Showing posts with label #Inclusion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #Inclusion. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

๐Ÿ™ŒIMSPARK: Wage Equity for All in the Pacific ๐Ÿ™Œ

 ๐Ÿ™ŒImagine… Wage Equity for All in the Pacific ๐Ÿ™Œ

๐Ÿ’ก Imagined Endstate: 

The Pacific region has successfully achieved wage equity for all workers, regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, or other characteristics. The region has fostered a culture of fairness, opportunity, and inclusion, where everyone is paid fairly and equitably for their work.

๐Ÿ”—Link:

๐Ÿ“šSource: 

Wage and Hour Division, DOL. (2021). Independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Federal Register, 86 (4), 1168-1248. 

๐Ÿ’ฅ What’s the Big Deal: 

The rule by the Wage and Hour Division (2021) revises the interpretation of independent contractor status under the FLSA, which requires covered employers to pay their nonexempt employees at least the federal minimum wage and overtime pay, and to keep certain records regarding their employees. ๐ŸŒŸ The rule adopts an “economic reality” test that focuses on two core factors: the nature and degree of the worker’s control over the work, and the worker’s opportunity for profit or loss based on initiative and/or investment.๐Ÿ’ธ The rule also identifies three other factors that may serve as additional guideposts: the amount of skill required for the work, the degree of permanence of the working relationship, and whether the work is part of an integrated unit of production. Wage equity is a key aspect of income inequality, as it affects the economic and social well-being of workers and their families, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized groups.๐ŸŒˆ By achieving wage equity, the Pacific region can enhance its economic growth, social cohesion, and political stability. Achieving wage equity can also support the region’s resilience to global challenges such as climate change, health crises, and digital divide.


#WageEquity, #PacificFuture, #Fairness, #Opportunity,#Inclusion,#IMSPARK,


Monday, January 22, 2024

๐Ÿ’ธ IMSPARK: A Pacific Future with Reduced Income Inequality๐Ÿ’ธ

๐Ÿ’ธ Imagine… A Pacific Future with Reduced Income Inequality๐Ÿ’ธ 


๐Ÿ’ก Imagined Endstate: 

The Pacific region has successfully narrowed the income gap between the rich and the poor, as well as between different racial and gender groups. The region has fostered a culture of fairness, opportunity, and inclusion, where everyone has a decent standard of living and a chance to thrive.

๐Ÿ”—Link:

๐Ÿ“šSource: 

McKay, L. C. (2023). The state of income inequality. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. 

๐Ÿ’ฅ What’s the Big Deal: 

The article by McKay (2023) reveals that income inequality in the U.S. has been rising over the past 50 years, especially among the highest earners. ๐Ÿ“ˆ The article also shows that income inequality varies across states, by gender, and by race, with Black incomes lagging behind White incomes in every state๐ŸŒˆ The article suggests that government redistribution has helped to mitigate, but not eliminate, the income disparities.๐Ÿ’ฐIncome inequality is a key challenge for the Pacific region, as it affects the economic and social well-being of its residents, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized groups. ⚖️By reducing income inequality, the Pacific region can enhance its economic growth, social cohesion, and political stability. Reducing income inequality can also support the region’s resilience to global challenges such as climate change, health crises, and digital divide.


#Income, #FRB, #WealthEquity#PacificFuture, #Fairness, #Opportunity, #Inclusion,#IMSPARK, 




Tuesday, December 12, 2023

๐Ÿ“บ IMSPARK... Honoring A Legendary Producer and a World War II Hero๐Ÿ“บ

 ๐Ÿ“บ Imagine... Honoring A Legendary Producer and a World War II Hero๐Ÿ“บ

๐Ÿ’ก Imagined Endstate: 

A world where people appreciate the contributions of our veterans and heroes like Norman Lear, not only to the entertainment industry, but also to the defense of freedom and democracy.

๐Ÿ”— Link: 

Norman Lear, iconic TV and movie producer, dies at 101

๐Ÿ“š Source: 

Joseph, E. (2023, December 6). Norman Lear, iconic TV and movie producer, dies at 101. CNN.

