Drilling down to the good stuff.

It’s been proven time and again – socially conscious products and services are officially a viable niche market.  Whether based on environmental impact or hunger or the disparity of wealth resources, people will pay for the feel-good of buying along ethical lines.  perhaps it’s no surprise then that eBay is launching a new site, worldofgood.com, that will host only those products and services.  In addition, the items listed on the new website will be integrated regular eBay searches, making the products accessible to a wider audience while still providing a venue where they can be more easily found.

What is more valuable to me is the amount of information available on the site.  Every vendor, producer, or product is reviewed by a range of outside organizations, each of which present thier own information regarding the the vendor, producer, or product.  For example, a purse that I took a look at was certified by IFAT, which is a group of global fair trade organizations, and Co-op America, which is an initiative that promotes an economic system that is good for both people and the environment.  So the producer of my particular purse met the standards in place for both organizations.  In addition, the vendors list thier own positive impacts in a separate statement.  this allows a vendor both to promote the positive aspects of their product.  Since the statements are pre-defined by worldofgood, it allows easy comparison between products.

True, if you really want to get the scoop on what each product does not provide, you’re going to have to look to outside sources and do your own research.  But this is definitiely a start.  Hopefully user feedback and ratings will soon be incorporated (just like on the main eBay site) to allow a little more word of mouth to fill in the gaps as far as specific product is concerned.


Hanging with my Gnomies

I, at the moment, am at a slow point of day with nothing much to do and no ambition to do any more ‘real’ writing.  I asked a friend for a little topic help.  He said I should write about gnomes.

As I am, even late in the work day on a Friday, a dedicated writer, I decided I would at least do a little research.  Lo and behold, I discovered gnomes were not only little earth elementals living underground, but also an entire computer ‘graphical interface’.  For free!

I am referring to GNOME (pronounced Ga-NOME) which is a collaborative effort to collect all the software you need under free licensing.  Basically the idea is to promote user-driven development of software and related stuff and to re-offer it to the larger public across the globe.  Kinda cool, thinks me.

But there are other sides to this word of wonder –  there are also ethical groups concerned with issues that America was founded on – freedom, and equal protection under the law.  Sites like this one help ensure that protection for our gnomen brethren.  And whether you consider them peaceful dwellers of the northern forest, or dirty earth grubbers who hoard their cash, they certainly are ripe for persecution.

While I still haven’t written anything, I have learned a lot.   Gnomes rule, little red hats or no.