Monarch Butterfly Population in Mexico Rises by 35%

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The effects of climate change can be seen every day, from temperature changes to a rise in occurrences of natural disasters. While many experts and governments have their own actions and goals to combat it, the effects continue to present themselves. Other effects can include animal migration patterns altering, with some favoring other climates.

The once endangered species grew its presence in Mexico last year, and a recent study revealed a glimmer of hope as researchers tracked the butterfly’s migration patterns, despite the dwindling population numbers in the last few decades. On 23rd May 2022, experts said that 35% more monarch butterflies arrived this year to spend the winter in mountaintop forests, compared to the previous season.

Last winter, the pockets of Mexican forest where the intrepid insects end up each year saw 35% more butterflies than in 2020, according to the study led by the local office of the environmental organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

In one of the planet’s most epic wildlife migrations, the slow-moving monarch butterflies travel south as many as 2,800 miles (4,500 km) from spots in Canada and the United States to hunker down for the winter in warmer Mexico, where millions cover entire trees that tourists flock to see.

The government commission for natural protected areas (CONANP) said the butterflies’ population covered 2.84 hectares (7.02 acres) this year, compared to 2.1 hectares (5.19 acres) last year. However, this compares to nearly 45 acres of Mexican forest covered with monarch butterflies in the mid-1990s.

The annual butterfly count doesn’t calculate the individual number of butterflies, but rather the number of acres they cover when they clump together on tree boughs.

The race to help the species recover is also tied to the crucial role it plays in the health of interconnected species. Each year the monarchs return to the United States and Canada on an annual migration that is threatened by the loss of the milkweed they feed on the north of the border, and deforestation in the butterfly reserves in Mexico.

Gloria Tavera, the regional director of Mexico’s Commission for National Protected Areas, said logging in the butterflies’ wintering ground rose by about 4.5% this year, to 13.9 hectares (34 acres). However, trees were lost to fire, drought or plant diseases, and pests. So overall tree loss in the 2021-22 season was about 18.8 hectares (46 acres), down from 20.6 hectares (51 acres) in the 2020-21 season. But dire challenges to the butterflies’ future persist, including climate change, illegal logging plus the growing scarcity of the plant where they lay their eggs.

Specifically, monarch butterflies boost ecosystems as pollinators, with their migratory journey promoting a wide range of flowering plants as well as helping crops humans tend, WWF Mexico head Jorge Rickards said in a statement accompanying the study.

Despite the recent uptick, the monarch butterflies’ “steady decline is worrisome,” the WWF added.

The group recommends more scientific monitoring, sustainable tourism, and forest management, as well as “alternative income-generating ventures” like mushroom production and tree nurseries to help restore the forest and boost local incomes.

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California’s Leap to Advance Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards

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Diversity in the workplace can be beneficial for all, as people from different cultures, backgrounds, and gender identities bring different opinions and experiences to draw from. Building a strong company and a harmonious work environment can involve gathering as much diversity as possible, in as many positions as possible.

Across America, only 29% of seats on the director’s board are held by women, which is up from 24% in 2020. While this number is on the up and gaining traction, more can be done to encompass diversity across the business landscape.

To that end, the California Partners Project (CPP), co-founded by First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, recently released its fourth report tracking the implementation and impacts of Senate Bill 826, a law requiring all public companies in California to have one to three women on their board of directors, depending on board size. The law addresses the underrepresentation of women on public company boards and is the subject of a recent adverse court ruling that is being appealed by the State of California.

“Corporations influence everything from income equality, communications, community health, the environment, and responses to calls for gender and racial equity. That’s why it’s imperative to have women’s perspectives represented in the rooms where these decisions are made,” said California First Partner and CPP co-founder Jennifer Siebel Newsom. “SB826 is a highly effective tool for addressing gender discrimination. As a result, we’ve seen increased gender diversity on California boards, which has positively impacted companies’ environmental, social, and governance outcomes, as well as their bottom lines. We are not rolling back the progress we’ve made.”

