The Era of the Global Village

What is the global village? It's interesting to watch this clip exploring this idea in this interview with the man who first coined the term 'global village' back in the sixties, Marshall McLuhan. It explores the effects of various media on the way we relate to our lives, each other and our place in the world. McLuhan chose the insightful phrase "global village" to highlight his observation that an electronic nervous system (the media) was rapidly integrating the planet -- events in one part of the world could be experienced from other parts in real-time, which is what human experience was like when we lived in small villages. Marshall McLuhan's insights made the concept of a global village, interconnected by an electronic nervous system, part of our popular culture well before it actually happened. He was the first person to popularize the concept of a global village and to consider its social effects. His insights were revolutionary at the time, and fundamentally changed how everyone has thought about media, technology, and communications ever since. McLuhan's ideas have permeated the way we think about technology and media to such an extent that we are generally no longer aware of the revolutionary effect his concepts had when they were first introduced, so that when the Internet finally arrived in the global village it seemed no less amazing, but rather in the natural order of things.

Think Local to Rank Locally

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One of the best places to Rank in Google is in the local maps results, which are usually shown just below the ads and just above the organic results. If you’re interested in SEO, you’re probably already aware that 2016-17 has seen some major changes in local SEO, and one of the upshots of all these changes is that if you run your business from a single office, it is now much harder to rank in the local 3 Packs in Google in more than one locality. The reason for this is that the biggest factor in the Google local algorithm now seems to be the location of the searcher. This means smaller less SEO savvy businesses now have a much better chance of showing in 3 packs because proximity to the searcher is something that cannot possibly be manipulated by an SEO. FINDING LOCAL LINKS With the location of the searcher now prominent in the algorithm, what can businesses now do to try and increase their likelihood of ranking better in the 3 pack? One way is make sure you focus your link building efforts locally. You should always be looking to get good local links into your link profile and Google’s recent changes now mean it’s even more important than ever before.

Australian Company Creates Innovative e-Commerce Solution

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Most product ranges can easily be fitted into a range of shopping carts in the marketplace, but for a duct component supplier, their product range prevented them from joining the 21st century, causing them to remain reliant on phone and fax ordering, as no neat online solution was available to cater for the complexity of their product range. That is until recently when they launched their own custom designed shopping cart at National Manufacturing Week to make ordering duct online a breeze. Anybody who works with ducting parts will let you know, it's surprisingly hard to set up an online shopping cart to sell duct parts, because there is an extraordinary array of component specifications, then on top of that each and every one has its own unique cost.. Basic dimension variables consist of specific angles, diameters and also lengths and all these variables mean that regular on-line shopping carts typically aren't able to handle the total number of variables, without resorting to entering the same product again and again, with the only variant being the dimension, which Anybody who works with ducting parts will let you know, it's surprisingly hard to set up an online shopping cart to sell duct parts, because there is an extraordinary array of component specifications, then on top of that each and every one has its own unique cost.

That is until recently when they launched their own custom designed shopping cart at National Manufacturing Week to make ordering duct online a breeze. Anybody who works with ducting parts will let you know, it's surprisingly hard to set up an online shopping cart to sell duct parts, because there is an extraordinary array of component specifications, then on top of that each and every one has its own unique cost



Harvard Business Schools Take on Executive Coaching

A Harvard Business Review survey on business coaching has revealed some very interesting data that will assist those on the fence make up their minds about the potential value of executive coaching. Within the study a lot of useful questions were asked that can cast light on what is required to set up the best possible relationship between an executive coach and any business leader they are working with. The very first question asked was: Do the coach and the executive have good chemistry? The very first question asked was: Do the coach and the executive have good chemistry? Within the study a lot of useful questions were asked that can cast light on what is required to set up the best possible relationship between an executive coach and any business leader they are working with. The very first question asked was: Do the coach and the executive have good chemistry? If the answer is yes, this will definitely help the pair move forward and attain their goals. On the other hand if the answer is no, it's probably advantageous to search for another coach as a coaching relationship is intimate and the individual being coached must trust the coach.

How to Choose an Environmental Consultant

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Environmental consulting is a diverse area and the objective on specific jobs vary, but it will generally entail the employment of better company practices to help a customer financially, through improved environmental practices, or to ensure compliance with environmental rules. Environmental consultants are hired by businesses and governments to check and manage air, soil and water quality, do environmental audits, check the environmental impacts of building, mining and so on, monitor compliance with environmental standards, draft environmental policies or take measures to mitigate or rectify damage to the environment. Contractors, property developers or companies may require the support of environmental consultants to show that their company, building site or development is in compliance with appropriate environmental regulations or laws, and in these circumstances environmental or ecological consultants will supply documentation of the appropriate technical tests, for instance soil, water and air testing results or ecological survey results needed by law. These reports will typically be presented to an approved auditor or government department to make sure that approvals can be obtained or Contractors, property developers or companies may require the support of environmental consultants to show that their company, building site or development is in compliance with appropriate environmental regulations or laws, and in these circumstances environmental or ecological consultants will supply documentation of the appropriate technical tests, for instance soil, water and air testing results or ecological survey results needed by law.

