This month, the Abel Prize was awarded to Karen Uhlenbeck, who is the first woman to receive the award. Uhlenbeck pioneered the field of geometric analysis, and developed techniques now commonly used by many mathematicians. “She did things nobody thought about doing,” said Sun-Yung Alice Chang, a mathematician at Princeton University who served on the five-member prize committee, “and after she did, she laid the foundations of a branch of mathematics.” Learn more about Uhlenbeck and her work at nytimes.com.
The beloved chocolatier missed the mark with a marketing campaign that equated “digging in” to a box of chocolates with digging up artifacts at heritage sites. The campaign encouraged consumers to “grab your metal detector and go hunting for Roman riches” and other artifacts at specific sites around Britain and Ireland. It’s a fun idea at first, but if you consider the reality of the suggestion - going out and destroying “ancient treasure” is just a bad idea. Read the full story at nytimes.com.
So excited to hear about this project working to expand access to realistic depictions of women in photography. It’s so important to make space for women to tell their own stories, on their own terms. Read the full story at adweek.com.
Facing an outbreak of car thefts committed by teens, police chiefs and prosecutors are pushing a bill that would send more young people into adult courts. Connecticut’s recent experience with juvenile justice reform shows why it’s the wrong choice. Learn more about the issue and how you can take action at www.sentencingproject.org.
Some companies are jumping on the plastic-free wave, but in general it’s still very difficult to go without plastic in modern life. Everything from brushing your teeth to preparing a meal involves consuming a product that is somehow packaged in or made of plastic. It’s critical that we all learn how to have a lower impact on the planet, but it seems like we’ll need larger systemic change to address this issue. Learn about what it takes to live plastic free with this article from nytimes.com.
There’s passion, and then there’s obsession. We’re big believers in following your passion, but it’s important to keep your eye on more than the prize, and remember the reasons why you chose to do what you’re doing along the way. In short- love what you do, and do it for you. Read the full story on nytimes.com.
Sometimes we forget when looking at our numbers that our “user” or “audience” is really just people. Check out this useful guide from Hubspot exploring how principles of psychology and design can give you an edge when it comes to your conversion rates and optimization efforts. Read the full guide on Hubspot.com.
Despite Mayor Bill de Blasio’s mission to diversity specialized high schools, the elite public high schools in New York City continue to admit very few black students. At Stuyvesant High School, only 10 black students were admitted last year, and only 13 the year before. There’s still so much work to be done in ensuring equal access to education in this country - a problem that hits home here in New York City. To learn more, read the full story at nytimes.com.
Like with anything, we trust a reference or recommendation from a friend more than that of a stranger. It should come as no surprise then that the same applies to voting. A couple of new apps have been developed to connect voters with their friends and facilitate political conversation amongst friend groups. Learn more about this technology at nytimes.com.
Photographer Adreinne Waheed documents Black culture in times of celebration, resistance, and all of the moments in between. Waheed says that the exhibition Black Joy & Resistance that opened in Betti Ono in Oakland “beautifully displays who we are, juxtapose to how we are sometimes made to feel.” Learn more about her work and see the photographs at featureshoot.com.
International Rescue Committee spotlights the dreams, ambitions, and abilities of these young Syrian refugees to highlights their important work.
Reading about the hopes and dreams of these young Syrian girls will warm your heart, and most importantly, remind us that they are no different from any child. This is a great example of photography and visual storytelling being used share the impact that this nonprofit’s work is having on people’s lives and motivate people to support their work. Learn more about the International Rescue Committee’s work and these girls’ stories at rescue.org.
We applaud Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand for her swift action on announcing a national ban on all military-style semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. These tragedies are preventable, and it’s so important that leadership in government take actionable steps to keep their citizens safe. Learn more about the safety measures New Zealand is adopting at nytimes.com.
If you’re wondering if email is still a relevant marketing strategy, then this list of stats will reassure you. For example “email generates $38 for every $1 spent, which is an astounding 3,800% ROI, making it one of the most effective options available.” Not only will strategic email marketing strengthen your relationships with your audience, those relationships translate into a solid return on investment. Visit blog.hubspot.com for more impressive stats.
We’re suckers for beautiful design, even down to the smallest detail. We’re also massive music lovers and concert goers. Which is why we’re sharing this article about these adorably effective earplugs to wear to your next concert. They block out excessive volume while still letting you jam to the music. See the full list at npr.org.
When rallying support around serious global issues, it’s essential to present your audience with a hope-filled, strong story. It’s not about glossing over difficult subjects, but about highlighting opportunities for growth, change, and impact. That’s why we love this guide to hope-based communications by OpenGlobalRights. Learn more about their communication strategies at openglobalrights.org.
We’re so inspired by these young people around the world taking a stand for the planet, and grateful to the dedicated photographers who documented this historic moment. It’s so powerful to see citizens globally fight for our future. Learn more about the recent global protest at nytimes.com.
The next round is on Coors Light! After numerous attacks on the brand from competitor Bud Light, Coors decided that they, and their customers, wanted to move onto something better and more interesting… like sitting down with a cold drink. So, they created ‘The Coors Light,’ a smart beer tap that will monitor for any negativity from Bud Light on social-media and broadcast-media, and give out a free round of drinks every time it’s detected. That’s one way to keep it positive! Learn more about the campaign on thedrum.com.
We can all agree that children should be safe in school and teachers should be able to focus on educating our young people without fearing for their lives. However, the suggestion that teachers should be armed is complicated and problematic. Read more about why it’s a dangerous path at medium.com.
Interesting read from Medium.com, questioning the way that we use the term “users” when talking about UX/UI rather than “people.” It’s so important to remember that people are at the heart of everything we do, and that they are more complicated than abstract numbers, figures, or performance. Read the full story at medium.com.