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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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27 Jul A tribute to John Lewis

John Lewis, a civil rights leader who preached nonviolence while enduring beatings and jailings during seminal front-line confrontations of the 1960s and later spent more than three decades in Congress defending the crucial gains he had helped achieve for people of color, has died. He was 80. (source) John Lewis was militant and gentle, a fighter and a peacemaker, brave and self-effacing, confident and humble. He was a listener whom others wanted to hear. He was a man of infinite faith and hope who nonetheless saw and experienced the profound shortcomings, even evils, of our world and our country. He was a partisan when he needed to be, but a unifier at all times. (source) Join data2insight as we celebrate the life and legacy of John Lewis.  Read more about him here and here. ...

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06 Jul Plastic Free July!

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics? Plastic Free July provides resources and ideas to help you (and millions of others around the world) reduce single-use plastic waste everyday at home, work, school, and even at your local café. Our movement has inspired over 250 million participants in 177 countries. You making a small change will collectively make a massive difference to our communities. You can choose to refuse single-use plastics in July (and beyond!). Best of all, being part of Plastic Free July will help you to find great alternatives that can become new habits forever. Join data2insight as we work towards having a plastic free July!...

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29 Jun Celebrating Pride Month, part 5

Show your support by checking out these charities for more information: Human Rights Campaign Foundation: The Human Rights Campaign Foundation envisions an America where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons are ensured of their basic equal rights - and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work, and in the community. Point Foundation: Point Foundation (Point) is the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit. Point Foundation's purpose is to empower LGBTQ students of merit, many of whom might otherwise be at an academic and social disadvantage as a direct result of their sexual orientation or gender identity. SPLC: The Southern Poverty Law Center is internationally recognized for its groundbreaking leadership in seeking justice for the most vulnerable in our society and fighting hate in courtrooms and classrooms throughout the nation. Time Out Youth: Time Out Youth offers support, advocacy, and opportunities for personal development and social interaction to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, ages 11 through 20, in the greater Charlotte, NC, area. ...

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22 Jun Celebrating Pride Month, part 4

Attendance at last year’s Pride events, for context, shattered records across the U.S. (over 20 million people participated, according to Interpride, a nonprofit cohort of global Pride producers), with similar events happening in many major cities throughout the world. But it's more than just parades and parties: Pride’s truest value comes from generating awareness and funds for queer causes, which benefit the LGBTQ+ community long beyond June. (source) Over 300 million viewers are expected to tune into Global Pride—an unprecedented worldwide Pride event—shaped by Interpride with a number international Pride networks. The 24-hour live stream will cast segments from around the world, similar to a New Year’s Eve broadcast. (source) When: June 27, 24-hour stream Where: globalpride2020.org...

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