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Entries from August 27th, 2009

Securitizing Happiness: Hacking Human Suffering Through Financial Engineering

August 27th, 2009 · No Comments · Happiness, Lovely People, Venture Philanthropy

Below are the slides from Dave McClure‘s talk at TEDxShanghai in June: Dave admits that he’s “not really a financial engineering expert” however he is “optimistic the basic ideas here are viable, worthwhile and can have substantial economic impact on society in the future.”

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Alain de Botton’s kinder, gentler philosophy of success

August 26th, 2009 · No Comments · Happiness, Lovely People, On Loveliness

I’ve been a fan of Alain de Botton for some time now so I was very excited to learn that he spoke at TEDGlobal in Oxford back in July. Do take a moment to watch his talk above. A couple of choice quotes: It’s perhaps easier now, than ever before, to make a good living. [...]

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The Bottom Line – Ecological Disposable Nappies

August 25th, 2009 · No Comments · Recycling, Small Companies, Sustainability

Let’s talk about nappies. Half a ton of nappies, actually. A year’s worth of disposable nappies for just one baby. Because babies poo. A lot. Big-brand manufacturers seem to ignore the environmental impact of disposable nappies. This is very concerning. But disposable nappies are so convenient! What’s a parent to do? Marlene Sandberg asked herself [...]

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EthicalSuperstore.com: Creating Global Change Through An Ethical Consumer Revolution

August 24th, 2009 · No Comments · Ethics, Small Companies, Sustainability

Earlier in the year I met up with a local lovely company. Hailing from the Team Valley Trading Estate in nearby Gateshead, EthicalSuperstore.com sells thousands of different groceries, gifts and gadgets from their easy-to-use website. I had a chat with founder and CEO Andy Redfern and he showed me round their offices and warehouse. For [...]

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