Chris Mefford, President & CEO of Community Attributes Inc., to Keynote…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston Economic Development CouncilThe 11th Annual Thurston Economic Development Council Real Estate Forum will highlight Thurston County commercial, retail and industrial properties while providing a forum for networking and education. The Thurston EDC is hosting this not-to-be-missed event in partnership with NAIOP (National Association of Industrial Office Properties).Photo courtesy: Thurston EDCWe are excited to announce the event’s keynote speaker, Chris Mefford. CHRIS MEFFORD is the PRESIDENT & CEO OF COMMUNITY ATTRIBUTES INC., a Seattle-based consulting firm that transforms data into analysis and strategies for business, government, non-profits, and philanthropy. Chris founded CAI in 2005. Chris and Community Attributes are known for bringing data to life in engaging ways to understand business and social challenges. Community Attributes works with organizations and municipalities in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the world on urban planning, economic development, and strategic planning. The firm supports the private sector by relating demographics and economic trends to strategic planning and business decisions.If history is any indicator, networking will be robust with the room filled with industry and community leaders including investors, decision-makers, property owners, government representatives, engineers, contractors, site selectors, and business owners.WHO: Thurston EDCWHAT: 11th Annual Real Estate ForumWHEN: September 26, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.WHERE: Hotel RL Olympia, 2300 Evergreen Park Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502TICKETS: Tickets are available here MORE INFORMATION: Contact Holly House at [email protected]last_img read more

Video: Super Mario scores a screamer

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A loss for agriculture on Election Day

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When an election season includes a vote for President, the issues that are further down the ballot rarely get any attention. That is the case for a ballot initiative, “Question 3”, proposed in Massachusetts that will make it illegal to sell veal, pork or eggs from animals that have been confined to crates or cages of a certain size. The recent passage of that initiative is a blow to not only agriculture in that state, but around the country.“The legislation not only banned those practices in Massachusetts, but it also bans any products from being sold in the state that came from operations that used those housing methods,” said Hannah Thomson-Weeman, communications director for the Animal Agriculture Alliance. “Massachusetts is not a big ag state and it only has one farm that has cages for their laying hens, which is why activists groups chose to put this type of legislation on the ballot there.”The Humane Society of the United States was the main driver of this initiative investing over $2 million, over 90% of the funds raised for backing this plan, outspending the opposition by a rate of 10 to one.With that money, time and effort, anti-agriculture groups were able to overpower the alternative message, which was about food costs.“Not only are these cage-free practices not really necessarily better for the animals, there are issues of aggression, increased mortality and increased management by the farmer,” Thompson-Weeman said. “Of course, the intention is to make farmers comply and change to these new rules which costs money and that will increase food prices and make for some difficult decisions at the grocery store.”Anti-poverty advocate Diane Sullivan was one of the representatives opposing these new regulations and she talked, in detail, about how increased food costs on a very common protein source will have a negative impact on families that are trying to get by on a lower wage.“Cage-free eggs are a choice at the grocery store right now and the vast majority of people don’t make that choice,” Thompson-Weeman said. “They buy conventionally-produced eggs because that’s what fits in their budget and that’s what they can afford.”This new legislation will impact those who can’t afford to pay whatever it costs for cage-free eggs more than any other group of consumers.“There’s a reason our farming systems are designed they way they are today,” Thompson-Weeman said. “It’s all about maximizing animal health and efficiency so at the end of the day we can produce a safe, healthy and affordable product for consumers.”The Animal Agriculture Alliance anticipates continued issues like Massachusetts’ “Question 3” to come up, especially in states that do not have a strong farming community where legislators and voters aren’t as informed about agriculture. The organization is recommending a proactive approach when connecting with consumers, law makers and influencers so when they hear myths and misinformation about ag, they can sort through what is true and what is not.last_img read more

Facebook’s Oculus patents lightweight smart glasses

first_imgTags:#AR#Augmented Reality#Facebook#featured#Mixed reality#Oculus#patent#smart glasses#top#virtual reality#VR How a Modern Gaming Engine Can Supercharge Your… Few Industries will not be Transformed by AR an… Related Posts Facebook-owned Oculus has patented a lightweight smart glasses concept that would be able to “augment views of a physical, real-world environment with computer-generated elements.”The patent shows a pair of glasses that look like basic shades, which would force the electronics to be packed in tightly, similar to the first version of Google Glass. Instead of having to look up to see the augmentation, Oculus plans to use all the glass as a display.See Also: Facebook finally adds virtual reality app to the social networkThree members of the advanced research division at Oculus, including one that previously worked on Microsoft’s HoloLens, published the patent application, according to Business Insider.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the ‘end goal’ for AR is lightweight glasses at the company’s developer conference last year. That goal may be a few years away from reality, with Oculus chief scientist, Michael Abrash, recently saying that AR glasses won’t replace smartphones until 2022.Four of the five major U.S. tech companies are working on smart glasses. Apple patented a design similar to Oculus that allows mixed reality and content layered on-top of real world environments; Microsoft is building the more expensive HoloLens; and Google has Glass.Amazon is the only one that has not shown interest, more focused on quirky ways for drones to fly around cities.Between now and the augmented future, Oculus is expected to launch a whole range of virtual reality headsets for all types of consumers. A sub-$500 standalone headset could launch before the end of the year, and mobile headsets are reportedly in the pipeline.center_img Sam Enoka How AR and VR Will Enhance Customer Experience AR And VR: Which is More Important to Emerging …last_img read more

