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9 Business Books For The Modern Entrepreneur
As an entrepreneur, you might be sick of the self-improvement genre telling you what to do, when to do it and how to do it. When you’re busy managing your business, you don’t need to read something that tells you you’re doing it all wrong. You won’t find any titles like that on our list. We believe that these are the only nine business books you need to get your game on and to thrive.
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9 Essential Books for Creatives
Being a creative is hard work. Putting yourself out there is scary, so your mind convinces you that Facebooking and tweeting are better ways to spend your time. But according to the experts, the fear never goes away. These nine books for creatives will teach you how to work with your fear and to channel it into creating your next masterpiece.
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9 Indie Makers You Won’t Believe Are on Etsy
What do you think of when you think of Etsy? Knitting supplies, novelty items, crafty gifts? Think again. These days, Etsy is the home to some world-class designers and other indie makers producing high-quality pieces … and raking in the dough while they do it.
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9 Natural Brands for Healthy Living and Eating
We so get it. You want to eat and live healthier and more naturally, but you don’t know where to start. Well, we did the homework for you. These nine companies make products that are organic, eco-friendly and that will keep you coming back for more.
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9 Seed Funding Programs For Creative Startups
Your vision: a creative startup that will change the world, where you’ll have a cool office, cool employees and an even cooler coffee machine. But first you need some money. That’s where seed funding comes in: During the early stages of a company’s growth, an investor purchases part of the business. So how in the world do you discover these investors? We did the research for you and found nine seed funding programs and organizations.
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9 Fair Trade Brands With Great Design
We’re all about great design and craftsmanship here at DesignGood. For this week’s Design9, we present nine fair trade brands that not only bring gorgeous products to our shelves, but also make a huge impact in the lives of artisans, craftsmen and makers around the world.
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9 One for One Brands Changing the World
Make every penny you spend count by choosing brands that give back to those in need. Following the one-for-one model popularized by brands like TOMS Shoes, these brands that truly exemplify the idea of good design meets doing good.
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9 Can’t-Miss Ethical Fashion Brands
From poor environmental practices to questionable conditions for employees, the fashion industry isn’t exactly known for its ethical practices. But thanks to the growing slow fashion movement, fueled in part by organizations like Fashion Revolution and documentaries like “The True Cost,” shoppers are beginning to take note.In Part 2 of our series on independent, ethical fashion designers (here’s Part 1, in case you missed it) we’re bringing you a few (more) of our slow fashion favorites:
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9 Women Entrepreneurs Rocking the Business World
Ladies, we hear you. Starting a business can be freaking scary sometimes. Take heart though, because women entrepreneurs are taking the business world by storm. And if they can make great things happen while earning a nice paycheck from it, so can you.
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9 Green Coworking Spaces
We love coworking spaces and how they cultivate impact and entrepreneurship. So when we heard about “green coworking” we began scouting for some of the best green coworking spaces around the world. Here are our top nine picks if you’re looking for a beautiful and eco-friendly place to get work done.
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9 YouTube Channels You Should Subscribe to Now
The next time you have a break and need some compelling viewing, check out our nine favorite YouTube channels. They embody the things we’re all about at DesignGood.
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9 Teen Entrepreneurs: These Boys Mean Business
Whoever said that wisdom comes with age never met our nine teen entrepreneurs. These young men demonstrate that you don’t have to be a certain age to come up with a good idea or change the status quo. You might want to share this list, plus our Design9 on inspiring teenage girls, with your favorite Generation Z’ers (yep, Generation Z is a thing) to show them the power of dreaming big.
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9 Creative Couples and Partners Who Make Amazing Things
Sharing like interests can be the quickest way to forging friendships, cementing relationships and fostering businesses. We’ve pulled together a list of some of our favorite creative couples and partners who are building bridges with design and gardening, sourcing and repurposing discarded materials, and illustrating and illuminating connections with others around the globe.
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9 Go-to Sites for Your Next Desktop Wallpaper
If you haven’t changed out your desktop wallpaper in a while, it’s time to give your eyes something new to feast upon. Only the most creative wallpapers will do for DesignGooders’ desktops, so we’re sharing the sources we’re addicted to. (Tip: Choose the screen resolution closest to your current display to get the most out of your new desktop wallpaper. Have fun!)
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9 Documentaries That Will Open Your Eyes
Movies aren’t just about escapism. A compelling documentary can make you see the world in a new way and inspire social change. For today’s Design9, we’re highlighting some current favorites that we think everyone should see. Too busy to watch a full-length doc? No worries — this list has powerful short documentaries, too.
