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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 […]


#1207 The unlikely alliance of lesbians, gays and miners

By Cathryn Wellner / February 25, 2015

In the UK of the Margaret Thatcher era, gays and lesbians were dealing with discrimination, barriers, suspicion and the onset of the AIDS crisis. Then On March 6, 1984 the government announced it was closing 20 coal mines immediately and 70 over the long run. Tens of thousands of British miners put down their tools […]


#1205 Outpouring of love for a shopkeeper

By Cathryn Wellner / February 20, 2015

We all know about flash mobs, but loyal customers of Avi Gandhi’s convenience store in Levittown, New York gave it a different twist. They threw a cash mob. Avi is a fixture in Levittown, with a kind word, a helping hand, and a bit of credit, if necessary, for everyone who comes through the doors […]


#1202 Would you walk 21 miles a day to work? He did.

By Cathryn Wellner / February 13, 2015

James Robertson leaves his Detroit home at 8:00 every morning. By 12:30 he reaches the industrial park, where he works in a factory from 2 to 10 p.m. When his shift ends, he reverses the commute, reaching home around 4 a.m. He sleeps until 6 a.m. and then begins the commute again. What is so […]

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