Sunday, December 31, 2023

🎉IMSAPRK: Be It Resolved: A New Year’s Message for Educators🎉

🎉Imagine... Be It Resolved: 

A New Year’s Message for Educators🎉



💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A world where educators are valued, supported, and empowered to create positive change in their classrooms, schools, and communities.

🔗 Link:

📚 Source: 

Michalek, A. M. (2014). Be it resolved…. Journal of Cancer Education, 29(1), 1-3.

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

This editorial reflects on the challenges and opportunities faced by educators in the past year, and offers some resolutions for the new year. 🎓 author suggests that educators should strive to be more innovative, collaborative, and impactful in their work, and to advocate for more resources and recognition for their profession. 🌟 author also expresses gratitude to the various stakeholders who contribute to the success of the journal and the advancement of education. 👏 The editorial aims to inspire and motivate educators to continue their important mission and to make a difference in the lives of many.

 

#Educators #NewYear #Resolutions #Journal

Saturday, December 30, 2023

🎶IMSPARK: Music by Veterans for Veterans🎶💡


🎶Imagine... Music by Veterans for Veterans🎶💡 


Imagined Endstate: 

A world where Veterans can heal their wounds and express their stories through the power of music.

🔗 Link: 

📚 Source: 

VA News. (2023, December 14). Music by Veterans for Veterans. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

CreatiVets is a nonprofit organization that helps Veterans cope with their service-related traumas through music and art. 🇺🇸 offer programs that pair Veterans with professional songwriters and musicians, who help them turn their experiences into songs.🎸These songs are then recorded and streamed for free on various platforms, such as Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube. The songs not only provide a therapeutic outlet for the Veterans, but also a way to connect with other Veterans and the public, who can listen to their stories and learn from their perspectives. 🙌CreatiVets aims to use music as a tool to inspire, empower, and heal Veterans and their communities.

#PTSD,#MentalHealth,#Music,#VeteransCare, #CreatiVets,#Innovation,#IMSPARK,

Friday, December 29, 2023

🏘️IMSPARK: Community Wealth-Building Models for Economic and Social Justice 🏘️


 🏘️Imagine... Community Wealth-Building Models for Economic and Social Justice 🏘️



💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A society where people and communities have more control and ownership over their assets and resources, and where wealth is shared equitably and democratically.

🔗 Link: 

📚 Source: 

Theodos, B., Marx, R., & Nunna, T. (2023). Community Wealth-Building Models. Urban Institute. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

This brief explores four innovative models that aim to expand asset ownership and community wealth building for individuals and institutions, especially those who have been historically excluded or marginalized by the mainstream economy. 🤝 models are community land trusts, limited equity cooperatives, social enterprises, and community development financial institutions. The brief describes how these models work, what benefits they offer, and what challenges they face. 🚀 brief also provides examples of successful projects that use these models in different contexts and sectors.🌳 The brief argues that these models can help create more inclusive and sustainable economic development, and empower people and communities to shape their own destiny.

#CommunityResilience,#capacitybuilding,#communityengagement,#CommunityEmpowerment,#SocialJustice,#SocialCapital,#EconomicDevelopment,#RICEWEBB,#IMSPARK,

Thursday, December 28, 2023

💪IMSPARK: Innovative Approach to Wellness💪

💪Imagine... Innovative Approach to Wellness💪


💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A healthy and resilient force of first sergeants who can effectively lead and care for their Airmen.

🔗 Link: 

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📚 Source: 

Novelly, T. (2023, December 13). Air Force issues smartwatches and rings to 1,000 first sergeants to manage their health. Military.com. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

First sergeants are among the most stressed and overworked members of the Air Force, as they are responsible for the well-being and morale of their enlisted ranks.⌚To help them monitor and improve their health, the Air Force has distributed wearable smart devices to more than 1,000 first sergeants.👩‍✈️These devices can track vital signs such as heart rate, oxygen levels, and sleep quality, and alert the users before they reach unhealthy levels of stress.👍The devices also provide anonymous data to the leadership, who can use it to identify and address the common challenges and needs of the first sergeants. This initiative is part of the Air Force’s efforts to leverage technology and innovation to enhance the readiness and performance of its personnel.

 

#AirForce, #Wellness, #SmartDevices,#Innovation,#IMSPARK,

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

🕊️IMSPARK: The First Global Treaty on Artificial Intelligence🕊️

🕊️Imagine... The First Global Treaty on Artificial Intelligence🕊️


💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A world where artificial intelligence is developed and used in a way that respects human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.

