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The Business of "Yes"

February 1st, 2009 by Martin Melaver

I desperately needed to doodle. Or scream. Or just plain bolt the room (which I finally did). I was in Boston this past week, at a meeting of well-intentioned sustainable real estate developers and a nascent socially-responding financing group, talking about creating a different type of fund that would truly address environmental and communal needs. [...]

Rewiring Our City's Circuits

January 25th, 2009 by Martin Melaver

Rumors of the death of Circuit City had been circulating for well over a year. First, a potential purchase by Blockbuster went, well, bust. Then, the resignation of its CEO (Sept. 2008), followed by the shuttering of 155 stores and the filing for bankruptcy protection (Nov. 2008). And then poof, almost without warning, the recent [...]

Accelerating Toward Embarrassment

January 21st, 2009 by Martin Melaver

Raquel Colby sat down next to me on the plane the other day as I was returning home to Savannah, GA. You don't know Raquel. Neither did I. But she captivated me with her story, which focused on a serious illness she had almost a decade ago, the need to create a circle of friends [...]