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US: Bombas founders wanted to help the homeless -- by giving them socks
21 November 2018 - The founders of Bombas sought to create a company that would solve one of the biggest problems homeless people face -- a need for socks. Cofounder David Heath learned that socks are the most requested item at homeless shelters, but the least donated. Heath teamed up with Randy Goldberg to create an apparel company that would follow the buy-one, give-one model -- for every pair of socks a customer purchased, a pair of socks would be donated to a homeless person. (more)

US: Four years ago, she was a college freshman. Today, she has a multimillion dollar jewelry company
21 November 2018 - When Adina Kamkhatchi was in college, she had an eye for jewelry but not much of a budget. So she decided she'd try her hand at making her own. ... Now, four years later, Adina's Jewels is a profitable multimillion dollar revenue business that has drawn the attention of tens of thousands of followers on Instagram. While Adina's necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets have become wildly popular, it's critical to her that they remain affordable. As Adina started to grow the business, her brother Mayer Kamkhatchi jumped in to help. (more)

US: She thought flowers were a waste of money. Until selling them brought in millions
19 November 2018 - Christina Stembel used to think flowers were a waste of money. But when the economy spiraled into a recession, she started seeing things differently. 'I saw a big opportunity,' Stembel says. At the time, she was overseeing alumni relations and events for Stanford University's law school. After taking almost a year to research the industry, Stembel launched her online flower shop, Farmgirl Flowers. (more)

Social enterprise restaurant offers Hong Kong's senior citizens job opportunities - and dishes up new careers
14 November 2018 - Mdm Kitty Li Siu-yin, 69, says she enjoys working in a social enterprise restaurant that has helped many elderly Hongkongers to restart their careers. The eatery [Gingko House] ... is known for its Vietnamese cuisine. The restaurant chain Mdm Li works for is one of a growing number of employers offering job opportunities to the city's senior citizens. Gingko House general manager Kenneth Choi Man-kin said he also helped run the social enterprise's partner, Everbright Concern Action, which was opening an organic frozen food production line to offer simple jobs to the city's retirees. (more)

30 under 30 2019 Social Entrepreneurs: Leveraging business smarts to save the world
13 November 2018 - Fourth-generation beekeeper Leigh-Kathryn Bonner is just one of 30 innovative ventures on this year's Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs list using business acumen to make an lasting impact on the world. The list was judged by a blue-ribbon panel of judges: Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation; Lisa Curtis, Founder of Kuli Kuli; Cheryl Dorsey, President of Echoing Green; and Randall Lane, Chief Content Officer of Forbes Media. Here are the inspiring startups to keep an eye on in 2019: (more)

Britain's third-largest tour operator pledges to remove 70 million items of single-use plastics over next year
5 November 2018 - In a bid to preserve the oceans that take top billing at most of its hotels, Britain's third-largest tour operator, Thomas Cook, said it would remove 70 million single-use plastics -- equivalent to 3,500 suitcases full -- within the next 12 months. This will come from domestic operations, on the company's aeroplanes, and in its branded hotels around Europe and northern Africa. (more)

CoverGirl becomes largest makeup brand to go cruelty free
5 November 2018 - CoverGirl cosmetics on Monday became the biggest makeup brand to go cruelty-free and completely eliminate animal testing. The beauty company announced that it has received certification for eliminating animal testing from every step of its productions process. Cruelty Free International (CFI), which sets the industry's cruelty-free standards, awarded CoverGirl the 'Leaping Bunny' certification, which means they are certified as cruelty free by the animal rights group. (more)

UK: CEO of social enterprise consultancy Ninety on the firm's future
5 November 2018 - Founded in 2011, Ninety is an agile digital transformation and customer experience firm based in London. The consultancy helps brands adapt to a world of changing technology, innovation, and digital disruption, but in a marked difference with the broader industry, while the digital transformation market booms, 90 percent of Ninety's distributable profits go to charity. According to the firm's CEO Dan White, the company's distinct social enterprise model has far from compromised its competitive capabilities. (more)

