Dare to Try Something New

By: Caroline Brooks I was a school student when the British military invaded Iraq in 2003.  In the midst of all the rumours, hysteria, and speculation I realised that this …

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The Bane of Complexity

“The more complex the functions which the state assumes, the more subordinate the bureaucrats on whom the citizen’s fortune depends.” – Nicolás Gómez Dávila, Colombian writer I recently had a …

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Empty Words with Deadly Consequences

In an excellent article in the New York Times, Christy Wampole, Associate Professor at Princeton University, explains how abstractions in politics can have deadly consequences. She suggests that generalized concepts …

The People vs. Tech

POWER cuts can have their advantages. Recently, when the electricity to my house failed for a few hours, I had a respite from being ‘plugged in’ to the digital world. …

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Turning Down the Heat

As the political temperature rises across the world, John Bell, Ivan Tyrrell and John Zada explain why they founded The Conciliators Guild, and their hopes for it. TYRRELL: We are …

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Q&A: Informal Mediation and Diplomacy

In the western world we’ve come to regard professional diplomats and mediators, often employed or supported by governments, as the main agents of international diplomacy. When these brokers fail to …