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Cory Ames

I’m Cory Ames. I’m a writer, podcaster, social entrepreneur, and the Founder of Grow Ensemble.

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Better World Weekly 153: Poverty, Development, Biodiversity, & Homelessness

Better World Weekly 153: Poverty, Development, Biodiversity, & Homelessness
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Find Out Where You Live | Paul Hawken

You love what you know and take care of what you love. “Discovering the beauty of the world that you inhabit...I feel like that sense of falling in love is the most important thing you can do," says Paul. Perhaps we take Paul's advice. Pay attention for a second

Find Out Where You Live | Paul Hawken
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To Change Business, Reject It

News broke last week that Yvon Chouinard, the Founder of Patagonia, gave his company away for the sake of “fighting the environmental crisis and defending nature.” [1] Yvon has repeatedly defied the expectations of business. He built Patagonia into a leading example for almost everything in the realm of what

To Change Business, Reject It
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What’s Possible

Five of the six biggest waves ever surfed were surfed at Nazaré. Nazaré is a small Portuguese coastal town where, first in 2011, an American surfer named Garrett McNamara, rode a 78-foot wave. This set a new world record and changed the big wave surf world forever. Since McNamara’s

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Slow Down for More

We spent the last two weeks of August driving well over 2,000 miles. Owen (our 6-month-old), our two dogs, Annie and I all packed into our Subaru Forester. (Thank you, Thule XT, we couldn’t have made this trip without you) Since Annie and I have been together, this

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How to Be a Conscious Consumer

There are two seemingly contradicting realities of “conscious consumerism”: 1. No matter how “consciously” we buy, we aren’t going to shop our way into a more sustainable and equitable world. 2. The ways we do/don’t spend our money are incredibly impactful. Maybe this is confusing at first

How to Be a Conscious Consumer
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Magic Exists

Orca whales are the apex predators of the ocean. And humpback whales might be the protectors of the ocean. It turns out, humpback whales will go out of their way to protect smaller marine animals from orca whale attacks. In fact, of 115 humpback-orca interventions documented, 89% were explicit rescues

Magic Exists
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Is the Inflation Reduction Act a *Real* Climate Win?

Unfortunately, when climate makes it into the news (not often enough), it’s almost never worth paying attention to at all. Reporting on climate is too often substituted with mere noise—doom & gloom mention of the crisis or coverage of a political will-they-won’t-they game. U.S. Senate Republican Democrat

Is the Inflation Reduction Act a *Real* Climate Win?
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28 Ideas that Could Change the World for the Better

This last Friday (June 10th) was my 28th birthday. I thought it would be fun to spend some time in reflection and put together a post like this: sharing things I’ve learned over my life so far.  I’ve had an interesting set of experiences; I left college early,

28 Ideas that Could Change the World for the Better
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How Businesses Can Be More Sustainable

⭐️ Bonus Material: Get the Sustainable Business 101 Email Series We’ve just about covered it all in this Sustainable Business series.  We’ve covered why sustainable business is important. We’ve defined what a (truly) sustainable business is. We’ve shared examples of sustainable businesses out in the world.  Finally,

How Businesses Can Be More Sustainable