Corporate Reporting 4D

March 31, 2015

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As global firms increasingly integrate financial and environmental reporting, paints and coatings company AkzoNobel is taking integrated reporting to the next level and measuring the four dimensions of capital: financial, natural, social and human.

AkzoNobel says it will scale up a fourth-dimensional impact assessment approach following a successful pilot.

Some are calling it the future of integrated reporting.

Pavan Sukhdev, CEO of sustainability consultancy GIST Advisory says the pilot “showcases the future of impact valuation and integrated reporting.”

And Adrian de Groot Ruiz, True Price executive director at True Price, a sustainability research organization that confirmed the 4D approach to be the first of its kind to be published, calls it “the future of integrated thinking and reporting.”

The so-called 4D method looks at the whole value chain and is designed to measure both positive and negative environmental, human, social and financial impact. It has been piloted at AkzoNobel’s Pulp and Performance Chemicals business and five other sites in Brazil. The pilot took place during 2014.

This is a repost from the Environment Leader. To read more on “Is the Future of Corporate Reporting 4D?

 

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Sustainability the Next Frontier for Enterprise Innovation

 

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March 31, 2015

By Dr. Tyra Oldham, LANDsds Sustainable Voice News

 

The importance of presentations is the outreach and exchange of new ideas. The idea presented at the 2030 Midwest Regional Sustainable Conference was “Sustainability the Next Frontier for Enterprise Innovation.” As cities and professionals seek new ways to promote sustainability new ideas lead to innovation.

The Definition of the Sustainability the Next Frontier for Enterprise Innovation:

  • “The avalanche of data effects our ability to use information impacting decision-making on critical, complex and standard matters that distort reality.” by Tyra Oldham

The reality of failing infrastructure and economic challenges propel either limitations or opportunities to build capacity in thinking, development and collaborations.

I find to take a stand on unsustainable versus sustainable is the new vision in which sides are drawn and processes are supported to chart a new path. The path leads to connectivity and the synthesis of economic development to build capacities to achieve sustainability. While preservation and development are intertwined to sustain while determining new ways to build, live, eat, work and play harmoniously and healthy.

The fallacy and challenge is in the check marking of sustainability as complete when the process is driven by continuous improvement. Further by isolating various platforms that sync and produce discontinuity in data because the problems are not seen widely and interconnected.

“Not all about LEED but Leadership.”

Those organizations that champion sustainability are seen a super heroes leading the way benchmarking and establishing metrics for others to follow. The risk for these organizations is reporting where all eyes are on the reported while others fail to share.

Sustainability is evolving. I envision Next Frontier the synthesis of the Internet of Things, defining the organizational footprint,  as well as urban and rural resource and intelligence transference.

Sustainability goes beyond the facility but the ability to facilitate and develop solutions that work changing our knowledge, resource and economic viability to optimize capacity and reducing socioeconomic disparity.

 

Contact Tyra Oldham for more information on this content and presentation at land@landsds.com

 

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Some Great Tips to Quality Meetings- The Art of Meetings (LANDsds Sustainable Voice)

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Some Great Tips to Quality Meetings- The Art of Meetings

Talking Heads (3)

March 30, 2015

By Dr. Tyra Oldham, LANDsds Sustainable Voice News

 

Have you been in meetings and to no avail the outcome was tenuous and/or unclear. Have you been in a meeting you thought was great and yet, there are no next steps. Meetings are highly complex and an art form. It is not simple for two people or more to communicate ideas that are retained and move to action. It is not the talking but the way the content is delivered.

This is the same is in networking. When talking or sharing ideas there is a tipping point where the brain is overload. The overload stems from too many topics or points being introduced. This can reduce the impact of the previous statements or points.  Make sure you seek clarity. It is good o ask if you are understood.

Be clear why your in the room but be open to the fact that the other communicator may shift the conversation in your mid sentence — keep listening.

Further, how we consider words are different from others. I love to provide the example that “quality”is understood differently based on your discipline. A person in marketing and engineering value and understand quality differently. Make sure you define words when necessary. We assume we are communicating when we are just talking.

Great conversations  and meetings have the elements of transitional words and are amplified by the listeners need. People want to hear what they want to hear so you must convey new ideas in digestible bites like a great meal.

