Corporate charitable donations were critical in order to absorb the immediate shock and disruption of the pandemic. But for business leaders willing to consider a far-sighted approach, there is another, higher-risk strategy with potential for longer-term change: betting on social enterprises. Social enterprises—essentially, startups and businesses that serve a social purpose in addition to a financial one—will be key to the world’s recovery as we build back a stronger, more resilient economy through innovation and inclusion of low-income populations that have thus far been excluded or exploited. … [Read more...] about Corporate donations shouldn’t be Band-Aids. Big bets on social enterprises will make more change
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A few minutes into his set, the beats went quiet, the plaintive synths of the Twin Peaks theme drifted in, and a new trap-style rhythm emerged. It was a deft nod to the locale—the real town of Twin Peaks is a thirty-minute drive away—and the crowd was his. Amid the smoke and fog, Angelo Badalamenti’s spooky tune, fast-forwarded through Flying Lotus’s electronica, felt like an appropriate motif for the festival, and its lofty goal: to foster the city’s local music scene—even as musicians’ rents rise faster than the DJ’s pulsating lights. … [Read more...] about A Tech Billionaire Tries to Reboot The “Best Music Scene In The World”
Pleasant also recommends a poignant question for self-reflection: What can I do to take care of myself that doesn’t require anyone to do or be anything different? “This question shifts our perspective from looking to our external environment to take care of us to tapping into our own personal knowledge and power to make the best decisions based on what works for them.” Examining our own answer to this question creates space for us to see the resources and options that are available to us. This helps us to focus on healing and moving forward rather than staying stuck in the negativity and endless news cycle. … [Read more...] about 4 steps companies should take in the aftermath of January 6
“With an RNA vaccine, it’s very easy to switch,” says Drew Weissman, an immunologist at the University of Pennsylvania whose early research helped make mRNA vaccines possible. The vaccines contain the genetic instructions for cells in the body to make the spike protein, the part of the virus that invades human cells, helping trigger an immune response so the body is ready to respond if it encounters the actual virus. (Other vaccines, like the one from Johnson & Johnson that is likely to be approved soon, would also be fairly simple to update, though the process would take a few more steps—and thus more time—than the new shots that use mRNA.) … [Read more...] about How easy will it be to update the COVID vaccine if the virus mutates too much?
To make his splash as a presidential candidate in 2015, Trump didn’t introduce a bold and poised new political brand, as did U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. He co-opted the brands of others, points out Forest Young, chief creative officer at brand consultancy Wolff Olins. That includes the sloppily made MAGA hat with a slogan from the Reagan administration, and the Space Force logo that was clearly built upon Star Trek. His fans have doubled down on sloppy design with homegrown memes ranging from Pepe the Frog to Trump as a greased-up, gun-toting Rambo. … [Read more...] about How Trump gave rise to the aesthetics of hate