It's the Dawning of the Age of Experience
Experience design is no longer a nice-to-have luxury of a few\norganizations with tons of money and exceptional visionary management.\nIt’s become commonplace for organizations that build products and web\nsites. Experience Design is a centerpiece of boardroom discussions and\nquickly becoming a key performance indicator for many businesses.\n\n\n
However, you can’t just hire a couple of "experience designers" and\ntell them, "Go do that voodoo that you do so well." Today’s business\nenvironment forces us to build multi-disciplinary teams, compiling a\ndiverse group of skills and experiences to handle the many facets of\nthe technical, business, and user requirements. In his usual entertaining and insightful manner, Jared M. Spool will talk\nabout what it takes to build a design team that meets today’s needs.
The part about the "multi-disciplinary teams" is spot on. Organizations need T-thinkers, not silo thinkers if they want to achieve success in today's global innovation environment. The event at the IBM Innovation Center will feature examples from Southwest Airlines, the Mayo Clinic, and Netflix. (Oh, and some other little company you might have heard of -- Apple)\n\n
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Antimicrobial resistance is growing worldwide, rendering many "work horse" medicines ineffective. Without intervention, drug-resistant pathogens could lead to millions of deaths by 2050. Thankfully, companies like Pfizer are taking action.
- Antimicrobial-resistant pathogens are one of the largest threats to global health today.
- As we get older, our immune systems age, increasing our risk of life threatening infections. Without reliable antibiotics, life expectancy could decline for the first time in modern history.
- If antibiotics become ineffective, common infections could result in hospitalization or even death. Life-saving interventions like cancer treatments and organ transplantation would become more difficult, more often resulting in death. Routine procedures would become hard to perform.
- Without intervention, resistant pathogens could result in 10 million annual deaths by 2050.
- By taking a multi-faceted approach—inclusive of adherence to good stewardship, surveillance and responsible manufacturing practices, as well as an emphasis on prevention and treatment—companies like Pfizer are fighting to help curb the spread.
Long hidden under trees, it's utterly massive
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Christmas has many pagan and secular traditions that early Christians incorporated into this new holiday.
- Christmas was heavily influenced by the Roman festival of Saturnalia.
- The historical Jesus was not born on December 25th as many contemporary Christians believe.
- Many staple Christmas traditions predated the festival and were tied into ancient pagan worship of the sun and related directly to the winter solstice.
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