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Applying blockchain technology to online reviews

The same technological innovations that are fueling changes in the financial and a few other sectors are prepared to provide solutions in many other areas. Blockchain, the technology behind everything from new payment systems and document storage to voter registration and academic credentials verification, is emerging as a disruptive system that replaces centralized servers with a decentralized network that is more […]

November 3rd, 2017|Chelsea Lam, Leaders|2 Comments|
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    Grenfell Tower: Why aren’t more women covering big news stories?

Grenfell Tower: Why aren’t more women covering big news stories?

They are words I’ve heard several times in my career, whenever I deviate from my usual beat of writing about celebrities, but this time it was much more memorable.

“What’s that f-ing showbiz girl doing down here?”, I overheard a male news reporter from a rival newspaper say. I was at Grenfell Tower in the aftermath of the terrible inferno, […]

September 19th, 2017|Gender, Katie Hind, Leaders|1 Comment|
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    British society sees itself through a predominantly old, white male gaze

British society sees itself through a predominantly old, white male gaze

The media is the mirror that society holds up to itself, it is through newspapers – online and off – that the first draft of history is created and power held to account. At Women in Journalism we believe that it is vital to the functioning of democracy that the mirror the media holds up to society provides a […]

September 15th, 2017|Eleanor Mills, Gender, Leaders|1 Comment|
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    Think manager, think male: Stereotypes that the media help reinforce

Think manager, think male: Stereotypes that the media help reinforce

 Popular stories in the media often reinforce misperceptions of women leaders by speculating about how they are different from men. They ‘sell’ because these stories seem to resonate with an unfailing belief about women and men, even if research shows the premises behind them are simply wrong and rooted in gender biases or stereotypes.

Unfortunately gender stereotyping is alive and […]

Peer review processes risk strangling economic growth

Einstein’s theory of relativity was criticized in 1931 in a book titled ‘100 authors against Einstein’. He replied that if they were right, one author would have been enough. This is an extreme example of the perils of peer review when dealing with brilliant researchers at the cutting edge of science. It is of vital importance right now to […]

For 3D printing to go mainstream, it needs a platform

It is a truth all but universally acknowledged that in our digital age every great technology is in need of a platform to enable it to make the leap from technological renown to mass application. We have all heard of the stories of how sector after sector has been transformed by platforms. Think of telecommunications, media and entertainment and, […]

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    Could the EU’s new data regulation be the catalyst for a more ethical social media?

Could the EU’s new data regulation be the catalyst for a more ethical social media?

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect May, 2018. Every firm, irrespective of its physical location, interacting with EU citizens, will need to make changes to oversight, systems and processes to comply with the new rules.

Little known and even less discussed, the GDPR is the most important change in how we are store and process […]

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    Buffer: ‘Why we abolished the office and became a fully remote team’

Buffer: ‘Why we abolished the office and became a fully remote team’

Two years ago, our already fully remote team of then 50 people decided to close down our only remaining tie to the traditional workforce, a small office in San Francisco. Here’s why we decided to be a remote company in the first place, how it’s going for us, and what’s next for a company with no office.

First, let’s look […]

Why feeling ‘safe’ at work increases innovation

When we talk about feeling ‘safe’ at work, what first comes to mind is our physical or functional safety. However, how safe do you feel psychologically? Do you feel safe to speak up, voice your opinions and ideas? Do you feel safe to make mistakes without fear of being ridiculed or punished? Do you feel safe (and empowered) to […]

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    Purpose and trust are valuable antidotes to relationship conflict at work

Purpose and trust are valuable antidotes to relationship conflict at work

How do we improve performance? Do we cut costs and focus on efficiency? Invest in sales, technology or marketing? Should we develop our existing product suite or start from scratch on something new? Do we grow local market share or explore uncharted territories?

We need to prioritise our outcomes and allocate our resources as a leadership team. This is task […]

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    The UK should emulate a US programme that made women’s participation in sport explode

The UK should emulate a US programme that made women’s participation in sport explode

Few in the UK would know the term ‘Title IX’ and yet it is one of the most important pieces of anti-discrimination legislation in United States. Passed in 1972, it mandated that no person, regardless of sex, can be denied access to any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Specifically, it dictated that every dollar allocated for […]

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    In the absence of domestic resources, foreign cash is feeding UK startups

In the absence of domestic resources, foreign cash is feeding UK startups

For over two years we’ve been concerned about the fall in investment rounds to UK businesses. So we are pleased to see this decline abating in our analysis of equity investment activity in the first half of this year, as well as a record level of cash invested.

But, as usual, beneath the surface there are some interesting undercurrents. The fact that later-stage […]

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    Sluggish recovery by low-income countries could be Africa’s next big challenge

Sluggish recovery by low-income countries could be Africa’s next big challenge

In April 2017, the World Bank tabled a fairly optimistic forecast for commodity prices for 2017 and 2018 anticipating: crude oil to average $55 per barrel in 2017 before nudging further north to $60 in 2018; a 26 per cent rise in the price of energy commodities (including natural gas and coal) in 2017 and a more moderate 8 […]

The bitcoin fork: What’s happening

Background

For the past number of years we’ve been hearing a lot about bitcoin – how the technology of a blockchain, coupled with certain restrictions and incentives for various parties, could produce a viable currency, independent of either physical collateral or the authority of a state. In many respects it would seem that bitcoin has been a success. Now when […]

The exploding popularity of RegTech

Following on from our piece on WealthTech – we look at the rise and rise of RegTech (previously known as regulatory technology.) RegTech is a subclass of FinTech, and concerns the use of technology to create efficiencies in financial services for issues regarding regulatory reporting and compliance.

The graph below shows that, if nothing else, the term has exploded in […]

Seven signs of over-hyped Fintech

In 2015 Dan Davies wrote an excellent guide to Fintech business models (the “Fin”) that provided a very effective tool for looking beyond the hype. The other side of Fintech that the non-technologist (and even many experienced IT professionals) have trouble with is the actual “Tech”.  A great many people in finance have now reached the point where they […]

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    How employee networks can help boost a company’s bottom line

How employee networks can help boost a company’s bottom line

Lately, there has been a good dose of discussion around the impact of employee work groups. While many companies are interested in launching these networks, there is often an unconscious assumption questioning their business impact. Are work groups and networks really just social clubs or are they a valuable business resource for companies?

Catalyst uses the term ‘employee resource group’ […]

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    Why the pressure for higher minimum wages is gaining traction in Africa

Why the pressure for higher minimum wages is gaining traction in Africa

On 1 May this year, while observing Labour Day celebrations, Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, announced an 18 per cent hike in the minimum wage, the country’s most ambitious raise in just about a decade and one that scaled up the minimum wage to Kes 20,296 – about US$ 196.8. (Computation based on the gazetted minimum wage for Nairobi, Mombasa […]

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    ‘WealthTech’: The challenges facing the wealth management industry

‘WealthTech’: The challenges facing the wealth management industry

Technology is changing society more than ever before. The way we shop, socialise and communicate have all changed radically over our lifetimes. The financial services industry is in many ways behind the curve, with many product lines unchanged in decades. We are likely to enter an online and digital age and many firms are yet to adapt to the […]

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    A tentative, ‘me-too’ approach to industrial strategy will lead us nowhere

A tentative, ‘me-too’ approach to industrial strategy will lead us nowhere

In some ways, the ambition to have a successful industrial strategy is like the ambition to have a perfect body. Most people are shy about admitting it. In the UK’s case, there is an additional problem; we are addicted to good news, whether it is real or fake. For example, despite having no supporting evidence, Brexit has been widely […]