You gotta love behavioural economists for their insights into confidence and decision-making

by Rashmee

Posted on February 24, 2021


/ TAKE UP ONE IDEA You’ve got to love behavioural economists. No, really. They liberate us from the high-minded waffle that, as the saying goes, allows the economist to be “an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn’t happen today”. It’s been four years since Richard Thaler, who’s considered one … Continue reading “You gotta love behavioural economists for their insights into confidence and decision-making”

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Imagine what could happen if Africa were truly to celebrate its art (and philosophy)

by Rashmee

Posted on February 18, 2021


/ TAKE UP ONE IDEA No one can accuse the African Union (AU) of overpromising and under-delivering. At their annual summit (February 6-7), held virtually, Africa’s leaders set a goal that was bland and forgettable but also potentially transformative were it to be done correctly. The AU’s theme for 2021 is as follows: Arts, Culture … Continue reading “Imagine what could happen if Africa were truly to celebrate its art (and philosophy)”

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It really will be the year of the ox. We will all have to pull a heavy load

by Rashmee

Posted on February 10, 2021


/ TAKE UP ONE IDEA Looking ahead to Lunar New Year, Chinese Chunjie, Vietnamese Tet, Korean Solnal, Tibetan Losar, the Spring Festival, the ox is anointed as representative of 2021. I know that the Chinese have very particular meanings for the zodiac calendar (and something called the sexagenary cycle, which is a combination of 10 heavenly stems … Continue reading “It really will be the year of the ox. We will all have to pull a heavy load”

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Shine a light. It’s the only way to keep real democracy alive

by Rashmee

Posted on February 3, 2021


  / TAKE UP ONE IDEA It was in February 2017 that the Washington Post introduced the following slogan on its website and then in print: “Democracy dies in darkness”. Everyone thought the new tagline was aimed at Donald Trump who was inaugurated as America’s 45th president the previous month. “But that’s not the case,” … Continue reading “Shine a light. It’s the only way to keep real democracy alive”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK