+ Why I never answer Facebook Did You Know questions by Areti Vassou

Why I never answer Facebook “Did you know” questions

Marketing Ethics

If a person politely greets you in the street most probably you would return the greeting. The common word that is used almost everywhere in the world is “Hello!” or “Hi!” or just a smile.

It’s a simple human reaction for individuals to respond to a positive gesture or behavior by opening up with a short let-us-introduce-ourselves conversation. That includes our name, country or occupation or a line about a specific topic. That’s all right up to this point, don’t you agree?

 

Too close too soon

You are walking down the street and a stranger starts asking you questions like:

  • “How do Mondays make you feel like?”
  • “What is your hidden talent?”
  • “What is the best photo of your pet?”
  • “What is the farthest you’ve been from home…?”
  • “Who is your favorite superhero?”
  • “If you could choose to control fire or water, you would rather control…?”
  • “Which was the happiest moment of your life?”
  • “When was the last time you text an ex by mistake?” etc.

 

Would you voluntarily answer these so-called icebreaking questions in real life? I asked 150 people in my network with entirely different backgrounds and all of them replied that they would never go near a person with such an invasive behavior. Wait… but they have already! Where? On Facebook!

 

Mind the gap

Facebook is open 24/7/365. Always online… and connected with billions of people. And AI Softwares and Machines and Statistics and Profiling… Yeap! Every single second it monitors what you like, what you write, with whom you connect or disconnect, which ads you prefer and which brands you follow. It’s part of the new digital transformation era. Is that all?

Statistics and numbers find a hard time to reveal the emotional criteria that affect the decision-making process of an individual. Emojis were created to bridge the huge gap between emotional factors and cold numbers. When a company knows what makes you sad, angry, happy or surprised will use it to engage your attention in favor of their products salability.

We are not here to avoid the elephant in the room. Companies want to make sales. To whom? To us, of course. With every possible way that exists and is used out there and in here, our deepest corners of our minds: our subconscious. Digital marketing is one of the tools that are used to transform a project (i.e. product, service, brand, name etc) into a must-have-it-now-with-whatever-it-takes value.

 

Facebook changed the game

Facebook released the “Did you know” feature on Tuesday 5th December 2017.

It is a new addition to the about section of your Facebook profile. It wasn’t enough that users plugged tones of information into their profile like:

Favorite actors/singers/stars, fashion stylist, celebrities, politicians, movies, TV shows, musicians, books, places, destinations, companies, brands, hobbies, trends, photo albums, jobs, education, (sometimes and income), home address, work address, telephone, directions, notes, personal posts, birthdays, name days, family status, friend status, vacations, party, statements, health status, medical data, medication,  organizations, shops, non profits, causes, games, sports, search results and interests.

Now with the new Did You Know disguised as funny-innocent questions, Facebook is aiming to connect ALL the dots and make each user part of the original capital investment of the company: To own the information. To be the omnipotent single player of the game with enormous power.

“Knowing is owning”

 

Why I never answer Facebook Did You Know questions by Areti Vassou

 

Is your head right?

Shake it up from your system. Stand up and ask yourself: Do I want to get profiled?

Definition of profiling: the recording and analysis of a person’s psychological and behavioral characteristics, so as to assess or predict their capabilities in a certain sphere or to assist in identifying categories of people.

Machines are profiling us with or without our will. Don’t get me wrong, I am into digital technology with all my heart but I support the right of humans to protect their privacy and humanity. There should be limitations about how deep could be allowed to AI systems digging into a person’s digital profile and footprints.

If a person wants to reveal the most intimate parts of his/her life should be up to his/her free will to do so. And not be tricked to answer questions that could eventually damage their safety,  personality, and dignity.

 

The end doesn’t justify the means

Allow me to add a part of Aristotle’s philosophy about free will:

The Pythagoreans, Socrates, and Plato attempted to reunite an element of human freedom with material determinism and causal law. But the first major philosopher to argue convincingly for some indeterminism was Aristotle.

Aristotle in his Physics and Metaphysics noted, among other things, that many decisions were quite predictable based on habit and character, but they were no less free if one’s character itself and predictable habits were developed freely in the past and were changeable in the future.

He believed our deliberations involved choices between alternative possibilities. At a minimum, it was up to us whether to act or not to act, and this implies both the possibility to do otherwise and moral responsibility for our actions.

