How the White House is Using Tech to Make a Difference

Folks, big news: the White House is hosting a South by South Lawn (SXSL) event on Monday, October 3rd. This is about civic engagement and accessibility, which is more important than ever. The deal is, the Craig Newmark Foundation is a partner in the SXSL event on the White House lawn. Earlier this year, President Obama traveled to South by Southwest for a conversation on civic engagement. In Austin, TX, he called on creative folks and entrepreneurs nationwide to help tackle the toughest challenges... Read more →

Solving the Lower-Carbon Puzzle

In recent months, the topics of climate change and carbon dioxide emissions have appeared everywhere from Paris to Washington and even onstage at the Oscars. It’s clear the world seeks a lower-carbon future. Achieving this global ambition requires active engagement nation by nation, state by state. It means, among many other things, cleaner power generation sources, greater energy efficiency and a smarter electric grid – which all converge in local communities where customers still expect reliable,... Read more →

Join the greatest incubator ever created

We just graduated two sessions of the LAUNCH Incubator in March (two cohorts of seven), and they were our strongest class to date! During the incubator, these 14 startups met with over 30 investors and have raised millions of dollars already — it’s been fantastic to watch. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/cAFf5 ] We are going to do another seven startups in the LAUNCH Incubator Spring class, which starts on April 20th (we’re 420 friendly, if you have a cannabis... Read more →

Answering, “Why are you looking for a change? “

A member of an online job seeker group recently asked how he should answer the interview question, “Why are you looking for a change?” One member offered this response: I believe in change. I always take on challenges to prove myself. It helps me to improve my skills and I feel more confident. Therefore, I always look for a change and try to improve my skills. Another member suggested: I’m looking for growth opportunities to progress my skills, experience and revenue making leadership... Read more →

Salad Days: The Bar Is Back

You can file this one under the heading “everything old is new again,” as younger diners, contemporary  chefs and the food press rush headlong to embrace the salad bar. It’s clearly a case of déjà vu all over again, since salad bars first appeared in the mass-market some five decades ago. Popularized by burgeoning casual-dining chains like Steak & Ale and Ruby Tuesday, their novelty appealed to an emerging generation of Baby-Boomer diners. Salad bars proliferated throughout the latter... Read more →

Infographic: New Poll Reveals More Than Half of Americans Want Voting Reforms

Hey, I figure that service members and vets risk their lives for us, and to thank ’em, the least we can do is register to vote and then actually vote. It’s patriotic, and it shouldn’t be hard for eligible voters to do. As I’ve said before, anytime there’s upcoming elections, we’ve all gotta be aware of our rights. There are some bad actors trying to stop people from voting, but there’s definitely some encouraging stuff going on. And we’ve got the... Read more →

Is it Me or Are These Bathrooms Getting Smaller?

At first, David Collins thought it was his imagination. The restroom on the Boeing ­737-900 flying from Los Angeles to Atlanta seemed smaller than usual. “I had to take a deep breath to access the slot for the used paper towels,” he recalls. Then he turned his professional eye on the lavatory. Collins is an expert witness for amusement park lawsuits, and he estimates that the restroom was only about 28 to 32 inches wide — roughly 20 percent smaller than the standard aircraft bathroom. He... Read more →

Five Questions That Make Strategy Real

By Jack and Suzy Welch Lots of people – most notably academics and consultants – tend to talk about strategy as if it’s some kind of high-brain scientific methodology. We come from a different school of thought. That strategy is a living, breathing, totally dynamic game. It’s fun – and fast.  And it’s alive. Forget the scenario planning, yearlong studies, and 100-plus page reports that “gurus” suggest. They’re time consuming and expensive, and you just don’t need them. In real... Read more →

From Salesperson to CEO

I’ve had the privilege of working for one company my entire career – that’s something few people can say nowadays. 33 years ago, a variety of recruiters visited the University of South Carolina. Ironically, I actually heard back from every single employer I interviewed with, except Johnson Controls. Determined to land a sales job at the company I was most interested in, I called the recruiter to tell him why I was right for the position. It must have been good timing, because they had a position... Read more →
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