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  • Tricks Any Dog Can Do! - Susan Day January 22, 2018
    This great book comes with advice and guidance as to the best way to teach these tricks. It offers more than one method which the reader can choose depending upon their own situation. There is also advice to using treats and shows you how to not end up with a treat junkie! This books is from the desk of Susan Day, a canine behaviourist. Susan teaches obedien […]
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  • La teoría del todo - Stephen W. Hawking January 22, 2018
    Una manera clara y amena de acercarse a los misterios del universo. En esta esclarecedora obra, el gran físico británico Stephen Hawking nos ofrece una historia del universo, del big bang a los agujeros negros. En siete pasos, Hawking logra explicar la historia del universo, desde las primeras teorías del mundo griego y de la época medieval hasta las más com […]
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  • La física del futuro - Michio Kaku January 22, 2018
    Un recorrido asombroso a través de los próximos cien años de revolución científica. El futuro ya se está inventando en los laboratorios de los científicos más punteros de todo el mundo. Con toda probabilidad, en 2100 controlaremos los ordenadores a través de diminutos sensores cerebrales y podremos mover objetos con el poder de nuestras mentes, la inteligenc […]
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  • El futuro de nuestra mente - Michio Kaku January 22, 2018
    Una nueva teoría sobre la conciencia y el futuro de los estudios de nuestra mente Por primera vez en la historia, gracias a escáneres de alta tecnología diseñados por físicos, se han desvelado secretos del cerebro, y lo que un día fuera territorio de la ciencia ficción, se ha convertido en una asombrosa realidad. Grabación de recuerdos, telepatía, vídeos de […]
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  • Ágilmente - Estanislao Bachrach January 22, 2018
    Bachrach es Doctor en biología molecular y explica el funcionamiento del cerebro. A través de ello, da consejos y herramientas para ser más creativos y felices en el trabajo y en la vida. La neurociencia es clara: el cerebro aprende hasta el último día de vida. La creatividad puede expandirse. Tu mente, mediante la aplicación de las técnicas correctas, puede […]
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  • ¿Cómo pensar como Sherlock Holmes? - Maria Konnikova January 22, 2018
    Ningún personaje de ficción es más conocido por sus poderes de intuición y observación que Sherlock Holmes. Pero, ¿es su inteligencia extraordinaria una invención de la ficción o podemos aprender a desarrollar estas habilidades, para mejorar nuestras vidas en el trabajo y en casa? A través de ¿ Cómo pensar como Sherlock Holmes? , la periodista y psicóloga Ma […]
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  • Sobre la teoría de la relatividad especial y general - Albert Einstein January 22, 2018
    Entre el Electromagnetismo y la Mecánica newtoniana existe una fórmula de bisagra: la teoría de la relatividad especial y general. La importancia del nuevo marco planteado por Albert Einstein se entiende por lo siguiente: la percepción del tiempo y el espacio es relativa al observador. ¿Qué significa esto? Si usted viaja a una velocidad mayor que la de la lu […]
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  • Fluidos, ondas y calor. Volumen 1 - José Luis Escamilla Reyes, Rosa María Guadalupe García Castelán & Luis Jaime Neri Vitela January 22, 2018
    El mundo de hoy en día es fascinante y a la vez misterioso. Por ejemplo, a veces hay ruidos extraños provenientes de las tuberías, de las ventanas o de las puertas. Vemos que enormes y pesados buques trasatlánticos no se hunden al cruzar el mar. Otras veces no podemos explicarnos cómo es que los pájaros pueden volar o cómo es la comunicación entre murciélago […]
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  • Breve historia de mi vida - Stephen Hawking January 22, 2018
    La mente maravillosa de Stephen Hawking ha deslumbrado al mundo entero revelando los misterios del universo. Ahora, por primera vez, el cosmólogo más brillante de nuestra era explora, con una mirada reveladora, su propia vida y evolución intelectual. Breve historia de mi vida cuenta el sorprendente viaje de Stephen Hawking desde su niñez […]
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  • EnCambio - Estanislao Bachrach January 22, 2018
    EnCambio te va a permitir alumbrar los procesos por los cuales te comportás de determinada manera con el fin de dejar atrás aquellos hábitos y conductas que ya no te sirven. El objetivo es que aprendas del potencial que tiene tu cerebro para cambiar y la capacidad que tenés vos para modificarlo. Este año cambio de trabajo, empiezo el gimnasio, bajo esos kili […]
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Tax Law Offers a Carrot to Gig Workers. But It May Have Costs.

