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#56 Weekend reads – are you owning your learning and upskilling journey?

The last couple of days I attended the Asia Professional Speakers Convention 2021 and as always, it was awesome. Every year I leave inspired, more connected with my amazing community, and I get really awesome tips that are easy to implement, which helps me keep building my business.

However, in the panel discussions and conversations with corporates, one of the themes that came through is how businesses are coming up with multiple ways to help educate, train and upskill employees, but equally, how hard it is to get employees to take advantage of these opportunities. It doesn’t mean the corporates are getting it right, of course, but the cost of not taking advantage for individuals is high.

You don’t need to look far to see images and videos of out of work employees, living in depressed towns and cities, because their industry became inefficient, irrelevant and more, which led to the business becoming redundant and employees without work. Think the US rust belt and you get an idea.

It’s hard to think of an industry that won’t be impacted by the massive changes coming. I mean, artificial intelligence even does a pretty good job writing articles these days. The onus, therefore, must be on each of us individually to understand the risk facing both our professions and our industries.

We need to read, follow the futurists, scientists and researchers, take advantage of every chance to upskill, and never EVER say we’re too old to learn something new – or we will be those people in the photos wishing for times gone by. Enormous global change is happening and it needs to happen even faster, if we have any chance of stopping climate hell, as the UN is predicting.

In my forthcoming book, Uncommon Courage, one of the seven topics is career thoughts and this quote captures the essence of the message. Let’s own our future path, or we will be pushed aside as many have before us. We can stop that from happening. Innovation, creativity and enormous courage is what’s needed to keep pace and even stay ahead of the curve.

It’s a reason for my weekend reads, to help people navigate the enormous amount if information coming our way. I’m attempting to categorize key information, so you can stay on top. Check in every week and seriously, just reading the headlines can give you an idea of what is going on around the world.

Friend’s Content

It’s time for Audacious Sustainability my wonderful friend Joanne Flinn did a last minute presentation at the Convention. Brilliant job, but it spurred her even more, to put a stake in the ground around Audacious Sustainability. Awesome work my friend.

And my friend Vicki Kiely, has launched a new children’s education series, which is all about focusing on children’s growth through music, movement, storytelling and engagement. You can find more on her YouTube channel, and if you have tiny tots, I highly recommend checking it out! Great fun.

PLEASE donate

And time to donate if you haven’t this month. Times are desperate around the world, so please dig deep if you can. World Food Program., UN Refugee Program, PowerOf ,, Soi Dog Foundation. If you are interested in feeding those without food in Phuket, we have a #OnePhuket WeBoon account. We’d appreciate any support you can provide.  

If you can afford to be generous, now is the time to help your fellow human.

Content to read

Here you go. Grab a coffee/tea or a glass of wine, and check what’s been happening this week. It’s heavy on the climate crisis this week, but there has been some significant news. Read up.

Climate Crisis / 6th Mass Extinction

We’re Speeding Toward Climate Hell, UN Warns

Satellites may have been underestimating the planet’s warming for decades

Forecast: 40% chance Earth to be hotter than Paris goal soon

There’s a simple answer to climate change. But will capitalism allow it?

10 ethical brands owned by unethical companies tks Sophia Henri

After the deluge: Australia’s outback springs to life as mighty rivers flow again

Airships for city hops could cut flying’s CO2 emissions by 90%

The ‘messy’ alternative to tree-planting

Article by Michael Shellenberger mixes accurate and inaccurate claims in support of a misleading and overly simplistic argumentation about climate change

Climate: World at risk of hitting temperature limit soon

The scientists releasing cats in Australia

Climate Point: Will construction workers drive e-trucks? And 2 Exxon directors ousted

Tasmanian devils are born in the wild for the first time on Australia’s mainland since they were wiped out by dingoes 3,000 years ago

Species Solidarity: Rediscovering Our Connection to the Web of Life

Powerful cyclone Yaas batters eastern India, forcing more than 1 million to evacuate

Australian court finds government has duty to protect young people from climate crisis tks Ali Davis

Hope for wallabies so endangered they were thought to be extinct

Shell ordered to deepen carbon cuts in landmark Dutch climate case

Amazon workers demand company quit polluting near communities of color

Make-up’s ugly secret: The plight of India’s poor miners behind the beauty industry

The long shot that saved Belize’s coral

Researchers find Greenland glacial meltwaters rich in mercury

Turkey struck by ‘sea snot’ because of global heating

Peatlands keep a lot of carbon out of Earth’s atmosphere, but that could end with warming and development

Honeybees are accumulating airborne microplastics on their bodies

Move to net zero ‘inevitably means more mining’

Five years after Fort McMurray fire, researchers warn of wildfire risk from peatlands

How companies can avoid greenwashing: Do it before talking about it

Extreme Heat Risks May Be Widely Underestimated and Sometimes Left Out of Major Climate Reports

How humanity has changed the food it eats

China ultramarathon: Severe weather kills 21 runners

DR Congo’s Goma volcano: ‘I couldn’t save my sick husband from the lava’

Long Slide Looms for World Population, With Sweeping Ramifications

The myths that hint at past disasters                                                 

Mount Nyiragongo: DR Congo residents flee as volcano erupts

‘Dingoes were here first’: the landowners who say letting ‘wild dogs’ live pays dividends


Meet the Ohio vaccine lottery’s $1 million winner: A 22-year-old who ‘thought it was a prank.’

