Pro bono service can be a skill-building solution for companies keeping pace in our rapidly changing world.
Quick Consult is a series where members of our team share insights into questions and topics we hear are top of mind for pro bono practitioners at all stages. Alexandra McArthur, Director, Advisory Services & Central Market Lead, provides tips on how pro bono service can prepare companies with skills appropriate for the changing world of work. Check out Alex’s advice below.
We’re thinking about the future of work at my company, and I’m wondering what relevant skills can be developed through pro bono experiences?
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but what if the picture is a bar graph with a bunch of statistical notations? It may be worth a thousand words, but only to a handful of people. In the context of climate change, that’s clearly not enough. This week’s guest on Sea Change Radio, is Randy Olson, a marine biology professor turned filmmaker and author whose book “Don’t Be Such A Scientist” makes the case that scientists can and should be better communicators, especially to regular (non-scientist) folk.
Communication is key to a thriving, effective workplace. Without the proper communication channels, employees are unable to share information or adequately express themselves, which can hinder productivity and negatively impact office morale.
Thankfully, throughout the years, office workers have been equipped with the tools to help them successfully communicate their thoughts and concerns in a collaborative, timely manner. From computers to tablets to email to smartphones, these innovations have improved how we work.
Facilitating communication and ensuring timely, efficient project execution
Alain Grenier has nearly 40 years of project management experience and has been with Tetra Tech for nine years. He began his career as a network planner and procurement agent in a renowned telecommunications company. He dealt with thousands of power network-related procurement projects involving the supply of equipment, lines, and poles. Over the years, Mr.
A 60-something instructor at a major university was working on a project with an undergraduate student. The student complimented the instructor on her proficiency with technology. The student thought he was paying a compliment to the instructor. The instructor was offended because she believed the implication was that her skills were good “for someone her age,” playing into the stereotype that all Baby Boomers struggle with technology. Little did the student know that the instructor serves on the boards of several technology companies and is a former CEO of a tech company.
I recently had a moment that perplexed me. I was talking to some colleagues, and they asked me what we were doing. In this case, that “we” was our Corporate Responsibility department at MilliporeSigma, and that question was essentially asking about our strategy. After hearing this, I had an initial moment of frustration. How could they not get what we were trying to do? Wasn’t it crystal clear? Didn’t we literally spell it out? I had a one-page document on our method that my team and I spent a lot of time drafting, refining and refining some more.
Árvai’s research clearly shows that education and decision support, aimed at the public and policy makers, is not the lost cause that many followers of the culture wars think it is
There’s an emerging body of research suggesting that how much people know about climate change is unrelated to how much they care about it, or how much support they’ll have for actions aimed at addressing it. This research argues that our feelings about climate change are instead a function of “cultural variables”, which work independently from knowledge. New research by Joe Árvai and colleagues from ETH Zürich suggest that this is in fact not the case. Much of the research comparing culture and knowledge misses the mark in terms of how both knowledge and culture are measured.
Private School will be first in the nation to implement myDtxt communication tool on campus
GAITHERSBURIG, Md., May 31, 2017 /3BL Media/ - Elder High School, an all-male college-preparatory high school in the Price Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati, will roll out a new text messaging application in August 2017 to enable easy, efficient communication between members of the school community and the on-site dining team.