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When Nonprofits Have A Financial Emergency, There’s Now A Fund To Bail Them Out

Open Road Alliance knows disaster is just one missed donation away for many nonprofits. Now it’s offering a lifeline. Nonprofits and social enterprises generally lack extra funds to help out if things go wrong. Unlike traditional businesses, it’s hard to develop a rain day fund when donors (or investors) expect most of your money to toward changing lives. Read Full Story

Gwyneth Paltrow just invested in some plus size clothing

Even though 68% of American women are size 14 and over–which technically puts them in the “plus size” category–the fashion industry has never seriously catered to these consumers. But this seems to be changing. Brands like Good American, Eloquii, and Gravitas are coming up with trendy, well-fitting, and luxurious garments for women of all sizes. Show More Summary

How Marvel’s Go-To Team Created The Futuristic Tech Of “Black Panther”

Design firm Perception has spent nearly a decade creating the futuristic tech and gadgets in Marvel films–and what you see onscreen isn’t far from reality. How technology is represented in films has a long, unintentionally comical history in Hollywood. Show More Summary

Japan is the safest country to give birth

If you’re planning on having a child, you might want to book a ticket to Japan. A UNICEF report released earlier this week looks at newborn mortality rates from 1990 to 2016; the country with the lowest newborn mortality rate was Japan,...Show More Summary

New “Making a Murderer” Series To Tell Other Side Of The Story

“Convicting a Murderer” is currently being shopped around to potential distributors and will explore some more incriminating things about Steven Avery. Making a Murderer is getting a makeover. Much like the way E.L. James retold theShow More Summary

A new season of Invisibilia is here to save us all from winter boredom

Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted a long winter, but the return of Invisibilia makes it feel like spring is on the horizon. The beloved NPR podcast is returning for a new season on March 9, and it promises to be full of stories about...Show More Summary

Billionaire Vinod Khosla wants SCOTUS to help get his private beach back

Vinod Khosla, who owns 89 acres of beachfront property in California’s San Mateo county, just wants people to stay off his beach. To be clear, he’s referring to Martins Beach, which was public up until Khosla bought the surrounding property...Show More Summary

This Island Nation Swapped Some Of Its Debt To Protect Its Oceans

In an innovative financial arrangement, the Seychelles and the Nature Conservancy have found ways for developing countries to free up funds to protect their natural resources. Almost a thousand miles off the coast of Kenya, the tinyShow More Summary

Charities are finally having a #TimesUp moment

The ripple effect of Harvey Weinstein’s unmasking as a serial sexual harasser and predator has hit nearly every industry, as numerous groups work to expel sexual harassers whose behavior has been an open secret for too long. Now it appears that charity groups are having their own #TimesUp moment. Show More Summary

This Is The Right Way To Ask Your Boss For Feedback

In the ideal world, we’ll all get constructive feedback. In the real world, we have to ask for it strategically. I recently read an interesting stat from PwC that indicated nearly 60% of polled employees said they would like feedback from their bosses on a daily or weekly basis. Show More Summary

Goop expands media empire with Gwyneth-hosted podcast

Goop is expanding its media empire: The lifestyle brand announced a podcast set for a spring release. In a Wall Street Journal interview, Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow said she will offer  a “deeper dive” into wellness categories. That means interviews with health experts, business leaders, and, most likely, a healer every now and then. Show More Summary

Paris Goes To Court To Protect Its Pedestrian Spaces

After the progressive Mayor Anne Hidalgo converted a busy auto road into a park, city residents have reveled in the new public space–except for the car lobby, which is threatening to undo her work. In 2016, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo made...Show More Summary

Companies are beginning to break ties with the NRA

The tides may be changing, and it’s looking worse and worse for businesses to be affiliated with the National Rifle Association. The massively powerful gun rights lobbying group has been in the crosshairs of public opinion after last week’s shooting in Parkland, FL. Show More Summary

Thanks, Robots! Now These Four Non-Tech Job Skills Are In Demand

The more we rely on AI and machine learning, the more work we need social scientists and humanities experts to do. Automation isn’t a simple struggle between people and technology, with the two sides competing for jobs. The more we rely...Show More Summary

The Downsides Of Using Personality Tests For Hiring

Personality isn’t everything, and companies who rely on it to predict performance can run into trouble. Finding the perfect candidate for an open role is hard work. In a competitive market for talent, companies are not settling for a standard application and interview process. Show More Summary

The U.S. is no longer a nation of immigrants, apparently

No one tell the Statue of Liberty—or Melania Trump’s parents—but the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services just cut the phrase “nation of immigrants” from its mission statement. As first reported by The Intercept, the agency in charge...Show More Summary

Google Assistant is getting deeper links to your smartphone

Phone makers and wireless carriers will soon have an easier time tapping into Google’s AI powers. Google says it’s releasing new tools for integrating Google Assistant with smartphones, so that device makers can add their own voice-controlled features, ensure that hands-free voice commands work properly, and make use of hardware AI chips. Show More Summary

“I Am The Underdog”: How The Founder Of PantyProp Bucked The System

As a black female entrepreneur, PantyProp’s founder knew launching a business would be an uphill battle. She did it anyway. While Thinx was plastering the New York City subway with enormous Georgia O’Keefe-inspired ads, Crystal Etienne, a black woman from Brooklyn, quietly launched her own period brand, PantyProp. Read Full Story

Gun Control Groups Aim For The NRA, And More: The Top 5 Ads Of The Week

Red Stripe buys a bobsled, Goodyear drives down Dale Earnhardt Jr. memory lane, and the most time consuming cheese coupon ever created. In its own twisted way, the National Rifle Association is one of the most savvy marketers in the U.S. Show More Summary

How To Tidy Up Your Digital Footprint Before Your First Job Search

You can’t go back in time and not post those embarrassing photos, but you can erase your mistakes before your future boss Googles you. When I graduated from college in 2000, social media didn’t really exist, and managers didn’t do Google background checks. I didn’t realize how easy I had it compared to today’s graduates. Read Full Story

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