BJP Kisan Morcha’s national convention to be held in Gorakhpur: Party leader


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The two-day national convention of BJP’s Kisan Morcha will be held from February 23 in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, the forum’s national secretary Sukhminderpal Singh Grewal said Thursday.

Grewal said various topics and issues concerning the farming community will be discussed in the convention.

“The event will be inaugurated by BJP president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be present on the event’s concluding day,” he said here.

Grewal said Modi will address the convention on February 24.

Under Prime Minister Modi’s leadership, the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre has started a number of welfare schemes for farmers, he said.

“This (the schemes) has benefitted a large number of farmers,” the BJP Kisan Morcha leader said.

He said the Centre is committed to the welfare of farmers.

“From time to time the Kisan Morcha has been taking up the issues concerning farmers of this country,” he said.

The Centre is also commited towards farmers’ welfare and goal is to make every farmer of this country prosperous, Grewal said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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My article @JetAirways.Globallinkers.com. Competitors aping your products? Here’s how you can outsmart them


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Dhananjay Parkhe

12 hours ago — 5 min read
Summary: An absolute moment of horror for any entrepreneur is to witness a competitor blatantly imitating your product or service. SME expert Dhananjay Parkhe shares an anecdote of how he beat imitators at their own game by coming up with a smart counter strategy.

I’ll never forget the day one of my competitors began imitating our products and services. At first it was flattering or at least I told myself so, in order to not lose my calm. I kept repeating to myself that it’s competition that makes the world go round.

But after several months of seeing the increasing similarity between the nature and frequency of our advertisements, size of the products, publications, and later showing up at the same trades hows, I decided that it was time I did something about it.

The superiority and stability of our product was greater than that of our competitors. It was annoying to see them capitalise on our advertising efforts and piggyback on our success by having a similar product. Reading and hearing their claims of how our product was trash, led me to take action. I decided to give them a taste of their own medicine. I did so in an upfront, aggressive but however legit way, that ended my competition’s trade show appearances once and for all.

We used their negative comments and turned them into an advertising campaign, that led to the downfall of their product. But it didn’t end there. Due to the similarity in our product, we often received bitter phone calls from clients about the product they had purchased from our competitor. So many calls started pouring in each month that we played it smart and used this to our advantage. We started offering a discount on our product if customers switched companies. All they had to do was send us their non-working competing product and we discounted our product (usually 30%, sometimes more if needed) and shipped it to them with a full warranty, guarantee and support.

The offer of a ’switch’ did several things for us.

It made our company better known than our competitor. Customers couldn’t believe we would actually take a ‘dead’ trade-in, and exchange with our superior working product. Knowing that we didn’t manufacture the inferior product surprised them.

It increased our sales. By fielding the ‘unhappy camper’ calls that we were receiving by mistake, we turned them into ‘happy campers’ calls.

Our reputation as ’the good guys’ became even more pronounced. Customers throughout our industry were singing praises about our customer service and our product popularity.

Customers began to advertise our product for us. Many of our customers supplied us with personal written testimonies that were then used in trade magazine publications and displayed at industry trades hows.

As if this wasn’t enough, we then began to publicise various offers while attending national and international trade shows. This was by far the most effective and best ‘kill your competition’ move we’ve ever done in our entire 21 years in business.

Remember when I mentioned that they claimed our product was nothing but garbage? Well, if you listen closely enough to your competition’s rhetoric, you can create great opportunities from your adversities. We did just that and came out with sound action and documentation to prove their claim wrong. It is a known fact that documentation beats conversation and we had the hard evidence that our competitor’s product was well, trash!

At trade shows, we came up with a clever way to allow the customers first-hand experience of the inferior product of the competitor and draw a comparison with our superior quality.

This is how we were able to outsmart imitators and create an opportunity from a seeming challenge.

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What would your reaction be if someone on your team came to you with this dilemma? “Boss, the good news is we’re making millions from selling imaginary digital stuff. The bad news is, lots of that money is from kids using their parents credit card without their knowledge. Plus, credit card chargebacks are through the roof. But, we’ve designed a way to stop these unauthorized purchases.”
Most of us would find duping kids and parents to be unethical at best. But, when Facebook confronted this question, they didn’t make changes to fix the problem. Instead, they found ways to keep sales flowing and to make claiming a refund even more difficult. Read my piece at Forbes that shows how friction can be used and abused.
In a new Neuromarketing post, I find a timeless lesson in how to grow in a stagnant, commoditized market in, of all places, the ketchup bottle.
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“If the pieces do not fit into your puzzle… try a different picture.”

— Cass van Krah

 

You may catch me, but you cannot throw me. What am I?

 

 

 

 

 
The answer is: A cold.

 

 

 
What gets wet when drying?

 

 

 

 
The answer is: A towel.

Today is Puzzle Day


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… that today is Puzzle Day? Today we honor puzzles of all kinds – jigsaws, riddles, word puzzles, and more. Besides being a source of entertainment, studies have shown that doing puzzles can help enhance brain activity in adults. It also increases creativity and concentration, and it improves memory. So, what are you waiting for? Go enhance some brain activity. 🙂

 

He who has it doesn’t tell it. He who takes it doesn’t know it. He who knows it doesn’t want it. What is it?

 

 

 

 
The answer is: Counterfeit money.

 

 

 

 

 
A leathery snake with a stinging bite, coiled up I wait until I must fight. What am I?

 

 

 

 

 
The answer is: A whip.

Today is Puzzle Day


Did you know…

… that today is Puzzle Day? Today we honor puzzles of all kinds – jigsaws, riddles, word puzzles, and more. Besides being a source of entertainment, studies have shown that doing puzzles can help enhance brain activity in adults. It also increases creativity and concentration, and it improves memory. So, what are you waiting for? Go enhance some brain activity. 🙂

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“It was very sad, he thought. The things men carried inside. The things men did or felt they had to do.”

“He wished he could’ve explained some of this. How he had been braver than he ever thought possible, but how he had not been so brave as he wanted to be. The distinction was important.”

– Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried

IN A NUTSHELL: MUST READ

Victorious in Battle But Defeated in War: President Trump could be on track to ending America’s 17 year military involvement in Afghanistan. US representatives and the Taliban met in Qatar last week for six days of grueling negotiations; they’ve come up with the outline of a broad plan in which US troops would leave the country in exchange for the insurgents pledging to ensure that Afghan territory would not be used by them or other Islamist militant groups to harm American interests. In a series of tweets Saturday, Trump’s special envoy for Afghan peace, Zalmay Khalilzad, said the latest talks had made “significant progress on vital issues,” but there were still “a number of issues to work out.” He added that any final agreement must include participation by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s government, and a “comprehensive ceasefire.” Ghani had been excluded until now from the talks because Taliban officials view his government as an American puppet.

On Sunday Khalilzad flew to Kabul and briefed Ghani, who gave a televised speech the next day from his palace. Ghani called for the insurgents to “begin serious talks” with his government in order to reach a “speedy peace.” He also assured Afghans he would accept no deal that undermines their rights and the nation’s unity. A statement from Ghani’s office said that he was told by Khalilzad that any pullout of foreign troops would be conducted “in coordination” with the Afghan government. Some opposition leaders criticized Ghani’s assertion, noting that Trump has already said he’s anxious to withdraw American troops, and also that Khalilzad has been under White House pressure to arrange a deal with the Taliban as fast as possible. President Obama campaigned on ending the war in Afghanistan but it is President Trump who might actually be ending America’s involvement in that forever war.

Additional read: “Taliban talks: Will negotiations lead to peace in Afghanistan?” (BBC)

Additional quote: “The late Colonel Harry Summers liked to tell a tale familiar to many who served in Vietnam. In April 1975, after the war was over, the colonel was in a delegation dispatched to Hanoi. In the airport, he got into a conversation with a North Vietnamese colonel named Tu who spoke some English and, as soldiers do, they began to talk shop. After a while, Colonel Summers said: “You know, you never defeated us on the battlefield.” Colonel Tu thought about that for a minute, then replied: “That may be so. But it is also irrelevant.”

MIXED NUTS: QUICK TAKES ON WORLD NEWS
You Either Die a Hero, or You Live Long Enough to See Yourself Become the Villain: Seventy years after his assassination Mohandas Gandhi’s global influence is still enormous and his reputation for good still intact. The example he set for what could be achieved by peaceful protest has inspired countless others across different cultures and different times. But today, in his native country, his star seems to be burning less brightly. One political scientist put it this way: “I am afraid Gandhi has become marginal. In modern India, the two dominant forces hate him.” First are right-wing Hindu nationalists, currently part of India’s party of governing elite, who see Gandhi as weak. Second are Dalits, a class at the bottom of Hindu society, but which now wields political clout simply due to its more-than-200-million-people size. Dalits fault the personally ascetic Gandhi for his life-long association with some of India’s richest capitalists, and for not doing enough to dismantle the country’s brutal caste system. (NYT)

Horrific Child Murders In Tanzania: Six children between the ages of two and nine years were found murdered in south-western Tanzania. All had their ears and teeth removed, and some were missing limbs. Correspondents say that witchdoctors in the region tell people that human body parts have special properties that can bring them wealth and luck. Three of the children were from the same family. Police have a suspect in custody who is a close relative of the children. (BBC)

Tipping The Scale Of Gender Equality (In The Wrong Direction): Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, held a ceremony recently to honor the recipients of the country’s gender balance awards. The sheikh noted that women were “central to shaping the future of the country,” and said the United Arab Emirates had made “significant progress in achieving gender balance.” He then sent out a tweet showing the award recipients–all men. (BBC)

Additional read: Elite Law Firm’s All-White Partner Class Stirs Debate on Diversity (NYT, $)

