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Brain Hats and Lab Coats: How to Prep for the March for Science

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The countdown has begun!  Winter has passed in the blink of an eye.  As spring comes swiftly so does the March for Science.  This coming Earth Day we congregate to promote the influence of science in policy making.  So far the numbers on the March for science Facebook Group has grown upwards of 840,000 members and growing daily.  As we near April 22nd we want to do everything we can to be prepared for the day.  Here are some tips on not only what to bring, but also some suggestions on how to act during the march.  We’re all in this together and want to promote the best possible image of science.  Can’t wait to see you there!

Covering the basics

This is an all day outdoor event so we’ll need all the essentials.  Don’t forget basics like water, snacks, sunblock, portable charger, weather-appropriate attire, and a good attitude (we’ll touch upon this one more later).  It is suggested that people use clear backpacks to the event.  This will make security much less of an issue.

Don’t forget your brain hat!

Similar to the Women’s March, March for Science also has its iconic wardrobe.  Behold, the brain hat!  (looks brilliant in combination with a lab coat).  Don’t know how to knit or crochet?  Have no fear! Here’s a link to the Etsy search results for “Brain Hat”.  This fashion statement will not only make you a known advocate of science but will also keep you warm during this outdoor event.  For those on a budget, this Ikea alternative is a good option if Etsy is a bit too expensive.

When you get there

Gatherings of this kind of purpose and magnitude can be very overwhelming.  Often in crowds this dense you’ll find cell service impossible to find.  Here’s a cool techie solution to this: download Fire Chat.  Fire Chat is a cool app that allows you to message despite not having signal or internet access, just keep your wifi and Bluetooth enabled.  Fire Chat works best the more people have it (it creates a mesh network) so a demonstration like this is the perfect place to have this.

When you get there, make sure to check-in on Facebook.  The more we have people checking in and tagging on social media, the more our voice can be heard.  Check-in and include #marchforscience in all your posts.  This will really help science make a statement.

Remember your rights.  Let’s hope that it doesn’t come down to any arrests or altercations, but it doesn’t hurt to know what to do in case you find yourself in one.  If you see any bullshit like looting or vandalism make sure you pull out your phone and record it.  Science does not want to be represented by those kinds of actions.   Let’s obtain evidence to refute this from the group should it happen under our watch.

Can’t make the event?  

Even if you can’t join us here in Washington or at a satellite march, you can still march remotely!  Make sure to update your statuses and acknowledge the movement on social media using check-ins and #marchforscience.  Some members of the secret group are even making headbands and wearing them, despite not being able to attend.

Don’t forget that donations and crowdfunding are still being accepted.

Bring your spirit

Most importantly don’t forget to bring good vibes!  We are all marching for a good and reasonable cause, bringing the right attitude is of the utmost importance.  Make sure to treat officers, locals and homeless with kindness and respect.  We want to reflect the best image of what science represents back into the public.  Coming with a stern yet proactive outlook needs to be the priority of everyone who participates in this march.

Leave no trace

We march together on Earth Day, everyone.  The earth needs us now more than ever.  When we come together, we must leave with EVERYTHING with which we came.  Some group members have even suggested bringing garbage bags to fill for cleaning up after the demonstration.  Leave no trash.  Instead, let’s leave a statement.

Let’s keep this momentum going!  I’m grateful to see how much support has grown for this cause.  Let’s keep it up.  See you on Earth Day.

March for Science "Secret Group"

Thank you to all the members of the secret group who helped me curate these talking points!  This group provides me with such great input.  Thank you for making this article possible.

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How To Attract Millennials To Your City

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Location matters in the means of professional success. Millennials are reported to be getting married and starting families later than their parents. This means that their main focus is strictly on their professional career, so these matters are taken seriously, as they involve these factors into determining where to live. Millennials select cities that will help them thrive. This goes vice versa, cities need to attract people in order to be sustainable. The city of Camden has been successful with this process. With the increase of millennial entrepreneurs entering the city, the better the economy gets, as it is shown around the waterfront.

To create more jobs and attraction, cities must attract the job-seeking millennials. There are 3 determinants for millennials to move into your city:

Affordability

Someone who is financially responsible will always consider the cost of living foremost. Cities that contain a high population of millennials often have low employment rates and affordability. If the city is popular but does not meet within millennial’s budget, then it wouldn’t be worth the cost. Money is the only physical asset that holds us restricted. The city of Camden holds that title of affordability. Tax cuts are what attracts entrepreneurs mainly, however the overall value of the stay is well worth it. Camden is located outside of Philadelphia, just close enough to go into their city to network without paying Philadelphia’s cost of living.

Entrepreneurship

Millennials are an ambitious generation. A reporting claimed that 54% have either wanted to start a business or have started one already. This characterized millennials as hard-working and motivated individuals. A location that showcases trails of entrepreneurship deliver a desirable reality to people. Silicon Valley embodies this example, as it is the most known startup hub for technology companies in America. Famous companies like Apple, Facebook, and Google are in that area, so the status of Silicon Valley is held at a high standard.

Another location that is maintaining that status is Camden. Due to Camden’s location outside of Philadelphia and surrounding fortune 500 companies, millennial entrepreneurs are inspired to bring their startup here. There are multiple different types of organizations located here with 76ers as one.

Accessibility

Millennials are attracted to cities that cater to their needs. About 66% of Millennials identified  decent quality transportation as a main influence to choosing a location to live. People typically pick the option that meets their social needs. To obtain that, a low cost transit is ideally looked for in a city. Cities with an ineffective quality transit fail to attract Millennials. 

