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To Rescue Greece, Invest in Skills and Small Business

Sabina Dewan | Posted 07.16.2015 | World
Sabina Dewan

If Greece's creditors seek to help the country eventually stand on its own two feet, it should provide the debt relief that could make Greek products more competitive internationally. Supporting businesses is one side of the equation. The other part is investing in human capital.

Digital Skills Urgently Needed to Bridge Digital Literacy Gap

Lisa Chau | Posted 07.15.2015 | Education
Lisa Chau

Digital technology has changed our world for the better, but the innovation that helps some rise also threatens to leave millions behind. As technology transforms our economy at a blinding pace, more and more people are being locked out of a job market increasingly dominated by the demand for computer skills.

How to Sculpt with Our Hands A World That Reflects Our Hearts

Christopher Phillips | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Christopher Phillips

Human autonomy and social conscience go hand in glove. They drive one another. They are a tag team for impelling and inspiring a person to involve herself deeply as a civic or social entrepreneur, to undertake kinds of challenges that expand a person's imaginative, physical, existential bounds.

5 Secret Skills Every Great Leader Must Discover

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.10.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Great leaders are out there. You just do not hear about them because they are rare, stay out of trouble, and avoid the spotlight. The lessons that make them who they are today are rarely shared.

Predicting Elite Design Performance

Soren Petersen | Posted 07.10.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

With the current wave of design thinking in business, top tier designers are now in short supply. Corporations scout elite universities in their hunt for top performers who possesses the right mix of human skills and social networks. So, how different are the top tier designers from their peers and how big is their actual contribution to performance?

Startup Insider: SlingShot MNL 2015 - Can the Philippines Build Their Own Version of Silicon Valley?

David Ongchoco | Posted 07.13.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

Having been immersed in the Philippine startup ecosystem in the past year, I've seen how much it has grown from where it was last year to where it is today.

Dissatisfied With Your Internship? 9 Ways to Make It Work

Lauren Jessen | Posted 07.07.2015 | College
Lauren Jessen

We've all been there, and it really is no way to spend your time. Instead of using your energy being dissatisfied with your internship, use that energy to figure out how to make your internship work. Here are some tips to make the most of your internship when you are feeling frustrated with it.

Navigating Transition

Austin Schneider | Posted 07.07.2015 | Business
Austin Schneider

To my fellow workers, learners, Millennials and explorers...it is a pleasure to share the road less traveled with you. Others take the lit and comfortable path. We prefer the cold, dark passageways that offer remarkable experiences.

As Communication Improves, Culture Improves, as Does the Bottom Line -- 4 Tools That Make a Difference

Amy Rees Anderson | Posted 07.01.2015 | Business
Amy Rees Anderson

In order to be a successful company you must create an environment that encourages the contribution and open sharing of information.

With the OECD, the United States Can Lead Against Inequality

OECD | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics
OECD

Though inequality has been rising for decades, the Great Recession catapulted the issue to the top of the policy agenda, costing millions of Americans their jobs and widening the gap between rich and poor. As the United States looks to reverse this trend, it faces a historic opportunity to lead a global transition to an inclusive model of economic growth.

How to Stop Being Late for Everything Once and for All

Ann Davis | Posted 06.22.2015 | Business
Ann Davis

You're late everywhere. Troubling, isn't it? You know punctuality would keep you on good terms with your colleagues, your clients and your boss.Yet you're perpetually tardy, and it's hard -- almost impossible -- to be early.

Mind the 'Expectation' Gap

Nicholas Wyman | Posted 06.12.2015 | College
Nicholas Wyman

More than 3.6 million students have or are about to graduate from postsecondary U.S institutions. And when people graduate college, they tend to have certain expectations.

The Meaning of 'Practice' in the Age of Sustainable Development: Part II (from the MDGs to 2030)

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

The meaning of practice needs to be reinterpreted. The focus on cognitive thinking and technical skills underlying this problem-program-implementation-assessment action-framework needs to give space to a skill-set capable of actually building lasting trust and reciprocal altruism between key development actors.

Smart Manufacturing: A Path to Profitable Growth

Brian Kennell | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
Brian Kennell

A bullet train is leaving the station, and it promises to transform and propel U.S. manufacturers who climb on board--in a wave of information technology known as smart manufacturing.

20 Essential Things You Learned From Dad

Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents

The skills passed down by a father to his children are invaluable. It’s more than just how to switch a fuse or properly complete a 1040 form, which ...

The Arts and Arts Education Are Part of the Solution

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 05.05.2015 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

We are in a springtime of mixed messages in America. Some graduation ceremonies feature stories of great opportunity by commencement speakers, while others are solemn events where graduating seniors are simply processed out the door toward an uncertain future.

The Meaning of 'Practice' in the Age of Sustainable Development: Part I (from Aristotle to the MDGs)

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 06.24.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Practice has become a key concept in the policy process. In September 2015, the United Nations will hold a summit to adopt a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) meant to challenge the globe to grow economically and socially in an environmentally responsible way.

Mentoring is the Down Payment on Our Future

Julie Kantor | Posted 06.13.2015 | Business
Julie Kantor

Light her candle, let in some additional light and life to your workplace ... as she is a daughter, a sister, potentially a future mother, scientist, IT leader and she needs you to help her light up her path.

No Fear Presentations: A Guide to Public Speaking

Austin Schneider | Posted 06.09.2015 | Business
Austin Schneider

I will defy most on one topic...public speaking. I love it. It is an interesting thrill to be able to present to a group of people, and a sign of great respect for you. It means people are there to hear what you have to say, and that they want to learn from you.

Find Your Hidden Strength in the Overlooked Middle

Thuy Sindell | Posted 05.24.2015 | Business
Thuy Sindell

In the context of the workplace, companies pay attention to the top performers and give them a multitude of perks to attract them to stay and perform even better. I often ask the leaders who say they need to spend 80 percent of their time with their top 20 percent performers -- why do this?

Skills for Social Progress: The Power of Social and Emotional Skills

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 05.08.2015 | Education
Andreas Schleicher

Excellent schools make sure their students have access to the world's most advanced knowledge, they strengthen key skills such as creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. But their main differentiator is that they also develop mindfulness, curiosity, courage, resilience and leadership.

Talent Is a Myth

Amol Sarva | Posted 05.03.2015 | Business
Amol Sarva

The verdict in the scientific community seems to be in line with Aesop's fable: The tortoise beats the hare, but only because the hare took a nap. Hard work beats talent if talent doesn't work.

To See What Your Kids Are Missing, Crack This Book

Peter Mandel | Posted 04.18.2015 | Education
Peter Mandel

The contemporary kid's dawn-to-dusk schedule runs over an unusual fact: The most crucial, the most fussed-about, the most prideful chunk of the long-ago kid's education is gone. Completely absent. One-hundred-percent missing in action.

So You Want to be The Party of The Middle Class?

Jonathan Hasak | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Hasak

If Democrats and Republicans are serious about addressing inequality and helping the middle class, they must move beyond empty political rhetoric and articulate how they will help everyone gain skills that have currency in today's labor market.

The Life Skills You Should Have By 50, 60, 70

Next Avenue | Sue Campbell | Posted 01.21.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Sue Campbell Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a blog series on life skills and knowledge that are good to have...