Threat Management in an Enterprise Mobile Environment – Part 1 of 7

first_imgThe threat landscape continues to grow dramatically, with sophisticated malware that’s frequently targeting enterprise data. Complicating the already dangerous threat landscape, the rise of BYOD programs has introduced additional mobile tools to the enterprise. And since users are now defining the network perimeter, it’s always moving.In this new enterprise environment, you must find a way to protect an unknown number of mobile devices running on multiple platforms and operating systems, while keeping users productive and the business secure.Protecting data and devices in a changing enterprise environment is no small task. It requires a comprehensive security solution that can guard against advanced threats while protecting users across a range of devices. 4th generation Intel Core vPro processors are designed to address the top IT security concerns for the enterprise: threat management, identity and access, data protection, and monitoring and remediation.Threat ManagementFor IT, more devices mean there’s more to protect. And the environment is all the more threatening. Sophisticated malware and viruses continue to accelerate with no sign of slowing down. In fact, recent studies done by McAfee revealed some alarming facts from 2012. • New malware samples grew by 50 percent.• Mobile malware increased by 44 times.• New ransomware samples soared to over 200,000 per quarter.These growth rates say a lot about what’s to come. And while many organizations are using traditional software-only security solutions, it may no longer be enough. Rootkit attacks, one of the most malicious forms of malware, can be difficult to detect with traditional antivirus strategies. These attacks give a hacker root-level access to a computer, which can occur without detection and proceed to infect key system components such as hypervisors. There’s also the risk of escalation-of-privilege attacks, in which a hacker can gain elevated network access to compromise sensitive business data across the organization.Protected Launch EnvironmentProtecting today’s virtual and physical IT environments against these advanced threats requires a different approach. Intel Core vPro technology actively helps to prevent viruses and malware from entering your network by creating a protected environment at start-up. Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel VT) and Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT) work below the operating system to validate the behavior of key client system components during boot-up and ongoing operations. Intel VT boosts security for virtual environments and works together with McAfee* Deep Defender* to protect against stealthy attacks like rootkits. And Intel OS Guard4 protects against escalation-of-privilege attacks by working constantly with automated protection that prevents viruses from taking hold deep in your system.This blog is part 1 of 7 in a series focused on mobile security in the enterprise. For a full report, please click here.For the most recent research on the state of business mobility, click here.For more conversations about IT Center and mobile security, click on the hashtags below:#itcenter #infoseclast_img read more

Virender Sehwag applauds Rohit and tail-enders for resilience

first_imgCaptain Virender Sehwag on Tuesday applauded Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja for batting sensibly and adding 83 priceless runs for the sixth wicket that were instrumental in India edging past the West Indies by one wicket in a thrilling finish to the first One-Day International in Cuttack.Sehwag was also relieved that tail-enders Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron scored 12 crucial runs in an unbeaten partnership for the last wicket to ensure the win that came with seven balls to spare.”I was sitting in the same place and not moving. Good to win another nail-biter. Whatever you tell No. 10 or No. 11, they always do what they want to. I just told them to play till the end and whatever happens is fine,” Sehwag said.”Rohit and Jadeja batted really well in that partnership [for the sixth wicket] and we should have won it easily from there. But, still, good to end up winning [the game],” said a relieved captain. “We hope to learn from our batting mistakes in the coming games.”Rohit, who was adjudged the Man of the Match, said that the plan was to bat through. “The idea was to play through the innings. But, unfortunately, I wasn’t able to finish it. But it doesn’t matter now; we’ve won the game. I needed support from Jadeja at that stage. We played to a plan and he batted brilliantly. Even Vinay Kumar batted really well,” he said.”I didn’t have much cricket after my injury, but luckily did well in the Ranji games. I am glad I got an opportunity under pressure and managed to pull it through.”advertisementWest Indies captain Darren Sammy had to endure disappointment twice in four days as his team failed to win despite being on the verge of it. On Saturday, the visitors failed to win the third Test in Mumbai as it ended in a draw with India nine down and one run short of a win.”Every time you lose, it is quite disappointing. We just didn’t have the last spark to take us past the finish line,” he admitted. “The opening bowlers did well to give us a start and we fought all the way to the end, but it wasn’t enough. We could have done things differently. We bowled 23 extras, but I would like to commend the boys.”The next One-Day International will be played in Visakhapatnam on Friday.last_img read more

DataWind PocketSurfer 2G4 and 3G4 launched with free internet from RCom

first_imgDataWind, the company behind the infamous Aakash tablet on Tuesday launched two ultra-budget Android smartphones in India, which also provide free Internet from telco RCom. Both the phones offer free unlimited web browsing for one year on the Reliance Communications network.The two phones 2G4 and 3G4 – cost Rs 1,999 and Rs 2,999 respectively. Apart from unlimited web browsing, users also get access to unlimited email usage and also access to social networks.”We are passionate about technology and access that enables and empowers the common man to achieve more in every conceivable way. With this new range of ultra-low cost smartphones, powered with free internet access by India’s leading network, we hope to ignite a spark that will revolutionalise India’s movement towards achieving its grand vision of a digital India. We see this as a beginning of a new phase in the Internet revolution led by mobile internet and we are delighted and privileged to have Reliance Communications by our side in this transformational journey towards Digital India,” said Suneet Singh Tuli, President and CEO, DataWind.The 2G4 PocketSurfer has a 3.5-inch display and is powered by a single core ARM Cortex A7 SoC clocked at 1.0GHz. It has a VGA camera on the back and has connectivity options like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which admittedly is borderline obsolete.The 3G4 on the other hand has a larger 4-inch display and runs on Android 4.4 KitKat. It is also powered by a Cortex A7 single core CPU clocked at 1.0GHz. It has a 5-megapixel camera on the back and a VGA camera on the front.  On both the devices, the company claims 3 hours of talk-time and 2 days of standby time.advertisementDataWind has also upgraded the 5-inch model of the PocketSurfer which is known as the 3G5. It rocks a 5-inch screen, and runs on a Cortex A7 processor clocked at 1.0GHz. It has a 3-megapixel camera on the back with a flash and a VGA module on the front. It also runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat.Suneet Singh Tuli also took the opportunity to praise the Indian government for its vision for Make in India. ” In our commitment to Make in India, we hope to generate 1,000 new direct and indirect jobs in India within the next year as we work with electronics manufacturing service companies in India,” he said.Reliance Communications CEO for its consumer business Gurdeep Singh said, ” We are delighted to partner with DataWind and offer unlimited data for 12 months on our high speed GSM data network, which will lead to a unique user experience on the PocketSurfer smartphones, which sport many technological breakthroughs.”Both the product will be available March 17 onwards on Naaptol’s TV, print and online shopping platforms. Starting March 24 the products will be available on traditional retail outlets from Spice hotspot, Sangeetha Mobiles and others.last_img read more

