How I Came To Love the Hijab

May 25, 2016

Heads turn as she walks into the dry cleaning store and makes her way to the end of the line, her face impassive. Black, gauzy fabric outlines her face, mirroring black eyeliner surrounding defiant eyes. Whispers start down the line. A child openly stares at her until his mother pulls him closer, breaking his gaze. No one says out loud what my gut tells me they might be thinking. Fifteen years ...

Innovation via collaboration: The millennial way to launch a product

March 4, 2016

Most new food products are dreamed up by people in conference rooms and created by formulators in laboratories. The ingredients are sourced from whoever can supply them at the lowest cost with little thought to the people who grow them. But what happens when a smallholder farmer in Haiti, living off less than $2 a day, designs a product for a head buyer at Whole Foods Market? And when celebrities ...

Are Green Conferences Getting Greener?

December 10, 2015

As the climate talks in Paris come to a close it’s worth thinking about the environmental costs of bring 22,000 people from around the world together to discuss climate change. The UN is actually quite good at answering this question — the French government has pledged to make COP21 a carbon neutral event. But what about other conferences, particularly those in the less eco-friendly United ...

5 Things to Ask Yourself Before You Start a Crowdfunding Campaign

October 28, 2015

I’ve spoken on panels about crowdfunding, written op-eds and generally thought of myself as an expert running a crowdfunding campaign. So when my campaign to raise $100,000 in 30 days failed, I was forced to ask myself some very tough questions. In speaking with others, I’ve found that these are questions few people think about before embarking upon a crowdfunding campaign. 1. Do you ...