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Future of Engagement #8: Collective Intelligence

Future of Engagement #8: Collective Intelligence | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Organizations synthesize search, social and sensor data streams into insights that guide smarter actions. What is Collective Intelligence?

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Collective intelligence involves analyzing the collective actions and feedback of people, finding patterns and trends, and sharing it back to aid understanding and guide action. Organizations, artists and changemakers are using collective intelligence to analyze opinions and behaviors, identify patterns and trends, and recommend actions or inspire change.

The rise of collective intelligence can be attributed to three broad trends. First, people are sharing immense amounts of location-based, personalized data online, both implicitly by searching, clicking or buying and explicitly by creating profiles, posting status updates, and checking in to locations and events. Second, people are beginning to use sensor-based devices to track and share real world data about our bodies (quantified self) and our devices, houses, and environments (internet of things). Third, web platforms like Google, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are anonymizing and aggregating this data, mining collective intelligence from it themselves, and also making it available for third-party applications via robust APIs.

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"Third, web platforms like Google, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are anonymizing and aggregating this data, mining collective intelligence from it themselves, and also making it available for third-party applications via robust APIs.

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Entrepreneurs and changemakers are creating niche platforms to mine social and search data to improve traffic conditions (Waze (video)), optimize energy consumption (Opower (video)), and aggregate health data to predict outbreak of diseases (Sickweather (video), Flu Near You (video), HealthMap (video)) and even explore effective cures (Patients Like Me (video),NextBio (video)).

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Activating Creativity an HR challenge for the next years

It is time to take advantage of the creative potential in your organisation. You could offer employees and stakeholders a positive perspective.
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When You Provide Service With Soul

When You Provide Service With Soul | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Johnny Cash has always been a hero of mine. Walk the Line was a box office hit movie that depicted highlights of his life. The Twentieth Century Fox movie was based on Johnny’s autobiography Man in Black with the movie’s screenplay by Gill Dennis.
One of its most powerful scenes depicted Johnny’s audition with the legendary producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records in Memphis. Sam would discover other great singers such as Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and B.B. King. Halfway through Johnny’s audition song–a then-popular gospel song–Phillips stopped him and questioned his belief in what he was singing.
“You saying I don’t believe in God?” Johnny retorted in disbelief.
“You know exactly what I’m telling you,” said Phillips. “We’ve already heard that song a hundred times. Just like that. Just…like…how…you sing it.”
“Well,” said Johnny in his own defense and that of his two back-up singers. “You didn’t let us bring it home.”

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Why It’s Everyone’s Job to Be a Thought Leader

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Why It’s Everyone’s Job to Be a Thought Leader
What does your brand really say?
Does your audience turn to you for expert insight on the issues that affect them? In other words, are you merely a participant in conversations — or do you drive the conversations?
Being a thought leader — an organization or individual looked upon as an expert in their field, and that strongly influences others’ perspectives — builds recognition for your business and attracts new customers.
But how does your organization become known as a thought leader? Certainly, it boosts your profile when your employees and executives gain recognition via book deals, television appearances, high-profile speaking gigs and awards. But those opportunities aren’t always easy to come by… until you become a thought leader.
So how do you beat this Social Age Catch-22? The answer lies in something you may already be doing to some extent: content marketing.

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The 9 Corporate Personality Types And How to Inspire Them to Innovate

The 9 Corporate Personality Types And How to Inspire Them to Innovate | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

In a way, innovation is like sex: those talking about it most are probably doing it the least. Before founding IdeaFaktory, I’ve had the privilege (and collateral hair loss) of innovating at top Fortune 100 firms, where ‘talk’ was unavoidable. So I decided to codify my lessons as The 4C’s of Innovation(TM). These are: context, creativity, capabilities, and most importantly, culture. Any innovation worth doing demands cultural change. But who will lead that change? And who will reject it? Why does the same ra-ra event move some employees to tears, but lands like the Hindenburg with others? No need to hire an army of psychologists to electroshock your workforce for answers. Unlike fluffier lists of people to hire, I’ve profiled the nine kinds of people in your company now who will make or break any innovation or change initiative. (For more on culture change, also check out my new podcast with this week’s guest Stan Slap.)