Capital City Of The Apes: For three decades Malaysia’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur has been expanding, and in the process swallowing up the rainforest habitats of long-tailed macaque monkeys. While elephants and tigers have been shunted from city boundaries the macaques have stayed alongside the growing human population, which provides them a tempting source of thrown-away food. But as the city continues eradicating more and more forest, the relationship between humans and monkeys grows more complicated. In Ampang, just a 15 minute drive from the city center, macaques break into houses and locals use firecrackers to scare them off. In response to complaints, the Malaysian government’s wildlife department culls many thousands of macaques annually. (Guardian)

– What goes up: are predictions of a population crisis wrong? (Guardian)

– Gilets jaunes leader hit in eye during protest ‘will be disabled for life’: Jérôme Rodrigues’s lawyer says he was injured by ‘flash-ball’ riot police weapon (Guardian)

– Poland alarmed by sick cow slaughter at meat plant: Polish police are investigating an abattoir suspected of illegally trafficking in sick cattle, which has been filmed covertly. (BBC)

– The divide on Venezuela: Who’s supporting Maduro and who’s following the U.S. lead in recognizing Guaidó (WaPo, $)

NUTS IN AMERICA
Riposting Republicans: President Trump responded over the weekend to criticism within his own ranks over his capitulation to Democratic demands that he reopen the government without $5.7 billion for a wall along the US-Mexico border. On Friday conservative author Ann Coulter tweeted: “Good news for George Herbert Walker Bush: As of today, he is no longer the biggest wimp ever to serve as President of the United States.” Sunday Trump told the Wall Street Journal: “I hear [Coulter’s] become very hostile. Maybe I didn’t return her phone call or something.” (WaPo)

Additional reads: Charles Koch quotes Frederick Douglass: he will ‘unite with anybody to do right’ (Guardian) And Want to know which Democrats can actually beat Trump? We don’t have to guess. (WaPo, $)

American History 2019White Supremacist Pleads Guilty In Fatal Sword Stabbing Of Black Man (NPR) We’ve dug ourselves a really deep hole’ – David Neiwert on the rise of the far right: Neiwert has reported on the US far right for decades and watched as the conservative movement has steadily adopted its outlook and ideas (Guardian) “The fear that lies behind aggressive masculinity: Why do so many men love Jordan Peterson and hate the Gillette ad? If they’re truly strong they don’t need to prove their virility” (Guardian) Additional Listen: Masculinity And U.S. Extremism: What Makes Young Men Vulnerable To Toxic Ideologies (Wamu)

LOOSE NUTS: FASCINATING NEWS
A frequent topic in the news is one that is either about millennials or money or both. And the news isn’t great and is making millennials even more nervous that their job and futures. If the job isn’t outsourced then it might be automated:

It doesn’t take a double-blind multi-million dollar study to tell us what common sense would indicate: that screen time is unnatural and a lot of screen time bad for anyone, and especially bad for babies and young kids. Pnut’s publisher isn’t Doctor Benjamin Spock, but he keeps his kids away from digital crack.

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“What’s really cool about LEGOs is that you can put a bunch of bricks on the table, and everybody will make something different. Everyone has different ideas, and some of them may seem crazy.” -Christopher Miller
Food For Thought
Watch Your Step…

On this day in 1958, Godtfred Kirk Christiansen patented the current LEGO brick design—a “stud-and-tube coupling system” that made the models more stable. The next day, Godtfred’s wife patented a system of feet dragging to avoid stepping on the sharp pieces.

(Okay, we made up that last part… 😉)

LEGO has been around since 1916. Kirk Kristiansen—Godtfred’s father—ran a small business in Billund, Denmark, making stepladders, ironing boards, stools, and wooden toys.

Eventually, he expanded the wooden toy department. Fast forward 26 years and, voila, you have the LEGO Brick.

The name LEGO comes from the Danish words LEg GOdt which mean “play well”. (Interestingly, in Latin, ‘lego’ means to gather, to collect, or put together.)

LEGO by the numbers:

  • 75 billion bricks are sold annually in more than 140 countries
  • 19,000 employees from around the world are employed by LEGO
  • There are 3,700 different types of LEGO bricks
  • There are more than 915 million ways to combine six two by four LEGO bricks


Since it was founded in 1932, The LEGO Group has always promoted play and creativity. That philosophy has extended to their marketing campaigns as well, and they’ve embraced experimentation with various branding techniques.

For more on how companies can get creative with marketing, check out our conversation with Beth Comstock. ⤵️

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5 Reasons The LEGO Movie Is The Greatest Branded Content Ever

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Corruption Perceptions Index 2018 shows anti-corruption efforts stalled in most countries – Transparency International


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CORRUPTION PERCEPTIONS INDEX 2018 SHOWS ANTI-CORRUPTION EFFORTS STALLED IN MOST COUNTRIES

Analysis reveals corruption contributing to a global crisis of democracy

Issued by Transparency International Secretariat

Translations: AR | RU | PT | FR | ES

 

The 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released today by Transparency International reveals that the continued failure of most countries to significantly control corruption is contributing to a crisis of democracy around the world.

“With many democratic institutions under threat across the globe – often by leaders with authoritarian or populist tendencies – we need to do more to strengthen checks and balances and protect citizens’ rights,” said Patricia Moreira, Managing Director of Transparency International. “Corruption chips away at democracy to produce a vicious cycle, where corruption undermines democratic institutions and, in turn, weak institutions are less able to control corruption.”

The 2018 CPI draws on 13 surveys and expert assessments to measure public sector corruption in 180 countries and territories, giving each a score from zero (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). To view the results, visit: www.transparency.org/cpi2018

CPI HIGHLIGHTS

More than two-thirds of countries score below 50, with an average score of only 43. Since 2012, only 20 countries have significantly improved their scores, including Estonia and Côte D’Ivoire, and 16 have significantly declined, including, Australia, Chile and Malta.

Denmark and New Zealand top the Index with 88 and 87 points, respectively. Somalia, South Sudan, and Syria are at the bottom of the index, with 10, 13 and 13 points, respectively. The highest scoring region is Western Europe and the European Union, with an average score of 66, while the lowest scoring regions are Sub-Saharan Africa (average score 32) and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (average score 35).

CORRUPTION AND THE CRISIS OF DEMOCRACY

Cross analysis with global democracy data reveals a link between corruption and the health of democracies. Full democracies score an average of 75 on the CPI; flawed democracies score an average of 49; hybrid regimes – which show elements of autocratic tendencies – score 35; autocratic regimes perform worst, with an average score of just 30 on the CPI.

Exemplifying this trend, the CPI scores for Hungary and Turkey decreased by eight and nine points respectively over the last five years. At the same time, Turkey was downgraded from ‘partly free’ to ‘not free’, while Hungary registered its lowest score for political rights since the fall of communism in 1989. These ratings reflect the deterioration of rule of law and democratic institutions, as well as a rapidly shrinking space for civil society and independent media, in those countries.

More generally, countries with high levels of corruption can be dangerous places for political opponents. Practically all of the countries where political killings are ordered or condoned by the government are rated as highly corrupt on the CPI.

COUNTRIES TO WATCH

With a score of 71, the United States lost four points since last year, dropping out of the top 20 countries on the CPI for the first time since 2011. The low score comes at a time when the US is experiencing threats to its system of checks and balances as well as an erosion of ethical norms at the highest levels of power.

Brazil dropped two points since last year to 35, also earning its lowest CPI score in seven years. Alongside promises to end corruption, the country’s new president has made it clear that he will rule with a strong hand, threatening many of the democratic milestones achieved by the country.

“Our research makes a clear link between having a healthy democracy and successfully fighting public sector corruption,” said Delia Ferreira Rubio, Chair of Transparency International. “Corruption is much more likely to flourish where democratic foundations are weak and, as we have seen in many countries, where undemocratic and populist politicians can use it to their advantage.”

To make real progress against corruption and strengthen democracy around the world, Transparency International calls on all governments to:

  • strengthen the institutions responsible for maintaining checks and balances over political power, and ensure their ability to operate without intimidation;
  • close the implementation gap between anti-corruption legislation, practice and enforcement;
  • support civil society organisations which enhance political engagement and public oversight over government spending, particularly at the local level;
  • support a free and independent media, and ensure the safety of journalists and their ability to work without intimidation or harassment.

Notes to editors

Our cross analysis of the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index related to the global crisis of democracy incorporates data from the Democracy Index produced by The Economist Intelligence Unit, the Freedom in the World Index produced by Freedom House and the Annual Democracy Report produced by Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem).

About Transparency International

Transparency International is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption for the last 25 years. Join our efforts at transparency.org.

About the Corruption Perceptions Index

Since its inception in 1995, the Corruption Perceptions Index, Transparency International’s flagship research product, has become the leading global indicator of public sector corruption. The index offers an annual snapshot of the relative degree of corruption by ranking countries and territories from all over the globe. In 2012, Transparency International revised the methodology used to construct the index to allow for comparison of scores from one year to the next. For more information, visit www.transparency.org/research/cpi.

The UPS Approach to Giving After Disasters | Longitudes


January 27, 2019|LogisticsSustainability
The UPS Approach to Giving After Disasters
Strategic philanthropy helps a company’s reputation and brand, but if you really want to mobilize an organization, you need to go further.

Eduardo Martinez | The UPS Foundation
One of the biggest needs after a disaster is logistics – getting food, water, medicine and other supplies to the affected region.

UPS has leveraged its expertise to become a leader in the field, routinely winning awards for its contributions around the world.

Eduardo Martinez, the president of the UPS Foundation and UPS’s chief diversity and inclusion officer, spoke with Harvard Business Review about how the company maximizes the benefits of its work. Edited excerpts follow.

HBR: What has UPS learned from years of responding to disasters?

