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- When many people grow up they realise a horrific reality: we exist in a world of seeming indifference to almost everything we are, think, say or do. We might be in late adolescence when the point really hits home. We might be in a bedsit at university or wandering the streets of the city at night on our own - when it occurs to us, with full force, how negligible a thing we are in the wider scheme. No one in the crowds we pass knows anything about us. Our welfare is of no concern to them.
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10 years on from chastening and often stunning images of the impact that global recession is having - right now. The Great Depression Revisited? The clothes and the cars and the laptops suggest "not yet", but over the coming months, who knows?
Still, the blooming sunflower in the last shot is a touching piece of photojournalism, suggesting that hope springs eternal or, as Roy Harper put it, "through all destruction flies new dawn".
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- Students addressed societal issues from around the world, from post-colonialism to mental health, ageing, inequality and migration. Using photographs, film and text, the students presented a visual exploration of their chosen subject.
A professor and former dean at the Saïd Business School at Oxford University argued in a 2013 book that corporations should restructure around three key principles:
- First, articulate clear values: why does the company exist, and what does it believe in?
- Second, appoint “trustees” to protect the interests of stakeholders and uphold the values of the corporation.
- Third, restrict voting shares to long-term investors - and he also believes that governments should use the corporate tax system to encourage “public values by private corporations”.
Does Bitcoin herald a revolution in how we will create, exchange and spend money? Launched in 2009 by an anonymous developer, Bitcoin saw a c.1300% spike in value since the beginning of 2013, before recent steep falls suggested it might be a bubble. The Atlantic noted that starting your own currency is "not as complicated as it sounds.
"Cradle-to-cradle" organisations claim to be able to dramatically lower their environmental impact and increase their "eco-effectiveness". This forms part of a wider drive towards a "circular economy", which imagines ways to re-think and re-design the way we make stuff and re-design the way our economy works - designing products that can be 'made to be made again' and powered by renewable energy.
Google Maps with Street View now allows you to "visit" parts of the Amazon Basin including the Rio Negro tributary and the surrounding communities.
The ability to read others' thoughts may have taken a step closer to reality with the news that a group of neuroscientists at the University of California, Berkeley, reported they may have come up with a scientific way to read people’s minds.
The corporate sector, military, diaspora, scientists, technologists and non-state activists, are forecast to become key humanitarian actors providing an innovative humanitarianism for the 21st Century,