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In An Era of Opportunity, Five Tips For Modern Entrepreneurs
Feel free to live life out of order, or preferably in your own order
Since prior precedence is still evolving, mentor and co-mentor as you go
Find your unique empathy for the human condition and you will find your drive to innovation
See and be seen for your ongoing ideas of contribution
Don’t be afraid to move toward people who intimidate you in your profession, or in your life
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In An Era of Opportunity, Five Tips For Modern Entrepreneurs

  1. Feel free to live life out of order, or preferably in your own order
  2. Since prior precedence is still evolving, mentor and co-mentor as you go
  3. Find your unique empathy for the human condition and you will find your drive to innovation
  4. See and be seen for your ongoing ideas of contribution
  5. Don’t be afraid to move toward people who intimidate you in your profession, or in your life

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Transparency: Paying the Same Amount for Smaller Products
Many of the everyday items you buy have been suspiciously shrinking, without a reduce in cost! 

Transparency: Paying the Same Amount for Smaller Products

Many of the everyday items you buy have been suspiciously shrinking, without a reduce in cost! 

Thinking of starting your own business? Here are ten tips for first-time entrepreneurs.

Thinking of starting your own business? Here are ten tips for first-time entrepreneurs.

Use GOOD Spots to Find and Share the Best Small Businesses

We’re excited to announce the launch of GOOD Spots, an interactive map for the GOOD community to share and find the best small companies. So whether you want to try a new coffee shop, or have one you think is worth raving about, we want you to join us in celebrating local businesses. It’s easy to search and share by location, category and name to find and spread the word about small businesses in your area—or even the next place you plan to visit.
Join us on GOOD Spots and help us find and support the small businesses that everyone should know about.

Posted by GOOD Community member Emily Howard in Business, Community and Infographics

Use GOOD Spots to Find and Share the Best Small Businesses

We’re excited to announce the launch of GOOD Spots, an interactive map for the GOOD community to share and find the best small companies. So whether you want to try a new coffee shop, or have one you think is worth raving about, we want you to join us in celebrating local businesses. It’s easy to search and share by location, category and name to find and spread the word about small businesses in your area—or even the next place you plan to visit.

Join us on GOOD Spots and help us find and support the small businesses that everyone should know about.

Posted by GOOD Community member Emily Howard in Business, Community and Infographics

Why Designers Need to Share What We Do


Designers: in order to show non-designers the real value we can contribute, advocate for our profession in a rapidly developing and changing world, and help build a better world in which more people are creative problem solvers…
We have to articulate our profession in non-design terminology.

We have to be able to teach our profession to others.

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Written by GOOD Community member Annie Wu in Business, Creativity and Social Design

Why Designers Need to Share What We Do

Designers: in order to show non-designers the real value we can contribute, advocate for our profession in a rapidly developing and changing world, and help build a better world in which more people are creative problem solvers…

  • We have to articulate our profession in non-design terminology.
  • We have to be able to teach our profession to others.

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Written by GOOD Community member Annie Wu in BusinessCreativity and Social Design

Disney World Promoting Part-Timers So They Can Get Insurance

"The happiest place on earth" just got a little happier for part-time employees at Disney World being offered full-time employment so they can be eligible for health insurance under Obamacare. Reports say more companies are taking the same approach despite claims being made by Obamacare critics. A recent survey done by Duke University says "American companies actually intend to increase their number of full-time employees."

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Shared by GOOD’s Health Community Manager Jackie Ramirez in Health, Business and Obamacare

Disney World Promoting Part-Timers So They Can Get Insurance

"The happiest place on earth" just got a little happier for part-time employees at Disney World being offered full-time employment so they can be eligible for health insurance under Obamacare. Reports say more companies are taking the same approach despite claims being made by Obamacare critics. A recent survey done by Duke University says "American companies actually intend to increase their number of full-time employees."

Continue to thinkprogress.org

Shared by GOOD’s Health Community Manager Jackie Ramirez in Health, Business and Obamacare

Updating a nonprofit's website…

workingatanonprofit:

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Ever wonder how to make nonprofit work more interesting? Don’t overthink it. Check out how GOOD Community member Leah Neaderthal created a blog, workingatanonprofit.tumblr.com to “fulfill a community need.”

Learn more at medium.com

Five Reasons to Give Half Your Work Away- Matthew Manos wrote in Business, Graphic Design and Philanthropy

Since starting my freelance design career at the age of 16, I have been giving the majority of my work away for free.
In 2008, I launched verynice, a global design and innovation consultancy that donates more than half of its work to nonprofit organizations. Over the course of five years, we have been able to perfect a business model that relies on substantial volunteerism and, as a result, we have been able to grow the business to be home to a volunteer staff of more than 250 people in order to help hundreds of nonprofit organizations across the globe save nearly $1 million.
By institutionalizing a 50 percent pro-bono commitment, giving back has become an integral component of our business. Now we want to share five reasons we think freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses should do the same.

