Why, rather than the best-qualified candidate ever to run for president, did voters opt for a reality TV star with no political experience? Why, with no idea what it actually meant, did the UK vote for Brexit? In the absence of greater, more unifying narratives, voters opted for the best story available. Once upon a time stories helped us to understand the world and ourselves. We called them myths. Today, we have a myth gapâa vacuum that Alex Evans argues is both dangerous and an opportunity. This bookÂ explores how tomorrowâs activists are using narratives for change, how modern stories have been used and abused, and where we might find the right myths to take us forward.
Business managers (suits) and technology professionals (geeks) have become warring camps in too many companies. While both groups have no trouble following the lingo of their own specialties, when they have to communicate with each other, neither side fully understands â or wants to understand â the other. And thatâs a big problem in an increasingly technology-dependent business environment where success depends on the smooth integration of both business savvy and technological expertise. Bill Pfleging â a respected computer and Web consultant â and Minda Zetlin â a veteran business writer â explore, in this insightful, witty, and very instructive book, the culture clash that pervades nearly every business-technology interaction. The Geek Gap provides members of both camps a practical guide to working together effectively. Using many real-world examples, the authors vividly illustrate the consequences in time, money, careers, and even lives when these separate cultures fail to communicate. The authors provide practical solutions for building trust between business and computer professionals. The book is filled with tips aimed at geeks and suits to help each group understand the other, communicate in what amounts to a foreign language, and get what they need to do their jobs effectively. The authors profile companies and individual executives who have successfully bridged the gap by conducting events that bring the two groups together, switching jobs from one area to the other, creating whole new careers as "go-betweens," and much, much more. This is the first book to directly address issues of communication and understanding between business and technology people. The Geek Gap â in identifying this problem and providing numerous practical and workable solutions â is an indispensable guide for all.
The 20th revised edition contains many updates including: United States Medical Eligibility Criteria (with descriptions of how some of the more complicated decisions were made) The very latest CDC Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines Sexuality and Contraception - A superb new chapter Menstrual Disorders - this chapter alone is worth the cost of the book The EVER CHANGING new Screening Guidelines for Cervical and Breast Cancers. Assessment of Abnormal Early Pregnancy Update on Guidelines for Contraception for Breastfeeding Women Updated failure rates of all contraceptives that will soon make their way in the package inserts for women receiving contraceptives in the United States Latest on risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE) for women using new pills Expanded and updated section on medical abortion
With more than two hundred straightforward, nutrient-dense, and appealing recipes,Â The Heal Your Gut CookbookÂ was created by GAPS Diet experts Hilary Boynton and Mary G. Brackett to help heal your gut and to manage the illnesses that stem from it.
Developed by pioneering British MD Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, who provides the bookâs Foreword, Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) refers to disorders, including ADD/ADHD, autism, addictions, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, stemming from or exacerbated by leaky gut and dysbiosis. GAPS also refers to chronic gut-related physical conditions, including celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes type one, and Crohnâs disease, as well as asthma, eczema, allergies, thyroid disorders, and more. An evolution of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, the GAPS Diet will appeal to followers of the Paleo Diet, who are still struggling for optimum health, as well as anyone interested in the health benefits of fermentation or the Weston A. Price approach to nutrition.
In The Heal Your Gut Cookbook, readers will learn about the key cooking techniques and ingredients that form the backbone of the GAPS Diet: working with stocks and broths, soaking nuts and seeds, using coconut, and culturing raw dairy. The authors offer encouraging, real-life perspectives on the life-changing improvements to the health of their families by following this challenging, but powerful, diet.
The GAPS Diet is designed to restore the balance between beneficial and pathogenic intestinal bacteria and seal the gut through the elimination of grains, processed foods, and refined sugars and the carefully sequenced reintroduction of nutrient-dense foods, including bone broths, raw cultured dairy, certain fermented vegetables, organic pastured eggs, organ meats, and more.
The Heal Your Gut Cookbook is a must-have if you are following the GAPS Diet, considering the GAPS Diet, or simply looking to improve your digestive health andâby extensionâyour physical and mental well-being.
Named one of the "Best Books on Innovation, 2008" by BusinessWeek magazine
Does innovation come about by luck or hard work? Is it a flash of inspiration or the result of careful management? Are innovators born or taught? In Closing the Innovation Gap, Judith Estrin provides the answers to these and other questions critical to our future. A technology pioneer and business leader, Estrin describes what will be required to reignite the spark of innovation in business, education, and government--ensuring our long-term success in the global economy.
Innovation does not occur in a vacuum. It grows from the interplay of three drivers of creative change--research, development, and application. Estrin calls this dynamic the âInnovation Ecosystem,â explaining how these communities work together to create sustainable innovation.
