Omid Scheybani

Written by Charly Jaffe on Feb 10 2015

Marketing and advertising play a huge role in shaping our society — the way we see, think, understand and act. With over $180 billion spent on US advertising last year, the average American is exposed to over an hour of TV commercials, and as many 5,000 ads every day. The advertising we’re constantly consuming paints a picture of society, thus shaping how we view ourselves and what many aspire to.

When advertising promotes unhealthy behaviors it can have very real, very negative effects. It has hurt our children, the American Psychological Association concluded, finding a link between increased unhealthy food advertisements and rising childhood obesity, and connection between tobacco and alcohol advertisements and underage smoking and drinking.

Even more profound than influencing our consumption behavior, advertising has the ability to shape our aspirations. A great deal of damage can be

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Cape Town mayor Dan Plato. Photo: Gallo Images

  • Cape Town mayor wants President Cyril Ramaphosa to change the Disaster Management Act regulation preventing evictions, after alleged illegal occupations at a Cape housing complex.
  • Social housing non-profit organisation, Communicare, alleged that its staff, security guards and tenants battled an alleged illegal occupation over the past weekend.  
  • The police say they are investigating complaints of trespassing.   

Cape Town mayor Dan Plato wants President Cyril Ramaphosa to change the Disaster Management Act regulation preventing evictions, after the alleged illegal occupation of housing units in a complex managed by social housing organisation Communicare.

“Disaster regulations currently limit the ability of courts to grant eviction orders. This will add to Communicare’s challenge of dealing with the injustice of this building hijacking,” said Plato. 

“I have called on President Ramaphosa to urgently change the regulations for the sake of the rule of law, the greater

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Working in the aerospace, automotive, mass transportation, nuclear energy industries, as well as Public Services, Paul has developed an unrivalled expertise in Lean Transformation Strategy Development, business process redesign, leadership performance coaching and the instructional design of Lean culture change programmes in all sectors and environments. Paul is also a published author on Lean in the Public and Private sectors and is a keynote speaker at global conferences and seminars.

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has acquired Future State, a change management consulting firm headquartered in Oakland, CA. Future State’s 75-person team joins the Talent & Organization / Human Potential practice at Accenture, adding highly specialized expertise focused on agile business transformation.

Future State makes ideas and innovation real for clients within the life sciences, CPG and technology industries, through expert planning, intuitive communication, team coaching and empathy. This innovative approach — along with strong credentials in product development enablement, business growth and post-merger integration — add new methodologies that expand Accenture’s existing C-suite offerings. Future State, a certified B Corp, is also widely recognized for its commitment to corporate social responsibility, and was selected by B Lab as a “Best for the World Changemaker” honoree in 2019.

“As the ongoing health, economic and social crises have demonstrated, disruption is constant and companies must adapt to thrive and

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