Prior to the enactment of SB826 in 2018, California’s public companies lagged the national average in board gender diversity. Now California, with 32% of seats held by women, is a world leader in gender diversity on public company boards, ahead of the United States as a whole and the European Union.

CPP’s data shows companies are overwhelmingly complying with the law, nearly tripling the number of public company board seats held by women – from 766 in 2018 to 2,055 today.

Among the California companies studied, those with three or more women on their board had 29% higher revenue in 2021 than those with fewer women board directors.

The CPP report has also uncovered places where progress has fallen short – the underrepresentation of women of color. 58% of California’s public companies do not have any women of color on their board and Latinas remain the most underrepresented group. Latinas comprise 20% of California’s population and hold only 1.5% of public company board seats.

 

A summary of the SB826 compliance data from CPP’s report series is available here.

For the full report visit www.calpartnersproject.org/thebigpicture.

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Canadian Minister of Transport Visits Washington, D.C.

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Many global events such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, have disrupted supply chains across the world, having a real impact on the daily lives of Canadians. Canada is working closely with the United States to strengthen their common supply chains to make them stronger and greener.

On 24th May 2022, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, was in Washington, D.C. to discuss common transport priorities with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg.

  • Transport Canada and the U.S. Department of Transportation have identified joint projects to reduce pollution from all transportation modes, such as the development of binational alternative fuel corridors and the creation of a zero-emission vehicle task force.
  • They will also work on reducing pollution from the rail and aviation sectors, and identify green shipping corridors between our two countries.
  • They also took this opportunity to discuss the next steps related to the PS752 shoot-down, solutions on how to restore disrupted supply chains, and Russia’s unprovoked and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine.

Minister Alghabra hosted a Supply Chain Roundtable with major transportation businesses and labour associations. The Co-Chairs of Canada’s Supply Chain Task Force, Jean Gattuso and Louise Yako, joined him to hear the participants’ perspectives on how to build more resilient supply chains between Canada and the U.S.

Finally, Minister Alghabra had fruitful meetings with White House Senior Advisor to the President for Infrastructure Coordination, Mitch Landrieu, and the Chief Executive Officer of Amtrak, Stephen Gardner.

The Honourable Omar Alghabra Minister of Transport had this to say:

“My day in Washington, D.C., has been tremendously productive. Not only have I met with one of my closest counterparts, Secretary Buttigieg, but also with other senior politicians and business leaders. These conversations are critical to Canada’s efforts in ensuring our transportation system remains safe, secure, efficient and environmentally responsible. 

I am committed to helping Canadians and Canadian businesses that are vulnerable to disruptions in global supply chains, as they rely on U.S. and other foreign suppliers for crucial inputs and on foreign markets for selling their products.”

After the day’s events and discussions, it seems a positive outcome was reached for both countries, and the supply chain issues will continue to be monitored and resolved.

 

Quick Facts

  • Canada and the United States enjoy a strong and unique relationship when it comes to trading and transportation.
  • A secure and efficient flow of goods and people across the border is vital to both countries’ economic competitiveness and prosperity.
  • One year ago, Transport Canada and the United States Department of Transportation reaffirmed the special nature of their relationship as well as their commitment to working closely together on sustainable transportation through the release of a Joint Statement on the Nexus between Transportation and Climate Change.
  • Bilateral trade between Canada and the United States in goods and services reached $1 trillion in 2021.
  • Canada buys more goods from the United States than China, France and Japan combined.
  • Canada is the top trading partner of most U.S. states.
  • Canadian companies operating in the United States directly employ 634,000 Americans.
  • Canada-U.S. trade is built upon long-standing bi-national supply chains. In 2021, approximately 79% of Canadian goods exports to the United States were incorporated into U.S. supply chains.

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New World Report Announces the Winners of the 2022 Legal Elite Awards

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United States, 2022 – B2B business publication New World Report has announced the winners of the 2022 Legal Elite Awards program.