๐Ÿ’ฅ What’s the Big Deal: 

Norman Lear was a visionary who revolutionized television with his groundbreaking sitcoms that tackled social and political issues. ๐Ÿ‘He was also a brave airman who flew 52 missions over Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II. ๐ŸŒŸHe was a champion of civil rights, free speech,๐Ÿ•Š️ and human dignity. He inspired generations of writers, producers, and activists with his creativity, courage, and humor.


#WWI,  #GreatestGenerations, #CivilRights,#Inclusion, #Diversity,#IMSPARK 

Saturday, December 2, 2023

๐Ÿ›ค️IMSPARK: Leveraging Military Experience for Organizational Success๐Ÿ›ค️

 ๐Ÿ›ค️Imagine... Leveraging Military Experience for Organizational Success๐Ÿ›ค️


๐Ÿ’ก Imagined Endstate: 

A future where employers recognize and value the skills and competencies of military veterans, and provide them with opportunities to thrive and contribute to organizational goals.

๐Ÿ”— Link: 

https://www.mckinsey.com/capabilities/people-and-organizational-performance/our-insights/a-military-veteran-knows-why-your-employees-are-leaving

๐Ÿ“š Source: 

McKinsey & Company. (2023). A military veteran knows why your employees are leaving. 

๐Ÿ’ฅ What's the Big Deal: 

This๐ŸŽ–️article delves into the profound insights of a military veteran thriving as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. ๐Ÿ‘ฅHe sheds light on how his military journey cultivated invaluable skills and mindsets—like adaptability, resilience, and leadership—transcending military contexts to become assets in any organization.๐Ÿ’ผ Exploring the challenges and opportunities for veterans transitioning to civilian careers, the veteran underscores the importance of employer support and the untapped potential of this remarkable talent pool. A powerful testament to the unique value military veterans bring to the workplace, this article advocates for fostering a culture of inclusion and appreciation for their service and skills. ๐Ÿขskills. 


#MilitaryVeterans,#OrganizationalSuccess,#Skills,#Inclusion,#IMSPARK,



Sunday, November 5, 2023

๐Ÿ️IMSPARK: Inclusive Data for Health in U.S. Island Areas๐Ÿ️

๐Ÿ️Imagine... Inclusive Data for Health in U.S. Island Areas๐Ÿ️


๐Ÿ’ก Imagined Endstate:  

Comprehensive data from all U.S. island areas are included in federal public health datasets, enabling informed policies and programs that address health disparities and improve health outcomes in these regions.

๐Ÿ“š Source:

ASTHO. (2022). Bridge to Equity: Inclusive Data for Health in U.S. Island Areas.

๐Ÿ”— Link:

Read the full report here

๐Ÿ’ฅ What's the Big Deal:

For the first time, comprehensive data from all U.S. island areas have found their way into federal public health datasets. ๐Ÿ“Š This significant step is reshaping the landscape of healthcare policy, ๐Ÿฅas it will foster more informed decisions and initiatives in these often underserved regions. ๐ŸคDiscover how inclusive data ๐ŸŒŠare the bridge to health equity and a brighter future for U.S. island areas. U.S. island areas, despite their picturesque landscapes, often grapple with unique and, at times, severe healthcare disparities.


#Data,#Inclusion,#Reprsentation,#BridgingTheGap,#PacificIslands,#HealthEquity,#IMSPARK, 




Saturday, November 4, 2023

๐Ÿ”€IMATRIX: Transforming Organizations๐Ÿ”€

 

๐Ÿ”€IMATRIX: Transforming Organizations๐Ÿ”€

๐Ÿ“š Source: 

Guggenberger, P., Maor, D., Park, M., & Simon, P. (2023, April 26). The State of Organizations 2023: Ten shifts transforming organizations.

