Shop ‘Small’ for the Holidays

As the holidays approach, owners of “mom and pop” stores want to remind shoppers in pursuit of the perfect gift to support local businesses. Small Business Saturday is the kickoff to the holiday shopping season for independently owned businesses, which include restaurants, bakeries, bookstores and other merchants. This year it falls on Nov. 29, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. >> Best Ways to Spend $200 The event was developed to encourage consumers to back America’s …

At Skoll World Forum, a Powerful Lesson: ‘We Are All One’

The following is a post from Kim Sedmak, executive producer of “Life Reimagined TODAY” with Jane Pauley. My friend and colleague Jane Pauley shares this thought in her recent New York Times best-seller Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life: “Inspiration is everywhere - you just have to be looking for it.” At the recent Skoll World Forum (SWF), inspiration hits the moment I arrive in Oxford, where the City of Spires forces you to look up and out. In its 11th year, …

Can You Design a Better Cell Phone?

They’re small. The keys are tiny. The text is barely big enough to read.  Their ringtones are jarring, and only your 15-year-old grandson knows how to work it.  Cell phones are a must-have these days, but that doesn’t mean they’re any more fun to use than they were 10 years ago. Over in Germany, they held a contest a little while ago to reinvent the phone. (Here are some of the ideas, although they’re in German. Your browser may be …