Share This!Happy 4th of July! Today, we’re giving you a round-up of some favorite Independence Day videos for your backyard rest and relaxation.The Carousel of Progress celebrates the hottest 4th of July on record.Mickey’s America Streetbeat — anyone remember this one?What would the holiday be without a band? The Disneyland band!And what’s the 4th without fireworks? Although it isn’t a July 4th celebration, the Star Wars fireworks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are a favorite of mine.Stay safe, stay hydrated, and have a happy and healthy 4th of July with your friends or family.
20 February 2015Cape Town is focusing on previously under-invested centres as part of its Mayoral Urban Regeneration Programme (MURP), to improve the lives of its more vulnerable residents. Khayelitsha is one of several geographic focus areas that the City has prioritised as strategic investment zones for development.In the Harare area of Khayelitsha, 17 capital projects have been implemented to date to the value of about R100-million. The infrastructure and facility investment, driven by the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrade programme and the city’s partners, which form part of the MURP, is based on community engagement and involvement.Investments have been focused around the main pedestrian routes between Khayelitsha Station and Monwabisi Park informal settlement. Private sector partnerships, such as Grassroots Soccer, loveLife and Mosaic, have also been unlocked. These partners are helping the city to extend its services to this community.In addition, investment in community facilities and public infrastructure of more than R80-million has already been made in the Kuyasa Precinct. Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille implemented the MURP in 2012.“With the highest urbanisation rate in the country, the city requires a holistic and sustainable approach and well-planned solutions to the pressures brought on by urbanisation,” says the city’s mayoral committee member for energy, environmental and spatial planning, Johan van der Merwe.Apartheid spatial planning“These challenges are, however, compounded by the apartheid spatial planning that we see across South Africa which has resulted in a socially and economically divided urban space.“The objective of the MURP is therefore to uplift formerly neglected, under-invested areas which are regressing rapidly, and to improve safety, quality of life and the socioeconomic situation, through social partnerships – with a particular focus on the shared or public environment.“Decay does not only refer to the general grime and deterioration that comes with time, but to the erosion of the economic vitality of our economic centres across the country. That is why it is important for us to create an enabling environment which will also breed further private sector investment,” he adds.“These interventions are negotiated with communities and incorporated into community action plans or area strategies.”The city’s priority areas for urban regeneration include the Khayelitsha, Hanover Park, Gatesville, Manenberg and Athlone CBDs. The project also focuses on the CBDs of Bishop Lavis, Valhalla Park and Bonteheuwel. Furthermore, great attention is being given to the Bellville, Parow and Goodwood centres within the Voortrekker Road Corridor as well as the public transport interchanges in Harare and Kuyasa in Khayelitsha. Emphasis is also placed on the Mitchells Plain town centre, the town centres of Nyanga and Gugulethu, and those of Wesfleur (Atlantis), Ocean View and Macassar.Building a townInvestments in Harare to date include the establishment of city environmental health offices, the installation of street lighting along walkways, the development of the community library, community hall and youth centre, the construction of residential and business units, the development of a business hub with line-shops, the development of facilities at Luleka School near Mew Way, and the development of a recreational park with Fifa’s Football for Hope Centre.Investment in the Kuyasa Precinct, which is situated around the new Kuyasa railway station and serves a large section of Khayelitsha, including Enkanini, includes the construction of a regional library, subcouncil offices and the revamp of Solomon Mahlangu Hall to the value of nearly R75-million. The realignment of Walter Sisulu Drive is also under way.“There is still much work to be done in Khayelitsha and in the other priority areas across the city. While I am proud of the successes achieved, our intervention efforts are being stepped up. City departments, the Western Cape government, the private sector and the various communities have embraced this programme. Partnerships such as these are vital. The transformation of our city and the empowerment of our residents cannot be achieved without partnerships,” says Van der Merwe.Source: City of Cape Town
Originally posted on the SHRM Book Blog. To succeed in today’s world, leadership readiness expert and author Erika Andersen believes we have to start each day as novices in order to gain new skills quickly and continuously. No matter what you’re good at now, she says, if you hold onto how it looked and worked five years ago, or five minutes ago, you’ll get left behind. Getting good at being bad first is the most essential and most powerful tool you can have to “future-proof” yourself, she argues.In her latest book, Be Bad First: Get Good at Things Fast to Stay Ready for the Future (Bibliomotion, 2016), Andersen explores how we can become masters of mastery, proficient in the kind of high-payoff learning that’s needed today. With assessments and exercises, she encourages readers to embrace being bad on the way to being great—to be novices over and over again as they seek to learn and acquire the new skills needed in this fast-changing world. “There’s no way around it: in order to thrive in this new world, you have to let go—on a daily basis—of the idea that to be an adult means to be an expert,” Andersen writes. She offers readers a simple model for overcoming internal resistance to learning and for taking advantage of our deeply ingrained human will to master challenges, which she calls ANEW.The method outlines four mental skills crucial to learning: Aspiration. How to make yourself want to learn new things by focusing on the personal benefits of doing so, and then envisioning a future where you’re reaping those benefits.Neutral self-awareness. How to see yourself objectively and accurately, so that you can be clear about where you’re starting from in learning something new—and what you’ll need in order to improve.Endless curiosity. How to re-engage your childhood impulse to understand and master new skills and information. When combined with aspiration, true curiosity creates an unstoppable momentum of discovery.Willingness to be bad first. How to accept that you will be bad at things that are new to you, while at the same time believing that you’ll be able to get good at those things over time.Andersen suggests that anyone seeking to become what she calls a “master learner” start out slowly by looking for low-risk opportunities to try new things and practice new skills. As you get more comfortable, push yourself to learn in higher-risk, more-public situations. And, most important, notice and revise any negative self-talk that doesn’t support you.“Because each one of us today is faced, moment to moment, with an overwhelming flood of information and possibilities that are brand new to us, we have to learn to be okay with being continuously uncomfortable in a way that no one in previous generations has had to do. We have to learn to be comfortable with the uncomfortable,” Andersen says.Erika Andersen, @erikaandersen on Twitter, is a nationally known leadership coach, blogger and author and founder of Proteus, a consulting, coaching and training firm focused on leader readiness.