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Our brains synchronize during a conversation

Scientists measured the movement of their brainwaves simultaneously and confirmed that their oscillations took place at the same time. / BCBL Something as simple as an everyday conversation causes the brains of the participants to begin to work simultaneously. This is the conclusion of a study carried out by the Basque Centre on Cognition, Brain, and

2017-07-23T08:33:29+00:00 Tags: |

Engineering firm becomes entirely employee owned

Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen Inc. (TWM) has been an employee-owned company for more than 70 years. The engineering and surveying firm took it one step further and announced on Monday it has become 100 percent employee stock ownership plan-owned. In 2003, TWM initiated the ESOP structure, with the ESOP buying more shares with each passing

2017-07-24T03:27:22+00:00 Tags: , |

Conscious consumerism is a lie. Here is what you can really do to save the environment

As a sustainable lifestyle blogger, my job is to make conscious consumerism look good. Over the course of four years Instagramming eco-friendly outfits, testing non-toxic nail polish brands, and writing sustainable city guides, I became a proponent of having it all—fashion, fun, travel, beauty—while still being eco-friendly. So when I was invited to speak on

Genes account for half of differences in social mobility

A new King’s College London study suggests that genes account for nearly 50 per cent of the differences between whether children are socially mobile or not. One of the best predictors of children’s educational attainment is their parents' educational level and in the past this association was thought to be environmental, rather than influenced by

2017-07-23T08:25:20+00:00 Tags: |

Three strategies to boost financial wellness in your workplace

A company retirement plan used to be an optional benefit for employees. But it turns out that investing in your workers’ financial future can have a direct impact on your bottom line. Today, 53 percent of Americans are stressed about their finances, according to PwC’s 2017 Employee Financial Wellness Survey. And nearly half of those

Shared Value – how business is stepping up

From rising inequality to climate change, smart business models are helping share the load of finding sustainable solutions to today’s complex social challenges, leading innovators say. Customers and employees increasingly expect companies to make a positive impact on the community as well as the bottom line. When they meet these two needs simultaneously, they hit

CalPERS Throws its Weight Around to Make the World a Better Place

Some call it altruistic investing. Others use adjectives like responsible, sustainable or social impact. The concept is to strategically choose where to invest so that you can have a positive effect while still making a profit. The California Public Employees Retirement System has made recent changes to make them a leader in this field. Usually,

Rush hour pollution may be more dangerous than you think

The first in-car measurements of exposure to pollutants that cause oxidative stress during rush hour commutes has turned up potentially alarming results. The levels of some forms of harmful particulate matter inside car cabins was found to be twice as high as previously believed. Most traffic pollution sensors are placed on the ground alongside the

2017-07-23T08:16:33+00:00 Tags: |

Fin Feather Fur Outfitters owner sells company to employees

Ashland-based Fin Feather Fur Outfitters, which specializes in outdoor sporting equipment, recently reached an agreement to sell the business to its employees through a stock ownership program, according to a release from the organization. Founded 31 years ago by Mike Goschinski, the company finalized an agreement on May 31 to sell 100 percent of the company

2017-07-22T13:11:38+00:00 Tags: , |

Tragic ways in which poverty affects the poor

The tragedy behind the effects of poverty is that it impacts the mental capacity of the poor, causes them to age faster and get fatter due to the poor diet and nutrition. This is according findings of academic research into the impact of poverty. This runs counter to the common intuition that sees poverty as an outcome

Social media: Simplifying surveillance

The image messaging service Snapchat is particularly popular among young adolescents, and the recent release of its latest feature – Snap Map – provoked widespread concern among parents, and protests from child protection agencies. Snap Map enables users to monitor their friends’ movements, and determine – in real time – exactly where their posts are

2017-07-23T08:09:50+00:00 Tags: |

Employee-Owned Companies and Worker Cooperatives: a Comparison

So, are the models of employee-owned companies and workers’ cooperatives the same? Americans across the political spectrum have a misconception that employee-owned companies and worker cooperatives are alike, or at least function in similar fashion. Several websites that contribute to this fallacy include Democratic Socialists of America and MachimonWordPress. Websites like these continue to conflate employee-owned companies with

Solving “more month than money” puzzle

Microeconomics and innovative technologies are redefining the U.S. workplace and workforce. Yet according to a recent PwC study, about 70% of households still live paycheck to paycheck—with financial disaster just one broken air conditioner or hospital visit away. It’s not surprising that a March 2017 MetLife survey found 49% of employees are stressed and anxious

India must rethink infrastructure needs for 100 new ‘smart’ cities to be sustainable

Plans to create 100 new 'smart’ cities in India to support the country's rapidly growing urban population could have a significant detrimental impact on the environment unless greater emphasis is placed on providing new supporting infrastructure and utilities, according to a major new study. Professor Hugh Byrd, a specialist in urban planning from the University

2017-07-23T08:03:37+00:00 Tags: |

One in three cases of dementia preventable

This remarkable fact was part of a report by the first Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention and Care that was presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2017 and published in The Lancet. The report also highlighted the beneficial effects of nonpharmacologic interventions such as social contact and exercise for people with dementia. “There’s been a great

2017-07-23T07:58:21+00:00 Tags: , |

Gender Lens Investing Gains Ground – But Can It Conquer Wall Street?

Gender lens investing — the practice of choosing investments that take gender into account, specifically those that promote women’s issues and female leadership — is gaining momentum. “There’s a lot of activity, from publicly traded securities to high impact investing,” says Joseph Keefe, CEO of Pax World Funds, its investment adviser Pax World Management as

Honest financing as a path to economic mobility and social justice

Societal health can be assessed by a handful of factors: economic mobility (is the current generation earning more than their parents did?), upward mobility (the rate of which an individual can improve their own socioeconomic status), productivity (how efficiently one can earn income) and lastly, whether they have sufficient access to the resources and tools

The vast majority of all the plastic ever made is still sitting on the planet somewhere

Plastic doesn't disappear—at least not on any timescale relevant to a human lifespan. Since the end of World War II, plastics have proliferated, becoming a part of nearly everything we use in nearly every aspect of daily life. Yearly production has grown from 2 million metric tons of plastic in 1950 to 380 million metric

2017-07-24T03:26:31+00:00 Tags: , , |

How physical exercise prevents dementia

FRANKFURT.Numerous studies have shown that physical exercise seems beneficial in the prevention of cognitive impairment and dementia in old age. Now researchers at Goethe University Frankfurt have explored in one of the first studies worldwide how exercise affects brain metabolism. In order to further advance current state of knowledge on the positive influence of physical

2017-07-23T07:39:27+00:00 Tags: |