Does Your Culture Inspire Courage…or Stamp It Out?
Ed Hess explains why courage must be part of your organization’s culture. Here are nine indicators that courage is alive and well in your workplace…and six red flags that fear might be preventing your employees from doing their best work.Q2 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreOakland, CA (September 2020)—In today’s fast-paced, highly competitive marketplace, we need our employees to excel at collaboration in pursuit of innovation. To connect with each other in meaningful ways. To disrupt the status quo, take risks within financial parameters, fail, learn, and get back up again. If you...
Commentary: Ruth Bader Ginsburg practiced anti-cancel culture
In 2015, at a Harvard University luncheon held in her honor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was asked what advice she would give young women today. “Fight for things you care about,” Ginsburg replied, “but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”The quote appeared in full over the weekend on the display board of the Barclays Center, in the heart of Ginsburg’s native Brooklyn, New York, following her death on Friday. But if you go onto the internet to explore the endless array of RBG-themed tchotchkes — mugs, T-shirts and even face masks — you’ll find that many of them omit the second part of he...
Noel Gallagher accuses American culture for sexulising women
Noel Gallagher has hit out at the sexualisation of female artists.The former Oasis guitarist has slammed 'Midnight Sky' hitmaker Miley Cyrus' recent performance of her hit song for the MTV Video Music Awards last month, in which she performed on top of a giant disco wrecking ball.Noel said his son Sonny, nine, pointed out to his dad that there was a lot of focus on Miley's legs.And the 'Wonderwall' hitmaker believes America is to blame for women being sexualised.According to the Daily Star newspaper's Wired column, Noel bemoaned: "That god awful woman Miley Cyrus was on and she was doing some ...
Not just a copy: Belgian plaster cast workshop preserves art history
Nele Strobbe carefully removes an object the size of a brick from the shelves of a warehouse in Brussels' Art and History Museum and unwraps it, revealing the praying hands of a miniature figure.The figure is just one of 4,000 forms created at the museum's plaster cast workshop in Belgium. The casts range from a figurine of the Venus of Willendorf, which dates back to the Stone Age, to an 18th-century bust of the composer Georg Friedrich Handel.The reason the collection is so extensive is thanks to a decision taken at the 1862 International Exhibition, a world's fair that took place in London,...
Subversive, irreverent, edgy. You can find your own description of the culture that has taken street art from the fringes to the mainstream.Globally, several artists have elevated street art into an entity that can command formi- dable sums of money – notably, Jean-Michel Basquiat, for example, went from near- anonymous graffiti artist in the Eighties to posthumously commanding $110.5m for a painting called Untitled three years ago.While street art has been a recognised and developed art form in mature art mar- kets such as the US and UK as early as the Eighties and Nineties, it’s been only a ...
The real cancel culture
‘Cancel culture’ is the latest buzzword in the war over free speech. To those who use this term it means people being fired for what they say and think, usually for something deemed politically incorrect. According to them, mobs of Twitter lefties now chill free speech for public figures of the right - and for their most beloved constituency, ‘ordinary people,’ by which they generally mean their supporters and themselves.It’s tempting to dismiss cancel culture as a ploy by right-wingers to play the victim. They have laughed for years at what they call the ‘Oppression Olympics’ - the supposed c...
Elysee Palace welcomes visitors despite rising coronavirus numbers
Despite rising coronavirus numbers in France, the Elysee Palace in Paris opened its doors to visitors at the weekend.On "Open Monument Day" curious Parisians with mouth and nose coverings strolled through the official residence of French President Emmanuel Macron.They could marvel at the palace's Golden Room, the president's office, adorned with gold, which has just been extensively restored.In addition to other rooms such as the First Lady's office, there were gifts from official state guests and a photo exhibition on Macron's work, and the Orchestra of the Republican Guard also played.The ga...
Nigerians and the money-spraying culture
Having grown up in Nigeria, I believe the Nigerian culture that has an unmistaken flamboyance regardless of the tribe. Nigerians tend to be extravagant, dramatic and love to have a good time. Nigerians have been named one of the happiest people in the world, ranking 6th happiest and 95th happiest in Africa and the world respectively, according to the World Happiness Report (WHR). Not that we are without our many challenges but we always find a way to make ourselves happy just as Fela Kuti put it, Nigerians have a culture of suffering and smiling.This reality is obvious at our ceremonies and fu...
Suffering for their art: Spain's cultural scene hit hard by pandemic
Marco Baranzano drums away on a banana box while music student Sophie cautiously plucks a few notes on the guitar.Baranzano, a musician whose passion is folk music, has spent the last decade travelling for music, from Latin America to the Middle East.But nowadays, he's struggling. Even before the pandemic, he was barely making ends meet by teaching music and performing live, earning just enough to cover food and pay the rent.Spain was one of the countries in Europe worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic, and the government responded with a lockdown from March until mid-June - putting an end to ...