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Bloomberg Focuses on Rest (as in Rest of the World) - NYTimes.com
December 14, 2013 | NYT | By MICHAEL BARBARO.

Bloomberg Associates will be a project that is the first concrete phase of a post-mayoral life that aides said would remain intensely focused on cities, long viewed by him as laboratories for large-scale experiments in public health, economic development and environmental sustainability.

Above all, the new endeavor reflects a profound confidence — never in short supply with this mayor — that it would behoove dozens of municipalities to replicate the ideas that defined his tenure: turning busy roads into pedestrian plazas, posting calorie counts in fast-food chains, creating a customer-service hotline for citizens....The consulting group is the latest chapter in Mr. Bloomberg’s long journey from political neophyte to much-admired mentor to fellow mayors, dozens of whom have flocked to City Hall to study his open-seat bullpen layout, attended his conferences about urban innovation and applied for grants from his foundation (called “mayors’ school” by several city leaders who have spent time there).
Michael_Bloomberg  New_York_City  Second_Acts  management_consulting  hotlines  data  data_driven  cities  mayoral  large-scale  public_health  economic_development  sustainability  environment 
december 2013
What Tech Hasn’t Learned From Urban Planning - NYTimes.com
By ALLISON ARIEFF
Published: December 13, 2013

“Community space” implies something that is open to, well, the community. Subverting of naming conventions to suggest public access and transparency, while providing neither, is troubling and increasingly pervasive. But this turning inward, despite the incessant drumbeat of “community,” is quickly becoming the rule rather than the exception.... In “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” Jane Jacobs wrote, “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” We’re losing that here. The further the tech sector gets from the reality of the problems it’s engaging with, the smaller piece of the problem they’ll end up actually fixing.

The tech sector’s embrace of urbanist lingua franca and its enthusiasm to engage with urban problems is awesome, and much welcomed. But these folks need to become better urbanists.
design  urban_planning  San_Francisco  technology  community  Jane_Jacobs 
december 2013
Memo to Canadian bankers: Show your local startups some love - The Globe and Mail
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Published Friday, Dec. 13 2013
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december 2013
From Google Wallet to bitcoin, banks’ grip on savers is loosening - The Globe and Mail
CARL MORTISHED
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If HSBC is contemplating becoming less local in its U.K. home market, it may be because their “local” knowledge tells them that in parts of Africa, ordinary people are doing cashless payment transactions by cellphone without the need of complex apps, not to mention debit cards or cheques....The real risk for the banks, however, is disintermediation, where the social media and Internet platforms simply channel moneydata from customers to retailers or from lenders to borrowers without bank intervention. Crowd funding and peer-to-peer lending platforms are still in their infancy, but that is probably because they lack the connection to the vast pot of money that would be available from a Google-bank or Face-bank.

Finally, there is the money issue, made relevant by the bizarre phenomenon of bitcoin, the ultimate disintermediation tool. If the unit of value as well as the medium of exchange moved out of the world of banking and into the ether, the transition to a debanked world would be complete.

LONDON — The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Dec. 12 2013
banks  banking  Google  Facebook  P2P  peer-to-peer  HSBC  disintermediation  bitcoin  regulation  mobile_payments 
december 2013
Wealthy, entitled, given free stuff – you know, victims of fate - The Globe and Mail
Elizabeth Renzetti

The Globe and Mail

Published Saturday, Dec. 14 2013

Resentment boils hot at the other end of the economic spectrum, as academic Michael Kimmel points out in his new book, Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era. The men he writes about are furious that the world has changed and left them behind. The difference is that their rage and bewilderment is earned and authentic: They’ve lost jobs or come home maimed from war. “I grew up thinking that all I needed to do was sign up to be the man they told me to be,” one laid-off 52-year-old salesman says. “And now you’re saying we’re not getting the big payoff? Are you kidding me?”,
grievances  Rob_Ford  Conrad_Black  rage  resentments  entitlements  books  Elizabeth_Renzetti  white_men 
december 2013
Ten ways to position yourself as a thought leader - The Globe and Mail
Jeff Quipp (for Charles Waud & WaudWare)

Contributed to The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Dec. 13 2013

key tips for professionals and business owners looking to carve out their place as thought leaders:

1. Blog. Wordpress is a popular platform and easy to use. Set up your blog and your editorial calendar (what you’ll blog about/when) at the same time with a commitment to blogging once a week.

