What is the best business model for consultants in 2015?

The folks at Source for Consulting have been publishing insight on the consulting industry since 2007. Unlike a lot of firms that focus on the industry, Source for Consulting insists on a global perspective. Fiona Czerniawska, co-founder of Source for Consulting, discusses research on business models in a recent post: Our research last year suggested […]

A New Focus on Water: New Mexico’s Water Efficiency Rating Score (WERS)

This is a press release from Mike Collignon, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Green Builder Coalition. As Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Green BuilderĀ® Coalition, Mike engages in national and state-level advocacy, co-produces quarterly research reports, and publishes both a bi-monthly e-newsletter and a monthly feature in Green BuilderĀ® Magazine. The Green BuilderĀ® Coalition, in […]

Documentary showcases the world’s oldest family-run business still operating – a 1,300 year-old hotel in Japan

Way back in the year 718, an entrepreneur named Houshi or Hoshi (depending on who is translating), opened an inn on the site of a natural hot spring in the Awazu region of central Japan. 46 generations later, the Hoshi Ryokan hotel has remained operated by the same family, making it the oldest family-run business […]

Sustainable Donuts: New internal green building certification program for Dunkin’ Donuts endorsed by UL

After my heart attack about two years ago, I have tried to limit my donut intake (instead of once a week, now it is more like once a month). Who would’ve ever thought that donuts could be so sustainable? The corporate overlords at Dunkin’ Donuts have taken an interesting path to improving the sustainability of […]

Research shows that unemployment is less detrimental to mental health than having a bad job

When I found myself unemployed, I was understandably quite stressed, with a wife and three kids to support, no savings and no credit cards. But even in my darkest hours, I was still grateful to have moved on. Things have definitely improved for my own mental health now that I have found my dream job, […]

Hipsters passing the bar may lead to uptick in “artisanal lawyering”

So this is satire, just to be clear… John Frank Weaver, writing for the always hilarious McSweeney’s, offers a wonderfully hand-crafted glimpse into the imaginary life of an Artisanal Attorney. Weaver opens his piece with the question, “Are you tired of large corporate law firms making the same cookie cutter litigation?” (I know that I […]

Do energy efficient building practices result in better feedback loops and better workmanship?

My wife and I have been lucky to have three kids that (so far) haven’t ever played with fire, or knives, or consumed dangerous cleaning supplies, or anything like that. It didn’t take burning down the house, stitches, or stomach pumping to teach each of them the danger inherent with certain things—a quick touch to […]

Bill Gates reflects on the materials that make modern life possible, and their impact

Bill Gates is obviously a really smart dude, and his personal wealth is well documented. But ever since he left active duty at Microsoft, shifting his focus to what I would call entrepreneurial philanthropy through the foundation he and his wife lead, Gates has become a real inspiration for me. One of my favorite characteristics […]