Last week we received our 2016-2017 student cohort and the cliche of students getting younger every year held steadfastly true. More than anything else,though, it struck that these would be our first Brexit cohort, and that's how I would inevitably remember them. It pained me to think of the Britain these students will be striding out to … Continue reading The challenge of preparing students for Brexit Britain
It's unsurprising that the things we fight hardest for mean the most to us. For four years I harboured the dream of bringing students to Mumbai to learn from the city and its social innovators. We finally delivered the Spark India 2016 camp in Mumbai this year, and with a greater emphasis on leadership development … Continue reading 3 lessons from Spark India 2016: badges, growth mindsets and wolves
I'm fortunate enough to live close enough to my university to cycle there. Come Monday, the first day I was at work after the referendum, I found myself racing through the streets and along the park paths, suspiciously eyeing everyone I passed, desperate to reach the safe ground of my campus. It felt like a Remain bunker in a … Continue reading Universities and Brexit: a test of our resilience & values
Let's not mince words. Thursday's vote was both cataclysmic and catastrophic for the UK. Paul Krugman doesn't think the economic fallout will be as bad as some fear, but the political consequences might be severe. He doesn't consider the incalculable social damage which is already being wrought. I grew up in a predominantly white British city in … Continue reading Taking our country back – to the 1980s
When you've been working on a conference for the best part of six months, your and your university's name is plastered all over it, but it's in another continent, it can be a wee bit nerve-jangling. That was my experience when we launched the UK India Social Entrepreneurship Education Network (UKISEEN) in collaboration with our partners … Continue reading Launch!
Now we've looked at some of the external drivers shaping our borderless word, let's turn to a bigger question. Why should we want to live in one, and what does it mean to have a borderless disposition? For a start, bordered thinking is narrow thinking, which can limit horizons of possibility. Ideological borders, for example, can lead … Continue reading Part 3: the borderless disposition
A justification of borderless leaders