On Being: Sinfulness, Hopefulness, and the Possibility of Politics

David Brooks and E.J. Dionne are known together as liberal vs conservative sparring partners on public media.  Here “On Being” creator Krista Tippet draws them out reflectively and in depth about religion and politics and how “the religious enterprise, at its deepest, is about what binds us together and theology is as much a sophisticated conversation… Read more »

My Experience at the 2016 Women Grow Leadership Summit

One week ago I left for a leadership summit. I was excited, eager, nervous… But, mostly, I was scared. I was just about to fly out to represent Winning Mark at a Leadership Summit for women entrepreneurs and leaders in the cannabis industry. I know! It sounds cool. And it was cool. I got to… Read more »

9 Things This Teenager Taught Us About Phones

16-year-old Grace was kind enough to keep an audio diary of everything she does on her phone. Listen to her navigate through endless app alerts, group messaging drama, clueless grown-ups, that bizarre old technology of email and even how she handles a sext request. Grace has some pretty good advice all around, even if you don’t know any teens.

The Failure of Politics and the Power of Art

Portraits of people affected by Troubles in Northern Ireland inspired by 'feeling of injustice'

An often asked question is “Who will speak for the dead?” A powerful exhibition at the Ulster Museum of Belfast, Northern Ireland reminds us that is sometimes the wrong question.

Millennials Increasingly Supportive of Unions

New research by the Pew Research Center shows that millennials are increasingly viewing unions favorably. “The strongest supporters for unions are people under 30 years of age, people who make less than $30k a year, and African-Americans rather than whites or Hispanics,” writes Michael Byrne of the AFSCME Blog. “A challenge for unions will be mobilizing these groups politically.”

Black Elephants

What we call “parks” are really the heart, lungs, and circulatory systems of the world — and they’re all endangered. – Thomas L. Friedman, NY Times   NY Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman writes about environmental black elephants and how parks play a vital role for environmental conservation. Friedman learns from environmentalist Adam Sweidan that black… Read more »

Facebook updates news feed ranking algorithm

In an effort to “show the right content to the right people at the right time so they don’t miss the stories that are important to them”, Facebook has announced updates to the algorithms they use to determine “high quality content” to decide what content they show on your timeline. The system uses over a… Read more »

Mattel keeps Barbie for President campaign alive after election

SmartBlogs.com writes about Mattel’s innovative media campaign: Barbie for President. In addition to clever ideas pre-election; Mattel was able to keep the campaign alive and relevant post-election. One of the most interesting takeaways from Mattel’s social media managers is the use of Tumblr for a quick, low-lift, microsite or landing page to show off the… Read more »

Netflix’s Pot-Smoking Elmo Problem

UPDATE: Less than a month after announcing the switch, Netflix is already ditching the Qwikster idea and will continue using Netflix for DVD rentals and online steaming. Late Sunday night, Netflix (NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings issued a video apology and statement about his company. This summer, Netflix announced a change to its pricing structure, splitting subscriptions… Read more »

Facebook makes major upgrades to pages

Last week Facebook announced some major changes for “Pages,” taking effect for every page March 11, 2011. If you’re an administrator of a Facebook page, you have some time between now and then to get familiar with some of the changes and prepare your organization for the upgrade. Overall, these changes include: a new page… Read more »