How co-living could replace the human connection that we’ve lost in the pandemic

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A strategic adviser to a co-living pioneer outlines how the sector could play a transformational role in a post-pandemic world. A profound lesson of the COVID-19 crisis is just how deeply humans care about connecting with each other. While quarantines, lockdowns, and social distancing rules have been introduced to keep people apart to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, these restrictions have also challenged us to discover new ways to interact. Read Full Story

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Pandemics have destroyed cities before. Could they do it again?

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Charles Kenny, author of a forthcoming book on pandemics, is cautiously optimistic that cities will prevail in the era of COVID-19. Here, he talks to Richard Florida about how infectious diseases have shaped cities throughout history, how COVID-19 could impact urbanization, and why preparedness is everything. The COVID-19 pandemic has woken us up to the way viruses attack and spread through cities, but the reality is that infectious diseases have long ravaged cities and urban areas. Charles Kenny has thought a lot about the connection between cities and disease. A senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and former World Bank economist, Kenny is the author of several books including The War on Death and The Upside of Down: Why the Rise of the Rest is Good for the West . He recently tweeted about his latest book, Winning the War on Death: Humanity, Infection and the Fight for …

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3 trends in messaging technology shaping how we communicate

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A Facebook executive describes the most popular forms of connecting during quarantine, include virtual rooms and group watch parties. 2020 changed everything for a lot of people. The pandemic forced people around the world to change the way they live and work and what it means to spend time together. We went from being able to go to a movie, concert, or enjoy dinner with friends to needing to remain physically distant. Human interaction is so important to our well-being, and suddenly, it was taken away from us. Read Full Story

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Why giving back is my most valuable tool in weathering a crisis

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The managing director of HP, North America discusses the impact giving back brings to her life, and the positive effects of empathy to turbulent times. We are entering a new world right now, where how we work, connect, and live will most likely change forever. Turbulence is bringing on a natural human tendency to focus on ourselves and our closest friends and family’s immediate needs. The dramatic consequences of the pandemic underscore what an extraordinary time period this is. Read Full Story

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4 ways internal podcasts can help boost remote employee engagement

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The pandemic-driven shift to remote work has companies scrambling for innovative ways to stay connected. We live in a whirlwind of information. We’re all consuming media minute to minute in ways we could never imagine just five years ago. New social media platforms like TikTok have us laughing and dancing, and we watch breaking news live as events unfold as if we were there. Yes, we live much of our lives online, and with the pandemic plunging us into a work-from-home future, our workplace too has suddenly gone digital. Read Full Story

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Combating loneliness when you live alone and work from home

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When you live by yourself and work remotely, loneliness can be a bigger risk. Here’s how to stave it off and stay connected. When the pandemic sent so many people home to work and live in the same space, living alone was already on the rise. In 2019, 28.4% of U.S. households were single-person, up from 16.7% in 1969. For some, daily interaction in the office was an important form of connection that was suddenly disrupted. Read Full Story

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How the rise of automation can inform our upskilling during the pandemic

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To see how workers have overhauled their skills in the past, look to the influx of skills from the previous explosion of machine and process technology. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a devastating loss of lives and livelihoods around the globe, and for those of us continuing to shelter-in-place, it has drastically changed the way we go about our daily lives. With limited opportunities to return to work for millions, COVID-19 has also accomplished something that few of us could have predicted: it has revealed fundamental flaws in how we approach employment in the face of changing times. Read Full Story

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How to Use Instagram Live for E-Commerce Sales

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Are you looking to boost your social media sales and get the most out of your digital storefront? Updates to Instagram Live have made it one of the hottest sales trends right now, and Instagram’s e-commerce features plus the high success rate of social media marketing have made digital sales easier than ever. If you’re ready to start using Instagram for business and start tapping into organic reach, we’ve got the strategy to get you started. Read on to see how you can get the most out of Instagram Live for e-commerce. Instagram Usage and E-commerce Stats You’ve heard about Instagram for business. Maybe you’ve even started playing around with some of their sales functions. If you’re smart, you’ve already got an Instagram business profile and perhaps even a few product tags. Is it worth all the hassle? Let’s check out the numbers. According to Hootsuite : One billion people …

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