2. Create e-books and white papers. This content showcases in-depth knowledge and entices website visitors to subscribe in order to access the information. By offering a valuable piece of content in exchange for their contact information you can continue to share insights and solicit feedback that informs your future content creation. These items are subsequently shared through various social networks thereby growing your profile as an authority. To begin this process, identify the areas for which you have the expertise to create a “how-to” guide. Offer information that is enduring while incorporating timely examples. Once created, the link and a call to action to download the e-book should be placed on every relevant page of your website. Using the contact information that was submitted in order to download the e-book, you can then carry on a dialogue with a captive audience and continue to define yourself as an authority in that space/on that topic.

3. PR and media coverage. Earned media is the signal that what you are doing or saying is newsworthy. Obtaining coverage of new initiatives, launches, and products adds profile and builds your caché in the public eye. Earned media is much more trusted than owned or paid media. It’s worth the investment to outsource this to an expert. You can be a thought leader and still outsource part of the effort to communicate that fact.

4. Speak at conferences (expertise). Every time you put yourself in the role of presenter or panel speaker for conferences you are building your authority as the go-to for those looking to glean new learning and best practices. Especially when the conference speaks to your industry, it takes confidence in your own knowledge and expertise to take on that role. If you establish yourself as being assured of your authority, others will confirm it through word of mouth and insider discussions about those speaker events. Look for opportunities by researching conferences by geography, topic, industry or associations with which you want to connect. When speaking, err on the side of giving people more -- not less -- so they walk away impressed, give good reviews, and buoy your reputation as a desired speaker.

5. Make yourself available through Q & A sites. Whether it’s an online industry forum or LinkedIn, professional chats are an ever-increasing avenue to get your thoughts and opinions seen.

6. Twitter chats. Every day, thousands of Twitter chats take place bringing people from all across the globe together, online, in real time, to discuss topics of interest.

7. Publish news early. Sharing news is vital on social media channels to carve out your space as an authority; it shows you’re on top of what’s happening. But being among the first to do so is key. Anyone can retweet the headline from today’s paper. Share it early and go the extra mile to find and share emerging news from less prevalent sources – keep in mind time differences and get your news from sources that may be ahead.

8. Expert commentary (expertise) on breaking news in your field. The latest launch, merger, acquisition. There are always changes and those are just the facts. What about the impact and the future it bears? Offer your expert commentary to key media as the news happens. Offer thoughtful input and practical tips to address changes or exploit opportunities; this is where your trusted PR experts come in handy. Additionally use these opportunities to fuel a blog and leverage those posts on your website and social media channels where they often get additional pick up. Remember, ***don’t just share the news – add value – say what it means to your current/prospective clients.***

9. Connect with other thought leaders. Comment on blogs or in LinkedIn groups within your industry. It will help get your name out there on topics that current and prospective stakeholders are interested in talking about and your comments will also be found in Google searches of your name. If other thought leaders are talking to you and about you that translates to a level of success by association.

10. Be a mentor. Offer your support to those coming up in the field. Whether it’s in the form of informational interviews, reviewing a proposal and providing feedback, speaking at postsecondary institutions or sitting on program advisory committees. By growing your presence as a source of influence and inspiration others will seek out your advice, input and professional service and spread the word about your authority.
thought_leadership  personal_branding  Managing_Your_Career  JCK  mentoring  content_creators  creating_valuable_content  public_speaking  expertise 
december 2013
Historical Recipes Are the Next Big Thing - WSJ.com
Dec. 13, 2013 |WSJ| By Elizabeth Gunnison Dunn.

