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Design Thinking and Changing the World

Design Thinking and Changing the World

As a social entrepreneur, I spend a lot of time thinking about the world’s problems and the best ways to solve them. As a former designer, I developed early on the habit of looking for solutions in unusual and sometimes unexpected places.

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To Bee or Not to Bee: the Truth Beehind Honey and Beeswax

To Bee or Not to Bee: the Truth Beehind Honey and Beeswax

For years, I believed that honey was a natural and healthy option to other sweeteners. And I loved beeswax. I even rolled my own sheets to make candles in my late 20s. When I chose to live a vegan life, I dutifully gave up honey and beeswax but I wasn’t really sure why. I would answer: bee exploitation, when people asked, but my vague answer did little to convince me that I really knew why.
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Ten Things I Learned from My Mom

Ten Things I Learned from My Mom

On this year's Mother's Day, I woke up feeling reflective and inspired by my mom. Here are ten things I've learned from my mom. Thank you Mom. You're my hero and one of the strongest women I know. To my fellow readers, moms, friends... what have you learned from your moms? 
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Is Cleaning Actually Clean?

Is Cleaning Actually Clean?

Stains, grime and fingerprints – a  detective’s best friends, my worst enemy. A clean house to me is a happy and healthy house. Pre-vegan, I depended on Windex and Tide. I never questioned the values of the companies who manufactured these products or the ingredients in the products themselves. I trusted these companies in my belief that clean was clean.
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Compassionate Bedrooms for Peaceful Dreams

Compassionate Bedrooms for Peaceful Dreams

The bedroom is the heart of our home, our most intimate space. The bedroom is the room that recharges us, holds our secrets, and provides refuge. No piece of furniture is as important as our bed, the bedroom’s centerpiece. For me, a comfortable bed is key to my bedroom and comfortable for me means soft and warm. Yes, I am a fluff junkie...

 

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We Got You Covered: Designing Compassionate and Chic Floors

We Got You Covered: Designing Compassionate and Chic Floors

Flooring is the aesthetic foundation of our homes. From hardwood, to carpet, concrete or rug-filled, our floors define the look and style of our homes and even say a little about us. Floors reveal whether we prefer modern and clean, warm and colorful and, now, if we are compassionate. Can we keep our vegan values in mind when we think of our home’s floors? Absolutely.
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Is Velvet as Magestic as George Costanza Claims?

Is Velvet as Magestic as George Costanza Claims?

What is really in velvet? Velvet is a mysterious fabric that eveyone wants to drape in but few know from what the material is woven. An article for La Fashionista Compassionista
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Thanks for the Advice — Now Please Promote Me

Thanks for the Advice — Now Please Promote Me

We know mentoring works. With such a strong emphasis on mentorship, and with programs specifically designed for women, why are women still under-represented in higher-ranking or leadership positions? In the same series for the Huffington Post - women in business 2010.
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5 Tips for Women Entrepreneurs I Learned From the School of Life

5 Tips for Women Entrepreneurs I Learned From the School of Life

Asked by the Huffington Post to summarize my best advice for female entrpreneurs, I consulted with a friend who teaches Networking classes at Tepper School of Business - Carnegie Mellon University.
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Down and Out in Los Angeles: Solving the City's Homeless Crisis

Down and Out in Los Angeles: Solving the City's Homeless Crisis

My work has led me to qusetion whether our current understanding of "basic needs" does little more than sustain the problem of homelessness, rather than solve it by creating empowered individuals capable of managing their own lives. Article for the Huffington Post in 2007.
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I Shop Therefore I Am: Can Objects Make Us Happy?

I Shop Therefore I Am: Can Objects Make Us Happy?

Objects are instrumental accessories to our lives. They help us peel our fruit, brush our teeth, run our errands and wake us up. We need objecs but we also have an emotional response to objects. The questions is: Can they make us happy? Article for the Huffington Post
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The Aesthetics of Play

The Aesthetics of Play

Woven into our aesthetic repsonses is the impulse to play. Arts-based aesthetic experiences provide us great emotional satisfaction and play is a key component of human development — one with limitless powers to influence and affect us. Article written for the Huffington Post.
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