US: Facebook, TVA solar projects to nearly double Tennessee and Alabama solar
5 November 2018 - Tennessee and Alabama aren't exactly known for being national solar powerhouses; actually far from it. Which is why last week's announcement by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) of two solar projects totaling 377 MW to support Facebook's data center in Huntsville, Alabama was so groundbreaking.' We applaud Facebook for having the vision and the leadership to push for a clean energy future and TVA for responding to this large customer's demand,' said Dr. Stephen A. Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. (more)

Green cement industry is possible, say Swiss researchers
2 November 2018 - The cement and concrete sector, together responsible for eight per cent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, can radically cut its climate impact with only 'moderate' investment, according to a study released this week by Swiss scientists. Cement and concrete make up more than half of all the materials used in the world, thanks to their dominant use across all forms of construction, and demand is rising fast in developing countries with rapidly increasing urban populations. But emissions can be brought to heel, the scientists stressed. (more)


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Teaching Transcendental Meditation to employees could have big benefits
15 March 2018 - The popularity of Transcendental Meditation in business is growing, and for good reason, reports Chief Learning Officer. The practice is shown to improve productivity and benefit the bottom line. TM has been proven to improve job satisfaction and performance, increase peak mental performance, decrease anxiety and reduce the likelihood of heart attacks, strokes and mortality by 47 per cent. Executive Director of the Center for Leadership and Performance (USA) and TM teacher Mario Orsatti said TM works so well in business environments because it involves no concentration or control, unlike other forms of meditation. (more)

Josie Overmyer on Transcendental Meditation: 'Meditating has helped me get back to myself.'
8 November 2017 - Josie Overmyer discusses the role anxiety plays in her life while pursuing a new career, and how she maximizes her productivity with the help of Transcendental Meditation. She says, 'I see things moving very slowly in the direction that I want, which is definitely exciting, but it also gives me a lot of anxiety. Meditating is really, really important for me to balance that . . . TM helps me make good decisions for myself.' Although highly treatable, anxiety disorders are extremely common in the US, affecting over 18% of the adult population. Connecting with a deeper part of herself through TM has given Josie the clarity to move into a new area of her life by opening a tea shop. In this active time of working, starting a new business, and continuing to perform her music, she says, 'Staying grounded is really important for me right now . . . Meditating has helped me get back to myself.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation: The secret weapon of leaders . . .
18 March 2017 - 'Low investment, High Return' is how Kenneth Gunsberger describes Transcendental Meditation, reports Forbes magazine's French edition. Vice President of UBS Wealth Management in New York, Gunsberger manages his clients' fortunes, market competition, and professional stress. Too much pressure in his office and family prompted him to listen to a friend's advice to learn TM. Within a few months he achieved his best business results in 25 years, and experienced more happiness at home. 'TM has allowed me to step back and see situations much more clearly and with less emotion. Today I make better choices, I distribute my energy more intelligently and ''get better results''', he said. The article includes a brief introduction to Transcendental Meditation by certified teacher Leonard Stein, director of the Switzerland office of the David Lynch Foundation in Geneva. (more)

Maharishi University of Management professor, Dr Andrew Bargerstock, publishes book on implementing business planning
18 February 2017 - Dr Andrew Bargerstock, director of the Master of Business Administration programme at Maharishi University of Management, has coauthored a new book, Mastering Leadership Alignment: Linking Value Creation with Cash Flow', with business consultant Jahn Ballard, published by Business Expert Press. Addressing the lack of connection between business planning and implementation, the book provides step-by-step procedures on how to involve senior leadership in effectively maintaining the organization's strategic goals while improving the approach to management. The goal of the process is to create an organization-wide consensus about how to be successful and build long-term customer loyalty. (more)