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The Four Personalities of Creativity

Many years ago a professor of mine introduced me to a typology of personalities. I can’t honestly remember who created this typology so my apologies for the lack of citation. But here it goes. There are four basic personality types necessary to create and implement a new idea: The Artist, the Judge, the Warrior and the Accountant.
The Artist is the visionary, the person who can put together odd facts or impressions and come up with something new. The artist is all about the novel idea. The artist is open to experiences, and unafraid of what others think of her. She is comfortable being different. She loves exploring new ideas.
The Judge is the person who .................

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New nanogenerator harvests power from rolling tires

New nanogenerator harvests power from rolling tires | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

A group of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers and a collaborator from China have developed a nanogenerator that harvests energy from a car's rolling tire friction.
An innovative method of reusing energy, the nanogenerator ultimately could provide automobile manufacturers a new way to squeeze greater efficiency out of their vehicles.
The researchers reported their development, which is the first of its kind, in a paper published May 6, 2015, in the journal Nano Energy.
Xudong Wang, the Harvey D. Spangler fellow and an associate professor of materials science and engineering at UW-Madison, and his PhD student Yanchao Mao have been working on this device for about a year.
The nanogenerator relies on the triboelectric effect to harness energy from the changing electric potential between the pavement and a vehicle's wheels. The triboelectric effect is the electric charge that results from the contact or rubbing together of two dissimilar objects.

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JDR articles explore 3-D printing for oral and dental tissue engineering

JDR articles explore 3-D printing for oral and dental tissue engineering | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Today, the International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) published a case report on the first application of a 3D printed scaffold for periodontal tissue engineering in a human patient, along with a review of 3D printing for oral and craniofacial tissue engineering. These papers are published in the latest clinical supplement to the Journal of Dental Research, which encompasses all areas of clinical research in the dental, oral and craniofacial sciences, and brings emerging contributions in discovery and translational science to clinical application for the healthcare community.
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The 7 Habits of Breakthrough Innovators

It’s easier than ever to create a startup around a new, innovative idea. But most startups fail -- and most innovative products never take off. What differentiates the projects that DO take off? What habits, behaviors and attitudes are shared by the teams who create genre-defining hits? In this talk, you’ll learn the 7 habits of breakthrough innovators - brought to life with front-line stories from the early days of eBay, Ultima Online, The Sims, Rock Band, Covet Fashion, Happify, Lumosity and Pley. You’ll come away with a smarter approach to innovative product design - and practical, actionable design shortcuts you can use right away to turbo-charge your path towards product/market fit.
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The innovators: the customised robotic hand you can print out at home

The innovators: the customised robotic hand you can print out at home | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

As a teenage hobbyist building robots at home in Bristol, Joel Gibbard had a leftfield thought when pondering his next project. How would he continue to make models if he lost a hand?
“The critical thing to me in continuing to play with robotics and tinker with making things was to use my hands. So I thought it would make sense to make a robotic hand so that in the event I ever lost one, I would continue to use that,” he said.
From that grim thought eight years ago, Gibbard has developed a robotic hand for amputees and people born without one - and he can produce the prosthesis for a fraction of the current market price for such a device by using a 3D printer.
Once an image of the recipient’s arm has been taken using a 3D scanning technique, the rigid “bone” structure of the hand – which is made of nylon – and the outer “skin” – which is made of a strong, rubbery plastic –are printed together and can be run off overnight.
The rest of the prosthesis is made up of steel cables that operate the fingers and react when sensors detect movements in the muscles on the arm.

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A window of opportunity for Europe | McKinsey & Company

A window of opportunity for Europe | McKinsey & Company | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Europe’s economic growth since the start of the financial crisis has been sluggish, and the region faces difficult long-term demographic and debt-level challenges. But a new McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) report, A Window of Opportunity for Europe, finds that the convergence of low oil prices, a favorable exchange rate, and quantitative easing has given these economies a chance to unlock new economic dynamism by undertaking ambitious reforms and stimulating job creation and investment.1

Our report identifies 11 growth drivers in three areas—investing for the future, boosting productivity, and mobilizing the workforce—that can help Europe achieve its aspirations. We find that by scaling and speeding reform, mostly at the national level, and stimulating investment and job creation throughout the region, Europe could close its output gap, return to sustained growth of 2 to 3 percent a year over the next ten years, unleash investments of €250 billion to €550 billion annually, and create more than 20 million new jobs (exhibit).
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Special forces soldiers to get 'personal drones'

Special forces soldiers to get 'personal drones' | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

US Soldiers could soon get personal drones small enough to fit in the palm of their hand.
Army Special Forces are testing the tiny 'black hornet' drones.
The 18-gram craft has three cameras and even thermal cameras to fly at night

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Customer Clarity … Exactly who is your Customer?

