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Posted on 30 March 2016

Scientists estimate that for every year of life, life expectancy increases by three months. Most of us will live significantly longer than our parents, and right now many babies born today are expected to live for at least 100 ...

Posted on 8 March 2016

There are acres of books, innumerable conferences and endless press speculation about the rise of the robot. We first witnessed IBM’s Big Blue defeat Jeopardy contestants and then go on to beat chess masters. But, we thought,...

Posted on 2 February 2016

As an educator I am fascinated by the way that learning will be re-shaped over the coming decades. Here are some of the far-reaching questions debated at Davos this year and the experiments discussed. Shouldn’t craft-based ap...

Posted on 29 January 2016

So here is what has got me thinking after a week at the 2016 World Economic Forum meeting in Davos: The rise of the scientists. The dominant Davos talk last year was of the Greek crisis and the possible break up of the Euro - t...

Posted on 7 December 2015

My partner and I went to Rwanda a couple of weeks ago. Our mission was to trek up the country's highest mountains to see the mountain gorillas that inhabit these bamboo forests. People had told us that this would be a "life-cha...

Posted on 1 December 2015

Ten years ago I took my son to East Africa to stay in a Masai village. I reasoned that time with these mighty warriors would be a good anecdote to his rather cosy suburban life. On the second day at the village, our Masai guide...

Posted on 10 November 2015

Last week, Republican candidate Paul Ryan was confirmed as the new Speaker of the US House of Representatives. However, his acceptance of the post was on the condition that he would travel less than previous speakers in order t...

Posted on 1 June 2015

What is the most valuable asset a company can give an employee? Historically the answer was simple – money. Yet we have known for sometime that although pay might indeed be a valuable asset for an employee, it’s unlikely to...

Posted on 11 February 2015

The global challenges facing the world – such as rising poverty, youth unemployment and climate change – are not themes that are new to Davos. What is new for Davos 2015, is a growing realisation that to address these chall...

Posted on 22 January 2015

It’s my fourth visit to Davos and it’s fascinating how many more of the academics here are scientists rather than economists or management theorists. What is it that scientists can tell us about business? I had an opportuni...