Today’s Solutions: May 25, 2024

A good kind of group think bui

A good kind of group think builds sustainable small businesses

Ernesto Sirolli taps into the collective genius of communities. Larry Gallagher | Sept/Oct 2009 issue If you happen to ride your bicycle to Ernesto Sirolli's Sacramento, California, residence, as I did, your effort won't go unrewarded. When he opens the garage door, you'll be treated to a glimpse Read More...

Tales of the credit crunch

Tales of the credit crunch

Filmmaker Johan Kramer finds inspiration in the financial crisis. Max Christern | Sept/Oct 2009 issue   A Japanese woman walks two dogs along a winding path in a well-groomed park. The dogs sniff around the bushes as the woman walks patiently behind, plastic bags in hand, ready to clean up Read More...

The goodness of crowds

The goodness of crowds

When large numbers of people give a little, they accomplish a lot. Charles Best | Sept/Oct 2009 issue The global economic recession is an opportunity to fuel social change. While financial instinct says philanthropy will suffer in times of economic distress, there's evidence that the challenges we Read More...

The business of making people

The business of making people laugh

Janet Paskin | August 2009 issue What’s a laugh worth? You can get your yuks in a comedy club for $20 or less; for a few hours of humor in a movie theater, you’ll pay about $10. A whoopee cushion or a joy buzzer is significantly cheaper; to indulge in more highbrow humor—say, a framed New Read More...

Mocking the news is hard work

Mocking the news is hard work at satirical newspaper The Onion

Carolyn Steel | August 2009 issue Onion writer Todd Hanson, in a lighter moment. Photograph: Carol R. Hartsell How do humor writers deal with the constant pressure of trying to be funny on deadline? "Mocking each other and having dangerous levels of psychiatric pathologies is probably the main Read More...

Tales of the credit crunch

Tales of the credit crunch

Max Christern | June/July 2009 Read More...

My country, boom or bust

My country, boom or bust

Why economic nationalism is unpatriotic. Carolyn Steel | June/July 2009 issue As the world economy plunges into recession, globalization is going into reverse. A virtuous circle of rising trade and booming economic growth has turned into a vicious spiral of plunging demand and collapsing trade. Read More...