Customer Confusion
Ask 10 random people in your organization “Who is our customer?” How many different answers would you get? Ideally, the answer is the same. There is only one customer. Your strategy, resources and goals and objectives must be aligned around a singularly defined customer.
Lack of customer clarity creates organizational challenges that extend far beyond customer service. A lack of clarity and alignment about the customer leads to confusion and uncertainty about critical organizational priorities. A consistent definition of customer, can break down silos, unlock lost productivity and empower your people.
The Case for the Customer:
Research consistently proves the organizational impact benefits of a high performing culture on measures such as sales growth, market share, ROI, net income, customer satisfaction, innovation, etc. ..........

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Innovation needs different time and thinking horizons

Innovation needs different time and thinking horizons | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

We often constrain our innovation because we ‘shoe horn’ any conceptual thinking into a given time, usually the yearly budgetary plan, so it dominates the actions decided and can exercise a large influence in this constraining of ideas to realization.
We should make the case that different types of innovation operate and evolve over different time horizons and need thinking through differently.
We have three emerging horizons that need different treatment for innovation.
1. Those innovations meeting given goals that support today’s business– these should be within specified period covered by a yearly plan and cover mostly incremental innovation. They provide the source of energy to feed the future, they form our present core but are more than likely already in some form of decline, however you prop them up.
2. Objectives that are more disruptive in nature –

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Innovation Blueprint

Innovation can go by many names in an organisation, and sometimes the names are important! A recent example from one of my recent clients illustrates this: the local subsidiary recognised that they were having difficulties in the market place because customers couldn’t see how they were differentiated from their competitors. The local subsidiary believed that greater innovation, especially around customer-facing processes, would help them highlight this competitive differential, but the global parent was reluctant to commit funds to ‘innovation’ as such. So instead we designed a process improvement initiative, got the approval for some exploratory work, and then presented the results of the initiative to the global company at a regional forum. The presentation was very well-received, and subsequently rolled out to the rest of the company.
Another way to address the problem of lack of resources for innovation is do those initiatives that are very low-cost to the organisation.

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12 Ways to Inspire More Creativity Within Your Office 

12 Ways to Inspire More Creativity Within Your Office  | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

YEC (Young Entrepreneur Council) surveyed some more folks about cultivating a creative an optimistic workplace. Here are the responses.
What advice do you have to cultivate an optimistic and creative workplace?
1. Trust in Freedom With Guides
Creativity requires a balance of freedom, rules and trust. Too many rules can bog people down and make work feel like a race through quicksand: slow and counterproductive. Conversely, a lack of rules means a lack of guidelines and a potential for meaningless wandering. Give your team the tools they need and a strong understanding of their purpose. Trust them to succeed.
2. Create an Inspiring Reading List ........................

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7 Habits Of Innovative Thinkers

7 Habits Of Innovative Thinkers | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Many people believe that creativity and innovative thinking are traits that we are born with—we either have them or not. However, we have found that people who are highly innovative are a work in progress, forever questioning and examining themselves and the world around them. Far from being something we are born with, we can all become more innovative and creative by developing the traits that innovative people share. Here are some of the emotional intelligence-related attributes that innovative people share.
1. Innovators have their ego in check
Emotional intelligent people have their egos under control and are open to other people’s ideas. They don’t think their ideas are always the best. As a result of their openness to other ideas, they are able to accumulate a larger source of data from which to draw from. They are also less likely to fall into the trap of following up on ideas and prospects that are only popular and then receiving kudos for them.
2. Emotionally intelligent people are confident, not arrogant

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Five Forces of Complexity and Change

Five Forces of Complexity and Change | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

In this chapter of The Innovation Formula Langdon Morris examines five forces of change: technology, science, culture, the human population and climate change. The convergence of these five trends largely defines the modern world and the market environment to which we must adapt and respond. Understanding them will set the framework for the choices you will have to make, and the processes you will implement in order to create and implement your own organization’s innovation process.
Complexity and change is occurring fast today, and it’s getting faster. This is not news; you’ve heard it before, and doubtless you will hear it again. You also know it from your own experience.
So while we recognize that it’s not going to be particularly useful in this book to get into an exhaustive discussion of how change is happening or why its happening, we also think it would be a mistake to skip the topic entirely. Because the bare and inescapable facts of increasing complexity and accelerating change in the external market are the major forces that define the absolute necessity for innovation in your business, and in every business. Therefore, it’s a critical issue to think about change as we set out to design your organization’s innovation process and program.

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Novel algorithms and computational techniques speed up genome assembly from months to minutes

Novel algorithms and computational techniques speed up genome assembly from months to minutes | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Genomes are like the biological owner's manual for all living things. Cells read DNA instantaneously, getting instructions necessary for an organism to grow, function and reproduce. But for humans, deciphering this "book of life" is significantly more difficult.
Nowadays, researchers typically rely on next-generation sequencers to translate the unique sequences of DNA bases (there are only four) into letters: A, G, C and T. While DNA strands can be billions of bases long, these machines produce very short reads, about 50 to 300 characters at a time. To extract meaning from these letters, scientists need to reconstruct portions of the genome—a process akin to rebuilding the sentences and paragraphs of a book from snippets of text.
But this process can quickly become complicated and time-consuming, especially because some genomes are enormous. For example, while the human genome contains about 3 billion bases, the wheat genome contains nearly 17 billion bases and the pine genome contains about 23 billion bases. Sometimes the sequencers will also introduce errors into the dataset, which need to be filtered out. And most of the time, the genomes need to be assembled de novo, or from scratch. Think of it like putting together a ten billion-piece jigsaw puzzle without a complete picture to reference.

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Atomic force microscope advance leads to new breast cancer research

Atomic force microscope advance leads to new breast cancer research | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Researchers who developed a high-speed form of atomic force microscopy have shown how to image the physical properties of live breast cancer cells, for the first time revealing details about how deactivation of a key protein may lead to metastasis.
The new findings also are providing evidence for the mechanisms involved in a cell's response to anti-cancer drugs, said Arvind Raman, Purdue University's Robert V. Adams Professor of Mechanical Engineering.
In atomic force microscopy (AFM), a tiny vibrating probe called a cantilever passes over a material, precisely characterizing its topography and physical properties. However, before now the procedure has been too slow to record some quickly changing biological processes in action.
"Before this advance you could see only the before and after, but not what happened in between, the dynamics of the event," Raman said. "There is evidence based on this work and our previous findings that there might be a mechanical signature to drug resistance."

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Algorithm detects nudity in images, offers demo page

Algorithm detects nudity in images, offers demo page | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

An algorithm has been designed to tell if somebody in a color photo is naked. Isitnude.com launched earlier this month; its demo page invites you to try it out to test its power in nudity detection. You can choose from a selection of images at the bottom of the page, including pics of Vladimir Putin on horseback and Tiger Woods in golf mode. We tried it out, dragging and dropping a picture of Woods over into the box and the message promptly said "Not nude-G." "You can probably post this."
Other notes on the page include, "We apologize if we didn't get it right, we are improving every day." "Please note that we cannot detect black and white images."

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Who Needs Nest? A Finnish Startup Wants to Give You the Power to Design and Program Your Own 'Smart Home' Devices

Who Needs Nest? A Finnish Startup Wants to Give You the Power to Design and Program Your Own 'Smart Home' Devices | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
The next big battle for tech giants is in the realm of the “Internet of things,” which is an industry buzzword used to describe the way all our home gadgets and appliances will soon be connected to the web and will be able to communicate with one another. That said, you shouldn’t need to rely on Apple, Google or other companies to hook up your home — instead, you may be able to use an “Internet of things” development platform that’s being crafted by a Finnish startup called Thingsee that aims to make programming web-connected appliances and devices easy and intuitive.
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5 Inventive Ways to Tell Your Innovation Story

5 Inventive Ways to Tell Your Innovation Story | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Most companies understand the value of innovation, or at least they say they do in the research and development part on their website…
We often come across businesses with a great research and development story that don’t share this online, or don’t do it particularly well. By talking about innovation, a company can reach out to key stakeholders, and also promote core messages about their business. For these reasons, an increasing number of companies include at least some R&D content on their websites (although some do it better than others).
So what’s the best way to communicate this online? Well there’s nothing wrong with having some innovation pages with well-written text, accompanied by nice images and maybe even some video. But let’s be honest about this, although this approach is far better than having nothing at all, it isn’t a very innovative way of talking about innovation.
What’s the alternative then?
Well we’ve looked at some current best practice and come up with 5 innovative ways of sharing your innovation content online:

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Bye, bye Amazon, Netflix and Uber. China is here and you're losing.