As a principal architect of the concept of causality and the formulator of the four causes, Aristotle’s statements on indefinite causes are perhaps his most significant contribution to freedom, in the world and in human decisions. (Nichomachean Ethics, III.v.6)

 

Author’s Opinion

People may agree or disagree with our point of view but no one should be exposed to conditions that could eliminate their right to freedom and free will. Those who stay silent in front any action of undermining free will are equally responsible with those that put it at risk.

Facebook changed the game of Marketing but as individuals, we still reserve the right to use our free will and choose whether we want to be profiled or not. We are human beings, not products!

 

+ Women in Tech

Women in Tech

The Fifty Fifty Project

Empowering women to thrive in technology. Be inspired and connect with women executives from technology companies.

Do you plan to start your career in a technology company? Have you decided to make a career change in the technology industry? Then this project is for you!

During the event “Women in Tech” by The Fifty Fifty Project, attendees had the opportunity to interact with business women from the Tech Industry. The keynote speakers shared their experience about their journey in digital technology.

Women in Tech by The Fifty Fifty Project

Learn how to start your career in a technology company. See how to put into action your decision to make a career change into the technology sector.

Participants addressed questions to the speakers about the skills and experience that someone can gain in a technology company. In the end, everyone had the opportunity to network with the speakers as well as the rest of attendees.

The event took place on Friday 20th April at 17:30 in Orange Grove.

 

 

 

 


The Speakers

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Women in Tech

Women in Tech

Women in Tech

Women in Tech

Women in Tech

Women in Tech

Women in Tech

 

+ Network Intuitive Event Cisco Greece

Network Intuitive Event Cisco Greece

Stay Connected

Discover the New Era of Networking

Intent-based networking built on Cisco DNA

Use Digital Network Architecture (DNA) to sense and understand the context of everything that is happening across all applications, users, and devices in your network. With new assurance capabilities, your network can help you get to the right action faster.

Network Intuitive Event Cisco Greece

The Cisco networks impact us everywhere we work, live, play, and learn, and reflects almost to all the networks that shape our digital world; pervasive, surrounding us, always on.

Cisco’s digital approach was so genius and carefully organized that they succeed to reach 36 countries in 21 different languages on Day 1 of launch –  their largest global launch ever.

The key point was that the digital touchpoints provide real value to any visitor, such as interactive 3D product imagery, competitive comparison tables, a DNA readiness advisor, and more.

The Network

Cisco’s core value always was and will be the power of the network. They focus at making more than just a product. Cisco is investing in ways to establish secure channels of connecting people at the center of everything.

The Network. Intuitive. by Cisco is taking over the digital game of communication and connection. On Tuesday 17 April 2018, the Event The Network. Intuitive. by Cisco will take place in Athens, Greece at Wyndham Grand Hotel.

hotel wyndham grand athens greece

Network Intuitive Event Cisco Greece Location

Learn more about the power of intent-based networking by watching the videos online, exploring the product pages of Cisco.com, and tuning in this week event.

 

The Event

The world is digitizing rapidly. Decisions need to be taken more quickly and in the meanwhile, you set high standards to your software. But is your network ready to adapt to the goals you set for today and the day after? And how does your network protect your company against threats?

On April 17th Cisco will take you on a journey to a new age of networking based on Cisco’s Digital Networking Architecture. With keynote sessions and several demos, they will show you how the intuitive network can play a vital role in your organization.

Topics such as automation, analytics, encrypted traffic analytics, multi-cloud, HyperFlex and customer experience will be addressed extensively. Do you wish to know how your IT department can save time and thereby focusing more on achieving business outcomes? Register Here


A note from the author of this article

The Director: Joe Pytka

For this campaign Cisco partnered with Ogilvy, one of the world’s most imaginative agencies, to develop the concept. Joe Pytka, the award-winning commercial director known for his work with Nike, Pepsi, Apple, and other major brands, worked with them to shoot this stunning photography.

Joe Pytka (born November 4, 1938) is an American film, television, commercial and music video director born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He holds the record for the most nominations for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Commercials.



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+ Photography Workshop Phos

Photography Workshop Phos

Learn Film Photography

 

Last week, a good friend of mine Monika, the founder of Fiorello Wedding Photography, told me about an outstanding Photography Workshop in Spetses, Greece: Phos Workshop.

Photography Workshop Phos

Phos Workshop

At the workshop, attendees will learn about film photography, lighting, styling, marketing and how to get their work published and so much more!
Photography Workshop Phos logo


Speakers

Photography Workshop Phos Justine Milton“Hey, I’m Justine Milton, I photograph weddings with my husband, Alan Carey, my second shooter, film loader, and an assistant. Together we travel all over the world capturing love stories and teaching.

