March 2

Alternative Mix of Nirvana’s ‘Marigold’ Leaks With Dave Grohl On Vocals [Listen]

first_img[via Paste] Dave Grohl has become one of the most likable rock icons since coming out of the band Nirvana over 20 years ago. Earlier this week, we saw him perform an emotional acoustic cover of “Blackbird” by The Beatles as part of the 88th Academy Awards’ “In Memoriam” segment (watch it here). Today we get to listen to the Foo Fighters‘ frontman take lead vocals and guitar on a 1993 leaked version of Nirvana’s “Marigold,” which also adds Kera Schaley on cello. Grohl wrote the song in ’92, and the Kurt Cobain-led studio version appears on the B-side of the “Heart Shaped Box” single. Listen to the never-before-shared recording below:last_img read more

March 2

Bob Weir Guests With George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners At Sweetwater Music Hall [Videos]

first_imgThis weekend, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners played a two-night, sold-out run at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California, with 7 Come 11 serving as the opening act. On Saturday night, The Meters bassist was joined by guitarists Brian Stoltz (The funky Meters) and Eric McFadden (P-Funk). On Sunday night, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir was added to the lineup as the special guest.Bob Weir, fresh off Dead & Company tour, joined George Porter Jr. and the Runnin’ Pardners crew for a portion of their set on Sunday night. The venue’s live stream ran into technical difficulties with sound, but luckily for us, there was a room full of fans there to capture the magic. Watch fan-shot video of Bob Weir and George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners’ rendition of two classic Grateful Dead live love anthems: Buddy Holly‘s “Not Fade Away” and the Dead’s own “They Love Each Other”:George Porter & Runnin’ Pardners w/ Bob Weir – “Not Fade Away”[Video: nowiknowuryder]George Porter & Runnin Pardners w/ Bob Weir – “They Love Each Other”[Video: C B]The last time that George Porter Jr. and Bob Weir collaborated was with Dead & Company at New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center on February 25th, 2018. The funk pioneer and bonafide Crescent City icon provided a sturdy foundation for a spot-on rendition of Howlin’ Wolf’s “Smokestack Lightning”, even playfully growling his way through his portion of the lyrics. Porter’s magnetic playing eventually drew in guitarist John Mayer, who went to toe-to-toe with the New Orleans bass master during his solo—a move the pair would repeat with the “Bertha” and “Sugaree” that followed. You can read more about that set and watch videos of the performance here.Live For Live Music recently caught up with Porter and his fellow Meters founder, Zigaboo Modeliste, to speak about the band’s 50th anniversary this year, which they’ll mark with a special performance by their current collaborative project, Foundation of Funk, at the upcoming LOCKN’ festival. You can read the full interview here.For a full list of George Porter Jr.’s upcoming tour dates with his many various projects, head to his website.last_img read more

