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Jessica Minh Anh and Hudson River Park catwalk collaboration in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE.

JMA × Hudson River Park

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This autumn, serial tech entrepreneur and Vietnamese media mogul Jessica Minh Anh along with Hudson River Park are collaborating on a momentous event, raising carbon neutrality awareness within NYC

Beforehand, Anh–a Petronas scholar, hosted the world’s first oceanic catwalk in the Mediterranean.

Now, she’s producing the much anticipated J Autumn Fashion Show on Pier 34. This imaginative and immersive experience is the latest presentation in her Fashion x Sustainability series.

Previous engagements include: being atop of the Hoover Dam in Nevada; at the Gemasolar power plant in Spain; on board a low-emission cruise ship in Italy and JFK Airport hanger, a promotional installation for DHL Express (Watch Video). 

With the World Trade Center as the backdrop, J Autumn Fashion Show will exhibit avant pieces to a progressive audience of purveyors within various sectors: media, innovation and environmental.

Official Campaign Video HERE.

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Jessica Minh Anh × Hudson River Park inside 360 MAGAZINE
Jessica Minh Anh × Hudson River Park collaboration via 360 MAGAZINE.

BTS HERE.

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Top Five Tips for Planning a Trendy Event

Planning a trendy event, like an album launch or a fashion show, is the dream of many an event planner. An event of this calibre and magnitude is thrilling beyond measure, but don’t let that fool you – they take untold hours of planning.

Here are the top five tips for pulling off an event that will have everyone buzzing for weeks afterwards:

  • Discuss Budget

The most important thing to know right from the start is what kind of budget you’re working with. Huge events cost huge amounts of money. When planning a super trendy event, the last thing you want to do is scrimp on spending.

Sit down with your client and discuss their expectations in brief to start, then find out how much they are prepared to spend to turn those into a reality. If you are on the same page with both, you can go ahead and unpack those expectations in more detail.

  • The Wow Factor

The trendiest events always have one thing that sets them apart from all other events – the “wow factor”. This is what happens when an event goes above and beyond to ensure that everyone is equally wowed by their experience.

Think performers, celebrities, pyrotechnics, and light shows. Nothing is too much, and you can never go too far when it comes to impressing your guests.

  • Plan Ahead

Ask any seasoned event planner, and they will tell you two things. Firstly, every event needs to be planned in great detail, and secondly – you need a backup plan for your original plan. Use a smooth event platform to ensure that your event goes off without a hitch.

Your plan should include your event goals and objectives, as well as a real-time budget tracker.

  • Practice Makes Perfect

Event pilots are great for identifying issues and hiccups. Most big and important events, like weddings, have rehearsals – so why not your super trendy event?

The guests who attend pilot events are more tolerant and understanding, this is both a good and a bad thing. You need honest feedback to make sure that the real event is as perfect as possible.

  • Hire Influencers and Buzzers

To make your event the talk of the town, you need to create an engaging atmosphere. Grab your guest’s attention by hiring celebrities, performers, and influencers. These people can either perform or pretend to be guests – that part is up to you.

Choose a location that is impressive and works for your theme. For fashion shows, your needs will be both practical and aesthetic. You will need a beautiful spot and a runway for your models.

Encourage your guests to take selfies and tag your event on their socials using your unique event hashtag.

To End

Planning an event that will have everyone’s tongues wagging will take a lot of effort, but it will be oh so worth it in the end. Follow the tips above and your event will be incredible!

Container House by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

How to Find a Reliable Home Contractor

Most homeowners go through a hard time finding a reliable contractor even though there are hundreds of contractor companies. If you are looking for a contractor, you certainly don’t want one that is going to take longer than the agreed period, to finish your project. 

On the contrary, you want a contractor that can do an awesome job within your stipulated budget and time. You may want a contractor for the construction of your home or for its renovation. Whatever your need, the following tips will help you pick a reliable home contractor.

Ask For References

The best thing about the internet is that you can get online references on various services. However, personal referrals are way more credible than online reviews and you should prioritize them over online referrals. Besides Google, other websites where homeowners can get reviews of contractors include Home Advisor, AngieList, and Yelp.

You can get personal referrals from sources like your friends and family, and the workers at your local hardware shops. You can also approach a homeowner who recently built their home to give you details about their contractor.  

The best scenario is by combining online reviews and personal reviews. Remember to have an open mind when seeking referrals and be sure to do background checks on as many contractors as possible.

Be Specific About Your Project

It is not advisable to hire a contractor for home projects that are not clearly identified. For instance, hiring a contractor who specializes in roof to renovate your home interior is a bad idea. The unqualified contractor is likely to turn out unreliable as you may end up having to look for another contractor who is fit for the job. 

