When a Corporation Changed a Cultural Norm…

McDonald’s workers in the 1990s Soviet Union were required to smile – regardless of cultural norms that discourage excessive smiling. This NPR podcast explains what happened in the aftermath, as customers grew to like it… and workers did, too!


Hair today, gone tomorrow

Carol’s Daughter – a brand that specializes in products for black women – has been bought over by multi-million dollar cosmetic giant L’Oreal. What does this mean for the kinds of products that it is famous for?

First Nation group furious at Province’s move to cut trees down for Enbridge pipeline path by Jenny Uechi

While not unique at all to Canada, this case illustrates the conflict between the rights of indigenous people, commercial interests, and governmental organizations (or organisations , if you live in Canada):