Everton hero Snodin welcomes deals for Klaassen and Pickford

first_imgEverton hero Ian Snodin has welcomed deals for Davy Klaassen and Jordan Pickford.Snodin believes incoming duo Pickford, 23, and Klaassen, 24, are joining the Blues at perfect stages of their careers.”They’re both very good ages,” he told evertonfc.com. “I was 23 when I came to the Club as a player and it’s a great time, a great age to move somewhere and you’re still three or four years off your prime. I think they both have great platforms to come here, get to know the Club and help us to improve.“What we do know is that Davy Klaassen will bring goals, assists and high work-rate in midfield. Ajax have a great tradition of getting youngsters through the academy system and into the first team. Davy has a great background and Ronald and Erwin Koeman will know every detail about him.“If the manager gets a team who is willing to work hard off the ball, while also being comfortable on it, we have some exciting times ahead.“Then we know Jordan Pickford is such a talented young goalkeeper who had a number of clubs wanting to sign him. I’ve seen enough of him to suggest he can be Everton’s goalkeeper for a long, long time. You’re looking at an England Under-21 international who could also be England’s senior number one for many years to come as well. He’s an ambitious young man and we are as ambitious as a Club, so it’s a great move for both parties.”last_img read more

​Wenger: Arsenal could have been a Champions League winner if VAR existed

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes he could have lifted the 2006 Champions League trophy – had VAR technology been around at the time.The Frenchman also claims that technology could have saved his side from an embarrassing 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern in the competition’s round of 16 stage – Laurent Koscienly was sent off early in the second leg of the tie. When asked by Arsenal Playerwhich refereeing decisions he would have liked VAR to change, Wenger answered: “I would choose Barcelona’s equaliser in the 2006 Champions League final because it was offside, and we were 1-0 up with 30 minutes to go.””That’s the trophy I miss here, you know, so that is for me the most important one.”Samuel Eto’o equalised for Barcelona in the 2006 final, and the Blaugrana would score again soon after to crush Arsenal’s hopes of a first Champions League title.Wenger then reflected on more recent decisions.”The second one I would choose is the second yellow card for Robin van Persie at Barcelona in 2011, because this was the moment we were qualified against a very strong team, and it was a very difficult decision to accept – it basically killed our chances,” said Wenger.”After that maybe I go to a more recent decision – against Bayern Munich when Koscielny was sent off for a penalty when Lewandowski was offside. That just comes to my mind now but maybe I forget many, many, many, many more.”last_img read more

Laporta blasts: Incredible no-one from Barcelona with Messi at court

first_imgFormer Barcelona president Joan Laporta has taken fresh aim at the current board.Laporta, speaking with Sport, says he feels “strong enough” to take charge of Barca again.He declared: “I am very sorry to see that they are destroying the model that has made us great. They do not know how to carry out the transfer of players, they are squandering the few years that could remain glorious because we still have (Lionel) Messi.” In regard to the Argentine, Laporta said that “it was incredible to see that no one from the club accompanied him at court, we would have all been there, by his side.”last_img

​Nottingham Forest set to give Liverpool keeper Bodgan lifeline

first_imgAdam Bogdan is a target of Nottingham Forest, according to The Sun. The Liverpool goalkeeper has been out with a serious knee injury since November.And Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is keen to get the former Bolton man back into action by allowing him to leave on loan.The Hungarian gained Championship experience during his time with the Wanderers.last_img

Capacity-Building Workshop on “Maternal and Newborn Health Programing”

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 22, 2010July 14, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Department of Making Pregnancy Safer at the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the seventh orientation workshop on Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) Programing to take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from June 21 to 25, 2010. Course ObjectivesThe objectives of this course are to familiarize participants with WHO guidance on interventions and related health system issues for maternal and newborn health. At the end of this course, participants will be able to design effective solutions for improving MNH programs, plan, implement and evaluate MNH services in countries with high maternal and neonatal mortality.Target AudienceThe target audience for this workshop is people working on Maternal and Newborn Health programing and implementation from governments, donor agencies, international organizations, research institutions, NGOs and the private sector.Application ProcessClick here to apply online. The deadline for registration to this course is April 15th, 2010. Accommodation and travel will not be covered or organized by WHO.For more information about the workshop, click here. To learn more about the Department of Making Pregnancy Safer, click here. Share this:last_img read more

Weekend Reading

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 22, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week on the MHTF blog:We posted about an upcoming USAID Maternal Health Technical SeriesWe commented on the World Bank-IMF Global Monitoring ReportThere was a Maternal Health Policy Dialogue on accessing care in urban slumsMama was launched by the Women’s Refugee Commission and Marketing for International DevelopmentToday is the deadline to apply for the Women Bloggers DeliverSome reading for the weekend:Scaling up post abortion careA scorecard for identifying risk in MumbaiMisoprostol trials showing results in SenegalThe impact of performance-based payment for health providers in RwandaShare this:last_img

