There's practically no element of success that's not improved by sleep and, accordingly, diminished by lack of sleep. Creativity, ingenuity, confidence, leadership, decision making - all of these can be enhanced simply by sleeping more...But of course, getting more sleep is easier said than done -- believe me, I know! This is especially true in a culture that's wired and connected 24/7. And more and more science is proving the truth that screens and sleep are natural enemies.
China today protested about Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to meet the Dalai Lama during his visit to London yesterday. Britain's ambassad...
I am not actually a fan of things that pick out gender, race or class. A person should be solely judged on who they are and what they do, but we don't live in an ideal world. Then I read Dr Duncan Green's blog post on why there are so few female bloggers and I thought 'what the hell is he talking about?'
Bob Diamond seems like a discerning man. If anyone knows his Maldives from his Margate and his gastronomy from his Greggs the Baker, Bob is our man. So I feel quite relaxed, even pacified that when as expected this Friday he receives his millions in bonuses, he'll know how to spend them tastefully, but also with panache.
I could spend the rest of this blog reeling out the stats that prove women still aren't commanding the same wages as men, still aren't holding as many senior positions and in countries across the world still treated as second-class citizens, but you've heard them all before. Instead, alongside WIE, we're going to do something about it. Today, at around 1pm, 80 women from the worlds of politics, fashion, media and business will be sitting down for the ultimate ladies who lunch event.
Gordon Brown has called for a global growth pact with global financial standards, in a meeting with Huffington Post staff in New York on Wednesday. ...
Whenever I'm asked about my reaction to what happened on 9/11, as has happened quite a bit over the weeks leading up the 10th anniversary of the attacks, my mind flashes back to the moment when I first heard that the unthinkable had happened. I was at home in Los Angeles, getting my two daughters, then 10 and 12, ready for school, and thinking about a column I was planning to write that day. In an instant that all changed, of course. As we commemorate 9/11, we should also remember that this is also the 10th anniversary of 9/12, the day when the shock began to wear off, the full dimensions of the tragedy began to become clear, and the US began to decide what its reaction was going to be.
The US and the UK may be, as George Bernard Shaw once said, two nations "separated by a common language," but they're definitely joined by a set of common problems: economic crises that have left millions unemployed or underemployed, an economic debate that has been hijacked by deficit and austerity hawks, and politicians with a remarkable ability to propose solutions that are actually making the problems worse. Yet in both countries, there is a movement fueled by social media, community engagement, and the growing understanding that real solutions aren't going to be coming from our politicians any time soon. So, in the meantime, millions of people in thousands of communities are taking the initiative to connect, engage and solve problems themselves.
I recently saw a screening of "Snow Flower", a film produced by Wendi Deng Murdoch and Florence Stone and directed by Wayne Wang (who also did "The Joy Luck Club"). The movie chronicles the friendship of two girls in 19th-Century China, and the bond between two of their descendants in present day Shanghai. It's a powerful examination of female friendship, but as I was watching the scene about the cruel tradition of bound feet, I had my own time-shift jump to the present day, thinking about what we women are inflicting on our feet and on ourselves, in the form of impossibly high heels in even the most unlikely of circumstances. In this instance, we do the binding ourselves -- and pay a lot of money for it!