Ghostwriting and Thought Leadership
Michael Kerr is an award-winning writer living in the Pacific Northwest. He has published thousands of articles and blog posts for dozens of publications including Forbes, Fortune, VentureBeat, Portland Business Journal and many other books, magazines, websites and anthologies.
Ghostwriting and Thought Leadership
Passenger cars receive outsized attention when discussing a future free from fossil fuel. And whilst personal vehicles are undeniably an important step toward the mass adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), it will be fleets that ultimately lead the e-mobility revolution. Often unnoticed, fleet vehicles are central to all our lives-especially today.
CleanBC includes a number of critical transportation-related regulations and programs that make it easier for people to both purchase an electric vehicle (EV) and charge it up, whether at home or on the road. As Simon Fraser University professor Mark Jaccard has noted, one of the top actions British Columbians can take to reduce their individual carbon footprint is to switch to an EV.
Joe Gorman Director UK, Ireland and Nordics at ChargePoint It would be an understatement to say that 2020 has been a challenging year for UK companies. When COVID-19 first sent the country into lockdown last spring, business leaders acted quickly to ensure their organisations would be able to weather the pandemic.
Editor's note: Written by David Peterson, director of fleet solutions, ChargePoint. This is one in a series of periodic guest columns by industry thought leaders. There's no doubt that 2020 has been a challenging year for businesses. But, just as many companies have scaled back operations and investments to weather the COVID-19 pandemic, fleets are having the opposite problem.
Fleet electrification is already aligned with UK climate goals. The Government had previously identified the rapid adoption of electric vehicles as the "least cost pathway" to achieving the nation's goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Will pandemic accelerate fleet electrification?
Pilot programs and public opinion drive demand for EVs
André ten Bloemendal, VP Europe for ChargePoint, discusses the outlook for electric transport being more promising than ever despite the impacts of COVID-19, its potential to be the driving force in recovery and the important role fleets have to play.
With oil prices at multi-year lows, conventional wisdom suggests an interest in electric vehicles (EVs) will wane. Perhaps surprisingly, the opposite is happening. Whilst registrations for diesel and petrol vehicles have plunged in the UK year on year, registrations for electric vehicles have more than doubled in the midst of the global pandemic.
On a recent morning run, I noticed something was different. There were more cars on the road than usual. Strike that, there were more trucks and vans. Since the shelter-in-place orders came down in March, like most of us I'd become used to the conspicuous lack of traffic.
If 2020 has taught us anything, it's that everything we once took for granted can be upended overnight. As we've experienced, global change can be sudden, unexpected and disorienting but often it is entirely predictable - which means it's also manageable. Consider the evolving relationship between cities and mobility.
By: André ten Bloemendal is VP - Europe for ChargePoint Today, Software as a Service (SaaS) is a well-established and proven business model. Although it seems like a lifetime ago, cloud services and networked computing weren't always ubiquitous. Far from it. In those technological dark ages, software upgrades were a painstaking process that usually resulted [...]
Today, 4.1 billion of the world's 7.8 billion people live in cities. The United Nations predicts that number will rise to 6.7 billion over the next three decades-from 55% of the current global population to 68% by 2050.
Here André ten Bloemendal is VP - Europe for ChargePoint explains that the volte-face is being driven by climate policies such as stricter CO2 emissions standards and upcoming fossil fuel bans in European city centres including London, Paris and Rome; as well as changing consumer preferences and intense competition from electric-only rival Tesla.
Author: André ten Bloemendal, VP Europe at ChargePoint . MYTH #1: EVs Don't Have Enough Range In 2018, transport represented 33% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the UK-the highest percent of any sector. According to the Government, electric vehicles (EVs) provide the " least cost pathway" to meet its goal of net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050.
That's one of the reasons you'll be seeing a lot more electric vehicle (EV)models on UK roads in the coming years. According to the Government, EVs offer the "least cost pathway" to achieving the country's goal of net zero GHGs by 2050. EV adoption will require massive expansion of the necessary charging infrastructure.
By André ten Bloemendal, Vice President of Commercial Sales Europe, at ChargePoint The personal tech we take for granted today would have been unimaginable even to the astronauts, engineers and scientists who achieved the historic Apollo 11 moon landing a half century ago. In fact, the phone in your pocket packs 100,000 times the processing [...]
Nearly 24 centuries ago, the Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote that the purpose of society "is to allow every individual to attain a higher and better life by the mutual exchange of their different services." As we now know, those exchanges largely determine not only individual achievements, but whether or not a society itself will flourish.
At the dawn of the era of human-powered flight, Amelia Earhart marveled at her good fortune to have "popped into existence at a period so interesting." Today, with new technological advancements popping into existence every day, the awe-inspiring can sometimes feel downright mundane.
There are few things in life better than hanging out with old friends over beers. Even if you haven't chatted in ages, the years melt away as you reminisce about good times, past experiences and professional triumphs. It's made more gratifying when you share the same values. You know what's even better?
There's much to love about Utah. Whenever I visit, I'm frequently so struck by the state's stunning landscapes, I have to pause to catch my breath. Not only is Utah home to some of the most epic scenery in the country, it's a top destination for outdoor enthusiasts from around the globe.
