Jan Lee

Jan Lee is a former news editor and award-winning editorial writer whose non-fiction and fiction have been published in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the U.K. and Australia. Her articles and posts can be found on TriplePundit, JustMeans, and her blog, The Multicultural Jew, as well as other publications. She currently splits her residence between the city of Vancouver, British Columbia and the rural farmlands of Idaho.

SPECIAL SERIES: From Local to Global

Why Everyone Should Care About Census 2020

For many organizers and NGOs at the community level, the census “is the color of our democracy,” says Gary Bass, Executive Director of the Bauman Foundation. “If we get the data wrong [in the 2020 census], we distort democracy for the next decade.”

Ben & Jerry’s Gets a New CEO — and He’s Not Just About Ice Cream

Matthew McCarthy, Ben & Jerry’s new CEO, can hold his own in a fast-paced interview — particularly when it comes to singing the virtues of CSR and its essential role in today’s society. He’s Unilever’s latest pick to head its socially minded ice cream producer. He has big plans for Ben & Jerry’s, and they include doubling its social impact.

Forged by Immigrants, NYC’s Historic Flower District Faces Demise

Many of New York City’s historic communities were founded by immigrants who helped forge new industries as well as new neighborhoods. But now, one century-old industry is fighting for its life. Immigration raids and skyrocketing property values are facing business owners in the Chelsea Flower District to make hard decisions about their long-term survival.

Hate Speech and Innuendo: Should Twitter and Other Companies Do More?

Last week Twitter reinstated the account of Alex Jones, the controversial owner of Infowars, after temporarily suspecting his access. It was a flip-flop that caught many users by surprise. What’s in store for social media companies that don’t want to lose users but are under pressure to police inflammatory language?

Business Leaders Find New Ways to Help Wildfire Victims

The Carr fire, in Redding, California, has scorched close to 300,000 acres and left many homeless. But it’s also brought together an ambitious partnership of businesses, nonprofits and visionaries that see a nourishing meal as the starting point to rebuilding a community’s resilience.

Domino’s Pizza’s Unique Path to Public-Private Partnership

Domino’s Pizza has a new take on public-private partnerships that gets to the heart of the American fast-food experience: It’s paving over potholes that stand between consumers and the delivery of their favorite pizza. And it’s inspiring local communities to get involved.

NYC Joins Push to Limit Ridesharing While Consumer Demand Grows

With the demand for ridesharing services growing, Uber and Lyft have realized an open market for ride-hailing services. The problem is cities like New York and Vancouver don’t share their enthusiasm. Meanwhile, small cities and towns are swapping out their bus infrastructure for ridesharing.

New Ocean Technology Accelerator Launched

A new accelerator, designed and launched by Sustainable Ocean Alliance, is out to change the way we look at the ocean and its many valuable resources.

Starbucks Launches First US ‘Signing’ Store for Deaf Employees

Starbucks has taken another bold step in support of inclusiveness and diversity, this time by launching its first “signing store” in the U.S. The store will cater to deaf and hard-of-hearing community and will be located adjacent to Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

RAICES Rejects Salesforce’s Donation Amid Immigration Row

RAICES, the nonprofit that has been providing legal representation for immigrant families detained and separated under the Trump administration’s controversial “zero-tolerance” program has turned down a $250,000 donation from Salesforce after the company refused to cancel a contract with Customs and Border Patrol. It’s only the latest of several tech companies caught under the scrutiny of nonprofits and critical employees.

SPECIAL SERIES: Education in the 21st Century

How to Improve Access to Education Around the World

For the last several years Pearson has partnered with America’s Promise Alliance, a network of national, state, community organizations and individuals dedicated to creating better educational opportunities in the U.S. In this case, the goal was to find solutions for the economic and social issues that kept kids from graduating from U.S. high schools.