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Feb 19, 2007

"To live more simply is to unburden our lives -- to live more lightly, cleanly, aerodynamically. It is to establish a more direct, unpretentious and unencumbered relationship with all aspects of our lives: the things that we consume, the work that we do, our relationships with others, our connections with nature and the cosmos, and more." --Duane Elgin

A Dollar A Year CEO

In a letter sent November 2006, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey announced that he would take nothing more than a $1 annual salary, donating the rest and all future stock options to the company's two foundations. "The tremendous success of Whole Foods Market has provided me with far more money than I ever dreamed I'd have and far more than is necessary for either my financial security or personal happiness," said Mackey. "I am now 53 years old and I have reached a place in my life where I no longer want to work for money, but simply for the joy of the work itself and to better answer the call to service that I feel so clearly in my own heart."

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In a debate that follows, Mackey lays out his personal vision of the social responsibility of business. Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman responds, as does T.J. Rodgers, the founder and CEO of Cypress Semiconductor. More ...



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