All posts in "Business"

#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 […]


#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 […]


#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 […]


#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 […]


#1164 Paper or plastic? The environment wants more from us

By Cathryn Wellner / November 14, 2014

“Paper or plastic?” That was the mantra a few years back, when people were arguing over whether tree- or petroleum-based products were the better environmental sacrifice. In her TED2013 talk, Leyla Acaroglu addresses the environmental complexity of a seemingly simple decision. What we are facing, when we opt for an electric car or choose paper […]


#1159 Print-and-plug solar panels coming soon

By Cathryn Wellner / November 3, 2014

While governments and energy companies have dragged their feet on alternative forms of energy, others have quietly gone about developing solutions. A team of Australian scientists have come up with printable solar panels. The flexible sheets can power our devices, and they can power our skyscrapers. The researchers are part of the Victorian Organic Solar […]


#1149 Renewable energy Davids are challenging the Goliaths

By Cathryn Wellner / October 13, 2014

With governments, corporations and fossil-fuel companies still pretending we have time to futz around with business-as-usual energy schemes, innovators are doing an end run and coming up with alternatives. One place to check out some American ideas is on the Center for Social Inclusion’s site, Energy Democracy for All. Instead of ignoring the climate-change train […]

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