Economy

Two College Students Turn a Coal-Era Relic Into a Cultural Center

Two College Students Turn a Coal-Era Relic Into a Cultural Center

Longtime best friends will work to transform the abandoned six-story coal-fired Moran power plant on Burlington’s Lake Champlain waterfront from a derelict environmental mess into a landmark of ecological adaptive reuse.

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Widening Gap Between US Rich and Poor Is Unsustainable, Says Study

Posted by on September 8, 2014 in Economy with 1 Comment
Widening Gap Between US Rich and Poor Is Unsustainable, Says Study

The study, titled An Economy Doing Half its Job, said American companies – particularly big ones – were showing some signs of recovering their competitive edge on the world stage since the financial crisis, but that workers would likely keep struggling to demand better pay and benefits.

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Makers: Escaping the Pull of Big-Business

Posted by on September 7, 2014 in Economy with 0 Comments
Makers: Escaping the Pull of Big-Business

“The Makers,” features many of the prominent personalities within the maker movement. It also, however, features at least two picked straight from big business – including representatives from Autodesk who helped lead the charge for SOPA/ACTA as well as war profiteer General Electric.

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Homeless People Were Asked To Share a Fact About Themselves. Their Answers May Surprise You

Posted by on September 7, 2014 in Economy with 0 Comments
Homeless People Were Asked To Share a Fact About Themselves. Their Answers May Surprise You

#RethinkHomelessness asked our #homeless friends to write down a fact about themselves that other people wouldn’t know just by walking past them. Their answers may surprise you.

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Low-Wage Workers ‘Movement’ Flexes Its Muscles Nationwide

Posted by on September 4, 2014 in Economy with 0 Comments
Low-Wage Workers ‘Movement’ Flexes Its Muscles Nationwide

Employees of the fast-food industry demand $15 minimum wage and better workplace protections as actions expected in 150 cities across the country

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Nation’s Poor Remain Hungry as Wall Street Feasts

Posted by on September 3, 2014 in Economy with 1 Comment
Nation’s Poor Remain Hungry as Wall Street Feasts

According to the government figures, while a majority of people who were not always able to afford food last year were adults, 16 million children also went hungry at times, with 360,000 households reporting that their kids skipped meals or did not eat for an entire day because there was not enough money.

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Ten Ways We Can Build a Better Economic System

Posted by on September 2, 2014 in Economy with 0 Comments
Ten Ways We Can Build a Better Economic System

We can exist in harmony with our environment if we get rid of capitalism and promote respect for nature and understanding the interdependence of all forms of life.

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Krugman And The Keynesian Chorus Are Lying: Japan’s “Lost Decade” Is A Myth

Posted by on August 29, 2014 in Economy with 0 Comments
Krugman And The Keynesian Chorus Are Lying: Japan’s “Lost Decade” Is A Myth

The only way you can get to the “lost decades” story is if you start your chart exactly when Japan was busting and America booming. Unsurprisingly, this is standard practice of the “lost decades” storytellers.

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Making a Living on a Living Planet

Posted by on August 27, 2014 in Economy with 1 Comment
Making a Living on a Living Planet

Today the American labor movement — like the rest of American society and like labor movements throughout the world—is being forced to grapple with global warming, climate chaos, and climate protection strategies.

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The Winner-Take-All Economy

Posted by on August 25, 2014 in Economy with 0 Comments
The Winner-Take-All Economy

Several factors contribute to the broad sense that something in the economy is not right despite exuberant financial markets and a lower rate of unemployment. In our view, the primary factor is two decades of Fed-encouraged misallocation of capital to speculative uses, coupled with the crash of two bubbles (and we suspect a third on the way). This repeated misallocation of investment resources has contributed to a thinning of our capital base that would not have occurred otherwise. The Fed has repeatedly followed a policy course that sacrifices long-term growth by encouraging speculative malinvestment out of impatience for short-term gain. Sustainable repair will only emerge from undistorted, less immediate, but more efficient capital allocation.

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Bank of America Settlement Only Proves Invincibility of Wall Street

Posted by on August 24, 2014 in Economy with 0 Comments
Bank of America Settlement Only Proves Invincibility of Wall Street

U.S. government’s announced $16.65 billion settlementwith Bank of America announced on Thursday—so far the largest associated with the Wall Street-fueled mortgage malpractice that led to the 2008 financial meltdown—is more stage-acting than justice and more business-as-usual than real punishment

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10 Things You Need to Know To Become a Great Leader

10 Things You Need to Know To Become a Great Leader

If all the people around you achieve more than you, then life will be good. It doesn’t matter if they are employees, investors, friends, spouses. If you just focus on this one principle in all of your actions then you are a leader. Today: figure out how the people around you can have a successful day.

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Think, Live, Be Positive Aggressive

Posted by on August 21, 2014 in Conscious Business, Conscious Living with 0 Comments
Think, Live, Be Positive Aggressive

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Phil Soran, a serial entrepreneur, shares his secret for going B to B (Basement to Billions) in his TEDxFargo talk. Phil started two successful technology companies in his Minnesota basement and attributes the success to creating a special company culture called Positive Aggressive. Through humor, stories, and concrete examples, Phil challenges the audience live with more intention by creating a Positive Aggressive Lifestyle.

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Lynne McTaggart: Will Tesco Honor Their Holistic-Minded Customers?

Posted by on August 16, 2014 in Activism, Conscious Business, Conscious Living, Thrive with 0 Comments
Lynne McTaggart: Will Tesco Honor Their Holistic-Minded Customers?

After removing the magazine What Doctors Don’t Tell You for sale, Tesco is learning about exactly what makes for a good corporate brand. Hundreds and hundreds of subscribers have informed Tesco that they are boycotting the store chain as the story has gone wildly viral on the internet.

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Follow Your Passions: The Catalyst to Career Fulfillment

Follow Your Passions: The Catalyst to Career Fulfillment

Some people just know what they love. For others, it takes a little more work to dig beneath the surface. Maybe that means tuning out the noise of the outside world to zero in on what you love. It might also mean looking through the swirl of activities in which you are involved and having the courage to choose the one you love best. Knowing the things that you love is a start. The next step is to tap into what you love to do.

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