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Here we highlight selected innovation related articles from around the world on a daily basis.  These articles related to innovation and funding for innovative companies, and best practices for innovation based economic development.

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It’s the eternal Catch-22 of the working world: You can’t get a job without experience, but you can’t get experience without a job.

While babysitting, waiting tables, and other part-time jobs have long been the purview of teens looking to pocket some money while waiting to land a “real job,” the skills gained in such positions don’t always equip you for an entry-level gig in a specific profession. This is where internships come in.

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Ointernshipn my first day at my internship at the public relations firm, I was stationed at the front desk. The other intern, Julie, was peppy as she showed me how to use the phones, slowly repeating the script I was to use. At one point, she mentioned that she was a college senior and wanted to know if I was also in college. For some reason, it had not registered that I was an entire decade older than she was. “Oh, Julie, I actually just completed my Ph.D.,” I responded.

 

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Each Cyclops had a single eye because, legend has it, the mythical giants traded the other one with the god Hades in return for the ability to see into the future. But Hades tricked them: the only vision the Cyclopes were shown was the day they would die. They carried this knowledge through their lives as a burden—the unending torture of being forewarned and yet having no ability to do anything about it.

 

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Over the past three years, The New York Times has been a good example of traditional media making a successful transition into digital.

In 2018, the newspaper had 4.3 million subscribers, of which 3.4 million were digital subscribers who brought in more than US$700 million. Revenue from its digital editions is expected to hit US$800 million next year.

As the presidential election year draws near, The New York Times is seizing the opportunity to introduce more online products and services.

 

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Countries where intergenerational mobility is better than in the US Business Insider

One of the core elements of the American Dream is the idea that anyone can make it to the top, regardless of where one starts out in life.

But, according to a 2018 report on intergenerational educational and economic mobility from the World Bank, that dream is more realistic in most other high-income countries than in the US.

The report and its associated Global Database on Intergenerational Mobility include several metrics of how the economic and educational opportunities of children are related to the situations of their parents.

Image: People in the Netherlands have a better shot at upward social mobility than Americans, by one metric. Reuters

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The Association of American Colleges and Universities and 21 other organizations signed a PEN America statement on August 12, in response to reports that the federal government has advised US universities to develop protocols for monitoring students and scholars from Chinese state-affiliated research institutions. 

According to an NPR report on June 28, the FBI urged universities to monitor some Chinese students and scholars in the US. 

Image: Princeton University based in New Jersey, the US Photo: IC

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Companies know that employee turnover is expensive and disruptive. And they know that retaining their best and brightest employees helps them not only save money but also preserve competitive advantages and protect intellectual capital.

 

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The United States is continuing to drift in the wrong direction when it comes to federal funding for research and development (R&D). We parsed the numbers last year in a blog post that showed a five-decade-long slide had been accelerating since 2009. Now we have another year’s worth of data, and the picture is getting worse. At this pace, ITIF estimates the United States will fall behind China in R&D investment by 2021.

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Have you ever wondered how the innovation process benefits from internationalization?

We know that globalization is the main economic phenomenon of the last few centuries. After all, since the late 1980s, multinational companies from Europe and North America have been shifting the production aspect of their business to Asian countries. But what else is there to know?

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Want to make your work environment less stressful?

Then consider bring feng shui to your cubicle or office.

Feng shui is an ancient Chinese art still practiced today that relies on spatial arrangement and orientation to channel specific energy (including success and productivity) into a physical environment.

The principals of feng shui can help infuse your work space with balance, focus and productivity.

 

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Olympic medalist, speaker, author and NBC analyst John K. Coyle talks about how little moments of time can shift the trajectory of your entire life. Coyle shares his thoughts on how to take advantage of time by achieving a flow state, as well as how his experience as a champion speedskater shaped his outlook on life and productivity.

 

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Lilia Stoyanov

It’s no secret that startups fail. Depending on the source of information, it is estimated that about 90% of startups fail due to various reasons. A lot is written about the reasons why startups fail, but there is little information on what happens with the entrepreneurs after the collapse of their businesses.

A successful exit may also be a challenge as many entrepreneurs feel in the middle of nowhere. Their business is not their responsibility anymore and they are still not ready to start a new venture.

 

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