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The Partnership for a New American Economy - study reveals . . .

The Partnership for a New American Economy - study reveals  . . . | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Your News. Delivered. Stay current. Learn. Get inspired.
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new business start-ups - (US)  "Currently, more than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or the children of immigrants, according to a study by The Partnership for a New American Economy, a group of governors and business leaders launched by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Australian media heavyweight Rupert Murdoch. Yet today, more than 200 years after the U.S. declared independence and threw open its doors to immigrants looking for freedom and a chance to realize their potential, the land of opportunity has been inching its doors shut.   -   Thirty–three percent of venture–backed companies that went public between 2006 and 2012 had at least one immigrant founder at the helm.


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Top 20 economies still struggling to create jobs | SmartPlanet

Top 20 economies still struggling to create jobs | SmartPlanet | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
The world’s 20 most prosperous economies have 93 million unemployed.
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Labour -  "In a joint statement by the ILO and OECD, the groups also called on the G20 to give youth unemployment their “full attention,” as half of the countries had a youth unemployment rate above 16 percent in the first quarter of 2013."

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Retaining Top Talent: Yes, It Really Is All About Them

Retaining Top Talent: Yes, It Really Is All About Them | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
If you want to retain your high-potential employees, you have to get involved in helping them plan their careers.
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WarForTalent- "Customizing opportunities to each employee requires that leaders understand their people’s goals, motivations, and values. It’s a simple process, but very few leaders do it—or even know how to do it. Don’t believe me? Take a look at these questions and answer them for one of your direct reports:

  • What are your proudest accomplishments and biggest disappointments? Why?
  • What activities energize you and drain you?
  • How would you force rank the following rewards: financial gain, power and influence, lifestyle, autonomy, affiliation, intellectual challenge, competence, recognition, other?
  • If you died tomorrow, what would you want your legacy to be?
  • What is your five-year career goal? If you don’t have one, what’s your “best guess”?
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The Ten Golden Rules on Living the Good Life

The Ten Golden Rules on Living the Good Life | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Image via Wikipedia What is good life? What is happiness? What is success? What is pleasure? How should I treat other people? How should I cope with unfortunate events? How can I get rid off unnecessary worry?
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feel good, make it count -   . . .


10. Kindness towards others tends to be rewarded. Kindness to others is a good habit that supports and reinforces the quest for the good life. Helping others bestows a sense of satisfaction that has two beneficiaries—the beneficiary, the receiver of the help, and the benefactor, the one who provides the help.  -   Many of the world’s great religions speak of an obligation to extend kindness to others. But these deeds are often advocated as an investment toward future salvation — as the admission ticket to paradise. That’s not the case for the ancient Greeks, however, who saw kindness through the lens of reason, emphasizing the positive effects acts of kindness have not just on the receiver of kindness but to the giver of kindness as well, not for the salvation of the soul in the afterlife, but in this life. 


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Monotasking Is The New Multitasking

Monotasking Is The New Multitasking | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
How can you get anything done when your tasks turn into competing preoccupations In this age of distraction it's all about monotasking. Here are six... (Monotasking Is The New Multitasking.
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How librarians survived the search engine [ Futurity.org

How librarians survived the search engine [ Futurity.org | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Research news from leading universities
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LIBRARIANS RULE!   -   " . . . explored the “paradox of expertise” in which librarians failed to grow their informational prowess with an emerging technology.  -  “What made us curious about what happened was that librarians had technical skills—many had been building online databases of their collections with search capabilities very similar to what search engines aimed to develop,” Irwin says. Yet librarians, he says, had misinterpreted the possibilities of internet searching for such information.


Disrupted jobs -  The story of the successful transition—of accommodating a new technology—into a new identity is a good example for professionals in other fields who have faced or currently face such challenges, says Nelson.  -  “We not only found that new technologies can disrupt occupations, which others have found before, but showed how members of an occupation can redefine themselves in relation to the technology to maintain a new role and a new relevance in society,” Nelson says."

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Google Introducing "In-Depth Articles" To Search Results

Google Introducing "In-Depth Articles" To Search Results | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Google is rolling out “in-depth” articles this morning. We previously wrote about the test when it appeared a couple of months ago.
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Search optimization- "statement provided by a Google spokesperson:


“Our goal is to surface the best in-depth articles from the entire web. In general our algorithms are looking for the highest quality in-depth articles, and if that’s on a local newspaper website or a personal blog, we’d like to surface it.”