The provision may also turn out to be a boon for employers who are trying to reduce their payroll costs. Workers hired as contractors, who tend to be cheaper, may be less likely to complain about their status under the new tax law.“Firms currently have a lot of incentives to turn workers into independent contractors,” said Lawrence Katz, a labor economist at Harvard. “This reinforces the current trends.”But it could lead to an erosion of the protections that have long been a cornerstone of full-time work.Formal employment, after all, provides more than just income. Unlike independent contractors, employees have access to unemployment insurance if they lose their jobs and workers’ compensation if they are injured at work. They are protected by workplace anti-discrimination laws and have a federally backed right to form a union.Those protections do not generally apply to contractors. Nor do minimum-wage and overtime laws.“What you’re losing is the safety nets for those workers,” said Catherine Ruckelshaus of the National Employment Law Project, an advocacy group.Traditional full-time jobs also insulate workers against the peaks and troughs in the demand for their services. Consider, for instance, the erratic income of retail or fulfillment-center workers hired in the fall and let go after the holidays.PhotoWorkers like janitors were once typically on the payrolls of large companies, enabling their wages to rise with those of other employees if the business did well. Now, such work is increasingly done by contractors.Credit Lucy Nicholson/ReutersAnd because companies have internal pay scales, the lowest-paid employees tend to make more than they would on the open market.Continue reading the main story“It used to be that companies like G.M […]

Check out what career government staff is doing to fly under Trump’s radar.

A report on the employment practices of green groups finds that the sector, despite its socially progressive reputation, is still overwhelmingly the bastion of white men.

According to the study, released by Green 2.0, roughly 3 out of 10 people at environmental organizations are people of color, but at the senior staff level, the figure drops closer to 1 out of 10. And at all levels, from full-time employees to board members, men make up three-quarters or more of NGO staffs.

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The new report, titled “Beyond Diversity: A Roadmap to Building an Inclusive Organization,” relied on more than 85 interviews of executives and HR reps and recruiters at environmental organizations.

Representatives of NGOs and foundations largely agreed on the benefits of having a more diverse workforce, from the added perspectives in addressing environmental problems to a deeper focus on environmental justice to allowing the movement to engage a wider audience.

The most worrisome finding is that fewer than 40 percent of environmental groups even had diversity plans in place to ensure they’re more inclusive. According to the report, “Research shows that diversity plans increases the odds of black men in management positions significantly.”

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Scott Pruitt just got debunked by climate scientists.

A report on the employment practices of green groups finds that the sector, despite its socially progressive reputation, is still overwhelmingly the bastion of white men.

According to the study, released by Green 2.0, roughly 3 out of 10 people at environmental organizations are people of color, but at the senior staff level, the figure drops closer to 1 out of 10. And at all levels, from full-time employees to board members, men make up three-quarters or more of NGO staffs.

Click to embiggen.Green 2.0

The new report, titled “Beyond Diversity: A Roadmap to Building an Inclusive Organization,” relied on more than 85 interviews of executives and HR reps and recruiters at environmental organizations.

Representatives of NGOs and foundations largely agreed on the benefits of having a more diverse workforce, from the added perspectives in addressing environmental problems to a deeper focus on environmental justice to allowing the movement to engage a wider audience.

