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”
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Pleasant also recommends a poignant question for self-reflection: What can I do to take care of myself that doesn’t require anyone to do or be anything different? “This question shifts our perspective from looking to our external environment to take care of us to tapping into our own personal knowledge and power to make the best decisions based on what works for them.” Examining our own answer to this question creates space for us to see the resources and options that are available to us. This helps us to focus on healing and moving forward rather than staying stuck in the negativity and endless news cycle. … [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?
Who wore what The other members of the First and Second families wore American designers. Both President Biden and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff wore classic Ralph Lauren suits. First Lady Jill Biden wore an ocean blue wool, tweed and velvet coat, along with a matching dress from Makarian, a four-year-old label from American designer Alexandra O’Neill. Notably many of the women at the inauguration—including Kamala Harris, Jill Biden, and Michelle Obama—were dressed from head to toe in the same color, possibly to symbolize community and unity. … [Read more...] about Decoding the fashion at Biden’s inauguration
Unilever, for example, supports social enterprises through its Transform network, a partnership with Ernst & Young; the U.K.’s Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office; and corporate partners such as MasterCard. Transform provides expertise on business resilience using its “Survive and Thrive” digital collaboration platform to help social enterprises not only withstand the COVID-19 crisis through business continuity support, but also prepare for the future with stronger business models. Long term, Unilever is building a more diverse and resilient value chain with lasting local benefits. … [Read more...] about Corporate donations shouldn’t be Band-Aids. Big bets on social enterprises will make more change