Can you be what you cannot see?
Women hold just 24.3% of parliamentary seats worldwide. Just 10% of heads of state are women globally, and in the private sector, women occupy 22.5% of board positions for Fortune 500 companies worldwide. In the UK, the parliament is 32% women, and 27.7% of Fortune 100 companies have women on the board. The figures for women in senior management roles, such executives are equally dismal, yet most of these institutions and...Read More
Ground STEM in the real world to fix the gender imbalance
Girls outperform boys at GCSE level at school, including within STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). But then, before college, something curious happens: The number of girls taking A-levels in STEM subjects drops off, especially in physics and maths. This is then reflected both at university and in the workplace, where 66.2% of men and 47.4% of women graduates of engineering and technology...Read More
Male friendship and risks of loneliness
Loneliness is not specific to one group, place or time. It can happen to anyone, and the long term effects can be devastating. In terms of mortality, smoking can pose similar health risks. In certain groups, loneliness may result in more direct and tragic consequences. In the US in 2013, the suicide rate for middle-aged men, the most at risk group, is 27.3 deaths per 100,000. In contrast, for women it is only 8.1 deaths per 100,000.Read More
Government must play a role in sustainability solutions
Government has a huge part to play in ensuring that sustainability is put at the forefront of our minds. Without its endorsement, it can be tricky for sustainability to seem relevant and practical in our daily lives. But government should not see sustainable practise as a burden: it is an opportunity for growth and for change. Governments - local and national - have the ability to motivate us to transform crises into opportunities, and many governments around the world are responding to the plastics crisis by creating interventions to help us create a more sustainable society.Read More
How can corporate interests also be sustainable?
‘Sustainability’ is a word we hear a lot from corporations nowadays. But are they just paying lip service to the latest eco buzzword, or is it a concept that can genuinely be incorporated into business practice while maintaining economic success? 66% of global consumers and 73% of millenials are willing to pay more for sustainable brands. Rather than making money with inbuilt obsolescence, there is a clear path for corporations to build a reputation for sustainability via durable and repairable goods. This is the crucial first step in supporting circular economies ...Read More
Sustainability – You CAN make a difference as an individual!
While government and corporations have a huge role to play in sustainability, we also have a responsibility to take ownership of our own significant impact too. Not only will this have an immediate impact in our own small way, but the message to corporations and government will be crystallised: sustainability is relevant and important. We need to buy less, share more, and redress our values. Increasing the sharing economy: Cars are parked 95% of the time. Somehow this is a surprising statistic. But how many of your possessions have you actually used today? Or even this week or this month?Read More