advertisement advertisement advertisement There’s a reason Tinder feels like a meat market: You’re swiping your way through an endless parade of photos, making instant judgments about who’s hot and who’s not. advertisement advertisement But designer Kelly Rakowski is building a thriving online dating community for lesbian, queer-trans, and non-binary queer people where there are no photos involved at all. Right now, it’s an Instagram account called Personals , where Rakowski (who, full disclosure, used to be Co.Design ‘s photo editor) posts short, pithy descriptions that people send her about who they are and what they’re looking for. One recent post is from a “transmasculine babe in search of authenticity no matter the gender presentation” who warns “may gift you plants and/or taxidermy” and announces their current gender identity is “floral daddy.” It’s a brilliant take on online dating with roots in newspaper personal … [Read more...] about Personals: A queer dating site where you’re judged on wit, not pics
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advertisement advertisement advertisement Business forecasting done with meaningful data? One might call that good business practice. Forecasting done with data from the last 36 months? One might call that junk science. Seems it is hard for a business owner to make a predictive model anymore. advertisement advertisement Are we at the beginning of a Japanese decade of malaise? Are we halfway through cleaning out the economic wreckage? Or has the deleveraging finally taken the slack from the line and we are all approaching a new day? If you are in the stock market, particularly some areas of foreign stocks, you are probably feeling good. Many smart companies have shed debt, hoarded cash, and streamlined operations which have positioned them well for profit harvesting. Just don’t confuse this with a healthy economy. If you are a small business owner, even in a hot area of innovation, it may be wise to conduct your business … [Read more...] about Has the Great Unwinding Just Begun?
advertisement advertisement advertisement DoSomething , headed by Fast Company columnist Nancy Lublin, has recognized five young social entrepreneurs with $10,000 grants–and one with a prize of $100,000. Fast Company will profile one of these enterprising youth each day this week. Click here to read the other winners’ stories. advertisement advertisement More than 1.5 million people live in Nairobi’s Kibera slum, squeezed together in a labyrinth of rusted tin shacks and garbage-lined alleyways. Although Kibera is Africa’s largest slum, the Kenyan government considers it an illegal settlement and provides no public services to the impoverished residents. Access to clean water and electricity is almost non-existent; HIV rates are some of the highest in the world; a fifth of all children die before the age of five; and roughly 66% of young women routinely trade sex for food. Here, 23-year-old Denver-native Jessica Posner … [Read more...] about Student Starts First Tuition-free School in Africa’s Largest Slum
advertisement advertisement advertisement Since the Syrian uprisings began in 2011, Bashar Al-Assad’s regime has committed multiple human rights abuses, including the reported mass use of chemical weapons and the slaughter of thousands of detainees, in a civil war that’s left almost 400,000 people dead. During that time, 5.5 million people have been forced to find homes elsewhere in the world, mainly in bordering countries—but some in Europe. A relatively small number ended up in Denmark, where they’ve been rebuilding lives and contributing to the economy. Now, Denmark wants to send some of them back. advertisement advertisement The current Danish government, which won power in 2019 by balancing left-wing economic policies with an extremely anti-immigration stance, is the first country to start the process of repatriating Syrian nationals. The government reasons that conditions have improved enough in parts of Syria that it’s … [Read more...] about Denmark is trying to send its Syrian refugees back
advertisement advertisement advertisement You might feel like NFTs are taking the world by storm: Twitter’s Jack Dorsey minted his first-ever tweet, circa 2006, into an NFT; former New England Patriots player Rob Gronkowski just released a line of football championship NFT trading cards; rock band Kings of Leon dropped a new NFT album; and auction house Christie’s sold an NFT of Beeple art for $70 million. advertisement advertisement But if NFTs—aka non-fungible tokens—are destined to become a hurricane disruptor for the art world, they’re currently just forming a light drizzle, according to a poll from consumer intelligence firm CivicScience. It seems as though the asset class is not quite mainstream yet: In a survey of nearly 6,000 Americans, 79% said they were “not at all familiar” with NFTs and how they work. Only 16% said they were “somewhat familiar” with them, and 5% said they were “very familiar.” Similarly for … [Read more...] about On the road to mainstream, NFTs still have a long way to go