(University of Maryland) In a new paper published in Applied Economics Perspectives and Policies, University of Maryland researcher Jim MacDonald presents a detailed history of the consolidation of agriculture in the US based on 35 years of data, with implications for all sectors of agriculture moving forward. Data show a steady shift to fewer and larger farming operations across crops, dairy, and livestock.
But on International Women’s Day (IWD), which is on March 8, 2020 this year, it’s even more important to take a stand for women’s equality.If you’re not familiar with it, International Women’s Day began in the early 1900s and is a “a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.May we raise them.” –Unknown “To tell a woman everything she cannot do is to tell her what she can.” –Spanish Proverb“Well-behaved women rarely make history.” –Eleanor Roosevelt“A charming woman doesn’t follow the crowd; she is herself.” –Loretta Young“The best protection any woman can have is courage.” –Elizabeth Cady Stanton“Where there is a woman, there is magic.” –Ntozake Shange“You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.” –Unknown“Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.” –Hillary Clinton“A girl should be two things: Who and what she wants.” –Coco Chanel“She wasn’t looking for a knight.Not the victim.” –Nora Ephron“Girls should never be afraid to be smart.” –Emma Watson“Life is tough, my darling, but so are you.” –Stephanie Bennett-Henry“A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.” –Gina Carey“Your life isn’t yours if you constantly care what others think.” –Unknown“If you have a dream, make it a goal.” –Unknown“Sometimes it’s the princess who kills the dragon and saves the prince.” –Samuel Lowe“Little girls with dreams become women with vision.” –Unknown.“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” –Katherine Hepburn“She believed she could, so she did.” –Unknown“We realize the importance of our voice when we are silenced.” –Malala Yousafzai“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.” –Margaret Fuller“Sometimes it takes balls to be a woman.” –Unknown“A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her.” –Unknown“If you want something said, ask a man.But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” –Melinda Gates“We all have a ‘Wonder Woman’ inside of us.” –Unknown“I can and I will.A woman must do what he can’t.” –Rhonda Hansome“I want every girl to know that her voice can change the world.” –Malala“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” –Maya Angelou“Females are strong as hell.” –The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt“Real queens fix each other’s crowns.” –Unknown“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” –Michelle Obama“There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself.” –Hannah Gadsby“Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.” –Gloria Steinem“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” –Eleanor Roosevelt  “There’s something about a woman with a loud mind that sits in silence, smiling, knowing she can crush you with the truth.” –R.G.Just be you.” –Brene Brown“Be the woman you needed as a girl.” –Unknown“And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back, because her passion burned brighter than her fears.” –Mark Anthony“She remembered who she was and the game changed.” –Lalah Deliah“Her soul is fierce, her heart is brave, her mind is strong.” –Unknown“The strongest action for a woman is to love herself, be herself, and shine amongst those who never believed she could.” –Unknown“She’s everything; even when she’s treated like nothing.” –R.H.
A tipple (or many) and a typewriter was a potent combination for some of history’s best known authors.William Faulkner enjoyed a whiskey while writing.Ernest Hemingway’s affection for booze was the stuff of legend.Even Maya Angelou credited a little sherry with kickstarting her creativity.Stuck writers have used all manner of inspiration, both natural and otherwise, to break the block.Interestingly, John Carpenter, creator of the legendary Halloween films, employed The King of Beers as his secret writing weapon of choice.
The history of television ratings is of great interest to me because—to quote Maya Angelou—”if you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going.”Market research firm The Nielsen Company, founded in 1923, is perhaps best known for its ubiquitous television ratings, but Nielsen actually started out measuring radio ratings before moving to TV in 1950.Audience shares were initially calculated using paper diaries where customers wrote down the shows they watched and when.Nielsen then used these diaries to compile statistical models that approximated viewing numbers.Of course, as technology evolved so too did audience measurements, and just as paper maps gave way to GPS, Nielsen’s strategies similarly developed.The company now forecasts ratings using a variety of television meters and set-top-boxes that remotely monitor TVs to see what shows and ads people are watching and for how long.
While enjoying a lovely dinner with an old family friend last week, he relayed his version of a classic Maya Angelou quote to me:“You know, you meet so many people throughout your life.And you never really remember what they said or what they did, but you always remember the way they made you feel.”For decades, content marketers have been tasked with meeting buyers along their journey, striving to create best-answer content that satisfies curiosity, encourages brand engagements, and paints their product or service as the solution buyers are looking for.But the question every marketer needs to answer is: Is my brand delivering experiences that leave a lasting impression?So, you aim to create best-answer content based on search demand and topical relevance.
