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Women Have Tremendous Economic Power

Women Have Tremendous Economic Power | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Women have tremendous economic power to invest in the companies and causes they care about supporting. Wealthrive is committed to closing the Great Divide and increasing the number of confident female investors dedicated to being advantageous with their resources.
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women in business - Infographic

"51% or $14T of personal wealth controlled by women in the US"

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100 Resilient CIties - Rockefeller Foundation

100 Resilient CIties - Rockefeller Foundation | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
The Rockefeller Foundation is hosting a global conversation on resilience and selecting 100 Resilient Cities, ready to withstand disasters and bounce back.
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urbanization in the 21st century- " . . .  businesses to build their own resilience – and that of their workforce – to potential crises in the larger community. This means moving beyond contingency plans to keep the office running to ensuring gasoline, food supplies and shelter is available for employees critical to those processes. This has wider benefits – prolonged economic losses erode the tax base and can lead to layoffs down the road, both of which can further exacerbate the vulnerabilities of the population.

To provide the risk capital that will allow cities to begin planning and acting on resilience strategies, the Rockefeller Foundation is making a $100m commitment to building urban resilience. As part of this effort, the100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge will select 100 cities to receive funding to hire a chief resilience officer, support to develop a resilience plan, and access a suite of innovative services, including technical support for big data analytics and leveraging private financing.  -  Cities don't have to wait until after a crisis hits to benefit from resilience efforts, nor should they. Many resilience-building strategies – such as improving water and solid waste management, implementing energy-saving smart grid technology, or adding options for rapid transit – also increase the efficiency, livability and vibrancy of cities every day."

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Methane meltdown: The Arctic timebomb that could cost us $60trn

Methane meltdown: The Arctic timebomb that could cost us $60trn | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
The sudden release from the melting Arctic of vast quantities of methane – a greenhouse gas at least 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide –is an “economic time-bomb” that could explode at a cost of $60 trillion...
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SUSTAINABILITY-  "Global leaders and the World Economic Forum and International Monetary Fund need to pay much more attention to this invisible time-bomb. The mean impacts of just this one effect – $60tn – approaches the $70tn value of the world economy in 2012,” said Professor Whiteman, the lead author of the study published in the journal Nature.   -   The study used an economic model of the effects of climate change to evaluate the costs of the extra greenhouse-gas emissions on sea level, temperature, flood risk, health and extreme weather. The researchers ran the model 10,000 times and came to the average cost of $60tn, mostly borne over this century but also into the next."

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How flexible working can save the economy

How flexible working can save the economy | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Research from Vodafone and The RSA suggests that the benefits of flexible working far outweigh the negatives
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WorldOfWork - The Flex Factor Report : "The future context for work flexibility

•• ‘Futures’ literature highlights trends that are likely to shape the
context of work
•• These anticipate a more dynamic, flexible but also polarised
labour market
•• Those with advanced abilities and resources may flourish,
but many others may face chronic underemployment
•• Flexible working is likely to grow in future as organisational
boundaries open up. To derive the maximum benefit it needs to
be adopted strategically, based on a ‘strong’ mutual commitment
between employer and employee
•• We propose four ways in which this can be achieved: reinventing
the psychological contract; innovation in human capital
measurement; innovation in work; and investment in flexible
infrastructure
Recommendations for better flexibility
•• A number of recommendations are made to increase the extent

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The world peaked in 1978 | SmartPlanet

The world peaked in 1978 | SmartPlanet | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
While the Village People were singing Y.M.C.A. and Jim Davis was publishing Garfield for the first time, the global GPI per person was peaking and has
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global welfare- "...  GPI per person peaked in 1978 and has been declining slowly but steadily ever since.  -  This contrasts sharply with the steady increase in GDP per capita since then, and implies that social and environmental woes have outpaced the growth of monetary wealth.


However, other experts point out how the average person in developing countries is better off now: world poverty rates have fallen and life expectancy has risen. While GPI isn’t a perfect economic welfare indicators, the researchers say it’s a far better estimation than GDP, and could help policy-makers balance the costs and benefits of economic development"

 

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Weird Is Good: What Portland's Economy Can Teach Every City in the World

Weird Is Good: What Portland's Economy Can Teach Every City in the World | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Easily dismissed as a hippie's post-capitalist dream, Portland has discovered that quirkiness and differentiation is simply good business
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CITIES - the enabling urban environment : . . . "The common thread through all these efforts is differentiation. Post-recession, U.S. metros seem to be rediscovering what makes them special, the distinctiveness of what they make or provide and sell to the world, rather than what makes them the same. Today, as Portland demonstrates, notions of globalization recognize that all cities are fueled, to different degrees, by global investment and connected, in distinctive ways, via global commerce and exchange. Peter Marcuse and Ronald Van Kempen use the term globalizing cities to reflect that: "...(almost) all cities are touched by the process of globalization and ... involvement in that process is not a matter of being either at the top or the bottom of it, but rather of the nature and extent of influence of the process."    The global economy is essentially operating as a network of globalizing metros that naturally trade together because of natural links between their major companies and universities, driving economic clusters and financial and migration flows. Portland shares a common focus on sustainable development (and an emerging cluster of like minded firms) with Copenhagen, Stockholm, Curitiba, and Singapore. Madrid, Hong Kong, and Dubai are centers of media and information. Nagoya, Stuttgart, and Detroit are globally significant manufacturing hubs. The Hague, Brussels, Washington, New York, Geneva, and Nairobi are centers of global decision-making. Boston, Cambridge, and Nanjing are important nodes in the global academic network."

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