2020 Philanthropy

2020 Philanthropy. The charity benefit model of the past is, frankly, history. Local organizations face a new challenge: Taking their annual soirees to …
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Mele Sosa

Mele Sosa

“We were all in different parts of the U.S., but we felt so close. I dressed up, even though I was at home, because for me it was a big celebration!”—Mele Sosa, wine educator and ambassador for Bodega Garzon

A majority of “attendees” of this year’s University of Minnesota WineFest didn’t wear tuxedos or ball gowns. And philanthropists connected to the 2020 Children’s Cancer Research Fund’s Dream Gala didn’t rub elbows with the CEO of This Company or the president of That Group. Instead, participants in two of the Twin Cities’ most successful annual fundraisers cozied up at home with their laptops—just like many of us have for happy hours, birthday parties, and seemingly everything else the last six months.

“We tried to throw the word ‘Zoom’ out of everything we did and said, This is a dedicated link to watch a livestream, to let people know that everything we’re doing is organically driven,” says Nick Engbloom, the University of Minnesota Foundation’s director of community partnerships. “We didn’t want to mimic other events, and we didn’t want it to be your typical Monday-to-Friday Zoom meeting.”

Katie Harms and Dana Harms

Katie Harms; Dana Harms, orthopedic surgeon at Allina

Katie Harms and Dana Harms

“I was surprised I got just as excited about silent auction bidding from a video platform as I would in person!” —Katie Harms, living spaces specialist at Space Options ID

But that’s not easy to accomplish—even when livestream events include emotional messages from young patients and messages from Twin Cities notables. And it comes at a price. WineFest, which benefits the U’s Masonic Children’s Hospital, was on track to raise $2 million at its May in-person gala. After initially postponing until 2021, the event team decided it was too important to the funding of the hospital—and the community—to miss out this year. The team started planning the June 13 virtual event less than two months before it happened, with a new goal of $500,000 (which they met).

Team leaders for another pillar community event, the CCRF Dream Gala, faced the same challenge: cancel and lose key funding for the year, or try something totally new and go digital. The first-ever Dream Stream took place in late April and raised more than $330,000 for cancer research—almost $1 million less than last year’s in-person event.

Mike Moore and Scott Hierlinger

Mike Moore; Scott Hierlinger, vice president at Nelson

Mike Moore and Scott Hierlinger

“This year wasn’t short on fun and helping the U of M Masonic Children’s Hospital! ” —Mike Moore, director of sales at Star Tribune

“It’s hard to say we exceeded our goal or didn’t meet our goal, because we didn’t even know how to set a goal,” says CCRF’s senior events coordinator, Sarah Ober. Raising money virtually—without live auctions, person-to-person connections, and the halo effect that comes from the shared-giving vibe of the room—is challenging. On the flip side, hosting virtually comes at a much smaller investment—no expenses for caterers, venues, florists, and other services that add up quickly. Still, that doesn’t necessarily mean the organizations are coming out on top.

Event teams are quick to acknowledge what they learned and can change and add to future virtual and in-person events. “I’m trying not to see these new virtual events as being temporary fixes for 2020,” Ober says.

Organizations also realize that with free “admission” to virtual galas and the ability to log on from anywhere, more people have access to events—people who previously couldn’t afford a three-figure ticket, or those who may have attended the event in the past but now live elsewhere. Families were able to introduce their kids or parents to philanthropic organizations they’re passionate about. Many in-person galas and fundraisers will still have ticket prices in the future, but organizations are considering free digital elements to engage broader audiences.

“We learned that even in the time that we’re living in, with this pandemic, people still want to make a difference and give back,” Engbloom says. “And we saw our dedicated donors are going to stay dedicated.”

How Telstra is preparing for the future of work

Telstra’s Group Executive – Transformation and People, Alex Badenoch, believes the future is now. The landscape is already evolving and she says …
There’s lots of talk about the ‘Workforce of Tomorrow’, but just how far away is it?

