BSG Alumni

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Protesters in Chicago, Illinois denounce policies restricting women’s reproductive rights. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons.

Democracy and representation: lessons from Alabama’s blanket abortion ban

Last week, the Senate of the State of Alabama passed the most restrictive abortion law in the United States. It allows abortions only when there is a “serious health risk” to the mother, precluding them in cases of rape, and raising penalties to up to 99 years in prison for […]

by × 28 May 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Design thinking in government

Design thinking in government

When I first suggested the topic of this blog to a friend, he said it was an oxymoron. Design and government? Thinking and government? If design thinking is all about putting people first, many do not believe that policies really put people first. The design thinking process involves many steps […]

by × 23 May 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

Upcycled shirts developed by NIFT students as part of design curriculum

Circular fashion ‘sparks joy’

First up, I can’t do what Marie Kondo does. Discard. In her new Netflix series, people who have accumulated clothes over time are seen decorously breaking down and seeking the help of Marie to check whether their shopping sparks joy. If not, the alternative is one: discard. Discarding is so […]

by × 27 March 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

An Airbnb office in Toronto

Learning lessons from the ‘red flag men’ – how regulators should respond to innovation in financial markets

Throughout history, technological advances have put politicians and regulators in a difficult balancing act between embracing the benefits of the transformational changes brought by new technologies, versus providing reassurance to citizens that change can be managed and stability maintained. Take for example the advent of the self-propelled vehicles (cars), which […]

by × 04 March 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

Chinese sci-fi film ‘The Wandering Earth’ reminds us humanity has common destiny

Chinese sci-fi film ‘The Wandering Earth’ reminds us humanity has common destiny

At the beginning of Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig, a purely “made-in-China” domestic science fiction film ‘The Wandering Earth’ rocked the global box office igniting people’s imagination and passion. This hardcore style sci-fi film quickly topped global box office and received praise at home and abroad. It also […]

by × 22 February 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Security and conflict

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with distinguished guests while delivering his speech during the Peace Assembly for the Ratification of Republic Act No. 11054 or the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), held at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex Compound in Cotabato City on January 18, 2019. ARMAN BAYLON/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The changing actor dynamics in the Philippines’ Moro conflict

The passing of Bangsamoro organic law, better known by its previous name Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), last July presents a unique chance for peace in the southern Philippines as the government and two rival separatist groups agreed to work together. While the signing of BBL marked yet another historical breakthrough […]

by × 11 February 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

Photo by Chris Liverani on Unsplash

Accountability in the public sector: what data alone can’t do

Have you heard of that recent data-driven initiative that will revolutionise the way you think about your business systems, your shopping experiences, your home, or even your bodies? Most of you reading this probably have, and you will also know that the public sector is no stranger to this agenda. […]

by × 07 February 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Angela Merkel at World Economic Forum 2011. Source: Wikimedia.

The end of the Merkel era in Germany – what remains?

After the local election of the state of Hesse last October, Angela Merkel announced that she would step down as head of the conservative party (Christian Democratic Union, CDU), but remain Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany until 2021, thereby retiring step by step. With the recent election of […]

by × 11 December 2018 ×