My style is a mix of fine art and photojournalism. I capture naturally beautiful moments as they happen.

It is an incredibly humbling job, to be trusted to document couples lifelong memories, and that is what we focus on most; timeless imagery that will evoke all of the emotions you and your family felt on the day.” Continue reading…

 

 

Photography Workshop Phos Paul and Yiota AnagnouPaul and Yiota Anagnou are experienced, creative, fine art photographers who live in Athens with their two children.

Paul & Yiota spend their lives traveling through Europe shooting some of the world’s most beautiful weddings and have over 20 years of adventures and experience behind them.

They operate a hugely successful business that affords them both creative license and professional freedom and are ready to share their expertise with you. Continue reading…

 

 

 

Photography Workshop Phos Kate HollandKate Holland is the editor & creative director of Magnolia Rouge, a website synonymous with beautifully curated features.

With a passion for photography and design, this is apparent in the aesthetics throughout both the blog and accompanying magazine.

As a self-taught graphic designer, she is inspired by beautiful light, organic styling, natural and simple beauty, raw texture and of course incredible imagery. Continue reading…

 

 

 

 

Photography Workshop Phos Think Happy EventsChrysoula is the founder of Think Happy Events; with more than 14 years of event planning and design experience.

Her love of creating & organizing events along with her creativity & out of the box thinking, drove Chrysoula to make her passion a full-time job.

Think Happy Events is a boutique company located in Athens that travels all around Greece and farther to plan & design events. Continue reading…

 

 

 

 

Photography Workshop Phos Carmencita Film LabAlbert is one of the founders of “Carmencita Film Lab” in Spain & “Traveling Light”. Thanks to the team behind the lab and their hard work a lot of photographers fell in love with film again, and are able to obtain high-quality results front their film shoots.

Albert worked in the US for six months and after his return to Barcelona he met Miguel Varona, who owned a scanner, and just wanted to do something special. Continue reading…

 

 

 

 

Photography Workshop Phos Frantzeska KoukoulaFrantzeska Koukoula creates Makeup and Hairstyles that are undoubtedly defined by elegance and high aesthetics.

She amplifies natural beauty by enhancing your natural characteristics in order to achieve finesse and a timeless result.

Her passion for creativity leads her into the world of art. She studies Graphic Design and works for 10 years in one of the biggest papers of Athens, Eleutherotypia. Continue reading…

 

 

 

 

Photography Workshop Phos Vassilis SioutosVassilis Sioutos is co-founder and leading Cinematographer of Wedcolors Cinematography.

His passion for our work and the faith in his creative abilities is what started WedColors in the first place.

They decided to join their creative personalities for a greater cause, capturing the best moments of a couple and presenting them in the most artistic way possible.

Through this journey, they managed to evolve themselves and offer true art through motion. Continue reading…

 

 


Workshop Location

Poseidonio Grand Hotel, Spetses, Greece

Poseidonio Grand Hotel, which first opened in 1914, was the brainchild of Sotirios Anargyros, a visionary benefactor who was responsible for much of Spetses’ development. Furthermore, it represented the cosmopolitan face of the island and soon became one of its famous landmarks, a favorite destination for high society, royalty and wealthy Athenians.

Poseidonion Grand Hotel, Spetses, Greece

Poseidonion Grand Hotel, Spetses, Greece

Following a meticulous five-year restoration programme which has brought the hotel fully up to date with the finest facilities, fixtures, and fittings while carefully preserving the original architecture of the building, Poseidonion Grand Hotel, fully refurbished, re-opened its doors in the summer of 2009, ready to welcome new visitors.

The hotel comprises of two buildings with superior and deluxe rooms and suites, several with private gardens or balconies offering spectacular views of the Dapia Port area and the sparkling blue-turquoise Sea.

Situated in Spetses, a picturesque island, near Athens with rich naval history and lovely beaches, and what is more a destination for jet-setters all year long, Poseidonion Grand Hotel offers moments of luxury and relaxation!


Workshop schedule

There will be multiple photo shoots throughout the few days. Each one will be broken into multiple parts so the attendees can split up into smaller groups, ensuring everyone has their own shooting time.

