When the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus—back after a six-year absence—begins its 50-city tour of North America this September, it will include 75 highly trained performers and a litany of extravagant acts. Tightrope walkers will flit across a triangular rope, 30 feet in the air. Acrobats will launch themselves between four spinning wheels suspended from stadium ceilings. BMX bikers will spring off a giant trampoline. And a 360-degree set studded with massive video screens and enhanced with sonic spatial technology will envelop audiences in the spectacle. There won’t, however, be any lions, tigers, or bears. Oh my! “When you have a brand called ‘The Greatest Show on Earth,’ you can’t downscale,” says Juliette Feld Grossman, chief operating officer at Feld Entertainment, which acquired the iconic circus in 1984. “You really have to reimagine and reinvent.” Founded in 1871, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus delighted American families … [Read more...] about The Greatest Show on Earth gets a second chance
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The 10 most innovative companies producing live events in 2023
Explore the full 2023 list of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies , 540 organizations that are reshaping industries and culture. We’ve selected the firms making the biggest impact across 54 categories, including advertising , beauty , design , and more. How do four septuagenarian Swedish pop stars pull off a dazzlingly energetic 20-song set list before thousands of fans in a custom-built stadium? Easy: They get their holograms to do it. ABBA Voyage , a stunning marriage of art and technology architected by the visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), has been a critical and financial success. It’s also a symbol of how the live performance industry is being transformed by technology, as digital elements are deployed to deepen fan immersion while staying true to what makes a live music experience so irreplicable. With concerts becoming increasingly visual extravaganzas, artists have access to new mediums to explore their creative … [Read more...] about The 10 most innovative companies producing live events in 2023
The 10 most innovative companies in architecture for 2023
Explore the full 2023 list of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies , 540 organizations that are reshaping industries and culture. We’ve selected the firms making the biggest impact across 54 categories, including advertising , beauty , design , and more. In this age of tumult, the world needs more than pretty buildings. The architects, designers, and firms in this year’s list of Most Innovative Companies are designing beautiful things, to be sure, but they are also thinking bigger and deeper about the production, the impacts, and the future of what they’ve designed. This year’s winning firm, 3XN , has created what could be a model-setting project: an office tower built mostly from the bones of the aging building it’s replaced. The approach not only slashed the building’s environmental impact, it demonstrated that creative, new designs don’t always need blank slates—or new construction! Other companies in this year’s list, such as Carmody Groarke and … [Read more...] about The 10 most innovative companies in architecture for 2023
Patagonia uses capitalism to save the planet with the Holdfast Collective
Holdfast Collective is No. 4 on Fast Company’s list of the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2023 . Explore the full list of companies that are reshaping industries and culture. In September 2022, Patagonia, renowned for being at the forefront of environmental advocacy, sustainable production, and progressive business practices, had a new declaration: Earth would be its only shareholder. What that actually meant was that founder Yvon Chouinard and his family had given up ownership, transferring the company’s voting stock to the Patagonia Purpose Trust and the other 98% of its ownership to the Holdfast Collective , a new 501(c)(4) organization. Holdfast’s mission is to preserve wildlands and pursue other nature-based climate solutions, fund grassroots environmental organizations, and support politicians working to fight the climate crisis. Although other companies have used this organizational structure for philanthropic ventures, Patagonia is taking a different … [Read more...] about Patagonia uses capitalism to save the planet with the Holdfast Collective
Beauty Pageants And Academia – The Perfect Contradiction?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin When you think of beauty pageants, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Probably not academia, social responsibility or sustainable finance. Dr Ana Nacvalovaite, Research fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford, says otherwise. Aside from being a distinguished academic and renowned expert within her field of work, Ana is also Mrs Great Britain, and will soon be competing in the semi-finals for “Mrs Globe”. At first it may seem like a contradiction, but for Ana, the world of pageants and academia intersect in several ways. “Beauty pageants have given me a platform to promote social and environmental issues that are important to me, such as gender equality, human rights, and sustainability. It has given me a stage to speak” she tells me. “As an academic, I'm passionate about promoting social responsibility and sustainability and all aspects of society. So, my involvement in the beauty pageant has given … [Read more...] about Beauty Pageants And Academia – The Perfect Contradiction?
HUAWEI TALKBAND B7 IS SET TO DESTROY THE MI BAND SERIES
(CTN News) – Huawei TALKBAND B7 remains active in the mobile industry. A giant that had some of its glory stolen by the US ban now strives to remain competitive in a market that is flooded with a number of excellent products. The Huawei Mate X3 is a foldable smartphone that is equipped with cutting-edge cameras. Huawei has proven itself by launching the new Huawei P60 series of flagships sporting cutting-edge cameras. Additionally, the brand introduces a number of wearable devices. Huawei TalkBand B7 ranked highly among them in the segment of smart bands. Would the Mi Band series be able to withstand such conditions? I would like to take a closer look at this. It is expected that the Huawei TalkBand B7 will remain faithful to its legacy in terms of design. Although the device did not capture the attention of the audience at the Huawei keynote, it is bound to become a hot item for enthusiasts in the segment. It is the successor to the TalkBand B6 smartband and … [Read more...] about HUAWEI TALKBAND B7 IS SET TO DESTROY THE MI BAND SERIES