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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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#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 […]

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#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 […]

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#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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#1199 Rising Tide Car Wash Staffed by Young People with Autism

By Cathryn Wellner / February 6, 2015

A family-owned and operated car wash in Parkland, Florida, offers a quality service that gives special attention to detail. John and Tom D’Eri, a father-and-son entrepreneurial team, started CanDo Business Ventures out of concern for the future of Andrew. Tom’s brother Andrew was turning 21 in 2012. Fearing the young man’s autism would limit his […]

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#1194 Buy a carpet; save a child

By Cathryn Wellner / January 26, 2015

Children are perfect for the job of weaving rugs. Their small hands can tie the tiniest of knots. In one 8’ x 10’ rug, a million of those knots form the exquisite design. Of course, young children do not have the years of experience of a skilled, trained adult, but for unethical factory owners, they […]

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#1171 We can build cities on a human scale

By Cathryn Wellner / December 1, 2014

Whenever a high rise is proposed for my small city of Kelowna, British Columbia, residents who fear densification’s worst impacts come to public meetings to oppose it. And although I live in a condo building myself, I understand where they are coming from. Take a look at the high rise neighbourhoods that clog cities around […]

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