The legal industry remains one of those long-standing stalwarts of American business, acting as a robust foundation on which most others operate. It has been an interesting thing indeed to see how the industry’s giants and up-and-coming agents have reacted to what is, by all regards, a time of immense change for all sectors. Yet, perhaps expectedly, the industry remains as strong as ever, adapting with impressive agility to the needs of the clients it so diligently serves.

Following the success of last year’s program, and the inaugural edition before it, the 2022 edition of the Legal Elite Awards has endeavoured to recognise those that have distinguished themselves in the midst of incredibly uncertainty, immense challenges and dogged competition.

Awards Coordinator Kaven Cooper took a moment to comment on the eve of the program’s announcement: “Congratulations to everyone recognised in this program. It has been a delight to reach out to the winners, and I wish you the very best for the future. Hope you all have an awesome remainder of 2022 ahead.”

To learn more about our award winners and to gain insight into the working practices of the “best of the best”, please visit the New World Report (https://www.thenewworldreport.com/awards) where you can access the winners supplement.

ENDS

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

New World Report is an insightful and informative business news platform providing readers throughout the Americas with business advice to aid business progress, success stories aimed to inspire and trends and innovations to support business growth and continuity. Born out of the merge of U.S. Business News and Latin America News, the New World Report has a dedicated website which is updated daily with content and each month a newsletter is circulated to more than 100,000 businesses and professionals from across the region.

 

About AI Global Media

Since 2010 AI Global Media has been committed to creating engaging B2B content that informs our readers and allows them to market their business to a global audience. We create content for and about firms across a range of industries.

Today, we have 12 unique brands, each of which serves a specific industry or region. Each brand covers the latest news in its sector and publishes a digital magazine and newsletter which is read by a global audience. Our flagship brand, Acquisition International, distributes a monthly digital magazine to a global circulation of 108,000, who are treated to a range of features and news pieces on the latest developments in the global corporate market.

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Volta Trucks Confirms its US Market Entry Strategy

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  • Volta Trucks reveals its product, services, and manufacturing roadmap for entry into the North American market as part of the Route to Zero Emissions strategy.
  • Volta Trucks aims to appoint an experienced US-based manufacturing partner in late 2022.
  • Product introduction led by a Class 7 truck, equivalent to a European 16-ton vehicle, closely followed by Class 5 and Class 6 models, akin to the EU 7.5- and 12-ton variants.
  • Pilot Fleet of 100 Class 7 trucks to be evaluated by US customers, starting in Los Angeles in mid-2023, ahead of the start of US production and scale up in 2024/25.
  • Volta Trucks to develop its own network of service and maintenance facilities alongside third-party coverage to maximize geographic reach.

Volta Trucks has revealed the strategic roadmap for its entry into the North American market, having already established itself as the leading European full-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer and services provider. The plan will see the first Volta Zero vehicles operating on Los Angeles’ streets by the end of next year.

 

The full-electric Volta Zero for the US.

The introduction of Volta Trucks’ 100% battery electric commercial vehicles into North America will be led in 2023 by a Volta Zero Class 7 truck which is equivalent to the existing European 16-ton truck, with a dry or refrigerated cargo box. The Volta Zero is a purpose-built 100% battery-electric medium duty truck specifically designed for urban logistics. The ground-up design of the Volta Zero uses an innovative compact eAxle, comprising the electric motor, transmission, and axle all in one unit, supplied by Michigan-based Meritor, and high-voltage batteries located within the chassis rails – their safest possible location – from California-based Proterra.

Volta Trucks will initially introduce a Pilot Fleet of 100 Class 7 trucks in mid-2023 that will be evaluated by US customers, starting in Los Angeles in mid-2023, with additional cities to follow, ahead of a roll out of production vehicles in 2024. To date, Volta Trucks has built 24 road-going ‘Design Verification’ prototypes which are currently undergoing a rigorous and extensive testing program in Europe. Ahead of the introduction in North America, the company expects to have already built more than 1,500 full-electric Class 7 trucks for European customers.

As a vehicle specifically designed for urban logistics, the Class 7 Volta Zero will offer a modular battery configuration to deliver a range of 95 – 125 miles – more than enough for downtown distribution routes. The vehicle is designed to accept both AC and DC 250 kW fast charging, which delivers a full charge from empty in just over an hour. Alternatively, one hour of 19 kW AC standard charging will add around 12 miles of driving range.

While commercial vehicles compose a small portion of city traffic, they have historically been involved in a disproportionate number of accidents with vulnerable road users. Without the traditional internal combustion engine, Volta Trucks, alongside Astheimer Design, reconfigured the entire driving experience to centrally mount the driver’s seat, and lowered it, in order to meet pedestrians and cyclists at eye level. The Volta Zero’s glasshouse-style cab offers a 220-degree view around the vehicle, for optimum visual awareness and blind-spot reduction.

Thanks to the Volta Zero’s innovative central driving position, drivers enter and exit the vehicle on either side, always onto the sidewalk for their own safety, and through sliding rather than swinging doors, to also ensure the safety of passing cyclists.

The 33,000 lbs. Class 7 Volta Zero introduction will be closely followed by a Class 5 vehicle of 19,500lbs., and a Class 6 truck of 26,000lbs., equivalent to the European 7.5- and 12-ton vehicles, in 2024/2025.

Class 5 and 6 Volta Zeros, revealed in April 2022, will bear a close visual relationship to the Class 7 vehicle. All Volta Zeros benefit from the same world-class safety standards of the Class 7 vehicle, as well as its zero-emission powertrain, eliminating not only CO2 emissions but also harmful particulates that cause local air quality and health issues. The Class 5 and 6 trucks will be identical to each other from the front, with the Class 6 vehicle having a longer chassis and body, and second set of rear wheels and tyres, to accommodate the increased vehicle payload.

 

Truck as a Service eases commercial vehicle electrification, service and maintenance.

With its European experience, Volta Trucks understands the complexities that fleet operators face with the transition to electrification. In response, the company offers its innovative Truck as a Service proposition – a one-stop-shop that takes all of the elements needed to electrify a truck fleet, and brings them into a single offering and monthly payment.

In Europe, Truck as a Service comprises a suite of services including the initial site assessment to fully understand the infrastructure needs of a customer’s depot, through to the installation of the charging set-up. It also includes the finance and insurance of the vehicles to accelerate the adoption, and derisk the ownership, for the customer. Importantly, it also includes all of the vehicle’s servicing and maintenance requirements over the customer’s lifetime of use.

Using the same approach as it has adopted in Europe, Volta Trucks will develop its own ‘Volta Trucks Hubs’ for vehicle service and maintenance. Hubs will be located close to its customer’s own logistics centers to maximize uptime and convenience. The company will also develop an extensive network of third-party facilities to increase the geographic coverage of service and maintenance outlets.

 

US-based manufacturing.

Work is now underway to kick-off initial US-based manufacturing with an experienced partner, with agreements expected later in 2022. The first Class 7 vehicles delivered to the US will be built at the company’s existing contract manufacturing facility in Steyr, Austria, to ensure the quality of the first US vehicles, with all Class 5 and 6 vehicles for North America expected to be built in the US, starting in 2024/25.

Announcing the US roadmap ahead of ACT Expo in Long Beach, California, Carl-Magnus Norden, Founder of Volta Trucks, said; “Since the launch of Volta Trucks in 2019 and the reveal of the Volta Zero in September 2020, we have used London, Paris, and other European launch cities, where fleets are increasingly converting to electric, to prove that our concepts align to customers’ needs. With more than 6,000 vehicle pre-orders in hand, from some of Europe’s largest fleet operators, it is time to expand our geographic horizons and look towards the significant market opportunity in North America. I believe our full-electric truck will be perfectly suited to the US customer’s needs, and we look forward to engaging customers to gain feedback on our product and services, then testing and learning as we look to exceed their expectations. I am looking forward to meeting some of North America’s largest fleet customers and introducing them to our full-electric Class 7.”