Telstra’s Group Executive – Transformation and People, Alex Badenoch, believes the future is now. The landscape is already evolving and she says there’s no time like the present to prepare for what’s ahead.

Already we’re seeing automation and artificial intelligence improving efficiencies and reducing the risks of error. But the speed of change, believes Badenoch, means it’s the employer, not the employee, which is most under threat.

She says employers haven’t kept pace with the momentum and it’s created a skills deficit.

In Telstra’s Telecommunications industry, traditional core engineers are showing signs of waning demand, yet software-defined network engineering is growing two-fold every year –but there is no supply. Of the seven top skills Telstra needs, only 0-2% of the global supply is Australian-based.

It’s not always practical, desirable or achievable to bring in talent from overseas, but there are other ways to achieve the same goal if you think creatively, says Badenoch.

“At Telstra we have IT and engineering teams that are located across various geographies who have to be able to work in a very virtual way,” she says.

“We have Agile teams that do their stand-ups with screens all sitting there talking to each other virtually, in what is normally a highly-intensive co-located way, but doing it in a virtual presence set-up.”

Start planning now

Mapping out a detailed five-year workforce strategy with what skills are going to decline, what ones will grow, and how the phasing will look over time, has been an important process for Telstra.

Badenoch says it’s helped the corporation manage competing and contradictory events.

“We’ve got parts of our business where we’re managing a big decline in workforce that we can see over coming years and we have to think about either how we help those people transition, or if we use that as a supply pool that we can start training now for what we’re going to need somewhere else in three to five years.”

The other side of the picture is to manage those parts of the business where massive growth curves are evident but the supply bucket is empty. Having a strategy means reassessing the employment brand and identifying other ways of accessing those skills.

“Most HR teams have talked for a long time about ‘build, buy, borrow’,” says Badenoch, “We have ‘build, buy, borrow, bot’.”

“We talk about what we can automate and where we can use different forms of artificial intelligence to fill talent or supply gaps.”

Telstra now has a comprehensive three-year plan to help it understand where the reductions will happen, where the growth will occur and how it will fill those capabilities.

Narrow your focus

Badenoch is also Telstra’s Group Executive of HR. She suggests instead of trying to be all servicing, HR teams should hone in on the things that will differentiate them, and be strategic imperatives for the business.

“Understand the skills that matter because, as much as it might be unpopular, not all skills are created equal.”

In her mind, soft skills that are difficult to automate – such as creativity, innovation and judgment – will become critical. It’s an area she’d love employers to take seriously and invest more heavily in.

“When we look at who’s successful, it’s not always the smartest person in the room, or the person who has got the most experience,” says Badenoch. “It’s often the person who has an ability to take information data and apply judgment. Judgement’s really important.”

She says there’s a tendency within organisations to promote, value and retain technical skills, at the expense of the soft skills. Where businesses do train for softer skills, the systems and processes are not changed to allow those skills to flourish.

“We’ve said to people ‘be empowered and innovate, and then everything we’ve put around them from an organisational point of view tells them not to do that.

“For the future of work you have to go back to people, process and system and you’ve got to change them all if you’re really going to amplify the importance and acceleration of development of soft skills.”

Change your mindset

If you don’t want to be left behind, Badenoch says you must be ready to embrace new ways of working, and new ways of leading.

The changing landscape of work

The traditional corporate mindset of what employment looks like is being challenged, says Badenoch. As employees demand more say in where, how and when they work, leaders need to be prepared for a workforce that mixes transient, fixed and partner arrangements. Look at where can you partner with others who have a more abundant supply of skills than you do.

Reconsider what you value

Invest more heavily in the soft skills that will differentiate you from your competitors, says Badenoch. She believes agility of mindset will be key – are your employees able to keep growing and learning? Do they bring a mindset that is open and able to look at issues from different perspectives?

“I think what we assess is going to change,” she says. “It’s not going to be your list of competencies it once was, it will be far more about the core ingredients of a human being and making sure you’re hiring people with the right ingredients. Because if you do that, everything works from there.”

