The GoldieBlox Blacklash

By now, I’m sure most of us have seen the GoldieBlox video featuring a version of the Beastie Boys’ “Girls,” an elaborate Rube Goldberg machine, and a theme of giving young girls something to play with that’s not pink or princess-y.  Read More The GoldieBlox Blacklash

How to Sink a Fundraising Juggernaut in Three Days: Lessons From the Komen Debacle

It takes a special kind of skill to completely alienate two separate and fundamentally opposed groups of people. Last week, however, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation managed to accomplish exactly that. They lost the support of people who believe in affordable, accessible heath care for lower-income and uninsured women when they cut funding to Planned Parenthood, and they lost the support of the anti-choice faction when they (sort of) reversed that decision. Read More How to Sink a Fundraising Juggernaut in Three Days: Lessons From the Komen Debacle

Buy Local

I’ve been meaning to write about the “Buy Local” trend for a while. You know which one, the pandering about eating locally grown/produced foods, buying clothes made within the community, etc. The reasoning behind it is quite logical, it makes sense in a sustainable kind of way. You support your local community, you support yourself (help create jobs, do your part to reduce carbon footprint, etc.). Read More Buy Local

Obama vs. Obama

If you sniff around news blogs, rumors of “Obama’s 2012 comeback” or “Obama’s primary challenge” are starting to metastasize out of all the ugliness and criticism and backlash our dear President’s been facing pretty much since day one in the Oval Office. If you sniff around Fox News, the speculation tends to be shaped more by narratives of conservatism rising above evil sociofascism. So which is he? An overly idealistic rookie or a naïve, cocky socialist? A potential second-termer or a lame duck? Read More Obama vs. Obama