Participants will learn:

  • hybrid shooting tips and techniques
  • lighting, both natural and artificial,
  • defining your style,
  • film stocks, shooting, and techniques,
  • running a profitable business,
  • shooting editorials & publishing,
  • natural posing,
  • documenting emotion and motion,
  • curating your galleries,
  • editing,
  • marketing,
  • pricing & much more

Les Anagnou and Justine & Alan will show everyone how they would pose, and what they would shoot and look for in the locations and lighting and then will be rotating among the groups in case anyone needs help or has any questions. Read more details about the schedule here or visit the official website www.phosworkshop.com


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+ How to Donate your Old Laptop

How to Donate your Old Laptop

Pick up Points

Search into your storage house or inside that old box in the corner and take your laptop to your hands. Is it in one piece? Ok then… Also, try to find the power cable and put both of them in a bag.

Now type on your working computer the website    donateyouroldlaptop.com or give them a call at +306981001939 or send them a message here.

Yes, they will come and pick it up from you.

 

Do you live in Athens?

Visit their offices and meet their team of volunteers at Social Hackers Academy.

Their pick-up locations are:

  • Social Hackers Academy, Anaxagora 3, Athens 10552, Greece
  • Ideadeco, Kallirrois 24, Piraeus 18539, Greece
  • Comeet Space, Crete, Petraki Louka 3, Heraklion 71306, Greece
  • Grafimedia, Voulgaroktonou 53, Athens 11473, Greece

 

How to Donate your Old Laptop

 

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

You may find it easier to donate your digital equipment directly to your favorite local school. However, it is good to know that most schools have very specific technology needs. An over-the-7-years donated laptop might not be a good fit.

On the other hand, organizations that are ready to accept your laptop donation, most of the times, have a well-educated team ready to repair and upgrade older laptops. They will ensure that your laptop works well and runs legal software copies and that any e-waste is disposed of properly. They will pass on ready-to-use laptops to those who need them.

All used Laptops are offered to Social Hackers Academy, Anaxagora 3-5, Athens 10552 Greece. 

Donate your old laptop at Social Hackers Academy in Greece

Social Hackers Academy is the first tech education school in Athens for vulnerable groups. Today there are 62,000 refugees stuck in Greece. Due to the economic crisis, the country is one of the least prepared in Europe to deal with this influx of people.

Currently, basic necessities are paid for in large part by government organizations and NGOs. But very little money is invested in sustainable solutions to the problem like formal education and skills training.

In September of 2017, they launched a code school to teach students how to become web developers. Their goal is to provide a path out of the camps and towards a dignified, financially independent life.

Donate your old laptop

 

 

+ Happy Easter with Spring Daisy Flowers by Areti Vassou and Ideadeco Team

Happy Easter from Ideadeco Team

Easter Blessings

Easter in Greece is mesmerizing… you see in Mediterranean climate, flowers are blooming at the beginning of April and create a unique Spring scenery.

 

Why I love Easter in Greece

Let’s start with the beauty of flowers in the Greek countryside. Have you ever find anywhere else so many and different kinds of flowers during Spring? I have traveled all over the planet and nowhere else have I seen such combinations.

The Beauty of Spring Flowers by Areti Vassou Ideadeco

There is a good reason that tourists are returning several times after their first visit in Greece. The first time tourists are impressed with Greece’s islands and Archaeological Museums and Legacy. But the flower’s scents and colors ( and of course great food) stay with them and most of the times unconsciously lead their decisions to choose Greece for their Summer vacations, again, and again, and again!

Who can resist this beauty?

 

Couple Photography in Greece

A good friend of mine (and an exceptional photographer)  was looking for worth-to-capture locations in Greece for a photography project. The first option in my head was: “Athens, of course!… The Lady of Saronic Gulf.”

And Monika had already under her pillow this idea. So it was no surprise for me, when I finally saw at the Couple Photography Portfolio on her website, that Athens is one of her top choices. Hey, have a look:

Fiorello Photography: “A pre-wedding photography by the sea is always the perfect choice for a young couple! Martina and John are ready to dive into life’s deep sea.

Young love… when you are so much in love that your whole soul is full of your other half! Martina and John got to know each other during summer vacations… when your spirit is free for adventures and open to meet new people.” Continue reading…

Couple Photography in Athens Greece by Fiorello Photography

 

Photographs Keep Memories Alive

When I was young I had no idea how important it is to keep memories alive through photographs. Now I regret that I hadn’t pay more attention to find a professional photographer and invite him/her to some of the most important events of my life.

Couple Photography in Athens Greece by Fiorello Photography

Photographs keep memories alive

I wish I knew better, then… I wish I could have now plenty of photo albums full of my life memories via a professional photographer. I didn’t know then, that I could hire a Personal Photographer for family events or even personal events and of course for family trips. That is the reason that I am never into the family pictures… because I am behind the camera.