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5 Small But Important Ways to Show Employees How Much You Value Them

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Nothing quite beats the importance of employees in a growing or well-established business organization. The labor force – or the human asset – is called a company’s most crucial asset for a good reason.

In most cases, employees are the face of your brand when it comes to interacting with your market base. They strike out the difference between a business and its competitors.

Workers can either make or break the success of any business, and this may all be determined by how much they feel valued and appreciated by their employer.

With this having been said, here are some small yet effective ways you can show your employees just how much you value their contribution to your organization.

 

1. Send Appreciation Gifts to Employees

Nothing motivates an employee more than being recognized by their boss or an employer for an accomplishment, especially in the presence of other coworkers. While this may come in many different forms, appreciation is among the best ways to express this gratitude, more so through an appreciation gift that they’ll use or find thoughtful.

It could be as simple as a call of encouragement or a handwritten note. Or it could be something like a job promotion, a pay rise. In a recent piece on employee appreciation ideas for large companies from SnackNation, Connor Garrett suggests paying for their lunch, offering a bucket-list experience, or letting the employee choose the desired gift.

Whichever the case, the goal is to go with something that makes the employee feel appreciated and valued! While helping attract new talent to an organization, rewards, and awards for achievements can motivate workers to strive to excel and go the extra mile.

 

2. Invite Employee Feedback – and Take it Seriously

Asking for feedback from employees is another way to make them feel like their decisions indeed matter to the company. It spikes their sense of belonging and stimulates their morale.

Employee feedback gathering can be done in various ways, including anonymous surveys that ask questions like:

Which areas do you think the company excels best in? What are some things you don’t like about the company? What would you suggest be improved in management? And more.

 

3. Encourage Professional Development

A lot of employees don’t have enough time and resources to take their career or profession to the next level. And this is something that some of the most successful companies know all too well.

It turns out that workers feel more valued and motivated to work for employers who allow them the opportunity to pursue further education while still working. It’s a type of workplace motivation that seeks to promote competence and provide further learning opportunities to employees who hunger for professional growth.

 

4. Consider Annual Retreats

If your company budget allows it, an annual retreat could be a great way to make your employees feel valued. Just like team-building events and end-of-year parties, a yearly retreat can give your employees ample time to socialize, have fun, and interact outside of the workplace environment.

Harnessing the spirit of teamwork can help promote employee morale and boost performance.

 

5. Let Your Employees Lead

Of course, some of the many decisions you make about how your business/company is structured, or functions can have a direct impact on the people who work for you.

But you can help your employees take ownership of the organization’s growth by letting them take the lead in creating and implementing new ideas. This can be a great way to promote while at the same time making your workers feel valued.

 

Bottom-line When employees feel valued, they tend to work harder and smarter to achieve or even exceed the goals and objectives of the organization. They become happier at what they do and in the company they work for, so most of them are ready to go the extra mile on each task or project with accountability and dedication.

Such employees are also likely to attract more exceptional talent to the organization. Luckily, you now have a few reasons and tips on ways to make your employees feel valuable to your organization.

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5 Trends Influencing Digital Transformation in 2022

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Digital transformation plays an important role in business and customer experience improvement. It is essentially a process that uses digital technologies to meet the specific objectives of a business.

In 2018, it was estimated that around 89% of all enterprises would adopt a digital business strategy, which does seem legit considering that the digital transformation market has been experiencing a steady growth rate of over $469 billion since 2020.

As more and more businesses are putting their trust into digital transformation, due to it offering a unique competitive advantage, we’ve compiled a list of the top five trends influencing digital transformation in 2022:

 

Cloud computing technology

It’s incredibly important for a business to be able to store all of its data in one place and have it accessible at all times. 

Cloud technology has made storing a large volume of data on the internet really easy, which means that any employee or other user can access this data, wherever they may be at that moment. 