🔗 Link: 

📚 Source: 

Center for AI and Digital Policy. (2023). Council of Europe AI Treaty.

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The Council of Europe is working on a groundbreaking treaty that aims to establish a common legal framework for artificial intelligence based on its standards and values🌐. The treaty would cover various aspects of AI, such as its design, development, deployment, and oversight, and ensure that it is aligned with human dignity, equality, and freedom🤖. The treaty would also address the challenges and risks posed by AI, such as its impact on privacy, security, democracy, and justice👩‍⚖️. The treaty would be open to all countries, not only the members of the Council of Europe, and would set a global example for the governance of AI.


#AI, #Treaty, #CouncilOfEurope,#humanrights, #ruleoflaw,#IMSPARK,


Tuesday, December 26, 2023

🚑 IMSPARK: Staffing Shortages of Oahu’s Rigs🚑

🚑Imagine... Staffing Shortages  of Oahu’s Rigs 🚑

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A robust and reliable emergency medical service system that can respond to any situation and save lives.

🔗 Link: 

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📚 Source: 

Dowd, E. (2023, December 18). EMS staffing shortage leaves one-third of Oahu’s rigs out of service for 12-hour period. Hawaii News Now. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

A temporary staffing shortage at Honolulu EMS left seven of its 21 ambulance units out of service for a 12-hour period, affecting the response time and coverage of emergency calls.🆘 The shortage was caused by a combination of approved holiday vacation leave, maternity leave and illness among the staff. 👩‍⚕️EMS officials said they have a mutual aid agreement with other agencies to mitigate the impact of the closures, and they are working on an aggressive hiring strategy to prevent this in the future.🙏The shortage highlights the challenges and risks faced by the EMS workers, who are essential for the health and safety of the community.


#EMS, #LaborShortage,#Healthcare,#workforcedevelopment,#IMSPARK,


Monday, December 25, 2023

🎄IMSPARK: The Secret Behind the greatest Christmas Hit🎄

🎄Imagine... The Secret Behind the greatest Christmas Hit🎄




💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A world where people can enjoy and appreciate the musical elements and cultural influences that make a song a timeless holiday classic.

🔗 Link: 

Ref Here

📚 Source: 

Hart, S., & Chung, D. (2023). Mariah Carey and the Christmas songs that become hits – again and again. Reuters. 


💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” has been the soundtrack of the holiday season for nearly 30 years.🎁 Why has this song become a rare modern Christmas hit? 🎤This article explains how the song combines nostalgic harmonies, maximalist production, and R&B vocal ad libs to create a catchy and festive tune that appeals to different generations and musical tastes. 🎵The article also compares the song’s popularity with other Christmas songs, both old and new, and shows how it stands out among the crowd.


#Classic, #Christmas, #Music, #appeal, #IMSPARK,




Sunday, December 24, 2023

🏙️IMSPARK: Providing for Cities in Need🏙️

🏙️Imagine... Providing for Cities in Need🏙️


💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A society where every city provides adequate resources and opportunities for its residents, regardless of their income, education, health, or housing status.

🔗 Link: 

Ref Here

📚 Source: 

WalletHub. (2023). Cities with the Highest and Lowest Population in Need. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

This report ranks 182 U.S. cities based on 28 indicators of economic hardship and social disadvantage, such as child poverty, food insecurity, uninsured rate, and homelessness.💰It reveals the stark disparities among cities in terms of the well-being and quality of life of their populations.📊The report also highlights the factors that contribute to the high or low levels of need in each city, such as the local economy, public policies, social services, and community engagement. 👥 report aims to raise awareness and inspire action to address the challenges and needs of the most vulnerable groups in our society. 



#Cities, #Resources,#ChildPovertyData,#WealthEquity, #disparities, #IMSPARK

Friday, December 22, 2023

🏠IMSPARK: Affordable Housing Solutions for Hawaii Residents🏠

🏠Imagine... Affordable Housing Solutions for Hawaii Residents🏠



💡 Imagined Endstate:
 

Hawaii becomes a place where people can afford to live in quality housing that meets their needs and preferences, without sacrificing their economic and social well-being.

🔗 Link:

📚 Source: 

Ing, R. (2023, April 6). It looks like any other housing, but it’s affordable thanks to different financing arrangements. Civil Beat.

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

Hawaii faces a severe affordable housing crisis that forces many local residents👩‍👩‍👧‍👦 to leave the state or live in substandard conditions. 🌺This article explores some of the possible solutions that have been implemented in other countries, such as co-operative housing, public loans, and prioritization of local needs.🌈These solutions could help Hawaii create more housing options that are accessible, sustainable, and community-oriented, and prevent the loss of its culture and people.