March 1

Beautifying dorm grounds

first_imgIsaac Dayno likes to get his hands dirty. The Harvard College freshman grew up in Vermont and sometimes longs to work on the land rather than at a desk in Widener Library. So when the Freshman Dean’s Office invited Dayno recently to participate in a campus beautification project — and to connect with classmates in the process — he jumped at the chance to get outside.“Coming from rural Vermont, it was a way to experience something familiar in a foreign place,” he said. “I mulched and planted shrubs, bulbs, and other plants around the Union dorms and the Freshman Dean’s Office. I also cultivated new friendships and nurtured those that I had already begun. The project let me give back to the community around me and express pride in where I live.”The landscaping project was part of a new push to get students invested in the campus community by inviting them to work together to make Harvard a better — and more attractive — place. Dayno and more than half a dozen other freshmen joined Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds, Freshman Dean Thomas A. Dingman, and members of the College’s operations staff on Oct. 1 to create two green spaces in the areas near Greenough and Hurlbut halls, part of the Union dorms cluster outside the Yard, and outside the dean’s office.“When students graduate, they will have spent nearly a fifth of their lives at Harvard,” said Hammonds. “By enabling them to improve their local environment, projects like the one at the Union dorms give undergraduates a sense of ownership in the campus community and enable them to feel more at home here.”At Greenough and Hurlbut, students and staff planted a sweet bay magnolia tree, itea and inkberry bushes, and scores of daffodil bulbs. Leonie Oostrom ’15, a Pennypacker Hall resident, said she got involved to brighten up the dorms outside of Harvard Yard.Hannah Nunez (from left), Madeline Holland, Alli Welton, Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds, Freshman Dean Thomas A. Dingman, Matthew Hammonds Shield, and Anthony Pacill, senior manager of Harvard Yard and freshman dormitories, prepare to tackle the landscaping project.“It was important to me living in a Union dorm,” she said. “I felt like we were lacking the beautiful outdoor space and sense of community that students living in the Yard have. Now there are gorgeous plants all around.”The project was made possible by the advance work of the Yard operations staff. Manager Anthony Pacillo and his crew installed blue stone patios, cleaned up the work areas, and prepared beds for planting. When the plants were in, the staff installed benches donated by Hammonds’ office to give students a place to sit and enjoy their surroundings — and each other.“The areas around Hurlbut and Greenough were underutilized,” Pacillo said. “Now there’s a beautiful lawn in the area outside” the dean’s office, “and benches for freshmen to sit on. They can read, study, or even play Frisbee. It’s much more student friendly.”Dingman said there was also an important byproduct of the project. The benches and beautification give greater prominence to a memorial for Mack Davis, the beloved former assistant dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and one of the School’s first African-American administrators.“Mack died suddenly and prematurely,” Dingman said. “It was a great tragedy. People who were touched by his life contributed to an engraved stone. No one was aware it was behind Greenough. His widow Shelly said that she was never able to find it. Now the memorial is very prominently displayed. People are already asking, ‘So, who was this Mack Davis?’ ”Dayno agreed that the new gardens provide much-needed space for reflection and that the work was a welcome break from “memorizing art history slides or dates from the French Revolution.” He’s eager to get involved in the next project.“The project was a perfect, down-to-earth way to meet and connect with the members of our community who do so much to make Harvard as special as it is,” he said. “I can’t wait to do it all again!”last_img read more

