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26 Oct Halloween 2020!

With the convergence of a full moon, a blue moon, daylight saving time and Saturday celebrations — plus the unprecedented events of this year — Halloween 2020 will truly be one to remember. Much has changed … but our love for the fun, fright, and delight of Halloween is strong as ever. So let’s unleash our Halloween inspiration — to celebrate the season in safe, fun, unexpected ways!  (source) The CDC recommends these lower risk activities can be safe alternatives: Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends Decorating your house, apartment, or living space Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance Having a virtual Halloween costume contest Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house Join data2insight as we celebrate Halloween in a COVID-19 free way.  ...

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19 Oct Celebrating National Business Women’s Week

Did you know the third full week in October ushers in National Business Women’s Week each year.  (source) Lean Madesin Phillips, president of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs (NFBPWC), launched the first National Business Women’s Week in 1928. It wasn’t until 1938 that the week was officially recognized and celebrated every year since. Since its creation in 1928, the NBWW has been sponsored by Business and Professional Women to recognize and honor the achievements of working women throughout history. BPW members and BPW Foundation call attention to the leadership of working women and local women entrepreneurs, facilitate discussions on the needs of working women, share information about successful workplace policies and raise awareness of resources available for women in their communities. NBWW is celebrated by BPW Local Organizations and their local communities across the country. The National Business Women’s Week is a salute to the achievements of all working women. Join data2insight as we celebrate National Business Women's Week!...

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12 Oct Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

Indigenous Peoples' Day is a holiday that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. To date, 14 states— Alabama, Alaska, Hawai'i, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wisconsin—and the District of Columbia, more than 130 cities, and growing numbers of school districts celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in place of or in addition to Columbus Day. Here are my top five suggestions for engaging with the spirit of Indigenous Peoples’ Day during this unusual year from the National Museum of the American Indian. Plant Native! Native plants support healthy ecosystems. Read an Indigenous writer. Consider reading a board book with the youngest in your family. Social Justice Books, a project of Teaching for Change, shares a list of books recommended by Dr. Debbie Reese (Nambé Pueblo), founder and co-editor of American Indians in Children’s Literature. Attend an online Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration. Monday, October 12, at 1 p.m. Eastern time, the museum is streaming an Indigenous Peoples’ Day program for middle- and high-school students, though all are welcome. Help teach a more truthful history of Columbus and the Indigenous peoples of the Caribbean Islands. A Washington, D.C., preschool teacher shared this lesson, which uses puppets to teach three- and four-year-olds about empathy and different perspectives in age-appropriate ways. Learn more by visiting Native Knowledge 360°, and advocate for Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Native Knowledge 360°, the museum’s National Education Initiative, is working to transform teaching and learning about American Indians. Join data2insight as we celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day!...

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05 Oct data2insight Stands with NAME

NAME is a non-profit organization that advances and advocates for equity and social justice through multicultural education.  The Founders of NAME envisioned an organization that would bring together individuals and groups with an interest in multicultural education from all levels of education, different academic disciplines and from diverse educational institutions and occupations. NAME provided their assessment of the President's September 22 executive order.  In the assessment, NAME states, "it is only when real diversity and inclusion training confronts the painful and awful history of the United States to challenge racism, sexism, homophobia and related forms of oppression that there is even a glimmer of hope that social justice, equity, and real change now and in the future are possible."  Trump’s order aims to eliminate any “discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress.” We hope that you stand with data2insight as we work with and urge educational communities to rise up and ignore the ban.  We encourage all the members of our community to vote on November 3 to uphold and advance racial and social justice....

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28 Sep Think Positive!!!

In a continuation of Positive Thinking Day, data2insight would like to share more positivity. Positive thinking is an emotional and mental attitude that focuses on the good and expects results that will benefit you. It’s about anticipating happiness, health and success – essentially, training yourself to adopt an abundance mindset and cultivate gratitude for your own successes and those of others. (source) How important is the power of positive thinking? It can make or break an individual.  The power of positive thinking can’t be understated.  (source) Join data2insight as we spread positivity!  Here are some additional quotes to share for positive thinking....

