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Entries from February 17th, 2009

Barry Schwartz: The real crisis? We stopped being wise

February 17th, 2009 · No Comments · Ethics, On Loveliness

See also: The Paradox of Choice.

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LovelyCompanies.com on Telegraph.co.uk

February 16th, 2009 · No Comments · Updates

Together with Fund it Frog, LovelyCompanies.com got a little mention today on Milo Yiannopoulos’s Telegraph blog. The post is about innovation in charity fundraising – do check it out! Thanks Milo!

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Translating TED

February 16th, 2009 · No Comments · Non profit

“Five years ago, an amazing teacher or professor with the ability to truly catalyze the lives of his or her students could realistically hope to impact maybe 100 people each year. Today that same teacher can have their words spread on video to millions of eager students.” – Chris Anderson, TED Curator (source) The organisers [...]

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Delightful iPod Speakers

February 15th, 2009 · No Comments · Happiness, Small Companies

I just spotted these lovely iPod speakers on Twitter (thanks Phil) and thought I’d share them! They’re made by a company called Speakal and they come in a handful of funky designs – iPig, iPanda and iBoo – but they’re not just a pretty face… They produce 25 watts through five speakers and a subwoofer [...]

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One Year of LovelyCompanies.com!

February 14th, 2009 · No Comments · Updates

I can hardly believe it: it’s been a year to the day since I decided, on the spur of the moment, to start writing about lovely companies! Please join me in wishing happy birthday to LovelyCompanies.com! I was inspired to start writing in the first place by smaller companies such as MOO and innocent drinks [...]

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TED 2009: First Talks Emerge

February 13th, 2009 · No Comments · Charities, Happiness, Lovely People, Non profit, Philanthropy

Last week was TED week in Long Beach, California. The conference (which we’ve written about before) gives the stage to some of the most fascinating people from around the world to talk for twenty minutes about any topic close to their heart. The talks are then published online, free for all to watch. The first [...]

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Twitterers Organise Twestival – Tonight!

February 12th, 2009 · No Comments · Charities, Fundraising

Tonight something extraordinary is happening right around the world. In 200 cities across the globe, people will be getting together to raise money for charity. The event is called Twestival and has been organised almost entirely using Twitter. The event organisers reckon they could raise $1m for charity:water which will help bring clean, safe drinking [...]

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Why Not Give Away Your Free Capacity?

February 12th, 2009 · No Comments · Small Companies

We first wrote about Litmus almost a year ago when they gave all their users a Christmas present: a free lifetime account for stats package CrazyEgg worth $9/month. Litmus is a web app that helps you make sure that the website you are making looks just right in all the various web browsers. The guys [...]

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GoodGuide: “Goodness” Ratings of Consumer Products

February 11th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Environment, Sustainability

GoodGuide.com provides the world’s largest and most reliable source of information on the health, environmental, and social impacts of the products in your home. It can help you answer such questions as “Is my shampoo safe?” and “What are the safest toys for my children?” GoodGuide was started by Dara O‚ÄôRourke as “a ‘For Benefit’ [...]

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Is it marmalade? Is it honey? No, it’s Superjam!

February 10th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Lovely People, Small Companies

“Fraser Doherty always loved jam.” So starts the blurb on his website Superjam.co.uk. When Fraser (“Jam boy”) was 14, his Gran shared her jam secrets with him and after developing the healthiest jam recipe he could, he pitched the idea to the supermarkets. Soon his Superjam range was flying off the shelves! Since launching Superjam, [...]

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Meet Gary Vaynerchuk

February 10th, 2009 · No Comments · Lovely People

Gary Vaynerchuk is an American businessman who took over the family business – rebranding it as Wine Library – at a young age and transformed it from a local store into a $50m national industry leader. Every weekday he records an episode of Wine Library TV in which he tastes different wines with his guests [...]

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How to react to your website getting hacked

February 9th, 2009 · No Comments · GSOH, Lovely People, Special Occasions

One of the scariest things that can happen to anyone with a website is to see it get hacked. A few weeks ago a site called Corkd.com, run by Gary Vaynerchuk of Wine Library TV, was hacked into, a story which made the front page of TechCrunch. In a flash, Gary was on the scene [...]

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Research: Happiness Is Contagious

February 9th, 2009 · No Comments · Happiness

We all know that giggling can be highly contagious but the LA Times recently published some more concrete evidence that happiness is contagious… Scientists studied the relationships of 5,000 people for decades and the conclusion they reached was that happiness is like a contagious disease! It spreads like a virus: the more time you spend [...]

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