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Are You a Strengths-Based Parent?

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 07.06.2015 | Parents
Michelle McQuaid

If you're like most time poor parents the chances are you're quicker at identifying the things your kids need to improve upon, but is this the best way to raise kids who are resilient and able to cope with stress?

The Hamptons: Niche for All

Toni Haber | Posted 07.02.2015 | New York
Toni Haber

As the Hamptons serve as a summer destination for many of New York's residents hoping to escape for the warm months, its relaxing role does not prevent them from serving a specific function for the individual buyer.

Meet Wayne, the World's Most Rotten VP of Product

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.01.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

It's hard to escape FIFA these days. The arrests of several officials on corruption charges have made global headlines for the past few months now. Clearly this is bigger than soccer. The "bad boss" narrative has mass appeal, whether you care about the World Cup or not.

Proudly Small: The Frugal City

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 07.01.2015 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

Forget the smart cities full of technologies and monitoring: let's live in frugal cities.

5 Tips for Creating a Beautiful Product Roadmap

Brian de Haaff | Posted 06.30.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

As Product Managers, building roadmaps is a crucial part of our job. Yet most of us still use outdated tools for roadmapping -- Excel, PowerPoint, wikis, etc.-- to try and keep several teams on track toward the same goals. It's painful. The good news is that there's a better way.

Hey Boss -- My Product Strategy Is Telling you "NO!"

Brian de Haaff | Posted 06.26.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Here is how it goes down. You turn the corner and the big boss (who never uses the product or speaks with customers) says "I have a great new idea for a feature."

1%, 2%, 3%, Snore? What Numbers Don't Tell Us About Helping Vulnerable Children

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 06.28.2015 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

The political will and financing to ensure that education is prioritized alongside other life-saving and rebuilding interventions is clearly and starkly missing.

The Product Manager vs. the Product Marketing Manager

Brian de Haaff | Posted 06.24.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Although the two roles differ (leading the product vs. leading the go-to-market), the intersection of the two positions is critical to delivering a successful product.

"Goal First" -- A Product Roadmapping How-To

Brian de Haaff | Posted 06.23.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

The best boss I ever worked for (who was also one of my early mentors) beat into me the following "she with a plan wins." I hold on to that lesson today and typically am the first in a meeting to ask the 'wet blanket' question "why are we doing this?"

Germany's Leadership Role in Advancing Economic Freedom: Opportunity for All, Favoritism for None

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

The topics of strengthening the transatlantic partnership and advancing economic freedom were brought to the forefront, when we gathered in Brussels at a dinner event of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in December 2014.

Helping Transition in Myanmar, One Book at a Time

Mickey Bergman | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Mickey Bergman

Most things can be found in Myanmar now (and cheaply) but books are still costly for most Myanmar people or just not accessible. Mindy Walker, who works with the Richardson Center for Global Engagement in Myanmar, tries to get colorful books into children's hands.

Hey Product Managers -- Stop Pissing Off the Engineers

Brian de Haaff | Posted 06.22.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

So you are the product manager -- CEO of your domain -- and the go-to-guy for everything that matters. You help set the strategic framework for where your product and the business are headed and lead a cross-functional team to greatness.

Creating a Culture of Daily Mentorship

Cassie Hughes | Posted 06.18.2015 | Business
Cassie Hughes

Team development and growth is critical to every business and retaining top talent is more important than ever. However, a great compensation package alone will not ensure a talented worker stays in the fold.

Funding Preschooling Has Longer-Lasting Benefits

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 06.17.2015 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

As the United Nations (UN) is currently debating how to allocate about US$2.5 trillion in development aid for the 2015-2030 period, education will most likely gain prominence. But do we fund early education or secondary school?

CorpsAfrica in Morocco and Beyond

Maïa Venturini | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Maïa Venturini

When I first met CorpsAfrica founder Liz Fanning in Casablanca last fall, CorpsAfrica struck me as an effective model to invest in Moroccan youth capacity-building through development volunteer service.

The 4 Qualities of Marketing Leaders I Love to Hire

Brian de Haaff | Posted 06.16.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

I once worked with a talented Marketing Manager named Nick (name changed) who had a strange habit that may surprise you. At least once a month, he would interview with another company. Nick seemed to do well in his role, and was well liked by his colleagues. But something did not add up.

It's A Problem When FIFA Breaks The Law. It's Also A Problem When It Doesn't

Megan Corrarino | Posted 06.15.2015 | Sports
Megan Corrarino

These patterns of legal exceptionalism are part of the same culture in which systemic, ongoing corruption flourished. Shining a light on overt corruption is an important part of combating the human rights harms associated with FIFA events. But corruption is only part of the story.

How In-Town Development Produces Less Traffic Than You Might Think

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

The standard forecasts used throughout the transportation industry do not consider the kinds of walkable, mixed-use environments found often in city neighborhoods. As a result, the forecasts typically overestimate the amount of traffic likely to be associated with much urban development. That's a problem for proponents of urban development alternatives to suburban sprawl.

Is Sprawl the Answer or the Enemy? Housing Affordability and Demographic Changes

Jack Skelley | Posted 06.11.2015 | Los Angeles
Jack Skelley

Rents are higher in Los Angeles than in any other major U.S. city, according to several recent studies. There is wide agreement that the city is facing a huge affordability crisis. But far less consensus on the solutions.

Pieces of Afghan Peace

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

Contrary to the principle of reconciliation, during the last decade the government's efforts have not resembled negotiations, but an offer of surrender and the Taliban declared that they will not give up, surrender, and accept imprisonment - rather, they will continue their resistance.

Why This Opera Singer Took a Non Singing Job at an Opera Company

Jennifer Rivera | Posted 06.10.2015 | Arts
Jennifer Rivera

I have accepted a position at The Center for Contemporary Opera in New York City as the company's very first Director of Artistic Development.In other words, I finally get to work at an opera company doing the one thing I might be even more passionate about than singing; bringing opera to as many people as possible.

What It's Like Living With Synesthesia

Marianne Kuzujanakis | Posted 06.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Marianne Kuzujanakis

Synesthesia in its true sense is not a mental health condition, artificially-induced condition, nor anything more than an inheritable trait, much like hair color and height.

What Does The Future Hold For The Women of Jordan?

Zeena Saifi | Posted 06.08.2015 | Women
Zeena Saifi

Despite the obvious imbalance that Jordanian society has reached, a majority of women have come to accept the notion of a male-dominated society. Why have the women of the developing world been equal in responsibilities and burdens, but unequal in entitlements and rights?

World Environment Day: Trade More, Trade Greener

Arancha González | Posted 06.05.2015 | Green
Arancha González

Today is World Environment Day, a day that should warrant some reflection on how we relate to our surroundings. For me, working in trade, it is an occasion to think a little bit harder about how we can make international commerce greener without compromising on its potential to improve people's livelihoods.

Pollution and Inequality: A Shared History

Nourish International | Posted 06.06.2015 | Green
Nourish International

It's important to realize how this line of thinking is still hugely influential today as developing nations remain prime targets for businesses looking to offload pollution and exploit cheap labor.