March 1

Democratizing work for the people and the planet

first_img Jeffrey Frankel cites domino effect of problems in China, huge U.S. deficit, likely decline in jobs and spending Related The pandemic has also temporarily brought the economy to a halt and has demonstrated how the environment responds when we pollute less. But as we prepare to restart the economy, we must learn from this crisis and prioritize protecting the environment. Otherwise, we will continue to destroy the planet.Altogether, the crisis magnifies the need to change. The societal and economic status quo before the coronavirus was untenable. As we rebuild post-COVID-19, we must invest in more resilient, equitable, healthy, just, and green societies. Doing so requires new ways of working and organizing that will set us on a path to a more democratic and sustainable future. The purpose of this op-ed is to highlight options to build this kind of future, but these options are not the only ones that should be considered — far from it. I view the op-ed as a call to collectively engage in a debate so that we can redesign our system together.HKS: When you circulated the op-ed in the academic community, you received an overwhelming response from scholars who wanted to co-sign. Why do you think the manifesto resonated so intensely?Battilana:  I study the politics of change. And a crucial finding from my research is that agitation — merely saying that things don’t work — is not enough. We saw this with Occupy Wall Street, which very effectively agitated against the status quo, but didn’t move much beyond agitation. To really effect change, we must also innovate and orchestrate the change.Back in 2008, the world, including the academic community, brought attention to problems within the system. And yet, we still await fundamental reforms. This time, I think academics, like many other citizens, want to make sure we are doing everything to ensure that sustainable change comes from this crisis. I think that this is why so many scholars signed the op-ed. They want to move beyond agitation and participate in both innovation and orchestration.We have seen that change is possible from how we have massively reorganized society to respond to the pandemic. And we are not starting from scratch: over the past decades, countries across the globe have developed ways of working and organizing that are more democratic and sustainable. The academic community can contribute to efforts to redesign our system by sharing what we have learned from our research and by collaborating with civil society organizations, governments and businesses who are involved in the broader movement for change.In the op-ed, we proposed innovations — alternative social and economic models we can adopt to face the future. The solutions that we discussed are not the only ones, but our hope is that the op-ed will contribute to a real debate about solutions in different contexts. It would be foolish to think that what works in one context can work across all.,HKS: You’ve published this manifesto in outlets all over the world. In what ways are the issues you address universal? Are some countries doing a better job than others in approaching the future of work?Battilana: This crisis is a global one. And it reflects how interconnected our economies and societies have become. And so yes, this is a universal issue. And yet, not all countries will (or should) respond the same way. However, we have hope when we see, for instance, that South Korea’s government has committed to a Green New Deal to launch the post-COVID-19 economic recovery.New legal arrangements suited to organizations that pursue social and environmental objectives alongside financial ones, are becoming available around the world, including in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, South Korea, and the United States.When it comes to workers’ participation in strategic decision making in corporations, Germany and some Nordic countries have laws that provide workers formal representation on supervisory boards, giving them a voice in the management of the company. Isabelle Ferreras, who drafted the op-ed with me and Dominique Méda, is affiliated with the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, which has published an agenda to bolster worker representation and worker power within companies and beyond.And some heads of state, including the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Finnish Prime Minister Sana Marin, have proposed to integrate well-being as a key indicator of success and a priority for their governments. They are actively working towards boosting their citizens’ well-being. These country-level policies are critical to face the wave of unemployment and to support gig workers, the informal economy and the most vulnerable citizens.I study the politics of change. And a crucial finding from my research is that agitation — merely saying that things don’t work — is not enough,” says Harvard Professor Julie Battilana. Photo by Ally Schmaling ©HKS: What are the challenges to democracitizing and decommodifying work, while fostering environmental recovery?Battilana: Our economy and our society are still primarily driven by the pursuit of profit maximization. What is at stake is a major economic and societal change that will require great effort, determination, and creativity. And, this is easier said than done. As we emerge from this crisis, we will have to invest capital to support workers and citizens. But this will not be enough. We will also need to change the laws and our culture.In terms of the economy, we have to ensure that we don’t merely pick up where we left off but develop new systems for employee participation and set clear goals for employee well-being, and environmental and social metrics, alongside financial performance. In my research, I find that even those with the best intentions often struggle as they lose sight of their environmental and social goals in their quest for efficiency.But my research also points to a silver lining: Organizations that are more democratic fare better. This is why we are looking towards workers and citizens for answers. We have done research that proves that this is not only a viable path, but it may be a necessary one.HKS: And where do we begin to make these changes?Battilana: This is the critical question! I am currently writing a book on power. A key component for understanding power is understanding the hierarchies that shape who has power and who doesn’t. We are up against a mighty hierarchy that still puts capital investors at the top, and workers — investors in labor — at the bottom. In the book, my co-author Tiziana Casciaro and I show that we cannot challenge power hierarchies alone. Change requires that we, as citizens, change our habits, that companies change their practices and that governments change their laws. Such changes require collective movements. We hope the op-ed serves as a catalyst for collective action.Social psychology research indicates that once individuals take a public stance on an issue, they are more likely to act in accordance with that issue. This op-ed has two missions. The first was to mobilize the academic community around the need to democratize firms, decommodify work, and remediate the environment — and to get scholars to take a stance publicly. The second one was to reach out to citizens, governments, businesses, not-for-profits, and social enterprises that want to make this shift. Together we may start orchestrating changes that will help democratize and decommodify work and restore the planet. And the survey says, ‘keep it closed’ Despite hardships, U.S. public is ‘firmly opposed’ to reopening the economy immediately Why odds of a coronavirus recession have risen Keeping ethics alive during the pandemic Center for Ethics launches COVID-19 Rapid Response Impact Initiative This is part of our Coronavirus Update series in which Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines offer insights into what the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak may bring.With COVID-19 ravaging economies, Harvard Professor Julie Battilana, and colleagues around the globe, issued an urgent plea: We need to transform the way we work.Battilana, who studies how organizations can implement positive change, knew that we can do better when it comes to work. She and her collaborators called for improvements in three dimensions: by democratizing companies, decommodifying work, and creating sustainable policies that benefit the environment.Battilana; Isabelle Ferreras, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, and Harvard Law School’s Labor and Worklife Program; and Dominique Méda, Paris Dauphine University, France, penned an op-ed that was cosigned by more than 5,000 researchers from universities around the globe — including nearly 40 associated with Harvard University. It was published this past weekend in more than 40 newspapers in 36 countries and generated a website and hashtag: #democratizingwork.Raising women’s voices in conversations about work was an important aim. Battilana, Ferreras, and Méda joined forces with five more female scholars: Julia Cagé, Paris Institute of Political Studies, France; Liza Herzog, University of Groningen, the Netherlands; Pavlina Tcherneva, Bard College; Hélène Landemore, Yale University; and Sara Lafuente Hernandez, University of Brussels, Belgium. This core group — which represented fields including sociology, philosophy, management, economics, and political science — mobilized their networks to get thousands of others to cosign, starting with women in academia.Battilana is the Alan L. Gleitsman Professor of Social Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and the Joseph C. Wilson Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School — as well as the founder and faculty chair of the Kennedy School’s Social Innovation + Change Initiative.We spoke with Battilana about the op-ed and the mission to transform work.Q&AJulie BattilanaHKS: What prompted you to write an op-ed about democratizing work?Battilana: What prompted us to write this op-ed is the crisis, which is not only a health crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted profound cracks and vulnerabilities in our social fabric, in our economy, and in our politics.We are confronted with massive social inequalities: in wealth, in access to health care and a healthy home, between who gets to work from home and who are the essential workers, risking their safety for others. These inequalities existed long before the coronavirus, but they are magnified and amplified today. “As we emerge from this crisis, we will have to invest capital to support workers and citizens. But this will not be enough. We will also need to change the laws and our culture.” — Julie Battilanalast_img read more

