My initial impression of the 2013 NYC Green Festival at the Javits Center was delightful sensory overload! From the smell of organic truffle butter popcorn to the impressive colorful tower of reclaimed soda lids, I felt like a kid in a candy store and did not know where to dash first (the gourmet buttered popcorn won).
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It’s no secret that Bushwick, Brooklyn is exploding with new art galleries, but one of the newest ones will expand the opportunities for artists who live even further east than most. Married artist couple Lori Kirkbride and Nao Matsumoto are opening lorimoto Gallery in between the Myrtle/Wyckoff L/M and the Halsey L stops. The gallery will largely focus on group shows of artists from “Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond.”
MONEY and LIFE tells a new story of money, but more broadly it tells a new story of humanity. It transcends blame and judgment, yet highlights the real precariousness of the current monetary system. It reminds us to consider cooperation and win-win solutions as the new normal. With a touch of humor and a lot of heart, this film addresses a matter that concerns us all.
When I found myself at the Hello Etsy Conference at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, I had no idea what riches I would find before me! Attending a workshop called WEALTH UNLOCKER: DISCOVERING YOUR ACTUAL NET WORTH, I found myself quickly entranced by the facilitator and charming speaker, April Rinne, Chief Strategy Officer at Collaboratve Lab in San Francisco.
“Etsy.com” brings to mind a flurry of hand-crafted jewelry, house hold goods, and services with a personalized twist. This digital rabbit hole of goodies has taken off as one of the top shopping websites since its launch in 2005. On the weekend of March 23rd, the online marketplace Etsy teamed up with Pratt Institute to bring the first stateside “Hello Etsy” conference to Brooklyn. Entitled “Reimagine the Marketplace,” this gathering built a bridge of concepts connecting Etsy’s small business spirit to large scale issues regarding our imminent future.
Etsy, our friends at the World’s Biggest Online Marketplace for Craftspeople, is having its first American conference on the new economy this March 22-24, 2013. The GoodB Team will be there filming the events and interviewing key speakers and participants. Our founder Monika Mitchell will be presenting a workshop with Locavesting author, Amy Cortese on Community Capital. Tickets are $85 and going fast! Get $10 off by mentioning the code GoodB-Etsy!
Is the business of Love helping your enterprise? For retailers, restaurants and dating sites, Valentine’s Day is big business. But all the wrapping paper, un-recycled cards, and general consumption can also lead to an ecological wasteland! As we celebrate our love for each other, don’t forget to love the planet too!
From that corner of sustainable innovation, the SF Bay Area, comes another amazing start-up crowd funding platform: Mosaic. This company supports solar energy for organizations and collaboratives that would otherwise find the cost of renewable energy prohibitive. Think Renewable Energy Coops! The model for Mosaic is innovative and promising and could be adapted to all sorts of industries including finance and banking.