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The future of Quartz is here! New media has been on an uncertain footing for a while, but doubling down on our products and our focus on original journalism is an exciting prospect.

Our new Quartz Pros. Welcome the latest members of a community of top thinkers and doers in business who are shaping the conversation around the global economy.

Meet the new Quartz Pros!

I'm super, super thrilled with the diversity of opinions, industries, and backgrounds in this cohort in this round of Quartz Pros! They include mobile gaming pioneers in China, feminist authors from Turkey, unicorn founders, senior Obama advisors, advertising industry execs, the woman leading NASA's

I'm super, super thrilled with the diversity of opinions, industries, and backgrounds in this cohort in this round of Quartz Pros! They include mobile gaming pioneers in China, feminist authors from Turkey, unicorn founders, senior Obama advisors, advertising industry execs, the woman leading NASA's mission to a metal meteorite, and even the first person to circumnavigate the globe in a solar-powered plane. Oh... and more than half of them are women, and two-thirds are people of color. You'll be seeing them around the site soon!

The co-founder of Casper? Obama’s former advisor? Emotional AI, VR, and mobile gaming founders? A NASA mission lead? Director of inclusion at Netflix? Someone who flew around the world in a solar plane? This group of Pros are absolutely fascinating—and I can’t wait to see them contributing their insights

The co-founder of Casper? Obama’s former advisor? Emotional AI, VR, and mobile gaming founders? A NASA mission lead? Director of inclusion at Netflix? Someone who flew around the world in a solar plane? This group of Pros are absolutely fascinating—and I can’t wait to see them contributing their insights to Quartz.

A little bit of backstory: for this cohort we doubled down on recruiting a true balance of Quartzy voices across industries. We had to significantly overhaul tactics to curate a group that embodies our smart, diverse, and ambitious community—and we succeeded. Being informed about the future of the global economy means hearing from more than just one industry, title, or demographic,

Welcome to the Quartz community!

I’m honored to be included among this group of thinkers/doers. But even more, I’m looking forward to learning and being stretched and asking questions and co-imagining with the community assembled here.

I am trilled to be one of this awesome group! Can’t wait to jump on board for some heated debates and genuine conversations :)

Marathon record

Turkey attacks Syrian Kurds

Syrian Kurds feel abandoned by the US. “You are leaving us to be slaughtered,” Kurdish general Mazloum Kobani reportedly told American officials. He warned that his army will be forced to turn to Russia for help in the absence of US protection.

“You have sold us”: Kurdish leader in Syria accuses US of abandoning allies

While Americans are distracted by an impeachment inquiry, Turkey is shelling Kurdish towns in northern Syria. Torn in a war between two allies, Trump has chosen not to stand up for the underdog Kurds who have helped the US in the fight against ISIS for the last five years. Critics of his inaction say

While Americans are distracted by an impeachment inquiry, Turkey is shelling Kurdish towns in northern Syria. Torn in a war between two allies, Trump has chosen not to stand up for the underdog Kurds who have helped the US in the fight against ISIS for the last five years. Critics of his inaction say the president is complicit in ethnic cleansing.

General Kobani is correct, and the President and his administration should be ashamed. Is this how we treat our allies in the most volatile area of the world?

Brexit fatigue

Brexit negotiators make a last-ditch effort to cut a deal. Discussions are in overdrive ahead of Thursday and Friday's European Council summit. But the continent is tired of reading about it, and the media has moved on in Paris, Rome, and Madrid.

Brexit negotiations are heating up for real, but the continent is tired of reading about it

As I was going through the news this morning for my weekend shift, it was obvious that Brexit was a still a big story in London, but not so much in Rome or Paris. That’s even though the negotiations are maybe, possibly, potentially, finally getting somewhere. Everyone has Brexit fatigue at this point

As I was going through the news this morning for my weekend shift, it was obvious that Brexit was a still a big story in London, but not so much in Rome or Paris. That’s even though the negotiations are maybe, possibly, potentially, finally getting somewhere. Everyone has Brexit fatigue at this point, but that’s doesn’t mean it’s not important.

The key to Apple’s future success

Apple’s growth is slowing dramatically. In this Quartz member exclusive presentation, discover the three key areas that are critical to the company's future, and why and how they’ll determine Apple’s continued success.

The key to Apple’s future success

This presentation makes clear the challenges that Apple faces. Its iPhone business is slowing and it’s not getting enough traction in India or China, markets that could fuel renewed growth. So it needs services, and likely a new category of products such as augmented reality glasses, to fuel the forward

This presentation makes clear the challenges that Apple faces. Its iPhone business is slowing and it’s not getting enough traction in India or China, markets that could fuel renewed growth. So it needs services, and likely a new category of products such as augmented reality glasses, to fuel the forward growth that investors expect.

Free Willy

Plastic pollution

Power restored in California

Fashion follows feeds

"Aspirational realness" is the new Instagram cool-girl look. Brands are adopting the messy, candid, and unfiltered aesthetic of regular users to give their products a veneer of authenticity.

“Aspirational realness,” the Instagram cool-girl look, disguises advertising as authenticity

To claim ‘aspirational realness’ as the thing that brought these brands to success is to ignore the complexity of women, how we support brands and make (educated) purchasing decisions.

Reformation, does promote a certain body type but they also were early adopters to sustainability. Offering affordable

To claim ‘aspirational realness’ as the thing that brought these brands to success is to ignore the complexity of women, how we support brands and make (educated) purchasing decisions.

