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The Charity That Big Tech Built

Silicon Valley technology has been unkind to traditional middlemen. Streaming music punished the record industry. Netflix killed video stores. Life has become harder for intermediaries such as travel agents and stockbrokers.

So it is perplexing

Understanding how persuasion works can make consumers more savvy

When someone offers a free sample, it’s not really free. It comes with the implied expectation that if a person accepts it, he or she will feel obligated to return the favor and eventually pay

How AI Will Change the Way We Make Decisions

With the recent explosion in AI, there has been the understandable concern about its potential impact on human work. Plenty of people have tried to predict which industries and jobs will be most affected, and

Employee Ownership

Modern Times Beer Sells Out: To Its Employees

Modern Times Beer made a big splash on the craft beer scene when it launched in 2013. Located in San Francisco and founded by a former Stone Brewing Co. employee, the brewery’s first year was highlighted by a

Employee ownership trusts: is a tax-free business exit really possible?

For shareholders looking to exit from their companies, many challenges arise in finding the right buyer on the right terms, whilst continuing to operate the business throughout a sale process which may or may not

Dallas’ first couple of design hitches Staffelbach future to big-league suitor

Andre Staffelbach, Dallas’ interior design of hall-of-famer, and his CEO wife, Jo Staffelbach Heinz, have decided to run with the big dogs. On Tuesday evening, the sole owners of Staffelbach Design Group quietly merged their 70-person firm

Environment

Urban oasis high atop a hospital Power Plant

Happen to be on the fifth floor or higher of the Shapiro building? Take a minute to look past the glass façade towards the Albany St. power plant. No, the power plant of a hospital

Proof Positive people and planet equal profit

It is easy to dismiss social impact as the latest CSR fashion: valuable in marketing to socially aware millennials and in staff recruitment, certainly, but difficult to adopt into a business in any material way.

Urban floods intensifying, countryside drying up

Drier soils and reduced water flow in rural areas but more intense rainfall that overwhelms infrastructure and causes flooding and stormwater overflow in urban centres. That’s the finding of an exhaustive global analysis of the world’s

Poverty and Prosperity

Smartphone tracking shows fear affects where youth spend time

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Youth spend less time in their neighborhoods if area residents have a high fear of crime, according to a new study that used smartphones to track kids’ whereabouts. Researchers found that adolescents

The million dollar incentive to change the world

How would you improve the lives of those living in crowded urban spaces if you had $US1 million? UNSW students will have the chance to answer to this question at the Hult Prize competition, hosted

If We Care About Inequality, We Must Confront Capital

The top of society extracts nearly $5 trillion every year without working for it. The United States is an enormously wealthy country. In 2015, total household wealth stood at $71.3 trillion.  This is equal to $220,000

Health

Why Big Pharma Is Struggling to Profit From the Obesity Epidemic

In a decades-long struggle to control her weight, Carolyn Mills joined the YMCA many times, signed up for the Jenny Craig diet program and tried fen-phen, the drug combination later found to damage heart valves.

10 Secrets to Living a Long, Healthy Life

Super agers are a group of older adults who have cognitive abilities on par with people decades younger than them. From what you should eat to how you should exercise and who you should spend

Link between biological clock and aging revealed

Scientists studying how aging affects the biological clock’s control of metabolism have discovered that a low-calorie diet helps keep these energy-regulating processes humming and the body younger. In a study appearing today in the journal

Impact Investing

Can Big Money Fix a Broken Food System?

Massive venture capital investments in food make for a steady stream of splashy, dramatic headlines. Juicero raises $120 million; reporters discover you can “juice” their product without the help of the $400 machine. Hampton Creek raises $220

At the Heart of Impact Measurement, Listening to Customers

Impact measurement has been called many things: confusing, costly, even quixotic. According to an annual survey of impact investors by the Global Impact Investing Network(GIIN), unsophisticated measurement practice is one of the five biggest constraints to growing the impact

How to engage investors focused on profit in solutions for the poor

Devex heads to Demo Day at 500 Startups, a Silicon Valley-based accelerator, to find out how startup founders focused on global development challenges can make the case to investors that there is money to be

Financial Wellness (also on sister website PFEEF.org)

The Solution to Negative Effects of Financially Stressed Workers

Employees distracted by financial pressures cost companies in several ways, and the impact on business revenue is quite severe. Heightened levels of anxiety hurt morale and prevent workers from producing at maximum efficiency. Medical expenses

Steal this 4-step blueprint for a successful financial wellness program

All employees are affected by financial wellness to some degree, and this area is a huge opportunity for employers everywhere. That’s what MetLife VP Jeffrey P. Tulloch told a jam-packed room of attendees at the 2017 SHRM Conference

Financial and legal stress impacts employee wellness

Across businesses of all sizes, trends such as yoga lunch hours, active commute groups, onsite dieticians, fitness classes and healthy snack options are emerging. Research has shown that employee engagement is clearly linked to an employee's

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