Intuition will be an integral part of how workplaces build productivity and culture…

Intuition allows us to understand our feelings immediately, without the need of conscious logic. In traditional business, that seems contrarian. But more and more research indicates that it’s a characteristic needed for strong leadership skills like listening, reflection, self-examination, and communication. All of them benefit from using our intuitive feeling in tandem with rational practices, of course.

But intuition is also becoming increasingly important in the modern workplace. …


Development is most effective and least disruptive when threaded into the daily DNA of your job…

Everyone wants to work for a company that takes their professional development seriously. Having a concrete career plan mapped out for you and being given the resources to follow it are key factors that drive employee satisfaction, productivity, and retention. This, of course, isn’t surprising. Employees are motivated to do their best work when they feel that their employers are invested in their success and career goals. But putting your career development entirely into the hands of someone else is never a good idea. This is why formal, employer-sponsored development programs should always be augmented by your own job-skills training.


Virtual reality immerses us into worlds vastly different from our own. In the process, it can help us understand other places and each other better than ever before. VR videos have an amazing power to communicate personal experiences and, steadily, charities are increasing their use of the emerging technology to drive engagement and donation campaigns.

In 2015, the United Nations released Clouds Over Sidra, a 360-degree VR film that allows users to step into the shoes of a 12-year-old Syrian refugee as she experiences a typical day-to-day life in a Jordanian refugee camp. The immersive story allows viewers to gain…


Civic engagement is the key to a functioning democracy. As we acclimate to a digital climate, we’ll have to find more efficient ways to safeguard democratic processes, especially as even some of the biggest tech conglomerates in the world have problems with privacy breaches, disinformation and political bias.

Why and how is civic engagement for students so important in the digital age, in particular? Learning how to become civically engaged is crucial early on in a child’s education and development and continuing on at the higher education level.

For one, civic engagement helps students learn how to critically assess and…


Thriving cities all have one thing in common: a skilled workforce. The world’s most competitive cities invest in human capital, both for working age employees as well as for students. Nurturing talent to create a growing and diverse workforce provides a valuable edge to competitive cities. Most cities already know this, and yet all but the tried-and-true global leaders struggle to attract, develop and retain high-quality talent.

Visit my blog here.


Thriving cities all have one thing in common: a skilled workforce. The world’s most competitive cities invest in human capital, both for working age employees as well as for students. Nurturing talent to create a growing and diverse workforce provides a valuable edge to competitive cities. Most cities already know this, and yet all but the tried-and-true global leaders struggle to attract, develop and retain high-quality talent.

London, New York, Singapore, Paris, San Francisco. It’s no accident that these vibrant cities have dominated the world stage for decades. A.T. Kearney’s Global Cities Report examines top cities, as well as those…


AI offers social awareness and people-focused benefits…

Artificial intelligence is considered the second coming for many Silicon Valley savants, but it’s also a sort of saint in various industries worldwide, creating innovation and profit. Indeed, the emerging tool is helping tech leaders reshape leadership and opportunities for more efficient financial systems, medical devices, and communication styles.

But Silicon Valley is also focusing on how the emergent technology can improve companies’ role in social responsibility. Already, big tech companies and nonprofits have integrated AI-based tools as part of their business strategies with infrastructure to help their missions succeed. …


Millennials are shaping the modern workforce. They are increasingly starting their own businesses and doing it much earlier than previous generations. As a generation that has driven the use of big data through e-commerce, apps, and social media, it’s only appropriate that these younger entrepreneurs should champion its use within their businesses, as well. Especially given what big data adopters stand to gain.

Millennials are willing to share their personal information in exchange for the promise of receiving timely and relevant content in return. And they’re not alone. Our digital universe is approaching 44 zettabytes of data, 90 percent of…


AI could act as both a savior and saint for charitable institutions…

For the love of…robots? Artificial intelligence has made many people apprehensive about its ability to automate and disrupt our human communications and everyday lives. While some of us feel that we’ll be lacking in social connection and morality in the near future, AI might not be as threatening as we think. Instead, it could build a world of support. When it comes to giving back, AI could be a savior for organizations and nonprofits across the globe.


Traveling can inspire new ideas and give your company better ways to solve the world’s problems…

There’s no way that sitting in a cafe in Paris drinking a cafe au lait can help you start your own business, right? Well, it just might. Entrepreneurship requires many of the skills you can gain while traveling the world, and can help you bring back not only new perspectives on the problems and challenges of the places you visit, but an ability to collaborate, think independently, and believe in yourself that you didn’t have prior to hopping on a plane. So, before you hang out a shingle doing whatever you planned or dreamed of doing, consider traveling to both…

Jake Croman

Jake Croman, current graduate student at New York University, philanthropist and entrepreneur http://jakecroman.co

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store