From now on, I will hire Monika for the pleasure of letting myself be actually part of my Memory Photo Book. I will make her my personal storyteller!

 

Easter Sunday Table

So, today (Great Thursday) many families in Greece are making preparations for the Easter Sunday table. We have several traditions like easter cookies, red eggs and tsoureki. In our home, we are not so fond of eating meat so we are preparing a vegetarian menu for Easter Sunday table.

The blog Maninio has become my number one vegetarian recipes bank. Thanks to Pinelopi’s patience people like me ( who do not eat meat) can enjoy mouth-watering food. So today we are preparing the meals for the following 3 days, and this is what we are cooking for 12 people:

  1.  Hash Browns with Sun-dried tomatoes ( we are potato lovers)
  2. Mushroom Bean Vegan Burger with Sun-Dried Tomatoes (Thank you, Pinelopi for this)
  3. Salad with Spinach and Orange
  4. Traditional Lebanese Tabbouleh
  5. Arabic Hummus
  6. Falafel with Chickpeas
  7. Baked Tofu with Vegetable Rice and Basil
  8. Greek Spinach Pie
  9. Beetroot Salad
  10. Lettuce & Avocado Salad
  11. Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

 

Happy Easter from Ideadeco Team

Happy Easter from Ideadeco Team

About Greek Easter

Easter, also called Pascha (Greek, Latin) or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD. It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent (or Great Lent), a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.

Most Christians refer to the week before Easter as “Holy Week”—it contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday, commemorating the Maundy and Last Supper, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus.

In Western Christianity, Eastertide, or the Easter Season, begins on Easter Sunday and lasts seven weeks, ending with the coming of the fiftieth day, Pentecost Sunday. In Eastern Christianity, the season of Pascha begins on Pascha and ends with the coming of the fortieth day, the Feast of the Ascension.

Easter and the holidays that are related to it are moveable feasts which do not fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian or Julian calendars which follow only the cycle of the sun; rather, its date is determined on a lunisolar calendar similar to the Hebrew calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established two rules, independence of the Jewish calendar and worldwide uniformity, which were the only rules for Easter explicitly laid down by the council.

No details for the computation were specified; these were worked out in practice, a process that took centuries and generated a number of controversies. It has come to be the first Sunday after the ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or soonest after 21 March, but calculations vary.

Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In most European languages the feast called Easter in English is termed by the words for Passover in those languages and in the older English versions of the Bible, the term Easter was the term used to translate Passover.

Easter customs vary across the Christian world, and include sunrise services, exclaiming the Paschal greeting, clipping the church, and decorating Easter eggs (symbols of the empty tomb). The Easter lily, a symbol of the resurrection, traditionally decorates the chancel area of churches on this day and for the rest of Eastertide.

Easter Flowers

Additional customs that have become associated with Easter and are observed by both Christians and some non-Christians include egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, and Easter parades. There are also various traditional Easter foods that vary regionally. Source: Wikipedia.

Easter Etymology

The modern English term Easter, cognate with modern Dutch Ooster and German Ostern, developed from an Old English word that usually appears in the form Ēastrun, -on, or -an; but also as Ēastru, -o; and Ēastre or Ēostre.

The most widely accepted theory of the origin of the term is that it is derived from the name of an Old English goddess mentioned by the 7th to 8th-century English monk Bede, who wrote that Ēosturmōnaþ (Old English ‘Month of Ēostre’, translated in Bede’s time as “Paschal month”) was an English month, corresponding to April, which he says “was once called after a goddess of theirs named Ēostre, in whose honour feasts were celebrated in that month”.

In Latin and Greek, the Christian celebration was and still is, called Pascha (Greek: Πάσχα), a word derived from Aramaic פסחא (Paskha), cognate to Hebrew פֶּסַח (Pesach). The word originally denoted the Jewish festival known in English as Passover, commemorating the Jewish Exodus from slavery in Egypt.

As early as the 50s of the 1st century, Paul, writing from Ephesus to the Christians in Corinth, applied the term to Christ, and it is unlikely that the Ephesian and Corinthian Christians were the first to hear Exodus 12 interpreted as speaking about the death of Jesus, not just about the Jewish Passover ritual. In most of the non-English speaking world, the feast is known by names derived from Greek and Latin Pascha. Source: Wikipedia.

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+ welcome april

Welcome April

Hello Spring Flowers

April is here and Spring is coloring earth with amazing flowers!

