Leadership

In the age of “over-upskilling” it’s hard not to feel pressured to learn new skills that you will rarely use and never become an expert at, but where you can lean into value is in developing strategically selected complementary skills.

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If you’ve been in your job for 10 or more years you might be surprised that your “institutional” expertise gets passed up on for a promotion or that you’re not getting the same level of praise that junior staff get.

You can score strong in the areas of delivering results and problem-solving, for example, because you’ve been focused on linear…


A Change of Mindset

Sustainability means that people can rely on consistent methods of having their very basic, lowest level, physiological needs met: water, sleep, air, food, and shelter. And for the reason that starts with C, we can’t seem to ensure other human beings survive — let alone thrive.

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Despite years of work and billions spent, analysis of a 2020 corruption survey by Global Financial Integrity (GFI) suggests curbing corruption has not been universally successful.

February 2020: World Bank Group published, “Elite Capture of Foreign Aid : Evidence from Offshore Bank Accounts” a working paper finding that the timing of significant increases in deposits held in offshore banks aligned perfectly with aid disbursements to the most aid-dependent countries on the planet.

Transparency International published its 2020 “Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI),” ranking countries from 0 (corrupt) to 100 (clean). Somalia scored 12/100 along with South Sudan. Nigeria did a little…


Marketing

Even the best ads go unseen. Having a clear purpose and goals will guide you to reach that optimal target audience, resulting in brand visibility or sales conversations.

Pixbay

1: Define why you want to launch a Social Media Campaign.

Are you raising money? Has your company done something unique that everyone should know about? Are you trying to get more people to sign up for your newsletter?

No matter the reason, social can help you build brand awareness and a closer sense of community among users, but you have to be clear. …


United Nations

2021 Food Systems Summit

UN: https://www.un.org/en/food-systems-summit/sdgs

Dr. Kalibata is personally familiar with the dire situation facing food insecure countries. She was born in Rwanda to displaced farmers in the early 1960s and grew up at a refugee camp in Uganda. Her parents grew beans and maize, and kept cows. Ultimately she found a way to to study entomology and biochemistry before earning her PhD, making her way to the the United Nations.

Dr. Agnes Kalibata the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to the 2021 Food Systems Summit is leading behind-the-scenes outreach and cooperation between member states. …


Forget Adobe Photoshop’s Magnetic Lasso Tool! Remove a background in three seconds with Adobe Photoshop Express, available on your phone or computer.

Adobe Photoshop Express

If you’re sitting at your desk tediously cropping out a person or object using the Magnetic Lasso Tool in Abobe Photoshop, stop. There is a better way that’s more accurate and only takes three seconds.

Replace or remove the background of an image with one click.

Sign in or create a free account at Adobe. Upload your image, select auto-remove background, and presto! That’s it!


United Nations

The United Nations and United Nations Women, Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, PhD, believe violence against women is a shadow pandemic.

United Nations and United Nations Women, Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Ph.D.

United Nations Women, Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Ph.D., highlighted the importance of women’s “full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls,” before the sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women taking place from March 15 to 26, 2021.

She called the COVID-19 pandemic the most “discriminatory crisis” that women and girls have ever experienced, pointing to gender-based…


You can improve your life, maybe even increase your lifespan, by listening to statistics and balancing how much you allow your emotions to lead.

Pixabay “Trust”

Statistics, data points, and percentages help people make choices, offer warnings, and shape the way people live and behave. Digital and broadcast news on the pandemic is a great example.

The Wall Street Journal reported this month, “Large venues in New York can reopen at 33% capacity, with caps of 100 people for indoor gatherings and 200 people for outdoor events. The state of New York has an overall Covid-19 positivity rate of 3.53%, compared to 7.94% in January.” …


International Women’s Day

March 8, 2021

The United States joined world leaders in recognizing International Women’s Day and the equitable participation of women in social, political, and economic life, and its importance to establishing peace and prosperity.

“I have the great pleasure of celebrating International Women’s Day this year by hosting the 15th annual International Woman of Courage (IWOC) Award ceremony. The recipients of this year’s award demonstrate that courageous women inspire a better world.” — United States Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken March 8, 2021

Since 2007, the US Department of State has recognized more than 155 women from over 75…


United Nations, USA

New energy and direction to prioritize re-engagement with the United Nations, but not without challenges.

Ms. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Reuters 2021

The new US ambassador to the United Nations, Ms. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, made an appearance at the United Nation’s New York headquarters on Feb. 25 to present her credentials to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

“We are clear-eyed about the difficult work that needs to be done, from elevating human rights to reforming the UN itself to addressing conflicts old and new around the world, and we look forward to engaging our allies and our partners to get it done. …


Adobe, InDesign

If you can understand workspaces, and how to use them to your advantage, you’ll be on your way to mastering InDesign.

lifewire.com Adobe InDesign

One of the most important things you should learn in Adobe Creative Cloud products is how to utilize workspaces. The workspace is central to everything. It’s where you’re able to design and build your creative idea, from your inside your head, maybe sketched out on paper, and then into digital or print reality. You can only do this, though, if you understand how to navigate layered menus and manage the workspace and panels to support your design needs.

This tutorial is for Adobe InDesign 2020.

Most new learners will open the Adobe App and start clicking. They upload a project…

Kristi Pelzel

International Journalist and Communications Advisor and Consultant — based in Washington, D.C. www.linkedin.com/in/kristipelzel/

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