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- The Institute of Arts and Ideas pointed out that, from medieval legends to Hollywood endings to the horoscope, we are led to believe that lifelong love means happiness. But a recent survey of 814 separate studies showed single people to be happier, more fulfilled and less stressed. Is it therefore time to stop seeing romantic love as all-important? Could living by and for ourselves be radically liberating? Or is it the search for love that makes us human?
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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.
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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.
During an Institute of Art and Ideas debate, speakers imagined a variety of answers to the following question: for centuries we've seen ourselves as on the upward curve of history. But the future looks uncertain, our values precarious. Do we need a new notion of progress?.
"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,