Bitwise, which runs a diverse and inclusive coding academy in Fresno, California, launched a platform this year to connect displaced workers to training opportunities in six states. ConsejoSano, another California company, helps healthcare providers serve multicultural patients; it partnered with community health centers this year to raise awareness of new care options like telemedicine and drive-through testing. And Everytable, which operates affordable, grab-and-go restaurants in Los Angeles communities that are food deserts, was able to provide healthy meals to foster youth facing emergency food insecurity this year. … [Read more...] about Corporate donations shouldn’t be Band-Aids. Big bets on social enterprises will make more change
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It’s a dissonant, stomach-rattling, though not necessarily unpleasant, theme, reflecting the inherent conflict between the influx of Seattle’s growing Big Tech gentrifiers—including Amazon and Microsoft—and the scrappy artists who increasingly struggle to call Seattle home. Allen’s festival rests on a seeming contradiction, sponsored as it is by the same tech money that’s fueling growth and rising living costs in Seattle. It’s not a new tension. His investment company Vulcan Inc. is known locally for its massive real estate holdings, but it also invests in a wide range of projects throughout the Pacific Northwest that exemplify his scientific, social, environmental, and cultural priorities. Aside from space, AI, and energy, a Vulcan pamphlet notes, a “thriving arts and culture scene are essential for strong and diverse communities.” … [Read more...] about A Tech Billionaire Tries to Reboot The “Best Music Scene In The World”
The American brand hasn’t always been positive, especially on the international stage. For comparison, look back 17 years to the “America, Fuck Yeah!” mentality of Team America: World Police, which parodied how a George W. Bush-led U.S. looked to the rest of the world: as an obtuse imperial force that believed that an SUV and a few well-placed karate chops could somehow conquer the global war on terror. Under Trump, however, that red, white, and blue bravado has been aimed inward. It began a war to divide “true, conspiracy-decoding patriots” from “brain-washed, science-abiding liberals.” … [Read more...] about How Trump gave rise to the aesthetics of hate
Businesses that had issued statements in the summer committing to increased diversity and anti-racist efforts struggled with how to respond. There is still much fear in business of getting involved in “political issues” and the potential impact it will have on their customer and client retention. “Organizations have to decide what side of history they want to be on,” says Janine Dennis, CEO of Talent Think Innovations. “You can continue to perpetuate our issues by aiding and abetting these vigilantes of freedom … [or] you can help to eradicate some of our issues as a country by taking a strong stance and making it clear that your company in no way condones such acts and behavior.” … [Read more...] about 4 steps companies should take in the aftermath of January 6
So far, new variants of the virus have shown relatively few mutations, so the original vaccines should continue to work. “The spike protein is very big—it’s like 350 amino acids, so that’s big for a protein, and what that means is that there are many, many different sites that antibodies can recognize,” Weissman says. The variant in the U.K. had only a handful of mutations. … [Read more...] about How easy will it be to update the COVID vaccine if the virus mutates too much?