Bob Hughes · Social Trends · 14 hours 46 minutes ago

Is your city one of the happiest places to live? If it’s not, would you still live there/ And how do you choose happiness as a matter of geographical location, anyway?

These questions came to mind with the release of a working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research.

According to a write-up of the report on …

Bob Hughes · Creativity in Business The WE Cycle · 1 day ago

It’s refreshing to read that sometimes businesses put what a company wants to accomplish before its bottom line.

Bottom line is always important, of course – without funding, or sales, a business fails. But people start companies because they want to change the world in some way, and not just make money. And it’s the rare venture fund that actually sees that.

Binary Capital, a new venture fund, is driven by the idea that entrepreneurs who have a vision are preferable to those who …

Roy H. Williams · Invisible Heros · 2 days ago

The world’s most widely recognized sculpture, The Thinker, would probably never have come into existence had Rodin not received encouragement from a poor Scottish lad named William Henley. The son of an obscure bookseller, William was afflicted with tuberculosis of the bone, a condition that caused him to have his left leg amputated at the knee when he was 19 years old. Five years later, he was told that the surgery had been unnecessary. “Sorry about that, William.”

But William Henley …

Bob Hughes · Creativity in Business Marketing Strategies · 6 days ago

A lot of food is wasted in the world. More than 300 million tons a year, by some estimates.

Not only at restaurants and bakeries and other establishments that serve prepared goods. Not only at homes, where people buy more than they can eat or consume (especially in the developed world). But even before food gets to the supermarket, when distributors discard food that’s not picture-perfect. It still tastes good, but if it doesn’t have the right dimensions or color or whatever it is that …

Michael Drew · Branding · 7 days ago

Remember those old American Express card commercials? A recognizable face would appear in the ads, and at some point, up would pop the question, “Do you know me?” Followed by the celebrity’s name on a facsimile of the credit card, and the date when he or she became a “member” of the American Express “club,” for which people pay to belong.

The celebrity quotient was meant to imply that successful people used the card, so successful you didn’t even have to know them by name, only by sight, …