๐Ÿ”— Link: 

https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/mckinsey-live/webinars/the-state-of-organizations  

Shift Number

Shift Title

Example

Illustration of Real-World Implementation

1

Increasing speed, strengthening resilience

Rapidly adapting to changing market conditions

Swift response to shifting consumer demands

2

'True hybrid': The new balance of in-person and remote work

Implementing flexible work arrangements

Adoption of a hybrid work model for employees

3

Making way for applied AI

Integrating AI-powered tools for process optimization

Use of AI in predictive maintenance for machinery

4

New rules of attraction, retention, and attrition

Redesigning employee engagement strategies

Innovative employee benefits and retention programs

5

Closing the capability chasm

Developing in-house skills or partnering for needed expertise

Collaboration with universities for skill development

6

Walking the talent tightrope

Balancing workforce diversity and skill requirements

Diversity and upskilling initiatives

7

Leadership that is self-aware and inspiring

Fostering a positive organizational culture

Leadership development programs and inclusive culture

8

Making meaningful progress on diversity, equity, and inclusion

Advancing diversity and inclusion initiatives

Diversity-focused hiring and inclusion programs

9

Mental health: Investing in a portfolio of interventions

Providing employee mental health support programs

Comprehensive mental health support for employees

10

Efficiency reloaded

Streamlining operations and optimizing resource utilization

Lean manufacturing principles and supply chain optimization

#AI,#Shits,#Trends,#Gap,#hybrid,#Inclusion,#IMATRIX,

 


 

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

IMSPARK ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) - (VIDEO)



๐Ÿ‘ช Welcome to IMSPARK! Explore the paradigm shift in Hawai'i's families with "ALICE Without Malice." ๐Ÿ‘ช (VIDEO)






๐Ÿ’ก Imagined Endstate:
Picture a Hawai'i where ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families break free from financial constraints, creating a brighter and more equitable future for all.

๐Ÿ“š Source:
Dive into this enlightening episode based on a July 2023 article from Hawaii Business Magazine, exploring the struggles of Hawai'i's middle class and the nonprofits aiding their financial stability.


๐Ÿ’ฅ What's the Big Deal:
In a state notorious for its high cost of living and where 44% of residents struggle to meet basic needs, Hawai'i's ALICE population is forging innovative paths to overcome economic challenges. Witness stories of resilience, creativity, and community support as individuals defy the odds to achieve homeownership, entrepreneurs turn trash into treasures, and families navigate adversity to secure a better future. Even in paradise, living paycheck to paycheck can be daunting. Experience their journey through the impact of COVID-19, igniting their passion to advocate for systemic change, including affordable childcare, paid family leave, and higher minimum wages, all driven by the power of community solutions.



๐ŸŒฑ #ALICE #EconomicMobility #GenerationalPoverty #WealthEquity #InclusiveLiving #CostOfLiving #IMSPARK ๐Ÿก


Tuesday, October 17, 2023

๐Ÿ’ช IMSPARK: Empowering Pacific Health: With Programs like Food is Medicine Initiative ๐Ÿ’ช

 ๐Ÿ’ช Imagine...Empowering Pacific Health: With Programs like Food is Medicine Initiative ๐Ÿ’ช



        ๐Ÿ’ก Imagined Endstate:

Envision a future where every Pacific Islander, irrespective of income, can access nutritious food as easily as they would any medication, leading to improved health and reduced healthcare costs.

        ๐Ÿ“š Source:

The Rockefeller Foundation. (2023). Food is Medicine. The Rockefeller Foundation.

        ๐Ÿ”— Link: 

https://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/initiative/food-is-medicine/

๐Ÿ’ฅ What's the Big Deal:

The Rockefeller Foundation is pioneering a movement to integrate food and nutrition ๐Ÿ‘ถ into the healthcare systems of undernourished countries. ๐ŸŒด By doing so, they aim to combat diet-related diseases, lower healthcare costs, ๐Ÿ’ฐ and enhance the overall well-being of Pacific Islanders. ๐Ÿ“ฃ Discover more about their Food is Medicine initiative, ๐Ÿฅwhere food becomes a prescription for better health and a brighter future. 

#FoodSecurity,#Nutrition,#Inclusion,#FoodisMedicine,#PacificIslands,#IMSPARK, 


Saturday, September 30, 2023

๐ŸŒ IMSPARK: Advancing Pacific Economic Growth and Inclusion ๐ŸŒ

 

๐ŸŒ Imagine Prosperity: Advancing Pacific Economic Growth and Inclusion ๐ŸŒ



๐Ÿ’ก Imagined Endstate:

Imagine a future where the Pacific region elevates living standards for all its inhabitants, guided by sustainability principles. ๐ŸŒŠ A Pacific where every individual is empowered to meet their essential needs, fostering inclusive prosperity.