Martinez: We focus not just on disaster relief but also on preparedness, post-crisis recovery and supply chain logistics. We need to play to our strengths to have a multiplier effect.

Share“Private sector firms can help make smaller companies more resilient.”
This is not sudden onset activity that starts when there’s a disaster. We devote funding, expertise, and engagement to it year round.

HBR: UPS is a logistics company so it’s obvious how it can help. What about an accounting or consulting firm?

Martinez: Every private sector company can play a role.

Humanitarian relief agencies need consultancy and technology support. And companies operating in at-risk areas need to become more resilient.

A study in New York City after Hurricane Sandy found that 30 percent to 40 percent of the small and medium-sized businesses affected by the storm never came back.

Some communities have appointed “resiliency officers,” who coordinate efforts to help companies survive disasters. Private sector firms can help with endeavors to make smaller companies more resilient.

HBR: Do firms ever “help” in ways that are counterproductive?

Martinez: That’s a classic problem. After the Haiti earthquake we got a call from a global customer of ours looking to donate thermal blankets – in July, in the tropics.

Whenever we get a call from a company offering to send something, we say, “Thank you, hold on, let’s check with the people on the front lines.”

If there’s no need for what the company is offering, we’ll explain what is needed – water, tents and lanterns. We manage our customers in this way so that we don’t clog the supply chain.

HBR: What else should companies keep in mind?

Martinez: Not every disaster is a global event. Much of what we do involves local mobilization.

There was severe flooding in India recently, but it hasn’t attracted global attention. There has been another Ebola outbreak. The California fires aren’t always in the news.

We try to stay tied into events around the world whether they become a big story or not.

HBR: How has technology changed the way you respond?

Martinez: It helps us be more effective. We have used drones to deliver vaccines and blood supplies in Rwanda, sometimes making more than 50 deliveries a day.

We’re using scanners and cards to track and distribute food to Syrian refugees. Before that, pen and paper were being used to track distributions to camps with 200,000 people.

Share“Not every disaster is a global event. Effective disaster relief involves local mobilization.”
The new system ensures that everyone gets the right nutrition, and it has reduced lines, spoilage, hoarding and reselling.

HBR: What does UPS get in return for this work?

Martinez: Strategic philanthropy helps a company’s reputation and brand, but if you really want to mobilize an organization, you need to go further.

We’re learning as a business from these efforts – for instance, the Rwanda drone project gives us experience with a new technology. We’re becoming acquainted with different cultures and how to work in different markets.

We’re also inspiring our people. Companies that do this work to generate nice headlines leave a lot of value on the table.

This Q&A originally appeared on Harvard Business Review and was republished with permission.

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Eduardo Martinez is President of the UPS Foundation and UPS’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, He is responsible for the operations and management of UPS’s global philanthropic, employee engagement, corporate relations and diversity and inclusion programs.
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Why the Milkman Model Is the Future of Consumption | Longitudes


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Why the Milkman Model Is the Future of Consumption

Loop™ positions customers as partners in reducing package waste and shows the power of innovation to move us closer to a greener future.

A cultural shift is changing how businesses operate – and interact with customers.

This seismic change was on full display at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, where I participated in a thought-provoking event on the future of consumer goods.

Put simply: We saw the power of the circular economy in action. And we saw that what’s old is new again.

I’ll explain.

Thinking outside the box

We announced there our participation in a coalition of the world’s largest consumer product companies, led by international recycling leader TerraCycle.

Pullquote share icon.ShareLoop is a breakthrough system that can reduce disposable packaging.

Together, we unveiled an innovative new system designed to reduce single-use product packaging.Known as Loop™, this breakthrough systemprovides consumers with direct delivery of a variety of products. The packages arrive not in a cardboard box – but in a customized, durable tote that can be reused again and again.

The products are designed for delivery, then collected, cleaned, refilled and redelivered. It’s an exciting step toward reducing the use of disposable packaging and cardboard boxes.

TerraCycle is launching a pilot program in New York and Paris to fine tune efforts before wider deployment.

This is a creative solution helping to shape how consumer goods companies interact with customers. This new system positions customers as partners in reducing package waste and shows the power of innovation to move us closer to a greener future.

UPS engineers have teamed up with TerraCycle to design and test a first-of-its-kind reusable tote for consumer goods. Watch the video above to learn more about Loop™.

Embracing new roles

Pullquote share icon.ShareWe’ve pushed past traditional logistics models to address the new e-commerce economy.

UPS has a longstanding commitment to environmental efforts. As supply chains shift from linear, single direction systems toward a circular economy, UPS has created product return and reverse logistics solutions for customers, resulting in a measurable impact on waste, emissions and the bottom line.We’ve pushed past traditional logistics models to address the new e-commerce economy, using technology to help residential customers control their home deliveries while eliminating wasted delivery attempts – and the carbon emissionsthat come with them.

This latest engagement emerged from both of our companies embracing new roles. UPS has long been a TerraCycle logistics provider, helping the company address the complexities of moving goods across global borders.

When TerraCycle presented the Loop concept, the UPS Package Design and Test Labincorporated insights gathered from thousands of packaging tests to help design the new approach. The engineers at the UPS Lab implemented rigorous real-world shipment tests to gather knowledge that shaped the design of the final product.

A nod to the milkman 

The result?

A consumer-friendly container with enough durability to stand up to the rigors of daily life. As testing proceeds, customers will become partners in the program, helping to gather data and provide important perspectives about the overall experience.

For the consumer goods companies, this is a bold journey into the unknown.

Or is it?

For those old enough to remember, there was a time when milk deliveries followed a similar model. The milkman would bring glass bottles filled with milk and collect the empty bottles left by the customer.

The bottles and the milk box were neither the property nor the burden of the customer. And honestly, it made sense.

This is the future of consumer goods – even if it takes a page out of our seemingly distant past.

[Top image: Joel Kramer/Flickr CC BY 2.0]

Kate Gutmann is Chief Sales and Solutions Officer at UPS. In this role, she is responsible for global sales, solutions and customer-engagement strategies. She also has management responsibility for UPS Capital, a subsidiary that provides supply chain financial, insurance and payment solutions, as well as The UPS Store, the nation’s largest franchise system of retail shipping, postal, print and business service centers.Click the RSS icon to subscribe to future articles by this author. RSS Feed

4 Types of Leaders Who Will Thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution | Longitudes


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 Types of Leaders Who Will Thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Research shows that high-growth companies successfully find the balance between doing good and making a profit.

A year ago 86 percent of C-level executives in Deloitte’s first report exploring business readiness for the Fourth Industrial Revolution said their organizations were doing “all they could” to create a workforce for Industry 4.0. This year fewer than half – 47 percent – said the same.

That represents not only a stunning shift in attitudes but also a welcome one. It tells me executives are gaining a much deeper understanding of Industry 4.0, are increasingly aware of the challenges before them and are viewing the actions needed to succeed in Industry 4.0 more realistically.

Pullquote share icon.ShareFour distinct leadership personascan help global leaders tackle digital transformation.

Deloitte’s second report on Industry 4.0 readiness, Leadership in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Faces of Progress, again asked executives how they are enabling their organizations to succeed in four areas: society, strategy, technology and talent.

In addition to our search for year-to-year trends, though, we also aimed to uncover how leaders are moving forward, where they are making the most progress and what sets the most effective leaders apart.

While many executives continue to struggle with navigating the complexity of Industry 4.0, certain leaders are getting it right.

We found four distinct leadership personas that we believe can provide guideposts for executives and serve as models for leaders around the world as they tackle the challenges associated with digital transformation.

Before I explore those personas, though, it’s helpful to understand the survey’s key findings.

Poor leadership could be the biggest barrier to a successful Fourth Industrial Revolution strategy. [Image: Deloitte]

A genuine commitment 

Executives expressed a genuine commitment to improving the world. Leaders rated societal impact as the most important factor when evaluating their organization’s annual performance, ahead of financial performance and customer or employee satisfaction.

In the past year, nearly three-fourths of respondents said their organizations had taken steps to make or change products or services with societal impact in mind. Many are motivated by the promise of new revenue and growth.

Executives are struggling to develop effective strategies in today’s rapidly changing markets. Faced with an ever-increasing array of new technologies, leaders said they had difficulty understanding all the new technology-driven opportunities, and in some cases they lack the strategic vision to guide their efforts.

Many leaders reported that their companies don’t follow clearly defined decision-making processes and that organizational silos limit their abilities to develop and share knowledge to implement effective strategies.

Leaders continue to focus more on using advanced technologies to protect their positions than on making bold investments to drive disruption. Many C-level executives are seeing payoffs from their investments in technology, but others are finding it difficult to move forward.

Challenges include being too focused on short-term results, not fully understanding Industry 4.0 technologies and too many technology choices. Leaders acknowledged the ethical implications inherent in new technology, but few companies are putting policies in place to manage those threats.

The skills gap

The skills challenge has become clearer. The breadth of the skills gap is more evident to leaders, as is a sobering awareness that current education systems will be inadequate to meet the challenge.

Pullquote share icon.ShareLeaders and young employees differ on which skills are most needed and who is responsible for developing them.

Nearly twice as many leaders said their organizations will strive to train existing employees rather than look to hire new ones. But research from Deloitte’s annual Millennial Survey suggests that leaders and young employees differ on which skills are most needed and who is responsible for developing them.

With those findings as context, we found some leaders are making better progress than others in dealing with challenges within the areas of society, strategy, technology and talent.

We grouped the leaders who seem to be getting it right into these four personas:

Social Supers

Certain leaders stand out for their ability to do well by doing good. These Social Supers consider social initiatives fundamental to their businesses, and their optimism about creating societal impact influences their outlook in several ways.

