Friday, January 29, 2010

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Post-Crisis Consumer and the Creation of Ethical Companies

John Gerzema says there's an upside to the recent financial crisis -- the opportunity for positive change. Speaking at TED, he identifies four major cultural shifts driving new consumer behavior and shows how businesses are evolving to connect with thoughtful spending.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Happiest Countries in the World

You may think that the happiest place in the world is a sun drenched tropical island or a country rolling in riches but the data reveals that neither of those things are true.

Many of the top happiest or most content countries in the world are located in cold locales and aren't rolling in riches (with the exception of a few):

1. Denmark
2. Finland
3. The Netherlands
4. Sweden
5. Ireland
6. New Zealand
7. Switzerland
8. Canada
9. Norway
10. Belgium

*Notice the United States in not in the top ten, that should says something about our young country.

Here's a map of most satisfied countries on a global scale:
Many of the happiest countries also have a high peace index:
An in depth look at why the top ten countries hold the rankings they do and possible ways the average and below average countries can improve their rankings.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Different Solutions for Global Climate Change

It's no secret that global climate change has become a major environmental, political, and economic in recent years but what most people don't agree on is how exactly to solve the issue of global climate change.

Below are some videos purposing various solutions to the issue of climate change.

First a quick overview of climate change from Al Gore's movie An Inconvenient Truth

Taxing CO2 Emissions

World leaders gather at Davos to address how to meet initiatives from Copenhagen (Davos 2009 Conference)

Geography of the Recessions and Recessionomics

Below is a timelapse video of an unemployment map according to geography from March 2007- October 2009. The map shows data that is in opposition to what politicians have been telling us for the latter part of this year.

Fortunately, even though the unemployment rate is still increasing the recession may not last as long as some fear.

It may be a while before the recession is over but thankfully the American economy may recover more quickly than anticipated, granted the creation of new jobs which are unable to be outsourced.

Recession to Last 2 or 3 years?

How long it will really last? No one knows for sure.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Fair Use of Online Content Online and the Law

Another quintessential speech from TED. Larry Lessig, the Nets most celebrated lawyer, cites John Philip Sousa, celestial copyrights and the "ASCAP cartel" in his argument for reviving our creative culture.