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Thought Economics wrote a new blog post titled Storytelling
How Creativity, Animation and Stories define us. In these exclusive interviews we speak to Ed Catmull (Co-Founder of Pixar Animation, and President of Walt Disney Animation Studios), Nick Park (Oscar Winning Writer, Director and Animator with Aardman Animation) and Jonathan Gottschall (A world expert in storytelling and Distinguished Research Fellow in the English Department at Washington & Jefferson College). We discuss the fundamental role of storytelling in human existence, and learn...
1694 days ago
Thought Economics wrote a new blog post titled Mental Health
The World's Most Profound Health Challenge In these exclusive interviews we speak to: Dr. Thomas Insel (Director of the National Institutes of Mental Health, NIMH), Dr. Shekhar Saxena (Director of Mental Health for the World Health Organisation), Paul Farmer (Chief Executive of Mind, the world’s largest Mental Health NGO), Sergeant Kevin Briggs (Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge) and Marcus Trescothick (International Cricketer and Mental Health Campaigner). We look at the realities of mental...
1746 days ago
Thought Economics wrote a new blog post titled How Power Shapes our World
In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Moisés Naím (Distinguished Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, former Minister of Trade and Industry for Venezuela and Executive Director of the World Bank) and Admiral James Stavridis (Dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University and former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO). We discuss the fundamental nature of power, how it shapes our world economically, politically, socially and how it impacts the lives of every single...
1776 days ago
Thought Economics wrote a new blog post titled Learning To Be Who We Are
In these exclusive interviews we speak to Marina Abramović (internationally acclaimed performance artist), and Sir Ken Robinson (widely considered to be the world’s foremost expert on creativity, innovation and human resources in education and business). We question the fundamental nature of learning and education and discuss the life long journey of understanding our purpose and who we are. -------------------------------------------------- Vikas Shah, Thought Economics, October 2014 Inside...
1800 days ago
Thought Economics wrote a new blog post titled The Injustice Facing over 1 Billion People
In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to Javed Abidi (Chair, Disabled People's International DPI), Sir Philip Craven MBE (President, International Paralympic Committee IPC) and Professor Hugh Herr (Head of the Biomechatronics research group at MIT Media Lab and Founder of BiOM Inc). We discuss the human rights and social injustices faced by the those living with impairments and disabilities around the world, look at issues ranging from economics and politics to culture and sport...
1896 days ago
Thought Economics wrote a new blog post titled Religion, Science and Society
In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to four world experts on religion and science. Fr. José G. Funes (Director of the Vatican Observatory), Prof. Alister McGrath (Director, Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford University), Dr. Deborah Haarsma (President of the BioLogos Foundation) and Prof. Justin Barrett (Director, Thrive Centre - Fuller's Graduate School of Psychology). We discuss the fundamental roles of religion and science in society together with their roles...
1937 days ago
Thought Economics wrote a new blog post titled The Health of Society
In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Dr. Julio Frenk (Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, and former Minister of Health of Mexico), Sir Richard Thompson (President of the Royal College of Physicians), Baron Peter Piot (Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and Dame Sally Davies (The United Kingdom’s Chief Medical Officer). We talk about the concept of public health, the most important health challenges the world currently faces, and opportunities for...
1986 days ago
Thought Economics wrote a new blog post titled Theatre, Performance and Society
In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to four world experts on theatre and performance. Sir Howard Panter (Founder of the Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd, Chairman of Rambert Dance Company), Gilles Ste-Croix (co-founder of Cirque du Soleil), Joanna Read (Principal of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art - LAMDA) and James Houghton (Director of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School, and Director of New York’s Signature Theatre Company). We discuss the role of theatre and...
1986 days ago
Thought Economics wrote a new blog post titled Equality
In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to three world experts on inequality. Professor David Hulme (Founder and Executive Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester) , Prof. Sir Michael Marmot (Director of the Institute of Health Equity, University College London), Baroness Onara O'Neill (Chair of the Equality and Human rights Commission) and Prof. Richard Wilkinson (Co-Founder of the Equality Trust). We discuss the fundamental question of why...
2090 days ago
Thought Economics wrote a new blog post titled War and Peace
In this exclusive series of interviews, we speak to three Nobel Peace Prize Winners. Prof. Jody Williams (Chair, Nobel Women's Initiative - Founder, International Campaign to Ban Landmines, ICBL), Dr. Shirin Ebadi (Human Rights Lawyer and Educator) and President Maarti Ahtisaari (Former President of Finland and Founder of CMI - The Crisis Management Initiative). We discuss the causes of war and conflict, the impact of these phenomena on society, and look at what it will take to achieve a...
