Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Problem With Celebrity Coverage? They Never Show This Kind Of Video.

"The fact that most people are unaware that Paul Walker was even doing this kind of stuff shows his real intentions behind it. Thankfully, the group is dedicated to continue fulfilling his vision." Read more in UpWorthy.

Why Dogs Fail as Home Security Systems

How McDonald's and Wal-Mart Became Welfare Queens

Pretty incredible:
According to one study, American fast food workers receive more than $7 billion dollars in public assistance. As it turns out, McDonald's has a “McResource” line that helps employees and their families enroll in various state and local assistance programs. It exploded into the public when a recording of the McResource line advocated that full-time employees sign up for food stamps and welfare. 
Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private sector employer, is also the biggest consumer of taxpayer supported aid. According to Florida Congressman Alan Grayson, in many states, Wal-Mart employees are the largest group of Medicaid recipients. They are also the single biggest group of food stamp recipients. Wal-mart’s "associates" are paid so little, according to Grayson, that they receive $1,000 on average in public assistance. These amount to massive taxpayer subsidies for private companies...
Read more at Bloomberg. (Thanks, +Alessia Bhargava)

Epiphany: College girls dress like Han Solo

Read more at Metro. (Thanks, Jacob)

This Family’s Viral Christmas Card Makes Your Family Look Lame

#xmasjammies. (Thanks, +Stephanie Gaufin)

The Thought Leader

David Brook's Op-Ed was not at all what I was expecting, but hilarious... especially for anyone working in consulting or other similar professions. (Thanks, Amira and John)

What Makes Us Happy?

"Is there a formula—some mix of love, work, and psychological adaptation—for a good life? For 72 years, researchers at Harvard have been examining this question, following 268 men who entered college in the late 1930s through war, career, marriage and divorce, parenthood and grandparenthood, and old age. Here, for the first time, a journalist gains access to the archive of one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies in history. Its contents, as much literature as science, offer profound insight into the human condition—and into the brilliant, complex mind of the study’s longtime director, George Vaillant."

Read more in the Atlantic. (Thanks, Joe)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Give Your Significant Other a Performance Review

Why limit year-end progress reports to the workplace? Read more in the WSJ. (Thanks, +Alessia Bhargava and Andrew)

A Formula for Happiness

Scientists have started to group that happiness comes from three areas: genes, events, and values:
About half of happiness is genetically determined. Up to an additional 40 percent comes from the things that have occurred in our recent past — but that won’t last very long. 
That leaves just about 12 percent. That might not sound like much, but the good news is that we can bring that 12 percent under our control....
Read more in the NYT. (Thanks, Joe)

The Power of Empathy, animated short explains the difference between empathy and sympathy

Narrated by Brene Brown. (Excellent find, +Alessia Bhargava)

Homeless dog living in a trash pile gets rescued, and then does something amazing

(Great find, +Julia Chou)

Monday, December 16, 2013

2013 Social Entrepreneur Corp impact reports are now available!

Check out the reports here.

28 Most Iconic Feminist Moments of 2013

Read more in PolicyMic.

For Many Divorced Women, Having To Deal With This Every Week Is Simply What Life Is

Read more in UpWorthy. (Thanks, +Cassie Coravos)

Angels We Have Heard on High (Christmas w/ 32 fingers and 8 thumbs)

Takes and incredible amount of teamwork to do this. (Thanks, +Claire Richard)

This Guy Traveled The Country In A Pink Tutu Just To Make His Wife Laugh During Chemo

Check out more photos in BuzzFeed. (Thanks, +Julia Chou)

10 chatty and creative colleges on Twitter

#9 is my favorite:

Read more at (Great find, +Claire Richard)

The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder

"The Number of Diagnoses Soared Amid a 20-Year Drug Marketing Campaign." Read more in NYT. (Thanks, Dad)

Perhaps surprisingly, one of the states leading an innovative method to address this problem is Arkansas.

Negative Emotions Are Key to Well-Being

"Feeling sad, mad, critical or otherwise awful? Surprise: negative emotions are essential for mental health."

Read more in Scientific American.

Who Goes to Work to Have Fun?