Here are some tips for better meetings:

  1. Be clear on your interest and goals for the meeting. Never enter a meeting without an intention. Your intention could be not to have an intention and this too can be appreciated when shared.
  2. Keep the meeting to a time limit- respect for time is important. Start on time and end on time if you request the meeting. If the other party extends the meeting be willing.
  3. An idea is appreciated or understood quickly if clear and concise. It does not take a long time to convey a concept unless it is rocket science yet to rocket scientist it will not take long. Remember is not clear, the remainder of the meeting is reinforcing the ideas. This can cause the speaker quality points in the meeting because at a point there is diminishing point in which the more you talk you loose ground.
  4. Never over burden the listener with too many ideas in one meeting. This can cause brain drain and you may leave the listener to decide which points are relevant.
  5. Use psychology in a meeting. Repeat your needs three times in different ways to reinforce your request. Be polite!
  6. Feel confident in your position but be open to new information. When new information is presented think agile and integrate if needed. Communication is like dancing when there is a rhythm and movement using tone, physical ques and silence.
  7. Convey to the other party your deficits in the meeting so you can move beyond the assumptions. For example, I am very bad at remembering names. I make it clear that I am weak in this area so when asked if I remember someone it is easy to respond.
  8. Trust is great but it is very complex to identify and is produced over time. In any meeting you can get around trust by understanding self-interest.  Consider that everyone has a self-interest. If parties can fulfill the others self-interest there is movement. Define and identify the other parties self interest. Make sure you speak to this self-interest without saying, “Your self-interest is…”
  9. Follow up on meetings with supportive and redirect messages. It’s all about the content and data! Follow up with information in a short blast in the others communication style to support and reinforce your meeting. Long emails can kill the buzz and in world where people scan – keep it short and self-interested.

A great meeting is an art that is developed over time. The communicators within a meeting must be willing to want communication. I have always thought if each of us had informed empathy we would treat and communicate better. Engage if all communications are important. You never know where your next opportunity will come. Keep communication alive for words have a life lived beyond are speaking.

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Cleveland Meeting the Challenge for Sustainability by 2030 

USGBC 2030

March 30, 2015
By Dr. Tyra Oldham, LANDsds Sustainable Voice News

 

Cleveland, Ohio’s mission is to be carbon neutral by 2030. They are moving through items in environment, energy etc. to lead towards sustainability.  On of the 2030 Group’s goal is to use less coal and become carbon nuetral.

There are 9 Districts in this 2030 Plan. Seattle is number 1 and Cleveland is number 2. Cleveland has been involved for 3.5 years. Launched in May 10, 2012.  Cleveland is working with DOE as a data partner and  the Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan.

The goal on new buildings
The 2030 goal within existing buildings is to cut by 50%. Cleveland seeks to new buildings to be carbon neutral.
Further, they seek to reduce building size and make new buildings tight for energy efficiency.

As they advance on important aspect within the treatment of buildings  is to aid property owners. “Every time we talk to property owners about their buildings they did not know what their spending.”

We are working to use green leases and change tenant behaviors. The goal is to continue to measure progress. 2030 want more property owners to join. “There is no cost to property owners to engage and join.” The goal is to work with property owners to understand the savings.  In the end is economic development and repurpose the infrastructure.

The challenge is getting the data to  effectively measure. The inability to measure restrains and constrains sustainability and efficiency. Continuous Improvement is challenged without measurement.

 

Seeking other cities to join: Architecture 2030 Districts Formation Toolkit to form a new 2030 group.

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EMC World Technology 2015

May 4-7, 2015  The Venetian
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EMC WORLD 2015

Thousands of attendees representing 106 countries 

EMC WORLD COMMUNITY

EMC World is the place where the full range of EMC Communities come together. At EMC World you will have the opportunity to get connected on the latest activities, events, and buzz in all the areas important to you.

CONTENT TRACK: IT LEADERSHIP

Big Data Storage & Analytics

Converged Infrastructure

DevOps & Next Gen Applications

Hybrid Cloud

Data Protection & Availability

CONTENT TRACK: TECHNOLOGY

Backup, Recovery & Archiving

Big Data Storage & Analytics

Business Continuity & Disaster Avoidance

Cloud Computing

Converged Infrastructure

Data Protection & Availability

ITaaS – People, Process, Technology

Mainframe Environments

Mission Critical Applications & Databases

Momentum/Information Intelligence

Partner Solutions

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2015 Mid Atlantic Truck Show

March 27, 2015

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The Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) is the largest annual heavy-duty trucking industry event in the world. Held each year at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, KY, the show attracts 70,000+ attendees and 1,000+ exhibitors from throughout the United States and abroad. No other show offers more under one roof than the annual Mid-America Trucking Show.

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Has Apple Acquired Acunu Data Analytics Firm

Acunu Analytics dashboard.

 

March 26, 2015

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Rumblings of acquistion. Is this keeping the buy quiet or misinformation.  The skinny reported that “Apple appears to have acquired London-based big data analytics firm Acunu, which previously marketed an eponymous real-time analytics platform that boasted high-velocity ingests and compatibility with Cassandra databases.

Interesting news is unconfirmed by the Apple Insider on “Apple acquires big data analytics firm Acunu“.A preponderance of evidence suggests Apple performed an “acqui-hire” of key Acunu employees in late 2013, though an exact timeline is currently unknown.

