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Negative interactions at work, even small ones, can weigh heavily on depressed or bipolar colleagues, according to new research.

Minor workplace slights can have a significantly negative impact on susceptible employees, according to a new study out of West Virginia University.

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Author: Arianne Cohen
Posted: January 16, 2021, 7:01 am

In a new Fast Company-Harris Poll, 75% of Americans say their emotional state is about the same or better in 2021. Happiness experts think they know why.

With so much bad news swirling around—COVID-19, politics, racial injustice—you’d think Americans would be throwing up their arms and gobbling down ice cream.

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Author: Zlati Meyer
Posted: January 16, 2021, 7:01 am

The actor and showrunner makes her stunning directorial debut with a revenge fantasy that crash-lands in reality.

There’s nothing easy about Promising Young Woman, Emerald Fennell’s directorial debut.

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Author: KC Ifeanyi
Posted: January 16, 2021, 7:00 am

Parler is a favorite of Trump supporters and attendees of the Capitol attack. But its future is now in jeopardy.

Early in the morning of January 11, the social media platform Parler went offline after Amazon withdrew the platform’s web hosting services. Parler sued Amazon in response.

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Author: Alex Newhouse
Posted: January 16, 2021, 7:00 am

The state has mobilized all its pharmacies (not just big chains) and offered smart incentives. It’s seeing results.

The urgency of vaccinating nursing home residents is evident in the numbers. The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 136,000 residents and employees of long-term care facilities in the U.S. alone, accounting for nearly 40% of all U.S. deaths linked to the disease.

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Author: Tinglong Dai
Posted: January 16, 2021, 6:00 am

The moment you expect people to start paying you money in exchange for the value that you provide, you can no longer treat it as a passive endeavor.

If you’ve ever thought about starting a side hustle, you’re probably motivated by one of three reasons:

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Author: Judith Meyer—Zapier
Posted: January 16, 2021, 5:00 am

These trendy nightgowns will make you rethink your sleep attire.

A little romantic, a little old-school, nightgowns should be a bedtime wardrobe staple. But somehow their reputation went from darling and dreamy on Clara in The Nutcracker to the oppressive flannel muumuu variety, without any stops in between.

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Author: Rachel Raczka
Posted: January 15, 2021, 5:45 pm

Job loss and financial hardship from the pandemic have fallen on some groups more than others.

The economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have exposed many of the structural cracks in society, including the holes in social systems and the socioeconomic inequities between privileged and marginalized communities.

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Author: Talib Visram
Posted: January 15, 2021, 2:15 pm

The six-year-old dating app where women make the first move revealed its IPO plans in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Bumble is looking to spread some love on the Nasdaq.

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Author: Christopher Zara
Posted: January 15, 2021, 2:07 pm

Designers responded to a catastrophic year with idealistic products for the future.

The London Design Biennale is launching in the midst of a catastrophic year. Its main theme, Resonance, has artists grappling with issues like climate change, privacy, and technology, while its online exhibition asks artists to address these issues even more head-on.

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Author: Lilly Smith
Posted: January 15, 2021, 11:55 am

Conquer snowy streets and sidewalks with these smart and stylish winter boots—some deeply discounted right now—from Everlane, Sorel, M. Gemi, and Allbirds.

While the outdoors have been a wonderful refuge during the pandemic, it’s difficult to simply slip outside—at least without piling on some layers and outdoor gear first. That’s why we’ve compiled favorite fall-winter women’s boots that tick three key boxes: comfortable, cute, and cozy. Forget about your high heeled options until the world reopens, and keep the duck boots in the closet: These picks will keep your feet warm and dry through snow, sleet, and rain, without sacrificing on style.

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Author: Rachel Raczka
Posted: January 15, 2021, 11:50 am

A lot happened this week. We’ll catch you up on Trump’s historic second impeachment and where things go from here.

So President Trump was impeached again this week—and his presidential term closes in mere days. Understanding what comes next requires a bit of sleuthing through procedural documents. We’ve got ya’ covered, read on.

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Author: Arianne Cohen
Posted: January 15, 2021, 11:19 am

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro can automatically let in outside sound when you start talking. Apple, are you paying attention?

Samsung just announced the Galaxy Buds Pro, its fanciest earbuds yet. The $200 wireless buds have automatic noise cancellation, IPX7 water resistance, and a gaming mode for low latency audio. They also sound great.

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Author: Jared Newman
Posted: January 15, 2021, 11:00 am

Economists studied 6,000 people across six countries, and found that peak social distancers have individual incomes around $230,000 a year.

The eggheads at Johns Hopkins University wanted to know which groups practice social distancing the most—and their findings are not politically correct: Rich women, it turns out, are far more dependable with the masks and hand washing and social distancing than everyone else.

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Author: Arianne Cohen
Posted: January 15, 2021, 10:18 am

Instead of focusing on finding the next “rockstar” in your organization, put your emphasis on cultivating a strong, equitable team.

When we talk about fixing gender and diversity representation in the tech industry, we usually think about head counts. This approach makes sense on paper, since the more diversity in your organization, the better—right? It depends. Getting people in the door doesn’t guarantee equity, when an organization’s norms, practices and patterns don’t allow individuals to have equal influence and participation.

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Author: Tracey Stone
Posted: January 15, 2021, 10:00 am

An 89-unit apartment complex in Hackney has an unlikely tenant on the ground floor—a noisy elementary school.

