We live in strange times. A generation of selfies and self harm. We create edited online personas of people seemingly living perfect lives. Yet behind the screens insecurity, vanity and depression are the defining characteristics of our culture. People absorb culture like sponges. Every time we open our phones we internalize the competitive game of likes, retweets and follows as we strive to reach the … Continue reading Selfie: How We Became So Self Obsessed
Our entire lives are governed by stories. From the idea that certain pieces of paper are worth “$20” to the belief that to live a good life one must follow their passions, the stories we believe shape the course of our lives. Humans have harnessed this power to co-operate in large numbers and create ordered communities governed by a common set of beliefs and inter-subjective … Continue reading Why Storytellers are the Most Powerful People on Earth
It’s about learning the organic process of connecting with people not mechanical box ticking of things “you’re supposed to do” American actor, director and screenwriter Alan Alda has had quite the illustrious career. Streching four decades, not only has he picked up seven Emmy’s, a Golden Globe and an academy award nomination he’s also learned the tricks of the trade in effective communication. In this conversation with Big … Continue reading How To Be A World Class Public Speaker
We live in a world where once you leave school or college you are defined by “what you do” or more precisely what your profession is. Occupation stratifies us into a hierarchy of social status with rich people at the top and poor people at the bottom. Philosopher and founder of The School Of Life Alain De Botton describes how this modern capitalist obsession with economic … Continue reading Why Getting Past Status Anxiety is The Key to Fulfilment
Have you ever reached a goal you’ve worked hard for and expected to feel a burst of elation only to feel a little dissatisfied? Or that you just immiediately increased the target to another goal? In this short clip Adam Alter, author of ‘Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked’ argues that goals are never fulfilling and what you should … Continue reading Why Setting Goals Is Not The Answer To Success
Dr. Cornell West provides some excellent insight into the role of hope, imagination and empathy in carving a better more just world in the face of catastrophe and misery. Quoting some of the worlds best known dreamers and doers, West offers a compelling vision of justice and how it differs from the bitter and counter intuitive idea of revenge or retribution. A must watch! Continue reading What is The Difference Between Justice & Revenge?
The Google generation is fascinating. Children growing up in an age with unlimited access to information at the end of their fingertips. Have a question about sex? Ask google. Forgot to do your homework? Copy and paste Wikipedia. Its incredible to believe that only twenty years ago none of this was possible. You needed to own books, actually ask real people uncomfortable questions and unless your … Continue reading The Death of Owning
Why is it that humans can’t live for a thousand years? Why is it that mice who are very similar to humans genetically only live two-three years? Physicist Geoffrey West became deeply interested in the physics of mortality when he entered his fifties and people in his life began to perish. In this video he discusses metabolism, comparing it to a road that breaks … Continue reading Why Humans Can Live 100 but not 1000 Years
In this interesting piece, Simon Cade analyses the artistic process and asks what are the things that make a content creator happy. How do you filter out critics? How do you begin to trust your intuition and progress as an artist? Cade argues the key to being a happy creator is interpretation. It is how you interpret self doubt, discontent with your work, or criticism … Continue reading What Makes A Writer Happy?
Professor Noam Chomsky speaks to BBC Newsnight to discuss the anger which has raged across the Middle and Working Classes of Western democracies since the economic collapse in 2008. Discussing the roots of the anger, the rise of far right nationalism as well as the optimistic signs of youth galvanisation around progressive policies on climate change and income inequality – Chomsky discusses why he would … Continue reading Why I’d Vote For Corbyn