The Spontaneous Purchase of Unnecessary Things

I am unreasonably captive to my addiction to excessive comfort, exotic travel, expensive meals, beautiful views, and the spontaneous purchase of unnecessary objects. I also own more sneakers, t-shirts, ties, books, watches and socks than I’ll ever be able to use. How much time and energy do I exert to finance this addiction? Through my past obsession with...

The Voice of Small Business is Ringing True

There is still one thing both sides of the aisle agree on: Small businesses are great for the economy. After all, there are 23 million small businesses in the U.S., accounting for more than half of all American jobs and sales, according to the Small Business Administration. Without them, the economy would be more vulnerable and far less diverse. And both...

5 Reasons Why Transformational Change Is Not Possible For Multi-National Corporations?

For over twenty years, I have been one of those “consultants,” yet never as a full-time occupation, and often on a voluntary or unpaid basis. Being unpaid actually has some amazing advantages when it comes to speaking honestly.   I have worked with many Fortune 500 companies as well as with dozens of start-ups and I’ve come to the conclusion that...

Unexpected Community

  Most of us live starved for a sense of community that we seem to be unable or unwilling to create in our busy, self-centered lives. A strong sense of family is more than most Americans can hope for. While some of us find community at work, through religion, sports or professional organizations, as David Putnam so sadly documented in “Bowling Alone,”...

America and the Environment: Six trends that define what we’re thinking

Every year, Joel Mackower of GreenBiz performs a truly important and valuable public service by summarizing most of the past years research on how we feel and think about the environment. It’s easy for those of us who passionately follow the issues to lose touch with mainstream America’s point of view. Though it has to be said, in a time where our...

Democracy is alive and well in Vermont

Our elected officials stand guard over the gradual decay and dysfunction of the infrastructure upon which our democracy once depended. We exist in a Democracy that is no longer a democracy. It has sold its soul to the highest bidder. Politicians blatantly ignore the will of the few people that elected them. Fists full of dollars, millions of them, cause the...