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The War For Talent Is Over, And Everyone Lost

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:00 +0000

Two decades ago, McKinsey researchers saw a "war for talent" brewing. Looking at current trends, two experts see no victors.

Two decades ago, McKinsey researchers saw a "war for talent" brewing. Looking at current trends, two experts see no victors.

This story reflects the views of these authors, but not necessarily the editorial position of Fast Company.

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Tom Colicchio Wants To Transform How We Think About Food Policy

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:30 +0000

The Top Chef star dishes it out on aid to farmers, nutrition trends, and the restaurant rent crisis.

The Top Chef star dishes it out on aid to farmers, nutrition trends, and the restaurant rent crisis.

Tom Colicchio is a busy man. The Top Chef personality and restaurateur whose Crafted Hospitality Group runs some of America's best known eateries is also a cofounder and board member at Food Policy Action, an advocacy group best known for its "National Food Policy Scorecard," which rates politicians on their commitment to keeping food safe, healthy, and affordable.

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U.S.-Backed Efforts To Promote Openness And Democracy Are At Risk In The Age Of Trump

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:00 +0000

The Open Tech Fund spends millions to fund tools that support freedom of information and democracy. What happens now is anybody's guess.

The Open Tech Fund spends millions to fund tools that support freedom of information and democracy. What happens now is anybody's guess.

Secure, online communication has gone mainstream since the election. Downloads of Signal, the encrypted messaging tool, have jumped dramatically, as have those of browsers for accessing the web through the anonymizing Tor network. News outlets including the Washington Post and the New York Times have advertised secure digital channels for sources to send anonymous tips. Even Trump administration insiders have reportedly taken to communicating through Confide, a previously obscure app for sending disappearing text messages.

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Least Creative Thing Of The Day: This Billboard Urges You To "Throw Rocks At Girls"

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:54 +0000

A jewelry company thought it was appropriate to put up a billboard with a joke about violence against young women. Twitter disagreed.

A jewelry company thought it was appropriate to put up a billboard with a joke about violence against young women. Twitter disagreed.

Sometimes, it's not okay to advertise with jokes about violence against women. One company just learned as much the hard way. (Some might even say they learned it in a way that's as hard as a rock hitting young, female skin.)

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Domino's Day Off, Pedigree's Child Replacement Program: The Top 5 Ads Of The Week

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:50 +0000

Adobe foils a bank robbery, French DIY goes epic, and the difference between internet cats and IRL cats.

Adobe foils a bank robbery, French DIY goes epic, and the difference between internet cats and IRL cats.

As brand advocacy goes, or at least branding with a positive message, the standard bearer must be Dove's ongoing "Real Beauty" campaign, which kicked off in 2004. But dog food brand Pedigree is a strong contender, with global ads and campaigns that have consistently advocated for, while raising both awareness and funds, for dog adoption since 2007. To date, the Pedigree Foundation has awarded more than $5 million through more than 4,000 grants to shelters and rescue organizations throughout the U.S. alone.

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Gorillaz Are Back With Their New Single "Saturnz Barz" And A VR Music Video To Boot

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:40 +0000

A trippy space odyssey awaits you, replete with singing pizza, relentless monsters, and a very naked Murdoc Niccals.

A trippy space odyssey awaits you, replete with singing pizza, relentless monsters, and a very naked Murdoc Niccals.

It's been six years since Gorillaz dropped their last album, and now they're marking their triumphant return with Humanz and its lead single "Saturnz Barz." But Gorillaz being Gorillaz, the music video for "Saturnz Barz," directed by Tank Girl co-creator Jamie Hewlett, is a six-minute VR short film that takes everyone's favorite virtual band on a barrel roll through space. And if you listen closely during the video, you'll hear snippets of the tracks "Ascension," "Andromeda," and "We Got The Power" from Humanz.

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Why New Media Studio Blackpills Partnered With Vice For A Slew Of Scripted Series

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:03 +0000

The growing media empire made its first foray into scripted digital content with four web series produced by new French studio Blackpills.

The growing media empire made its first foray into scripted digital content with four web series produced by new French studio Blackpills.

Vice's ongoing quest to be among the most dominant media empires of the 21st century has been going pretty well so far. They've cultivated an authoritative voice on topics from music and drugs, to far-flung civil wars and promising technological breakthroughs. After they announced the launch of their own TV network, Viceland, they followed it with an announcement that they'd presold advertising for the next three years.

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Netflix Without Borders: Inside The Streaming Service's Plans For Global Domination

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:00 +0000

How VP of original content Cindy Holland and the rest of her team are working to mine other countries for streaming gold.

How VP of original content Cindy Holland and the rest of her team are working to mine other countries for streaming gold.

When Netflix first began producing original series five years ago, VP of original content Cindy Holland was a one-woman department. "It was me, effectively," the veteran Netflix executive said at the company's Los Gatos, California-based headquarters during a "Netflix Labs" event.

