Five years ago, Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden sat down for an interview with The Washington Post and said "we believe that climate change is real. We believe that the threat of climate change is real. And we believe that action is needed." Then he added: "It doesn't mean we have to kiss hydrocarbons goodbye. In fact, we can't. But it does mean that we have to make more intelligent choices." Today, however, Shell and other oil companies are under fire from those who don't believe industry leaders are making intelligent choices. Dissident shareholders sought to use annual meetings to press their cases this week. And at Shell's annual meeting in London on Tuesday, dozens of climate activists wore "Christian Climate Action" T-shirts and rhythmically chanted "we will, we will stop you," forcing the company's chairman to halt the proceedings for over an hour. At the heart of the matter is the disagreement over the purpose of big oil and gas companies. Should they do further … [Read more...] about Climate pressure from employees, shareholders rattles Big Oil
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Privacy is relative when it comes to browsing the web , and it’s no secret that — to a certain extent — users are always being tracked to some degree. Tracking initiatives are almost entirely non-malicious and care more about your search results in regard to what you buy rather than who you are . Still, it can be unsettling. Enter: DuckDuckGo . Founded in 2008, DuckDuckGo set out to offer a safer, more private search engine that protects users’ searches from being tracked and used for ad-targeting. “Tired of being tracked online?” the company website asks. “We can help.” And the truth is that they can, but with an asterisk. How is DuckDuckGo different from Google search? The two browsers are shockingly similar, and to the naked eye, DuckDuckGo search results and Google search look nearly identical. The key difference is that DuckDuckGo does not store IP addresses or user data, allowing users to browse the web somewhat anonymously. Google, on the other hand, does … [Read more...] about Is DuckDuckGo as Private as It Claims? Turns Out, Not So Much.
If software development comes into your mind when someone mentions agile workflows, you’re not alone. But agile methodology got its start not in computers, but in the post-WWII Japanese automotive industry . Edward Deming is known as the forefather of agile for developing lean strategies and giving Toyota’s line workers the power to halt the line and troubleshoot the root cause of problems. Since then, the iterative workflow characteristic of agile has proven itself superior to the traditional waterfall approach and is being applied more broadly beyond the technology space. Because agile practices allow companies to deliver products to clients or consumers in a consistently and with greater flexibility, businesses engaged in product development should embrace agile management practices throughout their entire organization. Related: How to Manage Resistance to Change Within an Agile Organization Waterfall vs. agile product development Traditional waterfall and agile … [Read more...] about Go Agile or Go Home: Why Agile Workflow Should Kill the Waterfall Process for Good
In a previous article , I discussed how corporate giants like Coca-Cola and Acura were venturing into the burgeoning world of NFTs, and the metaverses that are increasingly linked to them, in a slew of novel and imaginative ways. In this installment, I'm focusing less on how companies are leveraging their iconic brands to make much-hyped debuts, and more on something that has always been crucially connected to the popularity of NFTs: the indelible power of a single irreproducible image. From unforgettable cinematic moments to photojournalism at its finest and most illuminating, these NFT drops can remind businesses how many words pictures are worth when they're inextricably woven into a shared cultural history. Owning a piece of photography history Earlier this year, The Associated Press announced that it would be launching its own NFT marketplace featuring the AP's illustrious archives of photojournalism. The Associated Press framed the marketplace — which debuted Jan. 31 — … [Read more...] about 3 Compelling NFT Projects Your Company Can Learn From
Growing access to online platforms has made it so much easier for individuals like you and me to use our personal brands in order to be positioned as thought leaders, to build online audiences and to ultimately increase revenue-earning opportunities. A thought leader, or the "go-to expert," is defined as "an individual or firm recognized as an authority in a specific field ... to consistently answer the biggest questions on the minds of the target audience on a particular topic." Thought leaders get the opportunities to be invited to speak at events, be a guest on TV shows, radio shows and podcasts, are invited to write columns in local and international publications, host and moderate events and so much more. Thought leaders also get paid for their knowledge/expertise and for bringing more of a unique or different perspective to a topic. Let's look at some thought leaders across industries: Steve Jobs: innovation and technology Brene Brown: authenticity and … [Read more...] about 11 Ways to Build Thought Leadership With Your Personal Brand
Life as an entrepreneur is busy. When you're not scrambling around trying to make the most of your time, you're thinking of time management tips to help you get to everything on your list and still have fun. One of the first things on the chopping block on the altar of time management is usually reading. Who has time to do it? And yet, reading is an important thing for any entrepreneur. Reading helps you stay on the cutting-edge, gives your mind a workout, and can provide some much-needed relaxation. Just because your booklist is long doesn't mean you can't start chipping away at it. During our Memorial Day Sale, you can get a special deal on 12min Micro Book Library to do just that. 12min is an innovative platform that lets you read or listen to books in as little as 12 minutes . These micro books have been distilled to the core ideas so you feel like you're reading the entire book without actually spending weeks on it. Currently, 12min offers more than 1,800 titles across 24 … [Read more...] about Read More This Summer with This Micro Book Library