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12 Ways to Encourage Emotional Intelligence

High emotional intelligence (the ability to recognize and manage your own emotions, and those of others) is important in our personal relationships. Did you know it also leads to productivity and efficiency at work?

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‘Alternative’ History of Nokia Shines a Light on Globalization’s Dark Side

Executives and investors benefited, and labor suffered, as Nokia experienced its ups and downs, according to an “alternative corporate history” of the company. Aimed at presenting the workers’ perspective, the report was released GoodElectronics Network the day before Nokia’s annual shareholders meeting in Helsinki.

Backseat chickens may not be common in Capurtino, California, today -- but they could be in the near future.

Channeling the Beverly Hillbillies in Cupertino

The Urban Homesteader is a project that teaches essential homesteading skills in bite-sized, accessible, entertaining chunks of content. Rather than presume people have Pinterest-ready backyards, or any at all, the video series teaches the hosts how to build their own solar panels, catch rain on an apartment building and, yes, raise chickens, among other things.

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Woman Transforms Thrift Shop Fashion Dolls Into ‘Real’ Girls

She is not the first to perform make-unders on discarded dolls — fashion dolls in particular. But ever since Sonia Singh from Tasmania, Australia, started sharing the results of her work on social media just a few months ago, she quickly rose to become the fairy godmother of a new ideal: Transforming dolls into the real deal for girls to play and identify with.

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Adobe: Unleashing Creativity in the Workplace

It might seem somewhat odd to connect creativity with the general risk-averse attitudes of many companies, but Adobe has put its finger on a key point: nurture the creative potential of students so that they will bring creative and innovative tools and mindsets to the workplace.

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The Most and Least Eco-Friendly States of 2015

As the celebration of Earth Month wraps ups, WalletHub’s recently-released study citing America’s most and least eco-friendly states takes the temperature of how we’re progressing toward a more environmentally healthy nation. Click through to see how your state stacks up.

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A Commitment to Philanthropy Begins at Home

The 2014 World Giving Index found that Americans rank first in the world when it comes to helping strangers in need of assistance. Where does this awareness of others start? In thinking about this question and talking with social activists, Jill Iscol of the IF Hummingbird Foundation believes that charity, in its broadest meaning of goodwill and love of humanity, often begins at home.

Women-owned nonprofit Untapped Shores provides an opportunity for travelers to make a difference by carrying and delivering a life-saving business-in-a-box to a woman or a family in need.

What’s Behind the Boom in Women Entrepreneurs?

In the past 15 years, the number of women-owned businesses grew by 54 percent. There are now 8.3 million women-owned businesses in the United States. Together they employ more people than McDonald’s, IBM and Wal-Mart combined, and their revenue of $1.3 trillion exceeds the market capitalization of Apple, Microsoft, GE, Google and Sony. What is behind this trend? How have women managed to achieve this in business, which has traditionally been a man’s world? Is this something that women are inherently better at, or is it simply part of a larger trend?

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Career Reentry Programs Offer Solid Chances for Returnees

Career reentry programs offer solid chances to return to the workforce after having been absent for two or even 20 years. This growing trend brings diversity into the workplace by supporting former stay-at-home-moms and others who have left the workforce but are looking to return.

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This Hilarious Fake App Exploits the Power of Privilege

The winning entry at this year’s Comedy Hack Day in San Francisco, WellDeserved perfectly sums up everything that is wrong with Silicon Valley. From tech privilege to male privilege, this app even lets you monetize your hipster privilege. If you have any race, gender or socio-economic advantage you can exploit, this app is the place to do it.

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Peer-to-Peer Energy Sharing to Reduce Energy Poverty

Energy poverty is a global problem, even in economically well-developed countries. People suffering from energy poverty cannot afford to cool or heat their homes, cook for their children, conveniently wash clothes, or even read or study at night. They have to make difficult decisions that most of us never and shouldn’t have to face – do they put food on the table, or save money to keep the lights on and their house or apartment a safe temperature? For these families, crowdsourcing energy presents a unique opportunity.

Sen. Gaylord Nelson, often called the "father of Earth Day," chats with children in a Wisconsin marshland.

3p Weekend: The History of Earth Day — In Less Than 5 Minutes

Even as the cynic within us gripes about yet another Earth Day, it’s important to remember how the tradition began. Ready for a five-minute history lesson? Grab a fresh cup of coffee, and brush up on the history of Earth Day.

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Pop-Up Forest Campaign to Transform Times Square Into a Nature Exhibit

“If a forest can make it in Times Square, it can make it anywhere.” This twist on Sinatra’s iconic lyrics is how Brooklyn-based urban botanist Marielle Anzelone wraps up the video pitch for her Kickstarter campaign to raise funds towards installing a pop-up forest in Times Square.