Archive for 2012

Government, Society and Business

October 14th, 2012 | post a comment

This week’s program explores the relationship between business and democracy with two people who have written extensively about what it means to be a leader and a citizen.  Parker Palmer, author of “Healing The Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit,” encourages us to “address the better angels […]

Encore Edition – Willful Blindness, Voluntary Simplicty and a Thought Leaders Perspective

September 27th, 2012 | post a comment

We are at work on a very special program. Like many projects, this one is taking a bit longer than we expected. Not to let you down, we bring you three of our favorite interviews. They span the topics of Willful Blindness, Voluntary Simplicity and a view on the qualities needed to create communities that […]

How you Spend your Money can Reshape the World!

September 13th, 2012 | 1 comment

Each day we make many decisions about how we spend money. Each decision is an unspoken agreement in support of the company that provides the products or services we buy. This week, we look at the impact of our unconscious tendencies of consumption and the value of deliberately choosing the use of our money. This […]

The Business of Family Farming

August 29th, 2012 | post a comment

Many of us have an almost idyllic picture of family farms that seems to come from a Norman Rockwell painting. That time is long past, as today, family farms are a business. The same savvy that successful entrepreneurs and small business CEOs employ are part of family farm life. Much of the diversity of farm […]

Food Safety – GMO crops, Nanotechnology and CAFOs

August 16th, 2012 | 1 comment

Most of us go to the supermarket to buy our food. We trust that everything we buy will be safe and healthy. The problem is that food safety and healthy eating look different depending our your point of view. Let me give you an example. If you are a snack food company, you think in […]

Local Self-Sufficiency – Resilience, Transition and Simplicity

August 1st, 2012 | 1 comment

This week we talk about a movement that’s growing across the globe in response to the impact of how we humans are trashing the planet. Whether it’s our use of petrochemicals or the consequence of some of our food production practices or our insatiable appetite for stuff, we are consuming more resources than earth can […]

Money, the Supreme Court and the 2012 Presidential Elections

July 18th, 2012 | 1 comment

It’s summer and the weather is hot across much of the country, but the hottest spots are the rhetoric between the Obama and Romney campaigns. The rules of engagement, always contentious, are beyond belief. What’s making this year different is MONEY. Current projections are that between 9 and 11 BILLION will be spent on the […]

Radical Changes in the World of Publishing!

July 3rd, 2012 | post a comment

We all know that the publishing industry is going through dramatic change. Looking around our neighborhoods, we see the vacant storefronts of closed bookstores. The impact of these changes is far greater than meets the eye. This week on Business Matters, we look at the publishing through the lenses of a books publisher, best selling […]

Willful Blindness

June 20th, 2012 | post a comment

As we read the morning headlines, we are offered one surprise after another. The 2008 economic crisis seemed to come out of nowhere. The rampant fraud at Enron and MCI caught us off guard. BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was like a freak accident. The truth is that there are very few […]

The Business of Simplicity

June 7th, 2012 | post a comment

This week on Business Matters, our topic is simplicity. Simplicity is a notion that we speak about, like we know what it is. Yet, if you stop people in the street and ask them,  “What is simplicity?”, they will generally say something like, “Well… it’s  uhhh  simple.. It’s something you know what it is when […]

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