Case Study: Esperanza Spalding’s Exposure project

Well, the artist Esperanza Spalding seems to have taken a step in a fascinating new direction. Esperanza Spalding is a Jazz artist who first came to the public’s attention when she beat Justin Beiber to the Grammy for the Best New Artist Award in 2011. She has won numerous awards, performed several times for President Obama, and has just been announced as a new Professor at Harvard, working with students on Composition and Performance.

Shredding Banksy - The Challenge of Art & Design

In shredding a work that had just been bought for £1m Banksy challenges us to question the value of art. Is a work of art worth the money that is paid for it? In the case of “Girl with a Balloon”, is it now worth more because it is the first artwork to be ‘created’ during a live auction? Some would say that the shredding of the work is the art. While others have said that Banksy had no right to destroy the work after it had been purchased.

Understanding and categorising your strengths and skills

A skill is an ability, which can be gained from knowledge and practice as well as aptitude, and can be objectively measured. If you are proficient in a given area you can claim it as one of your skills; if you're really good at something, i.e. you generally find it easy AND you really enjoy it even when the challenges come along - if it gives you that buzz - then it's a strength. 

Once you've got your head around that, here are five ways to categorise your strengths and skills:

Equality in the workplace is not only about women

At a recent event held at Pearson HQ in London, a panel of the company’s directors came together to discuss the issues surrounding gender equality and share their perspective on the issue. I was asked to join the panel, which also included my peers from around the company.

The panel kicked off the conversation by sharing our experiences of gender equality with the room. It was interesting to hear my colleagues talking about how they perceive situations which I found myself experiencing first hand.

5 steps to uncover your personal values

When we have a clear understanding of what our values are, we are better equipped to make decisions that are 'right' for us, enabling us to lead happier and more fulfilled lives. For example, if you value honesty but your work involves 'twisting the truth' chances are you'll end up feeling conflicted and unfulfilled.

Pinning down what your values are might not be as straightforward as you think. So here are five steps to help you discover yours:

Optimising your LinkedIn profile for recruiters

Job hunting on LinkedIn can happen in more ways than one. While you might use the site to actively look for jobs and make new valuable connections, opportunities might also come to you through recruiters approaching your directly for a role. That is, if they can find you. Just because you have a profile on LinkedIn doesn't necessarily mean that you are coming up in recruiters' searches. Without knowing it, you might therefore be missing out on opportunities that aren't advertised or you simply missed in your search.

The role of learning in the 100-year life

If you were born in 2007 in the UK, there is now a 50% chance that you will live to be 103. That means that your 10-year-old brother, cousin or child will live for 38 years after the traditional retirement age. As you can imagine, this means that their working lives will change. They may have to work for longer to fund a longer retirement or explore a variety of jobs at different points in their lives. The upshot of this is that the role of learning will change. Pearson’s mantra of #AlwaysLearning will become even more of a reality and lifelong learning could really mean learning throughout your whole life. So how will the role of learning play out if you live to be 103?
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