Apply Now: Program Implementation Workshop on Postpartum Hemorrhage

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on July 29, 2013March 6, 2017By: Kate Mitchell, Manager of the MHTF Knowledge Management System, Women and Health InitiativeClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), along with partners at Population Services International (PSI), Venture Strategies Innovations (VSI), and EngenderHealth, are teaming up to offer a 3-day workshop for non-governmental organizations on approaches to preventing postpartum hemorrhage with misoprostol.From the organizers:The workshop will focus predominantly on implementation approaches for preventing PPH at homebirth using misoprostol. It will also provide partners with the knowledge and tools for successful implementation of a comprehensive approach to PPH prevention using strategies for births either at home or in a facility.Who should attend the workshop?Program managers and technical staff supporting implementation of maternal health programs.What kind of sessions will be offered? The workshop will provide a forum for NGOs working in countries with a high maternal mortality burden and feature a series of interactive learning sessions and discussions. NGOs will learn about the introduction and implementation of successful PPH prevention programs and will use lessons learned to develop strategies and action plans.A detailed agenda is being developed and will be shared with participants.What are the dates and locations?Washington, D.C.: 24-26 September 2013Additional region workshops will be held in the following locations (exact dates are yet to be finalized):Kathmandu, Nepal: December 2013Maputo, Mozambique: February 2014How can I apply?Due to limited space, we cannot accept all applications for this workshop. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis by MCHIP staff.– Applications for the Washington, D.C. workshop are currently available for submission here.– Applications for Nepal and Mozambique will be available at a later date.What is the deadline for applications?The deadline for the Washington, DC workshop is September 10, 2013.How many people can attend per organization?Due to limited space, only five applications will be accepted per organization. As applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, once we have accepted 5 participants from a single organization, additional applicants from the same organization will no longer be considered.What is the registration fee?There is no fee to attend this workshop. MCHIP will cover all workshop expenses and lunches. Attendees must cover their own travel, lodging and personal expenses to attend.What should I do if I need to cancel my subscription to the D.C. workshop?Please email Jessica Kerbo: Jessica.kerbo@jhpiego.org. A fee will be charged for DC attendees that cancel after September 10th.Who can I contact if I have additional questions?You may contact Jessica Kerbo, the Conference Coordinator: Jessica.kerbo@Jhpiego.orgLearn more and apply to participate in the workshop here.Share this:last_img read more

Measuring Content of Contacts Reveals Missed Opportunities to Deliver Quality Maternal and Newborn Health Care

first_imgPosted on June 4, 2015June 12, 2017By: Tanya Marchant, Deputy Director, MARCH CentreClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post originally appeared on the IDEAS blogContent of maternal and newborn health care needs to be measured to improve the quality of contacts between families and health workers, highlights research carried out by the IDEAS project, and published in PLoS ONE. The data supporting this analysis is now freely available online.Quality of health care is a big issue globally. One facet of quality is the content of care across the continuum from pregnancy through to 28 days after birth, and this must be considered in future global maternal and newborn health strategies. For example, if a pregnant woman makes an antenatal care visit, but does not have her blood pressure measured, there has been a missed opportunity to prevent possible complications during pregnancy or childbirth.Measuring the content of contacts with frontline workersThe IDEAS study measured how many women and their babies not only accessed routine antenatal, intra-partum, post-partum and post-natal care, but also received the recommended routine health checks during those contacts. The study was carried out in 2012 across three settings: Ethiopia, Gombe State, Northeast Nigeria, and the state of Uttar Pradesh, India.Few women and babies received healthcare with all required contentThe number of families that had contact with frontline workers suggested that demand for health care was increasing compared to previous reports from the same study sites. However, the percentage of women and babies who received care with all the recommended content was considerably lower across all stages of the continuum of care. For example, of the 61% of women who had an antenatal check while pregnant in Gombe State, Northeast Nigeria, just 11% reported receiving all the recommended content of antenatal care by the end of their pregnancy. Similar findings were observed in all three study settings. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Charts showing few women and babies received healthcare with all required content © IDEAS/LSHTMcenter_img Developing strategies to reduce missed opportunities for delivering high quality careThe study reveals the importance of measurement to inform implementation strategies that target the content of care, as highlighted recently by the Maternal Health Task Force. With increased demand for health services and global commitments to reduce maternal and newborn mortality (such as the Every Newborn Action Plan, Strategies toward ending preventable maternal mortality and Every Mother, Every Newborn strategy), the findings of the IDEAS study show improving content is key to reducing the number of missed opportunities to deliver lifesaving care in the future.What does ‘content of care’ mean?The content of a routine health visit should include all recommended aspects of care:Antenatal care (care during pregnancy):Weight and height measuredBlood pressure measuredUrine and blood tests carried outCounselling for breastfeeding, danger signs, and birth preparednessIntra-partum care (care during childbirth, including prevention of excessive bleeding [haemorrhage] during skilled birth attendance):Administration of prophylactic uterotonics to prevent post-partum haemorrhageActive management of third stage of labourPost-partum care (care of the mother within 48 hours of birth):Breasts and bleeding checkedCounselled on danger signs, nutrition, and family planningPost-natal care (care of the newborn within 48 hours of birth):Weigh newbornCheck cord careCounsel caregiver on breastfeeding, thermal care and danger signsShare this:last_img read more