 

#AffordableHousing,#AssetsDevelopment,#WealthEquity,#Socio-EconomicDeterminant,#Co-operativehousing,#SustainableFuture,#IMSPARK

Thursday, December 21, 2023

👏IMSPARK: A bold vision for 2040 with the "S-Curve."👏

👏Imagine... a bold vision for 2040 with the "S-Curve."👏




💡 Imagined Endstate: 

Countries become global leaders in innovation and sustainability, with a diverse and dynamic economy that leverages its strengths in technology, culture, and human capital.

🔗 Link:

📚 Source: 

Hwang, J., et. al. (2023). South Korea’s bold vision for 2040: A top-seven economy with $70,000 GDP per capita. McKinsey & Company. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

A country like South Korea faces a stagnating economy, an aging population, and a lack of new growth engines🚀. To overcome these challenges, it needs to restructure, shift, and cultivate its industries, markets, and talent. By adopting eight bold actions, such as shifting to high value-added businesses, cultivating a foundation for innovation, 🌱and developing new global champion industries, they could achieve a 4 percent annual growth rate and become a top-seven economy by 2040. 🌏Inspiring other countries to pursue a similar vision of economic transformation and social progress. 

#SCurve #Economy #Innovation #Sustainability #Vision2040

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

🚨IMSPARK: How Child Labor Became a Problem in the US in 2023🚨

🚨Imagine... How Child Labor Became a Problem in the US in 2023🚨



💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A future where every child has the right to education, health, and safety, and where child labor is abolished and prevented.

🔗 Link: 

Ref Here

📚 Source:

 Economic Policy Institute. (2023). Top 10 EPI reports and blog posts of 2023. 

💥 What's the Big Deal: 

Child labor is a violation of human rights and a threat to the well-being and development of children. 👶It deprives them of their childhood, their potential, and their dignity. It also harms the economy and society by perpetuating poverty, inequality, and social injustice.📉 In 2023, child labor re-emerged as a major problem in the US, as many states moved to weaken child labor laws and expose children to long hours, low wages, and hazardous conditions.🛑 This report reveals the alarming trend and its consequences, and calls for urgent action to protect the rights and interests of children. 


 

#childlabor #humanrights #education #poverty #inequality #socialjustice



Monday, December 18, 2023

🤖IMSPARK: CISA’s Roadmap for Artificial Intelligence: Enhancing Cybersecurity and Resilience🤖

🤖Imagine... CISA’s Roadmap for Artificial Intelligence: Enhancing Cybersecurity and Resilience🤖


💡 Imagined Endstate: 

CISA leverages AI to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure from cyber threats, while ensuring the ethical and secure development of AI systems.

🔗 Link: 

📚 Source: 

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. (2023). CISA’s Roadmap for Artificial Intelligence. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

AI is a powerful technology that can enhance cybersecurity capabilities, 🛡️but also pose new challenges and risks. CISA has developed a plan to promote the beneficial uses of AI, ensure the 🚫protection of AI systems, and deter the malicious use of AI. CISA also collaborates with global partners🌎 to establish guidelines for secure AI system development. 


#CISA,#AI, #Resilience, #Cybersecurity, #Roadmap,#IMSPARK, 

Sunday, December 17, 2023

🎖️IMSPARK: Employment Trends for Veterans with Disabilities🎖️

🎖️Imagine... Employment Trends for Veterans with Disabilities🎖️

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

Veterans with disabilities achieve greater independence and quality of life through evidence-based vocational rehabilitation and supportive employment policies.

🔗 Link: 

📚 Source:

Houtenville, A., Ottomanelli, L., & O’Neill, J. (2023). nTIDE Deeper Dive: Employment Trends for Veterans with Disabilities - 11/17/2023. Center for Research on Disability.

💥 What’s the Big Deal:

Veterans with disabilities are outpacing other groups in the labor market, 🚀reaching historic highs in employment. 💼This is a result of their resilience, adaptability, and access to effective interventions 🙌  such as the Individual Placement and Support model for spinal cord injury.


#Veterans,#QOL, #Evidence-Based, #VocationalRehabilitation,#IMSPARK, 


 

🦤 IMSPARK: Healthy and Diverse Migratory Species in the Pacific🦤

 🦤 Imagine... Healthy and Diverse Migratory Species in the Pacific🦤  💡 Imagined Endstate:  In the next 3-5 years, the Pacific region will...