BSG Alumni

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

Australia is burning – make sure your money is not fuelling the climate emergency

Australia is burning – make sure your money is not fuelling the climate emergency

The bushfires in Australia are unprecedented and devastating. Yet one of the most inspiring things in the wake of the destruction is the outpouring of support from Australians and friends overseas to donate to the rural fire services, humanitarian organisations and animal support agencies. Giving to these organisations is meaningful […]

by × 05 February 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

The future of work in America

The future of work in America

Although the media often depict giant corporations as the engine of the American workforce, the opposite is closer to the truth. Global retail giant Walmart, for example, employs about 1.5 million workers in the US alone – about 1% of America’s workforce. Other major corporations such as Amazon, Home Depot, […]

by × 02 December 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

Making Bogotá a better city for young women

Making Bogotá a better city for young women

One of the principal concerns for Enrique Peñalosa when he started his second term as mayor of Bogotá in January 2016 was how to make it a better city for women, and particularly for young women. The statistics revealed a bleak reality: 5.8% of young women were poor according to […]

by × 15 November 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law, Health, welfare and well-being

Credit: runeer (iStock)

Influencing from the inside

At the Blavatnik School of Government students are taught how to critically analyse, develop, and influence public policy. The tools and skills gained by students are universal and the ability to think about policy challenges through economic, philosophical, legal, scientific, and political lenses opens a wide array of professional paths. […]

by × 15 November 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

Girls in school in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Image credit: UK Department for International Development

‘Leave no woman behind’: key action areas to achieve the UN global goal on gender

In my home country of Pakistan, I have witnessed the lack of opportunities for women to achieve their full economic potential. Policymakers must identify transformative policy solutions for women to develop skills, earn an income, and secure equitable access to credit, information and markets. Increasing women’s labour force participation will […]

by × 13 November 2019 ×

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 ×