They were more likely to say their workforce composition is prepared for digital transformation and far more willing to train their workers. Companies with leaders who identify as Social Supers are also growing more than those who haven’t successfully found the balance between doing good and making a profit.

Data-Driven Decisives

Some C-level executives are overcoming challenges by taking methodical, data-focused approaches to strategic decision making.

These Data-Driven Decisives are almost twice as likely to say they’re prepared to capitalize on Industry 4.0 opportunities, and their organizations are already reaping the economic benefits of embracing Industry 4.0.

In the past year, almost half of such organizations generated annual revenue growth of 5 percent or more while only a quarter of other organizations saw such results.

Disruption Drivers 

These leaders understand that investments in disruptive innovations set their organizations apart from competitors.

Pullquote share icon.ShareSome C-level executives are overcoming challenges by taking methodical, data-focused approaches.

They are confident, which gives them an advantage when coping with the unknowns of Industry 4.0 because more assured organizations will be better prepared to implement disruptivetechnologies.

Disruption Drivers’ organizations typically have more defined decision-making processes, and they are more likely to make data-driven decisions with input from diverse sets of stakeholders.

Talent Champions

These executives are preparing employees for digital transformation. They are more likely than others to invest in employee retraining for the future of work.

And while doing so, the Talent Champions are also committed to societal impact and are seeing early returns from their progressive efforts – and 64 percent have already generated new revenue streams for their organizations through socially driven initiatives.

This article originally appeared on World Economic Forum and was republished with permission.

Punit Renjen is CEO of Deloitte Global. Deloitte operates in 150 countries with more than 286,000 professionals. He is in his 32nd year with the Deloitte organization.Click the RSS icon to subscribe to future articles by this author. RSS Feed

What It Means to Be a Global CEO | Longitudes


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What It Means to Be a Global CEO

CEOs must change the way they lead their companies and expand the way they think about their roles.

For the past six years, I’ve been honored to serve as Ernst & Young Global Chairman and CEO. My time at EY – including nearly a dozen years on our global executive board – has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

Next summer I’ll step down from my position, and so as I attend the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting for my final time as CEO, I’ve been reflecting on how the conversation in Davos has evolved over the years – and what that says about the changing role of a global CEO in the 21st century.

It’s an understatement to say the world has changed since I took over as CEO in 2013. For example, at one of the first Davos meetings I attended, it seemed like everyone was talking about the potential of new regional trade agreements to drive shared prosperity.

Now many are talking about a potential reshuffling of the entire world order. So the stakes are getting much higher.

Meanwhile, many of the challenges we faced early in my tenure – from rising income inequality to declining trust in institutions – have not changed. Rather, in an age of rapid technological progress and transformative disruption, they have grown even greater and more urgent.

Today’s CEOs have to constantly think about how to improve their business models while simultaneously navigating fast-paced, massive disruption of industries and businesses and a strong undercurrent of uncertainty running through societies around the world.

Pullquote share icon.ShareToday’s CEOs have to improve their business models while simultaneously navigating fast-paced disruption.

These growing challenges have made it increasingly necessary for global CEOs to adapt the way they lead their companies and ultimately, to expand the way they think about their roles.

CEOs are accountable for more than financial success

Based on my experience at EY and countless conversations with business and government leaders around the world, I argued a few years ago that the role of the CEO had to evolve.

In a previous generation, it was often enough for CEOs to succeed by charting a course by themselves, then expecting people to follow it. If the business executed well, the CEO would be rewarded. But that’s not the case anymore.

Today businesses are accountable to an increasing number of stakeholders – and everyone from employees to board members are looking to CEOs for a clearer sense of not just where they’re going but why.

That means we need to communicate our vision to stakeholders and convince them we’re on the right path. Just as importantly, we need to communicate our companies’ values – and we have to back them up with measurable and verifiable action.

Why? Because now CEOs speak on behalf of more people than ever, and we’re held accountable in more public ways.

New pressures

With social media, virtually everything a CEO says or does can be instantaneouslyscrutinized and has the potential to spark a controversy. And in a divisive political climate, our people, our clients and our customers increasingly expect us to speak out publicly when issues arise that conflict with the stated values of our companies.

In the last few years, we’ve all seen the pressure businesses have faced when they’ve been perceived to stand on the wrong side of one issue or another. It all impacts an organization’s brand, which is an increasingly important currency.

Pullquote share icon.ShareCEOs must communicate their company’s values – and back them up with measurable and verifiable action.

This was on my mind when I joined the White House’s Business Advisory Council in 2017. I joined because I believe it’s important to remain engaged with our political leaders. It offered a direct avenue for input and to make important concerns heard.

As a general rule, I think it’s better to be in the room bringing your experience and voice to the debate than outside the room offering criticism. That’s why, although the Council eventually disbanded, I continue to spend a significant amount of time representing EY in public-public initiatives at the global, national and community level.

To be clear, I’m not suggesting that CEOs should act like politicians who espouse their views on purely political or partisan debates. But when there are issues that affect our business or conflict with our values as an organization, we need to have a voice in the conversation.

In today’s global economy, that means CEOs can’t separate traditional “business” issues like trade from issues like immigration or gender equality. These issues also profoundlyaffect our businesses, our people and the communities in which we operate.

If we don’t make it clear where we stand, we risk losing the trust of our stakeholders and in some cases, their business. Moreover, we weaken the sense of community our organizations need and undermine the very values we cherish.

The role of business in society 

Of course, this evolution is part of a broader shift in the role of business in society.

Until recently, it was widely accepted that a company’s primary responsibility was to create financial value for its shareholders. That’s who businesses and CEOs were almost exclusively accountable to. While there have always been companies that tried to create benefits for a wider range of stakeholders, this was typically seen as a way to stand out from the pack – not a basic expectation or requirement for success.

In today’s rapidly changing world, however, companies have to create value for many stakeholders to succeed. Shareholder value is still critically important – but isn’t separate from a company’s impact on its people, its communities and more.

Businesses can fulfill this responsibility in a number of ways. For example, perhaps the most valuable investments any business can make is in its own people. Employees are the ones who execute a company’s strategy, determine its culture and serve as ambassadorsto customers and their communities.

They look to their employers to educate and empower them – which is why, on an annual basis, EY invests approximately $500 million and more than 13 million hours in employee development and education.

This is on top of the important experiential learning and mentoring that’s also provided. We’ve also introduced digital credentials known as EY Badges to help people develop skills related to emerging technologies that will benefit them throughout their careers.

Pullquote share icon.ShareShareholder value is still important – but isn’t separate from a company’s impact on people and communities.

Businesses can also increase their social impact by sponsoring educational, mentoring and other community initiatives with other organizations. With a new initiative called EY Ripples, for example, we’re working to help young people gain skills and supporting high-impact entrepreneurs around the world.

By 2022, our goal is to mobilize more than 1 million of our own people and networks to make a direct impact on 10 million people and organizations.

In each case, creating stakeholder value isn’t just a nice thing for businesses to do but rather a strategic imperative that ultimately benefits their shareholders, too.

When companies invest in their people or communities, it doesn’t just create new opportunities for those who directly benefit. It also helps build a stronger workforce and a better overall business environment, creating a win-win for stakeholders and shareholdersalike.

It’s time for the next generation of CEOs to lead

As I reflect on my time as CEO, it’s remarkable to consider how much the world has changed – and how much the expectations of global businesses have changed along with it.

In an era of transformation and uncertainty, people around the world are looking to the business community for leadership.

It’s time for the next generation of CEOs to rise to the challenge. Our license to lead depends on it.

This article originally appeared on World Economic Forum and was republished with permission.

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Newbie RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das met Heads of various Public Sector Banks (PSBs) today to convey the “regulator’s expectation from the banking sector in general.”

Now that is rather cute. Think about it. A record low inflation and talks of a rate cut doesn’t really complement well with a subdued PSB ecosystem, boggeddown by RBI’s own Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework. (Tweet This)

Moreover, PSB Heads weren’t too excited when FM criticized the CBI for pursuing “investigative adventurism” vs. ICICI, while choosing to stay silent when the agency cracked the whip against PSBs earlier last year.

Seems its the government who needs to manage expectations…and not the other way round.

Now to Today’s End of Day Wrap Up:

ZEE
Zee confirms that there has been no default in repayment of loans by the parent Essel Group.

The What: Zee MD Punit Goenka confirmed that there has not been any default so far in the repayment of loans by its parent Essel Group.The news comes as Essel reached an agreement with its lenders wherein they would not sell off any more pledged shares even if their value fell.

Up Close: Pledge-holders had sold off 60 basis points of promoter stake on Friday, resulting in Zee Enterprises crashing c. 31%, Dish TV falling c. 37% and Essel Propack slumping c. 11%.

Also This: Goenka also said that the moratorium for repayment of loans had been extended beyond April 2019. Meanwhile, he noted that the stake sale process in Zee was on course.

Hard Fact: Aditya Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund is the biggest investor in Zee, with an exposure of INR2,936cr (37% of the total debt fund) spread across 28 schemes.

In Other News: As per a Business Standard report, Reliance Jio is likely to compete with the likes of Amazon, Apple, Tencent, Alibaba, AT&T, Singtel, Comcast and Sony Pictures to buy half of promoter Subhash Chandra’s stake in Zee Entertainment.

Hit Refresh: Zee Group on Friday suffered a loss in market capitalisation after shares of its entertainment arm crashed over 30% in light of a media report, which alleged links between its promoter company Essel Group and Nityank Infrapower and Multiventures, a company that is under the scrutiny for deposits of over INR3,000cr after demonetisation.

Zee Limited share price chart here.

AGRI
NITI Aayog proposes area-based income compensation (ABIC) scheme for distressed farmers. Last budget may include INR10,000 per farmer income transfer.