In a culinary landscape filled with Szechuan pastrami and cronuts, it can feel like our chefs are slaves to novelty, forever breaking with traditional foodways in favor of dishes inspired by artistic whims and enabled by modern technology. But look past the clamor of innovation and you'll find some of the country's most gifted toques quietly engrossed in old cookbooks, viewing the historical record as a treasure trove of ingenious techniques and preparations.
recipes  cookbooks  pasta  history  puddings  oxtail  whims 
december 2013
The New World of Men's Shoes - WSJ.com
Dec. 13, 2013 | WSJ| By John Ortved.

which pairs does a guy now need to own? Mr. Jennings's list of essentials includes wingtip brogues, cap-toed lace-ups, slip-on loafers and any style in cordovan-hued leather, which coordinates well with blacks, blues and browns. A monk-strap shoe, he added, while not essential, can be a smart addition.....Some also consider a new popular category—the fashion sneaker—to be an essential. High-end fashion brands like Lanvin, Balmain and Saint Laurent are finding an ever-growing market for their versions, which start around $500 and go up to four figures. "It used to be 'Sex and the City,' women and the Manolo Blahnik. Now it's men spending $1,000 on sneakers," said Matthew Chevallard, the 27-year-old co-founder of Del Toro, a contemporary shoe brand he founded in 2005
shoes  mens'_clothing  stylish  sneakers  cleaning  maintenance 
december 2013
The 10 best new restaurants in Toronto - The Globe and Mail
CHRIS NUTTALL-SMITH

The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Dec. 13 2013
best_of  restaurants  Toronto  Chris_Nuttall-Smith 
december 2013
Dr. Bevin Arvad Hamlet,
Recommend on December 12, 2013 by Dr. Carolyn Jarrett.
doctors  medical  Toronto 
december 2013
PhD student makes municipal politics media-friendly
November 8, 2013 | UToday-- University of Calgary |By Heath McCoy

In the past, Fairie has also honed his teaching skills by leading classes on research methods. “That’s usually about making stats accessible for people who hate numbers, so I think I developed some skills there, in making the hard details a bit more fun.”

Now that he’s graduating, Fairie wants to take his passion for statistics to the next level. He plans to start up a data-science consulting firm with colleagues.

“I’d like to work with organizations and government bodies who have big data sets which they need to get value out of,” he says. “I can help them understand the patterns that are going on underneath that data. It’s valuable information.”
Colleges_&_Universities  Calgary  data_scientists  politics  municipalities  elections  massive_data_sets  political_campaigns 
december 2013
Marc Faber's Biggest Mistake - WSJ.com
Sept. 20, 2013 | WSJ |By Jamie Lee.


Faber also lent an old buddy $50,000 and never saw it again. "When you want to collect, people don't return emails, they don't call back," he said. Lesson learned: He now only makes family-friend loans that are backed by assets. He has done a lot better buying and keeping a host of memorabilia. Faber, who lives in Thailand and races around on motorbikes, began building a stash of Chairman Mao posters, badges and other collectibles in the '70s when Mao was close to death.

Once worth just a few cents each, some of the 330,000 badges he bought are now worth at least $150 apiece. But Faber is in no hurry to sell. "I don't need the money," he says. "It's an unusual collection, and I have a very large office."
collectors  collectibles  high_net_worth  money_management  Marc_Faber  personal_finance  Thailand  Swiss  financiers  mistakes  investors 
december 2013
Goldman juniors
Nov. 9, 2013 |The Financial Times p16.|

Hotshot university grads should not worry that Goldman Sachs' plan to cut back the hours of junior bankers is just a ruse. They should worry that it's for re...
Goldman_Sachs  Wall_Street  new_graduates 
december 2013
The Race for Faster Delivery of Everything - Corporate Intelligence - WSJ
December 11, 2013, 7:34 PM