3 business boosting exercises you can do at the beach, park, or lake

first_imgHip, hip hooray, it’s the final stretch of summer! What are your plans?Wherever you fall on the spectrum of work and play, the last warm weather days of the year are a great time to get away from your day-to-day activities, get creative, and work “on” your business, rather than “in” it. Leave your computer at home, grab a pad and pencil and head to the beach, lake or park and try out these 3 business-boosting activities:1) Create a mind mapEntrepreneurs, particularly those of the creative persuasion, LOVE a new idea. In fact, I’m willing to bet you’ve got a head full of million-dollar ideas right now – it’s called “Bright Shiny Object Syndrome”.Sound familiar?But here’s the thing, ideas without action are worthless. So how do get those ideas out of your head make them happen? You create a mind-map. Here’s how:Write your n​ame, or business name at the center. As thoughts come to mind, draw branches from the central point and write them down (in as few words as possible). So for example, you might have design, art practice, marketing, new website, collaborations etc.Create sub-branches for additional thoughts/action items e.g. for the ‘new website’ arm, your sub-branches might include, call web designer for a quote, update web copy, edit images, create case studies, get new photos taken etc. Keep going until you everything on that subject out of your head.Once you have it out of your head and on paper, you can assign a number (based upon priority) to each branch. Here’s a tip: prioritize the actions based upon what will have the most impact on your business in the shortest time, not necessarily what you’d like to do first*. This allows you to focus on the most important things first and see them through to completion before moving on (or being distracted by) something else.For example, I’ve been wanting to re-do my website for years, but I realized my reasons were not because I thought it would dramatically improve my business, but because I wanted something new and fresh. This year, I made the decision to re-brand because my business demands it (more about that later!), so it’s now a priority.2) Visualize your futureI recently shared Cameron Herold’s ‘paint a picture exercise’. Borrowing from the highly effective visualization techniques used by top athletes, Cameron recommends all entrepreneurs try out this technique. And the best part, it’s most effective when you get away from your computer and get out into nature.So grab a pad, a pencil and start writing your future. Here are some guidelines to get you started:What you do and whyWhat do you want your business to do for you?What do you want it to do for others?What’s your “why”?Who you work withWhat kinds of clients do you work with? What are your programs or services? What problems do you solve? How do people benefit from working with you?Your servicesWhat do your programs, packages or services entail? What problems do they solve?CompensationHow are you compensated for your services? How much do you make a year? How have you scaled your business, so it’s no longer hours for dollars? How much of that is passive income?Staff and collaboratorsWho works with you? Do you have staff or collaborators? Do they work on-site or remotely? What kind of leader are you? What kind of culture have you created? What are your values?CommunicationHow do people describe your communication style? Are you known for transparency, integrity, always over-delivering and on-time?MediaAre you considered an expert in your industry? Describe how you contribute; a monthly column in an industry magazine, on podcasts, or on TV. How do the media describe you?LifestyleDo you enjoy a balanced lifestyle? Do you spend quality time with friends and loved ones? What does that lifestyle look like?How you feelHow do you feel about your work and life? Describe a perfect day. What do you do, when? Who do you do it with?3) Plan a field tripAs I type, texts are going back and forth between my accountability group, planning a get-together at my local outdoor pool. Because we love what we do, we can’t help but talk about business, but it’s in a completely different way. The change of scenery, sun and fresh air somehow loosen up the creative thought process that’s so important in a small business.Invite a collaborator or your accountability group to join you for a day out and let the ideas flow!And the best part about these exercises is you’ll have to plan THREE separate day trips (naturally) to do them. Why not pick one, try it out? I’d love to hear how you do!If you’d like to learn more strategies for building a thriving creative business, let’s chat! Click here to book your free 20-minute introductory call with me and share your challenges, ask questions and chat about solutions!last_img read more

How to Feng Shui your creative space

first_imgIs your environment setting the right tone for creative energy to flow? Find out if you are balancing yin and yang in your studio, office or home. The ancient Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui can be used to optimize productivity. Here are six easy steps to get harmonizing your environment.1. Position your room thoughtfullyAlign your room with the Bagua Map to give yourself a sense of which energies are best suited for different areas. This can be applied to a whole building, an individual room or even your desk – just scale accordingly.While we do not always have the luxury of rearranging our space to fit the ideal parameters, there are a few ways to avoid blocking your chi. Try to make sure your desk is facing the door. At the same time, try not to have your back directly to a window.Can’t rearrange this way? Hang a mirror to allow you to see who is coming in and view the outdoors for inspiration. Also, if you are working from home, try not to have your work space near your bed. Your bed should be a safe zone for relaxation without the reminder of responsibilities.2. Clear your cacheWhile a studio or office does not need to be pristine, it should be free of clutter that limits your motivation. There is nothing wrong with making a mess on your inspirational journey. The important thing is to remove items that are unfinished, unresolved or outdated. Try finding an area away from where you generally work to store these. Another idea is to donate your old materials or previous work to a charity.3. Show off your best sideThe wall directly across from your door, defined as the “Fame & Reputation” area in the Bagua Map, should be where you display your most successful work. Hang paintings, photos, achievement plaques or newspaper clippings here. Now when you and your guests enter, the first thing shown will be flattering and inspiring.4. Use color to dictate your chiPainting walls or adding accent pieces in certain colors can influence different energies. To inspire creativity, try using whites, yellows, pastels and metals. For wealth and prosperity, introduce blues, purples and reds. Use shades of black, blues and greens to promote knowledge and self-cultivation.5. Invite positive elements inDrawing from nature is critical to a healthy work flow. Allow natural light to come in when possible. Bring in low maintenance plants and place them in corners. A table top fountain can help set a peaceful mood. Rocks and stones also bring positive energy. Want a little extra help with your financial luck? Try adding a fortune frog facing the door but hidden from plain view.6. Avoid negative elementsThere a few ways to prevent upsetting your creative energy. Make sure your room is free of triangular objects and empty containers. Fire is not likely to be introduced in your space, but if you have a fireplace, hang a mirror above it. Another thing to avoid is harsh lighting or glare. Use light filtering shades to help with this.I hope you find these methods help increase your productivity, creativity and general spirits. To further improve your work flow, take your time management skills to the next level with a free mini course. Pair that with a Creative Living Planner and you will really be on the way to making 2017 the year of doing what you love!last_img read more

