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Launched in November 1995 by Alan Webber and Bill Taylor, two former Harvard Business Review editors, Fast Company magazine was founded on a single premise: A global revolution was changing business, and business was changing the world. Discarding the old rules of business, Fast Company set out to chronicle how changing companies create and compete, to highlight new business practices, and to showcase the teams and individuals who are inventing the future and reinventing business.

A simple way to tackle America’s most entrenched problems? Retrofit houses

Upgrading low-income housing would improve public health, the environment, and racial equity all at once.

During a presidential election debate on Oct. 22, 2020, former President Donald Trump railed against Democratic proposals to retrofit homes. “They want to take buildings down because they want to make bigger windows into smaller windows,” he said. “As far as they’re concerned, if you had no window, it would be a lovely thing.”

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This app is helping Sierra Club, Fair Fight, and America Votes influence public policy

Advocacy groups track countless pieces of legislation as they make their way through different governments bodies. Enview by Civic Eagle helps them organize and strategize.

Yemi Adewunmi is co-founder and chief product officer at Civic Eagle. She spoke to Doreen Lorenzo for Designing Women, a series of interviews with brilliant women in the design industry.

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Can branding help save classical music?

The San Francisco Symphony’s rebrand aims to draw in a wider audience.

Times have been changing at the San Francisco Symphony. Michael Tilson Thomas, the orchestra’s music director of 25 years, stepped away from his role in 2020. In came innovative Finnish conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen. And with him came the need for new branding that reflected the symphony’s next act.

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These 100 ethically made design objects cost less than $100 each

Ethical design shop Goodee partners with Nordstrom on a list of 100 products that cost $100 or less. Here are our favorite pieces.

If you’re unfamiliar with Goodee, you’ll want to remedy that. It’s a three-year-old design shop that sells beautiful, ethically made multicultural objects from designers from around the world.  This year, Goodee has partnered with Nordstrom to curate the Goodee100, a selection of 100 home and lifestyle items that all cost $100 or less.

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These gorgeous paper vases are inspired by ancient Islamic architecture

Hundreds of sheets of paper are laser-cut and meticulously layered to create these designs.

For centuries, Islamic artists have adorned mosques and palaces with beautifully intricate recurring geometric patterns. Now, the founder of Abu Dhabi-based art studio Ibbini Studio, Julia Ibbini, is using modern technology to transform those centuries-old shapes into gorgeous sculptures.

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How L.A. built homeless housing in just 4 weeks

After the concrete base was built, it was a quick process to construct the housing units in this new development.

In Los Angeles, where tens of thousands of people experience homelessness on any given night, a new supportive housing project has just contributed 84 homes to help get people off the streets. Thanks to modular construction and a replicable design, hundreds more of these homes are on the way.

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Who’s wearing vinyl pants in quarantine? How the pandemic could kill fashion trends for good

COVID-19 could be an important turning point for the fashion industry, sustainability experts say. Here’s why.

Vinyl is in vogue. Whatever your budget, you can now find shiny, translucent clothes and accessories, from see-through Christian Louboutin pumps to shiny pink Fiorucci pants to glossy catsuits and miniskirts from ASOS. It’s no surprise that the style is in. Vinyl was all over the runways at Paris Fashion Week over the past two winters and, like many trends, it has eventually trickled down into mainstream fashion. Never mind that no one is wearing vinyl pants while stuck inside under quarantine.

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All plastic is technically recyclable. Why does so much of it end up in landfills?

It boils down to profitability.

The disposal of plastics is a global problem. They are nearly indestructible in natural conditions but are discarded worldwide on a large scale. The world produces around 400 tons of plastics each year. Nature cannot address the amount of their disposal at a speed fast enough to prevent harm to living beings.

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