The Plan: As per the proposed area-based income compensation scheme, farmers will be paid the difference between the actual price they get and the state-mandated minimum support price (MSP) on a per acre basis.

Then There’s This: Centre likely to announce a ₹10,000 per-farmer income transfer scheme in the Interim Budgetamongst other steps to pacify agrarian distress in the country.

STARTUP

Ola cuts investment in Foodpanda, to focus on private labels and cloud kitchen instead.

Expanding Horizons: Ola has more than halved its investment in food delivery platform Foodpanda and will hereafter focus on its own private labels and cloud kitchens including The Great Khichdi Experiment, Lovemade and FLRT brands, and continue to leverage its customer base for efficient growth.

Ola also plans to focus on scaling its payments, lending, and core transportation portfolio, which includes scooters, international business and electric vehicles.

Add On:  Read this fascinating article to know how messaging platform Telegram has replaced more popular competitors Facebook and WhatsApp to become a go-to platform for test-prep in India.

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SEC probes Nissan over Chairman Carlos Ghosn’s pay disclosures.

Under Watch: US Securities and Exchange Commission has begun apreliminary investigation against Nissan Motor in connection with Carlos Ghosn’s pay disclosures, and has requested documents from both the car maker and its former Chairman.

Backstory: Nissan and Mr. Ghosn have been charged in Japan with underreporting his compensation by more than $80m on eight years of the company’s financial reports.

France Voices Concern: French President Emmanuel Macron voices concern over Carlos Ghosn’s conditions in jail, stating that the detention was ‘too long and too hard’.

SPACE

Scientists fear that NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover may have ‘died’ in dust storm.

Opportunity’s last communication with Earth was received June 10, 2018, after which a dust storm blanketed the solar-powered rover’s location, eventually blocking out sunlight and leading to a discharge of its batteries.

NASA’s robotic rover, Opportunity (also known as MER-B or MER-1), and its twin craft, Spirit landed on Mars on 24 Jan, 2004.

Bonus: Read this fascinating study by Rice University scientists which discusses how Earth is likely to have received the bulk of its carbon, nitrogenand other life-essential elements from the planetary collision that created the moon more than 4.4 billion years ago. (Tweet This) Check out a more detailed article on the study here.

TIMEOUT ANSWER: Bajaj Allianz
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Startpreneurs’ Morning Briefing


IndiaTech, a lobby group that aims to create a level playing field for domestic startups, is now seeking the support of various government departments to ease listing norms for consumer internet ventures.
Cisco’s chairman emiritus John Chambers was awarded the one of the most prestigious civilian honours of the country – the Padma Bhusan award – in light of his contributions and support to India-US trade relations.
Gurugram-headquartered online travel company MakeMyTrip posted financial results for the third quarter of the FY2018-19 with a 31.4% Y-o-Y growth in adjusted revenue, reaching $179.9 Mn.
Fact Sheet
The deals and funding in 2018 may have been lower than 2017, but what more than made up for it was the fact that 2018 saw the making of the largest number of unicorns in a single year in India. Without any further ado, let’s take a look at the Indian companies which entered the unicorn club in 2018.
With advertising technology evolving more rapidly and getting more sophisticated than ever before, new channels and devices are now offering more opportunities for advertisers to connect with customers in many ways. Now as we move in 2019, let’s take a moment to look at some of the interesting AdTech trends ahead of us this year.
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Urgently, the roadside assistance startup that connects car owners who need help with tow truck and other services, has raised $21 million in a Series B round that includes the venture arms of BMW, Porsche  and Jaguar Land Rover.
Vizio has announced (via Engadget) that smart TV owners can sign up for a beta for its SmartCast 3.0 update, which it will roll out this spring, bringing with it Apple Airplay 2 and HomeKit support to eligible smart TVs.
Last week, we learned that the FTC is considering slapping Facebook with a reported “record-setting” fine for abusing its users’ data and privacy. This week, two more things happened that make it seem like that cloud will be staying around for a while.

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FROM THE ARCHIVE | Ursula K. Le Guin on Being a Man

leguin_waveinthemind.jpg?w=180Who are we when we, to borrow Hannah Arendt’s enduring words, “are together with no one but ourselves”? However much we might exert ourselves on learning to stop letting others define us, the definitions continue to be hurled at us — definitions predicated on who we should be in relation to some concrete or abstract other, some ideal, some benchmark beyond the boundaries of who we already are.

One of the most important authors of our time, Ursula K. Le Guin has influenced such celebrated literary icons as Neil Gaiman and Salman Rushdie. At her best — and to seek the “best” in an altogether spectacular body of work seems almost antithetical — she blends anthropology, social psychology, and sheer literary artistry to explore complex, often difficult subjects with remarkable grace. Subjects, for instance, like who we are and what gender really means as we — men, women, ungendered souls — try to inhabit our constant tussle between inner and outer, individual and social, private and performative. This is what Le Guin examines in an extraordinary essay titled “Introducing Myself,” which Le Guin first wrote as a performance piece in the 1980s and later updated for the beautifully titled, beautifully written, beautifully wide-ranging 2004 collection The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader, and the Imagination (public library). To speak of a subject so common by birth and so minced by public discourse in a way that is completely original and completely compelling is no small feat — in fact, it is the kind of feat of writing Jack Kerouac must have had in mind when he contemplated the crucial difference between genius and talent.

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Ursula K. Le Guin by Laura Anglin

Le Guin writes:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngI am a man. Now you may think I’ve made some kind of silly mistake about gender, or maybe that I’m trying to fool you, because my first name ends in a, and I own three bras, and I’ve been pregnant five times, and other things like that that you might have noticed, little details. But details don’t matter… I predate the invention of women by decades. Well, if you insist on pedantic accuracy, women have been invented several times in widely varying localities, but the inventors just didn’t know how to sell the product. Their distribution techniques were rudimentary and their market research was nil, and so of course the concept just didn’t get off the ground. Even with a genius behind it an invention has to find its market, and it seemed like for a long time the idea of women just didn’t make it to the bottom line. Models like the Austen and the Brontë were too complicated, and people just laughed at the Suffragette, and the Woolf was way too far ahead of its time.

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Illustration from ‘The Human Body,’ 1959. Click image for details.

Noting that when she was born (1929), “there actually were only men” — lest we forget, even the twentieth century’s greatest public intellectuals of the female genderused the pronoun “he” to refer to the whole lot of human beings — Le Guin plays with this notion of the universal pronoun:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngThat’s who I am. I am the generic he, as in, “If anybody needs an abortion he will have to go to another state,” or “A writer knows which side his bread is buttered on.” That’s me, the writer, him. I am a man. Not maybe a first-rate man. I’m perfectly willing to admit that I may be in fact a kind of second-rate or imitation man, a Pretend-a-Him. As a him, I am to a genuine male him as a microwaved fish stick is to a whole grilled Chinook salmon.

Le Guin turns to the problem of the body, which is indeed problematic in the context of this Generic He:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngI admit it, I am actually a very poor imitation or substitute man, and you could see it when I tried to wear those army surplus clothes with ammunition pockets that were trendy and I looked like a hen in a pillowcase. I am shaped wrong. People are supposed to be lean. You can’t be too thin, everybody says so, especially anorexics. People are supposed to be lean and taut, because that’s how men generally are, lean and taut, or anyhow that’s how a lot of men start out and some of them even stay that way. And men are people, people are men, that has been well established, and so people, real people, the right kind of people, are lean. But I’m really lousy at being people, because I’m not lean at all but sort of podgy, with actual fat places. I am untaut.

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Illustration by Yang Liu from ‘Man Meets Woman,’ a pictogram critique of gender stereotypes. Click image for details.

For an example of someone who did Man right, Le Guin points to Hemingway, He with “the beard and the guns and the wives and the little short sentences,” and returns to her own insufficient Manness with a special wink at semicolons and a serious gleam at the significance of how we die:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngI don’t have a gun and I don’t have even one wife and my sentences tend to go on and on and on, with all this syntax in them. Ernest Hemingway would have died rather than have syntax. Or semicolons. I use a whole lot of half-assed semicolons; there was one of them just now; that was a semicolon after “semicolons,” and another one after “now.”

And another thing. Ernest Hemingway would have died rather than get old. And he did. He shot himself. A short sentence. Anything rather than a long sentence, a life sentence. Death sentences are short and very, very manly. Life sentences aren’t. They go on and on, all full of syntax and qualifying clauses and confusing references and getting old. And that brings up the real proof of what a mess I have made of being a man: I am not even young. Just about the time they finally started inventing women, I started getting old. And I went right on doing it. Shamelessly. I have allowed myself to get old and haven’t done one single thing about it, with a gun or anything.

But between the half-assed semicolons and the guns lies the crux of the gender-imitation problem — the tyranny of how we think and talk about sex:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngSex is even more boring as a spectator sport than all the other spectator sports, even baseball. If I am required to watch a sport instead of doing it, I’ll take show jumping. The horses are really good-looking. The people who ride them are mostly these sort of nazis, but like all nazis they are only as powerful and successful as the horse they are riding, and it is after all the horse who decides whether to jump that five-barred gate or stop short and let the nazi fall off over its neck. Only usually the horse doesn’t remember it has the option. Horses aren’t awfully bright. But in any case, show jumping and sex have a good deal in common, though you usually can only get show jumping on American TV if you can pick up a Canadian channel, which is not true of sex. Given the option, though I often forget that I have an option, I certainly would watch show jumping and do sex. Never the other way round. But I’m too old now for show jumping, and as for sex, who knows? I do; you don’t.

