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Workers Mean Business
Devil’s Bargain? Not Anymore • Artists need brands for funding. Brands need artists for authenticity. Here’s why selling out has lost its stigma.
THE CREATOR MONETIZATION PLAYBOOK • Making a living today requires a multipronged offensive strategy.
Innovating their way to a timely solution • WHEN THE PANDEMIC HIT, LABCORP ROSE TO THE OCCASION
Amber On Air • Late-night TV host and groundbreaking comedy writer Amber Ruffin explains what can happen when you think like a performer.
AMBER DOES WHAT • Highlights from Ruffin’s career
Success Stories • How Wattpad’s self-publishing platform became a user-generated entertainment empire
Addition by reduction • BY “MINIATURIZING THE CHEMISTRY,” TWIST BIOSCIENCE IS REVOLUTIONIZING THE RESEARCH POTENTIAL FOR SYNTHETIC DNA
Back to Work, Differently • We’ve all been changed by the pandemic. New office designs reflect that.
Dance Dance Revolution • Ballet principal James Whiteside has expanded the audience for his art by pushing its boundaries.
The Drive-In Renaissance • The tradition of watching movies from a car saw a revival over the past year-and this time it’s got some new features.
Building a more equitable healthcare system • INCLUSIVITY AND DIVERSITY ARE KEY TO LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD
Music for a Road Trip
Imagining a new digital workspace • BLUESCAPE ENABLES COMPLEX COLLABORATION AMID TRANSFORMATIVE TIMES
My Daily Media Diet
Solving the puzzle of efficient shipping • BREAKTHROUGH’S NOVEL APPROACH TO DATA AND TECHNOLOGY HELPS UNTANGLE A PERENNIAL PROBLEM IN THE TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY
my operating system. • Yvonne Orji, actor, stand-up comedian, and author of Bamboozled by Jesus: How God Tricked Me Into the Life of My Dreams, takes our career questionnaire.
FAVORITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS
Bearing fruit with groundbreaking marketing • INNOVATION IS THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND AVOCADOS FROM MEXICO BRAND’S MARKET PENETRATION AND IMPRESSIVE GROWTH
What to Read • Jonathan Beane, senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer, NFL
Using robots to make smarter warehouses • GEEK+ IS INNOVATING TO HELP GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS RUN MORE SMOOTHLY
Hiring Heroes: Why Veterans Make Great Tech Employees • MILITARY VETERANS COME WITH THE SOFT SKILLS EMPLOYERS VALUE MOST, AND MANY HAVE BACKGROUNDS IN TECHNOLOGY
THE ASCENT OF SARA NELSON • ASSOCIATION OF FLIGHT ATTENDANTS PRESIDENT SARA NELSON HAS BECOME THE MOST PROMINENT LABOR LEADER IN AMERICA. NOW SHE’S POISED TO HELP THE ENTIRE LABOR MOVEMENT TAKE OFF.
POWER IN THE HAND OF A WORKER • THE PAST DECADE HAS SEEN A REINVIGORATED EFFORT TO BRING DIGNITY AND EQUALITY TO MORE EMPLOYEES.
Forging a path to carbon transparency • HOW LOGITECH’S LOW-CARBON DESIGN STRATEGY IS TRANSFORMING AN INDUSTRY
6 CREATIVE WAYS WORKERS ARE TAKING BACK POWER
Making investing accessible for everyone • APEX IS LEADING A MOVEMENT AIMED AT DEMOCRATIZING PERSONAL FINANCE
PORTRAIT OF THE AMERICAN WORKER • BESSEMER, ALABAMA – SITE OF THE HISTORIC UNIONIZATION CAMPAIGN AT AN AMAZON WAREHOUSE – IS LIKE A LOT OF AMERICAN TOWNS: PEOPLE WANT GOOD JOBS, AND THAT MEANS NOT JUST WAGES BUT DIGNITY AND RESPECT, TOO.
AROUND THE WORLD • Airbnb’s product launches and other experiments over the years
World Changing Ideas • These 10 companies—all honorees from this year’s awards—are tackling some of the most serious...