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6 Things Fortnite Can Teach Us About Financial Wellness And Behavior Change

What does America’s obsession with Fortnite have to do with financial wellness programs and financial behavior change? Surprisingly, more than you would think. Fortnite is on track to be the most popular video game in history and is currently beating out television and movies for user engagement. For those who play it regularly, it’s become part of their identity – inspiring

The Short Life of Enlightened Leadership (and How to Extend It)

As recently as the 1980s, many publicly traded U.S. corporations idealistically sought to spread their wealth among their employees. Generous benefits such as profit sharing, stock ownership, lifetime pensions, career-long training, and even job security were routine at such companies as AT&T, General Electric, Hallmark, J.C. Penney, Procter & Gamble, and Sears. But these practices mostly

Heated tobacco device causes same damage to lung cells as e-cigs and smoking

A new study that directly compares new heated tobacco devices with vaping and traditional cigarettes shows that all three are toxic to human lung cells. The study published in ERJ Open Research suggests that the new device, which heats solid tobacco instead of an e-liquid, is no less toxic to the cells than ordinary cigarette smoke. Researchers

2019-02-11T12:36:49+00:00Tags: |

New investment for businesses to tackle ocean plastics crisis

Plastic pollution is creating an environmental crisis in the oceans. According to the United Nations (pdf), more than 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the water every year, killing up to 1 million sea birds and 100,000 mammals, turtles and fish. Unless significant action is taken, the amount of plastic in the seas will triple by 2025. New

Manchester scientists have clean energy breakthrough

Scientists have used a Nobel-prize winning Chemistry technique on a mixture of metals to potentially reduce the cost of fuel cells used in electric cars and reduce harmful emissions from conventional vehicles. The researchers have translated a biological technique, which won the 2017 Nobel Chemistry Prize, to reveal atomic scale chemistry in metal nanoparticles. These

2019-02-11T12:23:52+00:00Tags: |

New technology to protect drinking water from Lake Erie algal toxins

Before the 2014 Toledo Water Crisis left half a million residents without safe drinking water for three days, Dr. Jason Huntley's research at The University of Toledo focused on bacteria that cause pneumonia. After the harmful algal bloom prompted the city of Toledo's "Do Not Drink" advisory, the microbiologist expanded his research projects to target

2019-02-11T12:08:07+00:00Tags: |

Income inequality: firms have been reducing profit-sharing with workers

Stagnating real wages and falling labour shares across developed economies have stimulated a renewed interest in the question of how, and to what extent, rents are shared with labour. Nicholas Kaldor’s (1957) long-held stylised fact that the fraction of national income going to labour is fixed has been questioned, for instance, by Karabarbounis and Neiman (2014), who show

Crowdplanting: Purchase a tree and compensate for your carbon footprint

Tired of listening about climate change and the apparent inability of top-level politicians to face a daunting challenge? Luckily, there are many ways for citizens to compensate for the negative impact on the environment themselves, without relying on decision-makers. The social enterprise Reforest‘Action offers an easy solution, suitable to the busiest of us, allowing us to redeem

What Can Nonprofits Learn from ESOPs?

The United States is in the midst of one of the largest intergenerational transitions in its history, as 10,000 baby boomers retire every day. While this “silver tsunami” has been written about extensively in terms of the healthcare industry, its economic impacts on the workforce, and the consequent need for affordable senior housing, the transition’s implications on business

How Bill Roark Built A Different Kind Of Company And Rocketed To Success

Spreading out from the base of Emerald Ridge in Northern Alabama all the way to the Tennessee River, Huntsville is the third largest city in the state. Long associated with the U.S. space program - both the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and the Marshall Space Flight Center are located here - Huntsville is also

It’s time for data to serve a higher social purpose

In 2011, data scientist Jeff Hammerbacher, infamously lamented, “the best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads. That sucks.” It turns out, ads were just the beginning. More than 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are produced every day, which combined with rapidly advancing analytics technology, could be used to

Rural hospitals face growing sustainability threats on multiple fronts, AHA says

A multitude of challenges is threatening the stability of rural hospitals in America, a report from the American Hospital Association (AHA) found. Recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals is an ongoing challenge and expense, which is further complicated by geographic isolation. The report noted isolation could also be a barrier to professional development and continuing

2019-02-07T10:26:09+00:00Tags: |

Simple Strategies To Help Anyone Improve Their Financial Literacy

No one wants to feel like they’re scrambling for money every month, especially if they’re already working full-time and struggling to maintain a healthy work-life balance. However, that seems to be a common occurrence in today’s world of high spending and even higher debt. Despite the current financial climate, there are many simple ways anyone can improve

Community enterprise and the natural world

2018 was a particularly grim year for environmentalists. The IPCC special report spelled out that we had just twelve years to avert climate collapse; extreme weather events continued to become more frequent and intense; natural assets and biodiversity continued their decline. At the same time, long-term economic restructuring and austerity underpinned an increase in personal precariousness and

How social entrepreneurs made an impact at Davos 2019

Over 3,000 leaders, including more than 50 heads of state, last month descended on the mountain town of Davos for the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2019, under the theme Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Among them were a delegation of 20 pioneering Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs, coming

CSR initiatives can have an impact on indigenous populations

From corporate to community - Janu Ramchandani of Kinect Energy Group, discusses how CSR initiatives can have a transformative impact on indigenous populations in areas that need help. Did you know around 1.2. billion people – almost the population of India – do not have access to electricity? And 2.8 billion have to rely on

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Reprocessed Medical Devices Market to exceed $3 bn by 2024

The growing healthcare cost coupled with excessive prices of purchasing new medical devices creates requirement and demand for reprocessed medical devices this stimulates progress and development for reprocessing during the forecast timeframe. Moreover, the low price of reprocessed devices is foremost influence that encourages preference over new medical devices and is accountable for the increasing

2019-02-07T10:10:00+00:00Tags: |