How to get rid of your fear of freelancing instability

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Working as a freelancer is hugely rewarding, but it’s also not for the faint of heart.Freelancers are able to define their own working hours, to choose where to work from and to be their own boss, but as with most things in life, it’s a trade-off.One of the biggest downsides to freelancing is the inherent instability that comes when you’re making a living from the work you can get from your reputation. Many people worry that they won’t be able to balance the books or to take enough work on, but while that fear might never fully go away, there’s plenty you can do to reduce it.Here’s how to get started.Be prepared for droughtsThere will always be times when the work dries up. At the same time, there will also be times when you’re offered so much work that you can’t possibly take it all on. The key to a successful work/life balance as a freelancer is to keep a close eye on how much work you’re taking on and to have a plan in place for when you’re not as busy.Remember that if the work dries up, that’s no excuse to take a little time off. Instead, you can use the time to proactively chase new clients and to do some of the admin that you don’t usually get time to work on. Every cloud has a silver lining, and this particular cloud will allow you to sort out your record-keeping and infrastructure.Plan wiselyPlanning is everything – and if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail. That’s why it’s so important for freelancers to plan wisely and to make a schedule that allocates enough time for them to get the work done.Remember that when you work for an employer, they usually do the hard work for you – you just show up to work, check your planner and do whatever you’re told to do. When you work for yourself, you need to take a more active role in your own schedule, effectively acting as your own PA to make sure that you have enough time to get everything done without sacrificing quality.Maintain strong relationshipsIn business, relationships are everything. This is even more relevant for freelancers, who are basically tapping in to those relationships to rake in enough money to make a living. That’s why it’s so important to build strong relationships with your clients and to go out of your way to make their lives easier. They’ll remember it, and that means that they’ll go from being a one-off client to a repeat client who simply can’t get enough of you.This will help to create a good reputation and to encourage people to keep on coming back – effectively increasing both your one-off workload and your retained workload at the same time. That’ll make your position and your income more stable.Make an emergency fundWhen I was working for AussieWritings.com, I used to put away my freelance income to one side so that when I started freelancing full-time, I had my savings to keep myself going. It’s an attitude that I’ve stuck to in the years since, so now I always keep enough in the bank to keep me going for at least three months without any new work coming in.But different people find themselves in different positions. If you can’t put aside large chunks of your income, just squirrel away 5-10% each month. You’ll barely notice it at the time, but it’ll come in useful if you lose a major client or don’t have any new work coming in. The key is to crunch the numbers and to save as much as you can without it interrupting your day-to-day operations or your overall cost of living.ConclusionFreelancing is scary. Worse still, there will always be a certain level of fear and uncertainty, even after you’ve been freelancing for years and you’ve established yourself in the market.The key is to familiarize yourself with both the risks and the rewards. Accept that the uncertainty will be there and push past it. Like anything else in life, if you want to reap the rewards of the freelance life, you’ll need to put the work in.Just make a plan for success and follow through with it. You’ll be making a living as a freelancer in no time.Olivia is a journalist who always tries to see the bright side of things. She likes to inspire people in her writings and enjoy a mysterious beauty of twilight. Connect with her on Twitter.last_img read more

Networking 101 for freelancers

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Every freelance professional knows the drill. You enter a door to some event space and there’s a desk with name tags on it. “Hi! My name is ________.” You take a black marker and write your name on the small blank canvas. You peel off the nametag and stick it to your shirt. And yes, it will fall off several times during the next two hours. A smiling young woman or man behind the desk says “hi!” and points you to a food table.You grab a beer or a glass of wine and look around. People are clustered in circles of four or five. Most of these people are young writers and editors, or maybe designers or videographers. You walk up to the edge of a circle of chatting people and lean your head into the ongoing conversation. A woman or man smiles at you, takes one step to the side and lets you enter the circle. You nod, introducing yourself and shaking hands all around.People are engaged, energetically discussing the creative life and how to make connections with audiences. This being an event for writers and editors or designers, the conversation turns to clients and how we approach the process of telling stories and making designs for our clients. It’s fun to talk with friendly folks engaged in the same daily activities, with the same ups and downs, as you are.Why network?One of the main reasons to attend networking events is to help make connections with other creative professionals, the kind of people who can refer you to potential clients or hire you outright. You might also want to network as a way to manage the isolation and loneliness of being a freelancer. Community can be a great way to help your business and it can enable you to maintain good mental health too.The foundation of good networking: Give before you getYou shouldn’t network with “getting” in mind. The best networkers give first, putting faith in karma and the psychological rule of reciprocity: When you do for others, they naturally seek to return the kindness. In my experience, you invariably get a much higher return than you’d ever expected when you help someone and don’t expect something in return.I like to introduce people whenever I find there’s a match between what somebody wants to do (a freelancer seeking to write for a technology client, for example) and what somebody needs (an editor or marketing leader who’s looking for a technology writer). For me, networking is first about making connections for others. And yes, indirectly, I make connections for myself too, but that’s a secondary concernI didn’t learn this “give first” style of networking on my own, but from people who recommended me to friends in need, and did so without expectation of return. Author Dorie Clark is a great example. She recommended me several years ago to the biggest writing client I have right now. She barely knew me then, but she created an opportunity for me by recommending me to this client. She also showed me that this is what great networkers do: help others first.Prioritize a few “real” connections over multiple shallow onesNetworking, suggests Clark in her book, Stand Out Networking, isn’t about passing out business cards or adding names to some database or spreadsheet. When we network, we don’t need to be fake or bring our smooth, practiced elevator pitches. Keeping it (and ourselves) “real” is the best and only thing that works to turn acquaintances into deep relationships that help our businesses and lives.What matters most at any networking event is the quality of the human interactions, not the quantity. You can spend your entire time talking to two people, and have the event be a smashing success. You can also walk around the room handing out fifty business cards and chatting with people for ten seconds each, and have absolutely zero impact. That’s a fail for sure.In his must-read book on networking, Never Eat Alone, Keith Ferrazzi says it best:“Today’s most valuable currency is social capital, defined as the information, expertise, trust, and total value that exist in the relationships you have and social networks to which you belong.”And the best way to build those crucial relationships, Ferrazzi repeatedly says, is by giving first.The takeaway here is simple: When we help others and expect no immediate return, we do the most important thing any person or business can do. We build connections and deepen human relationships that sustain us as people and help grow our freelance businesses.In the end, that’s what networking is about.Boston-based Chuck Leddy is a freelance B2B Brand Storyteller who connects brands and customers through engaging stories. His clients include Sojourn Solutions, The Boston Globe’s BG Brand Lab, MITx, abas USA, and The National Center for the Middle Market. 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360i #SideHustle: Behind The Scenes of Blogs, Boutiques and Social Marketing with Marie Goldstein