The Race for Faster Delivery of Everything

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delivery  time-based  Amazon  AmazonFresh  supply_chains  UPS  EBay  EBay_Now  shippers  perishables  logistics  delivery_times  speed  fulfillment  same-day  delivery_services  fast-paced 
december 2013
Sysco to Buy US Foods for $3.5 Billion to Create Food-Distribution Giant - WSJ.com
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Annie Gasparro,
Sarah E. Needleman
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Ryan Dezember
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Updated Dec. 11, 2013
The two biggest U.S. food-distribution companies announced a merger that will create a giant with about $65 billion in annual revenue and enhanced clout over purchasing by institutions ranging from restaurants and hotels to hospitals and schools.

Sysco Corp. SYY 0.00% said it will buy rival US Foods for $3.5 billion, uniting two middlemen that are already central players in the service economy. Sysco alone has about 425,000 customers, and it and US Foods together collected about 27% of the revenue in the U.S. food-distribution market last year, according to research firm Technomic Inc....Founded in 1969, Sysco has grown to 48,100 employees world-wide, thanks in part to acquisitions of smaller regional players. But the US Foods deal is by far its largest to date.

Sysco considered buying US Foods almost seven years ago but didn't. Mr. DeLaney said the change of heart came because US Foods became a more efficient company.

He said US Foods has technology related to customer ordering and a mobile application that Sysco is interested in.
Sysco  food  foodservice  distribution_channels  mergers_&_acquisitions  M&A  Clayton_Dubilier_Rice  KKR  middlemen 
december 2013
There is no trigger to pull
September 08, 2012 | Globeinvestor.com: | Eric Reguly
Eric_Reguly 
december 2013
Youth potential languishing in tight job market
August 15 2012 | Share News | Pat Watson.

The good news is that human beings are, if nothing else, wired for survival. As such, the creativity that is alive and well among young people is already showing itself. Even so, government and the private sector cannot relinquish their responsibility. They must make space for co-op and professional job placements. There must also be programs that support youth entrepreneurship, both in developing entrepreneurial skills and in providing funding for business start-ups. If the structures in place will not provide enough jobs, then they must at least ensure the means to give youth a push start. They also have to make it a priority to let youth know these means are available. Better that than steady talk about building more prison facilities.
youth  unemployment  Toronto  African_Canadians  entrepreneurship  young_people 
december 2013
Mail-delivery cutbacks hit a nerve in digitally divided Canada - The Globe and Mail
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Published Wednesday, Dec. 11 2013
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december 2013
U.S. venture capital group expands Canadian footprint - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Dec. 10 2013,

Venture capital firm Versant Ventures is expanding its investment network in Canada.

The California-based investment company that specializes in life sciences – from medical devices to biopharmaceuticals – said Monday it is planning to add a Montreal-based investment division aimed at starting new companies from scratch.
vc  venture_capital  Montreal  life_sciences  medical_devices 
december 2013
Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid
11/18/2013| - Forbes| Cheryl Conner, Contributor

For all the time executives spend concerned about physical strength and health, when it comes down to it, mental strength can mean even more. Particularly for entrepreneurs, numerous articles talk about critical characteristics of mental strength—tenacity, “grit,” optimism, and an unfailing ability as Forbes contributor David Williams says, to “fail up.”...we can also define mental strength by identifying the things mentally strong individuals don’t do.
1. Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves.
2. Give Away Their Power.
3. Shy Away from Change.
4. Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control.

