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No Impact Man

By Colin Beavan

How Freelancers Can Use Active Listening to Improve Business

Imagine we’re having a conversation, and I’m telling you about where I live. I might describe how Eagleby is located between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and mention the names of important roads. I might explain that Eagleby is situated between twin rivers, and the bird life in our wetlands—including eagles—attracts bird watchers from around the world.

Ask the Readers: How to Prioritize Medical Bills?

Eila dropped a line this week to get advice on how to tackle her debt. She and her husband are trying to turn things around, but they’re overwhelmed by medical bills. They’re hoping GRS readers can offer direction.

Workspace of the Week: Inspired office

This week’s Workspace of the Week is ~bnhymn’s collections crafted office: Multiple small objects can easily look cluttered when they are displayed, even when they are all on a similar theme. The reason I chose this week’s workspace is because although the tiny art prints are different from card to card, there is nothing cluttered about this collection.

Care for some checkers?

Tim uses custom designed matt paper posters to add some ka-pow to the Expedit glass coffee table. Great for board games. I would love a Scrabble table. Unlike this Scrabble table, the posters are not stuck on. So when you're sick of trying to get triple scores with words starting with Z, you can whip up a Monopoly poster instead. It's pretty easy to do.

Your green lifestyle helps convince people of global warming

According to Rodale.com, "the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on the Interface Between Psychology and Global Climate Change studied decades of research on environmental issues and human behavior, and came up with the factors that are preventing people from taking immediate action" on global warming.The study discusses six factors, but the two that are most interesting t

The Next Evolution in Economics: Rethinking Growthcell

The current economic crisis, along with the Internet's emphasis on 'free' lend themselves to a new way of economic thinking: the "cellular model."

The surprising science of motivation: Dan Pink on TED.com

In his TED talk, Dan Pink argues for autonomy, mastery, and purpose over traditional management/reward systems.

Motivational Posters: Ernest Hemingway Edition

I admittedly didn’t know much about Ernest Hemingway beyond his fine works of literature until I read Chris Hutcheson’s article, “The Hemingway You Didn’t Know: Papa’s Adventures.” Despite Hemingway’s flaws, he spent his life engaging in all manner of bad assery.

Compound Interest: One Percent Can Make All the Difference

How many of you consider the effects of compound interest (or “compound returns”, if you prefer) when you make financial decisions?

Having Enough for Life

I am absolutely honored to feature a guest post today by Vicki Robin, someone who I’ve had the privilege to get to know a little over the last year or so. Vicki is co-author of Your Money or Your Life, one of the books that changed my life. Currently, Vicki is teaching tele-classes about money and life as well as speaking, writing and consulting.

Random Episode 5: The Bloody, Filthy Travel Edition

This is a short Random episode — 10:30 — and easily the most disgusting to date. I also think it’s the funniest.

Doing Something Difficult

Increasing your personal abilities is just like increasing your strength. You have to exercise in order to get stronger. If you want to grow as an individual, you have to do things that are hard in order to make it easier for you to do difficult things in the future. They Stop Growing Many people graduate from college, have a few years of growth and then stop growing.

Design: Guerilla Craigslist Makeover

WIRED asks 99% conference speaker Scott Thomas, and other top designers, to posit smart ways to redesign the always-lo-fi Craigslist.org.

Alternative uses for colanders

Not only does knowing how to properly use your kitchen utensils save you time, space, and money, but knowing additional uses for your utensils can have the same effect.

Are Poor People Lazy?

About a week ago, J.D. over at Get Rich Slowly posted an article about the difference between high income earners and low income earners.