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Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success

For me they normally happen, these career crises, 00:03 → 00:05 often, actually, on a Sunday evening, 00:05 → 00:07 just as the sun is starting to set, 00:07 → 00:10 and the gap between my hopes for myself, 00:10 → 00:14 and the reality of my life, start to diverge so painfully 00:14 → 00:17 that I normally end up weeping into a pillow.... Then this philosopher suggests a kinder, gentler philosophy of success. And here is the transcript.

2018-02-15T02:12:12+01:00February 1st, 2016|Non classé|

Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

And I saw my sister's face, this wail of pain and suffering and surprise threatening to erupt from her mouth and threatening to wake my parents from the long winter's nap for which they had settled. So I did the only thing my little frantic seven year-old brain could think to do to avert this tragedy. And if you have children, you've seen this hundreds of times before. I said, "Amy, Amy, wait. Don't cry. Don't cry. Did you see how you landed? No human lands on all fours like that. Amy, I think this means you're a unicorn....More on Ted Talks

2018-02-15T02:12:25+01:00February 1st, 2016|Non classé|

Meet The Artisans… on the Web!

Because we could all support artisans as entrepreneurs, the Web could help us all : It's been called the "Etsy Economy": the growing number of artisans and craftspeople who support themselves via Internet storefronts. From handmade kids' costumes to personalized jewelry to custom cutting boards, online artisan marketplaces are allowing old-fashioned craftsmanship to flourish. See, the past generation perfected mass production and distribution of goods, be it a car, fridge, bike or your phone. But in that process they managed to separate the product from the story. And a product's story is its genesis; where it came from, who made it, and why it was made that way. My former professor, and the founder of IDEO, David Kelley once told me "that if a product were a jet, than its fuel is the story." What happens though when you lose the fuel? As much as companies would like you to think that that phone you're holding shows up at your doorstep untouched by human hands the truth is that it takes a huge amount of time, effort, and skill to product these objects. And when you stop understanding this, like we have now, you start getting wasteful. You no longer respect the product and you no longer have pride of ownership so it's easy to discard or throw away when it gets dinted, broken, or a new one comes along. ATOMIK INSIGHT from Brandon Morrison As one of Japan's last remaining swordsmiths, Korehira Watanabe has honed his craft for 40 years while attempting to recreate the mythical Koto sword. Beauty through Bamboo

2017-04-26T02:00:43+01:00February 1st, 2016|Good vibrations, Non classé|

Intellectual Property Rights in Software

Copyright protection extends to the particular form in which an idea is expressed. In the case of software, copyright law would protect the source and object code, as well as certain unique original elements of the user interface. […]

2017-04-26T02:00:43+01:00December 21st, 2015|In Belgium, Non classé, We like|

How to establish a branch in Belgium?

In order to set up a branch in Belgium, it is necessary to prepare a set of documents which have to be deposited at the commercial court. The documents must be translated by a sworn translator if the language is other than French, Dutch or German. The following documents must be legalised by a notary from the country of origin and then translated into an official language by an authorized Belgium translator: a copy of the registration certificate, the coordinated version of the Statutes and the decision of the competent corporate body to open the branch. The balance sheet of the previous year must also be translated. […]

2017-04-26T02:00:43+01:00December 17th, 2015|In Belgium, Non classé, We share|

How to apply for Belgian citizenship or long-term residence ?

A person may apply for Belgian citizenship or long-term residence in Belgium if he / she has lived in Belgium for five continuous years. After this period of time of living in Belgium, EU/EEA/Swiss nationals acquire permanent residence automatically, whereas the non-EU/EEA citizens should apply for it. […]

2017-04-26T02:00:44+01:00December 14th, 2015|In Belgium, Non classé, We like|

TTIP: What kind of judicial body should we support for trade disputes?

The actual project of Trade Agreement between the United States and the European Union (TTIP) remains very controversial in many aspects. Among these controversial aspects, the question of the creation of specific arbitration tribunals competent to solve conflicts between companies and States remains unsolved. […]

2017-04-26T02:00:44+01:00December 7th, 2015|En Europe|

Digital manipulation of images may make copyright infringers of you

While the use of digital manipulation for altering images has now become a common thing, it presents serious challenges to copyright protection. Indeed, altering images though Adobe Photoshop and the other imaging programs, without permission, infringes the copyright owner’s exclusive right to adaptation. […]

2017-04-26T02:00:44+01:00December 4th, 2015|In Belgium, In Europe, Non classé, We share|