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Pentru saptamana aceasta, am pregatit alte cinci articole care mi-au dat de gandit. Ultimele doua, discursul lui Jon Favreau (fostul speechwriter al Presedintelui Obama) si discursul din cadrul TED al lui Elizabeth Gilbert (autoare a cartii Eat, Pray, Love) le veti regasi si in format video. 

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Developers are helping rural coffee growers get more connected with weather patterns, which in turn means cheaper, tastier coffee for you. This story contains interviews with Kira Angulo, National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia account lead at SAP and Diana Osorio, lead for Latin America CSR at SAP. Under its corporate social responsibility scheme, SAP has been providing the funds to support the FNC's technical training for Colombia’s coffee growers. The FNC training not only covers how to use the tablets and the app but also better farming management and coffee cultivation methods. So far, 500 growers and their families have been trained, but the FNC hopes to eventually reach the 560,000 families that it represents.
Harvard's Wyss Institute creates bioplastic made from shrimp shells. Now researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have introduced a new bioplastic isolated from shrimp shells. It’s made from chitosan, a form of chitin — the second-most abundant organic material on Earth. Chitin, a tough polysaccharide, is the main ingredient in the hardy shells of crustaceans, the armorlike cuticles of insects, and even the flexible wings of butterflies. The Wyss Institute makes its shrilk from chitin from shrimp shells, most which would otherwise be discarded or used in fertilizer or makeup, and a fibroin protein from silk. Researchers discussed it in a March online study in the journal Macromolecular Materials & Engineering.
This environmentally safe alternative to plastic could also be used to make trash bags, packaging, and diapers. Once discarded, shrilk breaks down in just a few weeks — and even releases rich nutrients that support plant growth. In one experiment, Wyss Institute researchers grew a California black-eyed pea plant in soil enriched with its chitosan bioplastic. Within three weeks, the material encouraged plant growth.

A part of me understands founder’s ego. Whenever you start something, you have to believe you're doing the most important thing in the world because you're constantly trying to convince stakeholders, customers, and investors that this idea can be turned from nothing into something and more than that, something BIG. You need an ego. But it’s all too easy to speak in grandiose statements that take away from what should be the simple premise of your business: solving a problem for customers.
In Mike Judge’s new HBO show, Silicon Valley, founders are always talking about how their code is changing the world. It’s easy to disregard this as exaggerated satire, but this is the way people talk! It really happens, it’s what many entrepreneurs really think. And this hubris is encouraged by the media. Check out the Forbes piece, "The Top 10 Start-Ups That Are Changing the World." The list includes Airbnb, Zappos, and Square. These are good companies with impressive operations, but they should not be described as world-changing organizations.

But the chase to be something – to be rich, famous, powerful, praised – that is a race without a finish line, because there will always be more money to make, or a fancier title to pursue, or a higher accolade to achieve. In my experience, you are far more likely to find lasting fulfillment if these fleeting pleasures are the byproduct of a decision to do something – something that interests you; something you’re good at; something your gut is just begging you to try.

Elizabeth Gilbert was once an "unpublished diner waitress," devastated by rejection letters. And yet, in the wake of the success of 'Eat, Pray, Love,' she found herself identifying strongly with her former self. With beautiful insight, Gilbert reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple — though hard — way to carry on, regardless of outcomes.

Sharing some thoughts about work and finding opportunities as student

Madalina Popovici, a good friend of mine, is studying project management (master level) at the National University of Political Sciences and Administration (Bucharest) and she asked me to answer to a series of questions regarding my work. The questions were in English, so the answers are in English as well. We have  tackled subjects regarding my work, employment and opportunities for young people to get a job in the field of project management.

Hope you are going to some at least some good thoughts for your future career. 

Madalina Popovici (MP): You are a communication specialist. What made you get a job in the project management field?

Steliana Moraru (SM): I enjoy changes, challenges and I always aim to develop myself. I see project management as a natural evolution in my career. I started to work at a very young age, and I am always in a continuous search to become better and better. This helped me to have my eyes wide open and to find opportunities, to create a network of valuable people, to learn and challenge myself. When the possibility to do more and to put more on the table in terms of my work experience presented itself, I was ready to take it. It’s not a big change in my career, as I have always stayed close to the communication field, but it is definitely a challenging one.  

MP: How should people break into this field nowadays? (campus recruiting or simply having enough experience in one particular field) and what chances do you think graduates have for being hired as project managers in the first 2 years after graduating?

