Category Archive: Rethinking Consumption

Virtual validation addiction

We’ve all been there.  Having just written (what we think) is a great update on one of the big social networks, we hear “crickets.” No one says anything.  We might have felt that our status update was witty, but apparently no one else did.

LMS: “Like My Status” 

The shockingly addictive spell that Facebook has had over people during its relatively short existence has, in part, been driven by the “Like” button [...]

Micro-preneurs don’t need the old economy

A few months ago, I had a discussion with my brother & dad around the impending “economic reset” looming as a result of the European debt crisis.  So, we war-gamed scenarios, created new business ideas for the post-Euro world and poked a little fun at doomsday predictions.

Fast forward a few months into the future…while most countries in Euroland will probably not face extreme Depression era scenarios, 1 or 2 might [...]

Entrepreneurs rise up to defend the Occupy Wall Street movement

I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been pretty intrigued by the Occupy Wall Street movement as it “went global” last week.  Yeah, a few anti globalization demonstrations caught headlines in the late 90s, but I never thought a movement uniting the middle class left AND the right (at least in theory) against the perils of crony capitalism, corporate greed and political corruption would ever fully get [...]

Refreshing the American dream

What do you value?

I’ve just stumbled upon an old slideshare presentation listing American core values:

Achievement & Success, Individualism, Freedom, Progress, Material Comfort, Activity, Practicality, External Conformity, Humanitarianism, Youthfulness, Fitness & Health.

Many of these values flow from our history as a country promoting life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness in the “land of plenty.”

James Truslow Adams first coined the term American Dream in his 1931 book Epic of America:  [...]

Are many new businesses going to be useless?

Most businesses are socially useless. –Umair Haque

With “Black Friday” behind us and “Cyber Monday” ahead of us, economic pundits continue to wring their hands and fret that holiday retail consumer spending will not “hold up” enough in 2009 to pull us out of the current economic funk.   At the same time, many in the underground “anti” world are asking people to just Buy Nothing for 1 day (Nov 27th was [...]

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