 

๐Ÿ“š Source:

Madgavkar, Et al., (2023, August 25). From Poverty to Empowerment: Raising the Bar for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth.

๐Ÿ”— Link:

McKinsey Global Institute

๐Ÿ’ฅ What's the Big Deal:

In the vast expanse of the Pacific, transformation is brewing. McKinsey Global Institute's research report, "From Poverty to Empowerment: Raising the Bar for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth," explores a journey envisioning shared prosperity that could impact Pacific island nations. ๐ŸŒ This research delves into the intricate relationship between economic growth, inclusion, and sustainability in the Pacific. ๐Ÿ’ฐ It challenges us to imagine a Pacific where every individual can meet essential needs and embark on a journey towards empowerment. ๐Ÿ›ฃ️ By 2030, this roadmap envisions a Pacific where empowerment and sustainability go hand in hand, shaping the next generation's destiny. ๐ŸŒฑ The research quantifies the empowerment gap and the net-zero investment gap, exploring scenarios to bridge them.

#EconomicDevelopment,,#CBED,#Inclusion,#PacificIslands,#net-zero,#IMSPARK, #McKinseyGlobalInstitute,

Monday, September 18, 2023

๐Ÿ›ฃ️IMSPARK: AV INCLUSION ACCESS INCREASED FOR DISABLED COMMUNITY (VIDEO)♿️

๐Ÿ›ฃ️IMAGINE... AV INCLUSION ACCESS INCREASED FOR DISABLED COMMUNITY♿️
 (VIDEO)



๐Ÿ’ก Imagined Endstate:

Imagine a future where autonomous vehicles (AVs) revolutionize mobility for the disabled community, fostering unprecedented access and independence for all individuals. ๐ŸŒ

๐Ÿ”— Link:

https://www.uschamber.com/assets/documents/CTEC_InnovationHighwayReport_July23.pdf

๐Ÿ“š Source:

Innovation Highway. (July 2023). Unlocking the Social and Economic Benefits of Autonomous Vehicles.

๐Ÿ’ฅWhat's the Big Deal:

The integration of autonomous vehicles has the potential to be a game-changer for the disabled community and society at large. By providing enhanced accessibility and independence, AVs can empower individuals with disabilities to participate more actively in various aspects of life. ๐ŸŒŸThis transformative shift in mobility can lead to greater employment opportunities, improved access to essential services like healthcare and education, and a more inclusive and equitable society. ๐Ÿ‘ฅ Furthermore, as AV technology advances, it promises to reduce accidents, decrease emissions, and boost overall safety and efficiency, marking a remarkable leap toward sustainability and inclusivity! ๐ŸŒ


#DisabilitiesStudies,#Inclusion,#AutonomousVehicles, #AV,#Innovation,

Friday, September 15, 2023

๐Ÿ›ฃ️IMSPARK: AV Creating More Access and Independence for the Disabled Community ♿️

  

๐Ÿ›ฃ️IMAGINE... AV Creating More Access and Independence for the Disabled Community ♿️



๐Ÿ’ก Imagined Endstate:

Imagine a future where autonomous vehicles (AVs) revolutionize mobility for the disabled community, fostering unprecedented access and independence for all individuals. ๐ŸŒ

๐Ÿ”— Link:

https://www.uschamber.com/assets/documents/CTEC_InnovationHighwayReport_July23.pdf

๐Ÿ“š Source:

Innovation Highway. (July 2023). Unlocking the Social and Economic Benefits of Autonomous Vehicles.