Treat your home as you would treat your body and go for specialized services from a qualified contractor. You wouldn’t see an ophthalmologist when you have a broken arm, would you? Your home is made up of various areas that a general contractor may not know how to fix as well as a specialized contractor.

Get Proposals from Various Contractors

Once you reach out to your potential contractor, be ready to conduct interviews and ask lots of questions. Request t each of the contractors you are interviewing to write a proposal with their estimated prices for the entire project. The estimates should also include the prices of the materials to be used and any the costs. 

Ensure every contractor makes their bid and then take your time to compare the bids. To widen your scope, experts recommend you reach out to as many as ten contractors. Hiring a contractor for your home project is a crucial part of your home project to answer important questions like shower waste and what to do with it, so take your time.

Go For the Busy One

When you are looking for a contractor you may find it easy to choose the available one since you want to start on your home project as soon as possible. However, going for the contractor who has lots of time on their hands may not be a good idea. Such a contractor is likely to be less experienced and may not be reliable, thus their low demands.

A reliable contractor is likely to be engaged in other projects already since they are on high demand. Therefore, you may have to wait for you to get on their schedule. Considering you want a well done job, you definitely can wait a few weeks or months for a perfect job. 

Finally, be sure to pick the contractor with whom you have a good rapport as this will go a long way in ensuring you two communicate better. You may pick a contractor who is experienced but if you cannot communicate effectively with them, you may end up disappointed.

remote learning illustration by Kaelen Felix

Top 5 Trending Online Courses in 2021

With the current state of the world, online learning has really taken off. Some people have lost their jobs and are looking for ways to make money. Others are taking the time in lockdown to learn another skill that may be useful. Whatever your reason, whether it’s getting another degree or trying to get a certification, these days online learning is your best bet. Education is important and online classes are a great way to broaden your horizons safely. There are places all over the internet that offer online courses including Learning Cloud Australia or browse nationally recognized courses here.

1. Digital Marketing

Digital marketing has been around for a long time. And with businesses transitioning to operating primarily online, digital marketing is becoming more and more important.

Digital marketing focuses on social media, search engine optimization, content marketing, and marketing analytics. These are all things that businesses will need in order to attract customers.

Taking courses in digital marketing is ideal for anyone who is or looking to become a brand manager, marketer, or entrepreneur.

2. Data Science

Data science is a popular program to study online. Data visualization, statistics, and data analytics are some programs that students take when studying data science.

With this program, you don’t need to know anything about computer coding. In fact, all you need is a Bachelor’s degree and a proclivity for numbers, and you are good to go.

If you are someone who is currently in or looking to pursue a job as a data scientist, business, or data analyst, data science may be an excellent program to try.

3. Business Intelligence

Business Intelligence professionals help businesses solve problems and develop strategies. Their principal job is to take the data supplied to them by a business and use the data to set them on the path that will help them become successful.

BI professionals take this data and basically tell the business what they need to change. These things could be planning, operations, strategic management, or product development. BI professionals tell you what’s working and what’s not and how it can be fixed.

If you are an IT professional, courses in business intelligence can help you with management reporting, data visualization, data mining, and data analytics.

4. Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is something that has become very popular these days. While it has become popular, it is still complicated. Businesses need someone on their teams that is qualified to work with clouds. Cloud computing requires someone knowledgeable in domains, cloud migration, multi-cloud environments, serverless architecture, cloud security, and virtual machines.

5. Project Management

Project management has become a popular course these days. A project manager makes sure projects are both turned in on time and within the budget. It is the project manager who assigns tasks to qualified team members and sets the deadlines. Project managers also try to keep the team on task and motivate them. This motivation helps to ensure that the project gets completed on time.

US Businesses Allowing Remote Working

The rise of cloud computing and teleconferencing represent both the biggest opportunity for growth as well as the most significant organizational challenge to companies around the world, according to new research from Condeco’s new research paper, The Modern Workplace 2019: People, places & technology, involving 750 corporate leaders. The full report can be downloaded here. Among the countries in the survey, remote working is particularly prevalent in Australia (45 per cent) with the US tied for being the country with the second most amount of companies allowing remote work (43 percent) and least widespread is Germany (35 per cent). However, US businesses were least likely to offer flextime (49 percent), while those in Singapore were most likely (66 percent). In addition, 43 percent of US business forecast that they will allow more remote working in the next year while only 9 percent have indicated that they will offer less remote working, a clear indicator that remote working is a major trend in America. 54 percent of US companies have said that they offer remote working to increase employee retention, which showcases employees increasing demands to work from home.

