The Friday 5: Trailblazing Edition

The top stories of the week at EcoSalon.

In a week in which the world said goodbye to the incredible Marie Colvin, we look at ten remarkable stories penned by female journalists.

An astounding amount of American money is being spent on foreign conflicts. What else could be done with it? These 11 world-changing causes would be a great start.

Original thinking is hard, so if you’re feeling in need of inspiration, check out these 40 best quotes on innovation.

Female-founded, women-run businesses are on the rise. Check out these 8 remarkable companies run by women.

Finally, when it comes to blazing a trail, who better than Jack Kerouac? Scott Adelson takes a personal look at the legacy of one of America’s most famous literary journeys.

Mike Sowden

Mike Sowden is a freelance writer based in the north of England, obsessed with travel, storytelling and terrifyingly strong coffee. He has written for online & offline publications including Mashable, Matador Network and the San Francisco Chronicle, and his work has been linked to by Lonely Planet, World Hum and Lifehacker. If all the world is a stage, he keeps tripping over scenery & getting tangled in the curtain - but he's just fine with that.