Archive for 2011

Worker Owned Cooperatives

May 20th, 2011 | post a comment

Since the advent of the industrial revolutions there has been a noble experiment both here and abroad of businesses that owned and democratically controlled by their worker/owners. If you know about these types of businesses, you probably think of them as small and local. For the most part that’s true here in the US. However, […]

The Ethics and Poetry of Business

May 12th, 2011 | post a comment

On this week’s Business Matters, we’re examining at ways for business leaders to use the power of language to be a more effective. We’ll talk with a poet and a professor of ethics at Harvard, both of whom have explored how language and storytelling can be used in business. Originally broadcast on March 13, 2009 […]

The Truth about Genetically Modified Crops

May 5th, 2011 | post a comment

Over the past 30 years dramatic changes have altered the agricultural landscape both here and around the world. Since 1981 we have lost over 750,000 family farms and half of those that are left augment their income from off farm sources. There is less diversity in our farming (just look a the mile after mile […]

Privacy and Personal Information on the Internet

April 28th, 2011 | post a comment

Apple and Google are tracking our every move with their cell phones. The U.S. government is seeking all sorts of personal information from the users of online services. On this program we explore the new norm for privacy, how can we raise our awareness of what others know about us and what can we do […]

Wisdom from Clear Thinkers on the Way Ahead

April 20th, 2011 | post a comment

Considered out of touch just a few years ago, these two clear thinkers predictions have proven to be on the money. They offer an astute picture of the near future and practical advice on landing on our feet. Listen to the Full Episode | Download MP3 [audio:http://businessmatters.net/episodes/04-20-11_buisness_matters_full.mp3] Dmitry Orlov Emigrating from the Soviet Union at […]

Positive Inspiration for Personal Success, Great Teams and Corporate Cultures

April 13th, 2011 | post a comment

This week we learn the lessons of wisdom from a west Texas grandmother that are the foundation for personal success.¬† We learn the traits of successful rowers that is the foundation for building great teams in business. We also find that love is the secret ingredient in creating corporate cultures that will thrive in the […]

Future Liablities of a Broken Financial System

April 7th, 2011 | post a comment

One of the hidden risks for all Americans is the basically unchecked losses that are being covered by the federal government to keep the mortgage industry alive. The two key players are Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Today we look at the current state of these institutions in federal receivership and the role of Congressional […]

Hero of the Working Class and Our Human Nature May Save Us

March 31st, 2011 | post a comment

We pay tribute to Joe Bageant who passed away this past week. His writing has inspired a truthful conversation about the diminishment of the working class in America.¬†Also we look at new research that shows our human nature to bond may be our saving grace. Listen to the Full Episode | Download MP3 [audio:http://businessmatters.net/episodes/03-30-11_Business_Matters_Full.mp3] Joe […]

Making Sense of Turbulent Times

March 22nd, 2011 | post a comment

A wave of unsettling circumstances is sweeping across the globe. Natural disasters, nuclear accidents, economic turmoil, oil depletion and environmental collapse. With the news media often proving unreliable and the doomsayers seemingly unbelievable, what is a reasonable way to consider the future. We can all agree that the next 20 years will be very different […]

The Inconsistency of Human Nature

March 16th, 2011 | post a comment

From time to time, we explore human nature in depth to give us a better understanding of ourselves and each other. Over the past weeks, we have seen turmoil across the globe. Whether it was the dramatic political changes in the Middle East and North Africa or the turmoil in Wisconsin and other states of […]

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