KarmaGoal: Crowdfunding for Personal Achievement

A new website called KarmaGoal is making crowdfunding more personal, and more spiritual. It’s about making “a better you,” and, with a bit of luck, a better world. You probably know about crowdfunding. For creative endeavors and business startups it’s been around for a while: A lesser-known illustrator might be able to crowdfund the production […]

The Changing Architecture of Ideas: From Memory Theater to the Internet

From the priest-poets — who initiated young men and women into the Mysteries, and that gave the tribe meaning with stories passed down from their forerunners — to the craftsmen that taught new apprentices, ancient peoples passed down their cultures by word of mouth. These were, to use a more familiar phrase, oral traditions. Writing, […]

Karma Capitalism: How Hindu Philosophy Can Transform Business — An Interview With Ram Nidumolu

From environmental damage and the exploitation of third world workers (including the use of child labor), to bonuses for CEOs who have done nothing more than sink the companies they were hired to lead. We all know the problems of what is sometimes called “crony capitalism.” All too often, business leaders have left their ethics, […]

Black Crown: The Mysterious Elitism of Budweiser’s Beer Ad

Budweiser’s new “Black Crown” beer is for connoisseurs, the chic, and the style conscious. That’s the real message behind a new ad and information campaign by a brand associated with football, regular bars, and the average guy. It’s not for him. It’s for his altogether classier friend. The one that left the small town, and […]

Corporate Karma: Better Values Means Bigger Rewards

corporate karma, an article on capitalism and ethics

There’s a tendency to believe that values are an obstacle to “making money.” And certainly we can all think of companies that have no problem with behaving unethically for an extra dime or two, whether it’s ripping off their consumers, taking serious advantage of their staff, or simply having no concern for society or the environment. […]