first_imgWelcome to the 360i #SideHustle blog series, where we showcase the awesome side projects, hobbies, start-up businesses, and other ventures created by the entrepreneurial and always-curious employees here at 360i.What once was a passion project quickly turned into a #SideHustle for 360i Senior Social Strategist Marie Goldstein. When Marie isn’t busy creating social plans for 360i’s top entertainment clients, she’s running her own Fashion and Lifestyle blog and online boutique, ThePreppyMAG. We sat down with Marie to learn more about her #SideHustle.360i: What made you start a fashion blog and online boutique? Marie Goldstein (MG): I started my Fashion and Lifestyle blog in 2013 while I was a PR intern at Carlo Pazolini, an Italian shoe and accessories company. After building an influencer database for the brand and identifying who we should work with, I thought, “Well this seems really cool and I can totally do this too.” Ultimately, I was inspired by this project during my internship. That same summer I started ThePreppyMAG. Four years later, I launched my online boutique. I had been driving traffic to other brands using affiliate links and quickly saw an opportunity to curate my own online boutique. I choose my items for my boutique by seeing what my audience likes, what they click on, and what they end up buying from other brands. Starting an online boutique was a great way to keep impressions and the community on my site. 360i: Where did the idea for the name come from?MG: I have always had (and loved) a preppy style, think: big bows, pink and green color schemes, and New England proper. Then there is kind of a double meaning for MAG, it is my initials, Marie Andrea Goldstein and it also stands for magazine. A little secret: my boyfriend (who is also in marketing) helped me come up with the name!360i: Tell us about your online following—who are they, and how did you build your audience?MG: My following started out as people who I went to college with and it grew from there. I’ve always focused on my content, and because of that, people often find me when they are searching for new brands and styles. In addition to fashion-forward millennials, I’ve also grown an audience of young professionals because unlike a lot of other bloggers, I’m going to work everyday and can share more relatable stories (stylish, but comfortable commuter shoes, work-appropriate outfits, etc.). I’ve also networked quite a bit in the blogging industry which has helped me connect and grow my community. Basically, relatable/interesting content and networking are key. 360i: Your first real job in social marketing was here at 360i. How have lessons you’ve learned on the job influenced the way you run The Preppy MAG?MG: Everything I have learned in my job here at 360i has influenced how I run ThePreppyMAG. I used to be only focus on posting pretty photos, but now I use real insights to help me make decisions such as taking part in trending conversations to improve my Search Engine Optimization (SEO) or building out an organic hashtag strategy on Instagram rather than just randomly tagging all of the brands that I’m wearing. Even the creation of my boutique was inspired by community insights. While it is still a fun side hustle, there are actual insights and analytics built into it now, which has helped it grow. Setting and reporting out on measurable Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) has also played a significant role in my blog as I’ve started to monetize it. Overall, my experience at 360i has helped me learn how to work smarter rather than harder when it comes to ThePreppyMAG. 360i: Can you share BTS on how you manage your boutique? MG: I originally managed the boutique out of my studio apartment in Hell’s Kitchen and while that was fun there were boxes everywhere. Now It’s kind of a mini family business. I get some of my inventory shipped to my family’s house on Long Island and my mom and grandma help package and ship orders every day. 360i: How much time would you say you spend working on The Preppy MAG during the week?MG: Ha! Literally, every other minute I’m not at 360i. 360i: Where would you like The Preppy MAG to be in five years?MG: That’s a hard question. Because this started out as a passion project, I never imagined it to be a business or for me to be a full-time blogger. I’ve focused on my career in Marketing over the past five years, but moving forward I want to find more synergies between the two passions. 360i: What is one piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to start a blog?MG: Just start. I feel like people are so nervous about what people are going to say about them on the Internet. Who cares about the trolls. Just start and be consistent and don’t listen to the haters.  Follow the ThePreppyMAG on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.last_img read more

Chemicals in nonstick pans and food packaging linked to rapid weight gain

first_imgPerfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) have probably already infiltrated your home — and unlike most common chemicals, recent research from Harvard suggests that these substances could have a real and visible effect on your body.PFASs have been on researchers’ radars for a while now — they’re suspected contributors to cancer, high cholesterol, and problems with immunity. The chemicals can be found in nonstick pots and pans, stain-resistant carpeting, and even some types of food packaging.In the new study, Qi Sun, a nutritionist specializing in diseases correlated with obesity, studied the chemicals’ relationship to weight gain.Sun and his team of researchers looked at data from 621 overweight and obese people who had followed a six-month-long weight loss diet. As expected, and as is the case with 95 percent of dieters, the study participants began to regain the weight they lost. After 18 months, half of the weight had been regained on average.Those who gained the most weight were more likely to have high levels of PFASs in their systems. The effects were most significant in the women participating in the study. Women with the highest PFAS levels regained an average of 4.5 pounds more than those with the lowest PFAS levels.The scientists discovered that these women had the slowest metabolisms — leading to more rapid weight regain.Since the study was purely observational, the researchers point out that it is impossible to prove that the PFASs caused the metabolism shift observed. However, the correlation indicates that they may be related.Additionally, weight science shows that regaining weight after dieting is extremely likely under any circumstances; the chemical was simply correlated with the shift occurring more quickly. PFASs could just be messing with these dieters’ metabolisms — just like many other common habits and dietary patterns could.last_img read more

Growing Trees and Growing Profit: Is Your Business a “Restoration Enterprise?”