2168 days ago
Thought Economics wrote a new blog post titled Are We Alone?
In this exclusive interview, we speak with Prof. Jill Tarter (Co-Founder and Bernard M. Oliver Chair of the SETI Institute). We discuss her lifelong work with the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute and look at mankind's quest to answer the fundamental question of whether we are alone in the universe. -------------------------------------------------- Vikas Shah, Thought Economics, September 2013 Since the time of the ancient Greeks (and perhaps even earlier) humanity...
2212 days ago
Thought Economics wrote a new blog post titled The Security of Cyberspace
In these exclusive interviews we speak to Ambassador Gábor Iklódy (NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges), Professor Sadie Creese (Professor of Cybersecurity at Oxford University and Director of the Global Centre for Cyber Security Capacity Building at the Oxford Martin School) and Professor Howard Schmidt (Partner at Ridge Schmidt Cyber and Former Cyber Advisor to Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush). We discuss the threats posed to nations, their economies...
2243 days ago
Thought Economics wrote a new blog post titled Who are We
In this exclusive interview, we speak with Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE (Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace). We discuss her lifelong work with chimpanzees and great apes, and explore how her observations have shaped our understanding of the fundamental nature of humanity, and our definition of mankind. -------------------------------------------------- Vikas Shah, Thought Economics, June 2013 "For the first time since life began," writes Mark Lynas, "...a single animal...
2295 days ago
Thought Economics wrote a new blog post titled Charity, Philanthropy and Society
In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Jeff Raikes (CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) and Eli Broad (Founder of the Broad Foundations). We discuss the fundamental nature of charity and philanthropy- looking at why these phenomena exist together with their role and impact on society. We also talk about their individual journeys in philanthropy, and how their organisations are aiming to tackle some of society’s greatest...
2335 days ago
Thought Economics wrote a new blog post titled The Role of Music in Human Culture
In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Moby (Multi Award Winning International Recording Artist, DJ and Photographer) and Hans Zimmer (International Award Winning composer and music producer who has composed music for over 100 films). We discuss the fundamental question of 'what' music is and the role of music in human culture. We also explore the business of music, and how technology has impacted the production and consumption of music around the world. Digging deeper, we discuss the...
2388 days ago
Thought Economics wrote a new blog post titled Fighting HIV/AIDS - The Greatest Epidemic in Modern History.
In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Michel Sidibé (Executive Director, UNAids), Dr. Stefano Bertozzi (Director of HIV at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Dr. Gottfried Hirnschall (Director of HIV Department at WHO - World Health Organisation) and Brian West (Chair of the European Aids Treatment Group, who has been living with HIV for over 25 years). We look at the very nature of the virus, its impact on society and culture globally, and discuss the opportunities to move to a...
2404 days ago
Thought Economics wrote a new blog post titled Entrepreneurship
In this exclusive interview, we speak to Sir Richard Branson (Founder of Virgin Group). We discuss the fundamental nature of entrepreneurship, entrepreneurs themselves, and the role of entrepreneurs in society and the economy. We look at the key sources of entrepreneurial ideas, characteristics of successful enterprise and the role of wealth in the entrepreneurial journey. We also look at how entrepreneurship has changed, what the future holds and how entrepreneurs are addressing some of the...
2455 days ago
Thought Economics wrote a new blog post titled The Plight and Promise of the World's Children
In these exclusive interviews, we speak to Carolyn Miles (President and CEO of Save the Children) and Dr. Jean Zermatten (Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child). We look at the plight of children worldwide- discussing issues ranging from poverty to exploitation, health to education, climate change to conflict, the media and more. We also look at the fundamental role of children in human progress, and why they are key to the future of our society.....
2475 days ago
Thought Economics wrote a new blog post titled Torture
In these exclusive interviews, we speak to two of the world's leading experts on torture. Keith Carmichael (Founder of REDRESS, an organisation that seeks justice and reparation for torture survivors) and Prof Juan Méndez (the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment) - both torture survivors. We look at the true scale of torture globally, exploring why and how it happens, the effect it leaves on survivors, its impact on communities, and...
2516 days ago
Thought Economics wrote a new blog post titled Why We Write
In this exclusive interview, we speak to Dr. Maya Angelou (a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist). We discuss the very fundamental question of why we write and explore the role of the written-word in culture, social change and the story of humanity itself. o look at issues ranging from brand, to sexuality and even the business of fashion itself. -------------------------------------------------- Vikas...
2534 days ago