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Description: BlackNorth Initiative working to address all three to create accessible, equitable opportunities in marginalized communities

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Feb 19, 2021

Link: https://financialpost.com/entrepreneur/progress-on-work-wages-and-wealth-needed-to-boost-black-economic-empowerment

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the BlackNorth Initiative doing to boost economic empowerment?
  • What else would you advise the organization and related associations, including governments?

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Description: Welcome to our first-ever live podcast recording from Clubhouse (the new social audio app that is all the rage). This conversation was recorded this past Friday (February 19th, 2021). Our conversation this week is with my old friend, Jeremiah Owyang, to discuss the present and future of social audio, Clubhouse, smart audio, podcasting and beyond. Jeremiah is no stranger to this show. He is an industry analyst based in Silicon Valley who helps his clients solve how new technology connects companies to their customers. He is well recognized by both the tech industry and the media for his grounded approach to deriving insights through rigorous research. From corporate innovation, autonomous technology or modern wellbeing, he views every aspect of emerging technologies through the lens of growth, opportunity and constantly shifting consumer behaviors and expectations. Forever at the forefront, Jeremiah identifies trends and advises major companies to adapt their business models to better connect with customers. He also publishes numerous research reports, playbooks and frameworks to help businesses navigate change, improve customer experiences and identify trends before they happen. He used to work as an analyst for Forrester Research, co-founded Altimeter Group and many more. Currently, he is the founder at Catalyst Companies and Kaleido Insights. Like me, he is fascinated with this new space known as social audio and published, The Future of Social Audio: Startups, Roadmap, Business Models, and a Forecast. Plus, he works out of an awesome Airstream trailer. Enjoy the live conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Feb 21, 2021

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/articles/archives/jeremiah-owyang-on-the-future-of-social-audio-live-from-clubhouse-this-weeks-six-pixels-of-separation-podcast/

Questions for discussion:

  • What is social audio and why is it drawing so much attention from marketers and investors?
  • Summarize the key ideas discussed in the podcast.

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Description: The motorcoach sector has been devastated by the drop in pandemic-era travel, but there’s been little federal aid for this 3,000-company transportation industry.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Feb 23, 2021

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-02-23/there-s-no-covid-bailout-for-the-bus-industry?srnd=premium

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the state of the motorcoach industry?
  • Do you think the government should do more to support those affected by the pandemic?
  • Is the industry likely to bounce back after the pandemic eases?

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Description: Mursion’s simulations use real actors in A.I.-generated scenarios–no bulky headset required. It could be the future of workplace learning.

Source: Inc.com

Date: Feb 18, 2021

Link: https://www.inc.com/sophie-downes/mursion-virtual-reality-simulation-empathy-workplace-training-learning.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the research say about the value of VR instruction?
  • Describe a few learning environments that you think would be particularly good for VR learning.
  • Sketch out a learning module with some scenarios that would demonstrate you concepts.

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Description: America’s ability to attract global talent is a competitive advantage. Talented foreigners enrich our human capital and help drive innovation, technological leadership, and American strength. But our ability to attract the best and brightest is at risk.

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Feb 19, 2021

Link: https://fortune.com/2021/02/19/immigration-reform-biden-us-global-talent-race/

Questions for discussion:

  • What is meant by “smart immigration policy”?
  • What does the research say about international HR management and recruitment?
  • What can done to improve awareness of the need for smart immigration policy?

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Description: By foregoing some of their dominance in Australia, both will wind up securing monopolies of the world’s online information.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Feb 17, 2021

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-02-18/google-and-facebook-lose-a-battle-to-win-the-war

Questions for discussion:

  • According to the article, what is the strategy being used by Google and Facebook in Australia?
  • Do you think this is in fact what these firms are doing and if so, do you think it is a good strategy?
  • What would you advise management?

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Description: Big Tech may be too powerful for a single country to take on, though Australia is trying — and Canada may, too

Source: CBC.ca

Date: Feb 19, 2021

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/don-pittis-facebook-australia-governments-gang-up-1.5919005

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say is the problem with big tech companies?
  • What is the suggested solution for governments?
  • How should the industry manage this development?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #762 – Host: Mitch Joel. Judy Samuelson is founder and executive director of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program and a vice president at the Aspen Institute. Judy led a ten-year campaign to disrupt Milton Friedman‘s narrative about profit-maximization to successfully challenge conventional thinking in board rooms and classrooms about the purpose of the corporation. She produced the Aspen Principles of Long-Term Value Creation to challenge short-termism in business and capital markets, and is promoting a set of principles designed to disrupt the status quo in boardrooms about the design of CEO pay. Judy’s career spans working in the California State Legislature, banking in New York’s garment center, and directing the Ford Foundation‘s exploration of impact investing – the Office of Program-Related Investments. Judy writes regularly for Quartz at Work. She is a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellow and a director of the Financial Health Network. Her new book is called, The Six New Rules of Business – Creating Real Value in a Changing World. Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Feb 15, 2021

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-762-judy-samuelson-on-the-six-new-rules-of-business/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize and comment on the six new rules.
  • Do you think there is general support for this corporate orientation and way of thinking?
  • How would this shift affect marketing and investments?

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Description: The video was immediately shared widely and brought joy to many. The lawyer, Rod Ponton, said he was happy people got a much-needed laugh.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Feb 09, 2021

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/09/style/cat-lawyer-zoom.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the communications problems illustrated by this story?
  • Should business people be trained by their employers to deal with online “performances”?
  • How is this story relevant to management, marketing and finance people?

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Description: The C.E.O. who followed Jack Welch tried, and failed, to revive the company’s stock price. He’s owning up to some of his mistakes now — and assigning some blame.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Feb 10, 2021

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/05/business/jeff-immelt-general-electric-corner-office.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the lessons for top managers of large corporations to take away from this article?
  • What do think is the single most import point to consider, from a strategic point of view?