Transcendental Meditation, which Bridgewater's Ray Dalio calls 'the single biggest influence' on his life, is taking over Wall Street
4 November 2016 - Writing in Business Insider.com, Richard Feloni investigates the dramatic rise in popularity of Transcendental Meditation among the top echelon of US business and finance leaders, starting with Ray Dalio, head of Bridgewater Associates. The article outlines executives' experiences with TM as a 'secret to success' which gives 'substantial benefits'. Feloni writes, 'I wanted to find out why Dalio would speak so emphatically and passionately about this meditation technique, and why other power players . . . were compelling others in finance to try it out.' He notes published research on TM's health benefits, including lower blood pressure and decreased stress hormones, and the initiatives of the David Lynch Foundation to provide the technique to at-risk individuals - aided by the philanthropic support of the business community. (more)

Shared housing website to partner with Transcendental Meditation for Women
30 October 2016 - Karen Venable is CEO and founder of Roommates4Boomers, a national US website that matches women over age 50 who wish to share housing. 'Like many women our age, I was looking for ways to feel better about myself, reduce my stress level and feel more positive about life, and I came across Transcendental Meditation for Women's website.' One of the underlying principles behind Roommates4Boomers is the value of living in peace, harmony, and community. 'I realized that the number of women practicing TM is impressive, and there is a growing, like-minded community,' Karen says, and she looks forward to collaborating with TM for Women 'to enhance the lives and living situations of our members. . . . Anything that brings anxiety under control, brings inner happiness and improves self-esteem will help in everyday living situations. The Transcendental Meditation technique is an effective tool for doing just that.' (more)

Anna Bruen: Inner silence, multitasking and sustainable living
10 September 2016 - Anna Bruen, one of Iowa state's youngest leaders in the sustainable community movement, incorporates regular practice of Transcendental Meditation into her busy schedule. 'I remember one of my friends asking me, 'How are you doing it all, and you still find time to do your TM!' says Anna. 'I remember saying, ''I don't think I could do everything without the meditation practice.''' After graduating from Maharishi University of Management, she obtained dual degrees from Iowa State University - a master's in community and regional planning and an M.S. in sustainable agriculture in 2014. She was immediately hired as a coordinator and environmental planner for Fairfield-based Pathfinders Resource Conservation and Development and is now the executive director. In addition to staff coordination and grant-writing, she travels state-wide organizing everything from solar energy fairs to visiting conservation projects on abandoned mine sites. Yet Anna also finds time to teach yoga and perform in local dance theatre productions. (more)

A tool for success: Enhancing creativity and emotional stability on Wall Street
20 July 2016 - Transcendental Meditation has been embraced by a broader population than those seeking spiritual fulfillment one or two generations ago. Increasingly, TM has been incorporated into the corporate world by those wanting to simply reduce their stress levels and better their experience in daily life. Celebrities such as Oprah, Clint Eastwood, and David Lynch have stood up for TM not only in public declarations, but support their employees in learning TM. Ray Dalio, the world's most successful asset manager, says that TM is 'made to order for those in the finance industry'. He speaks of the equanimity and creativity gained from regular practice. Others also say that TM has been a major asset in their careers: Ken Akoundi, of Investor DNA says: '[Transcendental] Meditation for me was a proactive component of wondering how I could be a better person.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation as a tool for success: Enhancing creativity and emotional stability on Wall Street
20 July 2016 - The idea that Transcendental Meditation is key to success in the financial district of New York City would have been met with surprise and skepticism years ago. Today there is significant and growing credibility of its effectiveness in promoting better decision-making, greater creativity, and improved emotional stability. More than merely reducing stress levels, the technique is described as a 'game changer' by philanthropist Mark Axelowitz. The world's most successful asset manager, Ray Dalio, credits his success in the business world to his 40 years of TM practice. He says it has given him calmness and an 'inner equanimity' he describes as being 'like a ninja'. (more)

Transcendental Meditation: The solution to stress in the workplace
20 June 2016 - In his comprehensive article for Business.com about Transcendental Meditation, Tom Willis stated, 'Many high-profile business leaders practice regular meditation integrated into their hectic schedule to allow them to cope with the extreme levels of stress and hard work.' As a remedy for billions lost to businesses due to stress-related disorders in employees, Mr Willis reveals that companies making TM available to their employees include Sony, General Motors, IBM, and Toyota. He quoted Steve Rubin, former CEO of United Fuels International, as saying, 'TM is a competitive advantage in the business world . . . I have the mental clarity and alertness for both laser-like focus on the details as well as broad comprehension.' (more)