A new building in London is taking mixed-use architecture to noisy but surprisingly community-oriented dimensions. Located in the borough of Hackney, the two-tower, 89-unit apartment building has been built directly above a nursery and primary school – making a playground full of screaming school kids and several floors worth of upper-income urban dwellers unlikely neighbors.

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Author: Nate Berg
Posted: January 15, 2021, 9:00 am

The act of confronting someone can be awkward and stressful. Here are a few strategies to skillfully approach the encounter.

Some situations at work urgently require a confrontation. Maybe it’s a gripe you have with your coworker, your boss, your neighbor, or even your spouse.

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Author: Corey Weiner
Posted: January 15, 2021, 9:00 am

Stanford professor Fei-Fei Li says a culture of transparency, openness, and respect will lead to breakthroughs that help society.

I’ve spent two decades as a researcher and educator in artificial intelligence, drawn to the field by the opportunity to explore the mysteries of perception and cognition. But life is rarely as simple as we’d like, and the arc of my career has paralleled my mother’s escalating health struggles, including a chronic, life-threatening cardiovascular condition. As all-consuming as the world of academia can be, it sometimes feels as if I’ve spent as much time in hospitals as I have in my lab.

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Author: Fei-Fei Li
Posted: January 15, 2021, 9:00 am

As early as January 6, the IRS Get My Payment tool began telling some users that their stimulus payments were scheduled to be mailed out.

When you’re counting on a chunk of money from the government, few statements are more frustrating than “the check’s in the mail,” but that’s essentially what the Internal Revenue Service has been telling taxpayers over the last nine days who are still waiting for their $600 stimulus checks.

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Author: Christopher Zara
Posted: January 15, 2021, 8:43 am

The healthcare marketplace has come up with a scheduling platform designed to help people get vaccinated as quickly as possible.

COVID-19 vaccines are here, but even if you qualify to get one, getting it is a harried experience. Phone lines for health departments and care providers offering the vaccine are overwhelmed. Signing up for a vaccination online has been no easier. New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, who is also running for mayor, complained that both websites available for booking vaccination appointments were “buggy” and one required too much information. Meanwhile, residents in several counties in Florida have to reserve their COVID-19 vaccinations on event-ticketing site Eventbrite (the same place they can get tickets to see local band Clematis).

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Author: Ruth Reader
Posted: January 15, 2021, 8:00 am
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Small Biz Survival

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People have been saying for years that they would prefer to live in rural areas. Trulia research in 2014 showed 7% more people wanted to live in rural places than did then. In 2018, Gallup asked people where they preferred to live. Rural came out on top for all age groups except for 18-29 year olds. With the 18-29 […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: December 10, 2020, 11:55 am
Be frugal. One of the Small Town Rules is to spend your brain power before spending dollars. Be creative about how you handle challenges rather than to throw money at the problem. Venture capital vs. Bootstrapped We’ve all heard about startups that have been funded by whatever venture capitalist or angel that has just dropped a […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: November 25, 2020, 8:26 pm
Empty buildings during the holidays are a drag on local shopping Who wants to shop downtown when it looks so empty? Car dealerships are an especially tough type of building to fill. Not many businesses need such a large space, and the layout of the space can make it tough to find a good fit. […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: November 6, 2020, 11:35 pm
Seems like there have been a lot of coronavirus-related surveys this year. This survey is different: we’ve been asking for and listening to your rural challenges since 2015. Of course rural challenges are different this year with COVID-19. That doesn’t mean all your other challenges disappeared, but it might mean your priorities have changed. We’d like your […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: October 20, 2020, 11:10 am
Small towns have endured boom and bust cycles, commodity crashes, mill and factory closures, environmental disasters and losing their economic reason for existing. Rural communities have reinvented themselves before, and rural businesses are re-inventing the way they do things.  How Holyoke Hummus stays Idea Friendly through a crisis John is the owner of Holyoke Hummus […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: October 6, 2020, 1:24 pm
Join me for the Rural Renewal Symposium hosted by Oklahoma State University. It’s an online event on October 13, 2020. What is the Symposium about? The Symposium is meant to raise awareness, attract resources and stimulate research toward solving grand challenges facing rural communities. And goodness knows we have some grand challenges. I’ll be facilitating […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: September 26, 2020, 2:02 pm
2020 has taken a toll on downtown shopping and placemaking. There’s no time to waste on big master plans and no money for expensive consultants. Start taking action now to show life and new activity with small inexpensive steps. Murals add life and color to a downtown and are highly visible even to people driving […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: September 11, 2020, 12:20 pm
Guest post by Paula Jensen I watched Jon Stewart’s Political Comedy ‘Irresistible’. The story is set in small-town Wisconsin. The community has recently suffered a devastating loss of their main employer. In response, a failed political consultant from Washington, D.C. lands himself a gig helping a local veteran run for Mayor against the long-time incumbent. […]
Author: Paula Jensen
Posted: August 24, 2020, 7:51 pm
Guest Post by Chris Brogan The COVID-19 quarantine has crushed so many small businesses and the economy at large. It’s truly been the worst financial crisis unfurling in this country since the 1930s. And while some measures are in place to help this not reach that level of despair, many people are finding themselves out […]
Author: Chris Brogan
Posted: August 7, 2020, 11:54 am
Photo by Dan Meyers on Unsplash Guest post by Chris Brogan The whole quarantine and COVID-19 situation has impacted small businesses even more than the big guys because it’s not like anyone has massive reserves of cash around so that you could deal with shutting down for months at a time. And now, as different […]
Author: Chris Brogan
Posted: July 13, 2020, 7:53 pm
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