#FairnessFirst: Welcome the most diverse emoji set yet

Call them emojis or emoticons, you're sure to see even more of those colourful little symbols in all forms of digital communication, with the Unicode Consortium confirming featuring we'll have at least 230 new emojis to choose from in 2019 when different skin tones and genders are included...

By Leigh Andrews 18 Feb 2019

#FairnessFirst: Readdressing advertising gender equality behind-the-scenes, with the Gerety Awards

The global Gerety Awards have launched, signalling a marked shift in award shows themselves redefining their role, especially as much of the advertising industry is aiming to redefine itself in these tricky times...

By Leigh Andrews 11 Feb 2019

#FairnessFirst: Diversity behind the scenes makes for better reporting

One of the basic tenets of journalism is to tell the true story. But everyone's version of the story is shaded by personal background - and what if your background doesn't match that of the subject? It shouldn't make a difference, but it does. Here's why UK publishers are now hiring diversity executives...

By Leigh Andrews 4 Feb 2019

#FairnessFirst: Will the shift towards a cashless society finally decrease inequality?

We're closer to functioning as a global cashless society than ever before, yet an Oxfam report warns that equality between the haves and have-nots is higher than ever before. Read on for the impact on females and the unbanked in particular...

By Leigh Andrews 28 Jan 2019

#FairnessFirst: Time to stand for purpose-led marketing and social impact advertising

Barbara Gardner Proctor, the woman who helped introduce the Beatles to America through a deal with Vee-Jay records, was also the first black female to own an ad agency in America back in 1970. With her passing this December, we look back at the impact of her firsts and why they still hold true in 2019...

By Leigh Andrews 21 Jan 2019

#FairnessFirst: Making workplace inclusion everybody's business

Microsoft has made inclusion every employee's responsibility in much the same manner as one eats the proverbial 'business elephant' - one bite at a time. Here's how your company can follow suit through encouraging accountability through heightened awareness, curiosity and courage...

By Leigh Andrews 14 Jan 2019

#FairnessFirst: The secret to career success in 2019 and beyond

First week back at work for the year and already feeling stuck? Like you're just not progressing in your career? These tips from the Corinium Women in Digital and Data Forum may be what you need to read, to speak up and shine in 2019...

By Leigh Andrews 7 Jan 2019

#FairnessFirst: How to roll out effective digital transformation

"If you want something done right, do it yourself," seems to be the business mantra of companies that succeed on their journey of digital transformation, focusing on using tech to meet otherwise ignored human needs. Here's how your brand can improve on customer experience by following suit...

By Leigh Andrews 17 Dec 2018

#FairnessFirst: How to handle being 'the only' in the boardroom

From queen bee syndrome to unchecked micro-aggressions and struggling to deal with being 'the only' in the boardroom, Corinium's Women in Digital and Data Forum touched on many topics that may be subconsciously holding back our businesses from becoming more inclusive...

By Leigh Andrews 10 Dec 2018

#FairnessFirst: Pledging for workplace transformation and productivity

We spend the bulk of our waking hours in the office, so why not do what we can to make that time more productive? Here's how SA companies are working for better work-life balance and pledging to transform for the better...

By Leigh Andrews 3 Dec 2018

#FairnessFirst: How Africa's digital divide is being diminished, one innovation at a time

The final two sessions of the 2020 track of AfricaCom - focused on how the 'smart feature phone' will revolutionise the digital landscape in Africa and what will happen when 1bn Africans are connected to the internet...

By Leigh Andrews 19 Nov 2018

#FairnessFirst: Why investigative journalism and media freedom matters

It's becoming harder than ever to 'kill the story' in these technologically advanced times...

By Leigh Andrews 12 Nov 2018

#FairnessFirst: Meet the future of advertising

The session by VML was my favourite of the first-ever Digital Agency Showcase, because not only was the panel the most representative of the day, but agency leader Jarred Cinman also led the way in letting the 'future of the industry' talk for itself...

By Leigh Andrews 5 Nov 2018

#FairnessFirst: Busting stereotypes of SA women in the workplace

With rising awareness that inequality needs to be tackled head-on, we're seeing more mindfulness of issues of inclusion and equality in local marketing campaigns and movements like the 7% Tribe, Take This Thread and 'Women Acknowledged'...

By Leigh Andrews 29 Oct 2018

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