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Ted Ning is the Executive Director of the LOHAS Conference, Executive Editor of the LOHAS Journal and Ted promotes the expansion and awareness of this marketplace and is in a unique position to examine trends and is able to identify overlapping interests from various LOHAS market sectors. He is also able to provide perspective about how responsible business practice should be presented and branded to the consumer. Furthermore, he can provide case study examples of companies that have transformed their business operations to become ‘green’ which have resulted in profitability and healthier work environments. Ted has been with LOHAS for 6 years and has been invited to speak internationally about the market to Universities, private and public companies and other business conferences. He has been interviewed by journalists from The New York Times, NBC, New Yorker, InStyle, Newsweek, various regional newspapers and lifestyle oriented radio programs. He is a contributing writer to Spa Business, American Spa magazine and Organic Style Taiwan. He also serves on several boards promoting sustainability, organic living and micro-credit enterprises.

Ted grew up in the mountains of Colorado where his family developed a nonprofit that helps impoverished women in Vietnam and Guatemala through micro credit financing and currently has over 5,000 loans in the field. He has been involved in community outreach and nonprofit work from a young age. He has a Masters degree in adult education. He has lived overseas in Asia where he assisted in nonprofit work and studied Chinese. He also lived in Japan and was a ski coach during the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. He and his wife currently reside outside of Boulder Colorado where he walks his talk; he rides his bike to work, is a member of a community supported organic farm where he gets his meals, recycles and composts to reduce their waste, and lives in a green built home powered by solar.

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A Blessing in Disguise

I have always had a fondness for inspiring legends or tales that have a nugget of wisdom attached. I recall a Chinese tale from Huai Nanzi about an old man who lost a horse. This fable seems very relevant in today's world: One night the horse broke out of its pen and ran away. The man's son cried, "Father, our prized horse has run away! How could this happen? This must be the worst day of our lives!" The father smiled and calmly replied, "Is that so? Are you so certain?" Shortly after the horse came back and along with…

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