"Beychella" shook the internet in 2018.Singer Beyoncé reunited with her former group Destiny's Child at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.The rousing performance is now the subject of a Netflix documentary due out on April 17.Netflix released a trailer for Homecoming on Monday.It promises a deep dive into the concepts that powered the set, which combined Beyoncé's history of hits with an homage to the historically black colleges and universities in the US.The trailer is full of behind-the-scenes footage and clips from the show set to a voiceover by poet Maya Angelou.
When the MeToo movement went viral last year following a tweet by actress Alyssa Milano, nobody was more surprised than Tarana Burke.Suddenly, the work and activism she had led for years in quiet anonymity had gained a global audience that she could have never imagined.And yet, after fighting for a cause mainly aimed at African-African girls and women, she saw the baton being seized by famous white women, and then watched as its intentions were distorted by the media.Burke’s story of social media’s role in the movement underscores the complexities of the how such technology intersects with grassroots politics, particularly when race and gender are central factors.In describing how she reacted to MeToo’s virality, Burke said that rather than start a battle over ownership, she felt the need to put the mission first.Since then, she has been simultaneously trying to push the issue forward by riding its social media wave, while also fighting to keep the focus on its original mission of helping sexual assault victims.
This interview is with Maury Rogow, CEO of Rip Media Group, a multimedia marketing agency that uses video storytelling to build brand awareness and profits.Now she’s 13 months old and learning four languages.Seeing her learn sign language has been particularly incredible—kids’ motor skills are far beyond their verbal skills.Another proud moment happened when we won a bid against five global agencies to represent a $16 billion company.My team and I followed our normal creative process, called "The Idea Factory"; we created distinct, brand-building ideas for their company.We each bring value to the table, so I prefer to look at working relationships as partnerships.
Dr. Maya Angelou had an incredible life, and Wednesday's Google Doodle celebrates it.Angelou is now known as a world famous author and poet who published seven autobiographies and several books of poetry, but her early life was traumatic.At the age of 7 she was sexually abused and raped by her mother's boyfriend.He was released from jail after one day.Four days later he was murdered, and Angelou became mute for five years.Later Angelou would say, "I thought, my voice killed him; I killed that man, because I told his name."
Maya Angelou wrote about a car ride in Ghana with Malcolm X.It was the height of the Civil Rights era, and Angelou was expressing her disdain for a particular activist’s lack of faith, and isolation from the Black American struggle.We need people on each level to fight our battle.But the organizing principle — the Big Why — is the same: every issue we are grappling with is a critical element of culture change.Nearly every conversation — from boardroom discussions with agency leadership about innovation, diversity or even family leave to the powerful declarations of TimesUpAdvertising to ongoing social media posts and conversations about justice and equality over at Diet Madison Avenue or Girls Day — is in service to the same fundamental question.This is why those who are not necessarily members of “in groups” — young people, people of color, women, immigrants, creatives, among others — can be such effective change agents.
Standing in front of Joe Louis's gravestone with my dad, we both took a moment.He, because a kid born in to a poor Geordie mining community had come so far and was now stood before an idol's grave in Arlington Cemetery, Washington D.C and me, because I love and respect my dad and know boxing and this moment, meant so much to him.When I was a child, ITV showed fights on a Saturday night; Mike Tyson, seemed fearless in the face of all challengers, like a super-charged Scrappy Doo, using his right fist to send Michael Spinks crashing to the canvas - one of many mind-blowing knock outs; a little before my time but still in my consciousness were fights between Hearns, Hagler, Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard and I watched 'Rocky 2' on a loop.I hate seeing a scrap in the street, I don't watch horror films and yet I am drawn to boxing.It fascinates me that two people can step in a ring and inflict pain upon each other when they may not know each other and certainly haven't done anything to warrant such violence and then after pummelling each other, can shake hands, hug and walk away.It is one of the oldest sports and one of the most straightforward, having little of the complexity of rules that govern cricket, football or golf.