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A New Point-and-Click Revolution Brings AI To The Masses

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:00 +0000

Like web programming a decade ago, artificial intelligence is building simplified tools for non-experts, which could result in new jobs.

Like web programming a decade ago, artificial intelligence is building simplified tools for non-experts, which could result in new jobs.

These days, you can learn web design or Python programming from books or online tutorials. But the next major wave of computing, artificial intelligence, belongs to a select few, highly trained experts who earn six-figure salaries. "If you look at how many people are graduating with a data science degree, and what the percentage is of those who have expertise in AI and machine learning, you pretty much end up with thousands only," says Mazin Gilbert, VP of advanced technology at AT&T Labs.

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One Of These 5 Student Ideas For Refugee Tech Will Win A $1 Million Prize

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:00 +0000

This year's Hult Prize is looking for "sustainable and scalable, for-good, for-profit enterprises" to help refugees around the world. Meet the five finalists.

This year's Hult Prize is looking for "sustainable and scalable, for-good, for-profit enterprises" to help refugees around the world. Meet the five finalists.

There are many reasons for student-entrepreneurs to enter this year's Hult Prize, including the $1 million check (the most of any social good innovation contest anywhere), and the chance of standing on stage with Bill Clinton as he announces the winner this Fall. Bloomberg Businessweek has dubbed the Hult, which recognizes and develops new social enterprise ideas, "the Nobel Prize for B-schools."

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The Keystone Pipeline Is Approved, But There May Not Be Enough Demand To Build It

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:00 +0000

Trump just gave the massive oil pipeline project new life. There's only one problem: the bad economics of the oil industry.

Trump just gave the massive oil pipeline project new life. There's only one problem: the bad economics of the oil industry.

On January 24, his fourth day in office, Trump tried to resurrect the Keystone XL Pipeline. He invited TransCanada, the company behind the pipeline, to reapply for a presidential permit that the Obama administration had rejected in 2015. Two days later, TransCanada filed the application. On March 24, it announced that the pipeline had been reapproved. But that doesn't necessarily mean that the pipeline is guaranteed to be built.

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How I Got My Dream Job Traveling The World And Taking Care Of Pandas

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:34 +0000

Working as a wildlife veterinarian is a rare opportunity. Here's how one guy made it happen.

Working as a wildlife veterinarian is a rare opportunity. Here's how one guy made it happen.

Marc Valitutto, 36, is a wildlife veterinarian at the Smithsonian's Global Health Program. Valitutto's day to day involves interacting with wildlife with the hope of preventing viral outbreaks. Any vet needs to go to vet school to begin their professional journey. Valitutto, however, has the amazing opportunity to travel the world, solve global health problems, and even play with giant pandas, which is rare for people even in the veterinary field.

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Four Workplace Stereotypes Millennials (Like Me) Thoroughly Resent

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:00 +0000

We're just as multifaceted as any other group of human beings, so let's finally put these tired stereotypes to bed.

We're just as multifaceted as any other group of human beings, so let's finally put these tired stereotypes to bed.

Millennials hear a lot about how their personality traits from other people. At least that's how it often feels to this millennial (whose job involves getting pitched many drafts of articles on that subject every week) but also to plenty of others in my generation.

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From Thinx's PR Crisis To Taking Better Notes: This Week's Top Leadership Stories

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:00 +0000

This week's top stories explore how Thinx's PR nightmare validates HR, the secrets to good note taking, and doing the 80/20 rule one better.

This week's top stories explore how Thinx's PR nightmare validates HR, the secrets to good note taking, and doing the 80/20 rule one better.

This week we learned how Thinx's PR ordeal reflects the need for strong HR policies, why your current note-taking practices might not be that effective, and how to go a step beyond the classic 80/20 rule when it comes to managing your workweek.

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The Deceptively Simple Type Of Question Every Interviewer Needs To Know

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:00 +0000

"Launching questions" are straightforward, open-ended, and 12 words or less. Here's how to use them.

"Launching questions" are straightforward, open-ended, and 12 words or less. Here's how to use them.

We all love to hear ourselves talk, and good interviewers can make a job applicant open up just by asking the right questions. But what makes a question good? Simple: When it's easily understood. Too often, the questions recruiters and hiring managers ask are confusing—they use too many words, overwhelming the listener.

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Four Questions You Should Always Ask Before Starting A New Work Project

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:00 +0000

You might just want to dive in head first, but stopping to make sure you've got all the information you need can save you later on.

You might just want to dive in head first, but stopping to make sure you've got all the information you need can save you later on.

You just left your meeting with your boss, and your head is spinning. She assigned you to a new project and you feel super unclear about several aspects of it.