 

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STEM Thinking for Foreign Students

March 26, 2015

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Math and science is the platform to increase a push to secure success in the sciences so there is “A smarter way to retain STEM foreign students” to close the gap.

Brooking Institute reported, despite the political and legal fights standing in the way of President Obama’s executive actions to expand relief for undocumented immigrant children and parents, other executive actions on immigration are moving forward. Starting in May, spouses of H-1B workers can apply for employment authorization. Next up are steps to improve the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program.

A November 2014 executive action tasked the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with developing recommendations on how to expand OPT, which allows foreign-student graduates on F-1 visas to work full time in the United States for up to 12 months (29 months for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degree holders) after receiving their U.S. degrees. There is no limit on the number of OPT workers authorized per year, but the program requires approval by the graduate’s school and DHS.

The president does not need congressional approval for changes to the OPT program, since it was created by regulation rather than legislation. In fact, when comprehensive immigration reform failed in 2007, President George W. Bush expanded OPT from 12 months to 29 months for STEM graduates.

About 38 percent of the 954,000 foreign students on F-1 visas, or 362,500, were studying in STEM fields during the 2008 to 2012 period, and at the same time 200,750 OPT participants had a STEM degree (according to my analysis of OPT data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request). Currently, of the foreign STEM graduates working under the OPT program:

  • 15.2 percent or 30,585 graduated with a U.S. bachelor’s degree
  • 62.6 percent or 125,619 graduated with a U.S. master’s degree
  • 22.2 percent or 44,542 graduated with a U.S. doctorate degree

Digging deeper into the data revealed an alarming fact: The majority of STEM master’s degree graduates from Southern India attended for-profit, unaccredited schools that use the F-1 visa system for employment rather than educational purposes. For example, Hyderabad, India is the number-one source of STEM foreign students into the United States, yet high on the list of schools those students attended were Tri-Valley University and University of Northern Virginia, both of which have been shut down for visa fraud. Similarly, in mid-March 2015 Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials raided three schools in Los Angeles for a similar foreign-student visa fraud scheme. These unaccredited schools offering bogus master’s degrees flourish since they can offer their STEM graduates longer work authorization under OPT and the ability to qualify for the additional 20,000 H-1B visas set aside for advanced-degree graduates of U.S. universities.

Furthermore, since there are no minimum wage or salary requirements under the OPT program, employers can easily exploit foreign-student graduates by paying them little or no wages as they wait for an employment-based visa such as the H-1B. Moreover, once foreign graduates obtain an H-1B visa, their wait time for employer-sponsored permanent residency (a green card) can take longer than 10 years.

President Obama should use his executive authority to reform the OPT program so that it retains qualified foreign students while protecting them and other workers:

  • First, expansion of the OPT program should apply only to graduates from schools accredited by an agency recognized by the Department of Education or approved by the secretary of education. My research indicates that 61 percent of the 231,000 foreign students who enter the U.S. annually to pursue a bachelor’s degree or higher study at top-tier accredited schools (Carnegie-ranked doctoral-granting universities with very high or high research activity).
  • Second, the president’s order should set wage guidelines, similar to those in the currentH-1B visa program, for employers hiring graduates under OPT for more than one year. This requirement would protect foreign workers from exploitation and mitigate adverse effects on the wages of native-born workers.
  • Third, fixing the OPT program is just a temporary solution to a larger problem that requires legislation, and the president should work with Congress on a bill to allow foreign graduates from accredited schools to apply directly for green cards. Currently, many foreign-student graduates rely on H-1B employment-based visas to stay longer than is allowed under OPT, yet only 26,000 of the annually available 85,000 H-1B visas were granted to foreign graduates of U.S. universities (based on analysis of 2010 FOIA data). Furthermore, U.S. immigration law caps any one country’s share of green cards to 7 percent of the total, and this rule contributes to a huge backlog for Indian and Chinese nationals, the two largest foreign-student populations.

These actions could provide pathways to retain highly qualified graduates from American higher educational institutions, an important step toward preserving the United States’ status as a hub of innovation and knowledge creation.

Repost from Neil G. Ruiz, Brookings Institute.

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Facebook Live Streaming

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March 25, 2015

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News from Facebook recruiting App traffic and development understanding the power of Facebook analytics for development. Facebook launching new technology. The live event allows global participation.
Hi there,

The time has come! F8 2015 is about to begin. Don’t miss the opening keynote with Mark Zuckerberg, live from San Francisco.

We will also be posting sights and sounds of the event to our Facebook Developers page throughout the day.