This is a big deal for a number of reasons:

  • The need to store important information on paper (and therefore the carbon footprint!) has been significantly reduced.
  • Cloud technology supports remote work. Obviously, this way of storing and accessing corporate data has been really helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic, when workers shifted from office to remote work. Although COVID seems to be receding, Cloud and remote work appear to be here to stay!
  • Businesses have been increasingly using combinations of public and private clouds during these past two years in efforts to reduce the cyber risks related to employees accessing business networks from home.
  • Last but not least, by making storing big data in one place possible, new opportunities for more efficient analysis of customer behavior have been created. In fact, trusted big data companies play an important role in helping businesses harness the power of big data to find new opportunities. 

 

Hybrid work model

While we’re on the topic of remote work, it turns out that some people love it and others hate it. What the majority of employees do seem to agree on is that having options and workplace flexibility is a huge benefit.

The ability to choose the environment and hours during which they are most productive seems to have a positive impact on meeting business objectives. This makes sense, as we’re all different people with different needs.

Some people like to work alone, in a quiet and comfortable environment in their homes. Others work best surrounded by other people and prefer to make a clear distinction between their workspace and their home.

 

Cybersecurity

As we’ve already mentioned, one of the concerns that businesses have is the cyber threat to their data.

AI threat detection technologies, enhanced encryption methods and embedded systems security are just some of the technologies used by businesses to keep their key information safe. 

You want to make sure that not only your transactions and intellectual property are safe, but also that the data of your end-users and your employees is safe.

 

Artificial intelligence

Automation is important because it has the power to save a lot of time for businesses and their employees. It has also proven capable of serving highly personalized content to the target audience, which has been found incredibly helpful by marketers. 

High efficiency and productivity are the concerns of almost every business out there, so it’s no wonder that around 91% of all leading businesses have invested in the development of AI. 

As long as your business is transparent with its use of Artificial Intelligence, getting on board with this trend can bring you a lot of benefits, no doubt!

 

Crypto environment

You’ve probably been seeing an increasing number of articles and news regarding many retailers and big brand names joining the NFT, Blockchain and Metaverse frenzy.

This trifecta has gained popularity incredibly fast due to its decentralized nature. Decentralization is important to an average consumer because it gives them a voice and protection. 

Decentralized systems are often more reliable than central authorities, so it’s no wonder that the crypto environment has been gaining a lot of traction.

So, what can these new technologies do for your business? 

Blockchain, for example, has great potential for transaction and contract management. NFTs are digital assets that can give your customers exclusive access to all sorts of things – and who doesn’t like exclusive offers?

In conclusion, if you’re looking for ways to improve your business processes, respond to the ever-changing customer demands and create a healthy company culture – these trends are definitely worth looking into! 

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NFT Marketplace Benefits: How Decentralized Cryptocurrencies Are Changing the Face of Online Transactions

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In a world where centralized authorities are slowly losing trust, decentralized cryptocurrencies are gaining in popularity. One of the main reasons for this is the benefits that they offer over traditional systems. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the key advantages of using decentralized cryptocurrencies for online transactions. We will also look at how NFTs are changing the face of online marketplaces and creating new opportunities for businesses and consumers alike!

 

What is an NFT Marketplace?

An NFT marketplace is a decentralized platform that allows users to buy, sell, or trade digital assets in the form of non-fungible tokens (NFTs). NFTs are unique, digital assets that can represent anything from artwork and collectibles to in-game items and virtual real estate. Unlike traditional cryptocurrencies, which are fungible (i.e. each unit is interchangeable with any other), NFTs have unique characteristics that make them ideal for representing ownership of digital assets.

 

The key benefits of using an NFT marketplace include:

  • Increased security: Because they are built on blockchain technology, NFT marketplaces offer increased security and transparency compared to traditional online marketplaces. For example, all transactions are recorded on the blockchain, which makes it difficult for fraudsters to commit scams.

  • Reduced fees: NFT marketplaces typically charge lower fees than traditional online marketplaces. This is because they are decentralized and do not require middlemen to facilitate transactions.

  • Increased liquidity: NFTs can be easily traded or exchanged for other assets, thanks to the built-in liquidity mechanisms that are available on most NFT marketplaces. This means that users can quickly and easily convert their NFTs into cash or other assets, without having to wait for buyers to come along.