Copiez la soif des fleurs pour la vie…

Let’s see how April got its name. The Romans gave this month the Latin name Aprilis but the derivation of this name is uncertain. The traditional etymology is from the verb aperire, “to open”, in allusion to its being the season when trees and flowers begin to “open”, which is supported by comparison with the modern Greek use of άνοιξη (ánixi) (opening) for spring.

Since some of the Roman months were named in honor of divinities, and as April was sacred to the goddess Venus, her Veneralia being held on the first day, it has been suggested that Aprilis was originally her month Aphrilis, from her equivalent Greek goddess name Aphrodite (Aphros), or from the Etruscan name Apru. Jacob Grimm suggests the name of a hypothetical god or hero, Aper or Aprus.

April History

April was the second month of the earliest Roman calendar, before Ianuarius  and  Februarius were added by King Numa Pompilius about 700 BC. It became the fourth month of the calendar year (the year when twelve months are displayed in order) during the time of the decemvirs about 450 BC, when it also was given 29 days. The 30th day was added during the reform of the calendar undertaken by Julius Caesar in the mid-40 BC, which produced the Julian calendar.

The Anglo-Saxons called April ēastre-monaþ. The Venerable Bede says in The Reckoning of Time that this month ēastre is the root of the word Easter. He further states that the month was named after a goddess Eostre whose feast was in that month. It is also attested by Einhard in his work, Vita Karoli Magni.

April Traditions

In China the symbolic ploughing of the earth by the emperor and princes of the blood took place in their third month, which frequently corresponds to April. In Finnish April is huhtikuu, meaning slash-and-burn moon, when gymnosperms for beat and burn clearing of farmland were felled.

In Slovene, the most established traditional name is mali traven, meaning the month when plants start growing. It was first written in 1466 in the Škofja Loka manuscript.

The “Days of April” (journées d’avril) is a name appropriated in French history to a series of insurrections at Lyons, Paris and elsewhere, against the government of Louis Philippe in 1834, which led to violent repressive measures, and to a famous trial known as the procès d’avril.

The month Aprilis had 30 days; Numa Pompilius made it 29 days long; finally Julius Caesar’s calendar reform made it again 30 days long, which was not changed in the calendar revision of Augustus Caesar in 8 BC.

In Ancient Rome, the festival of Cerealia was held for seven days from mid-to-late April, but exact dates are uncertain. Feriae Latinae was also held in April, with the date varying. Other ancient Roman observances include Veneralia (April 1), Megalesia (April 10–16), Fordicidia (April 15), Parilia (April 21), Vinalia Urbana, Robigalia, and Serapia were celebrated on (April 25). Floralia was held April 27 during the Republican era, or April 28 on the Julian calendar, and lasted until May 3. However, these dates do not correspond to the modern Gregorian calendar.

April Stars

The Lyrids meteor shower appears on April 16 – April 26 each year, with the peak generally occurring on April 22. Eta Aquariids meteor shower also appears in April. It is visible from about April 21 to about May 20 each year with peak activity on or around May 6. The Pi Puppids appear on April 23, but only in years around the parent comet’s perihelion date. The Virginids also shower at various dates in April. Source: Wikipedia.

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April Etymology

April etymology from Etymonline

April etymology from Etymonline

 

 

+ Fiorello Wedding Photography

Wedding Photography Blog

Fiorello Wedding Photography

Monika created Fiorello Photography as a result of her passion for photography. But the beauty in weddings was the reason why she has chosen to become a wedding photographer.

We asked Monika what motivates her deeply about her work:

Monika: I love to witness all the authentic moments and being able to capture them for the people to remember them. I want to show through my images, how precious a person’s story is, how beautiful they are… 

I want to become the storyteller of a wedding and let the important people of their life see the beauty and the passion. I want to be their memory keeper for the years to come…To portray the excitement, the joy, the magic… the dreams and wishes that come true on a wedding day!

I want to capture the love and protect the moments from fading out. After all, the most precious assets of our lives are the loving memories.”

Fiorello Wedding Photography

Wedding Photography at Doxa Lake

All wedding photographers have some secret soft spots for certain locations. Lake Doxa is one of them for Fiorello Wedding Photography. Doxa is an artificial lake in western Corinthia, Greece. So close to Athens, but with so “far away feeling”… a place to escape your everyday routine without any extra effort.