Thought this section was fascinating:
The problem here is an organizational version of the “paradox of hedonism,” best expressed by John Stuart Mill: “Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so.” The attempt to impose happiness is self-sabotaging. Psychologists have shown that positive-thinking affirmations make people with low self-esteem feel worse; that patients with panic disorders can become more anxious when they try to relax; and that an ability to experience negative emotions, rather than struggling to exclude them, is crucial for mental health.
Read more in NYT Opt-Ed. (Thanks, +Katherine Stiner)

Affluenza: When Bad Parenting Excuses Murder

Drunk driving teen avoids jail because of the parenting he received. Read more in TIME. (Thanks, Tom)

Your Commute Is Killing You

"Long commutes cause obesity, neck pain, loneliness, divorce, stress, and insomnia." Read more in Slate.

Google just bought this company. Now what?

Read more about Google's purchase in Forbes.

Holland's Got Talent 2013 - Amira Willighagen (9)

(Thanks, +Julia Chou)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Which Private Equity Firms Are ESG Leaders?

  • "Pitchbook's 2013 Private Equity Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) Survey Report identified KKR and Doughty Hanson as industry leaders in ESG practices.
  •  "The report, published on December 11, 2013, analyzes survey responses from dozens of private equity firms and limited partners on the environmental, social and governance issues at both the firm and portfolio company levels, and reveals what is driving the push toward ESG initiatives, identifies a set of best practices and offers a host of resources for investors looking to bolster their ESG program.
  • "KKR topped the survey in ESG practices in both this and last year’s survey. Its stellar performance in ESG practices is largely credited to its Green Portfolio Program in 2008 and its ongoing partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund." 
 Read more in Pitchbook.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Waiting Room Official Trailer #1 (2012) - Documentary

"Highland Hospital, a vital part of the city of Oakland, California, is stretched to the breaking point, with 250 patients crowding its emergency room every day. This film is a cinema verité portrait of one city's public safety-net hospital as it struggles to handle patient overload in a swooning economy and the constantly shifting landscape of health care policy."

Check out the full trailer at PBS. (Thanks, Tom)

WestJet Christmas Surprise Will Make You Believe in Santa

(Thanks, Sam!)

5 Email Tips for Intense People

Be a #boss. These aren’t your average email tricks. Read more in Medium. (Thanks, Erik)

The ascent of Alex Honnold

(Thanks, Mark)

Ward Miles - First Year

Wall Street Mothers, Stay-Home Fathers

Check out the videos -- some are very sweet. Doesn't work for all couples, but these seems to have so much respect for each other. Read more in the NYT. (Thanks Brandon and Lucy)

Ex-Cons Relaunching Lives as Entrepreneurs

Defy Ventures offers former criminals a second shot by training them to run their own businesses. Read more in Inc. (Thanks, Brandon)

Sexism in Media: Video Highlights Worst Moments in 2013

Read more in TIME. (Thanks, Alessia)

A Natural Remedy For Private Equity's Women Woes

Read Steph Marton's post in Forbes. She writes about how the natural evolution of the PE business model towards focusing on PE Operations is good for women -- and gives KKR Capstone as an example.

(SM, congrats on getting published!)

Stealing time

"In late August, I got an extra day — just an average day — with my father." Read more in the Opinionator. (Thanks, Claire)

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The happiest penguin ever

"This baby penguin is the only one who really enjoys the snow. He is so happy that he could not stop dancing around with the soothing sounds of the holidays while all the others just stand still." Read more in My Amazing Earth. (Thanks, Claire)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

HBR Daily Stat: Factory Workers Are More Productive When Managers Can’t See Them

In a factory where mobile data cards were being made, hanging a curtain to conceal workers from managers’ view increased production by 10% to 15%, according to an experiment by Ethan S. Bernstein of Harvard Business School. The curtain prevented distractions and allowed workers to test productivity-boosting ideas before explaining them to managers. Managers need to consider not only their individual workers’ privacy on the job but also group privacy, Bernstein says.

Read more in HBR.

Why Women Aren’t C.E.O.s, According to Women Who Almost Were

"It’s not a pipeline problem. It’s about loneliness, competition and deeply rooted barriers." Read more in the NYT .