  • Greater independence: Because NFT marketplaces are decentralized, they are not subject to the same rules and regulations as traditional online marketplaces. This gives users more freedom and flexibility when it comes to buying, selling, or trading digital assets.

 

The rise of NFT marketplaces is changing the face of online transactions, offering a more secure, efficient, and independent way to buy, sell, or trade digital assets. If you’re looking for a new way to transact online, an NFT marketplace may be the perfect solution for you!

 

Decentralized Cryptocurrencies 

One of the key advantages of using decentralized cryptocurrencies is the increased security that they offer. Unlike traditional fiat currencies, which are subject to central bank control and government regulation, decentralized cryptocurrencies are not controlled by any single entity. This means that there is no central point of failure that can be exploited by hackers or fraudsters.

All transactions made using decentralized cryptocurrencies are recorded on a public blockchain, which provides transparency and immutability. This means that it is very difficult for anyone to commit fraud or scam other users.

In addition, because decentralized cryptocurrencies are not subject to government regulation, they offer users more freedom and independence. Users can transact without having to worry about being censored or persecuted by authorities.

Decentralized cryptocurrencies are also typically much cheaper to use than traditional fiat currencies. This is because they do not require middlemen, such as banks or payment processors, to facilitate transactions.

The increased security, freedom, and affordability that decentralized cryptocurrencies offer make them an attractive option for businesses and consumers alike. If you’re looking for a new way to transact online, consider using a decentralized cryptocurrency!

 

Conclusion

NFTs have the potential to change how digital content is created, managed, and monetized. They could also play a major role in online marketplaces by providing trust and security for buyers and sellers. With the release of 0xcert’s protocol v2.0, we are one step closer to realizing this future. Join us on our journey to create a decentralized future where content is fair and accessible for everyone. Have you tried out any NFT marketplaces? What do you think about their potential? Let us know in the comments below!

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Best Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Consultancy 2021

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The FutureWork Institute Inc is a global consulting firm that translates future trends and transforms organizations. Recognized as the Best Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Consultancy, FutureWork is a certified woman-owned business that operates within five continents, serving as an incubator of innovation and change in addressing current and future workplace and marketplace issues.

The FutureWork Institute Inc is on a mission to help its clients achieve a ‘MindShift,’ a ‘HeartShift,’ and a ‘SkillShift,’ by creating a more inclusive, future-focused culture and environment within the workplace and marketplace.

The combination of these three shifts focuses on several components such as scenario planning, employee focus groups, best practice benchmarks, virtual reality simulator, cultural competency training and manager tool kits, to name a few. These specialized areas are led by a consulting team that has worked in the area of diversity, leadership and career developments for over 25 years – leading successful achievements for major organizations worldwide.

At FutureWork, its core team of global network consultants model inclusion and new ways to work in business. Margaret Regan, president and CEO of the company, expands on this concept by stating, “we help out clients discover innovative ways to make their workscapes places where all talent can make extraordinary contributions to the enterprise. We are a firm that focuses on the future of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) by integrating talent management, leadership and diversity work; linking out clients’ DEI work to the business strategy.”

In essence, Futurwork’s business strategy is based on inventing new ways for clients to learn and collaborate. Thus, ensuring a changed approach to management and DEI that focuses on the ROI of its client’s work.

“Our business model enables maximum flexibility, cost efficiency and immediate client responsiveness. We combine the quality standards of our roots in Towers Perrin with the nimbleness of a small firm to give clients the expertise you need the value they deserve,” states Margaret. Operating on a foundation of respect, diversity and equity, its inclusion and global mindset have not changed since its launch in 2001.

Moreover, FutureWork runs a membership organization of DEI consultants called The Inclusion Allies Coalition. When the coalition was first established, the group had roughly 60 members, and now, with rapid recognition and a renowned reputation, it had grown to 750.

