Birthdays Are Big – So is Poverty

Contrast this. This August, financier Leon D. Black celebrated his 60th with a blowout at his oceanfront estate in Southampton. After a buffet dinner featuring a seared foie gras station, some 200 guests took in a show by Elton John, who was paid at least $1 million for the hour-and-a-half performance. Revelers included Michael R. Milken, the junk-bond pioneer...

Forget the Minimum Wage

Any business that considers itself responsible and sustainable must pay its employees a living wage. Not a minimum wage – a living wage. In many American communities, families working in low-wage jobs make insufficient income to live locally given the local cost of living. Recently, in a number of high-cost communities, community organizers and citizens have...

Why the Whole World Should Sign Up for Project Green Challenge

A guest blog post by Erin Schrode of Teens Turning Green, host of the Project Green Challenge.  Have you ever felt as if you wanted to ‘do something,’ but didn’t know where to start? Project Green Challenge is that chance, your entry point into action and sustainability. Our upcoming 30-day eco lifestyle Challenge is mobilizing high school and college...

If You’re Happy With Your Work, You’ll Create Much Greater Value

All unhappy people are alike – in that they negatively affect a business’ financial bottom line. Several years ago, Gallup estimated that the cost of Americans who are actively disengaged with their work – almost 30% of all employees – are responsible for a staggering $300 billion in lost productivity annually. This is in addition to what they receive in...

The Unintended Consequences of Unemployment are Killing Us

Unemployment shatters families, communities, self-respect and the belief in a positive future. We have failed – or at least are failing – to provide an opportunity that is so basic to human dignity and well-being. An opportunity to participate in what is called “the American Dream.” There is no possibility to rebuild our democracy, our economy, or our...

The Great Disruption

“You really do have to wonder whether a few years from now we’ll look back at the first decade of the 21st century — when food prices spiked, energy prices soared, world population surged, tornados plowed through cities, floods and droughts set records, populations were displaced and governments were threatened by the confluence of it all — and ask...