Le Guin parlays this subtle humor into her most serious and piercing point, partway between the tragic and the hopeful — the issue of aging:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngHere I am, old, when I wrote this I was sixty years old, “a sixty-year-old smiling public man,” as Yeats said, but then, he was a man. And now I am over seventy. And it’s all my own fault. I get born before they invent women, and I live all these decades trying so hard to be a good man that I forget all about staying young, and so I didn’t. And my tenses get all mixed up. I just am young and then all of a sudden I was sixty and maybe eighty, and what next?

Not a whole lot.

I keep thinking there must have been something that a real man could have done about it. Something short of guns, but more effective than Oil of Olay. But I failed. I did nothing. I absolutely failed to stay young. And then I look back on all my strenuous efforts, because I really did try, I tried hard to be a man, to be a good man, and I see how I failed at that. I am at best a bad man. An imitation phony second-rate him with a ten-hair beard and semicolons. And I wonder what was the use. Sometimes I think I might just as well give the whole thing up. Sometimes I think I might just as well exercise my option, stop short in front of the five-barred gate, and let the nazi fall off onto his head. If I’m no good at pretending to be a man and no good at being young, I might just as well start pretending that I am an old woman. I am not sure that anybody has invented old women yet; but it might be worth trying.

The Wave in the Mind, like Le Guin’s mind, is joltingly original in its totality, Chinook salmon in the wild. Complement this particular bit with Anna Deavere Smith on how to stop letting others define us.

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“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” -Leonardo da Vinci
Food For Thought
How To Master Anything

“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” -Abigail Adams

Do you learn for the sake of learning, or do you learn for a purpose?

Learning in a way to level up your professional skills or personal hobbies, and requiresdedication and a sense of curiosity. Curiosity is the kindling under the fire of true understanding. And dedication keeps that fire alive.

Learning, like everything in life, needs a goal. Unfettered exploration and curiosity is a good thing, but quick skill-building requires intent and direction.

Why am I learning this? How will this lesson help me reach my goal? What is my goal?

Learning with that kind of awareness can radically transform how quickly and deeply you master a skill.

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Seven Steps To Learn and Master Anything As Quickly As Possible

“I wanted to learn how to start a business. I wanted to learn more about investing. I wanted to learn computer programming, how to make a TV show, how to write a book, how to speak to a large audience, how to do standup comedy…

Every time I ended up crying.

And then I learned to learn…”
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The 30 Point Checklist to Accelerate Your Learning


Here’s the Elon-Musk-inspired 30-point checklist for accelerated learning.

Be yourself to the point where you get picked on and bullied.
1) If you’re interested in something, binge on it, become obsessed, addicted, and then pull yourself out and get clean.
2) Drop out of college or drop back in if it makes sense.
3) Move from your hometown and travel the world.
4) Ask your family for help (it’s the only way you’ll discover how much they care).

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In the 1940s, Claude Shannon identified that the most fundamental unit of information was the state of either ‘true’ or ‘false’. These took the value of 1 or 0, respectively, and became the basis of ‘compression algorithms’ that allow us to turn sounds or pictures into codes of ones and zeroes.

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Dear reader,

On a frigid winter evening some 4 years ago, three friends sat at the corner table of a Coffee House in Delhi. With hot cups of coffee in their hands and gleaming hope in their eyes, they had gathered to discuss an ‘idea’.

An idea that they all believed in, an idea that they all wanted to pursue but didn’t have enough courage to pursue alone. They knew they had to pluck the courage from each other and that’s what they were meeting for.

As the evening progressed, the fervour of their discussion intensified, more cups of coffee ensued and as their ‘idea’ took a firm shape, each of them dashed off notes in their half-filled-half-empty notebooks.

By the time the discussion concluded, it was apparent that this ‘idea’ had to see the light of the day.

Two weeks later, Inc42 was born.


As a company, we took our first steps four years ago and believe it or not, we’ve fumbled, screwed up and even reached a point where we didn’t know what lied ahead.

Seriously, I’ve seen those times of uncertainty when we weren’t sure if we’ll be in business until the following month.

But all three of us (the co-founders of Inc42) had an immovable conviction in our ‘idea’ and unwavering trust in each other, which not only helped us realise our ambitions but also helped us in building India’s leading media and information platform that you have subscribed to.

And now, after having published more than 15,000 stories, 20 reports and thousands of interviews with entrepreneurs, investors and other stakeholders of the startup world, I’m very proud to present to you our fruits of labour… The ‘best of the best’ we’ve published so far..

READ THE BEST STORIES OF INC42

These timeless stories have been read and shared by hundreds of thousands of Inc42 readers, from the biggest business leaders of the world to the Prime Minister of India and countless media organisations.

Take a look at who reads and shares our stories…

And listen, don’t forget to let me know if a particular story catches your fancy. Our team loves hearing good words from our dear readers like you. 🙂

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Talk Soon,

Pooja Sareen  

Co-founder & Editor-in-chief of Inc42 Media

P.S – Ok, so I changed my mind a bit…

Instead of later, let me share with you the three most read articles on Inc42 website.

(See, it pays to read these messages from beginning to end) 😉

Here you go:

Wait for my next email, something interesting incoming…

 

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This is a special edition of the brainpickings.org weekly digest by Maria Popova, to commemorate one of the great poets and great spiritual geniuses of our time. If you missed last week’s edition — Mary Oliver: “The most regretful people… are those… who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.” — you can read it here. (ALSO: Don’t miss the annual review of the best of Brain Pickings 2018.) And if you are enjoying this newsletter, please consider supporting my labor of love with a donation – this year, I spent innumerable hours and tremendous resources on it, and every little bit of support helps enormously. If you already donate: THANK YOU.

Hermann Hesse on Solitude, the Value of Hardship, the Courage to Be Yourself, and How to Find Your Destiny

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“No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life,” the young Nietzsche wrote as he contemplated what it takes to find oneself. Somehow, this man of stark contradiction, cycling between nihilistic despondency and electric buoyancy along the rim of madness, has managed to inspire some of humanity’s most surefooted spirits — among them, the great German poet, novelist, painter, and Nobel laureate Hermann Hesse (July 2, 1877–August 9, 1962), who drew from Nietzsche’s philosophy the most humanistic ideas, then magnified them with his own transcendent humanity.

Some of Hesse’s most emboldening ideas about our human responsibility to ourselves and the world unfold in his “Letter to a Young German,” written to a dispirited youth in 1919 and later included in his 1946 anthology If the War Goes On… (public library), published the year he received the Nobel Prize — the same stirring piece that gave us Hesse on hope, the difficult art of taking responsibility, and the wisdom of the inner voice.

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Hermann Hesse

Decades before E.E. Cummings asserted that “to be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight,” Hesse writes:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngYou must unlearn the habit of being someone else or nothing at all, of imitating the voices of others and mistaking the faces of others for your own.

[…]

One thing is given to man which makes him into a god, which reminds him that he is a god: to know destiny.

[…]

When destiny comes to a man from outside, it lays him low, just as an arrow lays a deer low. When destiny comes to a man from within, from his innermost being, it makes him strong, it makes him into a god… A man who has recognized his destiny never tries to change it. The endeavor to change destiny is a childish pursuit that makes men quarrel and kill one another… All sorrow, poison, and death are alien, imposed destiny. But every true act, everything that is good and joyful and fruitful on earth, is lived destiny, destiny that has become self.

Echoing Nietzsche’s insistence that a fulfilling life requires embracing rather than running from difficulty, Hesse exhorts the young to treat their suffering with respect and curiosity, and adds:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngMight your bitter pain not be the voice of destiny, might that voice not become sweet once you understand it?

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Action and suffering, which together make up our lives, are a whole; they are one. A child suffers its begetting, it suffers its birth, its weaning; it suffers here and suffers there until in the end it suffers death. But all the good in a man, for which he is praised or loved, is merely good suffering, the right kind, the living kind of suffering, a suffering to the full. The ability to suffer well is more than half of life — indeed, it is all life. Birth is suffering, growth is suffering, the seed suffers the earth, the root suffers the rain, the bud suffers its flowering.

In the same way, my friends, man suffers destiny. Destiny is earth, it is rain and growth. Destiny hurts.

Long before Simone Weil contemplated how to make use of our suffering, Hesse holds up hardship as “the forge of destiny” and adds:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngIt is hard to learn to suffer. Women succeed more often and more nobly than men. Learn from them! Learn to listen when the voice of life speaks! Learn to look when the sun of destiny plays with your shadows! Learn to respect life! Learn to respect yourselves! From suffering springs strength…

Writing fifteen years after he made his exquisite case for breaking the trance of busyness, Hesse returns to the sandbox of selfhood — solitude:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngTrue action, good and radiant action, my friends, does not spring from activity, from busy bustling, it does not spring from industrious hammering. It grows in the solitude of the mountains, it grows on the summits where silence and danger dwell. It grows out of the suffering which you have not yet learned to suffer.

[…]

Solitude is the path over which destiny endeavors to lead man to himself. Solitude is the path that men most fear. A path fraught with terrors, where snakes and toads lie in wait… Without solitude there is no suffering, without solitude there is no heroism. But the solitude I have in mind is not the solitude of the blithe poets or of the theater, where the fountain bubbles so sweetly at the mouth of the hermit’s cave.

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Photograph by Maria Popova

Learning to be nourished by solitude rather than defeated by it, Hesse argues, is a prerequisite for taking charge of our destiny:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngMost men, the herd, have never tasted solitude. They leave father and mother, but only to crawl to a wife and quietly succumb to new warmth and new ties. They are never alone, they never commune with themselves. And when a solitary man crosses their path, they fear him and hate him like the plague; they fling stones at him and find no peace until they are far away from him. The air around him smells of stars, of cold stellar spaces; he lacks the soft warm fragrance of the home and hatchery.

