At the inaugural conference for the Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC)—a new $90 million investment initiative centered around making communities more equitable—Shelley Poticha, director of urban solutions at the Natural Resources Defense Council, cited a hard truth. advertisement advertisement “Your zip code is more important than your genetic code for your health outcomes,” she told an audience of 320 community organizers, planners, policymakers, and people with symbiotic relationships between urban design, health, and economics who gathered at the Schomburg Center, in Harlem, New York City. But the first step to building more equitable communities begins with health, SPARCC argues. “It’s difficult to have conversations about equity because there are complications about what racial equity means,” says Paul Aldretti, program coordinator with Mile High Connects, a Denver organization that’s working … [Read more...] about Inside The $90 Million Initiative To Reverse Urban Inequality
Employees of a mid-sized insurance company were shocked when their company got new promoters after a private equity (PE) firm invested in it.They were now required to undergo a background verification process. This was a surprise as they had been through a thorough verification at the time of joining and even old-timers were expected to repeat the process.The situation turned grim when the PE firm found inconsistencies in the background of three individuals. Of these, one was let go because he failed to disclose an alleged cheque bounce case registered against him.Close This incident is not a one-off case. As merger and acquisition (M&A) activities pick up in the country, there has been a rise in re-screening of employees in the target organisation. related news British Airways says flights hit by glitch These three factors are giving sleepless nights to Indian entrepreneurs Nazara to invest $20 mn in startups in 2020 While background verification is the norm across … [Read more...] about Background verification: M&As drive multiple screening of employees in India Inc
Does working in a spatially oriented profession like art or architecture shape the way you think? advertisement advertisement That was the question that psychology and language researchers at Australian National University, University College London, and Bangor University posed. Their work, recently published in the journal Cognitive Science, provides evidence that architects, sculptors, and artists talk about space in distinct ways–which means they likely think differently from each other as well. In order to test their hypothesis, the researchers studied 32 architects, sculptors, and artists who had eight or more years of experience in their field and compared them to 32 professionals who didn’t use any spatial reasoning skills in their job. They found that painters tended to shift constantly between two- dimensional and three-dimensional shapes, while architects thought about space in terms of its boundaries—sculptors had a … [Read more...] about Artists’ And Architects’ Brains Work Differently
As 2014 comes to a close, you may be reflecting on the past year and wondering if your current job is where you want to be. If you really don’t like where you work, you are not alone. A Gallup poll found that more than half of workers either are enduring their current job, or actively hate it. In another poll, up to 82% of employees describe their bosses as “jerks” (depending on the workplace). advertisement advertisement But quitting your job in today’s difficult economy is a scary decision to make. Finding another job with the same or better pay is challenging, to say the least. So, it is wise to stop and think about the realities of life before you say, “take this job and shove it” and walk out the door. As a psychologist, career coach, and business consultant, I’ve seen the challenges of bad matches between employees, supervisors, and employers from multiple perspectives. In our book, Rising Above a Toxic Workplace, my co-authors … [Read more...] about Should You Look For A New Job In 2015?
It is Sunday in Brooklyn, the July air oppressive. You get on the subway, heading for the depths of the borough, someplace no one you know lives–yet. advertisement advertisement Off the train, phone and maps app in hand, you walk toward the pedestrian underpass of the noisy Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, meandering through a mix of residential buildings, bodegas, factories, and abandoned buildings. And then you find it: a huge, shady courtyard between two towering manufacturing buildings, strung with twinkling lights and tricked out with bars serving sangria, a taco stand, a dance floor, and most importantly, a DJ table. You’ve arrived at Mister Sunday, one of the best daytime dance parties in New York. A sweaty, multi-ethnic tangle of scantily clad twenty- and thirtysomethings in barely-there rompers and jorts rub shoulders and butts on the dance floor with young parents with babies on their hips and aging disco-era veterans. This throbbing, vibrant scene will play … [Read more...] about Gentrification, Inc.