Stephanie Summerson Hall’s colorful, handblown glassware brand was inspired by the antiquing trips she used to take with her grandmother. Hall even named the company after her grandmother: Estelle Colored Glass. Hall was a D.C. lawyer before she moved her young family to Charleston, South Carolina, in pursuit of a slower-paced life. While nesting in her new home, she spotted a gap in the market for elevated, single-source glassware that resembled the vintage colored sets she and Estelle had loved. … [Read more...] about Forget your boring tumblers and stemware: Depression-style colored glass is back
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As we move into an increasingly robotic and digital age, solving complicated human problems becomes more important than ever. Schools need to teach more of the process of entrepreneurship and engineering, including development and research to truly understand user needs. If we want the entrepreneurs of the future to succeed, it’s important that our engineering curriculums teach them the necessary skills. During COVID-19, we gained an opportunity to rethink workplace practices and schooling techniques—let’s do the same with the way we teach engineering. … [Read more...] about I’m a high school sophomore. Here’s how schools can teach kids to solve real-world problems
But this is not just on the individual CEOs. The Business Roundtable, which organized the nearly 200 CEOs in issuing the new commitments, spends millions of dollars lobbying against unemployment benefits and for liability protections while workers lose their jobs, get sick, and die. It is impossible to understand how spending millions of dollars lobbying against worker protections is remotely consistent with the Business Roundtable commitments, especially as a survey found that a majority of its members “expect the business impact from the coronavirus to linger until at least the end of 2021” and that nearly “a third of them fear it could persist beyond then.” … [Read more...] about Elizabeth Warren: Business Roundtable declaration ‘was just an empty publicity stunt’
Patagonia partnered with an LA-based company called Suay Sew Shop, which has expertise in upcycling, to manufacture the pieces. Suay’s sewers take the patterns that Patagonia designs and make them out of bales of discarded clothes that Patagonia sends over every week. Kremer says Patagonia spends much more on the cost of labor for these garments, each of which takes several hours to make, but at the same time, the company doesn’t pay for raw materials. “The fabric is free,” he says. “We’re paying for the creativity and the craftsmanship of these sewers.” … [Read more...] about Patagonia has had enormous success with upcycled clothing. Could other brands follow?
But this upheaval was far from unexpected. The pandemic and ensuing economic turmoil of 2020 merely exacerbated a caregiving and childcare crisis that many experts say was already on the verge of boiling over, even if it has often been given short shrift by politicians and the media. “I actually think we’ve been in a child care crisis for a long time,” economist Betsey Stevenson told Politico in July. “The pandemic has just pulled the lid off it, so we’re all staring at that crisis right now.” … [Read more...] about We’re in the midst of a caregiving crisis. Here’s how Biden may address it