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Sunday
Aug232009

Women Philanthropists Give Differently Than Men

Women, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, are more likely than men to give overseas. An excellent analysis of the study and speculation about its implications can be found in Sex and Giving, on Philanthrocapitalism blog.

Blog writers Matthew Bishop & Michael Green speculate on reasons why women are more like to think globally in their philanthropy focus, based on this elemental research study.

Bill and Melinda Gates via Tedizen on FlickrTheir reasons are valid — yes Melinda Gates has influenced Bill’s conscience and awareness of the world at large. Smart Sensuality women — while stylish and not unconsumers — are less concerned about the clothes in their closet than starving children in India.

At a fundamental level, I believe the real answer to the gender difference lies with the Cultural Creatives vs Modern values sets.

Men are more likely to be Moderns, whereas 65% of the Cultural Creatives are women. CC’s remain smaller in numbers than Moderns (about 30% of the American population, compared to 45-50% Moderns, but they are growing rapidly and probably even stronger in the college population surveyed in the study.)

Global Village Festival Amersfoort 2006, via Flickr’s hansspeekenbrinkCultural Creatives are more likely to be global givers’ generally. Moderns want their names on the building, and Traditionals tend to be church givers.

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Friday
Jun052009

Do Our Personal Values Align With Our Score on the Disgust Sensitivity Scale? Take the Test.

We have a fascinating piece of research in Science Daily: Easily Grossed Out? You Might Be A Conservative!

In all my years researching and reading about sexuality, I’ve never heard of the Disgust Sensitivity Scale (DDS), and yet it makes perfect sense.

via Flickr’s CLearly NoviceCornell University researchers are exploring the relationships between one’s DDS score and one’s political views. In our ongoing dialogue of Traditionals, Moderns and Cultural Creatives, DDS could also play a role. One assumes that Cultural Creatives would score lower on the Disgust Sensitivity Scale, because we are generally more open-minded about novel and new experiences, more adventurous explorers of life.

Interestingly, the researchers remind us that disgust evolved as an emotion to keep us safe from potentially hazardous or disease-carrying environments.

Disgust, as we know it today, is focused on morality and purity; but not originally, say researchers.

Liberals and conservatives disagree about whether disgust has a valid place in making moral judgments, Pizarro noted. Conservatives have argued that there is inherent wisdom in repugnance; that feeling disgusted about something — gay sex between consenting adults, for example — is cause enough to judge it wrong or immoral, even lacking a concrete reason. Liberals tend to disagree, and are more likely to base judgments on whether an action or a thing causes actual harm.

What a fascinating piece of research!

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Monday
Apr202009

Will Disallusioned Moderns Join Cultural Creatives in the Nonprofit Sector?

The London Times writes that Britain’s charity recruitment agencies report a threefold increase in job applicants this year, “as droves of young professionals opt for more honourable careers.”

Does this trend represent a bona fide migration of Moderns to a Cultural Creatives mindset?

In a substantial number of cases, I suspect that the answer is ‘yes’. In other cases, Bono, Sting, Trudi, Demi, Ashton and a host of other celebs have made charity work ‘sexy’, a word used by the LT.

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Wednesday
Mar182009

The American Dream Will Be Redefined in Cultural Creative Terms

Building on yesterday’s post around narcissism, today we have a “current state of the American dream” read from Vanity Fair magazine.

In the past decades the American Dream has been redefined from a sense of opportunity to succeed and build a better life, in a relatively free relationship with government, class, caste and social heirarchy to making it big, amassing wealth and all things shiny.

Achieving the American Dream has moved from working hard, managing expectations and generating real value, to “pre-approved for the good life”, just because we are Americans.

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Sunday
Feb082009

To Diet Coke or Not: The Beverage Wars Take Shape

Designer water and designer Coke highlight the growing battle between the Moderns and Cultural Creatives over consumption, packaging and branding trends.

The Moderns

“I found the collaboration was the right fit, it worked well” said Nathalie Rykiel, Sonia’s daughter and now the president of the fashion house. “Fashion is not just fashion - it’s also a universe, a way of life, a philosophy even. Diet Coke isn’t far, for women, from the world of Sonia Rykiel.”With dwindling sales, drink marketers like Evian, Perrier and Diet Coke want to embellish their sales niche as luxury, fashionable brands.

You heard me. Diet Coke wants to be a luxury brand, and they hired  Nathalie Rykiel to celebrate Diet Coke’s 20th anniversary in France.

The International Herald Tribune reports that striped aluminium Rykiel bottles went on sale Jan. 14 in the modish Parisian boutique Colette, the foodstores of Monoprix and Bon Marché’s La Grande Épicerie, selling at the fashionable price of €1.25, or about $1.76.

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Sunday
Dec072008

Pleasures: Are We Happy Yet? For American Women, Happiness Seems Elusive & Hard to Define

Getting to the core of happinessChuck Palahniuk is not alone in asking the question: Did perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden maybe get so boring that eating the apple was justified?

We cannot answer that question this morning. The possibility is loaded with emotion, controversy and entrenched opinions.

I’m more interested in the word happiness, and how it fits in with one of our lifestyle trends: “Are we happy yet?”

Money Doesn’t Mean Happiness

Discounting our current economic mess … Americans weren’t any happier two years ago, than in the fifties.  And we’re never happier — as measured in numerous large-scale studies around the globe — than people in less-affluent countries.

American women are more inclined than American men to publicly express their angst and restless quest for a comfortable state of existence … if only, if only, if only.

Until recently, our sense of economic wellbeing did put us at some limited global advantages in financial terms — but I can argue that even that sense of security was a false one.

When a nation spend more than its income in a given year, I’m not sure that we enjoy a sense of inner peace.

Finding ourselves in a global economic and environmental meltdown, it’s important that we continue to put a smile on our faces.

Responsible pleasure should be celebrated more than ever. Cultural Creatives and Traditionals, more than Moderns, believe that pleasures don’t have to cost a lot of money. Traditionals have a narrower range of acceptable pleasure zones, leaving the Cultural Creatives to define pleasure in the 21st century.

I honestly believe that when we express delight over the beauty of another sunrise, when we bury our noses in flowers, when we enjoy a glass of good (not necessarily expensive) wine in earnest conversation … when we experience pleasure … we impact those around us.

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Monday
Nov242008

Slow Living Values at New York's High Line Urban Park

Last evening I posted a long and important New York Magazine article about Freshkills Park, an exciting plan to reclaim the garbage heap called Fresh Kills, on New York’s Staten Island. It’s a stunning reclamation project for New York, a city now able to rebirth this parkland, because we’re shipping our garbage out of state. (To every action, there is a reaction.)

Besides Fresh Kills, landscape architect James Corner is the head of another fantastic Manhattan reclamation project called High Line.

Cultural Creatives lead the way on Environmental Concerns. I discovered this excellent Charlie Rose, Edward Norton clip, in which Edward Norton sums up beautifully the mindset of approach of Cultural Creatives on environmental and civic issues.

The video footage of Manhattan’s High Line reclamation project is superb. I lived years ago in Chelsea, very near the High Line and never wondered what was “up there”. To be honest, I assumed that it was some kind of elevated, old road, not a set of train tracks.

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