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iSchool Initiative inspires students to go paperless and become ‘mobile learners’

No more papers, no more books, just education with a whole new look. Sometimes frustration in the status quo can lead to a game-changing idea. Two and a half years ago, Travis Allen was a high-school student and, as he calls himself, a “digital native” who was frustrated by his teachers’ insistence on turning in assignments on paper and not …

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How does #Shift inspire?

The #Shift NYC un-conference started conversations and inspired new ideas for social enterprise and brand evolution in an age of new media. Learn more in this short video vignette, just after the “Broadcast” salon: [tube]emxZ-31503w[/tube]

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Straight talk about #Shift

What did attendees think of the #Shift un-conference? Watch a brief glimpse after the “Broadcast” salon and listen to what a few participants experienced, including Kassidy from Journey of Action and Brad of Revision3. [tube]hzr3Pvj83fg[/tube]

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Life is a Game: The Gamification of IT

Today, life really is all fun and games — even at work. With the gamification of the workplace and the consumerization of IT, this shift is apparent in homes, cars, schools, prisons, courthouses, workplaces, airports, shopping malls and more. The Apple iPhenomenon, mobile apps popularity and social media craze started a revolutionary movement all over the world: fun is required. …

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The Coffee Shop Code of Conduct [Infographic]

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The coffee shop life is a good life. You have fuel (coffee and food), you have companionship (your coworkers in the shop), you have a temporary and a warm place to get work done. All of that goodness can quickly be derailed, however, if your space is hijacked by someone committing one of the coffee shop deadly sins. Enter the …

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New Schools of Thought

I went to college. In fact, I earned a Master’s degree in literature and taught writing courses for five years. I espoused the ideals of Bloom’s Closing of the American Mind and the value of a classic education. And yet today I rarely use the advanced literary skills I acquired in college, though I continue to read and write voraciously. Sometimes …

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Computer recycling

When you want to properly dispose of your own computer, how do you find a recycler that will make sure the discarded electronics don’t harm environmental and human health? The computer you’re using at this very moment most likely contains toxic substances like lead, cadmium and mercury, which – when you inevitably need to upgrade to a new model — …

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Twenty Years Ago Around the World

With PGi celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, we’re finding ourselves in good company with other milestones. In 1991, the world was filled with innovations and change that spread like ripples in a pond and are still being felt today. Below are just a few of the forces at work in technology, politics and pop culture as well as a …

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#ShiftNYC shows you Social IR

Share the vision of how PGi EVP of Strategy and Communications Sean O’Brien unifies social media tools with video conferencing solution iMeet to drive authentic, long-term relationships with the IR community. StockTwits founder Howard Lindzon discusses his “idea network” philosophy of how a new generation of IR professionals are breaking down walls and breaking the rules with social media tools and changing the game …

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#ShiftNYC and social enterprise in action

Smart companies are moving toward social responsibility as a business model and—recognizing that consumers are choosing products and brands that promote social good—are abandoning superficial PR campaigns. Whether a business is donating money, passing on skills, or creating a platform for social good, their focus is on generating awareness and creating an impacy. Two such companies—Warby Parker and This Shirt …

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Digital Media Revolution: Implications in Education

I used to think I was a cool kid. I had a pager, an old Compaq PC and a six-disc CD player. This past weekend, I recounted my teenage tech stories to a shocked 10-year-old audience: “You didn’t even have Angry Birds?” And now, when I walk into my own children’s elementary school, there are no chalkboards, word processors or …

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Working longer hours now that you’re working from home?

I believe in telecommuting. I love the freedom, the space, the solitude and the comfort of working from home—and I certainly don’t miss the commute. I especially value that I am saving twenty pounds of carbon emissions a day by not driving to work. There are diverse advantages to working from home, not the least of which is repurposing the …

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SXSW Eco Conference: A Perspective on One of Austin’s Most Engaging Green Events

Earlier this month I attended the inaugural SXSW Eco conference in Austin, Texas. SXSW Eco is a newly created three-day conference designed to foster dialog among an international audience of executive level decision makers from both public and private sectors as well as recognized thought leaders from academia. This integrated cross sector approach to solving recognized sustainability challenges evolved the …

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What You Can Do: The Impact of Carbon Offset Purchases

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Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate at PGi’s #ShiftNYC conference, which was presented in partnership with SocialPeopleTV. I hadn’t traveled for months and relished the idea of visiting New York City, spending four days in a beautiful coworking space, and meeting creative dynamic professionals. Still, I was hesitant—as soon as I got on the plane I knew …

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Steve Stoute attends #ShiftNYC

One of the most exciting events during #ShiftNYC was Steve Stoute’s conversations around social media, cultural impact and importance, and the influence of hip-hop culture on overall mainstream values and corporate brands. After speaking with the standing room only crowd, Stout signed copies of his new book, “The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of …

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Day 2, Part 1: #Shift Recap of the Social IR discussion

On day two of #Shift, a collaborative conversation on investor relations trends, including social media integration in IR communications, created a stir in this historically by-the-book segment. Moderated by Michael Santoli of Barrons, the panel pulled together some very forward thinking and social IR experts including Howard Lindzon, Joshua Brown, Barry Ritholz and Sean O’Brien. The group discussed the importance …

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#ShiftNYC continues with New Work Life ideas

As the #ShiftNYC conference progressed through the end of the week, the energy, themes, and connections of each event built upon the next. Attendees regularly approached the PGi and SocialPeopleTV hosts throughout the day, remarking on the positive vibe of the room as well as the candid and constructive dialogue that highlighted the sessions. The following overview of the New …

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#ShiftNYC Continues with Broadcast and New Media

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The second day of the #ShiftNYC event brought with it a generous and intelligent panel including participants from SocialTV, OMD, Social People, Edelman Digital and others speaking on the evolution of media and the new demands of audience engagement. This session discussed social media metrics and how measurement can take our attention away from the bigger picture of relationships. Our …

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#ShiftNYC begins “un-conference” with social enterprise panel

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If you’ve been reading the #Shift blog or following our recent event, you know that PGi has been busily deconstructing the world’s present work dynamic and examining new trends that are reshaping our professional identity. In media, in corporate environments, and in consumers’ minds and habits, the status quo is unquestionably changing. The dialogues among our panelists and attendees at …

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The Coworking Revolution

Mobile technology has fundamentally shifted the way people think about work and where they get their work done. Smartphones and virtual meeting products have enabled professionals in every realm of business to be productive, make an impact and still stay connected in ways never experienced before. Our views of the traditional workplace are fading away and being replaced with a …

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