The most worrisome finding is that fewer than 40 percent of environmental groups even had diversity plans in place to ensure they’re more inclusive. According to the report, “Research shows that diversity plans increases the odds of black men in management positions significantly.”

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This is what it’s like to climb and service wind turbines for a living

One of America’s fastest growing professions, wind turbine technician, attracts people with a unique set of skills, as demonstrated by climber and composer Jessica Kilroy. […]

Survival of the Richest or Radical Living

Humans need habitat to survive, to live, and to thrive. Air, water, food, shelter. Reality Check: We are living on a planet with a scarce amount of drinking water, limited regions that are able to grow food, and ever increasing regulated areas for housing. Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) is becoming “… as certain as death and taxes.” There’s even an interactive game to acclimate our young people to evaluate every person, place, and thing on our planet. Placing a price tag, a cost, a monetary value on existence itself. Time is money, ticktock, ticktock… http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20151008-costing-the-earth Can You Cost the Earth? Natural resources: Freshwater Value: $73.48 trillion Renewal of water supplies is dependent upon a variety of natural assets, for example, healthy soils, wetlands and forests. Without new freshwater there would soon be no economy, so the total aggregate value of the water-related services provided by Nature is presented as at equivalent to global GDP (about $73.48 trillion). Researched by Juniper/WCMC-UNEP. Trees Value: $16.2 trillion The numbers presented in relation to the contribution made by trees are derived from Costanza, R. et al. (2014). Changes in the global value of ecosystem services. Global Environmental Change. The number for ‘trees’ is produced from an aggregation of figures presented in this paper in relation to different kinds of forests. Researched by Juniper/WCMC-UNEP. Plankton Value: $222 billion The value of plankton is estimated on the basis of their role in carbon capture and is derived from Siegel, D.A. et al. (2014). Global assessment of ocean carbon export by combining satellite observations and food-web models. Global Biochemical Cycles. The six billion tonnes of carbon captured by plankton was multiplied by ‘the social cost of carbon’ as calculated by the US Government (at $37 per tonne). Researched by Juniper/WCMC-UNEP. A bald eagle Value: $39 The value of a single bald eagle is calculated by Richardson, S. and Loomis, J. (2009) The total economic value of threatened, endangered and rare species: An updated meta-analysis. Ecological Economics. A gray whale Value: $35 The value of a single gray whale is calculated by Richardson, S. and Loomis, J. (2009) The total economic value of threatened, endangered and rare species: An updated meta-analysis. Ecological Economics. The United States Value: $17.42 trillion The US is valued by its Gross Domestic Product (Purchase Power parity), (2014 est), provided by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) World Factbook. Average US worker Value: $47,230 The annual earnings of a US worker in 2015 are calculated by the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics on its website under the sections Occupational Employment Statistics and May 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, as published on 5 October, 2015. Air Marketed as “the next bottled water” fresh air bottled in Canada and shipped to China as a solution to serious smog problems sells in two flavors, and comes in single or twin packs. http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/15/asia/china-canadian-company-selling-clean-air/ Sales of canned Canadian air booming in China… Vitality Air said that the first batch of 500 canisters filled with fresh air from the Rocky Mountain town of Banff went on sale in China last month (November 2015) and sold out within two weeks. “Now we’re taking lots of pre orders for our upcoming shipment. We’re getting close to the 1,000 mark,” said Harrison Wang, director of China operations. The air sells for $14 to $20, depending on the size of the canister. What about those of us that live in relatively smog free areas of the planet? http://robertscribbler.com/2016/02/05/co2-rockets-to-405-6-ppm-a-level-not-seen-in-15-million-years/ Atmospheric CO2 (has recently) Rocketed to 405.6 ppm — A Level not Seen in 15 Million Years …Unfortunately, this daily February peak at 405.66 parts per million is not the end to the current year’s ramp up. Typical atmospheric peaks occur during May. And this year, we are likely to see atmospheric levels hit near 407 parts per million in the weekly and monthly averages over the next few months. Such a range thrusts us solidly out of the Pliocene climate context and well into that of the Miocene. Though the Middle Miocene was not a hothouse extinction climate, it was one much more foreign to humankind. Back then, only the great apes existed. Our most ancient ancestor, Australopithecus, was still at least 9 million years in the future. It’s fair to say that no human being, or even our closer offshoot relatives, have ever breathed air with the composition that is now entering our lungs. “If you really think that the environment is less important than the economy, try holding your breath while you count your money.” Dr. Guy McPherson Water Civilization is contaminating nearly all of the natural water resources on our planet by chemical, physical, radioactive or pathogenic microbial substances. “There are two categories of people: those who shit in their drinking water supplies and those who don’t.” http://humanurehandbook.com/ The Humanure Handbook–a 255-page guide to composting human manure, including building your own toilet and turning your own excrement into rich, crumbly brown humus for your garden…deemed “the book most likely to save the planet!” Jenkins has been a compost practitioner in the United States since 1975 and has grown his family’s food with humanure compost for the past thirty-five years. His website offers videos, instructions and the complete Humanure Handbook free of charge. Every time we flush a toilet, we launch five or six gallons of polluted water into the world. That would be like defecating into a five gallon water jug and then dumping it out before anyone could drink any of it. Then doing the same thing when urinating. Then doing it every day, numerous times. Then multiplying that by about 305 million people in the United States alone. Even after the contaminated water is treated in wastewater treatment plants, it may still be polluted with excessive levels of nitrates, chlorine, pharmaceutical drugs, industrial chemicals, detergents and other pollutants. This “treated” water is discharged directly into the environment. Food The future for food is vegan. Sadly it’s not because of compassion and a reverence for all life on our planet. Nor is a vegan future about taste, or health, or sustainability; it is simply because eating meat is too inefficient. Shelter Family and community addresses our human need to socialize. Tiny home communities are an empowering solution to dis-empowering high cost shelters that further marginalize the human spirit. Tiny houses were seized in L.A. last week without offering any viable alternative to those who will now sleep on the streets, truly homeless. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-tiny-houses-seized-20160224-story.html L.A. is seizing tiny homes from the homeless Cannon, 58, said her husband, a Vietnam-era Marine veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder and memory loss, was hospitalized with a seizure Feb. 5, then disappeared. Larry Joe Cannon turned up Friday, but the couple’s house was gone. As Summers (an L.A. resident who says he was once homeless, had placed donated structures within encampments on overpasses along the 110 Freeway, for homeless people to use instead of tents ) drove off with her house on a flatbed trailer, Julia Cannon sat on a thin bedroll on the ground and pointed to the concrete. “I’m staying right here,” she said, her eyes filling with tears. Conclusion Humanity has a handful of years left of habitat to support life on Earth. Our predicament is dire. “Live simply so others may simply live” is not being presented as a TED conference “Dream Team” topic by former VPOTUS Al Gore, nor is simplifying our lives being suggested by the 350.org gang. The choice of embracing the sacredness of all life, pursuing excellence everyday; or blindly yielding to the cleverly marketed solutions that will only benefit an elitist few; once again, polarizes our collective consciousness as human beings. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]

