Rebuilding lives through jobs

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The Mile High WorkShop in Denver, Colorado is an employment and job training program for those facing barriers to work through the manufacturing and production of handmade goods. It provides contract manufacturing services in cut & sew, woodworking, laser etching/cutting, handmade assembly, and packaging/fulfillment services, in order to employ men and women rebuilding their lives from homelessness, addictions, and incarceration. https://www.milehighworkshop.org/

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Robot to help nonprofiteers apply for jobs

Robot to help nonprofiteers apply for jobs

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Help for young people who need it to get jobs

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By providing access to education, work placements, ongoing career support, mentorship, and the opportunity to hone critical job skills, Talent Rise enables young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed, against the odds, to get jobs in the technology sector and beyond, irrespective of their socioeconomic background or level of education. www.talentrise.org

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IdeaSpies Enterprise

IdeaSpies Enterprise

Are you a leader who wants to spark innovation and continually improve staff engagement and retention? If so IdeaSpies Enterprise is for you. IdeaSpies Enterprise is an idea capture tool that offers a simple, effective, fun way to encourage and rate ideas. It’s easy to use because it’s been tested and refined via the public IdeaSpies platform. People at all levels of an organisation are encouraged to register using their organization email address, then they can see their colleagues’ ideas to rate and comment on them as well as add their own ideas. They can use their own names or anonymous Idea Spy names. Only people with an organisation’s email address can see the ideas. The platform can operate independently. Pre-arranged judges select the best ideas based on the support (i.e. ratings) shown for them. Winners are rewarded on a timely basis and selected ideas are implemented. Why should you subscribe to IdeaSpies Enterprise? One of the biggest challenges in leading teams is encouraging innovative thought and engagements. There’s never enough time for your team members to ‘be creative and share their ideas’. Then there’s the challenge of forcing creativity and ideas through structured, time-pressured sessions – exactly the wrong way to encourage and spark creative and innovative ideas. IdeaSpies Enterprise solves these challenges for you. It opens up the ideas conversation and encourages innovative thinking. It does this by: Generating useful, effective and actionable ideas Research has shown that long-term organisational success depends on developing, testing and introducing new ideas. The easiest way to generate ideas that improve your business is from your team members. They understand your business and want it to succeed. Increasing staff engagement and retention An innovative culture led from the top also has higher staff engagement and retention. Insync research has shown that 51% of people rate job enrichment as the most important reason they leave their job. Your people will feel more enriched and empowered when there is an easy, transparent and effective mechanism to share their ideas, with a timely reward system, ensuring they will receive credit for ideas they suggest and that their ideas will be seriously considered for testing or implementation. While there are many enterprise social networks that can add to job enrichment, IdeaSpies is different- it facilitates: 1. a focus on idea generation 2. stimulation of ideas due to being directly linked to the public IdeaSpies ideas platform 3. participation because the platform is responsive on all devices 4. timely rewards that encourage participation 5. use across an organisation due to its simple and fun functionality, without a need for training. Easy to learn and simple to use The IdeaSpies Enterprise platform’s simplicity means it’s easy for you, as a leader with many demands on your time, to participate with team members. A key success factor for enterprise social networks is participation by organisation leadership. IdeaSpies Enterprise provides you with a tool through which to lead your team. Be part of a Community of Innovation Leaders As an IdeaSpies Enterprise Leader you’ll join a select group of business innovation leaders. Through this group  you can compare results and learn more about practical ways to create an innovative culture which improves staff engagement and retention. Case Study on the use of IdeaSpies Enterprise KPMG GWS (Greater Western Sydney) completed a successful trial of IdeaSpies Enterprise in December 2017. The leader of the Division said: “IdeaSpies Enterprise was very well received by staff. It’s thought provoking and easy to use, with no training needed. In the early stages of the trial we made some suggestions which were immediately taken up to improve the platform. Staff saw the program as an opportunity to suggest ideas that could improve the way they work. In addition to specific ideas we saw themes coming from the ideas that have led to improvements. We believe that, as well as useful ideas and themes, we gained a benefit in improving staff engagement. We’re also very pleased that the winning ideas are attractive to clients and expected to generate extra revenue. We plan to repeat the program this year when new staff join.” If you’re interested in using IdeaSpies Enterprise as an idea capture tool you’re very welcome to contact me for more information.” January 18, 2018 David Pring Managing Partner, Western Sydney KPMG Australia +61 2 9455 9996 The next step? If you are interested in knowing more about the case study and subscribing to IdeaSpies Enterprise please contact: Lynn Wood  Owner and Chief Idea Spy +61 418 966 625 Here is the first winning idea from the KPMG trial which the winner successfully implemented during the program: Share IdeaSpies Enterprise