Discard the boxes

Are you innovative enough to see people in a different light to way you’ve boxed them in? Badenoch urges HR professionals to be brave enough to consider the skills and capabilities people have and to try transitioning them into roles you may not have previously considered.

She says there’s some fantastic examples of where people displaced from admin roles have been retrained to be scrum masters in Agile teams. A scrum master is the person responsible for maintaining communication and co-ordination between a collaborative software development team and the product owner.

“The scrum master doesn’t need the technical skill,” says Badenoch, “it has a very different purpose. Many people who’ve had roles in organisations that may be highly at risk from an evolving workforce actually display many of those soft skills we’re trying to teach our technical people to have.”

The role of HR right now is crucial, says Badenoch. You have to truly understand the skill supply and demands ahead, which ones will drive your organisation and how your future workplace will look. The danger, she says, is staying stuck in the traditional mindset – do that and you will miss many opportunities to take you forward.

Are Elon Musk and Grimes Back Together?

In fact, many of Elon Musk’s recent head-scratching antics seemed to coincide with their relationship timetable since he and Grimes made things …

If you’re hoping that Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande may one day get back together, well, for now you get the possible reunion of Elon Musk and Grimes. (Sorry.) Per photos in the Daily Mail, the once-defunct celebrity couple visited a Los Angeles pumpkin patch over the weekend with all five of Musk’s sons in tow. According to The Cut, this marks the first public sighting of Musk and Grimes together since August, which was right around the time that Azealia Banks said some things on Twitter.

The outing could signal that these two are trying to make it work, or it could simply mean that they stayed friends after a brief but highly eventful relationship. And while social media might be rejoicing at the fact that this highly meme-able duo is hanging out again, those who have a business stake in Musk’s many endeavors might not be as pleased.

Remember when the Tesla CEO tweeted about taking the company private for $420 a share? Well, he reportedly did it for Grimes’s own personal amusement. In fact, many of Elon Musk’s recent head-scratching antics seemed to coincide with their relationship timetable since he and Grimes made things public at the Met Gala last May. Since then, Grimes hasn’t released any good music, and Musk has apparently been slowly sabotaging his tech empire.

Of course, it’s not our place to say who should and shouldn’t be together. Truth be told, Musk and Grimes look pretty happy to be back in each other’s company. And since we’re all still reeling from the news that Pete and Ariana have called it quits, love could use a win right about now.

Pink postpones third Sydney show after being admitted to hospital

Pop star Pink has been forced to cancel Monday and Tuesday’s Sydney shows and is spending the night in hospital after being diagnosed with …

JENNY NOYES

Last updated 11:33, August 7 2018

Pop star Pink has been forced to cancel Monday and Tuesday’s Sydney shows and is spending the night in hospital after being diagnosed with dehydration and a gastric virus.

It’s the second performance to be called off by the star during her current 35-date Beautiful Trauma tour of Australia.

The singer postponed Friday’s show citing an upper respiratory infection, although she soldiered on to perform Saturday’s scheduled show.

Pink has been forced to cancel a show in Sydney, after postponing one,

Kevin Mazur

Pink has been forced to cancel a show in Sydney, after postponing one,

A brief statement from event promoter Live Nation on Monday afternoon said the call to postpone tonight was made “on medical advice”. A press release that followed revealed Pink had been admitted to St. Vincents Hospital on Sunday night suffering dehydration.

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“She was readmitted to hospital today and diagnosed with a gastric virus,” the release said.

“On medical advice Pink will remain in hospital overnight, continuing her treatment and recovery.”

On Thursday, the pop star tweeted about her frustration in having to cancel Friday’s show and asked Sydney followers to recommend places that make “wellness shots and fresh juices” to help her kick the bug.

The following day she took News Corp to task via Instagram for photographing her relaxing on the beach in Byron Bay and running a story with the headline “Pink’s Sydney concert cancelled as she chills in Byron Bay”.