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Challenging Access to Jobs and Urban America

JOBS A
March 25, 2015
The challenge in jobs is the disambiguation between role, technology, communication and proximity coupled with the consistent -ism’s that prevent many access to resources and information.  There is a trend to  combine positions to improve production and reduce costs – getting more for less philosophy.  The answer is there are people to fill the roles but access is akin to crossing a chasm. Companies can decide how they wish to acquire resources to reap the return between outsourcing, employment, contractual and the cost of paying for expertise.
When companies are willing to relocate professionals and/or consider other non-traditional work environments to gain core intelligences such as, telecommuting, work day reconfiguration and/or time-sharing work practices. Despite the work to produce organizational changes when performed the results are lean, sustainable and productive environments generated by new models to gain good-to-great-workers today.
I must offer that in the inclusion-confusion minorities are game and ready for work when the doors are open. Do not let it be said that workers are not hungry for work- their starving.
The group of minorities between the ages of 35-60 are the one of the most educated in U.S. history yet they are undervalued and are seeking access to accelerating work opportunities. It is time to dispel the rumor mill that there are not qualified minorities or women, as well as they cannot be found- they are ready and willing. 
I like to share with my readers what Brooking had to say.
Brookings Institute reported “The growing distance between people and jobs in metropolitan America“. Proximity to employment can influence a range of economic and social outcomes, from local fiscal health to the employment prospects of residents, particularly low-income and minority workers. An analysis of private-sector employment and demographic data at the census tract level reveals that:Between 2000 and 2012, the number of jobs within the typical commute distance for residents in a major metro area fell by 7 percent. Of the nation’s 96 largest metro areas, in only 29—many in the South and West, including McAllen, Texas, Bakersfield, Calif., Raleigh, N.C., and Baton Rouge, La.—did the number of jobs within a typical commute distance for the average resident increase. Each of these 29 metro areas also experienced net job gains between 2000 and 2012.As employment suburbanized, the number of jobs near both the typical city and suburban resident fell. Suburban residents saw the number of jobs within a typical commute distance drop by 7 percent, more than twice the decline experienced by the typical city resident (3 percent). In all, 32.7 million city residents lived in neighborhoods with declining proximity to jobs compared to 59.4 million suburban residents.

As poor and minority residents shifted toward suburbs in the 2000s, their proximity to jobs fell more than for non-poor and white residents. The number of jobs near the typical Hispanic (-17 percent) and black (-14 percent) resident in major metro areas declined much more steeply than for white (-6 percent) residents, a pattern repeated for the typical poor (-17 percent) versus non-poor (-6 percent) resident.

Residents of high-poverty and majority-minority neighborhoods experienced particularly pronounced declines in job proximity. Overall, 61 percent of high-poverty tracts (with poverty rates above 20 percent) and 55 percent of majority-minority neighborhoods experienced declines in job proximity between 2000 and 2012. A growing number of these tracts are in suburbs, where nearby jobs for the residents of these neighborhoods dropped at a much faster pace than for the typical suburban resident (17 and 16 percent, respectively, versus 7 percent).

For local and regional leaders working to grow their economies in ways that promote opportunity and upward mobility for all residents, these findings underscore the importance of understanding how regional economic and demographic trends intersect at the local level to shape access to employment opportunities, particularly for disadvantaged populations and neighborhoods. And they point to the need for more integrated and collaborative regional strategies around economic development, housing, transportation, and workforce decisions that take job proximity into account.

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Elizabeth Kneebone

Elizabeth Kneebone is a fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. Her work primarily focuses on urban and suburban poverty, metropolitan demographics, and tax policies that support low-income workers and communities. 

Natalie Holmes

Natalie Holmes is a senior research assistant at the Metropolitan Policy Program. Her work focuses on poverty, access to opportunity, and tax policies that support low-income workers and communities in metropolitan America.

Neighborhood trends in the number of nearby jobs

For each census tract, find the number of jobs located nearby (i.e. within a typical commute distance for the metro area). Use the “Map options” menu to select which year of data to view, and to identify high-poverty or majority-minority neighborhoods. More information »

How do the neighborhoods in the map above compare to the metro area average?

Number of jobs near the average resident of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV metro area

Entire metro area City portion of the metro area Suburban portion of the metro area
Neighborhood type 2000 2012 Change (%) 2000 2012 Change (%) 2000 2012 Change (%)
All 400,045 407,944 +2.0% 848,274 921,266 +8.6% 299,014 302,957 +1.3%
High-poverty 747,532 676,089 -9.6% 807,145 851,734 +5.5% 462,471 457,785 -1.0%
Majority-minority 544,120 440,073 -19.1% 816,299 877,949 +7.5% 426,355 348,056 -18.4%

For each metropolitan area, see how the number of jobs near the average resident compares with other large metro areas and the nation as a whole. Hover over each bar for detailed information.

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