Why is it we romanticize painful past experiences like finishing a grueling half-marathon on wobbly, aching legs or passing an important test after enduring an exhausting all-nighter, but we never idealize old technology? I'm pretty sure no one has ever waxed poetic about the good old days of landlines after closing a deal on their phone from a tropical beach.
Way back in 1799, a French soldier in Napoleon's army in Egypt stumbled upon what would eventually become one of the most important discoveries of all time. The Rosetta Stone is a nearly one ton text-covered stele that resides in the British Museum in London.
Tech According to Gallup, 21 percent of U.S. adults cite dissatisfaction with Government as the top problem facing the nation today. That's more than double the percentage who believe second-place healthcare (9%) is the biggest challenge.
By now you've heard that Artificial Intelligence is poised to either destroy civilization as we know it or miraculously solve all of society's problems. If you're a fan of films like 2015's or the HBO series , you'll be forgiven for believing that intelligent machines will inevitably lead to a dystopian nightmare.
In the last installment of our annual Year in Review and a Look Ahead we discussed how the 1989 film Back to the Future II was eerily prescient when it imagined a fictional 2015. Despite all of things the movie got right (electronic pay, personal drones and even hoverboards to name a few), it missed one of its biggest predictions...by a single year.
For the car business, the road ahead will be winding, rocky and fraught with obstacles - much as it has always been. But with new challenges such as a globally-dispersed supply chain, tightening regulatory controls, geopolitical uncertainties, shifting demographics and increased threats from unexpected competitors, it is also likely to become all but unrecognisable in just a few short years.
Add to favorites Business as usual is over. Today, the explosion of technology choices means that your company is battling for the attention of digitally-adept customers against nimble startups determined to knock you out of the race. To win at digital transformation, you must keep your eyes focused on the road ahead and your foot firmly planted on the accelerator.
Remember when siloed email was the biggest problem enterprise collaboration tools tried to solve? That seems almost quaint in the face of the current onslaught of team messaging apps in the enterprise. With all the buzz surrounding Slack, Microsoft Teams and Workplaceby Facebook, you'd think the challenges of productivity, engagement and fragmentation were all but solved.
According to some of the top HR professionals in Silicon Valley-they've seen the future and that future is choice.
In last week's Future of Work in a Connected World blog post, we discussed how the 9 to 5 workday is becoming an outdated concept and technology is supporting this transformation to being "always on." This week, we are taking a look at how companies can attain and retain top talent.
The top-down hierarchical organizational structure that dominated 20th century business no longer works. In the information age, value is created by
When Slack introduced its new Enterprise Grid product in January, it pledged to bring "much of the same day-to-day Slack experience that users have come to know and love" to large organizations. Similarly, CRM giant Salesforce unveiled its new Einstein artificial intelligence service this past fall to great fanfare, touting it as "AI for everyone."
Since our prehistoric ancestors first scrawled images of animals on cave walls more than 40,000 years ago, storytelling has been the preeminent way for human beings to convey our needs, desires and beliefs to others. For millennia, it has been building communities by bringing people together around campfires and in theatres, pubs and coffeehouses around the globe.
John Steinbeck once said, "Anything that just costs money is cheap." That time-tested adage has never been more true-especially when it's applied to the modern US healthcare industry. Imagine being forced to spend millions of dollars on technology that promises to increase efficiency and profitability only to find yourself spending two to three additional hours each day on data entry, while also enduring 30 percent reductions in both pay and initial productivity.
Now relatively old fashioned, emails are increasingly considered to be time consuming, stressful and an obstacle to productivity. Social networks and other collaborative tools are taking advantage of the humble email's negative image, and are stepping in to replace them. But old habits die hard.
The old saying, "It's not what you know, it's who you know that matters" is in desperate need of a 21st-century makeover. In today's digital workplace, a more appropriate adage might be, "What you know depends on who you know."
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Explore ways to manage your online reputation management to get more positive reviews, silence negative ones and even turn serial complainers into loyal cheerleaders.
These enterprising founders prove you don't need a ton of money to begin building your technology empire. Start with loads of talent and a great idea, throw in some grit and perseverance and heed the advice from those who've gone before and, who knows, you may be the next next big thing.
While manufacturing jobs have been migrating overseas for decades, there's been a revival of DIY and craft culture here at home. As Americans become increasingly nostalgic for handcrafted this and small batch that, it is, ironically, new technologies that are filling the void in their souls.
A digital uprising in medicine has meant unprecedented changes to the U.S. healthcare system in recent years. With hastily-scrawled prescriptions and handwritten patient charts now having the life expectancy of a major character on Game of Thrones (translation: "not long for this world"), you may soon find yourself relying on new technology trends to increase the odds of your own survival.
Although she is a 20-something, Lucy Stonehill is hardly the picture of the awkward, bespectacled technology entrepreneur hunched over a keyboard. In fact, Stonehill, 27, admits to knowing nothing about information technology when she came up with the idea for her business in 2012.