SM:I believe that when we work, we should create a chain of values in order to make contributions for our development and for the environment (this includes people, society, community, etc). In order to create this chain of values, we need to know the basics of our field, to work hard, to learn constantly, and to pay attention to the world around us. When we do this we grow our chances of gaining access in our desired fields of work. I never believed in taking one lucky shot.
My own experience taught me this actually. So when it comes to breaking into this field, I would rather say that the young person should get proactive: being a project manager requires experience, adaptability, global thinking, communication skills,  the ability  to make decisions, and team spirit. Start by getting involved in volunteer projects, search for people with experience in the field and try to work with them, look for internships, and read a lot. These are places where great opportunities might come for you. The experience in one field is extremely important, and it might grant you access to the desired job, but nowadays it is not enough anymore. We need to build upon this platform and add different skills (as a student, you can learn this across academic disciplines), become up to date with other related fields of work, and build our collaborative skills.
Regarding the second part of the question, is not unusual to see really young managers these days. On the other hand, thinking of the amount of work and the skills required by this position, I would say that a project manager job is more likely to be obtained after 2 years or so. We are all eager to achieve more and prove ourselves, myself included, but at the end of the day it is important that what we leave behind, that chain I spoke about earlier, that set of values we bring, how good or great our work is and how it impacts the projects we are working on. Sometimes, no matter how good we think we are, it is important to give yourself time to be an apprentice.

MP: What does an employer look for in a candidate (skills, personal qualities)?
SM:Besides being a good professional in your field, an employer will seek some universal skill - team spirit, IT skills, the ability to plan, organize and prioritize work, and communications skills.  I saw the other days a slideshow presentation where  20 jobs of the future were mentioned. I found it interesting in this context the quote, “careers are now more complex, fragmented, specialised, collaborative and ever evolving, made up of a portfolio of micro-careers. So, when it comes to the question of what an employer looking for, maybe it’s good to take a look at the future.” We live interesting times, and we need to adapt, or perhaps I should say, to be able to adapt.

MP: Do you think a project manager should also be a good leader? What qualities make him/her a good leader?
SM: It is a truism that leadership focuses on doing "the right things", while managers focus on doing "the things right". I believe both of them play important roles in the organisation, but a manager can lead without necessarily being a leader. In my opinion, leadership is a soft skill that can be developed and taught, being more responsive and proactive than simple management. A leader is more focused on people, on creating a vision, enhancing productivity and the quality of work by his/her team through personal examples of commitment and excellence. On the other hand, when we talk about management, a hard skill, he/she is looking for resources, managing them, employing procedures, and is basically more task oriented. I believe a manager can become a good leader if he/she manages to find the right balance in using soft and hard skills.

MP:Communication is the key to everything. What do you think are the principles of a good communication within the project?
SM: Communication is essential in any type of relationship, from professional to the personal ones. When we talk about the skills a project manager should have, I would say that the ability to communicate with the others is one of the most important skills in this regard. Practically, this means communicating in a clear manner about goals, responsibilities, performance, expectations, feedback and then actively listening in return.
MP: At the end of the day what matters is doing what you like most. What do you like best about your job? What’s your typical day like?
SM: My job is very challenging. It offers me the possibility of making a contribution to the nongovernmental community in Romania and to work with a great international team. The program I am managing, the Donation Program,  affords a unique possibility for NGOs to access technology  and to fulfill their missions more efficiently. This means we provide both products from partners such as Bitdefender, Microsoft, Cisco and Adobe, but also provide learning resources such as webinars, newsletters, and articles. We promote their success stories in our global network.  During the last two years, I have had the opportunity to see our NGO community grow, learn and becoming  better and better. It’s a great reward for me when I talk with people from different corners of the country and they offer me feedback, when they say they really did something good for their organisation thanks to the Program. Seeing people and their respective organisations develop and striving to be the better is what I like most.

MP: A piece of advice for students aspiring to be project managers would be
SM: Work hard, learn, find people who can can become your models, ask questions, always remain curious, and play.

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EU court backs 'right to be forgotten': Google must amend results on request

The top European court has backed the "right to be forgotten" and said Google must delete "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant" data from its results when a member of the public requests it.
The test case privacy ruling by the European Union's court of justice against Google Spain was brought by a Spanish man, Mario Costeja González, after he failed to secure the deletion of an auction notice of his repossessed home dating from 1998 on the website of a mass circulation newspaper in Catalonia.

Online Charitable Donations Increased 14% in 2013

Gone are the days when non-profits needed to rely only on street canvassing and paper pleas for donations. Email and social media are quickly revolutionizing charity, and according to a new study from M+R and the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), 2013 was the space's best year yet.
The study breaks down exactly how leading U.S. non-profits performed online in the past year. In 2013, Internet users donated more than ever before — online giving increased 14% since 2012, with more than 5.5 million total gifts and nearly $325 million raised.