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21 Sep Happy Positive Thinking Day

Did you know that September 13 is Positive Thinking Day?  This year, data2insight is celebrating positive thinking as much as possible this month, especially with all the crazy that 2020 has brought our way! Positive Thinking Day is a time set aside each year to concentrate on all things positive. An American entrepreneur started this day in 2003 so that people could commemorate the many rewards that can be found in thinking positively. "Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will."  -  Zig Ziglar You can begin celebrating by practicing these five things: Start today and every day with positive affirmations. Reflect on the power of positive thinking. Read and share inspiring quotes. Smile to everyone you meet. Write down things you are grateful for. Learn more about the history of this day here.  ...

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14 Sep Celebrating World Ozone Day!

Wednesday, September 16 is World Ozone Day.  The theme for the World Ozone Day 2020, to be marked on 16 September, is:  35 Years of Ozone Layer Protection. The theme for this year celebrates 35 years of the Vienna Convention and 35 years of global ozone layer protection. Life on Earth would not be possible without sunlight. But the energy emanating from the sun would be too much for life on Earth to thrive were it not for the ozone layer. This stratospheric layer shields Earth from most of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation. Sunlight makes life possible, but the ozone layer makes life as we know it possible. On 19 December 1994, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 16 September the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, commemorating the date, in 1987, on which the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was signed. Click here to learn how you can organize activities for your area! Join data2insight as we keep on working towards doing our part to protect the ozone!...

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31 Aug Black Women’s Equal Pay Day

Did you know that August 13 is the Black Women's Equal Pay Day?  That means Black women had to work all of 2019 and this far into 2020 to earn what white men earned last year alone—four months longer than white women had to work to accomplish the same goal. Over the course of a Black woman’s career, the pay gap accounts for almost $1 million in lost income. (source) On average, women in the U.S. make 18% less than men.1  Over the course of a year, the average working woman loses $10,122 as a result of the gender pay gap.2  If you break it down by race and ethnicity, the pay gap is even wider for Black women, Native American women, and Latinas.  The pay gap is not about a single paycheck. Over the course of a career, the lost income can add up to over a million dollars. (source) The pay gap won't shrink until employers take these steps. Join data2insight as we continue to put a spotlight on and work towards fixing this systemic problem....

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17 Aug Happy (Belated) Coworking Day!

August 9 was Coworking Day! Coworking Day is an annual holiday to commemorate the anniversary of the day Brad Neuberg first brought modern-day coworking into the world. You can still see Brad’s original blog post announcing the first coworking space here. Brad was highly supportive of people taking his idea and running with it, so when Tara Hunt and Chris Messina came along, he encouraged them to spread the concept of coworking far and wide. And spread the idea they did—through the Coworking Forum, Coworking Wiki, Coworking Blog and more, they inspired others to build similar communities everywhere—and that’s why coworking is rapidly becoming a household name. Join data2insight as we celebrate some of our favorite Coworking spaces at Office Nomads, The Riveter, and Hay Coworks (all in Seattle)!...

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10 Aug International Day of the World´s Indigenous Peoples

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is celebrated on August 9 each year. Last week, to commemorate the event, there was a Webinar Series on the International Day of the World´s Indigenous Peoples “Custodians of Biodiversity.” On the occasion of the International Day of the World´s Indigenous Peoples, which is observed by the United Nations each August 9th, the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project, in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Equator Initiative, the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB), the Indigenous Women for Biodiversity Network of Latin America and the Small Grants Programme (SGP), hosted the Webinar Series “Custodians of Biodiversity”, from August 4th to August 7th 2020. This Webinar Series aimed to highlight the indigenous peoples contributions on biodiversity conservation through governance mechanisms and ABS actions. Additionally, the webinar series intended to offer a space for indigenous peoples to exchange and discuss the emerging challenges on biodiversity management within ABS, and their contribution to the Post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The webinars offered the option for simultaneous interpretation from English to Spanish. The recordings of the sessions will be shared through the Global ABS Community....

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