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AP Investigation: Hospital patients held hostage for cash
25 October 2018 - The Kenyatta National Hospital is east Africa's biggest medical institution, home to more than a dozen donor-funded projects with international partners -- a 'Center of Excellence,' says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At Kenyatta National Hospital and at an astonishing number of other hospitals around the world, if you don't pay up, you don't go home. The hospitals often illegally detain patients long after they should be medically discharged, using armed guards, locked doors, and even chains to hold those who have not settled their accounts. Mothers and babies are sometimes separated. (more)

Cruise ship spills thousands of liters of waste in the Great Barrier Reef
23 October 2018 - A cruise ship spilled thousands of gallons of liquid food waste in the Great Barrier Reef in August, according to an ongoing investigation by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority -- potentially damaging a reef already plagued by pollution and coral bleaching. Carnival, which owns the P&O cruise ship, said the spill was unintentional and amounted to 7,000 liters (1,849 gallons). But Green Party Senator Larissa Waters and local media report the spill was 27,000 liters (7,133 gallons), citing an Australian Maritime Safety Authority report presented to the Senate. (more)

The Big Hack: How China used a tiny chip to infiltrate U.S. companies
4 October 2018 - The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America's technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources. ... Nested on the servers' motherboards, the testers found a tiny microchip, not much bigger than a grain of rice, that wasn't part of the boards' original design. Amazon reported the discovery to U.S. authorities, sending a shudder through the intelligence community. Elemental's servers could be found in Department of Defense data centers, the CIA's drone operations, and the onboard networks of Navy warships. And Elemental was just one of hundreds of Supermicro customers. (more)

While America wages war on opioids, meth makes its comeback
28 September 2018 - For Capt. Mark Wollmershauser Jr. and the Tulsa Police Department, the late-2000s and early 2010s were an extremely dangerous time. In Oklahoma, a state that is no stranger to the scourge of methamphetamine addiction, those years were the heyday of the 'shake and bake' method -- a rudimentary way of making meth . . . But Wollmershauser said that didn't spell the end of Tulsa's meth problem. In fact, officials across the state say they are seizing meth that is purer, cheaper, and in greater quantities than ever before, with most of it coming from south of the border. (more)

As sand mining grows, Asia's deltas are sinking, water experts warn
21 September 2018 - Without enough sand arriving to maintain themselves, deltas are eroding, bringing worsening flooding and land loss. Sand mining from rivers is depriving many low-lying Asian deltas of the sediment they need to maintain themselves, raising the risk of worsening land loss to sea level rise, researchers say. Combined with losses of soil-holding mangroves and accelerating groundwater extraction, which can lead to land sinking, the mining is increasing climate-related threats for those living in low-lying coastal areas, they said. (more)

Scotland sets sights on slavery as more Vietnamese chase 'pot of gold'
19 September 2018 - Many young Vietnamese who make tortuous journeys to Britain through Russia and Europe often end up enslaved. After decades spent battling an influx of heroin, some of Scotland's top cops are now striving to get to grips with another troubling import -- modern-day slaves from Vietnam. Better known for its illicit trade in drugs than people, Scotland has set its sights on slavemasters and is stepping up efforts to stamp out the crime as it uncovers more victims. (more)

US: Rains from Hurricane Florence cause collapse at NC coal ash landfill
16 September 2018 - Duke Energy said Saturday (15 September) night that heavy rains from Hurricane Florence caused a slope to collapse at a coal-ash landfill at a closed power station near the North Carolina coast. ...The coal-fired Sutton plant was retired in 2013 and the company has been excavating millions of tons of ash from old waste pits and removing it to safer lined landfills constructed on the property. The gray ash left behind when coal is burned contains toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, and mercury. There are at least two other coal-fired Duke plants in North Carolina that are likely to affected by the storm. (more)

