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MWR: Who is Rich?

Exploring the theme of rich/poor proved to be an extremely interesting and eye-opening experience. I looked into various ideas of being ‘rich’ to get a broader view of the theme, finding wide-ranging answers including two teenagers involved in the London riots suggesting owning any business makes you rich (McClatchey, 2011), yet endless Google results insist we need ‘emotional wealth’ and teach others how to pursue it, for up to $CAD11,025 (Emotional Wealth Management Inc., N/A). Continue reading →

MWR: But, Can We Blame the Poor for Being Poor?

You are living in the 21st century where the difference between the rich and the poor is increasing even more (Reuben, 2015). So, if you are running a big organisation and earning sufficient amount of profit, do you think it would be fair for you to share your profit with the poor? Is charity the solution for poor people? Does it solve the cause of their problem (BBC, 2009)? This is something that we should think about. The rich are becoming richer and poor are becoming poorer. Continue reading →

HIL: I Wanted to Take Up the Challenge

An important experience for me, in which I learnt a great deal, was going on the school sailing trip when I was fourteen. Six days in the English Channel on a 75ft yacht seemed a daunting prospect at first, but I wanted to take up the challenge. I set sail from Southampton on Monday morning with eight other school friends and the boat’s crew; our first destination was the Isle of Wight. Continue reading →

How Universities Can Earn Trust and Share Power in the Bitter Post-Truth Era

Universities can take a stand. Shutterstock Alice Roberts, University of Birmingham and Saul Becker, University of Birmingham James Baldwin, the author, playwright and social critic, whose life is depicted in the remarkable 2016 film I Am Not Your Negro, once said: “It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. Continue reading →

MWR: The Impacts of Urbanisation in LEDCs

“Rapid urbanisation is arguably the most complex and important socio-economic phenomenon of the 20th Century” (Allen & You, 2002, p3) which is exemplified in 2009 - the urban population surpassed the rural population for the first time ever (UN,2009). Having over half the population live in urban areas can result in sanitation, hygiene and environmental issues, all of which pose a threat to people and business. Continue reading →

RSA Talk: ‘Why We Never Think Alone’

Coming from Southampton to London to hear this talk felt exciting. What I love about RSA talks is that they’re somewhat inspiring and make me pay more attention to topics I don’t consider usually. Coming from Brown University, Professor Steven Sloman a famous academic, researcher and writer, was quite enthusiastic to deliver a talk on a topic he’s been passionate about for years on the ‘Knowledge Illusion’. Continue reading →

MWR: Has the Government Widened the Gap Between the Rich and Poor in Education?

When looking at Europe’s leading economic powers such as Germany, the United Kingdom and France there is a reason to believe that in terms of education the UK has made it possible for the gap between rich and poor to widen furthermore (Paton, 2010). One example for how the government is making it more difficult, for less fortunate young people to come out of poverty, would be that tuition fees increased tremendously (Boffey, 2016). Continue reading →

MWR: How Far Should Businesses Put the Needs of their Workers Before the Importance of Profit?

Is slavery within the 21st-century business world an issue today? At first glance, before carrying out any research I thought about my chosen inquiry question and assumed the simple answer to this question was no, not really. How very wrong I was. Having developed my ILP and carried out research tasks, I discovered that although it has been over 200 years since William Wilberforce was responsible for the abolition of slavery, it is still very much an ongoing issue as “28. Continue reading →

HIL: My Love of Fitness got Me Here!

  My love of fitness and body-building all began back in July 2014 when I had my first ‘adult’ gym pass. I was upgraded from a Junior Gym pass and could now use the gym before, after and perhaps even during school. This was just the beginning of a love affair which has led me to compete nationally in bikini fitness and bodybuilding. As I became a more frequent user of the gym, I began to network with people who knew a lot more than I did about fitness. Continue reading →