high winds of tropical storm Isaias earlier this week. “It’s structurally certified, it’s gone through the engineering, it’s gone through the wind testing,” Krall says, adding that the Urban Umbrella system is engineered to support 300 pounds per square foot. “It’s definitely more than the school needs, but I think that gives people a nicer feeling of calm,” he says. … [Read more...] about These giant parasols are helping cities move indoor activities outside
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Mixed results The #MeToo movement brought some improvement. There has been a shift in what kind of culture is tolerated, at least in principle. Some bad boys (and girls) have been ousted, and people like Reid Hoffman, Marc Benioff, and Satya Nadella are inspiring a next generation of tech leaders to be more empathetic and focused on increasing diversity. It has become a bit easier for women to be taken seriously when they report gender bias or write about it (see Whistleblower by Susan Fowler, Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener, or Reset by Ellen Pao). Employees have felt more empowered to organize and drive corporate and social changes, leading to Google, eBay and Facebook, for example, ceasing to apply forced arbitration in cases of sexual misconduct. … [Read more...] about When it comes to diversity in tech, history doesn’t have to repeat itself
Brian Romanko, VP of engineering at Bestow, was previously the CTO at Earnest—a lender providing college loans to students. He says that, “College was intended as a betterment for people. That’s why there were degrees in things that don’t generate you massive amounts of income. But now our society has really changed what the purpose of higher education is, but we haven’t necessarily changed the institutions to match. So we still offer degree programs in these things and you can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a degree that isn’t going to earn you the income to actually be able to repay that money . . . [We need to decide] as a society, ‘you know what, we value this role within our society, and we are willing to pay for that via another mechanism that doesn’t require the individual to take on the burden of debt.'” … [Read more...] about The new American Dream is just as unattainable as the old one
Design thinking is full of jargon, and most of it is confusing and doesn’t mean much at all. Take words like, “unleash” or “unlock.” You hear these two words quite often in design thinking. I find that problematic because design itself is not just like you’re letting go of this beast and it’s going to go save the world. Design is a lot more nuanced, but because of a lack of vocabulary, we begin to see simplistic words used over and over and over again. … [Read more...] about Design Thinking Is B.S.