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State of the Enterprise Information Landscape Study / Docuticker

State of the Enterprise Information Landscape Study / Docuticker | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Source: Huddle via Charity Digital News
Introduction:

Imagine living in a home where nothing is where it should be.
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KM  -   "Imagine living in a home where nothing is where it should be. Important possessions like car keys, passports, and insurance policies are hidden away in corners of the house, difficult to reach drawers, and in places you’d altogether forgotten about. Then imagine the volume of these items multiplying three-fold or ten-fold every year. And let’s assume your front door is left unlocked, so none of the contents are secure. It’s a recipe for disaster: items being lost or stolen, actions being overlooked, and a house in chaos.   -   This is the state organizations find themselves in today. Critical business data is being stored in multiple, separate consumer cloud services and storage devices, as well as legacy systems and shared drives. The massive amounts of new data being created every day simply compound the problem. According to IDC’s Digital Universe study, from 2005 to 2020 the digital universe will expand from 130 exabytes to 40,000 exabytes.   -   Organizations that have turned a blind eye to employees using consumer file-sharing tools for enterprise content, and it will prove to be damaging and costly—in terms of money, brand, and data losses."

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5 million jobs will go unfilled by 2020, report predicts | SmartPlanet

5 million jobs will go unfilled by 2020, report predicts | SmartPlanet | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
A looming shortage of people with post-high school training or degrees may stall economic growth in the coming years, says a report out of Georgetown
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WorldOfWork  -   Georgetown Uni Center on Education and the Workforce :  


By number of new jobs, the industries with the most growth will include the following:

  • Financial services: 10 million jobs.
  • Wholesale and retail: 7 million.
  • Government & public education services: 6.7 million.
  • Healthcare services: 6.6 million.
  • Leisure and hospitality: 5 million.
  • Manufacturing: 3.5 million.
  • Professional & business services: 4 million.
  • Construction: 2.8 million jobs.
  • Private education services: 2.5 million.
  • Information services: 2.5 million.
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AfDB Calls for Partnership to Promote Best Practices in Higher Education Policies in Africa - African Development Bank

Titled ‘Accelerating the AfDB’s Response to the Youth Unemployment Crisis in Africa’ this African Development Bank (AfDB) publication takes stock of...
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Youth, Africa - "Africa’s exploding youth population represents both a challenge and an opportunity for the continent. Strong economic growth has not translated in the amount of good quality jobs needed to absorb the 11-12 million young Africans entering the labor market every day. Recent events in North Africa have highlighted the negative effects on society and security that unemployment and underemployment, particularly among the youth can have.   -   The continent’s youth population boom also holds the kind of potential demographic dividend that benefitted East Asian economies – triggering economic growth. But this will only happen if African countries can provide quality jobs, equity and inclusiveness in economic growth for their expanding populations."

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STEM Degrees Pay, But How Much Do They Cost?

STEM Degrees Pay, But How Much Do They Cost? | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
While a science, technology, math or engineering degree costs far more in developed nations than anywhere else in the world, 88% of all STEM degrees in 2015 will be awarded to students in developing nations.
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STEM degrees - " ... 88% of all STEM degrees in 2015 will be awarded to students in developing nations.  The exception is in European countries with strong public education; in Germany, a STEM degree is almost as cheap as it is in Kenya."

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This week's finest digital marketing infographic

This week's finest digital marketing infographic | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
It’s time again to reveal the finest digital marketing infographic we’ve seen this week.
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INFOGRAPHIC -


"The stats show that there are an estimated 90 million internet users in the region and ecommerce sales are predicted to reach around $15 billion in 2015, up from $9 billion in 2012."

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In Finland, smart waste containers inform collectors when they need emptying

In Finland, smart waste containers inform collectors when they need emptying | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
The Enevo ONe Collect is a solution that lets authorities know exactly which containers need emptying on their route.
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smart sustainable -  "Enevo shows how data collection can vastly improve both the performan"ce and efficiency of businesses providing social services

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6 Tips For Having Productive Conversations

6 Tips For Having Productive Conversations | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Ever walk away from an exchange feeling as though you didn't get anything out of it Prevent that connectionless FOMO with these linguistic maneuvers.
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coversation / networking  -

"If we want to get awesome ideas or awesome jobs, we need to be able to talk to people. But somewhere along the way we lost the subtle art of conversation

1)   PAY ATTENTION.

2)   LET PEOPLE SELL THEMSELVES

3)   SUMMARIZE THEIR VIEWPOINT

4)   MAKE EYE CONTACT BUT NOT TOO MUCH

5)   DROP THE BARRIERS

6)   DO YOUR HOMEWORK, BUT DON’T BE A CREEP"


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Curate and Share Your Own Book Library Catalog with LibraryThing

Curate and Share Your Own Book Library Catalog with LibraryThing | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
LibraryThing catalogs your books online, easily, quickly and for free.

Via Robin Good
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WOW, ultra-mega  . .   - "LibraryThing is a full-powered online book cataloging application, capable of searching the Library of Congress, five national Amazon sites (Italy missing), and more than 690 world libraries."