What Aquaculture Actually Is And How It’s Benefiting Greece

Aquaculture is commonly defined as the farming of aquatic plants and animals, essentially agriculture at sea. The advent of aquaculture dates back millennia. Evidence of fish capture and on-growing in ponds and lagoons date back to more than 2000 years ago while friezes from ancient Egyptian tombs (tomb of Aktihep) show tilapia being harvested from ponds as far back as 2500BC. In China, the world’s largest aquaculture producing nation, the tradition of raising carp in ponds dates back to 2000BC. There is evidence of extensive marine farms in the 6th century BC in Etruscan culture and in Roman times sea bass, sea bream, mullets and oysters were cultivated in ponds and lagoons in Italy. In the 12th century there was a resurgence of freshwater aquaculture in central Europe. In the 15th century extensive, large-scale aquaculture, vallicultura, was practiced in the coastal lagoons of the Adriatic, a tradition that remains to this day and is a precursor to modern marine Mediterranean aquaculture. For all that, the activity is in its infancy compared to agriculture which has been practiced for the last 12.000 years. Just as humans gradually domesticated land animals and plants, shifting from hunting to farming, humans today are moving from hunting (fishing) to farming (aquaculture) the oceans. Aquaculture is globally is today the fastest growing livestock agricultural production sector with an average annual rate of growth of 8.8% since 1970. In the same period the growth of the livestock sector has been around only 2.8%. In 1970, aquaculture represented only 4% of total global seafood production. Today, more than half of all seafood production comes from aquaculture. Farming in the Mediterranean region occurs in a variety of environments and methods, in ponds, rivers, lakes and the ocean, in closed and partly closed recirculation systems and using extensive to intensive methods. The actors in the industry range from part-time subsistence farmers in rural areas to large publically traded companies. With very few exceptions all aquaculture production is intended as food for human consumption. The main marine species produced are the Gilthead sea bream and the European sea bass, flatfish such as turbot and sole, shellfish such as mussels, oysters, clams, and in lakes and rivers trout, carps and mullets. The FAO estimates that by 2030 an additional 37 million tons of seafood will need to be produced to keep up with demand. This estimate is based only on the projected increase in global population and not on a projected increase in per capita seafood consumption, which in itself has increased from an average of 9.9 kg in the 1960s to 19.2 kg in 2012. Aquaculture will need to almost double its current production only to keep up with demand from a growing population. Of the 2.5 million tons produced annually in Europe, the Mediterranean sector makes up only 11% of the total. However, it has been one of the most dynamic by far in the EU in terms of its development and growth over the last few decades. In the last 10 years, the Mediterranean sector grew at an average annual rate of 8% up until 2008 whereas the EU aquaculture sector overall has grown at an average annual rate of 0.37% and the European production in general at 1.7%. In Greece, the aquaculture sector has been a remarkable success, producing almost half of the sea bass and sea bream farmed in the Mediterranean. It is almost exclusively export oriented and provides today close to 10,000 direct jobs in regular or seasonal employment and more than 5,500 indirectly in such related industries as feed production, cage and net manufacturing, processing, services and support. In Greece in particular where 99% of the population lives within 100km of the coast, the aquaculture sector often constitutes the only activity taking place in underdeveloped and remote rural regions. It has been an essential contributor to sustainable prosperity in these communities and an important alternative to tourism as a source of long-term, full-time employment in Greece and the Mediterranean region as a whole. It has also gradually taken on the role of the declining traditional fishing sector in preserving traditional employment and the way of life in the islands and coastal rural regions. In contrast with a gradually shrinking profession with little appeal to younger generations, employment in aquaculture has been steadily increasing for the past 10 years. Stability of employment combined with a substantially higher average annual income has led to an average annual increase of employment in aquaculture of 4.5% since 1997. The sector has tremendous potential for growth in Greece although it has suffered from the economic crisis, much as many other sectors of the economy. It is in many ways a microcosm of some of the larger issues confronting the economy: a large debt burden, shallow management capacity and overall professionalization, a lack of long-term planning and marketing and of course subject to a Kafkaesque bureaucracy. McKinsey & Co has estimated that