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Posted by: on April 30, 2018

Tradition and Innovation: How the Two Can Coexist

“That’s how we do things around here”. “We’ve always done things this way”. I have heard these statements many times. There were times when it was okay to resist change. We don’t live in those times. There are societies, companies and organisations that were built on maintaining the status quo. Families started businesses that they […]

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Posted by: on April 25, 2018

Innovating Peace

As another amazing week of fascinating lectures and insights, making friends and making memories comes to an end, I have been reflecting on the power of our network(s) and the endless possibilities it brings. Not only for us as individuals, for our companies and projects, but also for the ever-changing complex world. We are the […]

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Posted by: on February 7, 2018

Back to the future

They say you should never go back.  Certainly José Mourinho, twice the manager of philosophy Professor Mark Wrathall’s beloved Chelsea FC, would agree. Second time round, it just didn’t work out for him. But would it for me?  30 years after I first arrived at Oxford train station suitcase in hand, to study French and […]

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Posted by: on February 5, 2018

Changing times

As someone who works in the world of peace-building, strengthening democracy and international affairs, I engage daily with individuals on all levels in political, public, diplomatic, business, media, academic and community sectors. However, throughout my career I have had limited direct experience of the corporate world, which explains why executive education, and why the Diploma […]

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Posted by: on February 2, 2018

Education institutions are teaching the wrong things in the wrong way

So says the conclusion to a recent report I edited as a member of a team of ‘21st century globalists’ examining the knowledge, skills and attitudes required by learners to survive in this most transformative of centuries, and to thrive in economies that will be increasingly automated, integrated, and data driven. We considered whether global […]

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Posted by: on December 19, 2017

TMO in motion: Into the business of the oceans and other SDG’s

Classes at Oxford can often leave a mark. In spite of not being fully certified to do so and in spite of hurting myself and the other associated with me with possibly irreparable ideological damage, we have started incorporating the Oxford Vantage Frameworks, the feared TMO into the way we envisage our engagement with the […]

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Posted by: on November 13, 2017

Certainly worth it – reflections at the middle point of the journey

While looking across the world at the programmes that allow mid-career professionals to hone their understanding of how to manage change and promote innovation in public and international institutions, I came across this programme at the Saïd Business School at Oxford. This programme promised to combine organisational strategy and innovation as its core components and offer […]

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Posted by: on October 30, 2017

Farewell and Welcome

I received recently an email link containing our pictures during our last black-tie dinner at St. Cross College. As I browse through all the pictures, I can’t help but feel nostalgic about the whole Oxford experience, thinking how time flies really fast.   It was only late last year when I decided to pursue a […]

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Posted by: on August 3, 2017

My shoulders are footstools

Each time I’ve packed my bags to go to Oxford, it’s been somewhat bitter sweet. Sweet because of the excitement and adventure that awaits and bitter because of my family that I leave behind and whom I can’t share this experience with. I have found some consolation though. What consoles me is that I know […]

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Posted by: on July 11, 2017

In the battle of town and gown, it was gown that won

This is my third trip to Oxford. As I write I’m on the bus. I remember the first time I caught this bus. I walked all the way from terminal 2 to terminal 5, today I got it from terminal 2 because I learned when I took the bus back after we finished module 1 […]

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