Bill Gates: These 3 lessons from COVID-19 can help us fight climate change

We get it—you're sick of Zoom happy hour. The thought of another Zoom call just to catch up with your coworkers fills you with dread. But there are ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ 
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We get it—you're sick of Zoom happy hour. The thought of another Zoom call just to catch up with your coworkers fills you with dread. But there are other, better ways to stay connected with your colleagues: think remote mixology classes, 'Queen's Gambit'-inspired chess lessons, and even virtual escape rooms. Since remote work isn't going anywhere for at least a few more months, be sure to check out these 6 ideas on how to liven up team-building activities and reconnect with your coworkers.

Katharine Schwab
Zoom happy hour isn’t fun anymore. Try these 6 virtual team building ideas instead

Nearly a year into the pandemic, we still need engaging ways to connect with coworkers and clients that don’t rely entirely on Zoom.

Bill Gates: These 3 lessons from COVID-19 can help us fight climate change

In this excerpt from his new book, the philanthropist explains how the struggle against the pandemic can help guide us as we work to end global warming.

The designer behind one of the iPad’s biggest apps is calling for an end to minimalism

And his suite of new apps is challenging app design’s favorite conventions.

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7 simple steps to create better boundaries when you work from home

These simple observations and changes may help you create better boundaries, even when that feels impossible.

Insecure’s Issa Rae: ‘There are still so many stipulations about what Black stories I am allowed to tell’

Issa Rae’s new collaboration with Madewell showcases Black talent across the board.

Google’s vibrant new interface makes it super easy to buy from Black brands

A clickable artwork by Amani Lewis lets consumers shop Black-owned brands such as Jungalow, Blk & Bold coffee, and more.

How Canada Goose made its famous Expedition Parka sustainable

With reclaimed fur and responsible down, the sustainable Expedition Parka is one of the warmest eco-friendly jackets on the market.

ClassPass launches a map of clinics offering COVID-19 vaccines

Best known for helping people find exercise programs, ClassPass will now also help residents of Boston, Chicago, and New York figure out where to get vaccinated.

Editor’s pick: This automated pet feeder saved my relationship with my cat—and my sleep schedule

The Litter Robot Feeder-Bot connects to my iPhone and lets me feed my cat at the click of a button.

These bike parking pods are designed to sit in a parking space

Oonee—which keeps bikes safe from theft in a secured box—wants to use the curbside streets for more than just storing cars.

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3 time management myths that could be hurting your productivity
Most of us are looking for ways to improve our time management. Pavithra Mohan shares 3 things we might be doing that actually decrease our productivity.
China’s e-commerce milestone: What you need to know
China is set to become the first country in history that will see a majority of its retail sales conducted online instead of via traditional brick-and-mortar stores. 
According to a forecast from eMarketer, 52.1% of all retail sales in China will be conducted online by the end of 2021. For comparison, only 15% of U.S. sales are online, the report says. 
Social commerce on WeChat, along with “live commerce” on platforms like Douyin (what TikTok is called in China), helped drive the trend. 
South Korea, the U.K., Denmark, and Norway rounded out the five countries with the highest percentage of e-commerce sales.
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