20/20 Hindsight: A Profile of Amy Domini

Named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005, Amy Domini is the founder and CEO of the consistently innovative Domini Social Investments, a $1.8 billion socially responsible investment firm. A product of the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War, Amy Domini grew up with the…

Simply Blue: A Profile of The Blue Fund

Socially responsible investing is not new. But how about the concept of politically responsible investing? The Blue Fund , which launched Oct. 17, 2006, is the first SRI index mutual fund to add an overtly political component. Included companies and executive officers not only express progressive ideals, but they also make corporate and personal contributions…

Daily Candy Without the Cavities: A Profile of Ideal Bite

I first heard about Ideal Bite , an online eco-minded website, while apartment hunting last summer.  When Heather Stephenson , the company's co-founder and tenant of one of the apartments on my list, handed me her card and explained the environmentally-conscious business behind the green apple logo, I'm sure I stiffened.  I recall wondering if…

New World Foundation

New World Foundation (NWF)’s tips for getting involved with an organization that makes a real difference: 1. Be skeptical: Be skeptical about what you are drawn to first because you will be drawn to people who are the most like you, and these are likely to be people who are least connected to those who…

HSIM: How Stuff Is Made

HSIM: How Stuff Is Made is an encyclopedia of manufacturing processes and labor conditions involved in the production of contemporary products. HowStuffIsMade (HSIM) reconsiders engineering/design education as fundamentally connected to the social and political constraints, organizational innovations and global context that inform manufacturing decisions.

Who Killed the Electric Car?

Who Killed the Electric Car? is pretty much what you’d expect – a 90-minute infomercial about the electric vehicle crossed with a scathing expose of the evil oil and automotive industries. The protagonist of the film is a bright-eyed redhead named Chelsea Sexton, who joined the marketing team for GM’s prototype electric car, EV1, fresh…

An Ad Agency for Thinking

Not yet a book, not quite a website, it is difficult to pin down the Artist as Citizen project into any particular media. It is equally difficult to pin down its creator, Richard Reiss. Off the bat, he asks me not to make this review about him. He also refuses to state his opinion. About…