5. Worry About Pleasing Others.
6. Fear Taking Calculated Risks.
7. Dwell on the Past.
8. Make the Same Mistakes Over and Over.
9. Resent Other People’s Success.
10. Give Up After Failure.
11. Fear Alone Time.
12. Feel the World Owes Them Anything.
13. Expect Immediate Results.
grit  resilience  personality_types/traits  character_traits  habits  inspiration  beyond_one's_control  affirmations  overachievers  span_of_control  high-achieving 
december 2013
Use GO trains instead of building downtown relief line, report suggests
Dec 11 2013 | Toronto Star |By Laura Kane News reporter, Published on Wed .
DRL  transit  GO 
december 2013
Downtown relief line name alternatives sought
Dec 04 2013 | Toronto Star |By: Tess Kalinowski Transportation reporter, Published on Wed .
DRL  transit  Toronto 
december 2013
As Mandela is remembered, a moment of praise for F.W. de Klerk - The Globe and Mail
BARBARA MCDOUGALL

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Wednesday, Dec. 11 2013,
South_Africa  history  politicians 
december 2013
Why 3-D Printing Is a Serious Business Tool - The CIO Report - WSJ
December 9, 2013 | WSJ | By Barry Jaruzelski and Richard Holman
3-D 
december 2013
Review of Space Monkey Peer-to-Peer Digital Storage System - WSJ.com
Dec. 10, 2013 | WSJ| By Katherine Boehret.

The $199 Space Monkey storage solution offers two ways to store files: Remote storage, which uses a peer-to-peer system, and local storage, which uses this one-terabyte hard drive, above, that plugs into a wireless router. Space Monkey
P2P  peer-to-peer  cloud_computing  digital_storage 
december 2013
There needs to be a sober examination of our state of affairs Georgetown, Guyana
December 6, 2013 | Stabroek News | Frank Fyffe.

Said Fenty: “I now lament the stark fact that politics, governance, discrimination, corruption, management of resources and lack of employment among other factors, have caused young Guyanese to yearn to leave this homeland still rich with resources. Do you realise what national hopelessness means amongst the larger portion of our population?” But who can honestly look you in the eye and deny that? And I’m not denying the hard, perilous and precarious times many are faced with abroad, but the very fact that they crave madly the opportunity to leave paints a picture and tells a different story ‒ too many things are amiss and adrift.
Guyana  letters_to_the_editor  failed_states  misgovernance  hopelessness  brain_drain  emigration  politics  governance  discrimination  corruption  mismanagement  unemployment  precarious 
december 2013
Why Machiavelli Still Matters - NYTimes.com
By JOHN SCOTT and ROBERT ZARETSKY
Published: December 9, 2013

“The Prince” is a manual for those who wish to win and keep power. The Renaissance was awash in such how-to guides, but Machiavelli’s was different. To be sure, he counsels a prince on how to act toward his enemies, using force and fraud in war. But his true novelty resides in how we should think about our friends. It is at the book’s heart, in the chapter devoted to this issue, that Machiavelli proclaims his originality.

Set aside what you would like to imagine about politics, Machiavelli writes, and instead go straight to the truth of how things really work, or what he calls the “effectual truth.” [Effectual truth means not only that the truth will have an effect, a consequence, but also that its effect will show. Those who try to live by a profession of good will fail and be shown to fail. ] You will see that allies in politics, whether at home or abroad, are not friends....Machiavelli teaches that in a world where so many are not good, you must learn to be able to not be good. The virtues taught in our secular and religious schools are incompatible with the virtues one must practice to safeguard those same institutions. The power of the lion and the cleverness of the fox: These are the qualities a leader must harness to preserve the republic.

For such a leader, allies are friends when it is in their interest to be. (We can, with difficulty, accept this lesson when embodied by a Charles de Gaulle; we have even greater difficulty when it is taught by, say, Hamid Karzai.) What’s more, Machiavelli says, leaders must at times inspire fear not only in their foes but even in their allies — and even in their own ministers.
cynicism  Niccolò_Machiavelli  Medici  indispensable  advice  friendships  politics  power  virtues  interests  consigliere  leaders  self-interest  fear  adaptability  political_power  self-preservation  effectiveness  Charles_de_Gaulle  negative_space  primers 
december 2013
Case Study: Edgy Ad Campaign, With Hefty Digital, Traditional PR Support, Helps the Pistachio Come Out of Its Shell
Timeframe: March - Dec. 2009