Margaret expands on this, describing the organization’s aims, stating, we are a coalition of organizations and practitioners commuted to diversity, equity and inclusion within our organizations and society. We provide resources, advocacy, networking and webinars for dialogues across differences to promote inclusion. In addition, we serve as allies for those who feel marginalized and advocates for inclusive policies and practices.”

For FutureWork, the goal is to become the leading voice of DEI practitioners globally. With Covid-19 affecting businesses destructively, the company has been quick to ensure the pandemic doesn’t alter its vision.

Fortunately, the business has been able to address the challenges to marginalize communities by creating webinars run by the Inclusion Allies Coalition, which has been done to educate members on the impact of the pandemic on Black, Hispanic, Latino, Asian, Indigenous communities and individuals with disabilities.

For the company’s future, the organization has moved into a new line of work, combining its future trends insights and DEI work. Margaret explains, “we are helping clients build their Metaverses and creating training sessions on how to avoid the hate speech, racism, sexism and other ‘isms’ as people interact in virtual reality.”

The company has built an entirely new business based on Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement concerning the Metaverse and its evolution as the ‘new internet,’ combined with Margaret Regan’s personal experience operating in the Metaverse for over 15 years. With its sister company CNDG/UniVirtual building Metaverses for its clients, FutureWork is off on another adventure, reimagining The FutureWork Institute.

 

For business inquiries, contact Margaret Regan at The FutureWork Institute, Inc via [email protected] or www.futureworkinstitute.com.

Margaret Regan, CEO of FutureWork Institute Inc
Margaret Regan, CEO of FutureWork Institute Inc

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Gardens Of Eden

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There’s nothing quite like classic design, but there’s tremendous skill in managing to refresh an old look for modern sensibilities. Bryan Ramsey, of Bryan Ramsey Design, has made his name in achieving this with ease. Recognised in the North America Business Elite Awards 2021 with his business named Best High-End Garden Design Firm – Mid-Atlantic USA, we took the time to dig a little deeper into the secrets of their success.

When turning to Bryan Ramsey Design, you can be sure of an approach to your garden that embraces the potential of what the environment has to offer. Where many will try to alter what natural beauty has to offer, Bryan Ramsey celebrates what it brings to the table. His work enhances what is already there, folding in new elements to create a space that is totally unique. His eye for artistry sets him apart from the competition.

Bryan has spent years working in the design industry, with a wealth of experience that means he knows every single trick of the trade, not just when it comes to stunning architectural feats, but in terms of blending in these aspects with plants and flowers to generate truly stunning set pieces. His awareness of plant culture, and the way it can be used has been the basis of gardens the length and breadth of the US.

The stylings that are the hallmark of a Bryan Ramsey piece are an effortless mix of contemporary and rare plants, alongside garden structures like fences and follies that are by turns distinctive yet instantly classical in their appearance. His gardens are not like anything you have seen before, but they capture an ethos and atmosphere that is very familiar indeed. These are gardens as you remember them, as opposed to how they were.

A proud Virginian, Bryan’s background encompasses a dual degree in Landscape Design and Horticulture from the University of North Carolina, studies in Landscape Architecture with West Virginia University and Art and Architecture with Louisiana Tech University in Rome, Italy. He brings this unique knowledge of the Mid-Atlantic to every project, and is able to leverage it to showcase a vast selection of different materials. In this way, he finds it easy to meet the specific garden needs and desires that arise.

The incredible designs that Bryan has developed have recently gained international attention, being broadcast on television. The Design Network’s Backyard Staycation and Chesapeake Fix on HGTV have allowed people around the world to watch him and his team transform landscapes into truly unique environments. It has been the perfect showcase for his stunning designs and has led to some truly wonderful moments being captured on camera.

When it comes to finding a bespoke garden solution, it’s worth turning to Bryan Ramsey. His eye for accuracy and dedication to detail has earned him aplomb over the years. We celebrate his tremendous success and look forward to seeing what delightful designs he creates in the future.

 

For business inquiries, contact Bryan Ramsey, Bryan Ramsey Design via [email protected] or via https://bryanramseydesign.com/.

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