February 27

Storage Automation Done Right: Introducing ViPR Controller v3.0

first_imgCheck out ViPR Controller home page, follow @EMCViPR on Twitter or test out ViPR Controller Free + Frictionless edition software. ViPR Controller 3.0 is out, and it’s a storage automation powerhouse. This release is a testament to our original ViPR vision for Software Defined Storage, as well as the power of community-driven, open source innovation. It now features application grouping, easier orchestration, and supports more storage platforms than ever, all while continuing to be a reliable, enterprise-class storage automation platform.Customers are seeing great success with ViPR Controller. Watch how Haufe Lexware saved 25% in OPEX in the first six months.Businesses are trying to accomplish many of the same things they have for years – reducing their CAPEX and OPEX costs, increasing efficiency, and increasing organizational agility. So what’s different now? Organizations must contend with flat headcount, staggering data growth (44 Zeta Bytes by 2020 according to IDC) driven by mobile apps, the Internet of Things and greater demand for business analytics, while being asked to improve the speed and efficiency, deliver storage services and empower consumers through self-service access to IT resources.EMC ViPR Controller, along with its open source companion, CoprHD, provides storage automation that centralizes and transforms multivendor storage into a simple and extensible platform. It abstracts and pools resources to deliver automated, policy-driven, storage as-a-service on demand through a self-service catalog across a multi-vendor environment. The 3.0 release has many innovative features that extend ViPR Controller’s value as a simple, extensible and enterprise-grade platform.Simple: ViPR Controller helps organizations reduce costs with automation and centralized management of provisioning and reclamation tasks. In the 3.0 release, we have added application centric-workflows for application management without the need to understand the underlying arrays. This enhancement associates all aspects of an application, LUNs, snapshots and automates these tasks to reduce errors and improve time to value.Extensible: At present, integrating support for new storage arrays requires deep knowledge of ViPR Controller. With the new Southbound Software development Kit (SDK) in the 3.0 release, you can now add support for all of your storage systems. The SDK gives you the freedom to develop at your own pace and offers flexibility to partners and platform vendors to add support for their arrays extending product coverage.Enterprise-Grade: With ViPR Controller 3.0 Application Programming interface (API) you can eliminate single points of failure to ensure you are always meeting your SLAs. This new design adds a self-contained platform agnostic data replication that is configurable up to two standby sites for High Availability.last_img read more

