May 26, 2011| 0

Feeling Sorry for the Super-Rich

Living within walking distance of the boyhood homes of both billionaire Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen – and within a city, Seattle, that is often said to have one of the largest millionaire populations in the country – extreme wealth is something that charms me daily. So, when the Atlantic recently published a […]

May 11, 2011| 0

Community, Sharing, and “Returning on Time” for the Love of a Stranger

There’s something special about small-town communities. Everybody knows your name; everybody knows your business. Although such an intrusion of “personal space” carries negative influences such as gossip, it also is profoundly supportive as the community surrounds those in trouble, shares items as needs arise, and works together for the common good. Interestingly, residing near a […]

April 22, 2011| 0

Television Review: Mad Men: Season 4

  Created by Matthew Weiner (Lionsgate Television, Weiner Bros., American Movie Classics) Starring Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Karthieser, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, and John Slatterly. TV series review by Donovan Richards “The strongest principle of growth lies in the human choice.” — George Eliot Self Help. Shelves upon shelves are dedicated to this topic […]

April 21, 2011| 0

Bottom Billions/Bottom Line: A Couple Views from the Outside

On April 1-2, the Center for Integrity in Business hosted the Bottom Billions / Bottom Line Conference. Members of large companies, small companies, social ventures, non-profits, and the university converged in Upper Gwinn Commons on the SPU campus to discuss the role of for-profit business in global development. While I could extol the virtues of […]

February 25, 2011| 0

Snack Chips and Lessons in Environmental Consciousness

Sometimes noise can be a serious distraction. Frito-Lay found this out the hard way when customers began complaining about the firm’s biodegradable SunChips bag. Although they liked the concept of a 100 percent compostable package, the 80-85 decibel level was higher than most customers could bear. How can anyone hear the television over all that […]