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Nicola Sturgeon Tells Amazon To Ditch Slave Wages Or Lose Millions In Handouts Freeze

It's Our Economy - September 22, 2018 - 7:00am
The First Minister has lost patience with the web giants after their failure to bring in fair working standards and pay staff the Living Wage. Nicola Sturgeon has pulled the plug on multi-million pound grants for Amazon until they pay Scottish workers the Living Wage. The Sunday Mail can reveal the First Minister has introduced new criteria for state handouts that will exclude low-wage employers. She appears to have lost patience with Amazon – owned by the world’s richest man Jeff Bezos – after he consistently refused to pay workers the £8.75 an hour rate recommended by the Living Wage Foundation to guarantee basic living standards for staff. Scottish Government ministers have met with senior managers on a number of occasions, but failed to convince them to adopt the standard at plants in Dunfermline, Fife, and Gourock, Inverclyde.
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What is civic imagination in a city for?

Shareable - Commons - September 20, 2018 - 3:48pm

Op-Ed: Four years ago, three residents were interested in taking care of a bench located in Piazza dei Colori in the suburbs of Bologna, Italy. They approached the city government, which fielded the request through five different departments, but it came to nothing. This is where the well-known "Regulation for the Care and Regeneration of the Urban Commons in Bologna" stems from — a thriving, citizen-led commons initiative.

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Improving community health through farmers markets

Shareable - Commons - September 19, 2018 - 5:06pm

This article was adapted from our latest book, "Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons." Download your free pdf copy today.

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Robotics will Help Businesses Grow, not to Replace Jobs

Confessions of a Non-Profit IT Director - September 19, 2018 - 3:36pm

New technologies have today invaded the workplace in different forms. Many firms, for instance, are currently adopting robotics in various areas such as the sports and manufacturing industries. Police are also using remote-controlled robots and hospitals have adopted robots to assist in surgeries.

Many people think that universal robotics is a preserve of big manufacturing organizations in the automotive industry. However, the world has witnessed various companies such as Universal Robots advocate for the use of robots in small sized manufacturing companies.

A big percentage of robots are used to execute difficult tasks. Robots neither feel pain nor grow weary. They also do not get bored and this is why they are better placed to do repetitive and tedious tasks, some of which require them to work for long hours without getting tired. Universal robotics is the ideal addition to any developing entrepreneurial or innovative organization.

  • Robots and Artificial Intelligence for Business Growth

As an entrepreneur, you have to be creative, forward-thinking, tolerant, and innovative. Many people may not know this but there are numerous small tasks that are essential for business progression that entrepreneurs should execute. There has been an ongoing debate about jobs and robots that indicates that they will replace human workers in the future.

However, studies show that robots, entrepreneurial organizations, and artificial intelligence will have numerous benefits. Robots and machines are capable of doing much of the repetitive and ordinary work such as answering basic queries. This allows managers to engage in more entrepreneurial and creative tasks.

For instance, when robots are answering calls, managers can call on their clients and focus on bringing in more emotional and social value. Additionally, they can take that opportunity to take care of their well-being. Apart from being appropriate for repetitive tasks, robots are not prone to uncertainty, something that affects many entrepreneurial firms especially small sized businesses.

Robots are immune to vagueness and failure which many humans worry about when investing in financial and human resources for new technologies. When considering business development within a new region, for instance, a robot is capable of analyzing numerous data sources without getting influenced by different factors such as risk anxiety or fear of venturing into unfamiliar territory. Currently, technological advancements have enabled entrepreneurial managers especially those in innovative firms to achieve more than they would have before.

  • Will Human Labor Still be Necessary?

Robots will definitely complete ordinary tasks. However, there are specific skills that only humans can execute with utmost exclusivity. This means that we are not yet seeing the end of human labor even though it is costly. For instance, humans best execute the skills needed during networking sessions with funding partners and clients such as reading and acknowledging non-verbal and verbal social ideas.

This is because they are able to self-regulate and modify their actions accordingly. These skills will no doubt come in handy as humans try to master the art of working in collaboration with their robotic counterparts. Robots cannot compete with humans when it comes to emotional and social intelligence.

