverb, a non-profit, is working to green-ify music tours and do outreach and education.

Working Families Need Fair Trade, Not Free Trade

Larry Cohen | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Working families haven't seen much of an economic recovery, and we definitely can't afford to lose more manufacturing and service jobs to yet another free trade agreement written by the State Department and multinational corporations. But that's exactly where we're headed if the Trans-Pacific Partnership moves ahead unchallenged.

From Tea Cart Gypsy to Inspiring Eco-preneur, Zhena Muzyka Motivates Women to Change and Heal the World

Zoe Helene | Posted 10.07.2013 | Women
Zoe Helene

"Showing up dressed like Stevie Nicks while raising capital in New York City boardrooms taught me that it's refreshing for people to see a woman be herself. I'd like to make sure other women know how to show their feminine spirit in business. I believe that being feminine in business will heal this world."

Robin Hood Laptop Project Turns Poverty Into Possibility for Sri Lankan Tea Plantation Girls

Zoe Helene | Posted 10.06.2013 | Impact
Zoe Helene

Durga, the daughter of a tea worker and "plucker," lives in the Idulgashinna Tea Estate community on the island of Sri Lanka. Like most teenagers, Durga has dreams. She wants to be a software engineer, and she has the talent, drive and discipline to excel in her chosen career.

Girl, 9, Holds Daily Lemonade Stand For Over A Year To End Child Slavery

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact

When life gives you lemons, you make a lemonade stand -- and use the profits to free more than 500 child slaves, of course. Vivienne Harr, a 9-year...

TCHO: Changing Chocolate

Naomi Starkman | Posted 09.21.2013 | Green
Naomi Starkman

TCHO designates its dark chocolates by their flavor profiles: "Fruity" (single origin sourced from Peru); bright acids like in mandarin oranges in "Citrus" (from Madagascar); hearty richness in "Chocolatey" (Ghana); and roasted nuts in "Nutty" (Ecuador).

Mandela, Obama, and the Opportunities in Africa

Jack Healey | Posted 09.01.2013 | World
Jack Healey

My hope is the president's visit will be appreciated not as merely a president but as a student given a chance to learn, to absorb and come home to a devotion back towards human rights.

The Truth About the Clothes We Wear: How Fashion Impacts Health and the Environment

Beth Greer | Posted 08.31.2013 | Green
Beth Greer

Most of the clothes we wear (unless they are labeled "Fair Trade" or "Organic") contain some pretty toxic additives. For example, conventionally grown cotton uses more insecticides than any other single crop.

Green Consumerism Is No Solution

American Anthropological Association | Posted 08.14.2013 | Green
American Anthropological Association

Those of us concerned with the real impacts of global consumer culture are stuck in the territory between cynicism and tokenism, trying to think more productively about the kinds of strategies that can make a symbolic and material difference.

What Happens in Bangladesh Does Not Stay In Bangladesh: Key Lessons for Retailers

Diana Mao | Posted 08.10.2013 | Impact
Diana Mao

The bottom line is that from the top down, human beings have to be appreciated and not depreciated.

Gotta Cigarette? How the Tobacco Companies are Gaining Ground in Promoting Coffin Nails for the World Through the TPP

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 07.29.2013 | World
Mary Anne Mercer

Tobacco regulation is just one example of how the TPP will have damaging effects on the world we live in. We need to expose the deadly flaws in these behind-closed-doors negotiations now, before it's too late.

The Life Out Loud: Bubbling Over With Good Health

MeiMei Fox | Posted 07.23.2013 | Small Business
MeiMei Fox

A lifelong athlete, Steven Kessler always had appreciated the importance of honoring your body by eating whole foods and exercising. Then ten years ago, while working in sales for a natural vitamin company, he met a guy named Eric Schnell.

Born Brave

Jessica Hendricks | Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact
Jessica Hendricks

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgInspired by the courage of these amazing Cambodian people, most of them women, I decided to bring their bravery back to the states by sharing their stories, and actualizing my own.

How Women Can 'Lean In' to Solve the World's Social, Economic and Environmental Disparities

Irene Lane | Posted 07.16.2013 | Impact
Irene Lane

My question is why should we strive to make everyone equal? Perhaps, instead, women can apply their talents toward making a bigger impact on humanity by 'leaning in' and solving one complex problem, one community at a time.

Restore Hope to Victims of Human Trafficking

Made By Survivors | Posted 07.14.2013 | Impact
Made By Survivors

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgIn our experience, abject poverty is a common factor for victims of human trafficking.

Mothering Our Mother Earth

Toni Nagy | Posted 07.09.2013 | Green
Toni Nagy

Sadly, humanity is taking advantage of our planet like an ungrateful teenager. Let's clean up our room and show our Mother Earth some respect.

Certified Justice

Dana Geffner | Posted 07.09.2013 | DC
Dana Geffner

In October 2012, when Hershey's announced it would "certify" all its cocoa by 2020, the corporate candy giant received lukewarm applause for finally publically acknowledging its sourcing of cocoa from plantations that exploit child labor.

Amplifying the Voices of Central American Farmers

Jacob Wheeler | Posted 07.06.2013 | Travel
Jacob Wheeler

Do you drink coffee? Do you think about where that coffee comes from, and who harvests those beans? Do you consider how much you pay for your morning fix, and how that impacts the salary those farmers make?

Sprout Skincare Offers Affordable And Amazing Products

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.01.2013 | HuffPost Home

As soon as you pick up a jar of cream or a bottle of cleanser by Sprout Skincare, you’re instant friends. It’s cool. Good-looking (the warm-yet-mo...

Lives Destroyed, Dreams Crushed And Cheap Clothes

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 06.29.2013 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

We need to find out and decide what it takes to put the unscrupulous and greedy factory owners and suppliers, businesses and their leaders, out of business and replace them with those who are committed to brining integrity to the business model and supply chain.

Would You Pay a Penny/lb of Veggies to Stop Slavery?

Summer Rayne Oakes | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Summer Rayne Oakes

Sanjay Rawal, director of Food Chains discusses with us in the first episode of "SRO Conversations" why a "Penny for Pound" policy may just work to help bring an end to modern-day slavery of domestic farmworkers in America.

A 4P Future: People, Planet, Profit and Plastics

Pro Journo | Posted 06.04.2013 | Green
Pro Journo

It is politically difficult to use cassava in the production of plastic bags instead of as nourishment in the midst of a global food crisis.

How The Banana Became A Tool For Human Rights

Heritage Radio Network | Posted 04.01.2013 | Taste
Heritage Radio Network

Did you know the banana is also a tool for human rights victories and community sustainability?

Don't Take Your Cup of Coffee for Granted

Daniel Klein | Posted 04.24.2013 | Green
Daniel Klein

This summer I had the good fortune of taking a trip with a team of Equal Exchange employees to Bahuaja-Sonene Naitonal Park and the coffee growing towns that surround this protected area. Watch these videos to see what goes into each cup of coffee you drink.