Increased economic growth doesn’t necessarily lead to more fulfillment. So why do we consider GDP to be the most important factor? In an excerpt from "The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality," Richard Heinberg argues it’s time to start paying more attention to national happiness instead.
The retail giant sells a lot of food to Americans, and Americans eat mostly bad food. If Walmart starts telling people the best options to pick, will it change diets? It plans to find out, with a little happy label on the best foods they sell.
"Would you like the rest of that to go?" Not infrequently, we’re not finishing our meals at restaurants, wasting money and food. A new organization, called Halfsies, limits the amount of food you’re served at restaurants, and uses the extra money to help stop hunger.
Take a look at the organization sending beekeeping missions around the world. If all our bees are going to die, it’s important that we preserve everyone else’s (and get them some honey profits in the process).
Johansson argues that all new ideas are just combinations of old ideas. In the realm of social innovation, this means that collaboration with people from different backgrounds is the key to success.
It’s not just a place to throw your rubbish. New trash cans being installed for the London Olympics can’t be blown up, separate recycling, and also display helpful tourist info. That’s service.
New research shows that we’re very close to being able to charge cars, via the road, while they’re moving. So much for having to stop and plug in your plug-in. Now there is just the tiny question of digging up all that pavement.