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Janet Tillotson's curator insight, February 2, 9:48 PM

This is a wonderful social networking site for book lovers!

Shauna's curator insight, May 16, 6:34 AM

I wonder if libraries will start to favour a visual layout like this at some point to showcase their collections.

 

Jean Maiorella's curator insight, August 8, 8:25 AM

Love this!  The automatic + member recommendations based on my book list is great when I'm floundering in my search for something new to read.

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‘Open Data for Africa’ platform is now available across the continent, TNW

‘Open Data for Africa’ platform is now available across the continent, TNW | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced that it has completed the last phase of deploying its Open Data for Africa platform across the continent following deployments in Benin, ...
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AfDB  - AfDB says that the platform will assist in the gathering, access, management and analysis of quality data from African countries. This is because the platform is part of the AfDB’s ‘Africa Information Highway’ initiative which saw the establishment of live data links between the AfDB, National Statistical Offices, Central Banks and line ministries in all 54 countries.

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One Second on the Internet

One Second on the Internet | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
A visual display of the data being uploaded every second.
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Internet mega-stats, interactive -


  • 10 years ago Skype, Facebook, YouTube, Reddit, Twitter, Tumblr, Dropbox, and Instagram didn't exist.
  • 20 years ago there were only 130 websites total, Google wasn't even around yet, and you had to pay for an email account through an ISP.
  • 30 years ago there was no internet
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Which Future for Libraries?

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survivor, the library -


"SCENARIOS OF THE FUTURE  -  There are four plausible futures.

  • The first is the "Lean, Mean, Information Machine." This future would arise from concern about the costs of buildings, space becoming too valuable and libraries moving down the list of core priorities for funding.  - Libraries in this future would need to seek funding through philanthropy to supplement government funding. The choices would be: from the user, from community groups, from Federal and Global grants and from corporate sponsorship. With the expected rise in triple bottom line reporting, it was anticipated that corporate sponsorship may become more attractive as libraries would be an easy and safe way to show that they were good corporate citizens – helping young and old. -  The role of some librarians would shift, becoming entrepreneurial, a broker of services and entities (community groups, corporations, city, state and federal authorities). 
  • The second scenario is the opposite of this. Civilizing the world, civilizing ourselves is the foundational purpose of the library. No corporation should fund it, as over time market values would poison human values. - The purpose of the library is that of community builder – providing ideas to all, those who can and those who cannot afford. Books cannot be overlaid with digital sponsorship, purity must be kept.    . . . "  (continues)
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Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg Published by Knopf, an imprint of Random House From the publisher: Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates ...
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Women in business - "Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TEDTalk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which became a phenomenon and has been viewed more than two million times, encouraged women to “sit at the table,” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto.   -   In Lean In, Sandberg digs deeper into these issues, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women. She recounts her own decisions, mistakes, and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself, her career, and her family. She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career, urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of “having it all.” 

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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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Doing "nothing"

Doing "nothing" | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Stuey the Coach introduced me to a nice piece of jargon from the sports world: in-task silence. That's where the coach watches his player(s) but doesn't actively intervene. Whilst this may initiall...
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coaching and mentoring - "  . . .  jargon from the sports world: in-task silence. That’s where the coach watches his player(s) but doesn’t actively intervene.  -  Whilst this may initially seem counterintuitive, there is a growing body of research that suggests that this method can develop players’ decision making skills, creates empowerment through enabling players to take more responsibility for their actions, results in players being less reliant on coaches during game play and encourages players to communicate more with each other."

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10 Ways To Make Your Office More Fun

10 Ways To Make Your Office More Fun | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Is your office sort of blah Are your coworkers disengaged Fear not we've got some quick productivityboosting fixes so fun that you'll forget you ever...
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Employees just want to have fun . . .   "According to Kenexa, turnover among managers who feel pride in their company is 21% lower than among those who don't. Adds the Kenyan-born, Canadian-educated CEO Rudy Karsan: "When you're in a job that you enjoy and you're good at, you're not just a better worker. You're a better spouse, a better parent, a better citizen."

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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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GIBS Social Innovation Workshop – Thinking without the box | 6 & 7 September 2013

GIBS Social Innovation Workshop – Thinking without the box | 6 & 7 September 2013 | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Addressing South Africa’s complex social issues requires different thinking. Our conditioned responses are deepening our development crisis – ...
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GIBS  -


This two day course will teach you how to see the world differently, to re-see problems, and based on this, to develop a business plan that you can take into the complex world of social development.

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6 Surprising Secrets of Truly Great Bosses

6 Surprising Secrets of Truly Great Bosses | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
The very best managers do the exact opposite of what the average manager does.
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Managing success -   They


  • put the customer second
  • don't manage the bottom-line
  • celebrate the tough times
  • measure themselves by their worst employees
  • mistrust their common sense
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