๐Ÿ’ฅWhat's the Big Deal:

The integration of autonomous vehicles has the potential to be a game-changer for the disabled community and society at large. By providing enhanced accessibility and independence, AVs can empower individuals with disabilities to participate more actively in various aspects of life. ๐ŸŒŸThis transformative shift in mobility can lead to greater employment opportunities, improved access to essential services like healthcare and education, and a more inclusive and equitable society. ๐Ÿ‘ฅ Furthermore, as AV technology advances, it promises to reduce accidents, decrease emissions, and boost overall safety and efficiency, marking a remarkable leap toward sustainability and inclusivity! ๐ŸŒ


#DisabilitiesStudies,#Inclusion,#AutonomousVehicles, #AV,#Innovation,

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

IMPRES (Imagine Pacific Presentations): United Nations Disability Inclusion Part 3 (VIDEO)

๐ŸŒ IMPRES: UNDIS Part 3: 

Applying the UN Disabilities Inclusion Strategy ๐ŸŒ 

(VIDEO)





๐ŸŒ Welcome back to Part 3 of IMPRESS (Imagine Pacific Presentations), where we continue our journey through the United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy. In this episode, we focus on practical applications.
๐Ÿ” Understanding the Framework: We dive into the United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy Accountability Framework, highlighting the crucial role of digital access within the "inclusion" category.
๐ŸŒŸ Empowering Participation: Explore how digital access empowers individuals with disabilities to actively participate in society. It amplifies their voices, enhances communication, and bridges geographical limitations.
๐Ÿ“Š Data for Impact: Discover how digital technologies enable efficient data collection, analysis, and dissemination. This is crucial for assessing disability, inclusion, and humanitarian contexts accurately.
๐ŸŒ Universal Design and Accessibility: Learn how universal design principles, accessibility, and reasonable accommodation are implemented by the UN to create inclusive digital platforms for everyone.
๐Ÿ‘‹ Closing Thoughts: As we wrap up Part 3 of IMPRESS, remember to like, subscribe, and explore more episodes on the Imagine Pacific Pulse (IMPULSE). Thank you for joining us on this journey of inclusiveness and digital access!
๐Ÿš€ Don't forget to scan the QR code on your screen for more content on the Imagine Pacific YouTube Channel.
Thank you for being a part of our inclusive community!


#ImaginePacific,#IMPRES,#Inclusion,#DigitalAccess,#UNDIS, #Accessibility, #ImaginePacificPulse,#DigitalEquity,#DigitalInclusion,#DisabilitiesStudies, 


Wednesday, September 6, 2023

๐ŸŽ“ IMATRIX:Community ADA Training - September/October ๐ŸŽ“

 

 ๐ŸŽ“ IMATRIX - Community ADA Training - September/October ๐ŸŽ“


Location

AGENCY

TRAINING

DESCRIPTION

DATE

TRAINING LINK:

Webinar

Great Lakes ADA Center for All

Accessible Residential Housing - 09-07-2023

This training focuses on making residential housing more accessible for all, including Pacific communities. Learn about accessibility standards and practices that can benefit the Pacific region.

09-07-2023

Course Link

Webinar

Great Lakes ADA Center for All

What You Should Know About the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Gain insights into the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and its implications, which can be relevant in various employment situations, including the Pacific region.

09-19-2023

Course Link

Webinar

Great Lakes ADA Center for All

A Review of Conflicting Court Cases Related to the ADA

Explore court cases related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and their impact. Understanding ADA-related legal matters can be valuable in the Pacific as well.

09-20-2023

Course Link

Webinar

Great Lakes ADA Center for All

Microsoft Inclusive Design: Cognitive Exclusion

Learn about inclusive design and how to avoid cognitive exclusion in digital products. Inclusive design principles are relevant globally, including in the Pacific.

09-21-2023

Course Link

Webinar

Great Lakes ADA Center for All

Maps for All – Building Accessible Maps

Discover how to create accessible maps, which can be important for navigation and accessibility in Pacific regions.

09-26-2023

Course Link

Webinar

Great Lakes ADA Center for All

Ask ADAl Questions RE: The Interactive Process Employment Accommodations-

Get answers to your questions about the interactive process for employment accommodations under the ADA. Understanding ADA processes can be beneficial in the Pacific.

10-11-2023

https://adata.org/


๐Ÿฆค IMSPARK: Healthy and Diverse Migratory Species in the Pacific๐Ÿฆค

 ๐Ÿฆค Imagine... Healthy and Diverse Migratory Species in the Pacific๐Ÿฆค  ๐Ÿ’ก Imagined Endstate:  In the next 3-5 years, the Pacific region will...