Smartybusiness http://smartybusiness.com Fri, 03 Oct 2014 15:11:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming http://smartybusiness.com/beware-fellow-plutocrats-pitchforks-coming.html http://smartybusiness.com/beware-fellow-plutocrats-pitchforks-coming.html#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:27:15 +0000 http://smartybusiness.com/?p=56562 Nick Hanauer is a rich guy, an unrepentant capitalist — and he has something to say to his fellow plutocrats: Wake up! Growing inequality is about to push our societies into conditions resembling pre-revolutionary France. Hear his argument about why a dramatic increase in minimum wage could grow the middle class, deliver economic prosperity ... and prevent a revolution.

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A park underneath the hustle and bustle of New York City http://smartybusiness.com/park-underneath-hustle-bustle-new-york-city.html http://smartybusiness.com/park-underneath-hustle-bustle-new-york-city.html#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 14:42:05 +0000 http://smartybusiness.com/?p=56563 Dan Barasch and James Ramsey have a crazy plan — to create a park, filled with greenery, underneath New York City. The two are developing the Lowline, an underground greenspace the size of a football field. They're building it in a trolley terminal abandoned in 1948, using technology that harvests sunlight above-ground and directs it down below. It's a park that can thrive, even in winter.

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Which country does the most good for the world? http://smartybusiness.com/country-good-world.html http://smartybusiness.com/country-good-world.html#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:43:55 +0000 http://smartybusiness.com/?p=56564 It's an unexpected side effect of globalization: problems that once would have stayed local—say, a bank lending out too much money—now have consequences worldwide. But still, countries operate independently, as if alone on the planet. Policy advisor Simon Anholt has dreamed up an unusual scale to get governments thinking outwardly: The Good Country Index. In a riveting and funny talk, he answers the question, "Which country does the most good?" The answer may surprise you (especially if you live in the US or China).

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Color blind or color brave? http://smartybusiness.com/color-blind-color-brave.html http://smartybusiness.com/color-blind-color-brave.html#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:45:58 +0000 http://smartybusiness.com/?p=56565 The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it's a "conversational third rail." But, she says, that's exactly why we need to start talking about it. In this engaging, persuasive talk, Hobson makes the case that speaking openly about race — and particularly about diversity in hiring — makes for better businesses and a better society.

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Here’s how we take back the Internet http://smartybusiness.com/heres-take-back-internet.html http://smartybusiness.com/heres-take-back-internet.html#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:47:26 +0000 http://smartybusiness.com/?p=56566 Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. "Your rights matter,” he says, "because you never know when you're going to need them." Chris Anderson interviews, with special guest Tim Berners-Lee.

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