News & Noteworthy (Week of August 23)

A lot goes on in our world each week — some news you may catch, and some may slip by your radar. Below are a few articles that caught our attention, and we didn’t want you to miss ’em!

A Proven Investment in Company Success: Uber and the NFL hired one. Demand is on the rise for diversity officers, according to Julia Carpenter for CNN Money. Carpenter writes, “According to data from Indeed, demand for the roles has increased significantly in just the last few years. Between 2017 and 2018, Indeed postings for diversity and inclusion positions had increased by nearly 20%.” Read more to find out what a diversity offer — often called “director of diversity and inclusion,” “chief equality officer” or “head of diversity, inclusion and belonging” — does.

Chamber Orchestra Gets Hip: In 2013, the board of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra had an adapt-or-die conversation. “The board knew that to win those coveted new fans, it had to get hip — with music in bars, events with food and more visual interest in concerts,” Wes Needham, president of the board, told Janelle Gelfand for Cincinnati Business Courier. Along with its annual (now in its fourth year) Summermusik Festival in August, Gelfand continues: “The orchestra’s identity includes imaginative programs that also feature collaborations with local dance companies, Madcap Puppets, photographers or art museums. Sometimes, there are unexpected surprises – such as the time the Cincinnati Caledonian Pipes & Drums Band marched into the hall.”

Hey Berlin, Listen to This! German rail operator Deutsche Bahn has announced a new plan to deter people in Berlin from using drugs at one of its busiest stations. The company will pipe “atonal music” into the Hermannstrasse station in Berlin’s Neukölln district. The plan has received mixed reviews from residents and business, but Deutsche Bahn hopes to launch the experiment before the end of 2018. DW reports, “The idea of using music to counter social problems is not particularly new: In 2010 Berlin’s public transport operator, BVG, experimented with using classical music to drive away drug users in one of its stations in the west of the city, and authorities in Hamburg and London have also tried music in railway stations — though the idea there was that soothing classical music might reduce anti-social behavior.”

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