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Who actually boycotts brands? More liberals and college grads, it turns out

Who actually boycotts brands? More liberals and college grads, it turns out

You hear that a lot on social media these days, but do consumers actually make purchasing decisions based on the political stance of a particular brand? Many do, it turns out, but boycotts are not an even phenomenon across the political spectrum, according to new research from Morning Consult and Advertising Week.The firm found that liberal and well-educated Americans are far more likely to say they have stopped buying a product or service based on a company’s political stance compared to conservatives or consumers with less formal education. Based on Morning Consult’s nationally...

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Christopher Zara
September 22, 2019
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Why we should rethink competition in the workforce

Why we should rethink competition in the workforce

UPDATES: advertisementadvertisementBy Beth JensenCompetition is usually considered a healthy business practice, but leaders who encourage it within an organization risk creating serious dysfunction that can torpedo success.advertisementadvertisementThat’s the message from Stanford Graduate School of Business’ , the Thomas M. Siebel Professor of Business Leadership, Strategy, and Organizations, who also serves as the faculty director of the Stanford Executive Program.“Though we’d love it if competition always had positive consequences, it often has very negative consequences, both for the...

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Beth Jensen
April 14, 2020
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Amazon, Walmart, Target mega-strike: Here’s what to know about the sprawling protest

Amazon, Walmart, Target mega-strike: Here’s what to know about the sprawling protest

UPDATES: advertisementadvertisementWorkers across the pandemic’s front lines plan to strike together this Friday, May 1, on International Workers’ Day, to protest what they say are unsafe conditions and a lack of protection from their employers.advertisementWhole Foods, Amazon, Target, and Instacart workers are striking on May 1st— Michael Sainato (@msainat1) The May Day General Strike will unite employees at Amazon, Whole Foods, Instacart, Target, Shipt, FedEx, and Walmart in a single, sprawling effort. According to a press release by The Intercept, workers—mostly non-unionized, given...

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Connie Lin
April 30, 2020
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Anand Giridharadas wanted a gritty current affairs show on Vice TV. He got it

Anand Giridharadas wanted a gritty current affairs show on Vice TV. He got it

UPDATES: advertisementadvertisementWhen author started talking with Vice TV in early March about hosting a new primetime show that would riff on current events, he knew he wanted to depart from the slick sound bites that dominate cable news, where he has been a regular presence since the publication of his 2018 best seller, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World.advertisementadvertisement“It’s all so economized and corporatized and sped up,” Giridharadas says of the talking-head paradigm.He envisioned choreographing something different—a show with room for deep...

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Ainsley Harris
April 22, 2020
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What will it take to massively scale up COVID-19 testing to the level we need?

What will it take to massively scale up COVID-19 testing to the level we need?

UPDATES: advertisementadvertisementIn the U.S., which now has more confirmed COVID-19 cases than any other country in the world, around 150,000 people are being tested for the virus each day. But that’s a fraction of the number of tests needed to be able to quickly contain any resurgence of the virus while we let people return to work and day-to-day life. By some estimates, we need to be doing 20 million to 30 million tests a day to get there. Even the more conservative estimates say we need to do at least half a million per day.advertisementadvertisementAnyone with symptoms should be...

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Adele Peters
April 23, 2020
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Why government websites fail

Why government websites fail

UPDATES: advertisementadvertisementNormally, lots of people go through their lives barely interacting online with the government. If you are a U.S. citizen, regularly pay taxes, and don’t need food, housing, or health care assistance, you are probably only annoyed when you have to do something such as apply for a passport or renew your driver’s license, and even then your annoyance level is minimal.advertisementadvertisementBut during a crisis, a lot more of the population suddenly needs the government’s help, and they are then shocked!— simply shocked!—to discover that those interactions...

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Hana Schank
April 28, 2020
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COVID-19 could forever change how we travel—for better or worse

COVID-19 could forever change how we travel—for better or worse

UPDATES: advertisementadvertisementThe good news: we are a resilient species and we’ll get past this devastating COVID-19 pandemic, albeit far from unscathed. The bad news: the implications of climate change are of future pandemics involving both existing and brand-new infectious diseases, so the days of system shock followed by collective amnesia will need to end. The realities of a post-COVID-19 world will pose new challenges to cities and transportation systems in particular—from airlines and light-rail networks to ride-hailing platforms and even micro-mobility services. That’s because,...

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Devin Liddell
April 13, 2020
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More people are ready to go back on a cruise ship than you think

More people are ready to go back on a cruise ship than you think

UPDATES: advertisementadvertisementCarnival Cruise Line is planning to , floating the promise of steeply discounted travel ($28 per night!) to lure people back to its ships. It will be the first major operator to resume cruising in the age of COVID-19, and it will set sail from Miami; Galveston, Texas; and Port Canaveral, Florida.This despite the fact that the number of coronavirus cases shows  About are now in some stage of reopening, which is music to the ears of many organizations that were shuttered or slowed due to shelter-in-place orders, including cruise ships. The sector was among...

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Lydia Dishman
May 4, 2020
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How cities are reshaping streets to prepare for life after lockdown

How cities are reshaping streets to prepare for life after lockdown

UPDATES: advertisementadvertisementAs the daily coronavirus death toll slowly falls in Italy and cities in the country make plans for reopening, Milan is beginning to transform 22 miles of local streets, adding temporary bike lanes and wider sidewalks, and lowering the speed limit. In Berlin, some parking spots have also become pop-up bike lanes. Paris is fast-tracking long-distance bike lanes that connect suburbs to the city center. And in Brussels, on May 4, the city center will become a priority zone for people on bikes and on foot.advertisementadvertisementThe city of the future is for...

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Adele Peters
April 27, 2020
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Zoom banned from New York City schools due to privacy and security flaws

Zoom banned from New York City schools due to privacy and security flaws

UPDATES: advertisementadvertisementA few weeks ago, New York City’s 75,000 teachers scrambled to learn how to use videoconferencing services like Zoom as novel coronavirus cases began to rise and schools prepared to close their doors and institute remote learning.advertisementNow, the city’s teachers will have to scramble once more, after Department of Education Chancellor Richard Carranza announced late last night that he had decided to ban Zoom, citing security and privacy issues with the platform.“DOE staff and service providers should cease using Zoom as soon as possible,” Carranza...

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Ainsley Harris
April 4, 2020
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