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Ranking of Airline Frequent Flyer Programs

December 25, 2011

“All airline miles were not created equal. And while some programs are clearly better than others, the only thing that matters is how much value you get from your frequent flyer program. For example, if your preferred airport is only serviced by American – you may value your AAdvantage miles much more than any others. Or if you love the ability to build in stopovers into trips your British Airways miles may be extremely valuable – whereas someone who only flies to Europe may despise British Airways’ high fees on trips to/from that continent…” read article 


Make the world better with a purchase you’d make anyway.

November 23, 2009

Take a minute and check out the video from Trade as One. This could be a great way to give a gift that shares the story of we can help those in need through how we use our resources.

Marketing At the Base of the Pyramid

November 4, 2009

“Around the world, four billion people live in poverty. And Western companies are struggling to turn them into customers.

For the past decade, business visionaries have argued that these people, dubbed the Base of the Pyramid, make up an enormous, untapped market. Some of the world’s biggest, savviest corporations have aimed to address their basic needs—by selling them everything from clean water to electricity…” continue reading at MIT Sloan MGMT Review


October 22, 2009

In the spirit of “Ideas Worth Spreading,” TEDx is a program that enables schools, businesses, libraries or just groups of friends to enjoy a TED-like experience through events they themselves organize, design and host. We’re supporting approved organizers by offering a free toolset that includes detailed advice, the right to use recorded TEDTalks, promotion on our site, connection to other organizers, and a little piece of our brand in the form of the TEDx label. It’s an experiment that we hope will nurture the growth of a truly global TED community.


October 19, 2009

Coca-Cola has been so successful in building distribution channels that reach the most remote areas of the globe. There are now villages that aide organizations can’t reach where Coke is readily available. This is where colalife comes in. They are creating aide packages that can fit into Coca-Cola crates amongst the bottles.

How to Write About Africa.

July 14, 2009

This video beautifully characterizes the media and literary bias toward the continent of Africa.

Maps of the Seven Deadly Sins

July 2, 2009

Maps of the Seven Deadly Sins

see them all at FlowingData

Why do people choose the street over a shelter?

June 9, 2009

Why I Choose Streets Over Shelter

June 03, 2009 @ 05:25PM PT

Why do people choose streets over shelter? For those who have never
been without a permanent home, it’s tough to imagine. The comments on a
previous post about this topic have been enlightening, including one that was so insightful that I had to share it. “SlumJack Homeless
is a former property manager who has been homeless and living on the
streets (read more about his predicament here). He shared his reasons
for choosing to live on the streets: 

Here are my reasons for choosing to remain “outdoors” rather than go to the shelters (which I initially tried):

1. Shelters usually require that you enter early in the eve and then
remain there until early the next morn when you must leave. This can
totally waste HOURs of otherwise possibly productive time, just sitting
around in unpleasant to worse circumstances — and a time when EVERY
resource, including time, must be marshalled.

2. The shelters I’ve been to are designed to try to keep alcoholics,
drug addicts and criminals from being able to do those things. I don’t
do those things, so the preventative measures simply needlessly and
oppressively impose upon my own adult freedoms. Like going around the
corner for a coffee in a cafe and looking for work or some other way to
earn money using the wifi.

3. Literally “imprisonment” with some of the worst people. This is a
lousy way to spend evenings and is COUNTERproductive. Or worse.

4. Property Impracticalities – I have a bicycle with a trailer
attached. This is a GOOD solution to having to constantly carry around
one’s belongings. It’s a LOT more useful, and less “unattractive” than
the stereotypical shopping cart, etc. However, shelters typically do
NOT offer any kind of secure options for one’s belongings, usually
severely limiting how much one can even carry in. This forces people to
a ridiculous minimum of belongings… one of the factors that actually
contributes to perpetuating a person’s homeless predicament.

Also, you DON’T want other people at shelters to see what you DO own
and have. There are many thieves that will then know what you’re
carrying around with you, many of whom you WILL run across later… at
night, alone, etc.

5. The “solution” IS the “problem” – Shelters are often euphemized
as “emergency shelter”… but the emergency is that you have nowhere
else to just be and operate, so being AT a “shelter” is the emergency.
And being in that predicament, even with the “help” of merely having a
lousy place to sleep indoors, a disgusting bathroom and a gesture of a
“meal” – AT BEST – just perpetuates your true problem.

While “outdoors” you can spend up until midnight or so at
comfortable cafe’s, with options to interact with intelligent and,
possibly, helpful people. You can work on things that may actually
afford a chance to get out of the jam. Use wifi. Etc. The “price” is
that of some modest purchases, but then also having to find a place to
sleep outdoors. This is becoming harder and harder to do, as cities
virtually outlaw being homeless like that.

Thanks for sharing, “SlumJack Homeless.”

10 Actions You Can Take to End Homelessness

February 14, 2009

10 Actions You Can Take to End Homelessness

from “End Homelessness” on

If the World Were a Village of 100 People

February 12, 2009

If we could reduce the world’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing human ratios remaining the same, the demographics would look something like this:

The village would have 60 Asians, 14 Africans, 12 Europeans, 8 Latin Americans, 5 from the USA and Canada, and 1 from the South Pacific

51 would be male, 49 would be female

82 would be non-white; 18 white

67 would be non-Christian; 33 would be Christian

80 would live in substandard housing

67 would be unable to read

50 would be malnourished and 1 dying of starvation

33 would be without access to a safe water supply

39 would lack access to improved sanitation

24 would not have any electricity (And of the 76 that do
have electricity, most would only use it for light at night.)

7 people would have access to the Internet

1 would have a college education

1 would have HIV

2 would be near birth; 1 near death

5 would control 32% of the entire world’s wealth; all 5 would be US citizens

33 would be receiving –and attempting to live on– only 3% of the income of “the village”