Showing posts from August, 2013

Middle skill jobs erosion

Middle skill jobs have been eroded over the last decade while high and low skill jobs have increased, creating an hourglass shape. 
This hampers the career development of those in low skilled work. It becomes much harder to move up the ladder when the rungs are spaced further apart. 
There’s little point in complaining about laziness, those who won’t take these jobs are often making rational decisions. 
We don't really want an army of underpaid Brits working uncomfortable hours in jobs which pay nothing. 
It would be better to wonder why they cannot find better ones—and what the government can do to help them to.

Blog your reputation

As banks look to rebuild their reputations and regain the market’s trust, some executives are starting to explore whether social media may provide a useful and more personal vehicle for communicating their viewpoints on key topics. For this edition of the Social Banker, John Hair (a director with KPMG in the US) sat down with Wolfgang Goebel, a Board member at McDonald’s Germany and – for more than two and a half years – the author of a highly-successful blog that advances issues of interest to both Mr. Goebel and McDonald’s Germany. 
John Hair (JH): What prompted you to start this blog? Did McDonald’s ask you to write it? 
Wolfgang Goebel (WG): The blog actually started because I wanted to find a better vehicle to communicate some of the things I was seeing in the field of human resources, both at McDonald’s and outside. I consulted with our communications department and – after looking at a few options – decided that a blog offered the best opportunity to really discuss the topics …

Ultra Compact Cars

The Japanese government is hoping to drive down carbon dioxide emissions by steering people toward ultracompact cars. The idea is to encourage the elderly and parents with small children to use highly fuel-efficient vehicles as a means of short-distance transportation for shopping and other daily activities.There is a limit to what can be done to improve the gas mileage of gasoline vehicles.Also, in rural areas, it is increasingly difficult to fuel cars due to a lack of gas stations there. With these factors in mind, the government hopes to promote the use of fuel-efficient electric vehicles (EVs). However, current battery technology does not enable EVs to drive long distances, according to specialists.

Food for blogs

Being (or knowing) a good photographer with a good camera is a standard requirement.
 You have to be able to transfer that taste – that smell – through the screen. 
You have to provide something enticing. 
After all, nobody is going to find my recipe for profiteroles when Good Housekeeping’s looks tastier.
But the fact remains that it is only near impossible. 
So, how to make food blogging work? I am by no means an expert, but I have learned a few lessons on the subject and mainly from other food bloggers: Go Niche And I mean really niche. Diet blogs are slightly more viable, although even gluten-free and vegan sites are becoming more competitive.
Find a gap in the market (easier said than done, I know, but that’s blogging for you) and fill it.


Image Cette usine est en mesure de produire environ un tiers de la demande actuelle de bioéthanol pour l'essence au Royaume-Uni. 
Vivergo Fuels a déjà obtenu la certification International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC), attestant que l'usine de bioéthanol et ses activités sont entièrement conformes aux exigences de la directive sur les Énergies renouvelables de l'Union Européenne.
Le complexe devrait utiliser 1,1 million de tonnes de blé fourrager pour produire 420 millions de litres de bioéthanol et 500.000 tonnes d'aliments pour animaux riches en protéines par an. 
Elle deviendra de fait le plus grand fournisseur exclusif d'aliments pour animaux au Royaume-Uni.

Enterprise Finland

Information and services on all phases of entrepreneurship Enterprise Finland is a service created as a joint effort by public business service organizations for companies and people interested in starting up their own company. is an online service that is available to its users free of charge, offering information and services for starting, growing and developing a company and advice and guidance on internationalization.

The service is coordinated by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy.

Picture: Helge V. Keitel, KK-Net, Helsinki, Finland (2006)

Journalism schools need to adapt or risk becoming irrelevant | Poynter.

Journalism schools need to adapt or risk becoming irrelevant | Poynter.

What skills, attitudes and knowledge will make a journalist
successful in the future? We can all speculate, but we don’t have much
data to look to for the answers. So, NewsU producer Lauren Klinger and I
created a new survey about the future of journalism competencies.

We’re asking educators and journalists to help identify what’s important in four areas:
Knowledge, attitudes and personal featuresNews gathering skillsNews production skillsTechnical/multimedia skillsWe don’t know what we’ll find with this survey, but I expect there will be new ideas to help us rethink journalism education.

What we do know, however, is enough to get us working to reinvent our future:
We know that technology is disrupting how education is delivered.We know that technology is disrupting the economics of education.We know that journalism is changing more quickly than journalism education.It is not too late to reshape journalism educati…

Robotics Innovation Challenge

Discussion with keynote speakers Dan Kara, Erin Rapacki and Renaud Champion, lead by compère Magnus Lindkvist, from the event Robotics Innovation Challenge.

The event took place in Eskilstuna, Sweden, on April 25, 2013 and was powered by the Swedish robotics cluster Robotdalen. The separate presentations by the keynote speakers are also available on Robotdalen's YouTube-page.

Talking robot takes off for International Space Station | Technology |

Talking robot takes off for International Space Station | Technology |

Kirobo the robot with its designer, Tomotaka Takahashi, before it departed for space.  The first talking humanoid robot "astronaut" has taken off in a rocket en route to the International Space Station.

Kirobo – derived from the Japanese words for "hope" and "robot" – was among five tonnes of supplies and machinery on a rocket launched on Sunday for the International Space Station from Tanegashima, south-western Japan, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or Jaxa, said.

The childlike robot was designed to be a companion for the astronaut Koichi Wakata, and will communicate with another robot on Earth, according to developers. Wakata is expected to arrive at the space station in November.

The robot designer Tomotaka Takahashi, of the University of Tokyo, the advertiser Dentsu and the carmaker Toyota worked on the robot. The challenge was making sure it could…

What Will The Job Market Look Like In 2045 When Machines Do All The Work? | Industry Tap

What Will The Job Market Look Like In 2045 When Machines Do All The Work? | Industry Tap

Vardi believes automation technology and software will lead to robots that can do nearly everything a human can do.

If this turns out to be the case the vast majority of people will be out of work while engineers and scientists compete for the remaining “sweet spots.”

Jobs that require human to human interaction like sales or some medical positions will remain but tollbooth collectors, checkout clerks, waiters and other service positions could be taken by robots.