Adopt a lion…

There are over 23,000 African Lions left in the wild. Lion populations has declined over 40% over the last 5 years. They are listed as ‘Vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red-list. Animal adoptions give a huge boost to help fund conservation projects, support awareness generation with local communities, enables targeted monitoring of lion movement, invest in technology & training to reduce human-lion conflict.

African lions are found in Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania & Zambia. The trade in lion bone as a substitute for tiger bone in traditional Asian medicine has risen. Habitat & loss of prey has caused the lion population to become small & isolated. Our adoption will help WWF promote sustainable use of natural resources & use technology to monitor lions in the Maasai Mara.

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Hybrid work…

Email: How do we decide when to work from home versus the office? (US)

We can choose a hybrid approach to work. An optimum mix of working from home & the office. How will we decide where to spend each day? Isn’t as obvious as it seems. We have found things to love about working from home like flexibility, ability to focus, no commute. Now, that offices will re-open, we can remember what we love about the office too – social, joys of collaboration, endless pots of coffee.

Companies will allow employees to split their time between home & workplaces to maximise productivity & personal well-being. The key is identifying which parts of our job are best accomplished where. For tasks needing face-to-face collaboration, the office works. For extended concentration, stay home. An inter-dependent work routine. Online co-operation strengthens teams, improves communication.

To create a hybrid work plan, we can analyse our work patterns to understand which factors affect our passion & productivity. Then, match it with our goals & plans. We tend to think of productivity in terms of hours worked. But, an effective measure is the actual result (goals completed, sense of achievement).

If our productive time or mood vary, let’s find correlations (time spent in meetings, sleep hours). Any divergences between home & office days? Are there tasks we complete more efficiently at home? Do meetings have the same impact on our mood or productivity when they’re face-to-face or via a video?

Once we know which kinds of tasks we do best at home & at the office, the big picture is clear. Helps review responsibilities, determine which workload is best handled in each location. Perhaps, this quarter involves planning a conference, a collaborative process needing time in the office. But, the next quarter is writing an annual report requiring focused time at home. If our boss is skeptical about the value of remote work, we can offer a trial period. The future is a hybrid workplace.

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Wolf Kahn…

A celebration of the wonderful work of American artist Wolf Kahn (1927-2020). Focuses on vivid colours of luscious landscapes made in oil & pastel. A memorable tribute to remarkable talent & legacy. Kahn’s radiant hues, tangy colour contrasts, pervasive sense of light place him at the forefront of representational artists. A generous, vibrant selection of paintings & pastels that showcase a bold, free-wheeling style, a unique blend of realism & abstraction. Incredibly beautiful art.

Electric hues ranging from acid yellow, hazard orange to saturated thalo blue. Favoured subject of barns, tree-lined fields & rivers that abound with visual energy. A modern nature master – Wolf Kahn: Paintings & Pastels.

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Are we smart enough to know how smart animals are?…

Hailed as a classic, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are explores the natural oddities & complexities of animal cognition in crows, dolphins, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, chimpanzees & bonobos. Reveals how smart animals really are, how we’ve under-estimated their abilities for so long. Did we know that octopuses use coconut shells as tools, elephants classify humans by gender & language, chimpanzee’s flash memory puts that of humans to shame. Fascinating & funny, Frans De Waal’s landmark work convinces us to re-think everything we thought we knew about animal & human intelligence.

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Creativity…

Creativity is about capturing those moments that make our life worth living. Legendary psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi reveals what leads to these moments, be it the excitement of an artist at the easel or a scientist in the lab. From Shakespeare to Steve Jobs, what makes them unique? Knowledge that enriches people’s lives. Draws on 100 interviews with exceptional people (biologists, physicists, politicians, business leaders, poets & artists). Shares the famous flow theory to explore the creative process. Explains why creativity needs to be cultivated. Creativity: Flow & Psychology Of Discovery & Invention. Incredibly inspiring.

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