[…]

A man must be indifferent to the possibility of falling, if he wants to taste of solitude and to face up to his own destiny. It is easier and sweeter to walk with a people, with a multitude — even through misery. It is easier and more comforting to devote oneself to the “tasks” of the day, the tasks meted out by the collectivity.

In a sentiment the poet May Sarton would echo in her stunning ode to solitude two decades later, Hesse adds:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngSolitude is not chosen, any more than destiny is chosen. Solitude comes to us if we have within us the magic stone that attracts destiny.

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Photograph by Maria Popova

Two millennia after Seneca admonished that “all your sorrows have been wasted on you if you have not yet learned how to be wretched,” Hesse exults:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngBlessed be he who has found his solitude, not the solitude pictured in painting or poetry, but his own, unique, predestined solitude. Blessed be he who knows how to suffer! Blessed be he who bears the magic stone in his heart. To him comes destiny, from him comes authentic action.

In consonance with Seamus Heaney’s lyrical insight that “the true and durable path into and through experience involves being true… to your own solitude, true to your own secret knowledge,” Hesse addresses the young:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngYou were made to be yourselves. You were made to enrich the world with a sound, a tone, a shadow.

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In each one of you there is a hidden being, still in the deep sleep of childhood. Bring it to life! In each one of you there is a call, a will, an impulse of nature, an impulse toward the future, the new, the higher. Let it mature, let it resound, nurture it! Your future is not this or that; it is not money or power, it is not wisdom or success at your trade — your future, your hard dangerous path is this: to mature and to find God in yourselves.

A century later, the entire piece remains a spectacular and deeply insightful read, as does the whole of Hesse’s If the War Goes On…. Complement this particular fragment with Ursula K. Le Guin on suffering and the other side of pain, Louise Bourgeois on how solitude enriches creative work and Elizabeth Bishop on why everyone should experience at least one long period of solitude in life, then revisit Hesse on the discipline of savoring life’s little joyswhy books will survive all future technologythe three types of readers, and what trees teach us about belonging and life.

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Poet and Philosopher David Whyte on Love and Resisting the Tyranny of Relationship Labels

consolations_davidwhyte.jpg?w=680In the prelude to Figuring — a book at the heart of which are the complex, unclassifiable personal relationships animating and haunting historical figures whose public work has shaped our world — I lamented that we mistake our labels and models of things for the things themselves.

Poet and philosopher David Whyte examines these distorting yet necessary containers of concepts in one of the lovely short essays in Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words (public library) — a book I have long cherished.

Under the word “NAMING,” Whyte considers the difficult art of giving love the breathing room to be exactly what it is and not what we hope, expect, or demand it to be by preconception, tightness of heart, or adherence to societal convention.

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David Whyte (Photograph: Nicol Ragland)

He writes:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngNaming love too early is a beautiful but harrowing human difficulty. Most of our heartbreak comes from attempting to name who or what we love and the way we love, too early in the vulnerable journey of discovery.

We can never know in the beginning, in giving ourselves to a person, to a work, to a marriage or to a cause, exactly what kind of love we are involved with. When we demand a certain specific kind of reciprocation before the revelation has flowered completely we find ourselves disappointed and bereaved and in that grief may miss the particular form of love that is actually possible but that did not meet our initial and too specific expectations. Feeling bereft we take our identity as one who is disappointed in love, our almost proud disappointment preventing us from seeing the lack of reciprocation from the person or the situation as simply a difficult invitation into a deeper and as yet unrecognizable form of affection.

To sit with a shape-shifting, form-breaking love is a maddening endeavor that rattles the baseboards of our being with its earthquakes of uncertainty and ambiguity, its uncontrollable force and direction. Only the rare giants of confidence — giants like Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann, in their beautiful love beyond label — manage to savor the sweetness of such unclassifiable, unnameable love rather than grow embittered at its nonconformity to standard templates of attachment and affection.

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Art by Olivier Tallec from Jerome by Heart — an illustrated celebration of love beyond label

The realest love, Whyte suggests, is one we get to know from the inside out — a love that defines itself in the act of loving, rather than contracting and conforming to a pre-definition:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngThe act of loving itself, always becomes a path of humble apprenticeship, not only in following its difficult way and discovering its different forms of humility and beautiful abasement but strangely, through its fierce introduction to all its many astonishing and different forms, where we are asked continually and against our will, to give in so many different ways, without knowing exactly, or in what way, when or how, the mysterious gift will be returned.

While naming may confer dignity upon the named, names and labels are containers. They file concepts and constructs — often messy and always more tessellated, more replete with mystery than their linguistic package — into neat semantic cabinets. But language cups only with loose fingers what it is trying to contain and classify as nuance and complexity drip past the words. We contain in order to control, and whenever we control, we relinquish the beautiful, terrifying mystery of being.

White writes:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngWe name mostly in order to control but what is worth loving does not want to be held within the bounds of too narrow a calling. In many ways love has already named us before we can even begin to speak back to it, before we can utter the right words or understand what has happened to us or is continuing to happen to us: an invitation to the most difficult art of all, to love without naming at all.

Consolations, which also gave us Whyte on anger, forgiveness, and what maturity really means and the true meaning of friendship, love, and heartbreak, is a revelatory, recalibratory read in its entirety. Complement this particular fragment with Carl Sagan on how to live with the unknown, Kahlil Gibran on the courage to weather the uncertainties of love, and Annie Dillard on living with mystery, then revisit Whyte’s beautiful ode to working together in a divided world.

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Music, Feeling, and Transcendence: Nick Cave on AI, Awe, and the Splendor of Our Human Limitations

“All truth is comprised in music and mathematics,” Margaret Fuller proclaimed as she transfigured the cultural and political face of the 19th century. Her contemporary and admirer Walt Whitman considered music the profoundest expression of nature, while Nietzsche bellowed across the Atlantic that “without music life would be a mistake.” But something curious and unnerving happens when, in the age of artificial intelligence, mathematics reaches its human-made algorithmic extensions into the realm of music — into the art Aldous Huxley believed grants us singular access to the “blessedness lying at the heart of things” and philosopher Susanne Langer considered our foremost “laboratory for feeling and time.” When music becomes a computational enterprise, do we attain more combinatorial truth or incur a grave existential mistake?

That is what musician and feeling-artisan Nick Cave addresses with great thoughtfulness and poetic sensitivity in answering a question from a Slovenian fan named Peter, posed on Cave’s blog:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngConsidering human imagination the last piece of wilderness, do you think AI will ever be able to write a good song?

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Nick Cave in Belgium, 1986 (Photograph by Yves Lorson)

Nearly two centuries after Ada Lovelace wrote the world’s first algorithm and celebrated the human imagination as that wild faculty which “seizes points in common, between subjects having no very apparent connexion, & hence seldom or never brought into juxtaposition” — Cave responds:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngDear Peter,

In Yuval Noah Harari’s new book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, he writes that Artificial Intelligence, with its limitless potential and connectedness, will ultimately render many humans redundant in the work place. This sounds entirely feasible. However, he goes on to say that AI will be able to write better songs than humans can. He says, and excuse my simplistic summation, that we listen to songs to make us feel certain things and that in the future AI will simply be able to map the individual mind and create songs tailored exclusively to our own particular mental algorithms, that can make us feel, with far more intensity and precision, whatever it is we want to feel. If we are feeling sad and want to feel happy we simply listen to our bespoke AI happy song and the job will be done.

But, I am not sure that this is all songs do. Of course, we go to songs to make us feel something — happy, sad, sexy, homesick, excited or whatever — but this is not all a song does. What a great song makes us feel is a sense of awe. There is a reason for this. A sense of awe is almost exclusively predicated on our limitations as human beings. It is entirely to do with our audacity as humans to reach beyond our potential.

More than half a century after computing pioneer Alan Turing posed playfully the most serious and abiding question about AI in wondering whether a computer could ever enjoy strawberries and cream, and two centuries after Frankenstein author Mary Shelley raised the most fundamental questions about what makes us human, Cave writes:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngIt is perfectly conceivable that AI could produce a song as good as Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” for example, and that it ticked all the boxes required to make us feel what a song like that should make us feel — in this case, excited and rebellious, let’s say. It is also feasible that AI could produce a song that makes us feel these same feelings, but more intensely than any human songwriter could do.

But, I don’t feel that when we listen to “Smells Like Teen Spirit” it is only the song that we are listening to. It feels to me, that what we are actually listening to is a withdrawn and alienated young man’s journey out of the small American town of Aberdeen — a young man who by any measure was a walking bundle of dysfunction and human limitation — a young man who had the temerity to howl his particular pain into a microphone and in doing so, by way of the heavens, reach into the hearts of a generation. We are also listening to Iggy Pop walk across his audience’s hands and smear himself in peanut butter whilst singing 1970. We are listening to Beethoven compose the Ninth Symphony while almost totally deaf. We are listening to Prince, that tiny cluster of purple atoms, singing in the pouring rain at the Super Bowl and blowing everyone’s minds. We are listening to Nina Simone stuff all her rage and disappointment into the most tender of love songs. We are listening to Paganini continue to play his Stradivarius as the strings snapped. We are listening to Jimi Hendrix kneel and set fire to his own instrument.

What we are actually listening to is human limitation and the audacity to transcend it. Artificial Intelligence, for all its unlimited potential, simply doesn’t have this capacity. How could it? And this is the essence of transcendence. If we have limitless potential then what is there to transcend? And therefore what is the purpose of the imagination at all. Music has the ability to touch the celestial sphere with the tips of its fingers and the awe and wonder we feel is in the desperate temerity of the reach, not just the outcome. Where is the transcendent splendour in unlimited potential? So to answer your question, Peter, AI would have the capacity to write a good song, but not a great one. It lacks the nerve.