Hi my Sydney friends. It is with great frustration that I bring you this news:( Friday’s show will be postponed. I was hoping a couple of days of rest would help me kick this sick, but not at the speed I was hoping for. I appreciate your well wishes and understanding + I’m sorry.

— P!nk (@Pink) August 2, 2018

Sydney friends: does anyone have a favorite place that makes wellness shots and fresh juices for when I get there? Thanks in advance. And how do we feel about Neti- pots. They scare me.

— P!nk (@Pink) August 2, 2018

“What these parasite paparazzi don’t show you, is two doctor visits in Byron on two consecutive days, antibiotics, steroids, Vick’s, nose spray, throat spray, more steroids, NyQuil, a screaming baby in the middle of the night, every night, while mama gives him warm baths and tells her daughter everything is fine,” Pink wrote in the caption.

“You can think whatever you want, it’s your right, but I have never taken advantage of any one in my entire life.

She also vowed to perform the Saturday night show, whether or not she was well.

“I will see everyone tomorrow whether I’m better or not, and the postponed show will be rescheduled. As I said, I’m sorry to the real fans who this situation has affected.”

I don’t need to clear this up, but out of respect for my fans I will attempt it. I scheduled this tour meticulously, trying to do what was best for my children, while also putting on the best and most physically demanding and beautiful show of my life. This break in Byron has been scheduled since 2017, as a way to get outside the hotel and the winter and have some time with my children. I’ve already been sick twice (kids as well)on this Australian tour, but the first time we got sick, I was able to push through. This time, what these parasite paparazzi don’t show you, is two doctor visits in Byron on two consecutive days, antibiotics, steroids, Vick’s, nose spray, throat spray, more steroids, NyQuil, a screaming baby in the middle of the night, every night, while mama gives him warm baths and tells her daughter everything is fine. You can think whatever you want, it’s your right, but I have never taken advantage of any one in my entire life. I have never fucked off while disrespecting hard working people who spend money to come see me play. I have never phoned in a single tour, I have an impeccable record for not cancelling. I mother with everything I have whilst handling all the rest. The snark in this is unbelievable and makes me long for a nicer world. I’m doing the absolute best I can, and you can believe it or not. What they don’t show you in this picture is me drinking water and lying down while my friends try to entertain my 7 year old who is asking me why these creepy men are surrounding us and pacing back and forth and taking pictures of her every move. I will see everyone tomorrow whether I’m better or not, and the postponed show will be rescheduled. As I said, I’m sorry to the real fans who this situation has affected. Onwards and upwards.

A post shared by P!NK (@pink) on Aug 2, 2018 at 9:08pm PDT

Pink still has six more shows scheduled in Sydney, including on Thursday and Saturday this week.

She then has seven dates booked in Brisbane, before returning to Sydney for the remaining shows, and wrapping up the tour with two shows in Melbourne at the end of August.

Live Nation has not indicated whether further cancellations are likely, but said “a further announcement will be made when an update becomes available.”

Pink’s New Zealand tours starts in Dunedin on September 1.

She then plays a record six shows at Spark Arena in Auckland from Tuesday, September 4.

– Sydney Morning Herald

Grimesline: A Terrible Relationship for Our Cruel World

… musician Claire Boucher, aka Grimes, and Space X/Tesla founder and billionaire “but don’t call me a billionaire, that’s a bad word” Elon Musk.

Image: Getty

One of the greatest gifts of the last few months has been the relationship between critically acclaimed internet musician Claire Boucher, aka Grimes, and Space X/Tesla founder and billionaire “but don’t call me a billionaire, that’s a bad word” Elon Musk. I call it a gift because it’s entertaining as hell, largely because both appear to be total shitlords one Twitter user accurately described (in a since-deleted tweet) as “that couple in high school that just, liked, meowed at each other.” Or, like, you know how alt-right kids online always hide behind anime avatars? It’s like that.

DISCLAIMER: For the sake of full transparency I will admit Grimes hassomebangers, but I’ve always found her to be psychically insufferable, the latter of which has always been true for Musk. I have also been in a murdered-out Tesla once in my life, for a profile on an equally intolerable YouTuber. It’s a small circle of assholes, here.