Melbourne lockdown: Fears over outbreak sparks restrictions

Vaccinate the World! The Best Investment Ever.

Covid: Biden orders investigation into virus origin as lab leak theory debated

Covid-19: Has India’s deadly second wave peaked?

‘Black fungus’ strikes fear in India as Covid deaths pass 300,000

8 Britons who breached Covid-19 measures on yacht off Lazarus Island banned from working in S’pore

Bangkok’s micro homes: a model for slum dwelling in COVID-19?

Global Politics

Twitter Calls on Indian Government to Respect Free Speech

Indian police visit Twitter’s office after ‘manipulated media’ label

Hong Kong: Jimmy Lai jailed again for pro-democracy protests

A Wave of Afghan Surrenders to the Taliban Picks Up Speed

Senate Unanimously Passes Hawley Bill Declassifying Intel On Wuhan Lab

George Floyd sister says Biden broke promise on bill

Passengers recall the fear that gripped the dissident journalist as their flight was diverted.

US issues Japan travel warning weeks before Olympics

Belarus ‘diverts Ryanair flight to arrest journalist’, opposition says

CNN cuts ties with Rick Santorum over comments about Native Americans

Business and Technology

How to Learn from the Big Mistake You Almost Make

For mothers in the workplace, a year (and counting) like no other

Twitter: Social media giant lists new ‘Blue’ subscription service

Lack of trust among reasons some workers in S’pore told to return to office despite Covid-19 curbs tks Luke Clark                                                

To choose a career, I needed to do more than ‘follow my dream’

Breaking the trance: how I escaped IDEO’s biased career labyrinth

Ethereum’s Billionaire Creator Saw the Cryptocurrency Collapse Coming

Daniel Kahneman: ‘Clearly AI is going to win. How people are going to adjust is a fascinating problem’

The lavish lifestyle of Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes ruled fair game for trial


Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity

Canada mourns as remains of 215 children found at indigenous school

AI emotion-detection software tested on Uyghurs

A prosecutor says no to a rape charge, so a college student calls her own grand jury

Asian American Women Twice as Likely to Be Targets of Anti-Asian Hate

Dead children washed up on Libya beach, says charity

MacKenzie Scott Gave Away $6 Billion Last Year

How One Writer Uncovered the Lost Histories of 999 Women and Girls Who Were Sent to Auschwitz

Italy cable car fall: 14 dead after accident near Lake Maggiore

They won’t remind us, but the tabloids hurt Diana just as much as Panorama did tks Tony Whybrow

‘That embrace was his lifeline’: Spanish volunteer abused online for hugging Senegalese migrant – VIRAL VIDEO

Glenn Close reflects on ‘really awful’ upbringing with her family in religious cult

The great consent debate: Adults need to be honest with boys and girls about biology

Florida school reportedly edits girls’ yearbook photos, covering exposed skin tks Gina Giachetti

IN FOCUS: Fearing starvation, Thailand’s ethnic Karens of Bang Kloi seek return to ancestral land

Oprah Winfrey ‘surprised’ by Prince Harry level of involvement in The Me You Can’t See

Migrant boy uses plastic bottles to stay afloat in his desperate bid to reach Spanish

Passion, humour, history

We know what you did during lockdown

‘Is That a Megalodon?’ Massive Shark Caught on Camera Off New England Coast

Darwin accused of being racist, misogynistic in theories on human evolution

Kelly Clarkson to replace Ellen DeGeneres on US TV

The missing continent it took 375 years to find

Oprah on whether Prince Harry’s recent revelations will help his relationship with the royals

David Gulpilil takes centre stage to tell his incredible life story in intimate documentary My Name is Gulpilil

Eric Carle, author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has died at 91 tks Jenni Thorman

Simone Biles Dials Up the Difficulty, ‘Because I Can’

The Mystery Formation of Extremely Rich Gold Veins Might Finally Be Solved

Trove of Prehistoric Remains Including a Spiked Teeth Monster Salmon Accidentally Found in California

The Greatest Commencement Address of All Time: Joseph Brodsky’s Six Rules for Playing the Game of Life Like a Winner

Let me know what jumped out at you or share your most insightful read this week? I love a great recommendation.



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