"The short-term home rental platform’s previous policy of displaying profile pictures throughout the booking process increased the likelihood that hosts would discriminatorily deny lodging to people of color, whether because of racial animus or implicit bias." - Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s Statement in Response to Change in Airbnb’s Profile Picture Policy The company ends a booking policy that increased the likelihood that hosts would discriminatorily deny lodging to people of color FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 22, 2018 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ […]
Social-media poets, using Instagram as a marketing tool, are not just artists—they’re entrepreneurs.
By Faith Hill and Karen Yuan (The Atlantic) According to one market-research group, 12 of the top 20 best-selling poets last year were Insta-poets, who combined their written work with shareable posts for social media; nearly half of poetry books sold in the United States last year were written by these poets. This year, according […]
"Recruiting the right board members impacts your organization in myriad ways. Nonprofits must recruit new members who are a good fit. An important step in understanding the gaps in the current board is to undertake a matrix style assessment and then conduct outreach to analyze individuals’ networks. Get to know the potential that’s out there, unite on what your team will ask of them, and then bring them into the fold." -- Guide Star Blog
By Andrew Bernstein and Hailey Kieltyka at Orr Associates, Inc. (GuideStar.org) Board recruitment, and more specifically, recruiting the right board members, should be among the most critical issues for any nonprofit. The strength of an organization and its ability to achieve its mission through smart governance, creative thinking, and fundraising is dependent on the board and those […]
"Two weeks: That’s how quickly a foreign technology worker in Silicon Valley can get an employment permit from Canada. In the U.S., that process takes months." -- Bay Area News Group
By Ethan Baron | Bay Area News Group As the administration of President Donald Trump has increased scrutiny of H-1B visas for skilled foreign workers and plans to ban their spouses from holding jobs in the U.S., Canada has been moving aggressively to suck top foreign talent out of Silicon Valley and other technology-rich regions […]
"Our new philanthropy-centered financial model recognizes the reality of the diminishing role of student-derived revenue and the negative effects of an ever-increasing sticker price... This is the right model for us. Perhaps it is not right for every college, but if we can strike even a small blow against escalating tuitions, that will be an added benefit of our action." -- St. John's College President, Mark Roosevelt
By Abigail Hess (CNBC) Founded in 1696, St. John’s is a private liberal arts college with a emphasis on classical philosophy and literature. The school has two campuses, one in Annapolis, Maryland and one in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which enroll a total of 896 graduate and undergraduate students. All classes are taught seminar-style, and students do […]
Cyber NYC will be fueled by a $30 million City investment, leveraging up to an additional $70 million from private funding.
New York City Economic Development Corporation, Press Release, October 02, 2018 Unveiling Plans for a Chelsea-Based Global Cyber Center, a SoHo-Based Innovation Hub, a Facebook-CUNY Master’s Program, a Virtual Apprenticeship Program, and a Cyber Boot Camp for Underserved New Yorkers, Among Other Initiatives City Tapping World-Renowned Partners SOSA, JVP, Columbia University, CUNY, NYU, Cornell Tech, iQ4, […]
"While [drivers] can choose the hours [they] work, pay can be inconsistent and some drivers are incentivized to drive at hours [they] may not prefer, all for the lure of extra pay. So what does this actually make drivers – true independent contractors, or something else?" -- The Rideshare Guy
By John Ince (The Rideshare Guy) A cloud hangs over the entire ridesharing industry. It’s a legal cloud of ambiguity as to what exactly drivers are. Are drivers independent contractors as Uber and Lyft would have the world believe? Or are drivers employees – as two important legal bodies have ruled within the last six months? […]
An all-out blitz on the heart of Silicon Valley venture capital, Sand Hill Road.
By Bloomberg Businessweek Two years ago, Masayoshi Son, chief executive officer of SoftBank, sat in a Gulfstream jet high above the Arabian Gulf, en route to meet with potential investors in a new fund that would invest in technology startups. He was going through his presentation with Rajeev Misra, a key lieutenant, when something stopped him. […]
Religious competition was to blame for Europe’s witch hunts
By C.R., Economist Aug 30th 2018 IN EUROPE, a belief in witchcraft is widely associated with medieval superstition. But this is not quite accurate. Before the 15th century popes denied the existence of witchcraft and forbade the prosecution of anyone accused of practicing it. It was only after 1500 that churches reversed their position. Over […]