Is Starbucks A Vehicle For Change?

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz wants action. “We can’t wait for Washington. Business leaders have to step up and do our part,” he said. Ergo, profits from Starbucks stores in the Harlem section of Manhattan and the Crenshaw neighborhood of Los Angeles will now flow into community organizations that work to improve education and job training […]

Get The Lead Out (For Realz)

Childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental diseases among young children, yet sadly an estimated 1 million children are exposed to this dangerous household toxin. The most common pathway for lead poisoning is caused by deteriorating lead-based paint (on older windows, doors and trim, or walls) or through improper renovation, repair and painting […]

Bogusky For Mayor!

Author Jon Krakauer and adman Alex Bogusky want a better energy future for Boulder. There are some interesting lines in Bogusky’s pitch. Bringing 650 high paying jobs to Boulder County is a big deal.

Are We Perfectly Content To Occupy Our Laptops?

It was a beautiful fall day here in Seattle this past Saturday. And even though I was going to meet someone 8 blocks away, I made a point of going to the Occupy Seattle protest to see what it was all about. And even though I’m more sympathetic than not to many of the issues […]

Mitt Romney And Jon Huntsman Provide The LDS Church An Opportunity To Educate

Mormon prophet Joseph Smith was hunted down by a mob and shot to death while imprisoned in an Illinois jail cell. Because he was a heretic. Today, a less murderous drama continues to play out in communities around the world, and now with two Mormons running for President of The United States, the media is […]

Feds Don’t See The Need For Weed — Or The Ads For It

One of the most startling differences in the media landscape between where I moved from (Atlanta) and where I am now (Seattle) is that in the alternative weekly magazines, ads for medical marijuana dispensaries are quite prominent. If the feds have their way, that may not last. SignOnSanDiego has more: San Diego’s U.S. attorney, Laura […]

The Oldest Profession Gets A New Ad Campaign

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A new ad campaign on behalf of Stepping Stone Nova Scotia draws attention to the plight of sex workers. On a blog called Sociological Images, Margo DeMello, a cultural anthropologist, offers her perspective on the campaign: I love the motivation behind the ads, and they do make me smile. I hope they have the effect […]

Starbucks’ CEO Takes On Political and Economic Gridlock In Washington

Upward Spiral 2011 – Take the Pledge

Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, wants to see American on an Upward Spiral. Like so many of you, I am deeply disappointed by the pervasive failure of leadership in Washington. And also like you, I am frustrated by our political leaders’ steadfast refusal to recognize that, for every day they perpetuate partisan conflict and put ideology […]

Sustainable To The Core

Patagonia_s Common Threads Initative to Reduce Our Environmental Footprint

Patagonia is an amazing company. Their founder is a great climber and outdoorsman, their products are awesome and the brand is one that lives its values on its fleece sleeve. So, it’s not all that surprising that the company is now asking its customers to buy only what they need, repair what breaks and recycle […]

The Fat Lady Sings As Shit Hits The Fan

The climate crisis is not a debate. It’s reality. To focus on that reality, a week from now Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project launches its live streamed, global 24 Hours of Reality event. To help promote the event – and capture the urgency of the climate crisis and the misconceptions created by deniers – Gore’s […]