Closing the Innovation Gap covers:
America's role as the primary driver of global innovation after World War II--explaining what worked, the subsequent decline, and how to regain traction
The fundamentals required to nurture innovation, including five simple but important values for transforming your organization into a force for productive change
How you can ensure that your business benefits from a thriving âInnovation Ecosystemâ
Examples from both established companies, start-ups, and research labs that illustrate the power of innovation in providing a decisive business advantage and foundation for growth
Leaders in business and public service âmust think beyond short-term financial results and understand the impact of globalization and an accelerated pace of change on future economic growth,â says Estrin. With Closing the Innovation Gap as your guide, business leaders will gain key insights into identifying their needs, asking the right questions, testing new ideas, and successfully leading their organization to the frontiers of twenty-first-century innovation.
In Closing the Food Gap, food activist and journalist Mark Winne poses questions too often overlooked in our current conversations around food: What about those people who are not financially able to make conscientious choices about where and how to get food? And in a time of rising rates of both diabetes and obesity, what can we do to make healthier foods available for everyone?
To address these questions, Winne tells the story of how America's food gap has widened since the 1960s, when domestic poverty was "rediscovered," and how communities have responded with a slew of strategies and methods to narrow the gap, including community gardens, food banks, and farmers' markets. The story, however, is not only about hunger in the land of plenty and the organized efforts to reduce it; it is also about doing that work against a backdrop of ever-growing American food affluence and gastronomical expectations. With the popularity of Whole Foods and increasingly common community-supported agriculture (CSA), wherein subscribers pay a farm so they can have fresh produce regularly, the demand for fresh food is rising in one population as fast as rates of obesity and diabetes are rising in another.
Over the last three decades, Winne has found a way to connect impoverished communities experiencing these health problems with the benefits of CSAs and farmers' markets; in Closing the Food Gap, he explains how he came to his conclusions. With tragically comic stories from his many years running a model food organization, the Hartford Food System in Connecticut, alongside fascinating profiles of activists and organizations in communities across the country, Winne addresses head-on the struggles to improve food access for all of us, regardless of income level.
Using anecdotal evidence and a smart look at both local and national policies, Winne offers a realistic vision for getting locally produced, healthy food onto everyone's table.
The next three decades will be the most technologically disruptive era in human history. Advances in artificial intelligence, combined with radical breakthroughs in hardware, will usher in an era that sounds like science fiction today. Devices will fade away, virtual environments will emerge and super-smart AI assistants will organize our lives and run our businesses. In this new world, our relationship with technology will change forever. We will, both virtually and biologically, Merge together. Based on exclusive interviews with inspirational business leaders, world-renowned academics and pioneering researchers, Merge investigates the five stages of this extraordinary journey. It explores the urgent implications for marketing and reveals exciting new opportunities for brands. Crucially, it identifies what needs to be done today in order to prepare for tomorrow â a future in which humanity and technology become inextricably linked.
An inspired tribute to the astonishing beauty and priceless cultural treasures of America's National Parks, this volume is a lavish celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. National Geographic The National Parks collects the very best of National Geographic's photographs, combined with an expertly told history: from the multi-hued layers of the Grand Canyon to the verdigris flame of the Statue of Liberty, this book presents a breathtaking panorama of the National Parks.Â Â Â With the stories behind the first female park ranger, a decidedly amateur scuba expedition that unearthed a submerged Civil War treasure trove, and so much more, Heacox takes readers on a VIP tour of America's rich natural and cultural heritage. The full sweep of wondersâfrom pristine coral reefs to the Gettysburg battlefield to glaciers and all the glorious diversity in betweenâoffers a breathtaking tour of the very best of America's national treasures.
Is a widening âskills gapâ in science and math education threatening Americaâs future? That is the seminal question addressed in The U.S. Technology Skills Gap, a comprehensive 104-year review of math and science education in America. Some claim this âskills gapâ is âequivalent to a permanent national recessionâ while others cite how the gap threatens Americaâs future economic, workforce employability and national security.Â
This much is sure: Americaâs math and science skills gap is, or should be, an issue of concern for every business and information technology executive in the United States and The U.S Technology Skills Gap is the how-to-get involved guidebook for those executives laying out in a compelling chronologic format:Â
The history of the science and math skills gap in America
Explanation of why decades of astute warnings were ignored
Inspiring examples of private company efforts to supplement public education
A pragmatic 10-step action plan designed to solve the problem
And a tantalizing theory of an obscure Japanese physicist that suggests Americaâs days as the global scientific leader are numbered
Engaging and indispensable, The U.S. Technology Skills Gap is essential reading for those eager to see America remain a relevant global power in innovation and invention in the years ahead.