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Queen Elizabeth II was not just a monarch, she represented a global brand. And for the past seven decades, this brand has to some extent defined and promoted the British nation around the world. Brands are important corporate (or in this case national) assetsthat can burnish a company’s profile and meaningfully differentiate it from other businesses. […]
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Whatever happens in the coming weeks, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will go down as the face of Ukrainian resilience during the Russian invasion of his country.  His response to the Russian invasion of his country has been widely praised, both at home and abroad. His speech to the European Parliament in early March received a standing ovation. Western press […]
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After another punishing year dominated by COVID, the omicron threat appears to be receding and many people may now be looking at the beginning of the end of the pandemic. But the fallout from COVID will still pose huge challenges in 2022 in terms of economic growth, supply chain issues, labour shortages and employee confidence.  As ever, effective leadership […]
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See a container of Cup Noodles at a convenience store and you might think of dorm rooms and cheap calories.  But there was a time when eating from the product’s iconic packaging exuded cosmopolitanism, when the on-the-go meal symbolized possibility – a Japanese industrial food with an American flair.  Cup Noodles – first marketed in […]
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UK cosmetics company Lush has announced its decision to leave Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Snapchat, saying its decision reflects concerns about the alleged effects of these social networks on the mental health of their users. The brand will maintain its presence on Twitter and YouTube. Lush has more than 900 stores worldwide, and some 10.6 million followers between Facebook […]
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A highly critical article in The Verge, “Hey Siri, what happened?”, discusses an issue many of us have been observing for some time: that Apple’s home assistant is noticeably less intelligent and more limited than its competitors such as Alexa or Google Assistant. The usage test confirms it: ten years after Siri’s introduction, if you […]
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A tweet last month by Midas Kwant about Apple’s AirPods did a napkin analysis of the earphones’ profitability: if instead of being launched by Apple in 2016, they had been constituted as an independent company, and based on Apple’s projected sales of one hundred million units for 2020, that company would conservatively have been valued at $175 billion, making it the […]
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Sony and Honda’s announcement that their alliance to produce electric vehicleswill see the creation of an independent company with a new brand typifies the challenges the Japanese motor industry faces in transitioning away from petrol and diesel vehicles. A world beater that created its own management philosophy has been living in a comfort zone it is reluctant to step out […]
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Whether it’s breaking Enigma or factoring large primes to attack Soviet naval codes, cryptography has historically dragged computing kicking and screaming into major advances in algorithms and the hardware necessary to run them. Quantum computing is no exception. Computing math using qubits, spinning sub-atomic particles that can theoretically hold infinitely more states compared to the […]
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The Turkish government has made a clumsy move to prevent its people seeking refuge against a weak lira (its exchange rate has fallen from €0.45 in 2012 to €0. 10 now), by banning bitcoin, a useless decision criticized by the main opposition party that has caused a temporary fluctuation in the value of bitcoinprompted by the nervousness of those who do not […]

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LaMDA is Google’s latest artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot. Blake Lemoine, a Google AI engineer, has claimed it is sentient. He’s been put on leave after publishing his conversations with LaMDA.  If Lemoine’s claims are true, it would be a milestone in the history of humankind and technological development.  Google strongly denies LaMDA has any sentient capacity.  LaMDA certainly seems to […]
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After an 18-year-old shooter murdered 19 elementary school students and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, distraught parents directed their rage at the multiple police officers who failed to enter the classroom where children were being shot. A teacher who survived his wounds derided the officers as “cowards.”  It’s possible that a broken chain of command was more consequential than […]

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This article was originally published here: Cathy Nesbitt – Founder of Cathy’s Crawly Composters Cathy Nesbitt environmental beliefs led her to start a worm business but her major focus now is improving people’s lives through laughter. What’s your story? I am a Health and Wellness Advocate. Founder of Cathy’s Crawly Composters (est 2002), Cathy’s Sprouters […]
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This article was originally published here: Dylan Quarles – Founder & CEO Rainier Augusta Independent Publishing LLC. After becoming a successful author, Dylan Quarles has made the transition to publishing. What’s your story? I am an award winning, bestselling author with over 100,000 readers worldwide. My fans will tell you that I write fast-paced page-turners […]
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This article was originally published here: Zachary Hoffman – Founder of SWALeadership LLC. Determined that the world would be a better place with better leadership, Zachary Hoffman has designed a programme to inspire the leaders of the future. What’s your story? I am an Italian/American bi-lingual dual-citizen, effective leadership developer, award-winning author, international relations enthusiast, […]
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This article was originally published here: Rick DellaRatta – Founder of Jazz for Peace™ Profoundly affected by witnessing the horror of 9/11, Rick DellaRatta has combined his musical skills and his determination to provoke change. What’s your story? Jazz for Peace rose from the ashes of the horrifying tragedy of 9/11 starting with a poem […]
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This article was originally published here: X Philip Merry – CEO of Philip Merry Consulting Group What’s your story? I learnt early on that life provides the things you need. Synchronicity is an out-of-the-blue coincidence that provides answers to current questions without any logical reason. In 1995 I needed $15,000 to balance the books and […]
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In 2019, there were 1.4 billion international tourist arrivalsglobally – and, given that the planet only holds 7.7 billion humans, this figure alone suggests that a lot of us are travelling. The World Tourism Organization reports two major motivations for this – “travel to change”: the quest for local experiences, authenticity, transformation and “travel to show”: the desire for […]

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