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Americares disaster relief team in Nepal

April 25th, 2015  |  Source: Americares


AmeriCares is responding to the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal earlier today, causing buildings to collapse, setting off avalanches on Mount Everest and catapulting the region into chaos.


Everyone Profits from the Return on Character

April 23rd, 2015  |  Source: Strategy + Business

Veteran management guru Fred Kiel uses hard data to prove that soft factors like integrity, forgiveness, and compassion energize employees and customers — and deliver better returns.

It’s rare to find a business book, let alone one on leadership, that is well researched, well documented, well written, convincing, credible, and imbued with a voice that one grows to both trust and admire. Fred Kiel’s 200-pager, Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win, is a standout for at least three reasons.

Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables

April 15th, 2015  |  Source: Bloomberg

This is the beginning of the end.

The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. And there's no going back. 

New Social Progress Index from Michael Porter

April 11th, 2015  |  Source: FSG Consulting

Michael E. Porter has announced the launch of the Social Progress Imperative, a new rigorous index rating the social performance of more than 50 countries. Developed with the AVINA, Rockefeller, and Skoll foundations, this is the first index to fully separate social indicators from economic ones. In examining data on basic needs, well-being, and opportunity it creates a global agenda for country level policy.

Buying up the competition

March 24th, 2015  |  Source: The Economist

The latest mobile merger deal is good news for shareholders—and bad news for everyone else


The Middle Class Has Gotten Smaller In Every State Since 2000

March 20th, 2015  |  Source: HuffPo

America’s middle class is shrinking in every state in America.

new analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts' Stateline blog, shows that the percentage of middle-class households -- defined as those earning between 67 and 200 percent of a state’s median income -- dropped in every U.S. state between 2000 and 2013. Median income also fell in most states during that period.


The Fuzzy, Insane Math That's Creating So Many Billion-Dollar Tech Companies

March 17th, 2015  |  Source: Bloomberg

Startups achieve astronomical valuations in exchange for protecting new investors

Snapchat, the photo-messaging app raising cash at a $15 billion valuation, probably isn't actually worth more than Clorox or Campbell Soup. So where did investors come up with that enormous headline number?

How Interest Rates Keep Making People on Wall Street Look Like Fools

March 16th, 2015  |  Source: Bloomberg

Will this be the year they get it right?

If there’s one call that investors and economists almost always seem to get wrong, it’s the direction of long-term interest rates. For years economists have been predicting that rates would rise, yet rates have been on a downtrend for ages.


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