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IdeaSpies Enterprise

IdeaSpies Enterprise

Are you a leader who wants to spark innovation and continually improve staff engagement and retention? If so IdeaSpies Enterprise is for you. It’s an idea capture tool that offers a simple, fun way to encourage and rate ideas from team members to improve the way they work. It’s easy to use because it’s been tested and refined via the public IdeaSpies platform. People at all levels of an organisation are encouraged to register using their organization email address, then they can see their colleagues’ ideas to rate and comment on them as well as add their own ideas. They can use their own names or anonymous Idea Spy  names. Only people with an organisation’s email address can see the ideas. Pre-arranged judges select the best ideas based on the support (i.e. ratings) shown for them. Winners are rewarded on a timely basis and selected ideas are implemented. Why should you subscribe to IdeaSpies Enterprise? Generates useful ideas Research has shown that long-term organisational success depends on developing, testing and introducing new ideas. The easiest way to generate ideas that improve your business is from your team members. They understand your business and want it to succeed. Increases staff engagement and retention An innovative culture led from the top also has higher staff engagement and retention. Insync research has shown that people leave their jobs primarily because of the job responsibilities, with 51% rating job enrichment as most important. Your people will feel more empowered when they know that there is a transparent and timely reward system, they will receive credit for ideas they suggest and their ideas will be seriously considered for testing or implementation. While there are many enterprise social networks that can add to job enrichment, IdeaSpies is different- it facilitates: 1. a focus on idea generation 2. ideas to be suggested anonymously if preferred 3. ratings of and comments about ideas by colleagues which influences judging 4. stimulation of ideas due to being directly linked to the public IdeaSpies ideas platform 5. participation because the platform is responsive on all devices 6. timely rewards that encourage participation 7. use across an organisation due to its simple and fun functionality, without a need for training. Easy to learn and simple to use The IdeaSpies Enterprise platform’s simplicity means it’s easy for you, as a leader with many demands on your time, to participate with team members. It’s been found that the key success factor for enterprise social networks is participation by organisation leadership. Be part of a Community of Innovation Leaders We plan to connect leaders on the left of the above chart who subscribe to the program. That’s so you can compare results and learn more about practical ways to create an innovative culture which improves staff engagement and retention. For anyone thinking that innovation is a fad, note that a global standard  is expected to be launched in 2018 to provide the world’s first common standard for innovation processes. Case Study on the use of IdeaSpies Enterprise KPMG GWS (Greater Western Sydney) completed a successful trial of IdeaSpies Enterprise in December 2017. The leader of the Division said: “IdeaSpies Enterprise was very well received. It’s thought provoking and easy to use, with no training needed. In the early stages of the trial we made some suggestions which were immediately taken up to improve the platform and engagement. Staff saw the program as an opportunity to suggest ideas that could improve the way they work and we believe that, as well as useful ideas, we gained a benefit in improving staff engagement. “We’re also very pleased that the winning ideas are attractive to clients and expected to generate extra revenue. We plan to repeat the program in the New Year when new staff join. “If you’re interested in using IdeaSpies Enterprise as an idea capture tool you’re very welcome to contact me for more information.” David Pring Managing Partner, Western Sydney KPMG Australia +61 2 9455 9996 The next step? If you are interested in knowing more about the case study and subscribing to IdeaSpies Enterprise please contact: Lynn Wood  Owner and Chief Idea Spy +61 418 966 625 Here is the first winning idea from the KPMG trial which the winner successfully implemented during the program: Share IdeaSpies Enterprise

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The Intelligence Revolution has started!

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The world in undergoing a new revolution and it’s not just the 4th Industrial Revolution. It’s impacting on virtually every aspect of our business and personal lives. We can call it the Intelligence Revolution because it’s based on AI (artificial intelligence). The Industrial Revolution enabled us to build powerful machines that could do things for us. The Intelligence Revolution is enabling us to create machines that are making decisions for us with AI- a whole new step forward in technology. Try this link to see how your job will be affected. http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-08/could-a-robot-do-your-job-artificial-intelligence/8782174?pfmredir=sm

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Combinations of human and machine outperform either working alone

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AGCO’s executives think the new version of Google Glass helps tamp down suspicions that they are replacing workers with robots that does their job better. They say they’re helping them do their job better. For tasks they have mastered, workers don’t need to look at the Glass screen. But they can wake it at any time to see where a part must go, and even zoom into an object on the display for more detail. Glass tells them, for example, what kind of bolt is needed—a wrong-sized bolt could seriously damage a motor—and specifies which wrench to use and how much torque is required. https://www.wired.com/story/google-glass-2-is-here/

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A new college program to launch encore careers

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A growing number of 55-plus adults seek opportunities to move from their career jobs to new ways of working and living in an evolving new life stage, that’s now being called “encore careers”. Despite widespread interest, few pathways to such post-career social impact work exist. A new 1 year college program in the US is providing this pathway. https://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2017/07/17/the-new-college-program-to-launch-encore-careers/

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Pour It Forward – Coffee Shop Only Hires People With Disabilities

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Bitty & Beau’s Coffee in Wilmington, NC (USA) is known for its warmth. At the heart of the shop’s popularity is its unique staff: Almost everyone who works there has an intellectual or developmental disability, ranging from Down syndrome to autism to cerebral palsy. For many employees, it’s their first job, and their joy fills the air. Nearly 70% of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities do not have jobs, these folks resolved to do something about it. https://www.bittyandbeauscoffee.com/  

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