|Not Cotton Mather|
|or Horace Mann|
|or John Dewey.|
Neighborhoods with thriving independent businesses saw home values outperform citywide markets by 50 percent over the last 14 years.
In the New York Metro area, the average home value would have increased 176% or $291,672 to $457,672 from 1997 to 2011 if it was located near a successful independent business district.
Counties and parishes with a greater concentration of small, locally-owned businesses have healthier populations — with lower rates of mortality, obesity and diabetes — than do those that rely on large companies with “absentee” owners.
|Company [year founded]||Return, 2005-2015||Market Cap in 2005|
|Regeneron Pharmaceuticals  (NASDAQ:REGN)||8,113%||$513 million|
|Keurig Green Mountain  (NASDAQ: GMCR)||6,065%||$179 million|
|Medivation  (NASDAQ: MDVN)||5,516%||$41 million|
|Priceline Group  (NASDAQ:PCLN)||4,781%||$917 million|
|Netflix  (NASDAQ: NFLX)||4,718%||$646 million|
|Monster Beverage  (NASDAQ: MNST)||3,770%||$397 million|
|Opko Health  (NYSE: OPK)||3,722%||$5.7 million|
|Illumina  (NASDAQ: ILMN)||3,653%||$361 million|
|NewMarket  (NYSE: NEU)||3,648%||$338 million|
|Pharmacyclics  (NASDAQ: PCYC)||3,468%||$142 million|
I could be a congresswoman
Or a garbage woman or
Police officer, or a carpenter
I could be a doctor and a lawyer and a mother
And a good God woman what you’ve done to me
Kind of lover I could be
I could be a computer analyst, the Queen with the nappy hair raising her fist
Or I could be much more and a myriad of this
Hot as the summer, sweet as the first kiss
And even though I can do all these things…
~ Jill Scott
“The Fact Is (I Need You)“
Following in the footsteps of people such as Jack London, George Orwell, and Steve Jobs, Terrance Jackson spent over two and half years homeless in New Rochelle, NY and discovered the power of empathy to fuel innovation and creativity:
I believe that empathy – the imaginative act of stepping into another person’s shoes and viewing the world from their perspective – is a radical tool for social change and should be a guiding light for the art of living. Over the past decade, I have become convinced that it has the power not only to transform individual lives, but to help tackle some of the great problems of our age, from wealth inequality to violent conflicts and climate change.
It is important to understand what empathy is and is not. If you see a homeless person living under a bridge you may feel sorry for him and give him some money as you pass by. That is pity or sympathy, not empathy. If, on the other hand, you make an effort to look at the world through his eyes, to consider what life is really like for him, and perhaps have a conversation that transforms him from a faceless stranger into a unique individual, then you are empathising. ~ Roman Krznaric