Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is also the mahant of the Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur, was named star campaigner by the BJP. He addressed 74 rallies across four out of the five poll-bound states, with the maximum – 26 – being in Rajasthan.Adityanath’s total tally is the highest for any star campaigner of the BJP, higher than even Prime Minister Narendra Modi in terms of rallies for these assembly elections.In fact, despite losing Gorakhpur bypolls to Samajwadi Party’s Praveen Kumar Nishad, Adityanath was made the star campaigner for Karnataka Assembly Polls that were held earlier this year.Close However, looking at the results of the elections in these five states, it seems Yogi’s magic couldn’t charm the electorate, at least not as much as he had expected. related news Yogi Adityanath says Nankana Sahib to follow Kartarpur Sahib Ayodhya verdict: Centre in full swing to form trust for Ram temple construction, Hindu … [Read more...] about Is star campaigner Yogi Adityanath’s magic spell wearing off?
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After three and a half years as CEO of the global branding and business strategy agency Wolff Olins, Ije Nwokorie has stepped down, leaving former chief operating officer Sairah Ashman to take his place. (Nwokorie will stay on at the company to mentor client teams.) advertisement advertisement With 23 years working at Wolff Olins, Ashman has a deep familiarity with how the company–whose recent work includes branding for Zocdoc, Grubhub, and 3M–is run. But with an interest in new technologies and a recent masters degree in digital sociology, she is also poised to offer a fresh perspective on the future of branding. One area of focus for Ashman is artificial intelligence and how businesses will be more nimble than government to set the ethics standards for new technologies. Wolff Olins is partnering with leaders in AI, she said, and is interested in helping shape business strategies for new technology companies (for example, by … [Read more...] about Wolff Olins’s New CEO On Branding, AI, And The Future Of The Design Agency
This is not the prettiest data visualization of the year–not remotely–but it may be the most important. A new study published in Science has quantified the number of people who need to take a stand before they can affect societal change on important topics like sexual harassment and human rights. advertisement And that number? It’s a mere 25% of any group. Only 25% of people need to adopt a new social norm to create an inflection point where everyone in the group follows. You don’t need to read the full paper to get the gist of the research, thanks to this video explainer put out by the University of Pennsylvania, which ran the study. As you can see visualized in simple cartoons, the researchers created a series of small online communities of 20 people and actually paid them to agree on a social norm (in this case, it was the name of a person in a picture). Once each group was in agreement, they paid a select few people in those groups to push for … [Read more...] about The magic number of people needed to create social change
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In the mountains that make up the division between Laos and Thailand, some 30,000 subsistence farmers survive by planting rice on steep, terraced slopes in teams. But one member of the planting team usually takes the brunt of the physical burden, spending long hours bent at the waist, throwing rice into holes struck by team members ahead. advertisement advertisement “Those, typically, are the women getting kicked in the face by their compatriots just ahead,” explains Alex Moseson, director of Drexel University’s Sustainable Engineering and Entrepreneurship (SEED) lab. That’s why, after listening to villagers tell him about inefficiency in this type of agriculture, he set about collaborating with them to design a new kind of planter. Now, after several iterations and tests, Moseson and his team of students have won $100,000 in funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in order to mass-produce the tool on the ground in Thailand. Where men would … [Read more...] about This Ingenious Gates-Funded Tool Could End Backbreaking Rice-Planting Labor