first_imgCriteria to Consider in Restoration EnterprisesWRI and TNC are asking enterprises for information about how they’re restoring land, directly or indirectly. These enterprises may be showcased in a forthcoming report. We’re looking for restoration enterprises that are:Environmentally beneficial: Does the enterprise result in degraded lands being restored? Some benefits of restoration include carbon sequestration, improved air and water quality, and greater biodiversity. Scalable: Does the project have the potential to become much bigger than it is today? Since investors are often looking to allocate sizable funds to the same investment, we focus on companies that have massive room to grow their operations from current levels. Profitable: Does the enterprise make money today (or is on track to do so in the future)? Long-term commercial viability is key for private investment, so we focus on companies that aim to generate returns that can be used to fund their ongoing restoration activities. Replicable: Can this concept inspire change and be replicated in other countries or regions? This is important to ensure that attention is directed to ideas that can be replicated rather than one-time projects. What Does a Restoration Enterprise Look Like?When envisioning a restoration enterprise, sustainable forestry companies, such as Better Globe Forestry, are typically the first that come to mind. The Kenyan company works with smallholder farmers to plant Melia volkensii trees, a native species known for its resilience to drought. Providing farmers with a range of resources to plant the trees on their lands—from seedlings and water supplies to training and microfinance—Better Globe intends to purchase the trees from farmers once they are mature, harvesting them and exporting them as high-quality timber. By establishing the trees on semi-arid lands – with more than a million planted to date – the company helps retain water and improve soil quality, transforming dusty farmlands into oases of grass and vegetation.center_img This piece is co-written by Eriks Brolis, the conservation business lead on The Nature Conservancy’s Global Lands Team.As one of our most powerful natural climate solutions, forest and landscape restoration is among the cheapest and most effective ways to store carbon and curb climate change. What’s more, expanding restoration can create enticing investment opportunities in a “restoration economy.”One hundred and fourteen governments have made commitments to restoration as part of their overall plans to tackle a changing climate, pledging to restore 162 million hectares (400 million acres), an area six times the size of the United Kingdom. But transforming land use at a large scale means that we cannot rely on public or philanthropic resources alone. To reach the $26 billion needed each year to meet countries’ pledges under the Paris Agreement, the private and commercial sectors need to be involved.One barrier to attracting the needed funds has been lack of awareness of the investment opportunities. Investors ask, what are the business models? How can restoration generate a return on investment? What is the growth potential?As we noted in a previous blog post, restoration can generate both income and capital gains. More and more enterprises are seeing the commercial potential in restoration-related sectors, including those whose main value proposition is linked to forest and landscape restoration. This may be a direct link—enterprises that plant trees, for example—or an indirect one, such as companies that offer technology or consulting services for restoration. A restoration enterprise can also include companies whose revenues are not directly linked to restoration, but whose customers are drawn to them because they channel their profits toward restoration.Worker handles seedlings in state-owned tree nursery near Guarapuava, Brazil. Photo by Scott Warren/The Nature Conservancy Socially beneficial: Does the enterprise have a positive impact on people through employment and other means? There are always competing uses for land, and sustainable change requires that people benefit in some way. Restoration enterprises, however, come in many shapes and forms. Another example is Greenprint Partners (formerly known as Fresh Coast Capital), which exemplifies the potential of restoration companies to deliver financial, environmental and social returns. As a project developer, Greenprint partners with cities throughout the U.S. Midwest to restore and revitalize underserved urban communities through the transformative power of nature. By paying Greenprint to install large-scale green infrastructure such as native plants and trees, cities can naturally manage stormwater runoff while improving soil and air quality. These projects can save cities millions in built infrastructure costs while creating restoration jobs and improving property values, delivering triple-win scenarios for the company, the city and the environment.Ecosia takes a more indirect approach to restoration. An online search engine that displays ads next to its search results, Ecosia earns revenue every time a user clicks on one of the ads. At least 80 percent of its profits are invested into tree-planting programs in Burkina Faso, Madagascar, Peru, Indonesia and Tanzania. While Ecosia’s business model does not directly benefit from trees, its customer value proposition is intimately linked to restoring degraded land. Its platform enables users to see how many trees have been planted based on individual online activity. With 9 million trees planted to date, Ecosia proves that business models that indirectly promote restoration can be effective at creating large-scale impact.Share Your Story with UsTo document and support the growing restoration economy, WRI and The Nature Conservancy aim to showcase promising business models. We’re looking for examples of effective restoration enterprises, which we’ll share in a forthcoming report geared toward investors, businesses, civil society and governments. We welcome submissions from companies at all stages of growth, from anywhere in the world. Join the movement; reach out to us at NRE@wri.org today.EDITOR’S NOTE, 7/18/18: The text has been edited to reflect Fresh Coast Capital’s rebranding to Greenprint Partners, effective July 9, 2018.last_img read more

