Your Phone is Designed to Control You And Your Life

An alarming new report from The Economist exposes the extent to which tech companies are exploiting our psychological impulses to keep us hooked to our smartphones.   It often goes over our head the influence that tech products exert over our behaviour. Former google employee and leader in promoting design ethics in tech Tristan Harris explains:  “Companies say, we’re just getting better at giving people what they … Continue reading Your Phone is Designed to Control You And Your Life

Why You Shouldn’t Be A Blogger

A beautiful short on the internal struggle of every creative.   Thinking you’re not good enough is something nearly every writer experiences. From thinking ‘what’s the point’ to ‘I’m just not talented enough’ , overcoming our internal doubts is often half the creative process. Filmmaker and founder of DSLR Guide Simon Cade has unveiled a brilliant short video on overcoming our artistic insecurities and being resilient writers. Shot with … Continue reading Why You Shouldn’t Be A Blogger

Why Schools Fail Students

Author: Edducan Charles Ponzi. Bernie Madoff. Benedict Arnold. Richard Nixon. Lance Armstrong. Some copper-bottomed, hall of fame, heavy weight champions of world class liars. Their very names are synonymous with deception, lies, fabrications, flights of fancy and half truths. Notably absent from that list is ‘every school in the UK’. However, and it’s a big ‘however’, this is a catastrophic omission that everyone has been complicit … Continue reading Why Schools Fail Students

Drug Possession: The Criminalization Of Youth

The words we use matter. Be it ‘junkie’ instead of ‘addict’ or ‘she had a few drinks’ versus ‘she took drugs’ the words chosen shape the emotional response. The callous attitude which wants us to maintain criminal penalty for petty drug possession is not one premised in practicality or reasonableness. It is an ideological belief  that sees drug users as impure and addicts as a … Continue reading Drug Possession: The Criminalization Of Youth

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Is Donald Trump unintentionally promoting a liberal agenda In Europe?

  Author: Fillip Steffensen When Donald Trump won the 2016 US election, pundits predicted a populist backlash against past decades of fiscally and culturally liberal policies. Porous borders, terrorist threats and the decline of the manufacturing industry were blamed for the emergence of populism. However, 6 months after the inauguration of Donald Trump, the world -especially Europe – has experienced what I would call a liberal … Continue reading Is Donald Trump unintentionally promoting a liberal agenda In Europe?

Naomi Klien On Trump And The Climate Clock

In this fascinating conversation, Guardian writer Owen Jones picks the accomplished, hyper intelligent Naomi Klien’s brain on the future of civilisation. Speaking from her book (which I highly recommend) ‘No is not enough’ Klien aptly describes why oppositional politics is dead. “It’s not good enough to be anti Trump, to say Brexit is worse than staying in the EU full-stop”  There needs to be a compelling vision … Continue reading Naomi Klien On Trump And The Climate Clock

Why Getting Past Status Anxiety is The Key to Fulfilment

  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

Why Setting Goals Is Not The Answer To Success

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

We’re All Foreigners and We’re All Mad.

Author: Melina Zacharia  An attempt to link together two quotes of two very different writers: Jack Kerouac in a Letter to John Clellon Holmes saying, “All of life is a foreign country”   and Lewis Carroll in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland saying, “We are all mad here”   There are approximately 7,5 billion people in this place we call Earth and not even one of us … Continue reading We’re All Foreigners and We’re All Mad.

Frankie Boyle on Grenfell Tower, Being Offensive & The “Outrage” Media

    In this riveting exchange Guardian journalist Owen Jones interviews Scottish genius and highly offensive comedian Frankie Boyle.  Boyle who has a huge social media following is back on the BBC after it was rumoured he was permanently banned for “offensive” material on the queen and autism. Yet he recently returned with a new hit satire show “New World Order” on BBC 2. He is a well … Continue reading Frankie Boyle on Grenfell Tower, Being Offensive & The “Outrage” Media