 

The concept: Elopement Mood

Monika: Α fairytale landscape was the inspiration for this styled shoot. From the moment I laid eyes on that lake and those fantastic full of green surroundings, away from civilization and electricity, I knew it was the perfect location for an elopement shoot.

Fortunately, my dream was adopted by some great wedding vendors, who believed in it and provide the necessary tools to make it true!

Read more about this stylish Wedding Concept shoot at Fiorello Photography.

I want to be the storyteller of a wedding

and let the important people of  your life

to see the beauty and the passion.

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for the years to come…

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What we Celebrate on 21 March

World Poetry Day

Welcome Spring!

Thanks to UNESCO, we celebrate the World Poetry Day on 21 March, since 1999. The main purpose is to support reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world.

poetry celebration


What else we honor?

 

International Day for the Elimination

of Racial Discrimination

On 21 March in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid pass laws. Proclaiming the day in 1966, the United Nations General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination. In South Africa, Human Rights Day is a public holiday celebrated on 21 March each year.


Word Down Syndrom Day

On this day, people with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them throughout the world organize and participate in activities and events to raise public awareness and create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome. Read more here: worlddownsyndromeday.org

World Down Syndrom Day


 International Day of Forests

The International Day of Forests was established on the 21st day of March, by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on November 28, 2012.

Each year, various events celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests, and trees outside forests, for the benefit of current and future generations. Countries are encouraged to undertake efforts to organize local, national, and international activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns, on International Day of Forests. Read more: www.un.org

 International Day of Forests


 

Word Puppetry Day

The idea came from the puppet theater Artist Javad Zolfaghari from Iran. In 2000 at the XVIII Congress of the Union Internationale de la Marionnette, (UNIMA) in Magdeburg, he made the proposal for discussion. Two years later, at a meeting of the International Council of UNIMA in June 2002 in Atlanta, the date of the celebration was identified. The first celebration was in 2003.


National Flower Day

In a world full of worry and stress, here is a chance to spread a little floral cheer! A full day to honor flowers!


National Fragrance Day

The 21st March is a day dedicated to the Fragrance Industry and celebrates the amazing process of fragrance making.


Memory Day

A day to embrace and celebrate that your memory is helping you to live your life. It is a precious and unique functionality that we appreciated only when it starts to degrade.


Common Courtesy Day

This day brings awareness to how important common courtesy is in our lives. Words like please, thank you and you are welcome can make a huge difference in our lives.


Teenagers Day

It is good to remember, we were all teenagers once but there are many more pressures on kids today. This day brings awareness to the challenges a teenager faces every day.

Teenagers Day


Single Parents Day

Single Parents’ Day honors all those people that are really brave, and are trying to raise a child on their own, and in many cases without a safety net.


National Agriculture Day

Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture. Ag Day is celebrated on March 20, 2018. National Ag Day falls during National Ag Week, March 18-24, 2018. Read more here: www.agday.org


National California Strawberry Day

Remember as you celebrate that along with the delicious taste of summer, strawberries are also good sources of potassium, fiber, folic acid and vitamin C. They are also low in calories, with no fat and no cholesterol. Read more here: www.californiastrawberries.com

California Strawberry Day


National French Bread Day

French bread, also known as a baguette, is a long thin loaf made from basic lean dough. Back in 1920, a labor law was preventing bakers from starting their day before 4 a.m.  So bakers decided to shape their loaves of bread, in order to bake more quickly and evenly.  As a result, the long, narrow loaves were found to be convenient for slicing and storing.


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What else happened on 21 March?

  • 21 March 2006 – Jack Dorsey sends the world’s first Twitter message or tweet.
    The microblogging service revolutionized the communication and social networking landscape.
  • 21 March 1952 – The world’s first rock and roll concert is held in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • 21 March 1970 – Earth Day is celebrated for the first time.

Astronomy

The March equinox or Northward equinox is the equinox on the Earth when the subsolar point appears to leave the southern hemisphere and cross the celestial equator, heading northward as seen from Earth. In the Northern Hemisphere the March equinox is known as the vernal equinox, and in the Southern Hemisphere as the autumnal equinox.

The March equinox may be taken to mark the beginning of spring and the end of winter in the Northern Hemisphere but marks the beginning of autumn and the end of summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Welcome Spring!


Historical Events on March 21


Notes:

  • UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • UN: The United Nations is a global organization that brings together its member states to confront common challenges, manage shared responsibilities and exercise collective action in an enduring quest for a peaceful, inclusive and sustainably developing world.
  • UNIMA: Union Internationale de la Marionnette – International Puppetry Association. 
  • Some days are celebrated in specific regions.

