Kirsten Nelson · Hot Topics Push Marketing · 9 hours 47 minutes ago

Apple recently ruffled some feathers with the unsolicited gift it gave to all iTunes subscribers: the new U2 album, “Songs of Innocence.”

The new album appeared unasked-for in some 500 million iTunes accounts worldwide. Sure, some folks …

Michael Drew · Creativity in Business · 1 day ago

For some people the change of seasons is depressing, even overwhelming. I can see why – especially if a person reads one of the endless season previews of the arts that show up in the newspapers (at least the ones that are still big enough to have arts coverage).

A friend of mine told me that the sheer scale of openings in every art was enough to make him simply stay home. Many of us know that too much choices …

Bob Hughes · Popular Culture The WE Cycle · 2 days ago

You can live in a happy city or an unhappy one, apparently. At least according to whatever studies determine that particular feeling among citizens.

Do you care if your city is happy or not? I think happiness is something more personal than civic, but in our WE Cycle, when community-mindedness is important, how those around us feel affects how we feel and behave as well. Happiness studies or surveys rate such …

Roy H. Williams · Invisible Heros · 3 days ago

Remembering the Real Dobie Gillis and Maynard G. Krebs 
It was a parenthesis in the evening news, October 21, 1969. Walter Cronkite, filling the left side of 60 million black-and-white TV screens, said, “Jack Kerouac, the novelist who wrote On the Road reached the end of it today. The 47 year-old spokesman for the Beat Generation died of a massive hemorrhage in a St. Petersburg, Florida hospital. Kerouac’s books, selling millions of copies and translated into 18 languages, were …

Michael Drew · Small Actions · 6 days ago

It can take up to 1,000 years for a plastic bottle to fully decompose. And every second some 1,500 of these bottles end up in landfills.
But one simple idea has started keeping a number of plastic bottles out of landfills. Instead of becoming a mountain of trash, these plastic bottles are bringing light to people who live in very …