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Simple advice on how to approach your calendar can help you collaborate more effectively—even if you work in a different time zone.

Before I worked on a remote team, I was a freelancer and never needed to collaborate with teams very much. The way I used my calendar back then was pretty basic—maybe a birthday here and there.

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Author: Marcus Wermuth—Buffer
Posted: January 26, 2020, 8:00 am

Research suggests that if the desire for a phone builds in infancy, it can become second nature.

The Environmental Protection Agency first warned of secondhand smoke in 1991, some 30 years after scientists determined that smoking cigarettes causes cancer. Today, a growing body of research points toward a new indirect health hazard.

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Author: Joelle Renstrom
Posted: January 25, 2020, 10:00 am

More recent research has found that using the internet at work for personal purposes may also have some positive outcomes.

If you’re like most workers, you don’t spend 100% of your time at the office doing what you’re supposed to be doing.

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Author: Stephanie Andel–The Conversation
Posted: January 25, 2020, 8:00 am

Advertising execs explain the significance of the commercials for the commercial.

To paraphrase the Gospel of John, in the beginning was the Commercial, and the Commercial was on the Super Bowl, and the Commercial was the Super Bowl.

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Author: Jeff Beer
Posted: January 25, 2020, 7:00 am

Smart public health officials understand that containment requires educating the public about how diseases spread, with an urgency that gets folks to pay attention. Enter data visualization.

When airports are screening passengers for a communicable disease, you know it’s serious. No one wants another H1N1. As of this writing, the Wuhan China outbreak of coronavirus has infected more than 800, killed 41 people, and found its way to the United States in two confirmed cases. No doubt tomorrow’s news will broadcast even larger numbers. Public health officials are still working to figure out exactly how the coronavirus is spreading, but they are clear on one point: It needs to be contained. Data visualization can help them do that.

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Author: stephanie evergreen
Posted: January 25, 2020, 7:00 am

Successful companies endow a sense of “sustainability ownership” in their employees, so that everyone—from the mailroom to the boardroom—picks up the baton.

A lot of companies say they care about the environment and commit to certain goals but don’t end up doing much about it.

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Author: CB Bhattacharya
Posted: January 25, 2020, 6:00 am

Way to boldly go where others have clearly gone before, Trump administration.

Back in 2018, the Trump administration first announced that it was creating a Space Force, an initiative that would break off all space-related matters under the Air Force into its own military branch.

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Author: KC Ifeanyi
Posted: January 24, 2020, 5:45 pm

After making search ads look more like organic results, Google backtracks.

Google is rethinking its latest search page redesign after critics said it made advertisements look too much like regular search results.

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Author: Jared Newman
Posted: January 24, 2020, 5:05 pm

Big, successful companies rarely invent the next big thing—and Christensen explained why. But will this theories hold true forever?

There’s no better way to judge the importance of a business thinker than to assess the stature of the people whom he or she influenced. By that standard, Clayton Christensen, who died from complications relating to cancer treatment on January 23 in Boston, had few peers.

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Author: Harry McCracken
Posted: January 24, 2020, 3:14 pm

Evaluating someone fairly can be tough. Here’s how you should approach the task.

It might sound obvious, but it’s worth stating: Every time you evaluate something, you’re comparing it to something else. Sometimes, that comparison is overt—a product that is being sold for 25% off feels like a good deal because you are paying less for it than you would have paid for it at the regular price. Sometimes, that comparison is tacit—a product might feel like a good deal, because you’re aware of other products that are more expensive.

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Author: Art Markman
Posted: January 24, 2020, 2:00 pm

CDC says risk to Americans still “low.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a second case of coronavirus in the U.S.—this one afflicting a woman in Chicago—and expects to find more cases in the coming days. Here’s everything you need to know:

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Author: Arianne Cohen
Posted: January 24, 2020, 12:43 pm

Celebs such as Debra Messing and Don Cheadle are organizing privately online before broadcasting on public social media.

When Don Cheadle and Debra Messing talked about what they thought of a New York magazine piece about Bernie Sanders saying the 2016 primary was rigged, it wasn’t at a cocktail party. Or a premiere. Or even out in the open on social media. As Vox’s Emily Stewart writes, it was in a new type of private Twitter DM group that progressive influencers, activists, and political campaigns are increasingly using to mobilize and coordinate their messaging to the rest of us.

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Author: Jeff Beer
Posted: January 24, 2020, 12:30 pm

The way the public treats formerly incarcerated people must change.

The criminal justice system doesn’t work. According to a 2018 report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, nearly 2.2 million adults were held in America’s prisons and jails at the end of 2016. That means for every 100,000 people residing in the United States, approximately 655 of them were behind bars. The situation has become so severe that if the U.S. prison population were a city, it would be the fifth-largest city in the country.

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Author: Ashish Prashar
Posted: January 24, 2020, 12:20 pm

Such celebs as Viola Davis, Mark Ruffalo, Conan O’Brien, and Martha Stewart have posted their ideal Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, and LinkedIn pics.

Dolly Parton may have just inspired the first “Yas Boomer!” in social media history.

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Author: Starr Rhett Rocque
Posted: January 24, 2020, 12:00 pm

Projecting the migration patterns of people leaving coastal cities shows which cities need to prepare for a population influx.