While recognizing digital transformation as crucial to their future success, 60 percent of those who participated express concern over the speed with which new technologies are reshaping their businesses. They are increasingly preoccupied with issues related to cloud computing, the internet of things, and big data.These technology challenges are contributing significantly to the changing nature of the corporate environment, the report finds. Cloud computing in particular has made it possible for increasing numbers of employees to work remotely and flexibly meaning that the central company workspace is rapidly becoming an administrative hub, rather than a traditional central focus where everyone gathers during set hours. The demands of regulation and compliance are also adding to the burden felt by businesses as they face the future. Condeco’s report is based on an in-depth survey of business leaders in six countries, including the United States, backed by qualitative interviews. Respondents overall say the biggest challenges facing their organizations in the next 12 months are digital transformation (37 percent) and the adoption of new technology (35 percent).

Across all countries surveyed, access to talent supply (26 per cent) and regulation and compliance (24 per cent) are considered greater organizational challenges than business uncertainty (22 per cent). Welcome to the flexible working revolution. Almost half of global businesses surveyed (41 percent) say they already offer some degree of remote working, while three-fifths (60 percent) provide flextime opportunities, allowing employees to choose when to start and end their workday. “The research clearly shows that businesses are in the process of transforming their workplaces digitally, which enables them to transform the way that they are used physically,” said Paul Statham, CEO of Condeco.”Today’s technology allows for space to be used more flexibly and for employees to work remotely. This benefits businesses by maximizing office space, reducing costs and by keeping employees engaged and productive.”

The end of meeting-room culture? When employees do go into the office, it is most often for meetings with colleagues and customers. Yet the researchers discovered that finding, booking and using meeting rooms is a consistent point of organizational tension, even as more people are working remotely. Fewer than a quarter of those surveyed (23 percent) say that their employees have access to meeting rooms whenever they need them; however, the US leads the world with 31 percent, compared to just 9 percent in Singapore. Only a third of respondents (31 percent) currently use specialist meeting-room scheduling software to help make efficient use of their available space. Some of those surveyed believed that there was an opportunity to use artificial intelligence to book and use meeting rooms more effectively.

“AI can release individuals from routine, repetitive tasks at work and free them up for more value-adding and enriching activities. That’s why it is likely to play an important role in meeting room booking software,” said Peter Otto, Chief Product Officer at Condeco. Businesses are only just beginning to realize the extent to which the need for co-workers to meet in person is a thing of the past, as new conferencing systems enable teams to maintain real-time collaboration and conversation across vast distances and multiple time zones.“Ultimately new technology will enable businesses to allocate their resources and time more effectively,” said Otto.“There is also a role it can play in gathering data, but companies need to be aware of the ethical and privacy aspects of using it in this way and be prepared to be fully transparent in communicating what they are doing to their employees.”

US leaders prepare for the future While a fifth of business leaders worldwide (22 per cent) said that uncertainty was a concern for them, less than one fifth of American business leaders (16 percent) echoed this. The most-common concern for US respondents is technology adoption (45 percent) and talent supply (30 percent), suggesting that businesses are expecting these to be major issues over the next year. Only 11 percent of US business cited access to capital as their top organizational concern.

Turner & Perry, LLC.

Turner & Perry, LLC is a consulting firm that specializes in capturing the overflow of work from Training departments sinking in Learning and Development (L&D) projects, and we capture the work from companies who do not have Training departments but need materials designed, developed, implemented, and evaluated.

 

Angella Turner 

Angella Turner is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Turner & Perry, LLC and holds a Masters in Training and Development from Oakland University in Rochester, MI. As a skilled Learning and Development professional, she is proficient and experienced through a plethora of initiatives in both corporate and non-traditional environments; including practitioner experience in the areas of Automotive, Customer Service, Education (K-12), Healthcare and Non-Profit Organizations. Angella’s Project Management expertise comes from connection of people, resources and projects to ensure coordination of business and project goals, timelines, and instructional outcomes using a variety of communication methods and technology tools.  

As an advocate of community engagement, she serves through various initiatives as an event planner, facilitator, keynote speaker, mentor, volunteer chaplain and youth advocate.

 

Sherica Perry 

Sherica Perry is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Turner & Perry, LLC and holds a Masters in Training and Development from Oakland University in Rochester, MI. She is an accomplished Learning and Development professional with demonstrated expertise in cross-cultural, global, and virtual environments across automotive, telecommunications, technical, insurance, healthcare, accounting and government sectors. Sherica is highly skilled in analyzing organizational needs, identifying viable solutions, and aligning learning and development initiatives with operational objectives and well-versed in designing blended-learning solutions to support all adult learners (Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen X, and Millennials) including, fish bowls, job aids, peripherals, and self-paced tools.

As a respected business partner and strategic consultant who has managed training projects for a variety of Fortune 100 companies; she employs expertise in advanced instructional design processes, organization development, leadership, learning management systems, evaluation (scored assessments), coaching, facilitation, project management, and program design and development to position global and domestic organizations for competitive advantage.