 

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Business and Ancient Greek Philosophy

VSN Hub

Model of Thinking

What it is?

VSN: A series of interactive philosophy workshops for employees, managers and business leaders inspired by ancient Greece including, among others, the presentation of philosophical theories, interactive discussions and team activities.


How does it work?

VSN: We analyze the thought and theories of different philosophers, as for example the pre-Socratic philosophers, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics.

We identify in what ways philosophical theories are meaningful to modern times and how they can be practically applied and be relevant to the needs of the business world and the market.

What is your aim?

VSN: Our aim is to enable participants be more creative, efficient and engaged at work by discussing the challenges faced in the work environment, the ethical issues individuals and companies need to address, employee engagement and maximization of their potential, individual and organizational reputation.

VSN Workshops

Each workshop lasts for three hours and is organized for 16 participants upon communication and scheduling with the company.

We provide workshop handouts and suggestions for further reading about the philosopher and theories of interest.


VSN Philosophy Model of Thinking

THE SERIES OF PHILOSOPHY WORKSHOPS

Which type of philosopher are you?

Introduction to the thought of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle

 

This workshop introduces the theories of the three major ancient Greek philosophers, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, who shaped western thought in areas such as persuasion and negotiation, the structure of political society, and virtue ethics.

We discuss the ways in which their philosophical principles can be applied in contemporary management and leadership with the aim to enhance employee well-being and performance towards the achievement of individual and collective goals. Also, participants identify which philosopher they are closer to in terms of way of thinking, management style and team leading.

 

Socrates: The dialectic method

Through reference to the platonic dialogues, we present the method that Socrates used to draw the truth out of the individual rather than “fill an empty vessel.” We examine the types of guided questions he used, known as the dialectical method of inquiry. Participants practice in refining the claims they make, providing definitions for terms, resolving logical inconsistencies. Managers acquire the skills needed to involve and guide the members of their team while engaging them to action through the use of questions in a process of personal clarity. In essence, by using the principles of the Socratic method, managers can draw out the best in individuals while helping them clarify their goals, realize their professional identity and share their vision for mutual benefits.

 

Plato: Justice and the ideal state

In this workshop participants get acquainted with Plato’s thought about societal, or political, justice, individual justice, the theory of forms, the structure of the ideal state, the philosopher-king, the distinction between knowledge and opinion. We discuss how the great philosopher suggests that the right people be in the right position and in what ways his thought can inform leadership.

 

Aristotle: Ethics, virtue and eudaimonia

The seminal text of Western philosophy, Nicomachean Ethics, is the focus of this workshop. We present and discuss Aristotle’s ethical theory of virtues, logic and the essence of eudaimonia. Through the analysis and comprehension of the text, participants get acquainted with the process of acquiring the virtues. We justify why virtue ethics concern managers and leaders and how individual virtues affect business ethics.


The Mission

Ancient Greek Philosophers at a Business Meeting

The workshops Ancient Greek Philosophers at a Business Meeting aim to promote ancient Greek philosophy and highlight the relevance it has for modern management and leadership. Philosophy can educate individuals in sophisticated ways that are of concern in their professional life, enrich their way of thinking and help them gain deeper insight into their work and their business.


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Founder & CEO Vicky Evangeliou

Vicky Evangeliou is a Freethinker as one who forms opinions on the basis of reason independently of authority.

Communication & Marketing Expert with 2 decades of business experience. 8 years in a multinational company as business manager, marketing and sales executive in medical/consumer sector.

More than a decade as entrepreneur founding a Marketing & Communication agency, providing services in corporate, B2B and B2C environments, designing creative concepts for developing product launches, incentive programs, tourism destination marketing and management projects as well as project management for the implementation of Live communication campaigns.

Focused on developing concepts in Greece and Internationally for local and multinational clients having an expanded portfolio including fast moving consumer products, pharmaceutical, health and personal care, cosmetics, luxury and fashion products as well as automotive and financial services.

Vicky via Marketing Lead, act as a consultant providing “Out Of The Box” business development, brand alliance, marketing / pr and social network marketing services for non-profits, start-ups and large corporations starting new divisions.

V.E.: As Business Mentor I strongly believe that entrepreneurial role model can positively affect the level of entrepreneurial success. A role model can also help entrepreneurs who may rely too much on personal experience to guide decision making. Although taking risks is important, the presence of role models, mentors and networks can provide a moderating effect on the overconfidence of entrepreneurs.

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