in the next ten years, the industry in Greece has the potential to add 1 billion euros in Gross Value Added and create 48 thousand new jobs. The EU has identified aquaculture as one of the pillars of its Blue Growth Strategy. The Strategy aims at filling the estimated 8 million tons gap between the level of consumption of seafood in the EU and the volume of captures from fisheries through European aquaculture. Based on current labour productivity, each percentage point of current EU seafood consumption produced internally through aquaculture would help create between 3,000 and 4,000 full-time jobs. For the Mediterranean in particular the European Aquaculture Innovation and Technology platform (EATiP) has forecast that doubling current production would add in economic terms an ex-farm value of 2.7 billion euros and a total value of 8 billion euros in the market. It would also create, as a conservative estimate, an additional 20.000 jobs. The same elements that contributed to the dynamic growth of this sub-sector of European aquaculture will continue to drive its growth in the next 20 years namely the recognized health benefits of fish together with the positive image of the Mediterranean diet and the produce from the region. The oceanographic, climatic and geomorphological characteristics of the region and especially in the case of Greece its long coastline of close to 13.000 kilometers are also key competitive advantages. Aquaculture however is not limited to the production of food. The tremendous diversity and richness of the ocean environment holds much promise for the development of blue biotechnology. Marine biotechnology is defined as the use of marine bio resources as the target or source of biotechnical applications. It has the potential to produce sustainable biofuels, feeds and food, food additives, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, and ways to restore and clean up our environment (bioremediation). The first drug of marine origin developed to fight cancer, Trabectedin, was developed from small soft-bodied marine animals, sea squirts. There are now over 35 marine natural compounds in anticancer clinical or preclinical trials in the United States alone, derived from microorganisms such as bacteria, sponges, mollusks and even sharks. The anti-viral drugs Zovirax and Acyclovir were obtained in the 1970’s from nucleosides isolated from Caribbean sponges. Exploration of the sea biodiversity is now helping to develop new industrial enzymes and pharmaceuticals from observing how some organisms can withstand extremes of temperature and pressure and grow without light. Algae are promising sources of biofuels, high added-value chemicals and bioactive compounds. The Mediterranean in particular holds much promise for bioprospecting for marine pharmaceutical compounds and fine chemicals. It is semi-enclosed with relatively high temperature and salinity and is estimated to contain between 4%-18% of the world’s marine species. The Mediterranean Sea’s high biodiversity in terms of species and habitats represents a huge potential source of new medicines, health care products, nutraceuticals, and cosmetics. Aplidine, a compound derived from the Mediterranean Aplidium albicans, a type of marine invertebrate, is a powerful anticancer agent currently in clinical trials for a variety of cancers. Antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal compounds have been isolated from algae, sponges and mollusks. In addition to applications concerning human health, there is also great potential in discovering new enzymes, biopolymers and biomaterials for industrial applications. The Mediterranean Sea is truly unique. Anyone who is fortunate enough to live by its shores can attest to the beauty of its beaches and waters. It also attracts over 220 million tourists a year, supports 30% of maritime trade and 22% of tanker traffic and has an estimated 150 million people living along its coasts. It is essential to the livelihood of millions of people but has tremendous untapped potential which goes beyond simple exploitation of existing natural resources. It requires careful management and preservation but most importantly vision and innovation. The first decade of this century has been marked by tremendous advances in scientific research, in the fields of genetics, materials science, nanotechnology and biotechnology. These are subjects that can be directly applied to solving some of the bottlenecks to sustainable and innovative development of aquaculture. Environmental sustainability, economic viability and social acceptability are by now acknowledged challenges facing aquaculture both in Europe and globally. As of the year 2000, 37% of the earth’s land surface was agricultural land. Of the surface area of the earth, 70% is covered by oceans of which less than 5% is used for food production. The potential of the planet’s oceans for providing food to the world’s growing population in a way that does not further strain vital dwindling resources such as water and energy is tremendous. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]