Sea-level rise in the U.S. won’t only affect people living on the coasts—as homes flood in Florida and New Jersey, it may trigger mass migration inland, potentially making housing more expensive and jobs harder to find in other areas. A new study uses AI to map where people may go.

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Author: Adele Peters
Posted: January 24, 2020, 11:30 am

Mathematicians are unimpressed by engineers’ solutions.

Most traffic jams are unnecessary, and this deeply irks mathematicians who specialize in traffic flow. They reserve particular vitriol for local transport engineers. “They do not have competencies in the field of system-related increases in traffic performance,” says Alexander Krylatov, a mathematics professor at St. Petersburg University. “If engineers manage to achieve local improvements, after a while the flows rearrange and the same traffic jams appear in other places.” Burn!

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Author: Arianne Cohen
Posted: January 24, 2020, 11:10 am

Four social-impact startups reveal how they manage privacy laws and concerns—even if they’re not required to.

Privacy headlines often focus on big tech behemoths—and for good reason. Last year alone, the Federal Trade Commission settled a $5 billion civil penalty against Facebook and a $170 million fine for alleged violations of the Children’s Privacy Law against Google and YouTube. These companies have contributed to waves of identity theft, social stigma, and barriers to housing and jobs for the victims of their data breaches.

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Author: stephanie nguyen
Posted: January 24, 2020, 11:00 am

Survivors of domestic violence are cautioned not to be searchable on social media. But when many hiring managers rely on that as a screening tool it can be nearly impossible to form the networks needed to get a job.

It shouldn’t require an act of bravery to update a LinkedIn profile. For domestic violence survivors, however, safety in the aftermath of an abusive relationship often depends on becoming unfindable, a status incompatible with the nature of professional networking platforms, social media activity, and career building in general. Recovery and survival, on the other hand, depend on the community, connection, and financial resources that social media platforms now facilitate.

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Author: Krisyn Stolze
Posted: January 24, 2020, 10:00 am

When one Marie Kondo is not enough.

PKW—you know, phone, keys, wallet. It’s a little note-to-self to track down all your essentials before heading out the door. Depending on the state of your home, these things can be relatively hard to find—and unsurprisingly, I’m not the only one that needs help keeping things organized.

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Author: Lilly Smith
Posted: January 24, 2020, 10:00 am
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By Paula Jensen Have you ever experienced a time when you could envision what needs to happen but had no idea what to stop doing in order to reach the point of success? Here is a simple example: This year at Santa Day in my community someone asked, “Why do we give away turkeys to […]
Author: Paula Jensen
Posted: January 20, 2020, 11:23 am
  By Deb Brown When I was Chamber of Commerce Director in Webster City, Iowa, one of our big events was Junquefest, a three day event where vendors come to town and sell all kinds of junque. We wanted to close the streets and let the vendors park their trailers by their booths. That was […]
Author: Deb Brown
Posted: January 7, 2020, 1:31 pm
  By Paula Jensen It seems I have almost always been interested in leadership.  My parents modeled leadership as I was growing up through their active roles in community, church, and school.  I joined 4-H at the age of eight, was called a “ring-leader” as an elementary student (which I don’t think this was a […]
Author: Paula Jensen
Posted: December 28, 2019, 12:15 pm
  Getting local businesses to cooperate can be a challenge in any small town. Everyone is busy in their own business, and few have time to dedicate to working with other businesses. Whether it’s a formal project put on by a group like the Chamber of Commerce or an informal get-together, there are big benefits […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: December 16, 2019, 1:09 pm
What small town people see as their biggest challenges And what topics rural people most want help with Wouldn’t it be great if the people who say they want to help rural people would actually listen to rural people’s own challenges?! That’s why we created this survey! We use the results to create practical steps […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: December 5, 2019, 3:20 pm
The first vision board presented by the design:SD team to the community of Webster, South Dakota, on Sept. 27, 2014, stated the following phrase in bold lettering:  GATHERING THE DOERS.  There were approximately 50 people in the room that day and surprisingly none of them got up and ran out in fear upon seeing the design:SD team’s […]
Author: Paula Jensen
Posted: November 22, 2019, 12:04 pm
  Shop Indie Local summary: Shop Indie Local campaign website This campaign’s advantage:  Usable year round, adaptable to local events and needs, not just a single day “Indie” message is resonating well right now, better than plain “local” campaigns Share the right message: People already think they want to shop local, just need a timely […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: November 11, 2019, 9:00 pm
  Because I’ve been an entrepreneur since junior high school, I’ve been asked to help with all kinds of entrepreneur support over the decades. I’ve taught entrepreneur classes, I’ve been part of day-long entrepreneur events, I’ve taught workshops and I’ve been a mentor in formal and informal ways. And I’ve been thinking lately about what […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: November 4, 2019, 11:21 am
  By Paula Jensen Having a passion for rural community development and leadership is what drives my personal and professional life. My personal vision statement reads, “I will be a clear voice for rural people and places by mobilizing and empowering rural changemakers to build vibrant communities.” It has taken me a number of years, a […]
Author: Paula Jensen
Posted: October 12, 2019, 11:30 am
Events that showcase your non-retail small business  You want people to learn about your business. Events sometimes help with that. You’re just not sure how to create an event for non-retail businesses that people will come to. Who goes to the insurance agency if they don’t need insurance? Who goes to the packing plant unless […]
Author: Deb Brown
Posted: September 11, 2019, 1:25 pm
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