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Richard A. Chance

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Indigenous Peoples' Day

More places are abandoning Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The growing recognition of the alternative celebration represents the fruits of a concerted, decades-long effort to recognize the role of indigenous people in the nation’s history.

Why more places are abandoning Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day

America really must deal with the facts of its history so that we can actually achieve our levels of greatness. How can we know who we are when we won’t acknowledge the darkness we’ve come from?

Acknowledge the REAL historical facts so that we can have some real national pride not this fabrication that’s come from politics.

While in college, I took an upper level political science course titled International Relations: Non Western Lenses. In that class I studied the journal of Columbus and his peers in Hispaniola (present day Haiti and DR.) One thing that stood out was his ideological conviction — maybe we’d call it insanity

While in college, I took an upper level political science course titled International Relations: Non Western Lenses. In that class I studied the journal of Columbus and his peers in Hispaniola (present day Haiti and DR.) One thing that stood out was his ideological conviction — maybe we’d call it insanity now — to enforce “Gods will” and bring glory to the crown of Spain. His fervor justified the intentional massacre of an entire group of people. And he didn’t hide it either. He’d detail in his journal how many they would kill, methods of killing, and also various observations about the supposed inferiority of the Taino people.

Until reading this article, I knew nothing about the US immigration agenda behind promoting Columbus Day — which is full of irony. Fast forward 400 years later, we have Columbus’ kin people seeking acceptance in a new country, only to be unwelcomed and experience discrimination.

Humans are weird. We’ve created categories all over the world used to impose hierarchies of positional superiority/inferiority. For what reason? Power. Nothing’s really changed. The same game still exists, just different players. But I’d like to hope that public awareness is shifting — thanks to movements like Indigenous People’s Day. History has multiple perspectives.

Economics Nobel prize

The Nobel prize for economic sciences was announced. The joint winners are Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer, for their work in alleviating global poverty.

Three professors won the 2019 Nobel prize for economics for their work on fighting poverty

In India, where he was born and completed his early studies, the praise for Banerjee might be grudging, at best. He is not a supporter of the current government and has been a dissenting voice on several key issues. As I write this, the prime minister, so prolific on social media, is yet to offer any

In India, where he was born and completed his early studies, the praise for Banerjee might be grudging, at best. He is not a supporter of the current government and has been a dissenting voice on several key issues. As I write this, the prime minister, so prolific on social media, is yet to offer any congratulations to only the tenth Nobel laureate of Indian origin.

The last Nobel for poverty alleviation went to Muhammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, banker and economist, for founding the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concepts of microcredit and microfinance. But he didn’t get an economics Nobel. He won the Peace Prize. It seems significant that

The last Nobel for poverty alleviation went to Muhammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, banker and economist, for founding the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concepts of microcredit and microfinance. But he didn’t get an economics Nobel. He won the Peace Prize. It seems significant that the work of Esther Duflo and her longtime collaborator and partner Abhijit Banerjee (as well as Michael Kremer) has been recognised in this way. That too, just days ahead of the UN’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, a rather anodyne designation, but now given a new focus. A different-strokes-for-different-folks approach that truly tries to understood how the poor make decisions about housing, healthcare, hygiene products even.

What comes after the iPhone?

Apple’s streaming service is surrounded by questions. We know that Apple TV+ will cost $4.99, that it’ll launch on Nov. 1 with eight original series, and that it won’t have ads. But most of the rest is still a mystery.

Trying to dominate TV is like nothing Apple has ever done before

It is smart to offer the service at $5/month...

I am not convinced that Apple will dominate original content out of the gate. It would depend heavily upon personnel. Everyone loves to festoon Netflix and Amazon with developmental praise but from what I’ve seen, most of their best content is leftovers

It is smart to offer the service at $5/month...

I am not convinced that Apple will dominate original content out of the gate. It would depend heavily upon personnel. Everyone loves to festoon Netflix and Amazon with developmental praise but from what I’ve seen, most of their best content is leftovers from things developed elsewhere. I truly believe that unless you bring on the behind-the-scenes creatives, your front-of-house content will not have the same depth and stamina boasted by the long term heavy hitters like HBO. Not to mention half of what Netflix distributes was created entirely independent of the studio, which is cool and great but doesn’t prove that the newcomers have the secret sauce recipe. It just indicates they can recognize another’s well conceived ideas and then distribute them, which is a very smart way to build your catalogue and brand loyalty while waiting for the truly original content to resonate. Apple doesn’t have a catalogue and the current trend of pulling libraries is likely to continue.

Apple did right to bring over some great industry heavy hitters but imagining yourself as a direct competitor of HBO is a bit like me taking my first novel to Random House.

Online in China

CEO-ing

Making sure the kids are alright

One in three young adults is lonely—and it hurts their mental health. Over a six-month period, people who are lonely are more likely to experience higher rates of depression, social anxiety, and paranoia.

1 in 3 young adults are lonely—and it hurts their mental health

Loneliness is an epidemic. You’ve probably heard that in the developed world it affects older people, which makes sense because most don’t work and their social connections are weaker. But there’s another group it affects even more: young adults.

