Through 2030, fast growing markets — led by key Asia economies — will account for nearly 80% of global GDP growth, but Asia’s talent market realities make realizing the region’s growth potential more difficult than many organizations think. CEB has identified three key HR risks to growth in Asia: rising cost and competitive pressures, talent scarcity, and leadership productivity and retention risks.

Source: The Realities of Asia’s Talent Market | CEB

US: According to the statistics gathered from an annual survey conducted by the Cooperative Institutional Research Program at the University of California Los Angeles: “In 1987, 37.9% of incoming college students socialized at least 16 hours per week with friends… by 2014, 18% of students reported spending at least 16 hours per week socializing with friends (an all-time low).” On the other hand, the percentage of students dedicating six or more hours per week to social media has jumped from..

Source: Overcoming Social Anxiety in a Social Media World | Psychology Today

One Tuesday last winter, in the town nearest to the North Pole, Robert Bjerke turned up for work at his regular hour and looked at the computer monitor on his desk to discover, or so it seemed for a few horrible moments, that the future of human civilisation was in jeopardy.The morning of 16 December 2014 was relatively mild for winter in Svalbard: -7.6C with moderate winds. The archipelago, which lies in the Arctic ocean, is under Norway’s control, but it is nearly twice as far from Oslo as it is from the North Pole. The main town, Longyearbyen, has many unexpected comforts – tax-free liquor and cigarettes, clothing stores and a cafe with artisan chocolates shaped like polar bears and snowflakes.

Source: The doomsday vault: the seeds that could save a post-apocalyptic world | Suzanne Goldenberg | Environment | The Guardian