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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
Fast Company2 min readSociety
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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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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Cheers At The Finish Line
Mirna Valerio would not describe herself as a beer person. The ultra-runner is more of a cabernet sauvignon drinker. But the beer cravings do kick in occasionally—namely, after a long day on the trail. Over the summer, for instance, Valerio competed
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A Credit Card That Monitors Your Carbon Footprint
Winner | Best Design EMEA Mastercard and Doconomy DO BLACK Each time you use Mastercard’s new Do Black credit card, it tallies the carbon footprint of your purchase—and when you’ve exceeded your carbon budget for the year, the card will cut you of
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They Shoot, He Scores
Jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard is one of Hollywood’s preeminent composers, having scored 20 of Spike Lee’s projects—including last year’s BlacKkKlansman, which earned him his first Oscar nomination—and Harriet, Kasi Lemmons’s upcoming biopic of abo
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A New Mouth-operated Remote Control
Finalist | Best Design APAC, Experimental, Students Augmented Human Lab, University of Auckland CHEWIT ChewIt, a lozenge-size, wireless “intraoral interface,” could offer a new way for people who can’t use their limbs to control their personal tec
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Making The Tough Calls
Whitney Wolfe Herd and Mark Parker might not seem to have much in common. Wolfe Herd, the 30-year-old cover subject of our October issue (“Herd Mentality,” page 68), is the founder and CEO of Bumble, a privately held company with a reported $300 mill
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A Deeper Way To Engage
Design Company of the Year Nike HOUSE OF INNOVATION Cool-looking shoes garner most of the attention when it comes to sneaker innovation, but Nike has nabbed Fast Company’s 2019 Design Company of the Year award for something else: a savvy retail st
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Herd Mentality
Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd wants nothing less than to create a female internet, but first she has to get a lot more women (and men) to see things her way. Misogynists welcome.
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A Studio With A Purpose
Finalist | Graphic Design Jennifer Kinon and Bobby Martin ORIGINAL CHAMPIONS OF DESIGN Can branding make a city more equitable? Can it get more people to the polls? Can it help amplify an artist’s voice? For Jennifer Kinon and Bobby Martin, who le
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Facebook’s Plan To Live Forever
THE ONLY SOCIAL NETWORKING SYSTEM LEFT FOR THE TECH BEHEMOTH TO CONQUER IS THE ORIGINAL ONE: MONEY.
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A Memorial For Young Victims Of Gun Violence
Finalist | Social Good Akoto Ofori-Atta SINCE PARKLAND In the year following the horrific February 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, 1,200 children were killed by guns in the United States. But while the Parkland shooting made headlines f
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A Remedy for Single-Use Packaging
Finalist | General Excellence TerraCycle LOOP The root cause of the global trash problem is our reliance on single-use packaging. That’s the premise behind a new platform called Loop that’s helping major brands shift to a new system of reusable co
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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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