Even as technology advances, there are thin chances that robots will be capable of displaying or expressing emotions in the future. Currently, programmed mimicry and reactions is the furthest that technological evolution has gone in trying to create assertive robots. Therefore, the tasks that require critical reasoning and problem-solving skills or empathy will still require human intervention.


Will robots replace you at your place of work? The current crop of technologically advanced universal robotics is specially designed to work alongside human workers. This means that they will be appointed the repetitive, basic, and back-breaking tasks. Humans, on the other hand, will have the opportunity to engage in more creative and productive tasks. Additionally, robots have no imaginative abilities which mean that though they can execute repetitive tasks with utmost precision, the same cannot be said when it comes to problem solving tasks and those that require creative reasoning. Since creativity cannot be programmed in machines, robots will not replace humans anytime soon.

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Data archiving – the benefits you can avail

Confessions of a Non-Profit IT Director - September 19, 2018 - 3:09pm

Most of the people want to secure their data and for this they make a backup file for your use in future. Archive can store your one to more files and move it to primary store. These may be long term or permanent storage. Some website and portable transfer protocol sites provide downloadable software programs for storing files and backup. Archive data is usually stored as a file or object that can be stored with metadata attached so that the granular access is possible. You can visit their site for more info.

Archive storage options:   

You can store your files in different ways by using various options. These archives are able to store large amount of data. There are different objects like Tape; it is an effective storage of data but it takes too much time to access data than other objects. Hard disks are also used as data storage. However, it is costly than other objects. Objects, these are most favorable and cost effective archives which are able to assess the large amount of metadata.

What is the importance of data archiving?

Data discovery and visibility: If you are going on a business meeting for a presentation then scratch files are not easy searchable. Archives help you to store your file and data in exact folder. The storage files data on your server are analyzed, classified, and indexed.

Data management: data duplication takes a good percentage on your allowed system. Archives can help you in finding and removing such files.

Reduces backup time – with the increase in data, it takes too much time for data backup. These archives can help you to make a copy for current file as a backup.

Protects your accidental deletion – there are times when you can accidently delete the files and lose them. With archives, you can make a backup of the current file by which a copy is made and saved which can be accessed in case the file is deleted.

Report on data: files can be viewed based on server, size, type, and name, oldest, newest, and large and frequently used for depth-in analysis. It allows you to recognize uses and misuses of data.

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The Best Way To Eradicate Poverty: Welfare Not Jobs

It's Our Economy - September 19, 2018 - 11:00am
The Census released its income, poverty, and health insurance data last week (ASEC, SPM). Among other things, the data allows us to see who was in poverty and therefore gives us good insights about how to eradicate poverty. In this post, I detail what I think these insights are using my own calculations of the 2017 microdata. Below is the overall poverty rate broken down by market income and disposable income. “Market income” refers to all income received from labor earnings and capital ownership. “Disposable income” refers to each person’s final income and takes into consideration taxes paid and government benefits received. For both figures, I use the poverty line of the Supplemental Poverty Metric. In 2017, the market poverty rate was 25 percent. The poverty rate when counting disposable income was 13.9 percent.
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Historic Federal Legislation Embeds Support For Employee-Ownership Within The SBA

It's Our Economy - September 19, 2018 - 10:00am
Please join us in celebrating the first legislation in support of employee ownership in over two decades, and the first to explicitly name worker cooperatives as a priority for the SBA. This is a huge step forward for worker cooperatives, and we are proud to have played a role in making it. Along with many allies in the field, our organizations worked in depth with the bill’s author and sponsor, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, with DAWI doing research and education, and USFWC doing advising and advocacy. We will also play a key role in supporting implementation. This is the power of an organized sector, and we’re just getting started! Please see below for the official press release, and spread the word far and wide.
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Recap: Polycentric planning for Climate Change panel discussion

Shareable - Commons - September 18, 2018 - 8:10pm

During the Global Action Climate Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco last week, Shareable and SPUR hosted an official GCAS affiliate event discussing Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom's idea of a commons-oriented, polycentric approach to climate change. The event featured a lively panel discussion hosted by Neal Gorenflo, Shareable’s co-founder and executive director.