Reformation, does promote a certain body type but they also were early adopters to sustainability. Offering affordable clothes made with defined values.

Outdoor voices made activewear nice enough to be worn on the regular, quality and cut being equally as important as marketing.

Glossier broke ground with celebrating beauty in all women rather than the singular ‘ideal’ of the past.

The writer has a narrow perspective on why these companies have succeeded and exactly what they tapped into.

Handbags are out. The pricey accessory is losing its once-exalted place in women's wardrobes as Instagram has eclipsed its role as a status symbol.

The handbag is losing its once-exalted place in a woman’s wardrobe

Sneakers are clearly now serving the (status / collectibles) purpose of handbags for the next generation, eating up that share of disposable income. The sales overall numbers show it as does the rise of the marketplaces like GOAT and Flight Club (as well as a walk around the streets).

Elizabeth Warren: Fact vs. Fiction

Trump's legal challenges

A court challenged Donald Trump's border wall funding. The administration's plan to siphon money away from other projects to build a wall in El Paso is illegal, a federal judge in Texas ruled.

A Texas federal court says Trump’s border wall funding is illegal

A Texas federal district court handed a big win to the county of El Paso yesterday in a case against Donald Trump. The country said that Trump's emergency border wall declaration was illegal and that appropriations for border wall construction weren't justified by law because the money was taken from

A Texas federal district court handed a big win to the county of El Paso yesterday in a case against Donald Trump. The country said that Trump's emergency border wall declaration was illegal and that appropriations for border wall construction weren't justified by law because the money was taken from other projects. And the court agreed, granting summary judgment to the defendants and declaring appropriations taken from other areas of concern to violate rules of statutory construction.

Go to El Paso. See for yourself how silly a wall there would be. Juarez and EP are essentially the same city divided by a border with tons of traffic crossing over, every day. Can we finally drop this ridiculous notion that this would work?

Abiy Ahmed's Nobel Peace Prize

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McDonald’s wants to fill 250,000 jobs with older workers

The move is both an encouraging sign of workplace age diversity and a devastating indictment of the economy.

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From Our Members

  • Ageism is insufficiently appreciated and often times the sleeper discrimination form. It’s a real issue. Wonder how much of this is because millennials don’t want to work there vs PR. Hopefully it’s sincere. Still to this day the two cheeseburger meal is my favorite airport food.

  • Some days I read the comments and conclude I may live on a different planet. I haven’t seen a McDonald’s -or equivalent- that pays minimum wage in a long time. And Syracuse isn’t some booming metropolis.

    I know a lot of sixty somethings and seventy somethings with part time jobs. Fast food and big box

    Some days I read the comments and conclude I may live on a different planet. I haven’t seen a McDonald’s -or equivalent- that pays minimum wage in a long time. And Syracuse isn’t some booming metropolis.

    I know a lot of sixty somethings and seventy somethings with part time jobs. Fast food and big box stores, especially HD.

    20 hrs a week at 11 or 12 per hour adds another solid 10k to the retirement income. And if your primary is SS then you probably won’t have any income tax liability.

    But many don’t do it because they have to. Certainly some feel they need to ( which may not be the same as needing to). But most want to get out of the house, keep busy, be useful, be around people. They’re not bitter angry old people eating cat food while trying to keep the heat on. They enjoy what they’re doing.

    I think it’s great. A win-win. McDonald’s, nor any other company, owes you a high paying job that will support all your dreams. If you don’t like what they pay don’t work there. But no one is physically forced to work anywhere in America. Lots of McDonald’s employees are glad for the opportunity. And now some people who historically have difficulty finding employment will have a better chance.

  • Ageism does not mean incapability. Even if the retirement is not becoming a luxury for everyone, older generations want to remain in the labour force. They do not feel socially isolated.

  • As much as people in HR departments tout that ageism does not exist, and that elder workers are preferred for punctuality and experience, etc, the reality is that the economics don't bear it out. These instances only work when there is a massive PR campaign behind it, or if it is a case where there is

    As much as people in HR departments tout that ageism does not exist, and that elder workers are preferred for punctuality and experience, etc, the reality is that the economics don't bear it out. These instances only work when there is a massive PR campaign behind it, or if it is a case where there is a vacuum because teenagers do not want to work.

  • Come this August, should McDonalds succeed in doing so, I am more curious how they will treat said prospective older workers. Chances are they could learn a thing or two about employee relations from Pollos Hermanos.

  • Older employees is normal in small towns and in the city the teens are in school during the day. Not too many people want food service at minimum wage as a career. Older workers are needed to fill in but remember minimum wage doesn't inspire loyalty.

  • There are many positives and few negatives with this. Maybe the Arches will rethink their awful touch screen order takers.

  • Maybe it’s more that minimum wage jobs just aren’t viable. The cost of owning a car is astronomical at this point. Between licensing, registration, gas, insurance, and price point it’s not really feasible for many people. That being said to work 15 hours a week at 7 or 8 bucks a month doesn’t pay for

    Maybe it’s more that minimum wage jobs just aren’t viable. The cost of owning a car is astronomical at this point. Between licensing, registration, gas, insurance, and price point it’s not really feasible for many people. That being said to work 15 hours a week at 7 or 8 bucks a month doesn’t pay for the car let alone any extra teens would want. You have to move to older adults for that that have a bit more availability, cash, and reliable transportation. But that also means paying them more.