Love, Nick

And if an AI were to ever sign a letter to a human being who cherishes its music with “Love, Nick,” would that not be a mere simulacrum of the human experience the word love connotes and of the sense of self with which we imbue our own names? Alan Turing laid the foundation for these perplexities with the central question of his famous Turing test — “Can machines think?” — but it is impossible to consider the implications for music without building upon Turing’s foundation to ask, “Can machines feel?” Cave’s insightful point comes down to the most compelling and as-yet poorly understood aspect of human consciousness — the subjective interiority of experience known as qualia. Nina Simone knew this when she sang I wish you could know what it means to be me in her iconic 1967 civil rights anthem, which might well be the supreme anthem of qualia and the paradox of AI. Franz Kafka knew it when he told his young walking companion that “music is the sound of the soul, the direct voice of the subjective world.”

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We don’t yet know, and we might never know, how to algorithmically map, dissect, project, and replicate what it feels like to have a particular subjective experience — we only know how to feel it. This knowledge is non-transferrable with the current tools of science. It is most closely relayed to another consciousness through the language and poetics of art, which Ursula K. Le Guin well knew is our finest, sharpest “tool for knowing who we are and what we want.” And if Susan Sontag was right, as I feel she was, in insisting that music is “the most wonderful, the most alive of all the arts,” then music would be the art least susceptible to machine creation.

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One of Arthur Rackham’s rare 1917 illustrations for the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm

Complement with German philosopher Josef Pieper on the hidden source of music’s singular power and Regina Spektor’s lovely reading of Mark Strand’s poem “The Everyday Enchantment of Music,” then go listen and feel to some AI-irreplicable Nick Cave.

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.”

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Walter Cronkite

“And that’s the way it is.”

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Elizabeth Kenny

“It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.”

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Horace

“Don’t think, just do.”

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Jules Renard

“It is not how old you are, but how you are old.”

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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

“Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.”

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Jean Anouilh

“Our entire life – consists ultimately in accepting ourselves as we are.”

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… that today is Slide Guitar Day? In 1918, Elmore James, known now as the King of the Slide Guitar, was born in Richland, Mississippi. He had a unique guitar style, noted for his use of loud amplification and his stirring voice.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Set peace of mind as your highest goal and organize your life around it.”

— Brian Tracy

Ode to the Siblings


Ode to the Siblings

Ode to the Siblings

by jay

My calm siblings, you inspire me to write.
How I love the way you sneer, walk and squeak,
Invading my mind day and through the night,
Always dreaming about the weird week.

Let me compare you to a superb drill?
You are more ideal, funny and jolly.
Eared rains flood the good fields of April,
And the springtime has the sunny bali.

How do I love you? Let me count the ways.
I love your melancholy hands and eyes.
How your personality fills my days!
My love for you is the strange compromise.

Now I must away with a surreal heart,
Remember my odd words whilst we’re apart.

Thanks to Datamuse, whose word engine was used to complete the poem.

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Today, India celebrated its 70th Republic Day.

Sixty Nine years ago, after a solemn ceremony held in the high domed Durbar Hall of Government House (now Rashtrapati Bhavan), India was declared a Sovereign Democratic Republic at eighteen minutes past ten on the morning of Thursday, January 26, 1950. Six minutes later, Dr. Rajendra Prasad was sworn in as the President. Shortly after 10:30am, the birth of the Republic and the installation of its first President was announced by a salute of 31 guns.

The strong traditions and regality of this Day aside, a quote from Dr. Prasad’s speech that day still charges us:

“Today for the first time in our long and chequered history we find the whole of this vast land from Kashmir in the North to Cape Comorin in the South, from Kathiawad and Cutch in the West to Coconada and Kamrup in the East, brought together under the jurisdiction of one Constitution and one Union which takes over the responsibility for the welfare of more than 320 milion men and women that inhabit it.”

Names of places may have Indigenized…number of men and women may have quadrupled…but celebrating and strengthening this principle each year is worth it.

Happy Republic Day!

JET
Jet’s lenders may propose a revised plan which could see massive cut in Founder and Chairman Naresh Goyal’s stake in the beleaguered airline.

Jet Set Go: As per a Business Standard report, lenders of the domestic airline, led by State Bank of India are now working on a revised plan, which could possibly see Founder and Chairman Naresh Goyal’s stake go down below 20% from the current 51%.

As per the plan:

  • Etihad Airways (which currently holds 24% in Jet) may up its stake to c. 40%
  • Goyal’s holding could be reduced to c. 18%
  • Lenders (primarily SBI) who are planning to convert their debt into equity as well as make fresh infusion are likely to have about 30% stake

The development comes days after Jet’s lenders had proposed a $900m turnaround plan for the debt-laden airways.

While Jet grapples with its financial issues, Aviation Ministry refuses to intervene, stating that the issue is beyond its purview.

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Trump signs Bill to end US Govt shutdown; no mention of Border Wall money.

Trump Caves: President Donald Trump on Friday signed a Bill that would temporarily end the partial US govt shutdown and fund federal agencies for three weeks until 15th February.

What’s the Catch: The Bill, however, does not include the $5.7bn Trump has been demanding for building the border wall, without which he insisted that he would not reopen the government.

Trump’s Insistence Came With a Price: The 35-day long partial shutdown has cost the US economy at least c. $6bn due to lost productivity from furloughed workers and economic activity lost to outside business, as per S&P Global Ratings.

She’s not one to bluff: Click here to read how House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won the shutdown battle against Trump.

ZEE

Zee Group shares crash after allegations of link to company under fraud investigation.

Up Close: Zee Group on Friday suffered a loss in market capitalisation to the tune of INR14,000cr after shares of its entertainment arm crashed over 30% in light of a media report, which alleged links between its promoter company Essel Group and Nityank Infrapower and Multiventures, a company that is under the scrutiny of the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) for deposits of over INR3,000cr after demonetisation.

Zee Enterprises fell c. 31%, Dish TV fell c. 37% and Essel Propack slumped c. 11%.

Read full copy of Essel Group Chairman Subhash Chandra’s letter where he claims that the ‘negative forces’ are sabotaging Zee Entertainment’s strategic sale process here.

Read the original story of The Wire which caused all the fuss here.

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76 WTO members push for global ecommerce rules; India stays off. US voices concern as India’s new e-commerce FDI rules are set to kick in from February 1.

What You Need to Know: Given the lack of a consolidated rule to govern the explosive growth of ecommerce giants, 76 WTO members – including the United States, China, the European Union and Japan agreed to negotiate a new framework.

India did not join the initiative having previously said that the WTO should finish off the stalled development-oriented “Doha Round” of talks before moving into new areas.

Perspective: WTO’s 164 members were unable to consolidate over 25 separate e-commerce proposals at the body’s biennial conference at Buenos Aires in December, including a call to set up a central e-commerce negotiating forum.

Backlash: US voices concern as India’s new e-commerce FDI rules, which are set to kick in from February 1 will hinder the investment plans of Amazon and Walmart in the country.

India’s new e-commerce FDI rules ban companies from selling products via firms in which they have an equity interest and also bar them from making deals with sellers to sell exclusively on their platforms.

TECH

Mark Zuckerberg plans to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger.

The Plan: Facebook is reportedly considering a merger of its three messaging platforms– WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger, allowing users to send messages across the platforms. (Tweet This)

The Outcome: After the proposed changes including an end-to-end encryption are deployed, a Facebook user could send an encrypted message to someone on WhatsApp or Instagram, without having either of those platforms. The services will continue to operate as stand-alone apps, but their underlying technical infrastructure will be unified.

The Motive: By stitching the apps’ infrastructure together, Zuckerberg seeks to increase the utility of the social network, keeping its users engaged within its ecosystem.

View an analysis video by Euronews here.

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O-mitted – Free Verse by Jay Parkhe


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Omitted

Free verse by jay

How happy are bland, obvious omissions!
Occasional, odd, obvious omissions.
Now pungent is just the thing,
To get me wondering if obvious omissions are tasteless.

I saw them wipe clean disappeared my generation; destroyed,
How I mourned the absent.
Does the absent make you shiver?
does it?

I cannot help but stop and look at the big, recently revised.
Never forget the biggish and full-grown recent devised.

Pay attention to the little left,
the little left is the most wooly piece of land of all.
Are you upset by how soft it is?
Does it tear you apart to see what’s little left, so flocculent?

Polite prefaces, however hard they try,
Will always be biases.
Do polite prefaces make you shiver?
do they?

A has-been, however hard it tries,
Will always be has-been.
Does the have-beens make you shiver?
does it?

Mankind: Jay’s FreeVerse Poetry


Mankind

Free verse by jay

The partisanship that’s really thoroughgoing,
Above all others is the absolute anthropocentrism.
Ambitious, aggressive, absolute anthropocentrism.
Now pure is just the thing,
To get me wondering if the absolute anthropocentrism is thorough.

Ancient ancients, however hard they try,
Will always be ancient.
Down, down, down into the darkness of the ancient ancients,
Gently they go – the age-old, the old, the past.

Pay attention to the boundless blessedness,
the boundless blessedness is the most little happiness of all.
Does the boundless blessedness make you shiver?
does it?

I saw the big bodhisattva of my generation destroyed,
How I mourned the armed God
Now great is just the thing,
To get me wondering if the armed God is bountiful.

I cannot help but stop and look at the new Omkar.
An Omkar is unprecedented. an Omkar is unworn,
an Omkar is late, however.

All that is curst is not archaeological afterworld,
archaeological afterworld, by all account, is blessed.
Down, down, down into the darkness of the archaeological afterworld,
Gently they go – the cursed, the goddam, the infernal.