Oct. 3 2012
Even the most market crazy economist believes that for markets to work their magic there needs to be accurate information available for consumers. Joseph Stiglitz got his Nobel recognition precisely for...
Sept. 5 2012
Sorry for the gulf between columns. I had the privilege of visiting West Africa — specifically, Burkina Faso and Senegal — last month as part of a small delegation from Lansing. Dropping in...
June 20 2012
Rapids of locally owned businesses. It was a whirlwind of entrepreneurs from all regions of the country, sharing their energy, successes and pitfalls freely with one another in an atmosphere of”can-do-ness.”...
May 30 2012
This column tries to focus on “local” as part of the sustainability ethos, where we minimize our ecological footprint while strengthening our social fabric and sharing our economic prosperity
April 18 2012
Unbeknownst to me, we exercised a similar approach locally in the past couple of months. A local businessperson was stymied in an attempt to accelerate her business because of a needed immediate infusion...
March 28 2012
How little we know of the larger world around us. Point of order: How many readers knew that the UN has made this the International Year of Cooperatives? I stumbled upon this fact recently when I was working...
Feb. 29 2012
Ahh, 2012: Leap Year, a presidential election and the beginning of the rest of our lives. Michigan is not immune to the onslaught of negative campaigning that swamped Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina,...
Jan. 25 2012
Although we do occasionally think of those who struggle in our own local community, a sustainability worldview believes we are linked to everyone as one human family, sharing one single planet, with one...
Dec. 28 2011
Who doesn't love a discount? Still, I don't want to balance my retail savings on the shoulders of underpaid help. That's one reason I avoid Walmart and Sam's Club
Nov. 9 2011
Coffee, toilet paper, what could possibly follow? The intent of these pieces is to shed light on how the choices we make in the marketplace affirm our values
Sept. 28 2011
But not everyone drinks coffee. This time I decided to look into something everyone reading this does usetoilet paper, one of life’s often overlooked daily necessities (except when you run out!)....
Sept. 7 2011
If it were true that Wal-Mart had “always low prices,” would people shop anywhere else? Given the thousands of other retail outlets, I guess the answer is yes. Which might indicate that things...