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oddtides:

Most useful piece of paper a teacher’s given me
Shout out Miss Karla Pierce.
I hated your class actually, but loved what I learned.
Thank you.
I’m glad I’ve kept this.

oddtides:

Most useful piece of paper a teacher’s given me

Shout out Miss Karla Pierce.

I hated your class actually, but loved what I learned.

Thank you.

I’m glad I’ve kept this.

fastcompany:

5 Ways To Partner With a Huge Corporation Without Losing Your Soul
Sal Khan, of Khan Academy, on making a deal with Bank of America but still keeping the integrity of his project.
The nonprofit Khan Academy recently announced its first corporate partnership, with Bank of America. In exchange for significant financial consideration, BOA is featuring several Khan Academy videos on personal finance topics on a standalone website, and showing them onscreen in 5,400 branches around the country, in concert with a series of seminars.
Over sandwiches in Bank of America’s tower at One Bryant Park, Khan explained their decisionmaking process to Co.Exist. “We were at first a little skeptical—is this going to be a big corporation telling us how to make our videos or what videos to make?” he asked. Here’s how they vetted the deal.
1: TAKE YOUR TIME
“It was a six month vetting process. We were running various scenarios by them: do you really want us to explain to your customers how to pay off your debt? Or every detail of a mortgage statement? We wanted to make sure we had complete editorial control.”
2: GET GOOD AT SAYING NO
“The whole point of my making this a nonprofit was so that no one would question what we were into it for. You do sometimes see not-for-profits compromising their values in order to reach other goals. With this partnership, and even when talking to donors, we’re getting better at saying no to things that are distracting us from our mission, and they’re respecting us more for it. What this partnership showed me was that by not compromising our values, it actually put us in a stronger position, because the value of our brand is in the credibility and independence.”
3: MAKE SURE YOU’RE GETTING MORE THAN MONEY.
“For us the real value in this is the energy and expertise we get from them, and the co-awareness. We have six million users a month, but Bank of America has a relationship with one in two households in America. To see our brand in 5,400 branches, that is personally exciting to me. Even just amongst Bank of America’s 280,000 employees—if they all go home and work on Khan Academy with their kids, that will be significant.”
4: DON’T BE AFRAID TO BE TOUGH
“Our two main things were one, keeping the site noncommercial: there are no interstitial ads before the videos, and when they appear on khanacademy.org, they’re not branded as Bank of America videos. And two, we didn’t want people to see us as beholden to a third party. We can do anything we want, on any topic, and Bank of America can take the stuff they feel is appropriate. “
5: DON’T BE AFRAID TO BE NAIVE, EITHER
“I have a naïve outlook on many things. So far it seems to have worked out. The world is a better place than most people assume it to be. Some might think—oh, a big corporation, they want to take us over or own us. But at the end of the day, most places are actually full of good people.”
Do you have any other tips for someone in that position?

fastcompany:

5 Ways To Partner With a Huge Corporation Without Losing Your Soul

Sal Khan, of Khan Academy, on making a deal with Bank of America but still keeping the integrity of his project.

The nonprofit Khan Academy recently announced its first corporate partnership, with Bank of America. In exchange for significant financial consideration, BOA is featuring several Khan Academy videos on personal finance topics on a standalone website, and showing them onscreen in 5,400 branches around the country, in concert with a series of seminars.

Over sandwiches in Bank of America’s tower at One Bryant Park, Khan explained their decisionmaking process to Co.Exist. “We were at first a little skeptical—is this going to be a big corporation telling us how to make our videos or what videos to make?” he asked. Here’s how they vetted the deal.

1: TAKE YOUR TIME

“It was a six month vetting process. We were running various scenarios by them: do you really want us to explain to your customers how to pay off your debt? Or every detail of a mortgage statement? We wanted to make sure we had complete editorial control.”

2: GET GOOD AT SAYING NO

“The whole point of my making this a nonprofit was so that no one would question what we were into it for. You do sometimes see not-for-profits compromising their values in order to reach other goals. With this partnership, and even when talking to donors, we’re getting better at saying no to things that are distracting us from our mission, and they’re respecting us more for it. What this partnership showed me was that by not compromising our values, it actually put us in a stronger position, because the value of our brand is in the credibility and independence.”

3: MAKE SURE YOU’RE GETTING MORE THAN MONEY.

“For us the real value in this is the energy and expertise we get from them, and the co-awareness. We have six million users a month, but Bank of America has a relationship with one in two households in America. To see our brand in 5,400 branches, that is personally exciting to me. Even just amongst Bank of America’s 280,000 employees—if they all go home and work on Khan Academy with their kids, that will be significant.”

4: DON’T BE AFRAID TO BE TOUGH

“Our two main things were one, keeping the site noncommercial: there are no interstitial ads before the videos, and when they appear on khanacademy.org, they’re not branded as Bank of America videos. And two, we didn’t want people to see us as beholden to a third party. We can do anything we want, on any topic, and Bank of America can take the stuff they feel is appropriate. “

5: DON’T BE AFRAID TO BE NAIVE, EITHER

“I have a naïve outlook on many things. So far it seems to have worked out. The world is a better place than most people assume it to be. Some might think—oh, a big corporation, they want to take us over or own us. But at the end of the day, most places are actually full of good people.”

Do you have any other tips for someone in that position?

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amexopenforum:

12 Productivity Tips from Incredibly Busy People by OPEN Forum1. Have a single purpose focus2. Ruthlessly block out distractions3. Set a strict time limit on meetings4. Set up productivity rituals5. Get up earlier6. Group your interruptions7. Outsource personal chores8. Set up email rules to maintain sanity9. Capture all creative ideas10. Increase your effectiveness through technology11. Don’t lost it: Read it later12. Learn from others
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amexopenforum:

12 Productivity Tips from Incredibly Busy People by OPEN Forum

1. Have a single purpose focus
2. Ruthlessly block out distractions
3. Set a strict time limit on meetings
4. Set up productivity rituals
5. Get up earlier
6. Group your interruptions
7. Outsource personal chores
8. Set up email rules to maintain sanity
9. Capture all creative ideas
10. Increase your effectiveness through technology
11. Don’t lost it: Read it later
12. Learn from others

(via 12 Productivity Tips From Incredibly Busy People - OPEN Forum :: American Express OPEN Forum)

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kindness4all:

Blind dog was rescued and they cleaned her up, cut her hair, deflead her and had vision restored in one of her eyes and was adopted out to a nice loving family