Digitally Connected: Global Perspectives on Youth and Digital Media

first_imgThe Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Youth and Media are excited to announce the release of the new ebook “Digitally Connected: Global Perspectives on Youth and Digital Media,” a first-of-its kind collection of essays that offers reflections from diverse perspectives on youth experiences with digital media and with focus on the Global South.  It creatively combines adult voices with written and visual contributions by young people from around the world.The ebook is available for download at no cost.In this unique ebook, more than 30 academics, practitioners, government officials, tech industry representatives and activists team up with 25 youth contributors to share their views and opinions about digital technologies and the impact the Internet has on young people’s lives. Collectively, the contributors address questions related to youth and digital media by exploring topics such as safety and wellbeing; identity, privacy and reputation; cultures of learning; creativity; innovation and entrepreneurship; and participation and civic engagement.“By making these diverse reflections and youth contributions available to the public, we hope to continue and further stimulate the global conversation about both the challenges and opportunities children and youth face online,” said Urs Gasser, executive director of the Berkman Center and the book’s co-editor.The ebook is an output of Digitally Connected, an initiative incubated by the Berkman Center in collaboration with UNICEF that brings together a network of people from around the world who, together, are addressing the challenges and opportunities children and youth encounter in the digital environment. Read Full Storylast_img read more


Congressman Says Company Commits To Boost COVID Testing Capabilities

first_imgPhoto: Amouris Coss / U.S. Army National Guard / CC BY 2.0CORNING – Congressman Tom Reed and Quest Diagnostics, in collaboration with regional officials and local health care providers, announced a new commitment Thursday that they say will dramatically boost testing capacity and kits in the region. Reed says the additional testing capacity will be vital to servicing the community’s health needs and exceeding the reopening benchmarks the Governor has mandated regions of Western New York reach by May 15.Quest Diagnostics announced an ability and commitment to provide the following supplemental testing resources to expand and grow western New York’s existing testing capacity. The commitment details include:An initial quantity of 3,000 tests per day, which over top of existing capacity will exceed the reopening standards covering 3 million people in New York.These resources will be provided to service the unmet demand of the following three regions as defined in the State of New York’s reopening plan: Southern Tier, The Finger Lakes, and Western New York. Quest is ready to begin providing this testing capacity as early as May 18th, with supplies shipped out in coordination with local health providers multiple times per week to meet the interregional demand of the three areas outlined above. This capacity would not be allocated to a single region over another, but rather be available for rapid deployment to specific locations or communities across the area that need to quickly assess the emergence of new COVID hotspots.“In any crisis, cooperation, coordination, and communication are absolutely essential,” said Reed. “We applaud Quest Diagnostics for stepping up and working with us over the last few weeks to develop a regional testing capacity solution because I care about the health and safety of our communities. It is only fair that the public have full transparency into the actions being taken to tackle the COVID crisis head on.”Reed continued, “This announcement is a critical component of the region’s efforts to demonstrate to Albany that we have the resources in place to reopen as soon as possible. Now that this critical benchmark has been overcome, I truly believe there is no reason why our region should not be opened on May 15, 2020.”According to Governor Cuomo’s reopening dashboard earlier this week, the number of residents tested per month is an important metric region’s must meet in order to begin reopening.Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel, NYSAC President Jack Marren, Corning Inc. Government Affairs Director Dawn Burlew, Cayuga Health System President/CEO Martin Stallone, and Quest Diagnostics Regional Vice President Geoff Albrecht all joined the announcement call earlier today to provide additional information. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more


4 ways to foster a championship team

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joshua W. Poole Joshua W. Poole began his credit union career as a part-time teller, shortly after graduating from high school in 1999.  He has a passion for leadership and change management, and … Web: Details Let’s face it…we all love to win.  The thrill of planning, practicing, and executing to achieve greatness can be downright addicting.  It’s a wonderful feeling to witness all of your hard work and dedication come to fruition and personify the difference you were hoping for.  But that championship moment, and what’s even more desired…that championship reign, doesn’t come without difficulty. After all, we’re all imperfect people striving for perfection and it’s sometimes a hard pill to swallow to realize that the perfect boss, the perfect employee, or the perfect team just simply doesn’t exist.  But there are core ideals that every leader should adopt to inspire greatness and plant the desire in each individual to strive for the seemingly unimaginable.  Here are four ideals to help you redefine perfection and create reigning champions.It takes more than one star to light the skyIf you’ve ever peered into the night, you’ve probably noticed that it’s impossible to dispel the darkness with just one star.  Likewise in your teams, you can never hope to become champions if success is not shared by all, rather than just the few or the one.  Basketball legend Michael Jordan once said, “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” If you have to be the star of your team, you might win a few games, but if you don’t build confidence in others you’ll never witness glory.  Championships are therefore achieved only after consistently celebrating the successes of others and routinely acknowledging their contributions.  Each team member must feel valued and be given opportunities to lead and to be heard. To build trust and comradery, individual talents must be cultivated and developed through a collective team effort.  It takes more than one star to win a championship. Personal space is your friend    We’ve all heard that famous quote, “If you want something done right, you just have to do it yourself.”  But invading your team members’ personal space by micromanaging their every move will quickly destroy trust, creativity, and innovation. Here’s a more effective mantra, “A leader’s job is to set the stage, not perform on it.”  As a leader, you must effectively communicate the vision. But once that vision is set, you should step out of the way and let your team determine how to implement it.  Allow your team the personal space and freedom to accomplish organizational goals in their own manner. Yes, you may have to step in from time to time if they’re straying too far, but they must be trusted to act on their own instincts.  Then when the heat of the game is upon them, you can trust they’ll make an explosive play. Failure is a part of the gameLet’s be honest, no one soars among the clouds at all times.  There will be days you’ll score that illusive touchdown, and others in which you’ll have to settle for the field goal.  And there will yet be other days in which you’ll never cross the 50-yard line. Until you learn to fail with grace, you’ll never learn to win.  One of the greatest mistakes you can make as a leader is to instill the fear of failure into your team.  You must certainly set expectations and hold your team accountable, but they’ll expect true leadership from you when the going gets tough.  And that means you immediately envelop them with support, expressing your unrelenting confidence in their ability to win. When team members feel your faith in them, a positive, trusting environment is created in which they feel comfortable taking risks.  Genuine appreciation yields authentic happiness Never fail to recognize that no amount of success is achieved alone.  A genuine appreciation for the contributions of each individual on your team reflects your personal commitment to individual happiness.  We’re all unique, and the most effective leaders will hone the ability to recognize each individual’s unique skill set and empower them to be their best.  Create an environment in which everyone has the chance to thrive and you’ll be well on your way to emulating genuine appreciation.  Always be flexible to the needs of your team and lead to the individual. Building a championship team may not always be easy, but redefine perfection and your team will reign.    last_img read more


Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgUNDATED (AP) — A Spanish soccer team plans to have its players resume training individually this week. Real Sociedad (ray-AL’ soh-see-ay-DAHD’) would become the first Spanish soccer club to resume activities during the coronavirus pandemic.The club says players will have the option to start practicing at the team’s training center after the Spanish government decided to ease some of its lockdown measures. Non-essential workers will be allowed to return to their positions this week while observing social-distancing guidelines and other restrictions.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Former British soccer star Kenny Dalglish has expressed “immense gratitude” to National Health Service staff after returning home from the hospital following his coronavirus diagnosis. The 69-year-old former Celtic, Scotland and Liverpool forward was hospitalized Wednesday for treatment on gallstones and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 despite not showing symptoms.— Smaller cities and communities are dealing with the cancellation of showcase sporting events. For Oklahoma City, that means losing the Women’s College World Series. The annual event determines the NCAA softball championship. It has been hosted by Oklahoma City every year but one since 1990. Last year, it brought in an estimated $14 million to the city and its businesses. Even more was expected this year because of a stadium seating expansion. AUTO RACING-OBIT-MOSSFormer Formula One driver Stirling Moss dead at 90LONDON (AP) — Motor racing great Stirling Moss has died at the age of 90.The daring and speed-loving Englishman was widely regarded as the greatest Formula One driver never to win the world championship.Moss’ wife says he died peacefully at his London home following a long illness. Susan Moss says “it was one lap too many. He just closed his eyes.” The four-time All-Star second baseman has died of natural causes at age 79, according to his family.Beckert won a Gold Glove in 1968 before earning All-Star berths over the next four seasons. He had the best strikeout-to-at-bat ratio in the National League five times and finished third in average when he hit a career-high .342 in 1971.Beckert teamed with shortstop Don Kessinger for his entire nine-year Cubs career to form one of the best double-play combinations in baseball.Beckert compiled a .283 average in an 11-year career that began with the 1965 Cubs and ended with the 1975 Padres.GOLF-SANDERS OBIT Moss was affectionately known as “Mr. Motor Racing” and had a fearless and often reckless attitude. That took a toll on his slight body and his career ended at age 31 after a horrific crash. Moss won 16 of the 66 F1 races he entered.He said, “If you’re not trying to win at all costs, what on earth are you doing there?”Moss was hospitalized with a chest infection in 2016 that led to him retiring from public life in 2018.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKSpanish soccer team to resume training Update on the latest in sports: — IOC President Thomas Bach tells a German newspaper that the Olympic body will face “several hundred million dollars” of added costs because of the postponement of the Tokyo Games. Estimates in Japan place the overall cost of the postponement at between $2 billion-$6 billion. All of those costs will be borne by the Japanese side except for the IOC portion. Bach says he is confident the Olympics could be held in 2021 despite the current pandemic caused by the coronavirus.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-OBIT-BECKERTFour–time All-Star Beckert diesCHICAGO (AP) — Glenn Beckert’s baseball exploits can be overshadowed by his four Hall of Fame teammates, but his contributions were vital to the success of the Chicago Cubs during the late 1960s and early 70s. April 13, 2020 Golf standout Doug Sanders diesUNDATED (AP) — Doug Sanders brought a flamboyance to golf fashion ahead of his time, a colorful character known as much for the 20 times he won on the PGA Tour as the majors that got away.Sanders died Sunday morning in Houston, the PGA Tour confirmed through a text from Sanders’ ex-wife, Scotty. He was 86.Sanders was still an amateur when he won his first PGA Tour event in 1956 at the Canadian Open in a playoff. His best year was in 1961 when he won five times and finished third on the PGA Tour money list.But he is best known for four runner-up finishes in the majors, the most memorable at St. Andrews in the 1970 British Open. Needing to sink a 3-foot par putt on the final hole to beat Jack Nicklaus, Sanders muffed it before losing to Nicklaus in a playoff the following day. Associated Press last_img read more