February 8

AP sources: Michael Strahan tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgPro Football Hall of Famer and “Good Morning America” host Michael Strahan has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-quarantining according to people familiar with the situation. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because of medical restriction issues. He is currently not experiencing any severe symptoms from COVID-19. TMZ was the first to report about Strahan testing positive. Strahan also works on the “Fox NFL Sunday” pregame show and appeared remotely during last Sunday’s NFC championship game.last_img read more

December 18

Loan Zone: Appraiser independence

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Financial crisis taught its importance and regulations are backing that up.Following the financial crisis of 2007, the industry recognized the need for stricter controls relegated to appraiser independence. All stakeholders in the mortgage lending sector experienced the result of appraisers being placed under pressure to “hit” specific property values, and the volume of overvalued homes was evident during the real estate bubble.Most appraisers did not give in to this pressure to meet specific sale or refinance values to receive further appraisal orders. However, it was clear that powers other than market-driven factors were directing appraised values beyond supported Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal -compliant practices, which placed the entire appraisal industry at risk.In April of 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and five other agencies issued a final rule to implement minimum requirements for state registration and supervision of appraisal management companies, which provide services to lenders, underwriters or other principals in the secondary mortgage markets.AMCs remain a key partner for many credit unions, and appraisal independence is one of the topics at the forefront of these requirements, which note that AMCs must establish policies and procedures to ensure compliance with appraisal independence standards. AMCs are required in every state to implement formal AIR policy and procedural controls, as they insulate the appraiser from undue influence from those within the real estate profession and loan production, who might influence values for personal gain. continue reading »last_img read more

December 18

5 ways to improve employee development at your company

first_imgThere are a seemingly infinite number of initiatives that can lead to success at your company. You can pull levers on product development, QA, sales, marketing, customer success…etc… but prioritizing what will have the greatest impact is tough. It’s no wonder that employee development often ends up at the bottom of a very long list.Leaders are constrained by time and are often biased towards short to medium term growth. This is especially true at startups, where we anxiously look ahead to the end of the runway. Can we really trade tomorrow’s ROI goals for benefits that we will reap next quarter or next year?But that is the wrong lense through which to view employee development. Your people are your company. They want to feel that their managers genuinely care and are committed to supporting their professional advancement and even their personal growth. Millennials in particular desire support, coaching and paths to advancement.Employee development is a long-term initiative, but it also leads to short-term benefits like increased loyalty and improved performance and engagement. Let’s look at 5 ways to improve development at your company: continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

December 17

An unprecedented partnership for unprecedented times

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The twin upheavals of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have led three of the credit union movement’s top organizations to collaborate on a system-wide disaster response for institutions and their members.Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the industry’s largest trade organization, and CO-OP Financial Services and PSCU, normally competing credit union service organizations, form a partnership as unique as the circumstances.Special toll-free numbers are now available dedicated to helping credit union members with ATM access and branch information as they may be displaced or their credit union unavailable due to natural disaster.The special toll-free numbers are available in both English and Spanish:(866) 564-3519(844) 897-2060(with service options for hearing impaired) continue reading »last_img read more

December 17

How a digital marketing agency creates financial buyer personas

first_img 42SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr First of all… what IS a Buyer Persona and why would your credit union or your digital marketing agency care about these anyway?Well, according to HubSpot “a buyer persona is a semi-fictional representation of your ideal customer based on market research and real data about your existing customers.”And WHY does a credit union or community bank NEED to create these?Well, as with most things in marketing or sales, if you can relate on an individual level to a concept, it makes it much easier to design content or other marketing or sales communications that will resonnate with your audience. In a nutshell… if you really know WHO someone is, then you will be able to better deliver what they are looking for. This just makes logical sense.When creating a buying persona for a credit union or bank client, we like to start slowly, focusing on 2-3 targets first. Afterall, you have to walk before you can run. continue reading »last_img read more