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Get a glimpse into the daily lives of Point Breezy's volunteer firefighters.

People we call upon in times of crisis, who aren’t in it for glory or fame or money, are truly the unsung heroes of today’s society. Volunteer firefighters across the nation dedicate their free time to unpaid positions, risking their lives for the good of their communities.

What does a day in their shoes look like? As part of Fire Prevention Month, in partnership with Nest, we became a fly on the wall at the Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department, a small house with deep history, to observe the lives of these heroes, their camaraderie, and compassion for one other and their constituency.

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No longer are we confined to the traditional 9 to 5 daily grind. So what does it look like to juggle work and relaxation in the digital age? As our work life extends beyond the office, the joy of play often infiltrates our professional lives as well. It’s the equilibrium between work, relationships, technology, and hobbies that make our day-to-day world go 'round. We asked professionals from across the globe to share a glimpse of both their professional and personal lives; take a look at how the modern day professional approaches work/life balance.

Tweet and share with us on Instagram using #goodcitiesproject to share how you balance your work with your life. For more data-driven information on balancing work and play, check out our latest infographic.

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Redefining What It Means To Love Your Employees

We live in a time where technology is growing so rapidly that it's mind blowing to think where our society will be in ten years. This has...

We live in a time where technology is growing so rapidly that it's mind blowing to think where our society will be in ten years. This has advanced us to a level where organizations scale their businesses through teams of virtual employees – workers who are not physically present in the workplace. While this results in a great deal of positive outcomes for companies, particularly when it comes to global expansion and rapid growth, one challenge to be mindful of is a lessening sense of community and social connectivity in the work culture.

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Four Ways to Find Your Work Passion(s)

Four steps to zeroing in on who you are and discovering how that relates to your passion for work.

As any job seeker knows, a wealth of information exists about how to write a resume, how to network, how to interview. But a component of the job search process not so well-documented is how to find out what you want to do in the first place. If you’re not born knowing you simply must be an architect or will always be a teacher at heart, the road to finding your work passion (or passions—there’s often more than one) can be long and circuitous.

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Find Meaningful Volunteer Work That Boosts Your Career

Volunteering is usually seen as a way to help others. But there is nothing wrong—quite the opposite—with also seeing it as a way to help yourself.

Volunteering is usually seen as a way to help others. But there is nothing wrong—quite the opposite—with also seeing it as a way to help yourself. If you are seeking to meet a professional goal as part of your volunteer experience, here are some jumping-off points:

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How Do We Prepare Kids for Jobs We Can't Imagine Yet? Teach Imagination

Schools need to prep students to be successful in jobs we haven't even imagined yet, but we can't do it if we stick with industrial age teaching.

When you were a kid, could you, your teachers, or your parents imagine your current job? Plenty of us go to work every day in careers that didn't exist when we were in grade school. How can schools set the next generation up for success when we don't have a clear picture of what the jobs of the future will be? The growing consensus is that we need to shift schools toward fostering creativity and conceptual thinking abilities, and a new project called Imagination: Creating the Future of Education and Work wants to help educators figure out how to do it.

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