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There's More To The Smartphone Nostalgia Trip Than Meets The Eye

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:00 +0000

New phones harken back to the golden age of Nokia, BlackBerry, and Psion—reviving genuinely good ideas that got wiped out by the iPhone.

New phones harken back to the golden age of Nokia, BlackBerry, and Psion—reviving genuinely good ideas that got wiped out by the iPhone.

Nostalgia is a powerful feeling.

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Will T-Mobile And Sprint Finally Tie The Knot This Year?

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:30 +0000

The regulatory environment under Trump makes it far more possible, but T-Mo may still be playing hard to get.

The regulatory environment under Trump makes it far more possible, but T-Mo may still be playing hard to get.

You might say they're made for each other. In the wireless market you have four main players. Two of them—AT&T and Verizon—tower over the others (T-Mobile and Sprint). A combination of the little guys might actually be able to compete with the big guys. And, believe it or not, even consumers might benefit.

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How Fake Fixes To Fake News Could Lead To Real Problems

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:00 +0000

Poor solutions to misinformation by technology companies and others don't address systemic civic problems—and could lead to self-censorship.

Poor solutions to misinformation by technology companies and others don't address systemic civic problems—and could lead to self-censorship.

In his recent manifesto, Mark Zuckerberg asserts that the response to our dysfunctional and conflict-ridden politics is to build a stronger global community based on ubiquitous interconnection. We know of course that Facebook stands to profit from this utopian vision, and we should be skeptical of the motives underlying Zuck's position. But it's worth taking a second look at the idea of working on underlying economic and political issues in our societies, rather than focusing on the effects of online expression—particularly in the context of the moral panic over "fake news."

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"Mixed Nuts" Over "Pulp Fiction"? See Which Hits Studios Missed Out On

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:40 +0000

Take an infographic look at which studios passed on some of the biggest films ever, and the surprising options they didn't pass on.

Take an infographic look at which studios passed on some of the biggest films ever, and the surprising options they didn't pass on.

Hindsight is not only infinitely more accurate than its opposite, sometimes it can be very painful. Especially when untold sums of prestige and money hang in the balance. For movie studios, the only way to learn this truth is the hard way.

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Can A Location-Based VR Startup Help Revive Shopping Malls and Cinemas?

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:30 +0000

Founded by veterans of ILM, Disney, EA, and other media giants, Nomadic plans on building rich experiences that can be refreshed regularly.

Founded by veterans of ILM, Disney, EA, and other media giants, Nomadic plans on building rich experiences that can be refreshed regularly.

I'm standing on top of a building, desperate to cross a wide gap to another rooftop (so I can thwart evil) and to do so, I have to make my way gingerly over a narrow and extremely rickety plank. It's a long fall on either side.

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What Silicon Valley's New Congressman Learned On His Trip To The Heart Of Coal Country

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:00 +0000

Ro Khanna, a freshman congressman from California, took a trip to build a bridge between the tech sector and "Silicon Holler."

Ro Khanna, a freshman congressman from California, took a trip to build a bridge between the tech sector and "Silicon Holler."

The disconnect between Silicon Valley and the American heartland was one of the issues highlighted by Donald Trump's surprise victory, which was largely attributed to working-class voters who felt ignored by business elites and left behind by the forces of globalization. After all, when you're a 50-year-old in Kentucky who was just laid off at the coal mine, the tech giants aren't likely to help you find a new job, and the digital economy must not seem like it's improving your life beyond offering you expensive new smartphones.

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Meet The "Walter" Behind The New Bespoke Movie Streaming Service "Walter Presents"

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:30 +0000

Walter Iuzzolino is banking on personal branding and hyper-niche offerings to make his service Walter Presents a success in the U.S.

Walter Iuzzolino is banking on personal branding and hyper-niche offerings to make his service Walter Presents a success in the U.S.

The future of streaming is looking pretty narrow—and according to Walter Iuzzolino, that's a good thing.

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Building Brand Legacy In The Age Of Now: The Championships, Wimbledon

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:55 +0000

Team One strategy chief Mark Miller talks to Wimbledon CEO Richard Lewis about balancing tradition with innovation, and more.

Team One strategy chief Mark Miller talks to Wimbledon CEO Richard Lewis about balancing tradition with innovation, and more.

This is the final of a five-part series by Team One chief strategy officer Mark Miller on long-term brand building in contemporary marketing, and balancing long-term thinking with the urgent necessity of short-term action (check out the first installment on The Ritz-Carlton, the second on Taylor Guitars, and third on It Gets Better, and fourth on Girls Who Code).

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With Animation In Her Blood, Claire Keane Is Ready To Bring Disney's "Tangled" To TV

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:00 +0000

And to give us an exclusive sneak peek at Tangled: The Series' opening credits.

And to give us an exclusive sneak peek at Tangled: The Series' opening credits.

