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A critical look at new technologies, new approaches and new ways of thinking, from politics to media to environmental sustainability.

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    • Личные журналы

A critical look at new technologies, new approaches and new ways of thinking, from politics to media to environmental sustainability.

    Is the Liberal International Order in terminal decline?

    Is the Liberal International Order in terminal decline?

    UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has issued a dire warning about the state of international cooperation. The long-standing international order, he says, is dividing and that threatens future global stability.

    So, are his concerns valid? How is the international order likely to change over coming decades? And what practical steps can be taken to reinforce the global rule of law?

    • 29 мин.
    Counterculture, consumerism and the far right

    Counterculture, consumerism and the far right

    Countercultural movements, like Occupy Wall Street, are meant to be future-focussed — revolutionary even. So why do they often fade into commercialism? Are they simply a function of consumer capitalism? If so, what future do they have? And must they always be progressive?

    • 29 мин.
    Pencil towers and issues around urban inequality and density

    Pencil towers and issues around urban inequality and density

    Critics say that the proliferation of modern, wafer-thin skyscrapers are symbols of rising urban inequality. Also: Are levels of density in our cities making us ill? And what's the impact of short-term letting on urban affordability? 

    • 29 мин.
    Future doom and the rose-coloured past

    Future doom and the rose-coloured past

    Why do we see the past through rose-coloured glasses, but not the future? Psychologists tell us that human beings have a tendency to be fearful and pessimistic about the future, while simultaneously romanticising the past. If the theory is true, it might help explain the difficulties we often have in making informed decisions and effectively planning for the future.

    • 29 мин.
    Prescient Predictions: 1984; Brave New World; and Network

    Prescient Predictions: 1984; Brave New World; and Network

    The dystopian best-seller 1984 was published exactly seventy years ago. Its influence has been profound. But does it really speak to today’s politico-cultural environment?

    • 29 мин.
    Street art – the next space race?

    Street art – the next space race?

    Street artists are busy commandeering as many city surfaces as their paints will allow, authorities are trying to neutralise the threat, while advertising agencies are keen to clone the potency of hand painted art.

    • 29 мин.

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