This week’s headline quotes Berkeley sociology professor Claude Fischer on the popularization of AirPods and the resulting changes and potential awkwardness in human interactions as more and more people wear the devices all the time and in public – Fischer’s conclusion is that people will have to figure out how to deal with it (BuzzFeedNews “People wearing AirPods are making things awkward for everyone else”).
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This week’s headline quotes John Brownstein, Boston Children’s Hospital’s chief innovation officer, on a new feature that lets the parents of heart-surgery patients use the hospital’s new Alexa feature to report whether their children are experiencing pain or diminished appetite after surgery (The Wall Street Journal “Amazon wants you to use Alexa to track health care”).
This week’s headline quotes Liz Diller, partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro and lead architect for The Shed, on the new building’s flexible design featuring open galleries, a 500-seat theater, a creative lab, a flexible events space, and a colossal moving roof that enables the building to take over the adjoining courtyard (Fast Company “NYC’s first shapeshifting building is finally here (The price tag? $400 million)”).
This week’s headline quotes the new “Field Guide for Urban University-Community Partnerships” from the University of Virginia’s Thriving Cities Lab, pushing colleges and universities to actively engage with community members in the leadership and governance of their community work. (The Chronicle of Higher Education “What is the future of town-gown relations?
This week’s headline quotes Milton Pedraza, the chief executive of the Luxury Institute consulting firm, with his advice to companies on how the wealthiest want to live and spend. The Institute’s research points to a shift in spending toward experiences like leisure travel and dining that outpaces spending on physical goods, a re-prioritization of human engagement as a luxury. (The New York Times “Human contact is now a luxury good”)
This week’s headline quotes Helena Foulkes, the chief executive of Hudson’s Bay, which owns retailers Saks and Lord & Taylor, speaking at An Evening With Code Commerce during the Shoptalk conference in Las Vegas. Foulkes and other retail leaders expect more stores and brands to incorporate the kind of digital data collection that has powered online retail.
This week’s headline quotes Jibo, the connected home robot, notifying users that its functions will soon be “limited” as its makers begin to wind down services for the social device (The Verge “Dying social robot Jibo goes out with a song and a dance”).
This week’s headline quotes Sean Butler, former senior vice president of retail at Chef’d, from his original LinkedIn post exploring the future of subscription meal kits in light of Chef’d’s decision to suspend operations (Eater “Is this the death rattle of mail-order meal kits?”).
This week’s headline quotes Ryan Tuohy, Starship Technologies’ senior vice president of business development, in an optimistic and corporate-inspired perspective on how delivery robots will adapt to and become engrained in city and social infrastructure (Scientific American “Out of the way, human! Delivery robots want a share of your sidewalk”).
This week’s headline quotes Jamie Margolin, the 17-year-old founder and executive director of Zero Hour, a group working on the March 15th international day of environmental action (BuzzFeed News “A huge climate change movement led by teenage girls is sweeping Europe. And it’s coming to the US next.”).
This week’s headline quotes Dr. Jessica Deighton, an associate professor in child mental health and well-being at University College London, who is leading a British government trial program that will have students practice mindfulness as part of a study to improve youth mental health (The New York Times “Schools in England introduce a new subject: Mindfulness”).
This week’s headline quotes Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of retail, on the company’s success with its Today at Apple programming, which offers over 50 free classes covering coding, photography, music, video editing, photo walks, and emoji art classes (Mashable “Why Apple wants you spending more time in stores even if you're not buying”).
This week’s headline quotes Lindon Gao, co-founder of retail technology company Caper, who says that the cashierless shopping model will be a hybrid - “Some people like the interaction. Some people don't want to deal with anyone and just get what they want and leave." (Advertising Age “Amazon Go has attracted a host of cashierless imitators”)
As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States, this week’s headline quotes Dr. King from a speech delivered in 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City. While Dr. King spoke of the urgency of civil rights and social change in the 1960s, his words remind us that we must confront changes today in our preparation for tomorrow – and that our values can guide our responses.
This week’s headline quotes Arizona State University president Michael Crow at a groundbreaking ceremony for ASU Mirabella, a new retirement housing complex under construction at the university that will allow residents to take classes, make use of campus facilities, and mentor and build relationships with younger students (Inside Higher Ed “High demand from retirees to live on campus at Ariz