Environmental consultants are hired by businesses and governments to check and manage air, soil and water quality, do environmental audits, check the environmental impacts of building, mining and so on, monitor compliance with environmental standards, draft environmental policies or take measures to mitigate or rectify damage to the environment. Contractors, property developers or companies may require the support of environmental consultants to show that their company, building site or development is in compliance with appropriate environmental regulations or laws, and in these circumstances environmental or ecological consultants will supply documentation of the appropriate technical tests, for instance soil, water and air testing results or ecological survey results needed by law

Environmental consultants are hired by businesses and governments to check and manage air, soil and water quality, do environmental audits, check the environmental impacts of building, mining and so on, monitor compliance with environmental standards, draft environmental policies or take measures to mitigate or rectify damage to the environment. Contractors, property developers or companies may require the support of environmental consultants to show that their company, building site or development is in compliance with appropriate environmental regulations or laws, and in these circumstances environmental or ecological consultants will supply documentation of the appropriate technical tests, for instance soil, water and air testing results or ecological survey results needed by law

Environmental consultants are typically trained in a specific area and then apply this training to a certain sector

Due to this, environmental careers tend to be in certain disciplines wherein the consultants themselves are trained, as an example contaminated land consulting, environmental engineering, ecological consulting, farming, mining or air quality management. When you are choosing your environmental consultant it's a good idea to look for previous clients and projects to see if their reviews or track record indicate their services are of high quality



How to choose the best business coach for you

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Looking for the appropriate coach to work with can be problematic if you do not know where to look, how do you tell the legitimate from the unreal? The following pointers are designed to offer you a heads up to assist you in making the perfect choice of coach for you and your circumstance. So what exactly should I search for in a great business coach? Amongst the key things you really should search for in a professional business coach is his/her performance history. Unqualified and inexperienced coaches will not have the list of customers that a person who has actually applied their lives to the profession. So request references, reviews and case studies and do your homework to see what your prospective coach has actually achieved in the past. What skills do they offer? This is the second thing that really should be considered is the coaches past record, the experience they can bring to the table. While fantastic coaching methods can take a client a long way, the skills, experience and performance history of your coach determine their ability to really mentor you and help you to put plans into action. So check out the coaches own business background well before you agree to deal with them and sign a contract.

Sign your name before a politician signs it for you

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Have you even heard of the TPP - the Trade Pacific Partnership? There's good reason for that, if enough people knew about it it would severely hamper their negotiations because it's less of a 'free trade' agreement and more of a 'free corporate profits from pesky-democratic-rights' agreement; the right to protect ourselves from blind profiteering at our expense. Our democracy is not for sale and should not be compromised by trade or any other agreements. To allow this to happen is to fundamentally erode the principles of democratic nation states. A democracy should have the right to create whatever laws and legislation that are in the best interests of its citizens without the fear of reprisal or punishment for doing so from some corporate entity outside its borders. If I understand the nature of this agreement correctly then hypothetically if Adani for example had an agreement to work in the vicinity of the reef and we then passed a law to protect the reef but inhibited their profits, Adani could then sue us for loss of 'future profits'. What is future profits anyway other than a business projection? How often are business projections wrong? And why should we be prevented the ability to protect ourselves and our country from health and environmental risks by responding to our national interests ongoingly?

Is your web professional a good match for your business?

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If your website doesn't bring you leads or sales, what was the point? If people never find your website or find it but don't engage enough to take an action, then it isn't an asset that's delivering results. Which at the end of the day is why anyone would bother investing in the creation of web properties isn't it? It can be disheartening when you invest a lot of time, energy, thought, not to mention money into a project only to find that it doesn't deliver. How do you make the right decisions so you know your investment will be worthwhile when there are so many choices available and the range in cost and time-frame is equally extensive. If you're fortunate enough to know someone that can give you a good recommendation of a web professional that can help you navigate this complexity of choices, but even then, there are critical questions you need to be asking to ensure you have a good match that will deliver the results you are after. There are many, many web professionals out there and an extraordinary range of value; from the high end, "only high-turnover-businesses can afford them", to the bottom of the range "do-it-yourself and hope for the best".