What Is a Grimes?

Grimes is a 30-year-old musician who was born on the Canadian Internet to a lawyer mother. She went to McGill University, despite adopting the aesthetic of a crusty punk kid. She lived in a Montreal warehouse for a while, wore fucked up bangs and hung out with the musician Devon Welsh (who used to record under the moniker Majical Cloudz. He was also critically acclaimed!) His dad was the scary old guy in Twin Peaks. None of this matters.

She also put out a few albums, notably 2012’s Visions and 2015’s Art Angels. They’re good.

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Some Dumb Shit Grimes Has Done

To truly highlight the journey from a successful indie musician with not-so-secretly well-off parents (re: all successful indie musicians) to Musk’s main squeeze, we need to take a trip down memory lane and consider all the various dumb shit Grimes has done leading up to smooching a union busting, inhumane billionaire boss. Because it’s actually not surprising.

  • 2009: A favorite tale in Grimes folklore is about the time Boucher attempted to sail down the Mississippi River on a 20-ft houseraft she crafted with a friend. They filled it with live chickens and potatoes and renamed themselves “Veruschka and Zelda Xox” for the voyage, according toPitchfork. That’s some backwoods libertarian, white people wet dream shit if you ask me.
  • 2013: Grimes deleted her Tumblr in 2013 after getting pissed off that the indie music press excerpted her blogs in news posts…even though that is how it works? And she’s very well aware? Because she’s an Internet musician? Or not, which would be concerning for a plethora of other reasons.
  • Always and today: She’s been a bit of a problematic fave for many since the very beginning, from wearing a bindi in videos, on stage, at festivals—basically anywhere and everywhere she could be photographed. She often wears dreads, too, and, god help me, have you seen the “Genesis” video? As Jezebel’s Deputy Editor Julianne Escobedo Shepherd wrote many moons ago, “The video is Grimes playing primitivism, using a lens of a vague “future” as a way to execute notions of…well, future primitive.” Grimes has been criticized in the past for co-opting East Asian aesthetics, too, but it sometimes feels like there’s no culture she won’t appropriate in some fashion—as long as it is subtle enough (or perhaps, pre-2018 enough) to bypass the white-centric “this is bad” narrative that destroys careers.

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There’s other stuff we could get into, but a lot of it is rumor mill nonsense and I’m tryna get to lunch. I will say that the first time I saw Grimes live, in 2010/2011 time frame, she stop performed after the first or second song because the “sound was terrible” in the Brooklyn warehouse we were in but like, it wasn’t? That was annoying.

What Is a Musk?

So here’s where all of the little things that make Grimes terrible are finally realized for the general public or something. I don’t know, none of this shit surprises me. Musk wants to tweet some nerd joke earlier this year, realizes Grimes made the joke a few months prior and they start dating as a result, going out in public for the first time at the Met Gala in May of this year. That’s the same time reports of abusive conditions in Musk’s Tesla factory were made public: long hours of physical labor resulting in the hospitalization of workers, silenced unionization plans and instead of correcting abuses like unrecognized overtime, promising frozen yogurt machines and a Tesla electric pod car roller coaster. She wifed up real ass, unignorable evil.

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Shit

Right? But it’s the same Grimes as ever before, baby! Except now she makes headlines for meaningless statements like “[Musk] has never prevented [Tesla workers] from unionizing [heart emoji x2]. Trust me, I’ve investigated this heavily and even visited factories etc.” and “there is no world in which i’m ok w republican donations” on Twitter after immediately saying those donations are necessary for her boo’s company to exist. Dare I say…fake news? The receipts:

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And this one, which has been deleted but I’ll never forget:


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There you have it. Two dummies so in love Grimes’ privileged ass tendencies are on display.

Check out this horrifying photograph:

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Why I care?

I don’t know, but you made it this far. It’s a real romance for our dishonest and cruel world.