In early 2009, life wasn't all it was cracked up to be for the pistachio. In March of that year, the FDA issued a precautionary, voluntary recall for the green nut for...
product_recalls  public_relations  commodities  branding  brands  transparency  crisis_management  FDA  marketing  Lynda_Resnick  social_media  funnies  contests  virality 
december 2013
DESIGN: Brand design--the antidote to category camouflage
Jan 9, 2009 | Marketing Week | Andy Black.

As budgets are cut and tough questions are asked, design can make a difference by getting a brand noticed, standing out from the competition and engaging ...
branding  brands  design  commodities  advertising  hard_questions 
december 2013
Chilled champion
Jun 27, 2007 | Marketing | Charles Gemma.

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Richard Tolley has no interest in golf, and has never played on the rather odd mini-course on Dairy Crest's ...
marketing  dairy  branding  brands 
december 2013
Tart Cherries Grown in the States of Michigan, et al.; Final Free and Restricted Percentages for the 2006-2007 Crop Year for Tart Cherries
Mar 23, 2007 | The Federal Register / FIND72.

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Aggregate demand for tart cherries and tart cherry products tends to be relatively stable from ye...
commodities  agriculture  farming  brands  branding 
december 2013
Co-op Delivers Atlantic 'Gold'
Anonymous. Canadian Grocer119.9 (Nov 2005): 12.


John Harvie, CEO of Co-op Atlantic, says development of the Rochdale Gold demonstrates the forward-looking, consumer-sensitive character of today's...
potatoes  innovation  agriculture  commodities  brands  branding  retailers 
december 2013
Smoked Fish Pâté - The Globe and Mail
Lucy Waverman

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Nov. 26 2013, 5
cured_and_smoked  fish  recipes  Lucy_Waverman  pâtés_&_terrines  howto 
december 2013
FBI’s search for ‘Mo,’ suspect in bomb threats, highlights use of malware for surveillance - The Washington Post
FBI’s search for ‘Mo,’ suspect in bomb threats, highlights use of malware for surveillance
By Craig Timberg and Ellen Nakashima, Published: December 6
FBI  surveillance  malware 
december 2013
The Path to Happy Employment, Contact by Contact on LinkedIn - NYTimes.com
By ERIC A. TAUB
Published: December 4, 2013

LinkedIn, the networking site for professionals, has become a vast business gathering place. With more than 259 million members in over 200 countries, LinkedIn offers users, most of whom pay nothing for the service, a chance to hone and increase their contacts. Users can also limit their connections to others who can best help them professionally....First, the basics: LinkedIn allows users to create a compelling text-and-multimedia narrative of their life and work. It can be updated at will, can be any length and it will often pop up in a Web search of the user’s name. Add multimedia, such as slide presentations and links to examples of your work.

Use the headline space (right under your name) to create a compelling statement about yourself. Instead of “third assistant stock clerk,” be creative. “Inventory manager with over 20 years’ experience” will generate more views. ....As Ted Prodromou, a San Francisco consultant and author of a book on how to use LinkedIn, says, “What would you type in, to find you?.....To avoid embarrassing congratulatory emails for something you haven’t done, turn off those notification settings before you post your profile .... To avoid embarrassing congratulatory emails for something you haven’t done, turn off those notification settings before you post your profile. To do so, hover your cursor over your picture in the upper right. Then click “Review,” next to “Privacy and Settings.”

On the “Profile” tab, you can turn off these “activity broadcasts” or decide who should see them if you want to leave them on. This is also where you can choose to let others know you have viewed their profile (or prefer to be anonymous), determine how much of your profile strangers can see, automatically send profile updates to your Twitter account and other options.
LinkedIn  productivity  howto  JCK  job_opportunities  job_search 
december 2013
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