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2017 – A Better Year?

We all get there together or we don’t get there at all. From the movie ~ Hidden Figures   The first half of 2016 was reasonably calm. However, by the time we reached the second half of the year with the aftermath of the British EU referendum and the endless drama around the US elections, …

The Fallacy of a Referendum

The EU Referendum debate was an opportunity for us to have an intelligent discussion about some of the challenges that we face as a nation with reflections on the potential opportunities and solutions both in and out of Europe. Sadly, It seems to me that we have failed on this account. Although I may be …

Do They Know It’s Christmas?

A couple of months back I was at a friend’s place. We were just having a general conversation when an appeal message for children in need in Africa was shown on television. As is often the case with such adverts, malnourished children with very little clothing were shown. Mid-sentence, my friend paused in our conversation …

A Friend’s Experience of Depression

After I woke up on Monday to the news that Robin Williams had passed away and I learnt of the circumstances, I said I hoped that his legacy involved a re-think of our response to mental health. I’m pleased that a number of other people have shared a similar viewpoint.  Amongst them is a friend …

Bringing Back Our Girls

  A few weeks back I was speaking at a conference in Denmark. I asked the audience whether anyone had heard about the girls that were kidnapped in Northern Nigeria. Only one person put up his hand. If I went back there today and asked the same question I believe every single person in the …

Unconsciously Biasing Children

I recently found myself watching the “Doll test” An experiment where children, black and white are shown two different dolls at the same time and asked questions such as which one is pretty, nice, bad and ugly.  Most of the children, black and white alike point to white doll when it comes to the positive …

Food Banks

Little deeds of kindness, little words of love, make our earth an Eden, like the heaven above. Little Drops of Water by Julia Carney, 1845 Most people have at some point in time gone through one or two tough patches – be it that they last for weeks, months or sadly even years. For some …