Crypto: Where the Art and Science of Logic and Creativity Rule

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Sorry logicians, but creativity has been the most sought-after skill for three years in a row, according to LinkedIn research. Creativity, after all, is believed to unlock fresh strategies, business directions, and innovation.

“Connecting dots – that are seemingly unrelated – to generate original, useful solutions is an incredibly valuable skill in every employee, regardless of what industry or country you’re doing business in,” writes LinkedIn.

Collaboration, persuasion, and emotional intelligence – which collectively demonstrate how well you work with others and bring new ideas to the table – also topped LinkedIn’s list of in-demand skills.


In traditional finance, an assumption persists about how the real world works. But so many people who work in that industry are just flat-out wrong about the real world. The reality is that many people believe the world works in a certain way, when it actually works in

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Pause on extracurriculars at Toronto schools ‘a really big disappointment’ for students, parents

There’s disappointment all around after Toronto Public Health (TPH) officials told schools across the city to pause extracurricular activities — including sports and clubs — for the month of September.

Laura McIninch, who has two sons, aged eight and 11, said this decision disproportionately affects the kids whose only access to extracurricular activities is through school. 

“For my boys, it will mean some disappointment for sure,” McIninch told CBC Toronto.

“It’s hard to explain to my son in Grade 6 why it’s safe for him to be in a classroom with 27 students, which in Toronto I think is actually considered quite small, but it’s not safe for him apparently to have an outdoor cross-country practice or to have an outdoor soccer game,” she added.

“They’ve been missing out on activities for so long and they’re so desperate to get out there and get active again for their physical health

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Blackboard to merge with Anthology, creating massive ed-tech company

Anthology, which emerged a year ago from the combination of three higher education administrative software firms, will merge with Blackboard, long the most visible company in learning technology, the two companies announced today.

The companies did not share any financial data, but the combined entity is likely to be among the sector’s biggest educational technology firms. Blackboard’s current owner, Providence Equity Partners, bought it in 2011 for $1.64 billion, and Blackboard was shopped (but not sold) in 2015 for about $3 billion.

“Our combined footprint, from both a product perspective and from the more than 4,000 colleges and universities we serve worldwide, likely makes this the largest education technology company selling into higher education,” Jim Milton, Anthology’s chairman and chief executive officer, said in an interview this morning. Milton will lead the combined company, whose name has not yet been decided.

Anthology, whose roots date to 1988, developed from the

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Interview with adrienne maree brown on Grievers

The writer and social-justice facilitator adrienne maree brown thinks we can use organizing like time travel — as a way to transport ourselves into a more communal and sustainable future. Even when responding to the moment, her projects look forward: In 2019, motivated by the exhaustion many felt after Trump’s election, she released Pleasure Activism, an anthology of love letters from organizers about the meaning they find in their work. Last year, when fraught discussions of “cancel culture” permeated right- and left-wing circles alike, brown wrote We Will Not Cancel Us, a short book advocating for healthy and empathetic conflict. Now, as COVID-19 continues to put Black communities into unprecedented physical, emotional, and economic peril, brown releases her first long-form work of published fiction: Grievers, a novella about Black death during a pandemic.

She started writing the book in 2012. “I did not expect or predict this

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