Category Archives: Ethos

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…

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…

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…

Two Birds in a Tree: A Book Review

Believing that profit should be the primary and ultimate concern of business, it has disconnected from society, humanity, nature, and higher values. The results — from multi-million dollar bonuses for…

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…

Zen by Design: How One Spiritual Idea Informs Brands From Muji to Apple

Simplicity — in the particular sense that we’re going to be talking about — has deep roots in traditional Japanese culture, especially related to Zen Buddhism. Yet it has also…

corporate karma, an article on capitalism and ethics

Corporate Karma: Better Values Means Bigger Rewards

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…

How Some Creatives are Surviving (and Growing) in the Internet Era

We recently looked at how the internet, though a serious tool for promoting the work of artists, musicians, and so on, is, at the same time, undermining the incomes of…

Is the Internet Making Us Poor?

There are more opportunities than ever before for doing things on our own, whether its being an independent author or artist or setting up a company. Much of that is…