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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.

Why corporate America broke up with design

Every company wanted to be Apple. Then reality set in.

In 2005, the future of American business was reflected in the spotless tile behind a toilet bowl. Procter & Gamble had released the Mr. Clean Magic Reach, a sleek tool with a detachable head for scrubbing the darkest recesses of a bathroom. Developed in just 18 months, it represented a strategic move to elevate design throughout P&G, an effort that then CEO A.G. Lafley had spearheaded with an almost religious fervor. “Remember that one of the disciples had to put his hand in the bloody wounds to believe,” he told a reporter at the time, comparing the design skeptics within various divisions of the company to an incredulous apostle. “We have some businesses that are doubting Thomases.” His conviction paid off. P&G’s sales doubled and profits quadrupled between 2000 and 2009, aided by the steady release of new, design-forward products.

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The UI of air-conditioning is hell on earth

It’s 2022, but thermostats are still living in the 1990s. They are so cryptic that you need a master’s in Egyptology to understand them.

A few days ago, I almost tore my digital thermostat off the wall because I couldn’t understand its demonic user interface. I had no manual for it, and I couldn’t find it on the internet. So, boiling with Joe Pesci fury, I couldn’t stop fantasizing about ways to retaliate against the sadistic monster who designed this horror.

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Watch our full interview with McDonald’s and Beyond Meat: The McPlant is ‘here to stay’

In a 45-minute conversation at Fast Company’s MIC Summit, McDonald’s global CMO Morgan Flatley outlined a confident future for the McPlant and teased more Beyond Meat products to come.

The McPlant is the most important product that McDonald’s has launched in recent history, but thus far, the company has remained tight-lipped about its plant-based burger developed in conjunction with Beyond Meat. On sale now in parts of Europe and test markets in the Bay Area and Texas, we’ve never heard how it was created, how it’s selling, and how big a role McDonald’s imagines this product will play in the future of its global menu.

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‘World’s most sustainable’ office chair has 10 pounds of ocean plastic

Humanscale’s Path task chair isn’t just made of recycled materials—it’s also manufactured in the United States, cutting down on the carbon emissions of shipping components around the world.

Last year, the furniture company MillerKnoll debuted an eco-friendly makeover of its iconic Aeron task chair, incorporating over two pounds of recycled ocean plastic inside. Today, the office furniture brand Humanscale raises the bar in a big way, as it reveals its new Path task chair.

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From Ukrainians to astronauts on the ISS, José Andrés is feeding anyone in need—and well

After mobilizing his nonprofit to help Ukrainian refugees, the World Central Kitchen founder is also planning meals for the International Space Station.

“There will always be somebody ready to do whatever it takes to feed their fellow citizens,” says Spanish chef José Andrés. That’s been his mission since 2010, when he launched his nonprofit organization World Central Kitchen (WCK) to cook hot meals for victims of the Haitian earthquake. He later brought the organization to storm-ravaged Houston and Puerto Rico. Over the past couple of years, WCK also served more than 40 million meals to people whose lives and livelihoods were affected by the pandemic. 

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