Robot may help fight malaria

Most people kill a mosquito with a violent swat of the hand, but Yaroslav Tenzer is much more methodical — and tender. He needs the tiny pest’s body intact so he can harvest its salivary glands.
Mosquito saliva is the key to a potential malaria vaccine and Tenzer, a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University’s Biorobotics Laboratory, has spent the last two years designing a machine that can very precisely behead an infected mosquito and gently squeeze its body to extract and collect its parasite-filled spit.

Mobile Donors Stick Around

Retention rates for mobile subscribers who opt-in to receive messages or donate via text are on average 80 percent, according to data released by The mGive Foundation.
None of the nine organizations studied are specifically focused on disaster relief but range from environmental and animal to health services, according to Jenifer Snyder, executive director of The mGive Foundation. The Denver, Colo.-based organization studied data from nine clients that used mobile actively and moderately over a four-year period and found that the average retention rate was 80 percent for mobile subscribers, with spikes in text donations and donor retention rates of 99 percent when a nonprofit follows mGive’s best practices.

Good ideas are the easy part of entrepreneurship. Nearly anyone can come up with a business idea, but it takes a lot more than wishful thinking to turn an idea into a company. It takes even more to turn an idea into a company that can grow and thrive, even after the original team moves on.

To do that requires founders who look at their hard-earned creation, their venture built on long hours and deep risks, and say, “This is not mine.” That’s anathema to most entrepreneurs, but it’s a necessary step to creating an entity that is bigger than one or two people’s ability to develop it into a long-lasting business.

Editorial Resurse tehnologice accesibile, la dispozitia ONG-uri

M-a bucurat nespus invitatia prietenilor de la de a scrie un editorial despre misiunea TechSoup Romania si modul in care organizatiile neguvernamentale din Romania pot accesa programele noastre. 

Tehnologia isi pune amprenta din ce in ce mai mult asupra modului in care comunicam, interactionam, lucram, livram si masuram rezultatele activitatilor noastre. Utilizata in mod eficient, ne poate aduce mai aproape de ceea ce isi doresc donatorii nostri, echipa de voluntari cu care lucram sau comunitatea pe care o deservim. Cele mai noi programe sau aplicatii care sa ne ajute sa prioritizam activitatile zilnice, conectarea rapida cu colegii si partenerii aflati la distanta, posibilitatea de a utiliza canale diferite de comunicare pentru a ajunge la beneficiarii programelor noastre, precum si capacitatea de a integra in strategia de comunicare si fundraising instrumente tehnologice similare cu cele ale audientei noastre sunt doar o parte dintre programele si echipamentele IT pe care le putem utiliza in organizatiile neguvernamentale pentru a ne indeplini misiunea. 

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Urmaresc constant informatiile cu privire la domeniile in care lucrez si de care sunt interesata, iar acest lucru inseamna in principal ca incerc sa citesc cat mai multe pe subiect. De curand, am inceput si sa salvez cele mai interesante si utile informatii pe care le gasesc si m-am gandit ca ar fi o buna oportunitate sa impartasesc dintre acestea si cu voi. De altfel, eu insumi citesc astfel de summaries constant pe alte bloguri pe care le urmaresc, deoarece ma ajuta sa gasesc articole extrem de interesante, dar si sa am informatia mai bine aranjata. 

Astfel, saptamanal, in weekend, voi posta o selectie scurta de articole care mi-au atras atentia in saptamana precedenta si care sper ca vor fi de interes si pentru voi. 

Six reasons why international business remains dangerous to workers and the environment, even when its leaders genuinely want to do better.

GlobalGiving is accepting applications for the September 2014 Global Open Challenge. Non-profits from anywhere in the world are eligible to participate. 

New European reporting rules, Adidas publishes supplier list and Ontario goes coal-free

Emerging markets such as Africa have without a doubt provided the right fabric for weaving corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategies.
Many of the multinational companies who began investing in the continent in the early 1990s have formulated strong CSR policies aimed at helping them provide the right returns for shareholders while supporting their new communities.

Grace Choi invented a 3D makeup printer that's about to take the beauty industry by storm.

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A master makeup chemist on the limitations of the talked-about technology

How does a 20-year-old from Göttingen get involved with Andy Warhol?

In 1970 Andy Warhol had an exhibition of his screen prints in Cologne in the gallery Zwirner, run by the father of the famous gallerist David Zwirner. My local newspaper announced that there was an American guy coming who has created a new kind of art called “pop art” and that he would be showing screen prints. And there was a photo of a cow that was printed repetitively onto wallpaper and I was amazed because it was a kind of disrespectful way of working in the field of art. So I went over there by train and I got permission to come to the vernissage.

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