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FAN Mothers in Our Fragile Social Network against Climate ChangeThis email chain conversation between seven mother/artist/activists written over a period of one year between January 2018 and January 2019 reflects our various family lives and attitudes to climate change at that time. The authors identify as belonging to the Family Activist Network, and consequently, to the environmental movement in the age of the Anthropocene. The piece addresses: (1) The many contradictions, paradoxes, hypocrisies, and incongruences inherent trying to be mother/artist/activist; (2) Feminist solidarity; (3) Questioning if it is possible to reconcile activism with maternity, under what circumstances, and according to what models of activist/maternal practice; (4) Intergenerational injustice; (5) The question of acting/not acting; (6) The question of paying attention – noticing how you live and how you create the conditions for another human to live; (7) Other life – other humans, non-humans and the earth, and; (8) The spectacle of mothers and children in protest – the whole performance of mothering in the public realm, at rallies, marches, and art-activist events.
Actively Noticing Nature (Not Just Time in Nature) Helps Promote Nature ConnectednessThe climate and biodiversity crises reveal a failing human-nature relationship. The psychological construct of nature connectedness provides a means for understanding and improving that relationship. Furthermore, recent research suggests that higher levels of nature connectedness benefit both people and the environment, promoting pro-nature conservation actions, pro-environmental behaviours, and greater personal wellbeing. Nature connectedness is therefore emerging as a key target to improve human and nature’s wellbeing. Using data from a large national survey in the UK, the present research investigates how nature contact and noticing nature activities predict nature connectedness. Multiple regression analyses revealed that noticing nature, through activities that involve active sensory engagement with wildlife, explained levels of nature connectedness over and above simply spending time in nature. Moreover, the activities engaged in when in nature had differential effects on nature connectedness. Watching, listening to and photographing wildlife were significant predictors of nature connectedness, whereas studying nature, looking at scenery through windows, observing celestial phenomena and collecting shells and rocks were not. The results have implications for how best to improve nature connectedness, both in terms of how to design and improve greenspaces, and in terms of how to better engage the public with nature for a healthy and sustainable future.
Sexuality and student mental health nurse experience in education and practiceLesbian, Gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) identifying student mental health nurses (MHNs) in higher education can feel less safe than others which affects performance. People ‘come out’ multiple times and this is difficult in a classroom situation. Lecturers can make a difference to LGBT student nurses experience and this can have an impact on clinical practice. The emotional impact of ‘coming out’ in the classroom can have far reaching consequences for their mental health. The response of educational staff can have a huge impact on the ability to learn and the marks achieved. Student lecturer relationships can have transformative consequences. Student MHN’s make meaning from their educational experiences in the classroom and clinical practice. If they do not see themselves (LGBT perspective) this can affect engagement and motivation. Safe nursing practice is role modelled from lecturer to student and has implications for service user experience in clinical settings.
Impact of I4.0 Technologies and their Interoperability on Performance: Future Pathways for Supply Chain Resilience Post-COVID-19This study aims to investigate the impact of I4.0’s technologies and their interoperability on Supply Chains (SCs) performance and how the integration of such technologies and their interoperability can create pathways for SCs resilience post-COVID-19. This is of paramount importance in the context of COVID-19 as the investigation around I4.0 technologies may provide relevant insights on how SCs may better respond to unexpected situations like the current pandemic with the use of digital technologies. A survey research method was designed based on some constructs extracted from the literature regarding the main disruptive technologies, interoperability, elements of Supply Chains Processes (SCPs) performance such as integration, collaboration, transparency, efficiency, responsiveness, and profitability. The data were collected from March-July 2020 from different regions of the world when the peak of the first wave of the pandemic had occurred. The survey resulted in 115 valid responses. The study employed a combination of descriptive, correlation and multiple regression methods to analyse the data. The study indicates that disruptive technologies significantly impact SCPs performance (integration, collaboration, responsiveness, and transparency) and their resilience. The findings did not support the notion that these technologies improve the efficiency of SCs, a significant contrast to the existing literature. Our findings also refute the existing understanding that interoperability moderates the impact of disruptive technologies on SCPs performance and enhancing the resilience of SCs. However, the findings show that the integration of I4.0 technologies and their interoperability has a positive impact on SCPs profitability. The findings strongly advocate that this integration plays an important role in improving SC performance, and a future pathway of supply chain resiliency post-COVID-19. Considering that the I4.0 trend will impact SCs in the coming years, this study brings a relevant contribution to researchers and practitioners. This study makes a unique contribution by investigating a novel causal relationship between the main elements (I4.0 technologies, interoperability, processes performance, and strategic outcomes) related to the SC in this new context.
How will Blockchain Technology Transform Supply Chains? Science mapping on Blockchain TechnologyAs most blockchain initiatives are yet at the first outset, this research explores blockchain technology in supply chain through literature survey and bibliometric review. The study reveals some interesting findings of the direction and trends of blockchain technology and emerging research themes, leading countries, key authors and new emerging topics.