Welcome to Big Thinks MagazineBig Thinks Magazine is the Official Magazine of the Global Mastermind Accelerator.  The Big Thinks Magazine is an online digital magazine published monthly, focusing on topics from a different perspective than most business and scholarly media outlets.  These outlets have historically focused on giving the mic to a limited group of people or points of view.  

Our mission and vision are to use the Big Thinks platform to Opensource ideas and give the mic to a larger audience to solve complex issues.  It’s time to burst the thought bubble.

Big Thinks: Together we will accelerate possibilities, accelerate solutions, and CHANGE THE WORLD for the better.

Big Thinks Editors:

From Self-Destruction to Self-Disruption

In today’s market, candidates (and employees) are experiencing the same dynamic pressures that affect SaaS and other technology products. By thinking of themselves as products and applying the same practices and techniques that lead to market success, they can remain current and meet the rapidly evolving needs of the most elite employers. Those that don’t will continue to fall further and further behind.

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Degrees or Skills?

Current wisdom states that companies are hiring skills over degrees. Why doesn’t it feel that way?
In the news: The story is disheartening, especially for the younger generations. 52% of recent college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed.

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Remote Work Allows More Inclusive Hiring

With remote working, the time has arrived for all to think about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) through a much broader lens than before. Companies have been primarily focusing on increasing diversity of gender and race and have spent less focus on creating an inclusive environment for people with diverse abilities and disabilities.

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Blockchaining the resume-the ultimate solution for the hiring manager?

Hiring managers are looking for candidates that can do the job, have the right skills, and fit well with the team. Blockchain is transforming recruiting by providing a fast solution to the long-standing struggle of validating candidates’ identity and skills. The question stands on what can and can not be part of the blockchained resume.

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The Modern Workforce Needs a Game Plan to Survive and Thrive

To ensure success in this dynamic environment, corporations worldwide are undergoing accelerated workforce transformation, redefining their talent assessments, deployments, promotions, and retention strategies. As members of the global workforce, we need a game plan to survive and thrive in this new world.

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Social Impact Companies Need to Restructure To Survive

Enterprise level companies with billions of dollars at their disposal are quickly going to make start-up and small-to-medium size businesses (SMBs) obsolete unless they quickly adapt and change. It’s not possible to compete with Fortune 500 companies that decide to step into their space. With billions of dollars available to them, they can do things more quickly, more efficiently, and with quicker impact than start-up and SMBs that likely had the idea first. With the world calling on all companies to be Organizations for Good, Social Impact Companies need to restructure to survive.

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Alternative Pathways to Careers

College has been seen as a next step default among high school graduates, and while they serve a role for some students, there are other ways to achieve economic mobility without having to earn a 4-year degree.

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Inclusion & Diversity – It is time for a change in approach.

Businesses see inclusion and diversity (I&D) as a business imperative. However, data shows traditional efforts have had minimal impact changing bias and have not yielded substantial behavior changes in the workplace. Yet, many HR Leaders continuously lean on objectively proven ineffective tools and methods in the hiring process, the mentoring process, and the culture development process.

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ESG: XR Improves Medical Training and is a Sustainable Solution

Taylor Freeman is no stranger to the power of XR. He has been in XR since May 2014 and is fully focused on immersive technology and AI as it relates to learning and human performance enhancement. He taught the first in-VR class at MIT, has worked with companies like Google, IDEO, and NASA JPL on VR training and was awarded Forbes 30 under 30 for his work building UploadVR.com, the XR industry’s largest news and media platform.

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The Finance Department as an Ally

No matter the organization’s size, silos slow down the effectiveness and create inefficiencies hindering the organization from succeeding in the fast-changing world. Finance is the perfect department to be an ally and break the siloes.

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How can Companies be an Ally to Parents?

Before the Pandemic, working parents already felt the pressures of balancing career and family responsibilities. Last year put a laser focus on the vulnerability of a professional with caregiving responsibilities. Moving forward requires a rethinking and complete overhaul of the policies, benefits, ways of working, and cultural norms to have a shot at equal opportunities and an inclusive environment.

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Corporate Leaders as Allies for Digital Equality

Lack of broadband infrastructure, unaffordable internet subscriptions, and lack of training creates a digital gap between the urban population and others living in low or no coverage areas. This digital gap is causing inclusiveness and job retention challenges at the workplaces.

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ESG and The Uncertain Future of Plastic

Since 2018, the accumulation of U.S. landfilled plastic waste has only accelerated due to a storm of global events. Each year, plastic waste accounts for approximately 11% of 294 million tons of overall recyclable waste dumped into landfills.

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Cryptocurrency: The Changing Ecosystem

$31.2 billion worth of retail products and services were purchased using cryptocurrencies by Americans. And Bitcoin’s biggest backers are Millennial men who live in cities and make more than $75000 a year. PayPal was the first major company to tap into this growing consumer market.

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Social Media’s Uncertain Foundation

The complexities of Social Media requires a multi-faceted solution. A high-quality solution will take the cooperation of the technology companies, the legislators, and a brain trust of specialized experts in sociology and other fields working in tandem to identify and define the issues and build guard rails that will stand the test of time of technology innovation.

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HIPAA: An Uncertain Foundation in a Big Data World

As the use and value of technology in healthcare continues to rise, the number of interconnected devices grows as well. Data and Electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) shared across these interconnected devices create more opportunities for bad actors to attack.

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The 5 Most Important Real(ity) Trends in 2021

2020 will be remembered as a tipping point for technology acceleration. Automation is projected to erase 85 million jobs globally in medium and large businesses across 15 industries and 26 economies by 2025. While many are quick to point out that news jobs will be created, they are not being created at a rate that is as quick as jobs are being eliminated.

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2020 Lessons Learned That Prepare Us for 2021

Skills – like being nimble, agile, faster decision making – learned during the pandemic must not be forgotten. Applying the leadership lessons learned during 2020 will help leaders flourish in 2021 regardless of the circumstances!

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It is time to make predictions for 2021!

Businesses that are recovering from the pandemic and looking to achieve differentiation in 2021 must consider the unconventionally changing people, processes, products, and technology trends in their strategies.
-Rashmi Verma

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2021: The Weaponizing of Storytelling Will Continue

AI software that can manipulate data. Interestingly, AI is also used to combat the spreading of false information. It is essential to understand how conspiracies are created and the threat that they pose to people’s right to objective news.

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2021: AI and ML Will Be Pushed To Do More

The adjustment to remote working has sparked the adoption of other technologies that can drive efficiencies and productivity. This adoption sets the stage for 2021 to push further advancements as companies realize the tremendous opportunities from AI and ML.

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Technology is transforming the Future of Mobility

We are on the cusp of figuring out how we will travel through cities in the future. There have been exciting developments with autonomous and electric vehicles lately, bringing radical changes to how we will get around.

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