In addition to outdoor air pollution penetrating indoors, we also have indoor sources of air pollution. After we trapped ourselves in these airtight chambers and became appalled at the odors we started to notice, we started to use sprays, candles, and scented cleaners to make that stuffy indoor air smell just a bit better, without realizing that those sprays can create a whole other set of attacks on our health. And then we doused ourselves in underarm deodorant, cologne, perfume, and scented shampoo so we would smell good in all of these stuffy boxes we created. Not to mention all the building materials and furniture that off-gas pollutants into our sealed-box homes and offices. There are all sorts of potential indoor contaminants, some of which you may be familiar with, and some of which you probably haven’t thought much about. … [Read more...] about We spend 90% of our time inside—why don’t we care that indoor air is so polluted?
Jeff Bezos’ and Allen’s hearts might be in the right place, but their actions could have disastrous results, warns Christopher Fabian, co-lead at UNICEF’s Innovation Unit. For the past seven years, Fabian and his colleague Erica Kochi have been working as a startup within the larger UNICEF framework to bring new technological solutions to aid projects. This week, Fabian penned a blog post on UNICEF’s Innovation Unit site explaining why dumping Fire phones in Liberia could backfire. … [Read more...] about Can 1,000 Smartphones Make A Difference In The Fight Against Ebola? Or Just Make Us Feel Better?
“Finding some common ground will make it easier to put yourself in that person’s shoes the next time they are driving you up a wall,” says Kelly Poulson, vice president of talent and operations at Allen & Gerritsen, a Philadelphia-based advertising agency. Are you both dog lovers? Do you share a secret love of reality shows? Spending a few minutes getting to know the person will pay off in the long run, she says. … [Read more...] about 3 Ways To Get Along With That Irritating Coworker