It’s Time to Reinvent Work

I have often said, we should seize the moment when we get the chance — in both our professional and personal lives. It’s the “Screw it, let’s do it” approach I’ve described many times. If there was ever a time for the world to seize the opportunity to commit to undertaking bold action, it’s now. 2015 is the year, and we have now reached the crucial weeks that matter most. This month, the Global Goals will be adopted by the United Nations, with leaders from over 110 countries coming together in New York to show their commitment to eradicating poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and combatting climate change. The good news, thanks in part to the Millennium Development Goals, is extreme poverty has been halved in the last 15 years, an incredible achievement that we should all take a moment to celebrate. And in even better news, over the next 15 years we can make more of an impact. Why stop now? Goal 8 of the Sustainable Development Goals seeks to “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.” As an entrepreneur and an employer of many valued staff — Virgin has more than 65,000 employees — I truly understand the importance of the role that business can play in making this goal a reality, and changing so many lives for the better. Goal 8 gives us the chance to prove that business can be a force for good, and support the creation of a thriving economy for people and the planet. Using business as a force for good is core value of the Virgin Group, and our non-profit foundation, Virgin Unite. At Virgin we champion entrepreneurship programmes across the globe, such as the Graca Machel Trust, the Branson Centres of Entrepreneurship in Jamaica and Johannesburg, Virgin StartUp, Virgin Media Pioneers and many more that give aspiring entrepreneurs the support they need to develop and grow their businesses. We’ve supported thousands of entrepreneurs over the years to create new jobs, increase revenue, and in turn, improve their livelihoods and the lives of those around them. The entrepreneurs we assist are all inspired to include purpose in their businesses, and truly understand the role they play within their communities. Entrepreneurs not only create jobs and help economies thrive; entrepreneurship can also contribute to building more sustainable communities. It’s not just fledging entrepreneurs that should be encouraged to create social good through business; there is also a necessity for more established companies to think about a different way of working. The Virgin Unite-incubated initiative, the B Team, was launched to evolve business’ narrow focus on profit, to profit with purpose. We need to change business for good. Creating social change cannot rest on governments, non-profit organisations and individuals alone; the world requires business to step up. Business can do a lot to solve the big problems; and consumers are rightly demanding higher standards from companies. To create social change, businesses need to rethink the way they view work. We all need employment to make a living, feed our families, build for the future, grow our economies, and enhance our communities. But sometimes work can be unfair, unrewarding, inhuman, and, in many cases detrimental to our health and wellbeing. The B Team believes that workplaces should be fair and inclusive, enable growth, and have purpose. Employment should be a way for everyone to contribute to the world and should be a mutually beneficial activity for both businesses and individuals, which enables us to build the thriving economies and vibrant communities of the future. One of the core areas of focus for the B Team is helping to ensure workplaces are designed around people. When fashioned in a way that accommodates human needs and realises human potential, organisations are more productive and experience better growth. We call this being 100% Human at Work. There are a growing number of wonderful companies out there — which belong to the B Team’s 100% Human Network — that are redefining the relationship between employers and employees. At Virgin Group we feel that our employees are our best asset, and we are doing all we can to ensure they feel supported, rewarded, and enabled to grow. At Virgin Management we believe that flexible working is smart working, and have introduced a number of great initiatives — such as working from home, unlimited leave and paid parental leave — that encourage our employees to focus on their wellbeing. By giving our employees choice and treating them like the capable adults they are, we’ve been rewarded with increased productivity, innovation and happiness in our workforce. We also encourage all our people to live and breathe the Virgin Group’s purpose: to change business for good. In doing this, not only our people benefit, but so do our customers and the communities in which we operate. Over the next 15 years we intend grow our purpose, and look forward to seeing what great rewards come from it. We hope that more businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals join us in changing business for good, and in turn ensure that we realise Goal 8 of the Global Goals. This post is part of a series produced by The Huffington Post, “What’s Working: Sustainable Development Goals,” in conjunction with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The proposed set of milestones will be the subject of discussion at the UN General Assembly meeting on Sept. 25-27, 2015 in New York. The goals, which will replace the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (2000-2015), cover 17 key areas of development — including poverty, hunger, health, education, and gender equality, among many others. As part of The Huffington Post’s commitment to solutions-oriented journalism, this What’s Working SDG blog series will focus on one goal every weekday in September. This post addresses Goal 8. To find out what you can do, visit here and here. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]