Photo Essay: How Climate Change Affects the Urban Poor in India and Indonesia

first_imgThis article was originally posted on TheCityFix.One of the biggest challenges to climate action is not only understanding the risks of flooding, extreme heat and other challenges, but how your community might respond to these risks. What are its strengths? How might policymakers augment existing capacities and address weaknesses?WRI’s Urban Community Resilience Assessment helps communities answer these questions. By analyzing local capabilities like social cohesion, familiarity with climate risks, early warning systems and disaster readiness, the assessment provides a snapshot of preparedness and people’s perception of risk. The assessment enables individuals to identify context-specific adaptation actions and encourage policymakers to engage communities in resilience planning.This year, we applied the Urban Community Resilience Assessment to two Asian cities: Surat, India, and Semarang, Indonesia. As part of the process, we selected three communities in each city and conducted field visits to get a sense of the kinds of challenges they face and the ways in which community members are adapting. The full report of our findings will be released in the fall, but the sheer variety of challenges faced by different communities in each of the cities is illustrative.Even though Surat and Semarang are both coastal cities with small rivers, the vulnerability contexts of each city, and each of the three communities, are significantly different. While Surat faces two major risks – extreme heat on one hand, and flooding during heavy monsoon days on the other – Semarang is exposed to various risks based on geography. Coastal settlements are highly vulnerable to sea-level rise, storm surges and land subsidence (sinking), whereas settlements along the inland river are at risk of flooding during heavy rain, and communities living in the hills face landslides.Differential Risks in SuratTo capture differential risks in Surat, we selected different housing types based on people’s built environment, occupation and social capital. The first community assessed is an old slum called Morarji Vasahat, located in the southern part of the city, which has a large industrial zone.Photo Credit: Lubaina Rangwala/WRI India Morarji Vasahat is in a low-lying area and is frequently at risk of waterlogging, overflowing drains and extreme floods, especially during the monsoon months. However, since it is an old slum, most households have lived together for decades resulting in strong social networks and friendships that serve as a source of strength during extreme events. Moreover, the community temple runs a trust that leads disaster management efforts by evacuating people to shelters located on higher ground and organizing emergency food and services distribution.Photo Credit: Lubaina Rangwala/WRI India The second community we visited in Semarang was Kaligawe, located along the city’s canal, slightly inland from the coast. The low-lying area experiences frequent flooding when the sea flows up into the canal during heavy monsoon rains. In some places, communities have elevated the roads to improve access and mobility. However, in the poorest areas, households are often unable to raise their floor heights with respect to the new road level, leading to internal flooding.Photo Credit: Lubaina Rangwala/WRI India In preparation for the monsoon season, households come together to clean-up their drains, repair and waterproof their roofs, and ensure that the roads leading to their homes are maintained. Most households have constructed high plinths for their homes, raising their floors one to two feet off the ground. These small changes are made to prevent rain and sewage water from entering their homes. In the summer, residents use the plinths, commonly known as otlas, as outdoor seating spaces to escape stifling internal temperatures aggravated by metal roofs.Photo Credit: Lubaina Rangwala/WRI India Landslides remain a challenge, but the community has adapted quite incredibly to problems of water scarcity. People are largely dependent on one community water source: a natural spring that fills a well. The settlement is divided into seven sectors, each of which is allocated one day of the week for collecting and storing as much water as is required.Photo Credit: Lubaina Rangwala/WRI India Several households engage in animal husbandry and rear goats, chicken and pigs. These activities, alongside already underbuilt road infrastructure, open drains, and mismanaged garbage disposal systems, have led to extremely poor health and sanitation in the slum. During the monsoons, Ugat faces frequent flooding and water logging in most parts, followed by increased health risks due to unhygienic conditions. Here, santiation is the clear challenge.Living With Risk in SemarangThe first community assessed in Semarang was Tanjung Mas, a fishing community in the north of the city, along the coast.Photo Credit: Lubaina Rangwala/WRI India The third community we selected is Sukorejo, located in the southern hills. This is an old indigenous community, where most people continue to live in their ancestral homes. The soil in this part of the city is very porous and tends to continuously shift, resulting in frequent and sometimes intense landslides. Additionally, the community struggles with severe water scarcity and frequent drought-like conditions during the summer months.Photo Credit: Lubaina Rangwala/WRI India People sorting, drying, and selling fish, net menders, boat repairmen, and other evidence of the fishing industry can be spotted along the edges and crossroads of the settlement.Photo Credit: Lubaina Rangwala/WRI India In some cases, residents have propped up their homes on stilts and built bridges that connect their homes with neighbors.Photo Credit: Lubaina Rangwala/WRI India The climate risks here are more immediately obvious than Surat. The ocean literally intrudes on people’s lives each day. During high tide, many homes, streets and alleys are flooded with seawater, which later recedes following the returning tide.Photo Credit: Lubaina Rangwala/WRI India The third community in Surat is a site and services scheme in Ugat, located in the west of the city. Thirteen years ago, slum residents were relocated here and given legal rights to plots of land, where many built their own homes incrementally over time. After two years, they were given a water connection outside their homes, connected to the city’s electricity grid and, to greater and lesser degrees, hooked into the sanitation system.Photo Credit: Lubaina Rangwala/WRI India Residents trek to the well and refill their outdoor tanks, drums and buckets in batches. The water is meant to last the family for an entire week. In the event that a household runs out, they are allowed just two additional buckets per day for the rest of the six days. The system ensures that water is used in a sustainable and intelligent manner.The field experiences from Surat and Semarang have strengthened our premise that peoples’ everyday well-being, the spaces they live in, the work they do, their potential to cope with increasing and varied challenges, and their aspirations for secure and equitable living environments are important to the success of any resilience strategy. Resilience is a continuous process, and communities and individuals are already adapting every day. The important question for planners is whether resilience actions at the wider city, state or national level are enhancing local knowledge and capacities – or constraining them.The Urban Community Resilience Assessment is a year-long project led by staff from WRI’s Urban Climate Resilience team and funded by the Cities Alliance Joint Work Program on Resilient Cities; a full report will be released in September 2018. Local partners in both cities – the Urban Health and Climate Resilience Center for Excellence in Surat, and the Initiative for Urban Climate Change and Environmentin Semarang – are integral collaborators and have led field activities in each settlement. The assessments will lead to proposals of resilience projects in each community that will be co-developed with community members and stakeholders from the city. Others have built new two-storied homes on six-foot high plinths to prevent seawater from entering and minimize the risk of subsidence.Photo Credit: Lubaina Rangwala/WRI India The second community assessed in Surat was a slum rehabilitation scheme called Kosad Awas. In 2009, 19,000 households from different parts of the city were allotted homes in this area under a massive relocation and rehabilitation project. People from different slum communities were given rooms in disparate buildings without taking into account their existing social ties. This has led to severe issues of social incoherence, increasing theft and small crimes, and making it unsafe for women and children.Photo Credit: Lubaina Rangwala/WRI India These alleyways between the backsides of buildings, where the toilets are positioned, have turned into crime hotspots. Even though the residents of Kosad Awas are not exposed to flood risk on a regular basis like in Morarji Vasahat, lack of ventilation and overcrowding in their small homes makes them vulnerable to heat during summer days. Due to an overwhelming fear of theft most residents at home during the day – mostly women and children – keep their windows closed, resulting in increased indoor temperatures. Furthermore, a general lack of trust in the community makes it difficult to respond to emergencies as residents fear each other.Photo Credit: Lubaina Rangwala/WRI India Due to the constant daily flooding, the soil has softened, leading to frequent instances of land subsidence. We saw several homes that had partly sunk into the ground, some only three or four feet high; others had fully subsided, leaving only eves above ground. Based on their economic capacities and risk of exposure, residents have adapted differently. Some have raised their roofs, adding additional height to save their homes (for now).Photo Credit: Lubaina Rangwala/WRI India Many have simply learned to live with the sea. This home had sunk a foot below ground level, resulting in the front porch and interior spaces being perpetually flooded. Residents had laid out bricks along the walkway to the house and inside the home to mark commonly used paths.Photo Credit: Lubaina Rangwala/WRI Indialast_img read more