Bye, bye Amazon, Netflix and Uber. China is here and you're losing. | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

The first time I set foot in China was in 2008. I had enrolled in a Chinese course in the coastal city of Hangzhou- not far from Alibaba’s headquarters. Soon after I arrived, a guy at my university told me about this thing called Alibaba’s Taobao that ‘sells all the stuff you can imagine’ and I figured: why not check it out?
So I grabbed my electric scooter, drove over to Taobao’s modest office and asked the receptionist where the showroom was. It took me a few minutes to realize Taobao was an e-commerce website and not a shop. Now the whole world knows Alibaba and soon also Taobao – China’s largest e-commerce website. And that’s just the start.
Let me give you a quick overview of what happened during my past 7 years in China. And most importantly, think about what this trend means to you as a business owner or consumer in the West.
It started with nothing, except for Alibaba and Tencent. An e-commerce site and software company, respectively. Imagine that I couldn't even find deodorant anywhere when I first arrived. That’s our baseline.
Then, this happened:

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Secret X-37B space plane spotted in orbit by amateur astronomers

Secret X-37B space plane spotted in orbit by amateur astronomers | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

The mystery test vehicle — essentially a technology test bed — is designed to orbit the Earth and then land like one of Nasa's old shuttles.
While it's main mission payload is a mystery, Nasa last month revealed it has a materials experiment aboard, while the Planetary Society is tagging along with a solar-sail demo.
The mystery test vehicle — essentially a technology test bed — is designed to orbit the Earth and then land like one of Nasa's old shuttles
TOP FOUR CONSPIRACY THEORIES
The space plane is a spy plane: The leading theory appears to be that the unmanned space plane is a shuttle-shaped surveillance vehicle.
It could be a space bomber: This is the least likely theory, according tot Seven Aftergood, a secrecy expert at the Federation of American Scientists. He claims the US doesn't need this capability.
It is on a mission is to 'take out' satellites: This activity would be easily traceable, making it unlikely to stay a secret.
The X-37B deploys spy satellites: Instead of destroying them, the theory suggests that the space plane's orbit matches up to where deployed satellites would work best for spying on other countries.

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Creating Cultures for the Age of Ideas

Many modern organizations are locked into a mindset – an organizational culture – that began with the Industrial Revolution in eighteenth-century Britain and was fully developed during the Second Industrial Revolution in the US. The great success of these revolutions – creating modern business and generating huge wealth – makes it easy to believe that what worked as a way of managing great corporations in the early 1900s is still the best way to run an organization in the twenty-first century. But times have changed.
Our new book, My Steam Engine Is Broken: Taking the organization from the industrial era to the Age of Ideas, sets out three core, culture-related ideas.
Many organizations have a culture that is still unconsciously modelled on the managerial, ‘Steam Engine’ mindset of the industrial era; a culture which is fundamentally unsuited to the modern workplace.
There are a number of core Steam Engine behaviors which actively prevent or destroy the things that modern organizations know that they most need from their employees – engagement, commitment and creativity, amongst others.
Addressing and changing these core Steam Engine behaviors – little by little and piece by piece – will in time achieve a radical transformation of the organization, creating a working environment suited to the Age of Ideas and freeing up the energies of the organization’s members.

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IT Trends 2015 – Accenture Technology Vision

Today’s pioneering enterprises are doing more than just talking a good digital game. They are fundamentally changing the way they look at themselves and quickly mastering the shift from “me” to “we.”
Proactive corporate leaders see their businesses, employees and customers as a living, breathing digital fabric offering unprecedented opportunity to establish beachheads in new markets, drive profit and change life for the better.
Through the transformational power of this network, we’re witnessing the birth of a new era of “digital ecosystems.”
The Accenture Technology Vision 2015 maps out five key trends: The Internet of Me, Outcome Economy, Platform (R)evolution, Intelligent Enterprise and Workforce Reimagined.
How to sum it all up? It’s not just about you — or me, or anyone else in particular. It’s about all of us — The “We Economy”.

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