Be Grateful

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now “You don’t need to justify your love, you don’t need to explain your love, you just need to practice your love. Practice creates the master.”― Miguel Ruiz, The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of RelationshipI am most grateful for the people in my life, my family, my friends, my community. In the end, you will measure your life solely by the quality of your relationships. It’s good to be reminded of this fact before you need to be reminded.Happy Thanksgiving!Anthonylast_img read more

To Create Greater Value Be Strategic

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Salespeople (and their leaders) ask me what they can do to be more compelling. By that they mean how can they motivate their clients and dream clients to take action. Here’s the thing: If you want to be compelling, find out what is already compelling. Move to higher, more strategic level of value creation.Discover What Is Already Compelling: There is a reason that the front end of the sales process is where all of the value is created. Early in the process, you have an opportunity to discover what is already motivating the contacts within your client company. You have a chance to understand where they believe they need to go, their pressing challenges, and the opportunities they are working towards. Discovering what is already compelling to your clients is the first step to creating a higher, more strategic, level of value.Tie Your Solutions to Strategic Issues: If your prospective client is going to take action, upset the status quo, and make changes, they aren’t going to do it to produce poorer results. They’re going to take action so they can produce dramatically better results. Your job is to help them tie those results to their company’s strategic issues. You create a higher level of value when you help your clients with their goals, their strategic initiatives. That is, in part, what makes you compelling.Move Up and Gain Support: You can learn a lot by working with contacts at all levels, but if you want executive sponsorship (and you do want—need—executive sponsorship), then you need to move up your client’s organization chart and gain support. If you learn enough on your way up, you can tie your initiative to executive leadership’s initiatives. This is part of the way you create value through the process, and helps a lot when you need executive support as you execute.Make People Uncomfortable: Look, if you are going to be a trusted advisor, you are going to have the difficult conversations about risks and rewards. You are going to have to talk about the risks of underinvesting. You are going to have talk openly about the big changes that are going to need to occur for your client to succeed—for you to succeed together. And you are going to have talk about the rewards, monetary and otherwise. Little hinges don’t swing big doors. What makes you strategic is your willingness to deal with the biggest, nastiest, foulest issues.QuestionsDo you know what is already compelling your clients?Can you tie your solution to what is motivating your clients now?Do you have executive sponsorship for your opportunities? What do you need to do to get it?Will you go there? Will you give the elephant a name and tame him?last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Denise Clarke. Courtesy, Ryan Barlett. CALGARY Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Denise Clarke will be the first to admit that, on the surface, there is a bit of irony in her creating a guide for performance theatre.The dancer, choreographer, actress and teacher uses her experiences as a longtime associate artist of theatre group One Yellow Rabbit to give context to The Big Secret Book: An Intense Guide for Creating Performance Theatre.But anyone familiar with the wild creativity found in the history and ranks of the Rabbits knows that it has not really been the sort of organization that plays by a set rulebook. “I found myself extremely conscious of that, of never trying to sound like: ‘This is the definitive way to approach this,’ ” says Clarke, adopting a mock serious tone. “But almost always using the framing device of ‘This might provide an advantage.’ That’s all it is. It’s not a rule, but an advantage for when you’re flailing. Because all of these ideas are about when it’s not going well. It’s so common to have people say to me ‘I just don’t know where to start.’ ”Denise Clarke’s Big Secret Book CALGARY So The Big Secret Book distils years of knowledge and practise into a practical guide for artists of all stripes, offering a roadmap that shows where to go so you are not solely reliant on the fickle whims of inspiration. Clarke calls upon her 35 years of experience creating and performing in work for One Yellow Rabbit, but largely focuses on the practices established at the Rabbits’ Summer Lab Intensive. Clarke has been overseeing that since 1997, guiding artists through a three-week master class that emphasizes exercises in creativity which has guided the Rabbits for more than 30 years.So the book offers tips that are both physical in nature — such as breathing and relaxation techniques or exploring “your posture and personal space” — to more philosophical guidelines such as “give yourself permission” and “stop judging.” Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Vigils held for Sagkeengs Serena McKay on the weekend

first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN National NewsTwo vigils were held to remember Serena Mckay.The 19-year old was murdered on the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba. Her body was discovered April 24.Two teenage girls have been charged with her [email protected]last_img