When I was a kid, I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was going to be the next Boris Vallejo! (You know, the famous fantasy and sci-fi artist who always painted ripped, shirtless men and buxom, bikini-clad women atop flying dragons and Pegasuses...
Healthcare is rapidly changing and, while it's still the EMTs, nurses and physicians who save lives, IT is affecting patient outcomes in ways unimaginable just a few years ago. When it comes to patient outcomes, Dr. Colin A. Banas, M.D., the Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) for the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Medical Center, is...
Social media is big. How big? Facebook alone has 1.28 billion active monthly users as of March 2014. Turning just a tiny fraction of those eyeballs into sales would be like finding the Holy Grail for most businesses.
When I was starting out in business I was naïve. Strike that-I was clueless. In fact, I knew less than nothing about running a business, and I didn't even know that. Back then, in my 20s, I dove headfirst into everything I did, arms and legs flailing.
When it comes to the daily humiliations of freelancing, I'm a pro. I've been taken in by the promise of exposure, dealt with the frustrations of something called "payment upon publication" and been burned by editors I considered friends.
Whether interviews are your bread-and-butter or you simply grit your teeth and bear them, they are an inevitable part of every freelance writer's life. But these tools can help you streamline the interview process so you can get back to doing what you do best - writing your piece.
Several years ago, when I was just starting out as an entrepreneur, a friend introduced me to a concept he called "Serengeti Management." His premise was that, as a new employer, I was going to have to deal with any number of different personalities, each represented by a creature you might find roaming the plains...
I have been working with artists for a long time. As a gallery owner, I interacted with artists every day. They were my customers, my employees and my partners. I have, quite purposely, surrounded myself with them for my entire adult life. I love artists. Nearly all of my close friends are artists.
"Melancholia Minus Its Charms" Depression - not to be confused with normal sadness - has been called many things since Hippocrates first described the disease back in the 5th century BC. In fact, it may have been Hippocrates himself who first coined the term melancholy, which literally translates as "black bile."
If you build it, they will come. That's what I believed, when I was first starting out. I assumed that if I opened a business, customers would just show up-no major marketing effort required.
Posted 5/13/2015 by UHBlog In America, sports is a national pastime like, well, baseball and apple pie - and football and basketball and hockey. Each week, millions of Americans flood stadiums and tune in on TV to watch and, depending on the outcome, celebrate or mourn the performance of their favorite teams and athletes.
Posted 4/28/2015 by UHBlog Are you one of those guys who hasn't visited your doctor in years? You are not alone. Even though early detection saves lives, one-fourth of all men blow off seeing their doctors each year.
Posted 5/26/2015 by UHBlog It's only natural to want to take advantage of the warm weather by getting in some extra training outside. But with temperatures on the rise, your favorite outdoor activities may be detrimental to your health. Exercising or participating in sports in extreme heat can lead to serious conditions, such as heat illness or heatstroke.
Posted 5/5/2015 by UHBlog The days are getting longer and, as another winter quickly recedes into memory, summer is so close you can almost taste it - along with all of those delicious foods you will be cooking up on your outdoor grill.
Transition of Care program helps kids with chronic illnesses move from Children's Health into adult treatment.
Meaningful Use has meant big changes and even bigger challenges for many healthcare providers. But, for those organizations committed to health technology, there's no going back. "Meaningful Use is a bit of a double-edged sword," says Dr. Colin A. Banas, M.D., the Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) for the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Medical Center....
When the body's immune system reacts abnormally to something a person eats or drinks, it's known as a food allergy. Food allergies may affect as many as 220 to 520 million people worldwide, with the majority of those sufferers being children. It is estimated that more than 12 million Americans have diagnosed food allergies.
Posted 4/2/2015 by UHBlog If you have questions about your cognitive function, ask us. So you've forgotten why you went into the dining room or you've misplaced your car keys - again. How do you know if your absentmindedness is normal or a sign of something more serious?
Posted 4/10/2015 by UHBlog For most of us, bad breath is a sign that we need to brush or floss regularly or more often. However, for many elderly people, that may be easier said than done.
Posted 4/6/2015 by UHBlog There's a new game in town. Some runners are choosing to not only test their athletic skills, but their alcohol tolerance by competing in an event known as the "Beer Mile." The sport has been gaining in popularity in recent years, especially among young athletes.
The car seat program is part of The Children's Health Trust, dedicated to making life better-and safer-for kids.
On the morning of December 1, 1948, the dead body of a well-dressed man was found slumped against a sea wall near Somerton Beach in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. The man carried no identification. He had an unlit cigarette behind one ear and another one, half-smoked, pinned between his cheek and the collar of his jacket.
In the summer between my fifth and sixth grade years, my parents moved our family to a small farm in Southern Oregon. My initial distress at being separated from lifelong friends and the only home I'd ever known quickly vanished as I realized there was one overwhelming advantage to farm life I hadn't anticipated-almost anywhere I went, I was out of sight of my overprotective mother.
"How attached are you to this puppy?" the veterinarian asked my then-girlfriend, Nikki."We love him," she sobbed. We had only had Poe for two days."He has a hole in his heart," the vet said. "He probably won't live long.""What can we do?""There's not much to do."