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9 Midsize Cities Where You Can Afford a Great Life
It’s mind-boggling how rent continues to skyrocket in all those “biggest” and “best” capitals of the world. And it’s not like your apartment is getting bigger or you’re getting paid more. Fed up? In this Design9 we’ve found 9 midsize cities where you can live the life you want without going broke.
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9 Examples of Smart Design That Will Blow Your Mind
Regardless of your definition of design, we can almost all agree on smart design when we see it. Whether it’s in the form of a car that’s using less to create more, an innovative community using natural resources to inspire change or an artistic movement that’s bringing attention to the causes that need it most, to all of us at DesignGood, smart design describes anything that’s using creativity to make something better than it was before.Here are nine of our favorite examples of smart design in all forms:
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9 Brands Doing Good for the Environment
We champion creative entrepreneurs determined to take action through empowerment and sustainable living. Read how you can support the causes of these 9 brands doing good for the environment.
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9 Independent Fashion Designers
Whether with a collection that uses only natural fibers or a woven basket design passed down over generations, these fashion designers bring substance to the world of style. And to us, that’s always in fashion. With a few exceptions (we’re looking at you, nudist colonies) we all have to start our days getting dressed. But just like the food you choose to eat, the clothing you buy – and whom you buy it from – is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Our purchases have an impact — remember the devastating 2013 factory collapse in Bangladesh?
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9 Innovative Nonprofit Organizations That You Should Know
It’s not just billionaires like Oprah Winfrey and Bill Gates who can change the world with their giving. It’s folks like us who chip in a little to put a meal on the table for a family going through hard times or to get someone in the developing world the healthcare he needs. These nine nonprofit organizations have found innovative ways to help, and to vividly show you how your support makes a big impact.
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9 Jewelry Designers That Give Back
At DesignGood, we’re suckers for good jewelry and feel downright incomplete without our favorite pieces. But when it comes to our jewelry and whom we buy it from, not just any source will do. As with our clothing, the crafters who make the jewelry, where they source their materials and how they run their businesses truly matter to us. That’s why we’re bringing you our favorite jewelry designers today. Each company on our list both makes beautiful pieces and contributes to causes that are as awe-inspiring as their designs.
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9 Indie Shoe Designers You Should Be Supporting
Give those Nikes a rest – there’s a new wave of shoe designers out there who are embracing design and production methods that are friendly to animals, the environment and artisans alike.
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9 TED Talks That Will Change Your Life
When you’re feeling blah, meh or just generally uninspired, there’s a quick cure: the TED website. The TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conferences started back in 1984, and today TED Talks are known for launching the most innovative, mind-blowing ideas into the world. Here are nine TED Talks we love. Side effects may include laughter, tears and sharing them with everyone you know on Facebook.
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9 Inspiring Teen Girls
Talk about overachievers! These inspiring teen girls show it’s never too early to start making your mark.
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9 Inspirational Interviews That Deserve Your Time
An ex-con turned health coach and writer. A paralyzed painter still creating art. An ex-alcoholic turning parenthood inside out. Get inside their heads — and get ready to think differently.
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9 Companies Doing Things Differently
We come across some pretty amazing things all the time at DesignGood: from inspiring design-trepreneurs to nonprofits and Kickstarter campaigns with world-changing dreams. We’re lucky that part of our job is to find those people, companies and organizations and bring them to you. Because of this, we’re starting Design9 – a new series that will highlight nine of the most awesome people, brands and organizations of the week. We’re kicking off with 9 Companies Doing Things Differently – and we mean really differently. Whether they created a game-changing design or a “why didn’t I think of that?” idea about social contribution, these are brands after our own originality-loving hearts. Keep your eye on these guys!
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9 Podcasts for the Creative Entrepreneur
Pop those earphones in for today’s Design9 as we bring you nine podcasts perfect for the creative entrepreneur. Whether you’re stuck in rush-hour traffic or at home planning your next project, tune in to get your fix of inspiration, creativity and business advice from the biggest names in the industry.
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9 Socially Conscious Holiday Gifts
In our first gift guide, we shared holiday gifts – from bamboo bikes to books — made by folks we’ve featured here on DesignGood. But one gift guide wasn’t enough for us. There are more socially conscious companies out there than ever, which means you have more options than ever for selecting beautiful, meaningful gifts that give back. Now let’s finish up that shopping!
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