As an artist, Claire Keane had the mother of all jobs working at Disney Feature Animation. Over the course of her 10 years at Disney, Keane worked on films including Tangled, Enchanted, and Frozen. It all seemed like destiny, of course, seeing as how Keane is a descendent of cartoon royalty: Her grandfather and uncle, Bil and Jeff Keane, respectively, created the comic strip The Family Circus and her dad, Glen Keane, worked in animation for Disney, bringing characters like Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tarzan, and Beast to life.

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How L'Oréal Is Turning Itself Into A Sustainability Leader

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:00 +0000

It's the biggest cosmetics brand in the world, and it's out to prove that businesses in any sector can make conscious choices to cut their environmental footprint.

It's the biggest cosmetics brand in the world, and it's out to prove that businesses in any sector can make conscious choices to cut their environmental footprint.

Valued at $13.69 billion and employing around 78,000 people worldwide, the L'Oréal Group is the largest and most profitable company in the cosmetics industry. Between 2005 and 2016, it increased production volume across its 34 brands by 29%. But in the same time frame, the company reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 67%. "We are really serious about sustainability across all of our products and services," Alexandra Palt, L'Oréal's chief sustainability officer, tells Fast Company. And that commitment, she adds, can go hand in hand with economic success.

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It's A Time For Disobedience: MIT Media Lab Will Pay $250,000 To Support It

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:00 +0000

The new prize for disobedience, funded by LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman, wants to reward creative nonviolent protest by activists or government officials who stop illegal acts.

The new prize for disobedience, funded by LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman, wants to reward creative nonviolent protest by activists or government officials who stop illegal acts.

"You don't change the world by doing what you're told." So says Joi Ito, the director of the MIT Media Lab, on the nomination form for a new type of award: a prize for disobedience.

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Why You Should Create A Music Playlist For Your Next Meeting

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:27 +0000

The secret to making people pay attention in meetings might be to create a soundtrack. Here's how.

The secret to making people pay attention in meetings might be to create a soundtrack. Here's how.

Few of us look forward to meetings, but they're a necessary evil of the business world. In a survey of 1,000 office workers by task management software provider Igloo, the most common word used to describe meetings is "boring."

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What To Do When Everyone Is Ignoring The Deadlines You Set Them

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:00 +0000

Sending a ton of follow-up emails is counterproductive. Take these four steps instead.

Sending a ton of follow-up emails is counterproductive. Take these four steps instead.

There are plenty of frustrations that crop up during your workday. An overflowing inbox, a to-do list that's a mile long, or that coworker who insists on having phone conversations at a decibel level that can only be described as alarming.

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Why Launching Your Startup In A Crowded Market Might Actually Be A Great Idea

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:00 +0000

If your space is only occupied by early-stage startups and bigger players are staying away, it might not be as hot as you think.

If your space is only occupied by early-stage startups and bigger players are staying away, it might not be as hot as you think.

No one likes waiting in line at a restaurant, watching other people get seated as the smells of freshly cooked food waft past. But while waiting your turn sucks, especially when you're hungry, a crowded space is often a positive sign. It means you have chosen a spot that lots of other people seem to find appealing.

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What John Legend Learned From Working In Consulting

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:00 +0000

The singer also gets real about working with one of his best friends, Friends At Work CEO Ty Stiklorius.

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Why Audiences Are Craving Experiences They Can Touch

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:00 +0000

Immersive theatre is on the rise and the virtual world is looking to it for inspiration.

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Adobe Interns Don't Make Coffee, They Make Apps

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:00 +0000

Interns at the software giant are paid and get professional recognition for their contributions.

Interns at the software giant are paid and get professional recognition for their contributions.

Landing a summer internship, even one without pay, is crucial for college students to earn a "real-world" credit that can boost a resume without much career experience. Yet most interns end up doing the menial tasks that no one else wants to do.

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I Built A Bot To Apply To Thousands Of Jobs At Once--Here's What I Learned

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:00 +0000

As this job seeker's "faith in the front-facing application process eroded into near oblivion," a lower-tech strategy took its place.

As this job seeker's "faith in the front-facing application process eroded into near oblivion," a lower-tech strategy took its place.

I have a great job, and there's no rush to leave. As a director at a national nonprofit I've built some fantastic teams, but over the past year they've gotten so good at what they do that I've begun to wonder whether I'm still needed. So I started slowly casting about for new challenges, initially by applying (perhaps naively) to openings at well-known tech companies like Google, Slack, Facebook, and Squarespace.

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Did People Suffer For Your Cotton Shirt? DNA Tagging Lets You Track Its Origins

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:10 +0000

With a tiny marker on every grain of cotton, Pimacott can keep labels honest. Now if only the rest of the industry would catch up.

With a tiny marker on every grain of cotton, Pimacott can keep labels honest. Now if only the rest of the industry would catch up.

Cotton is a dirty crop, often tinged with human suffering.

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