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How Millennials Are Changing The Workplace

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Millennials are reshaping the traditional corporate structure. With new CEOs entering the workforce, more companies have been adapting new tactics for managing, motivating, and improving. Millennial entrepreneurs have set the new standards to doing business, focusing on collaboration and efficiency. Soon by 2025, millennials will accommodate 75% of the workforce. This will replace the baby boomers, who have been recorded as the largest generation in the workforce. This instant switch leaves other generations questioning their management. These are 4 ways millennials are changing the workplace:

Emphasizing Technology

Millennials are the generation born after year 1982 and before 2004. This was essentially the era of technology beginnings. To be raised in the ever changing state of development, this generation foresees big things for the digital future. This need for rapid growth has created various platforms for creators, entrepreneurs, and more. Millennials have a profound belief that technology is the future, and so we should precisely use it to our advantage. Networking has been perfected with Linkedin, while Youtube is colonized by content creators, and Slack has better connected employees.

Open To Change

Millennials were born to alternate between innovation and tradition. To be raised in the era of constant development, generation Y has cultivated the skill to be open to change. Arguably, change is intended for growth, so that is how Millennials greet it. The digital age has disrupted traditional systems for the better, a concept that was impossible in the past. Due to the inconsistency they’ve experienced growing up, millennials have subdue their harsh conditions by advocating innovation. Although innovation is a new idea, generation Y strictly believes this is an optimal lifestyle.

This generation does not believe in a constant, that everything has potential. Camden embodies that figure of high potential. Organizations are racing into the city of Camden, for it is the next startup hub for Millennial entrepreneurs. With the economy’s rapid growth and welcoming nature, businesses are rushing in to secure their space. Just outside of Philadelphia, the city of Camden possess hope, just what entrepreneurs need.

Work With Purpose

Millennials differ from baby boomers in one drastic motive. The new generation seek a sense of control and innovation that past generations seem to lack. Millennials deeply value purpose, to even go the extra mile in changing jobs for content. Perhaps it’s due to their entitlement, but Millennials are stubborn to the belief of following your inclination. 60% of employees confess that it is critical to allow them the capacity to do what they do best. Many Millennials will settle in the lower paying job, as long as it allows them the ability to express their talents.

As observed in the city of Camden, non-profit organizations scatter throughout in order to rebuild the city of hope. Devoted organizations and passionate millennial entrepreneurs in the city are growing and giving back to the community.

Work Flexibility

The typical 9-5 business hour job is declining as Millennials continue to enter the workforce. The Census Bureau estimated that 13.4 million Americans work from home. The data will only increase when more Millennials start to work. This new career outlook stems from the disfavored opinion against office confinement. In the strong devotion for both work and freedom, Millennials compromised with the issue by creating careers from the comfort of their own home. Freelance work has been the popular option for Millennials, since it allows independency.  

 

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Engaging Millennials At Work

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This generation has been talked about so much that it’s tiring. But, the thing is that as the largest age demographic, they deserve the attention. Millennials require a bit more than the standard 9-to-5 to be satisfied in the workplace. Many may even leave their current job and go on to start their own businesses in startup hubs like Camden. This generation has been disrupting industries for years, and there is no stopping them any time soon. So, what can you do as an employer to fulfill the needs of a millennial? Motivate millennials the right way.

 

Good leadership

This may be slightly different for millennials. They want to be cared for as a person first, not just a tool to achieve the bottom line. Millennials are looking for leaders with values and ideals that are similar to theirs. It’s as much as a friendship as a business partnership. Be engaging, ask questions, and really listen to what they are saying or not saying. There is no one size fit all when it comes to strategizing how to lead a millennial. However, it must be done.

 

Delivering rich experiences

Millennials are looking to fulfill their higher needs like belonging and respect. It may be surprising, but millennials are not only looking for a big paycheck, they’re looking for company culture and want to feel meaningful. Big corporations are not attracting millennials. They would rather work with the companies that are able to provide what they are looking for. A focus on rich experiences for employees is a strategy that outperforms those that just focus on the bottom line. Growing cities like Camden are harnessing the startup lifestyle, bringing in startups and small businesses that follow those values.

 

Flexibility

Work/life balance has never been more popular. Millennials work better in a flexible environment. If there is a large workload for the day, they may prefer to work from home or come in at different times. Figure out a schedule that works best with your employee’s personal life as well as work life. With technology, work is easily accessible through phones and laptops. Not every worker may want to work from a remote location. Some prefer to start the day later and stay later. Switching up the schedule can have a positive impact on your business.

 

Frequent feedback

Constructive feedback helps millennials gauge how they are doing and how they can improve. You may think millennials crave freedom, but they need direction just as much. Employees want to know how they can improve and do their job better. Some employers give evaluations every 6 months, but it may be beneficial to do it every 3 months instead. Millennials are committed to their careers and are focused on doing what it takes to get that promotion.

 

Be authentic

If you haven’t figured it out already, millennials have zero tolerance for all things inauthentic. They value colleagues that treat them with respect and gravitate towards supervisors that are relatable. But, don’t be fake. Referencing memes that you know nothing about or talking about Pokémon that your employees stopped caring for will only make things awkward.

 

Create a fun culture

Having a great culture will keep millennials at your company longer than being a boring 9-to-5. You don’t have to be Google to have office perks. Sometimes, it takes as little as a pizza party. Millennials want to create genuine long lasting relationships in their lifetime. Sitting in a cubicle exiled from the world will chip away any remnants of company culture. Consider a more open office atmosphere. It will create opportunities to collaborate and not only will they be happy, your business will flourish.

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