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Five Reasons to Give Half Your Work Away
Matthew Manos wrote in Business, Graphic Design and Philanthropy

Since starting my freelance design career at the age of 16, I have been giving the majority of my work away for free.

In 2008, I launched verynice, a global design and innovation consultancy that donates more than half of its work to nonprofit organizations. Over the course of five years, we have been able to perfect a business model that relies on substantial volunteerism and, as a result, we have been able to grow the business to be home to a volunteer staff of more than 250 people in order to help hundreds of nonprofit organizations across the globe save nearly $1 million.

By institutionalizing a 50 percent pro-bono commitment, giving back has become an integral component of our business. Now we want to share five reasons we think freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses should do the same.

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Organize an Office Recess and Create Your Own Game
Chloe Varelidi wrote in Play, Living and Business

When you think of our everyday endeavors and going through life as adults, we’re not really encouraged to be playful. But when we play games, we relax and become more receptive and less judgmental. Games trigger our creative juices—through solving problems, navigating complex systems and managing resources. They present us with hard problems; like solving a puzzle or defeating a boss. As players we need to be creative and come up with good ideas to solve those problems. They make us more playful in our way of being and experiencing life. Best of all, games bring us together. Go ahead, organize an office recess and create your own game—and use the toolkit at the link to help get you started.

Download the Create Your Own Game toolkit here!

Illustrations by Jessica De Jesus

How to Be More Productive and Creative at Work? Play More- Jessica Walsh wrote in Business, Creativity and Play


I’m a player: I love to play, in all aspect of my life, and especially within my work as a creative. I see much of my work as play, rather than seeing it as a job. And when I look back at my body of work, I’ve realized that the more fun and the more play that went into the ideas or process of creation, the better people seem to respond to the end result. 

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How to Be More Productive and Creative at Work? Play More
Jessica Walsh wrote in Business, Creativity and Play

I’m a player: I love to play, in all aspect of my life, and especially within my work as a creative. I see much of my work as play, rather than seeing it as a job. And when I look back at my body of work, I’ve realized that the more fun and the more play that went into the ideas or process of creation, the better people seem to respond to the end result. 

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Five Ways that Games are More than Just Fun- Chloe Varelidi wrote in Business, Living and Play


As a game designer, I know how creative and inspiring it can be to play. But we can all benefit from being more playful—and the act of playing a game can be more about just having fun. Ready, set, play!
They make us more social.
They empower us to be creative.
They help us develop empathy.

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Illustration by Jessica De Jesus

Five Ways that Games are More than Just Fun
Chloe Varelidi wrote in Business, Living and Play

As a game designer, I know how creative and inspiring it can be to play. But we can all benefit from being more playful—and the act of playing a game can be more about just having fun. Ready, set, play!

  1. They make us more social.
  2. They empower us to be creative.
  3. They help us develop empathy.

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Illustration by Jessica De Jesus

Rethinking Cityscapes, One Rain Barrel at a Time- Sarah Stankorb and GOOD Partnerships wrote in Small Business Collaborative and Business

Mike, a graphic designer, and his wife Lynn, a commercial photographer, soon found their weekends dominated by handcrafting rain barrels. “It really was just kind of a labor of love at that time,” says Ruck. By 2000, the couple sold over 300 barrels in one weekend and were eventually able to quit their day jobs and begin producing their own rain barrels, made in America, from 100 percent recycled plastic. Rain Water Solutions was born.
“When we first got into this, we used to just see the conservation types,” as Mike Ruck calls them, “water geeks” like themselves. But erratic weather like the recent years’ droughts have made people more keen on keeping rain barrels at home, and water quality standards are pressing towns and cities to better manage their runoff when storms do hit. Rain Water Solutions sells to homeowners and commercial land owners who can have barrels shipped directly to their door, but primarily to municipalities—and there the company fulfills a vital (and profitable) role.

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Rethinking Cityscapes, One Rain Barrel at a Time
Sarah Stankorb and GOOD Partnerships wrote in Small Business Collaborative and Business

Mike, a graphic designer, and his wife Lynn, a commercial photographer, soon found their weekends dominated by handcrafting rain barrels. “It really was just kind of a labor of love at that time,” says Ruck. By 2000, the couple sold over 300 barrels in one weekend and were eventually able to quit their day jobs and begin producing their own rain barrels, made in America, from 100 percent recycled plastic. Rain Water Solutions was born.

“When we first got into this, we used to just see the conservation types,” as Mike Ruck calls them, “water geeks” like themselves. But erratic weather like the recent years’ droughts have made people more keen on keeping rain barrels at home, and water quality standards are pressing towns and cities to better manage their runoff when storms do hit. Rain Water Solutions sells to homeowners and commercial land owners who can have barrels shipped directly to their door, but primarily to municipalities—and there the company fulfills a vital (and profitable) role.

