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Would you share a table with the enemy?

By Cathryn Wellner / November 23, 2015

The Humus Bar* does not consider Jews and Arabs enemies, but it cannot ignore the growing intolerance of extremists on both sides of that equation. So they decided to offer a 50% discount to Jews and Arabs willing to sit down together over a delicious dish of hummus. On October 12th, they posted a notice […]


Sama Group is ENDING poverty for thousands

By Cathryn Wellner / November 20, 2015

What if poverty were not inevitable? What if your charity donations could help people become tax payers instead of tax recipients? Would that influence your thinking about immigration, poverty, and…why not…the future of the world? After watching the interview Marie Forleo did with Leila Janah, I’m prepared to throw my hat into the ring of […]


The $70,000 minimum wage is working

By Cathryn Wellner / November 4, 2015

I confess when I wrote about Dan Price and his shocking minimum wage, I gulped, crossed my fingers and held my breath. The CEO of Gravity Payments had announced that over the next three years he was going to even out the pay scale. Everyone in the company would make the same salary, $70,000. My […]


Homeless customers are welcome at Rosa’s Fresh Pizza

By Cathryn Wellner / July 24, 2015

Mason Wartman did well on Wall Street. By the time he stopped doing equity research to start a pizza joint, he had saved a quarter of a million dollars. He used that money to launch Rosa’s Fresh Pizza, in honour of his mother, Rose. One day a customer asked to buy a slice of the […]


The young man who will clean the ocean

By Cathryn Wellner / July 13, 2015

In October 2013 I wrote about Boyan Slat, who had designed a platform he claimed “could remove 7.25 million tons of plastic trash from the oceans in five years and make a profit doing it.” His 2012 TEDxDelft talk was convincing, but the distance between conception and execution sounded like a canyon the size of […]


Family is how you love, not whom you love

By Cathryn Wellner / July 8, 2015

Tylenol’s #HowWeFamily campaign comes at a time when overt racism in America is boiling over and when right-wing Christians claim their faith is under attack. People from those two camps may boil over themselves after watching the ad. The company hired activist filmmaker Dustin Lance Black to create the campaign videos. They chose well. Selling […]


Shoes that grow as children’s feet grow

By Cathryn Wellner / June 12, 2015

Anyone who buys shoes for children knows how quickly their feet grow. Kenton Lee stumbled onto a way to solve the problem of the constant demand for new shoes while he was living and working in Kenya. He saw children in too-small shoes and sighed a wish: for a shoe that could grow right along […]


Forget what you know about houses

By Cathryn Wellner / June 8, 2015

Elora Hardy uses the bamboo so ubiquitous in tropical climates, and her native Bali, to build houses that will defy any preconceptions you may have about housing…and about bamboo. Houses do not have to be straight-walled rectangles. They do not have to rely on concrete or wood. They can be airy, fanciful, sturdy, curving homes […]


The company where everyone, even the CEO, will earn $70,000

By Cathryn Wellner / May 22, 2015

Dan Price, CEO of Seattle’s Gravity Payments (a payment processing company) gave up a million-dollar salary to try an outrageous experiment. He cut his salary to $70,000 and increased every employee’s salary to exactly the same level. He told CNN News he paid his first employee $24,000 and no health benefits. That troubled him so […]

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