Politicians tell a lot of stories in their campaign speeches, and there's a not-so-secret reason why: if you convey your message through a dynamic story or metaphor, it has a better chance of resonating with your audience than if you were to simply state the facts.Author Maya Angelou captured this idea best when she said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Compelling stories have the power to engage every audience — your customers, your employees and your investors.Your story makes you human.A hard sell approach will only repel customers, but an emotional narrative pulls people in.You’ll slowly move away from the role of seller and create the foundation for a lasting professional relationship.Related: 5 Ways to Be a Better Listener
The Tree of 40 Fruit produces just the right amount of fruit from summer into fall.Poetry enthusiasts, here’s a list of the most anthologized poems of the past 25 years.How much time Benjamin Franklin, Maya Angelou, Haruki Murakami and other famous creative people spent/spend on their work, plus eating, sleeping, etc.And speaking of creativity, a list of literary would-you-rathers.Photo: The late poet and author Maya Angelou.
View photosMoreHttps%3a%2f%2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fstory%2fthumbnail%2f16531%2fhttps 3a 2f 2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com 2fuploads 2fcard 2fimage 2f165698 2fhumanfamilyIt's been a tough four years for the human family since the last summer Olympics.We've seen our share of violence, heartache and divisiveness, much of it focusing on our perceived differences.Entitled The Human Family — Shot on the iPhone, Apple's latest commercial for its iPhone 6s and 6s Plus focuses not so much on one of the Cupertino tech giant's products, as on a poetic antidote to these divisions.The company also posted this latest in its series of print and video ads devoted to "Shot on iPhone" on YouTube and Apple.com on Thursday morning.The commercial deftly blends an undated recording of the late poet laureate Maya Angelou reciting her poem The Human Family with photos and videos taken with the iPhone, naturally of people from all races, ages and religions.
Apple today launched a new ad, just in time for the Rio Olympics.Much like some of its previous work, this ad sort of transports you to a different place where you forget for a moment that you re watching an advertisement.Apple does arguably have one of the best creative teams on the planet, mind you.In this 60-second commercial, Apple uses photos and video from iPhone users worldwide while the late Maya Angelou reads her poem Human Family over melancholy music.The images are beautiful glimpses into life of people, landmarks and scenery around the world, each of which was shot on an iPhone — as referenced later in the spot.The spot is set to air for the first time during the opening ceremony at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, although Apple let the cat out of the bag a bit early for us to enjoy.
Apple is partial to a commercial that tugs the heartstrings, and the Cupertino firm's latest spot - set to make its broadcast debut during the Olympic Opening Ceremony on Friday - pulls no punches."Human Family", as the advert has been called, brings out the big guns in the shape of poet laureate Dr. Maya Angelou, narrating over a gallery of iPhone users of different ages, ethnicities, and genders.As Dr. Angelou reads out her poem "Human Family", eighteen photos and videos of people from around the world - all taken using an iPhone, naturally - cycle through.The goal, Apple says, is to illustrate that while we have our differences, nonetheless we're more alike each other than we are unalike.Apple's commercials have, in recent years, typically fallen into one of two categories.The other category - which "Human Family" certainly falls into - is more esoteric, aiming more to evoke feelings than explain a certain ability or push a particular device.
Apple released a brand-new ad just in time for the Olympics.The video is all about diversity and happiness, and it features many different photos and short clips of people smiling and enjoying life.Maya Angelou is reading her own poem Human Family to narrate the ad.Apple will air it for the first time during the Olympic Opening Ceremonies tomorrow.Compared to previous Shot on iPhone ads, this one focuses on a single theme and is longer.As usual, these photos and videos were shot by iPhone users around the world, and I think it works quite well:
One of my most strongly-held beliefs about creativity, that s gone on to drastically shape both how I use creativity in my own life and how I explain it to others, comes from Maya Angelou.As she put it, You can t use up creativity.This concept of creativity being a resource that grows with each use and diminishes in strength when left tucked away in silence, runs counterintuitive to how we view most finite business resources like time and money.One of the most common themes that continued to surface in 30 Days of Genius, an interview series I worked with on CreativeLive, was that some of the world s most successful entrepreneurs like Tim Ferriss, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Seth Godin, treat creativity as sacred.They often view creativity as their strongest competitive advantage, and taking the time to actively nurture the creative process, gets priority in their daily routines.Here s Tim Ferriss, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Seth Godin on the role of creativity in business.
User Experience UX is the process of increasing user satisfaction by improving the accessibility, usability and efficiency of user interaction with the websites.It s just all about feelings of users when they visit your site.People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel – Maya Angelou.Conversion rate and user experience are intimately linked.If your website s UX is amazing then people will continue using it means more engagement.This widens the funnel; as increasing the engagement in your website ultimately result you more conversions.