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UnLabor Day – How AI Is Eating Jobs

UnLabor Day – How AI Is Eating Jobs

We celebrate Labor Day by being away from our jobs. Consider the world 200 years ago in 1817. For light you burned animal fat, for heat you chopped wood, and transportation ran on hay. You did it day after day. Only the very few had the luxury of a day off, let alone a three day weekend. From 1817, climb into your time machine and revert another 200 years to 1617. You’d find a world quite similar: toil, toil toil….fat, wood, hay. The world of 1417 also looked the same as 1617. Now kick your time machine in forward. From 1817 leap ahead 200 years and it’s…it’s whoa! I can’t even begin to imagine what the world of 2217 might look like, but that doesn’t concern me as much as 2037 or even 2027. [ALSO READ: How Entrepreneurs Will Save Public Education] I’m not an engineer, but when I study the latest on Artificial Intelligence, I am blown away by what I am reading. Advances in the world of AI are not just an important topic, but probably THE most important topic for our future. Because artificial intelligence will leave half our adult population unemployable. Need an example? Already artificial intelligence machines are replacing journalist jobs. Automated machine learning techniques are sifting through massive data sets to write newswire reports. In Korea, computer “SoccerBots” generate articles on local sporting matches. So it’s not just the waitresses and truck drivers who are facing obsolescence, but your son or granddaughter with their newly minted college degree in journalism (coupled with $40,000 in loan debt). This is just one of the many... read more
Social Media Suicide

Social Media Suicide

By now we’re well versed in the hazards of social media.  If you need a refresher, just Google the names Gabriella Pasqualotto, Justine Sacco or Anthony Weiner. Just half of employees report that their workplace has rules about social media use at work   If our organization does not have such a  policy, we’re at risk for public shaming, litigation and security breaches.

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Let’s Kill Our Fundraising Event

Let’s Kill Our Fundraising Event

Should we junk all such events? No, it just means we need to adopt a more modest attitude about what these affairs are supposed to be about. Your event should not sit on an island as an event. Instead, it should be part of a comprehensive fund development plan

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One Easy Way To Make Your Meeting Better

One Easy Way To Make Your Meeting Better

According to research, anywhere from one-third to one-half of time spent in business meetings are largely unproductive. This is critical because the time spent in meetings has almost doubled over the past three decade

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Why Our Service Organizations Are Dying (and how to fix them)

Why Our Service Organizations Are Dying (and how to fix them)

Service clubs are an American innovation that have evolved into a worldwide institution. While vibrant across the globe, the loss of membership in the United States represents a loss of social capital and civic engagement. It is imperative we reinvent. The alternative may be irrelevance and obscurity.

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