Recently, NPR’s Planet Money did an episode on the economic life of the Amish. They examined how, in attempting to stay true to their principles, the Amish community has responded to the world of business with a combination of technological innovation – adapting technology to serve their specific needs – and by working in niche markets in which they excel. It’s a fascinating case study of how a community can adapt to the modern world while staying true to the convictions that define them; it’s well worth a listen. What can we learn from this case study about finding imaginative and innovative ways to stay true to our own principles in the modern economy?
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