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Capitalism, For Everyone
Our economic system—once heralded for ensuring customer choice, stoking job creation and upward mobility, and sparking innovation—is failing us. The U.S., the paragon of capitalism, is experiencing crushing income inequality and struggling to provide
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Making An Impact
Members of the Fast Company Impact Council—founders and executives, activists and scholars—convened this year in New York City to discuss how to meet our most urgent economic and social challenges.
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A Funny Thing Happened On The Flight To Davos
Author Anand Giridharadas has attracted a rabid following for his rebuke of the idea that philanthropic billionaires are society’s heroes. Even some plutocrats are starting to agree with him.
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Uphill Climb
Patagonia’s Yvon Chouinard set the standard for how a business can mitigate the ravages of capitalism on earth’s environment. At 81 years old, he’s just getting started.
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Banking On Success
THE CHARLIE’S ANGELS DIRECTOR AND ACTOR ELIZABETH BANKS TALKS ABOUT RUNNING HER OWN PRODUCTION COMPANY—AND TAKING CONTROL OF HER CAREER.
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We Think Like Owners. Because We Are
New Belgium Brewery has always been innovative when it comes to making beer. Lately, however, it’s the company’s progressive employee-ownership model that’s gaining notice—and intoxicating capitalist reformers.
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The Selling Of Souls
COMPANIES ARE EMPLOYING QUASI-RELIGIOUS TACTICS TO INSPIRE ENTHUSIASM FOR THEIR BRANDS. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CUSTOMERS HAVE A CRISIS OF FAITH?
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A Cleaner Coating
SHERWIN-WILLIAMS SUBSIDIARY VALSPAR HAS DEVELOPED A BPA-FREE LINING FOR SODA CANS—WITH HELP FROM HEALTH AND SAFETY GROUPS.
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A Matter Of Degrees
Snow days are fun for kids—and costly headaches for city planners. The city of Montreal alone spent nearly $145 million last winter to clear 14 million cubic meters of snow from its streets; in New York City, each inch of snow costs an average of $1.
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Saving Capitalism From Itself
Meet the CEOs, workers, activists, thinkers, policy wonks, and class traitors leading the way toward a more equitable, humane, and democratic economic system that works for the many and not the few.
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Sesame To The Rescue
THE NONPROFIT BEHIND SESAME STREET HAS A TEAM FOCUSED ON HELPING KIDS IN TIMES OF TRAUMA—BECAUSE NOT EVERY DAY IS SUNNY.
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Ethical Finance
• A NEW KIND OF 10-K 09 That’s how many pages the artisanal marketplace Etsy devotes to social impact in its 2018 annual report filed with the SEC. Etsy shares both its goals and its progress in empowering creators, building a diverse workforce, an
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The Right Angles
A NEW KIND OF SKYSCRAPER IS BRINGING MORE LIGHT AND AIR TO AN INCREASINGLY DENSE NEW YORK CITY.
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Signs Of The Times
Sara Groves POSITION Interpreter manager, Rise Interpreting APPEARANCES Nipsey Hussle, Garth Brooks, the Bangles MEMORABLE SHOW When Garth Brooks leaped onto her signing stage and sang alongside her As an interpreter manager at Rise Interpreting
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Community
• The small sum that could lift up a city MICHAEL TUBBS, MAYOR, STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA Inspired in part by his experience growing up in a poor area of Stockton, California, Michael Tubbs, after taking office in 2017, wanted to address the structural
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Google On The Brain
GOOGLE HAS MORE COMPUTING POWER, DATA, AND TALENT TO PURSUE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE THAN ANY OTHER COMPANY ON EARTH—AND IT’S NOT SLOWING DOWN. THAT’S WHY HUMANS CAN’T, EITHER.
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A Window Table Under the Sea
Finalist | General Excellence Snøhetta UNDER RESTAURANT Under, a new restaurant that descends 16 feet below the cold waters of Lindesnes, Norway, doesn’t just serve seafood and locally sourced meat and vegetables found on this dramatic coastline.
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A High-tech Pollution Mask
Honorable Mention | Fashion and Beauty 0202 FACEWEAR O2O2’s revolutionary pollution mask looks nothing like the paper or fabric varieties currently on the market, and it doesn’t function like them, either. A study the company commissioned from the
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A Better Hospital Room
Winner | Health EIR Healthcare MEDMODULAR Alexa-enabled entertainment, touchless controls for the bathroom sink, and a $2,300 simulated skylight above the bed sound more like amenities in a high-end boutique hotel suite than in a hospital room. Bu
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A Simpler Approach to Affordable Home Goods
Finalist | General Excellence, Products Target MADE BY DESIGN The “adulting” millennial has champagne tastes and a beer budget. It’s a fact well known by Target’s head of product design, Stephanie Grotta. Data showed that as this cohort was moving
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Mike Judge’s Triumph Of Engineering
AS SILICON VALLEY DRAWS TO A CLOSE, THE MASTER PARODIST BEHIND THE HIT SHOW REFLECTS UPON WHAT BIG TECH HAS WROUGHT.
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A New Way to Grow Vegetables on Space Missions
Honorable Mention | Best Design NA Techshot and Tupperware PONDS As astronauts begin to spend more time in space, they’ll need better access to fresh fruits and vegetables to stay healthy. But growing plants on structures like the International Sp
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A Naturally Cleansed Public Pool
Finalist | General Excellence Gh3 BORDEN PARK POOL Natural swimming pools, which eschew chlorine and chemicals for bio-inspired filtration systems, have taken off in Europe but are still uncommon in North America. So when Pat Hanson, founding part
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Female Founders Speak Out
They employ more than 9 million people in the United States and view the world differently from their male counterparts. Fast Company and Inc.’s annual survey reveals what this growing economic force is thinking.
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An Instant-Print Camera
Finalist | Products Branch Creative KODAK SMILE Released this past June, the Kodak Smile is a 10-megapixel camera that also features a tiny internal printer. To take a photo, you slide the cover to open the lens and use the LCD viewfinder on the b
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A Portable Air-Powered Nail Gun
Finalist | Best Design APAC Airbow FRAMER The nail gun seems like the perfect invention—just pull a trigger to drive metal into wood—but current models are either tethered to a bulky air compressor or require a mix of butane cells, lithium-ion bat
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Innovation By Design
THE HONOREES OF THIS Y E A R’S INNOVATION BY DESIGN AWARDS HAVE DISCOVERED NOVEL—AND OFTEN BEAUTIFUL—WAYS TO POINT BUSINESS TOWARD A MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE.
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A Greener Electric Motorcycle
Honorable Mention | Mobility, Products Tarform ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE Brooklyn- and Stockholm-based startup Tarform is setting a new standard for eco-friendly electric motorcycles. Its design includes a zero-emission power train and replaces standard
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Just What the Patient Ordered
A slew of well-funded startups are making it easier than ever to get prescription medications online, turning patients into customers—and doctors into something akin to assembly-line safety inspectors. As with everything, there are side effects.
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A New Sound-Enhancing Surface
Finalist | General Excellence Steven Holl Architects CRINKLE CONCRETE Performance spaces often feature elaborate acoustical systems that rely on appliques, such as fabric ceiling panels, to distribute sound. At the Kennedy Center expansion that’s
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