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The rising cost of utilities in America: Infographic

Bills for basic gas and electricity reached record highs in 2011, and the trend isn’t likely to end any time soon. See where rates are rising and why in this infographic from One Block off the Grid.                                               …

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Recycle my phone

Maybe you’ve worn it out by making who-knows-how-many calls and sending even more emoticon-filled text messages. Or maybe you just want to upgrade to a higher-octane model. Whatever the case, you’re ready to get rid of your old cellphone, and you find yourself asking the question, “How can I recycle my phone?” Fortunately, you have plenty of options, from dropping it …

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What’s coworking? And why is it so awesome?

With the economy in a long, slow recovery, with many people still looking for work, some have created their own jobs. Others have found that working for someone else is frustrating, unfulfilling, or just doesn’t fit their personalities (I’m a part of the latter group). For whatever reason, more people than ever before are working for themselves. About a year …

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Have we reached the telework tipping point?

Telework Week 2012 was a resounding success. Telework Week 2012 was March 5-9, 2012 and participation in this year’s event was up, significantly, over last year. The increased participation prompted one Telework Exchange blogger to ponder the question, “Have we reached the telework tipping point?” Josh Sawislak is referencing Malcolm Gladwell’s bestselling book The Tipping Point. A tipping point is …

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Would less productivity be better for America?

A less “efficient” economy makes room for real gains in quality of life and health, including green jobs, artists and ‘helping’ professions. Over the last couple hundred years, the amount of work that each person is able to do has increased significantly every decade. Currently one farmer can feed thousands of people thanks to chemicals, mechanization and technology. As a …

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Answering Your Top 5 Questions About the Facebook IPO and Facebook IPO Price

If you’re anything like me (read: not a Wall Street junkie), you’re scratching your head wondering why the Facebook IPO (NYSE: FB) and Facebook IPO price  are such a big deal. If anything, some of us are moderately concerned that Facebook’s big push into the public spotlight might negatively impact our own little profile pages in the world’s favorite social media …

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How to protect your video conferencing equipment from hackers

Video conferencing is a highly effective way for companies and organizations to communicate with clients, contractors, colleagues and other people who can’t be physically present for a conventional meeting. It saves time, cuts down on expenses and eliminates the carbon emissions associated with commuting and business travel. But the information that is sent back and forth may be sensitive, and …

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Ten jobs changed by video conferencing

In our quest to get the best service possible, whether from doctors, music teachers or financial consultants, we were once limited by geography. But since the advent of the webcam, our options have become virtually limitless. Video conferencing has made interactive meetings possible even when the participating parties are located in different countries. Now, a wide range of occupations are …

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Telecommuting and the planet

To many workers, telecommuting seems ideal. Work from home, and you can say goodbye to long, frustrating commutes during rush hour, save money on gas, avoid distractions and trade in stuffy suits for loungewear. The hardest part about becoming a teleworker may be convincing your boss that it’s a good idea in the first place. But as more employers have …

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Ten fantastic brainstorming techniques

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When you bring a group together to generate creative ideas, chances are, there will be a few participants who dominate the discussion, a few who do nothing but criticize and a few who do nothing at all. This dynamic discourages innovative thinking, leading to the same old stale solutions. That’s why it’s helpful to learn about brainstorming techniques that produce …

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How to stay motivated while working from home

Working from home can be a blessing and a curse. The temptation to work on the couch in your pajamas is strong, and the procrastination possibilities seem endless.  In addition, there’s the potential to work all day, every day, never separating time on the job from time with the family. David Katz began telecommuting for Climatronics in 1990 to work …

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Storytelling: what technology means versus what it does

This video has been a point of discussion this week among our PGi team—as you watch, you’ll witness its undeniable emotional power. Understanding that Henry is the hero of the story and that technology merely facilitates the music that brings him back to life again, brings fluidity and vitality to his limbs, expression to his face and light to his …

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Are your workplace tools driving the business results you need?

Last month I attended the Gartner Portals, Content and Collaboration Summit where Tom Austin presented on People-Centered Strategies (PCS).  In his presentation, Austin defined PCS as an organizational strategy that empowers people to take on demanding, non-routine tasks, enhances employees‚ abilities to make valuable contributions that has an impact on the business, and increases the workforces ability to do what …

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A Proactive Approach: Closing the Tech Diversity Gap

Touching on race as it relates to socioeconomic status and equality can be a particularly sensitive issue. Personally, I think the only way to have a true discussion about race is as authentically as possible, and I think our recent #Shift speaker Baratunde Thurston, author of How to be Black, would agree. Closing the diversity gap in technology and technology …

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#shift: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

This article was written by Kunal Merchant, co-founder of social media acquisition and analytics agency Etiquette Creative. Last year I was asked to participate in an “un-conference” called #shift by my friend, Joey Rubin. I’ve known Joey for a few years while working in nightlife, producing events, and DJ-ing in New York City. At the time, I was working as …

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Reflecting on #shiftsxsw: a conversation with Baratunde and “How to Be Black”

During the #shiftSXSW event during South by Southwest Interactive, PGi was privileged to host a classic Sunday soul food dinner and open dialogue with Baratunde Thurston, published author and Digital Editor of “The Onion.” Baratunde joined us at the top of the Frost Bank building overlooking dowtown Austin at dusk to discuss his new book, How to be Black, while …

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In review: #shiftsxsw video interview with Brian Solis

It was only fitting that Brian Solis would kick off the #ShiftSXSW event series.  Solis currently serves as principle of a research-based advisory firm called Altimeter Group. Most recently, Solis, who has built a reputation as a thought leader in new media, published a new book The End of Business As Usual.  Something that Solis has received a rave reviews …

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‘Human cloud’ of workers already taking shape

Two-thirds of workers expect their offices to go fully virtual within the next few years, a survey found. Virtualization makes cloud computing possible, productive and profitable. Many businesses large and small think it can do the same thing for work by creating a human cloud based on virtual collaboration, according to a new survey. For some workers, that day is already …

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A continuing conversation on cleantech in Germany

In a previous article on PGi, we applauded the unprecedented cleantech efforts underway in Germany, led by the government’s decision to phase out the country’s nuclear reactors by 2022 and convert their power grid to renewable energy sources by mid-century. Germany’s eco-consciousness extends also to the principles of sustainability being incorporated into their product designs and urban development. In this …

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A focus on the intersection of the future and the way we work: #ShiftSXSW

Beginning tomorrow, PGi will engage thought leaders, strategists, and business visionaries in a three-day conversation that intersects at the interactive hub of the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. Our offices, located the top of the Frost Bank Building, will serve as host for the second #shift conference. This pop-up event empowers, studies and celebrates exciting new fields as well as …

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