Josh Collins’ idea for Quarter Zero came out of his desire to spend more time with his little brother, who, while still in high school, had an idea to start his own business. His brother quickly became frustrated over the scarcity of resources available to him as a high schooler. An entrepreneur himself, Josh knew that a business incubator program, a company designed specifically to help new startups get off the ground, would benefit his little bro. So, Josh came up with the idea for Catapult Incubator, the flagship program of what would later become Quarter Zero.
While traveling extensively to advise mission-driven businesses and organizations, Becky Asselin and Avery Osborn witnessed, time after time, the power of business to help address weighty social & environmental problems. Soon after, the two women headed to Austin, Texas for the summer to test a business idea: social enterprise consulting.
In the event of a disaster, there are many types of heroes—firefighters, doctors, police officers—but we often forget about a certain breed of first responder. Deep in a Southern California canyon, the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation is training dogs to brave the rubble and search for survivors in the midst of mass devastation.
Organic superfoods are trending in 2019, especially in free-spirited La La Land, where the mild climate and surrounding landscape of mountains meeting sea inspire many to pursue a healthy and active lifestyle. The Mattole River Valley, located several hours up the coast from LA, boasts an untouched coastline in the shadows of the 4,000-foot King Mountain Range. Its bountiful, unadulterated beauty became the inspiration for a brand rooted in respect for all things raw and organic. Mattole Valley Naturals uses only the best organic, grass-fed, wild-harvested ingredients in their products, avoiding growth hormones, antibiotics, herbicides, pesticides, and gluten.
In life we pivot – like a dough hook in a mixer or a banker ‘churning’ into a baker. Having little training in the kitchen John said, “My first batch confirmed how much I needed to learn.” With a heap of research and a dash of dedication, former mortgage banker, John Burnett was able to rise to the title of successful baker.
There was a time a single computer used to occupy an entire room, a time soon after that where the uneven, piercing tones of dial-up were an optimistic tune; and now we’re inventing new languages and teaching machines how to learn. It goes without saying that the demand for skilled programmers is higher than ever. Fortunately, there is one company making programming education more accessible for everyone.
The debate remains for the official label of this generation. Should it be coined as “the giving generation” or “generation me?” As the discussion continues, observation confirms the notion that millennials are so deeply subscribed to themselves. They sign on for stylist subscriptions, boxes full of makeup products, subscriptions for faster shipping and binge watching. Granted a valuable factor is convenience, one may argue, if it’s not a necessity, what’s the point? Is there a subscription out there that caters to the “me-culture” while also making a difference?
At first you may not think a historian of 19th and 20th century political economy and culture should have anything to do with educating students in social impact—when in fact, she couldn’t be more perfectly positioned to do so.
Matt Pickett reminisced over his early mornings fly fishing with his son in British Columbia’s pristine wilderness. It is his peaceful escape from the stresses and distractions of daily life. “It took some convincing, but I finally got him to put down his phone and come outdoors. Once he’s out here, he remembers how much he likes it,” Matt said about his son.
Miss Mary Jane, the reefer, the devil’s lettuce or, as the legislation-wielding folk prefer it, cannabis – it’s legal. Now, in a puff of the law-maker’s smoke, the over-the-counter medical treatments, as well as the under-the-table recreational usage exist side by side. So, what is really changing?