Could a new concept of money create a new global financial ecosystem?
According to Reuters, global debt has hit a record $303 trillion. Financial experts and economists predict five further critical conclusions the world will witness throughout 2022: heightened inflation; higher interest rates; increased volatility; slower growth; and lower investment returns.
The global financial ecosystem has been disrupted, on a seismic scale, by digitalisation – making it difficult to predict exactly what shape the monetary system of the future will take. But technological transformation is not the only development catalysing widespread change among traditional financial institutions. Other developments include: process innovation; changing customer demands; globalisation; sustainability constraints and climate change; instability among political economies; and impending financial crises. While the list is far from exhaustive, it offers an insight into the many complex challenges – both now and in the future – facing governments, businesses, non-profits, local communities, central banks, and lenders.
Preserving the rights of staff members in the healthcare sector
If you walk into any health or social care environment , you will most likely see signs stating that abuse and harassment of health care professionals will not be tolerated. The presence and prevalence of such notices belies an uncomfortable truth: that individuals throughout the health service are frequent targets of both. In the eyes of many, it’s almost considered an inevitable part of the job.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that up to 38% of health workers suffer physical violence at some point in their careers – most at the hands of patients and visitors. Many more are verbally abused or threatened. It is not just workers in hospitals, care homes and GP practices that are at risk; workers who operate in disaster and conflict scenarios are vulnerable to additional forms of violence, including collective and political. Healthcare workers directly involved in patient care are among those who face the greatest risk of attacks on their human rights, including:
Placing content at the heart of marketing strategy
There’s a saying that is commonly used these days, both within & outside marketing circles: content is king.
And it is not far from the truth – effective content marketing can be transformative for companies and brands. So, it is no surprise many are now expanding their content marketing efforts in a bid to raise brand awareness, gain the attention of potential customers and, ultimately, turn a profit.
Key findings from Semrush’s State of Content Marketing Report 2022 demonstrate how content marketing is increasingly central to marketing efforts:
Healthcare staffing shortages and how to manage them
Healthcare is a high-risk, high-stakes sector. While staff shortages have negative consequences for all types of businesses, they are unlikely to carry the same threat to livelihood and wellbeing as they do for hospitals and health services.
Ensuring that healthcare facilities are appropriately staffed is critical to providing both a safe work environment for healthcare professionals and safe, effective patient care. While always a key concern for clinic managers and health leaders, the Covid-19 pandemic has thrown a spotlight on the colossal impact and sheer scale of consequences that staffing shortages mean for critical care settings worldwide.
The emergence of financial technology and the digital banking age
The last ten years has seen financial technology – more commonly referred to as fintech – significantly disrupt a number of elements of more traditional banking and financial services.
Most of us are already interfacing with fintech as part of our increasingly cashless daily lives. We’re paying for taxis without cash or bank cards; accessing bank accounts with the swipe of a finger; sending money to friends via PayPal; depositing cheques by taking photos of them with our phones, and even investing in bitcoin and cryptocurrency.
Across areas such as payment services, insurance, venture capital, wealth management, retail and lending, fintech companies have sparked the transformation of technological capabilities and paved the way for a new dimension of banking convenience.