US: Swollen North Carolina rivers swamp dumps, raising water pollution fears
16 September 2018 - As rain from Hurricane Florence continued to lash the Carolinas, the region's swollen rivers were beginning to swamp coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms Sunday (16 September), raising pollution concerns. Such farms typically have large pits filled with hog urine and feces that can cause significant water contamination if breached or overtopped by floodwaters. State environmental regulators said Sunday they had not yet received any reports of spills. Duke Energy said the collapse of a coal ash landfill at the L.V. Sutton Power Station near Wilmington, North Carolina, is an 'on-going situation,' with an unknown amount of potentially contaminated storm water flowing into a nearby lake. The gray ash left behind when coal is burned contains toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, and mercury. At a different power plant near Goldsboro, three old coal ash dumps capped with soil were inundated by the Neuse River. (more)

Documents: University deal with Foxconn largely confidential
13 September 2018 - The University of Wisconsin-Madison and Foxconn Technology Group will manage their new research partnership largely behind closed doors, documents detailing the agreement show. Foxconn and UW-Madison announced plans in August to create a technology institute on campus as well as a research facility in Mount Pleasant, where the Taiwanese electronics giant is constructing a massive flat-screen manufacturing facility with the help of up to $3.2 billion in state incentives. ... 'The UW is a public institution that is supposed to represent the public interest,' [Bill Leuders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council,] wrote in his email. 'Creating layers of secrecy over what it is doing under contract with Foxconn is contrary to that ideal.' (more)

Yemen's plunging economy threatens to kill more people than war - aid agency
4 September 2018 - Yemen's tanking economy threatens to kill more people than bombs and guns, an aid agency warned on Tuesday (4 September) as the currency hit its lowest level ever, compounding the world's biggest hunger crisis. he Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said soaring food prices were pushing many people closer to the brink in a country where millions are already close to famine. Three-quarters of Yemen's population -- 22 million people -- are in need of humanitarian assistance. (more)


Global Good News highlights the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation Programme in business

Current financial news reveals that individuals and leaders in business are under considerable stress and pressure professionally and personally. Those who perform at high levels of personal effectiveness and productivity are already under greater pressure to perform—their decision-making, planning, judgment, creativity, innovation, health, and fitness must now be even more finely tuned and effective.

Employees are also at risk for high levels of stress and from the rigidity and lack of satisfaction born of routine work. The current world business financial news tells the story of this stress and pressure.

The effects of stress and performance pressure in the workplace, and the current trends in the world of business and money can be devastating&mdashboth physically and financially&mdashfor executives, employees, and for the successful results of a company.

Business news sources around the world report that many companies are now turning to Transcendental Meditation as a tool for stress management and to improve the health and creativity of their executives and staff. Employees who are more creative, more intelligent, healthier, and more energetic naturally contribute more to a company; productivity increases, absenteeism decreases, and teamwork improves.

The benefits of Transcendental Meditation—a simple, natural, effortless process practiced 15-20 minutes twice daily while sitting comfortably with eyes closed—have been documented in over 600 published studies conducted at over 200 universities and research institutions around the world, including Harvard Medical School, Stanford University, University of Chicago, and UCLA.

These studies—published in such leading journals as the Academy of Management Journal, Science, Psychosomatic Medicine, Hypertension, American Psychologist, and American Journal of Managed Car—show that the unique state of restful alertness produced during Transcendental Meditation promotes balanced functioning of mind and body and more harmonious behaviour.

A special Corporate Development Programme, developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, is now available for teaching Transcendental Meditation in the workplace. Transcendental Meditation is distinguished from other techniques of personal development by its effortlessness, naturalness, and profound effectiveness.

Implemented in hundreds of companies world-wide, including Fortune 100 companies in the US.and leading firms in India, Japan, and Europe, this programme is easy to implement and cost-effective. The benefits are both immediate and cumulative.

Maharishi Corporate Development Programme develops the most fundamental resource of every business—human consciousness. Since consciousness is at the basis of the alertness, creativity, organizing power, efficiency, health, and happiness of every executive and employee, it is the consciousness of its personnel that ultimately determines the performance and success of the company as a whole.

See: www.tmbusiness.org

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