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How to Blend SEO and Creativity for Influencer Marketing?

Confessions of a Non-Profit IT Director - September 18, 2018 - 5:00am

Gone are those days when business entities had to put their manual efforts to adopt conventional modes to promote their products or services. Nowadays, everything is being simplified through innovation when it comes to digital marketing using websites. Having a website, a marketer may increase the value of his product and prevent future switching of customer that may cost him a lot. However, the plain fact is that, for a company to grow, constant search engine optimization is also necessary to maintain such growth, no matter you have a website or online business portal. So, if you are looking for SEO Toronto services then you can approach various IT professionals here, who can help your company to get online traffic.

The Toronto website developer can help to grow your business virtually through SEO tools. Basically, it is a methodology or procedure to increase the quantity of potential customers or generating traffic of prospective to your website through specific keywords. It helps in improving the visibility and rankings of your web page through natural search engine results. Apart from this, its sole purpose is to make web content user friendly, informative and easy to understand. If a marketer has a website, SEO can support to achieve his business goals.

Some Practices That Are Employed In Digital Marketing

First of all, you need to know about White hat SEO technique that is used by many companies. It is one of the most ethical practices to get high ranking through search results.

Second one is Black hat SEO. It is illegitimate method that includes keyword stuffing, hidden links or text that misguides the users and redirects to those websites which they don’t intend to browse.

Third one is Grey hat SEO. Unlike, black hat, grey hat consists of mixed features of both of them. It is used by the IT professional to generate high traffic on a particular website, if he’s paid for that.

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Prison Labor Is Slave Labor, And We Should Get Rid Of It

It's Our Economy - September 17, 2018 - 4:00pm
Incarcerated workers — who often make less than $1 an hour producing profits for big companies — are on strike across the country. As wildfires rage across California, some of the people risking their lives to fight them are paid only a few dollars a day. They’re part of a 2.3 million-strong underclass of American employees making sweatshop wages: incarcerated workers. Slave wages are just one of the many reasons why incarcerated people around the U.S. on strike. The strike was organized in response to deadly violence at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina earlier this year, a result of the prison’s abysmal living conditions. Organizers have a list of 10 demands, which include the need for prompt improvement of prison conditions and policies. They also call for the “immediate end to prison slavery,” which is legal thanks to a constitutional loophole.
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The Aftershocks Of The Economic Collapse Are Still Being Felt

It's Our Economy - September 17, 2018 - 1:00am
There has been a spate of articles recently on the ten year anniversary of the financial collapse. We wrote about this anniversary two weeks ago, describing the cause of the collapse and the reasons why we are still at risk for another one. Now, we look at how the aftermath of the collapse is shaping current politics, people’s views on the economic system and the economy for the 21st Century. The stagnant economy, austerity measures and resulting increased debt have opened a space for people to search for and try out alternative economic structures that are more democratic. They have also created conditions for a rise of nationalism on the right.
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Are Media Coops The Business Model Of The Future?

It's Our Economy - September 16, 2018 - 10:00pm
As an early example of a publication prepared to share ownership with dedicated readers, New Internationalist serves as an experiment in a new models of financing media. Yet New Internationalist is not your typical magazine. It has an unusually engaged subscriber-base and a mission to draw attention to the unjust balance of power in both rich and poor nations. It also has a long history of experimenting with collective ownership. The monthly magazine first launched with financial help from Oxfam and Christian Aid, who wanted to encourage better understanding of the idea of international development. It nearly went bankrupt two years after the launch, in 1975, when postal charges almost doubled, but was rescued with funding from several charities and the Methodist church.
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The Crisis Of Global Capitalism Never Really Ended

It's Our Economy - September 16, 2018 - 10:00am
This weekend marks the tenth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the once-mighty US investment bank whose dramatic bankruptcy on September 15, 2008 unleashed the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. At this point, it is still far too early to tell whether this emerging anti-capitalist politics of the twenty-first century will be able to succeed in the face of a powerful nationalist backlash. But if the dramatic events since 2016 are anything to go by, the political fallout of the global financial crisis is only just getting started. The real confrontation, it seems, is yet to come.
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