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Why Designers Should Be Running Startups- Tim Hoover and Jessica Karle Heltzel contributed in Design, Business and Entrepreneurship

After leading design-thinking exercises with startups in the portfolios of Facebook Fund and 500 Startups, I realized that strong design leadership at the founding-team level is critical to an integrated and sustained culture of design. You can host design workshops, office hours and consult, which are all helpful, but often startups revert back to their existing habits, and design becomes an add on, like putting lipstick on a pig. Who is going to lead, model and inspire design behaviors in everyone at a company? Who is going to truly champion the user-experience with the authority to make decisions?

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This is an excerpt from Kern and Burn: Conversations With Design Entrepreneurs, a book that features candid conversations with 30 leading designers who have founded startups, channeled personal passions into self-made careers and taken risks to do what they love. Here, Jessica Heltzel and Tim Hoover talk with Enrique Allen, who founded the Designer Fund to help designers launch new startups.

Why Designers Should Be Running Startups
Tim Hoover and Jessica Karle Heltzel contributed in Design, Business and Entrepreneurship

After leading design-thinking exercises with startups in the portfolios of Facebook Fund and 500 Startups, I realized that strong design leadership at the founding-team level is critical to an integrated and sustained culture of design. You can host design workshops, office hours and consult, which are all helpful, but often startups revert back to their existing habits, and design becomes an add on, like putting lipstick on a pig. Who is going to lead, model and inspire design behaviors in everyone at a company? Who is going to truly champion the user-experience with the authority to make decisions?

Continue reading on good.is

This is an excerpt from Kern and Burn: Conversations With Design Entrepreneurs, a book that features candid conversations with 30 leading designers who have founded startups, channeled personal passions into self-made careers and taken risks to do what they love. Here, Jessica Heltzel and Tim Hoover talk with Enrique Allen, who founded the Designer Fund to help designers launch new startups.

Infographic: The Launch of Space Tourism- Alessandra Rizzotti and Corinna Loo contributed in Politics, Business and Technology
When NASA’s space shuttle program closed in 2011, the Obama Administration filled the void by reaching out to private businesses to transport crew and cargo to low-Earth orbit. With commercial space transportation accounting for over $208 billion of the United States’ economic activity and employment of over one million people, space tourism has the potential to become a new exploration industry.
According to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, as of January 3, 2013, a total of 530 people from 38 countries are known to have gone into space, seven of which were private citizens, made possible by the company Space Adventures. Of the 530, three people completed only a sub-orbital flight, 527 people reached Earth orbit, 24 traveled beyond low Earth orbit and 12 walked on the Moon. Whether traveling 100 kilometers above our planet, orbiting the Earth every 90 minutes, or walking on the moon, here are the private companies that are making space tourism possible.

Tell us how far you’d travel in space. To participate in our exploration challenge, simply click here to say you’ll Do It.

Infographic: The Launch of Space Tourism
Alessandra Rizzotti and Corinna Loo contributed in Politics, Business and Technology

When NASA’s space shuttle program closed in 2011, the Obama Administration filled the void by reaching out to private businesses to transport crew and cargo to low-Earth orbit. With commercial space transportation accounting for over $208 billion of the United States’ economic activity and employment of over one million people, space tourism has the potential to become a new exploration industry.

According to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, as of January 3, 2013, a total of 530 people from 38 countries are known to have gone into space, seven of which were private citizens, made possible by the company Space Adventures. Of the 530, three people completed only a sub-orbital flight, 527 people reached Earth orbit, 24 traveled beyond low Earth orbit and 12 walked on the Moon. Whether traveling 100 kilometers above our planet, orbiting the Earth every 90 minutes, or walking on the moon, here are the private companies that are making space tourism possible.

Tell us how far you’d travel in space. To participate in our exploration challenge, simply click here to say you’ll Do It.

Ditch the Disposable Cup: 8 Innovative Reusable Mugs- Meghan Neal in Business, Environment and Innovation
Each year Americans throw away about 25 billion paper cups. Not recycled—tossed into a landfill. We’re talking nearly 363 million pounds of waste. In fact, disposable containers (so, paper and styrofoam cups and also plastic bottles) make up 18 percent of our total garbage.
 That’s a huge chunk of waste that’s really easy to eliminate—by simply committing to (and remembering to!) use a reusable mug for your morning coffee or tea.

The good news is it’s getting more fun to ditch the paper cup, with many startups and companies innovating to create unique, eco-friendly and savvy travel cups. Here are some of the most innovative travel mugs out there. 
See the full list on good.is

Ditch the Disposable Cup: 8 Innovative Reusable Mugs
Meghan Neal in Business, Environment and Innovation

Each year Americans throw away about 25 billion paper cups. Not recycled—tossed into a landfill. We’re talking nearly 363 million pounds of waste. In fact, disposable containers (so, paper and styrofoam cups and also plastic bottles) make up 18 percent of our total garbage.

 That’s a huge chunk of waste that’s really easy to eliminate—by simply committing to (and remembering to!) use a reusable mug for your morning coffee or tea.

The good news is it’s getting more fun to ditch the paper cup, with many startups and companies innovating to create unique, eco-friendly and savvy travel cups. Here are some of the most innovative travel mugs out there. 

See the full list on good.is