City Councilor Michelle Wu called for sweeping change to Boston’s development review process Monday by proposing that the Boston Planning and Development Agency be abolished — overdue action needed to address the city’s pressing problems, she said. Wu, detailing the proposal in a 54-page report, said the agency has only served the well-connected in an outdated system designed 60 years ago that lacks accountability and transparency. Meanwhile, Boston’s modern day problems have continued on, unchecked, she says. “Instead of delivering the resources to address our most urgent challenges, Boston’s development process is making our problems worse,” Wu wrote in the report, titled, “Fixing Boston’s Broken Development Process: Why and How to Abolish the BPDA.” “We’re more and more anxious about rising home prices and rents, frustrated daily by increasingly awful commutes, and scared about the flooding and extreme heat … [Read more...] about Michelle Wu wants to abolish the BPDA. Here’s what to know.
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“Hey Johnny, what are you rebelling against?”Johnny : (Marlon Brando in the movie, “The Wild One”) “Whadda you got.”In a previous column I noodled about EQ – emotional quotient and its importance in getting ahead in a company. Today, let’s look at rebellion straight up. If my parents and teachers were still around, they might have some thoughts here.Once again, I turn to Harvard Business School Professor, Francesca Gino, who has studied conformity. (It seems there is a lot of it.) She says, “employees are often asked to check a good chunk of their real selves at the door.” Surprisingly, this attitude cuts across both big and little companies – even start-ups. The desire to fit in seems universal – even to the point that in an experiment where paid actors consciously picked the wrong answer to a simple perception problem; 75 percent of the group agreed with the wrong answer – just to fit in, even though they … [Read more...] about Companies need rebels who challenge the status quo
Mike Schneider, Associated Press Updated 2:35 pm CDT, Wednesday, May 29, 2019 FILE - In this Thursday, March 16, 2017, file photo, Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala, during a news conference on the steps of the Orange County Courthouse, announces that her office will no longer pursue the death penalty as a sentence in any case brought before the 9th Judicial Circuit of Florida. Ayala, Florida’s first African American state attorney says she’s proud to have challenged the status quo with her opposition to the death penalty, even though she eventually lost a legal fight with Florida’s governor on the matter. Ayala told The Associated Press on Wednesday, May 28, 2019 her decision not to seek re-election next year was made after the Florida Supreme Court sided with former Gov. Rick Scott in 2017. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File) less FILE - In this Thursday, March 16, 2017, file photo, Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala, during a news … [Read more...] about Anti-death penalty prosecutor proud to challenge status quo
When we think of a technology’s trajectory, we generally imagine it evolving over time–becoming more useful, more sophisticated, more delightful. The telephone developed from handcranks and party lines into the smartphone; automobiles are well on their way to becoming fully autonomous. But today, the World Wide Web–our most vital communications technology–seems to be devolving. The online experience is deteriorating before our eyes. Adjectives like “open” and “empowering” are rarely used anymore to describe the present web. Instead, it’s words like “polarizing,” or “insecure,” or “fake.” In recent years–and 2018 specifically, with the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal–the web’s ills have entered the mainstream conversation. Journalists, policymakers, researchers, and everyday citizens are now more adept at identifying some of the web’s problems, from biased algorithms … [Read more...] about To fix the web, give it back to the users
What makes a thought leader anyway? Paul Blanchard Published 2:40 pm CST, Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Photo: Thomas Barwick | Getty Images Photo: Thomas Barwick | Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Thomas Barwick | Getty Images How to Nail Thought Leadership in 3 (Not-so-Easy) Steps 1 / 1 Back to Gallery I work in thought leadership. It’s literally what I do for a living. I have 30 staff members in three offices around the world, and I even claim to be a thought leader myself. Recently, I was at a networking event where someone asked me, “What makes a thought leader anyway?” As someone who has been in the public relations game for 20 … [Read more...] about How to Nail Thought Leadership in 3 (Not-so-Easy) Steps