The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare actually was good for the economy. That’s the consensus of several research teams that have studied everything from its success in encouraging individuals to seek coverage to its impact on job growth. And no, it wasn’t a “job killer,” Ted.
SPECIAL SERIES: COMMIT! Forum
Today is Earth Overshoot Day. As of today, the year is done for planet Earth, she has given all the natural capital she can for this year. It may seem counter-intuitive at first. Obviously, we aren’t done with 2017 yet. How can we take more than the Earth makes, for decades on end?
President Trump’s recent declaration that transgender military enlistees incur “tremendous medical costs” for the government flies in the face of research that shows that the cost of an inclusive environment in today’s businesses is minimal, says the Human Rights Campaign. Its Corporate Index study found that 73 percent of companies it surveyed now provide healthcare for LBGT employees, and the costs are no where near the cost of a presidential weekend golf trip.
For years, the the activist group, the Organic Consumer Association has been trying to force Ben & Jerry’s to transition to using organic milk. Last week, the organization accused B&J of actually using GMOs in its food, an allegation it denies. The NY Times ran with the story without delving further.
Research suggests climate change could force between 200 and 500 million coastal residents from their homes in the next 30 to 80 years. Imagine the social tension with a half-billion people in migration.
Facebook is leading the way in a new initiative to address the lack of affordable housing in Silicon Valley. When it’s done, the tech giant expects to have more than 1,500 new housing units: It will have a community that hopefully will help connect the city and incentivize regional and state governments to upgrade the region’s transportation network.
A Wisconsin vending machine company is asking for employees to volunteer to be microchipped. The aim is to make the use of vending machines, photocopiers and entering buildings easier. But are consumers ready for this?
Tiny is catching on these days. From do-it-yourself rolling palaces that amount to the size of a conventional living room to modest structures for low-income families, the concept of tiny houses is making more sense than ever for cities faced with housing shortages. But are residents and cities cut out for going teeny?
Over 250 CEOs have signed their names to the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion pledge, which aims to make the workplace across more sectors far more welcoming to all employees, regardless of their backgrounds.
The tech industry lives and dies by innovation and disruption, and it’s about time we applied the same philosophy to the culture as we do to the product. Addressing sexual harassment is the obvious part — it’s illegal. Here’s the greater challenge: This industry that literally drives us into the future needs to move away from a culture that looks and acts so much like the past.
Despite a study concluding that the city could lose $90,000 a year from foam container recycling, San Diego’s city council has given the green light to include Styrofoam in its municipal recycling program instead of outright banning the material.
Canada, one of the world’s largest beef producers, has issued new dietary guidelines in an effort to promote healthy eating. And beef is no longer on the menu.
As educated and highly skilled workers are returning to cities, the evidence suggests that large corporations are increasingly following them as well. McDonald’s and GE are just a few recent examples.