I think the billion-dollar question of our time (after

Loneliness is an epidemic. You’ve probably heard that in the developed world it affects older people, which makes sense because most don’t work and their social connections are weaker. But there’s another group it affects even more: young adults.

I think the billion-dollar question of our time (after climate change) will be about how we can help build meaningful social connections and protect the vulnerable, both old and young, from isolation and its corrosive effects on mental and physical health.

Totally true. This is among the many reasons why depression has been reported to be up to six times higher among Ph.D. students when compared to the general population. Their isolation is real...

Marathon records shattered

Eliud Kipchoge broke the two-hour marathon barrier. But it took a team of 42 other runners and one electric car to keep the 34-year-old Kenyan on pace to finish in 1 hour 59 minutes and 40 seconds.

It took 43 of the world’s fastest runners to break the 2-hour marathon barrier

Most people will only remember Kipchoge, but there was a dream team of world class runners surrounding him yesterday. Perhaps the event should also be remembered for the massive collection of talent that put their egos to the side to help him do the seemingly impossible.

Amazing effort by all involved. Kipchoge is a phenomenal athlete, one of the best runners of all time. This was a great use of strategy and technology, as well as his sheer will to achieve the impossible, to push him past the limit.

Turkey attacks Syrian Kurds

Russia bombed hospitals in Syria. A New York Times investigation found the attacks were part of a coordinated strategy to stamp out resistance to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

12 Hours. 4 Syrian Hospitals Bombed. One Culprit: Russia.

Four hospitals bombed in just 12 hours – all four of which were on the UN’s deconfliction list, meaning Russian and Syrian forces knew exactly what they were targeting, knew that doctors and patients would die, and they still destroyed them. Impunity is what happens when generals and despots believe

Four hospitals bombed in just 12 hours – all four of which were on the UN’s deconfliction list, meaning Russian and Syrian forces knew exactly what they were targeting, knew that doctors and patients would die, and they still destroyed them. Impunity is what happens when generals and despots believe the rules don’t matter and that they will face no consequences for violating them. These attacks make it clear that we’re living in an Age of Impunity.

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  • The concept of pop-up stores fits perfectly with the shared and gig economy we live in - lower level of commitment, high flexibility, and keeping it fresh.

  • "a study conducted in 2008 by researchers at Iowa State University, at the beginning of the pop-up boom, found evidence that pop-up stores are inherently attractive to consumers simply because they are perceived as innovative and hard to find."

    Further evidence that suggests consumers are seeking to

    "a study conducted in 2008 by researchers at Iowa State University, at the beginning of the pop-up boom, found evidence that pop-up stores are inherently attractive to consumers simply because they are perceived as innovative and hard to find."

    Further evidence that suggests consumers are seeking to collect experiences, not just procurement at a bargain.

    I also enjoyed learning that the scale of pop-ups is broad, and can be an effective opportunity for smaller independent merchants to brand Goliaths like Nike and Chanel. This means that pop-ups aren't easily generalised or pigeonholed.

  • I've noticed that a lot of popup shops promote collaborations between two or more brands. Sort of like the split 7" EP of retail.

  • Smart way to reduce business expenses associated with “brick-and-mortar” locations, while still benefiting from the upside.

  • It's all about brand experience.. the sale is online but the experience is a physical one. pop-up stores hello bridge that gap.

  • Absolutely agreed. You're seeing a lot of real estate agents for commercial space trying to retrofit their spaces for popup shops. There was a story not too long ago about how Brookfield is retrofitting a lot of the storied spaces on Bleecker Street in this way. https://newspicks.us/news/817691/

    Deborah

    Absolutely agreed. You're seeing a lot of real estate agents for commercial space trying to retrofit their spaces for popup shops. There was a story not too long ago about how Brookfield is retrofitting a lot of the storied spaces on Bleecker Street in this way. https://newspicks.us/news/817691/

    Deborah Weinswig, who wrote this piece, has also been covering the evolution of retail for a while now and is a great voice.

  • I think this shift is actually another big nail in the coffin for department stores and other businesses that simply collect and sell goods made by other companies (I.e. Macy’s, JCPenny, Kohl’s, etc). The original manufacturers (Nike, puma, TOMS, etc.) now have a feasible way to access customers directly

    I think this shift is actually another big nail in the coffin for department stores and other businesses that simply collect and sell goods made by other companies (I.e. Macy’s, JCPenny, Kohl’s, etc). The original manufacturers (Nike, puma, TOMS, etc.) now have a feasible way to access customers directly in real life.

    This would change how new commercial real estate is developed as well, with a new focus on multi-functional spaces (and contracts) instead of built-for-purpose (with long term contracts for space use).

    Small/local business is already deep into pop-up shops in the U.S. as well, so it will be interesting to see how the uber-small and uber-big interact on the same “platform” of pop-up markets.

  • Pop stores are a natural solution for the bridge between online and brick and mortar while limiting expenses. What’s not to like :)

  • Amazing analysis of the pop up phenomena. Great break down on what makes these “occasions” special and captivating.

  • Instagram advertising is technically popup store then.