Challenge

Moving Legs, Money and Minds

Harriet Symes | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK
Harriet Symes

In October I was moved enough by this feeling to go and learn more and offer what I could in terms of help in the Calais refugee camp. Although I learnt a huge amount about the conditions of the camp and individual's traumas, I felt bewildered and lost and spent most of the 10 days that I was there, feeling like I was merely witnessing the situation rather than doing anything much to make it better.

Two Men in a Rowing Boat Take on the Atlantic (And Make It to the Other Side!)

Tom Caulfield | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Sport
Tom Caulfield

It took 18 months of rigorous training, serious determination, plenty of conversations defending our 'crazy' idea, and several close shaves out in the open - but somehow we made it...

Reflections on Business From the Andes

Dominic Irvine | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK
Dominic Irvine

I sat in a meeting this morning facilitating a difficult discussion, wishing I could have bottled the experience in the Andes to share with these people. That selfless desire to help others succeed and the determination to do something incredible was a heady mixture.

Girlguiding Gives Every Girl the Opportunity for Adventure and Challenge

Caroline Daboo | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Caroline Daboo

I want all girls out there to join us, and make 2016 your year of adventure. Whether it's speaking out in class or trying an adventurous sport - big or small - it's time to ditch the fear and let nothing stand in your way!

Holidays - Why I Choose Challenge Over Chill Time

Catherine Capon | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Catherine Capon

Malaysia: The tale of two halves. From leech bites, soaking wet clothes and aching muscles to pure white sand, clear water and coral reefs; the areas that I explored in peninsular Malaysia couldn't have been more different.

Two Men in a Rowing Boat Take on the Atlantic (And Got a Bit More Than They Bargained For)

Tom Caulfield | Posted 14.02.2016 | UK Sport
Tom Caulfield

It's weird what the ocean does to your mind. We started out having some pretty insane dreams - sleep deprivation will do that to you. Ironically, we most commonly dreamt that we were stuck in the middle of a vast ocean with no-one else around. Then we'd wake up and think, 'Oh wait, that's actually happening'. Emotionally it's a rollercoaster.

Two Men in a Rowing Boat Take on the Atlantic (And They Only Learned to Row a Year Ago)

Tom Caulfield | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK
Tom Caulfield

It's been a pretty punchy start, we're both shattered, muscles are screaming for a rest but we need to keep on heading South and pick up some better weather. Some days are hot and calm, and it feels like we are rowing through treacle. But Bieber's on repeat and banter is high - no complaints here. So far so good.

Why We Should All Strive to Challenge Ourselves in 2016

Peter Westgarth | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Peter Westgarth

As usual, the first two weeks of January have been full of New Year's resolutions and bold claims that 2016 is going to be the best year yet. Like every year, the conversation is dominated by references to giving up or cutting back on something: usually food, drink or a habit that is not particularly good for us, but we enjoy it.

A Girl Wore a Stormtrooper Belt for 3 Months - But I'm Not Going to Write About That

James Gilmore | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Gilmore

This is the first time I have written an article about something that I'm not personally effected by. But it's important, which is why I'm writing it...

Seven Steps to Getting Out of That 'Rut' and Move on With Your Life!

Dr Lisa Turner | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Lisa Turner

The universe is always in motion and always growing. In nature, business, life and almost everywhere change happens in distinct and predictable cycles, yet when it comes to our own personal development people seem to strive for a status quo, a "balance". It's this desire for balance that can actually unbalances us.

Climbing The Pitons, St Lucia

Charlie Watson | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Charlie Watson

The climb itself is only two hours, however, with an estimated climbing time of two hours, you know it's not going to be a gentle path. Split into four sections, these bench breaks provide a moments rest, and a drop off point for those who can't continue any further.

Liar, Liar: Why We Should Wise Up to an Uncomfortable Truth When We Negotiate

Natalie Reynolds | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Natalie Reynolds

We need to remember that negotiation sometimes requires us to behave in ways that might not come naturally to us. We might be confronted by negotiators who are firm, tough, direct or rejecting. How might that make us feel?

Drinking Caffeine After Quitting Caffeine: What I Learned

Harvey Wilks | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Harvey Wilks

After a full month of not drinking caffeine I've just been and had my first coffee - a tasty, bitter black Americano. Relishing the first, piping-hot sip in slow motion, I sat down to chat to a colleague about existential copywriter stuff and what stuff means and stuff.

From Caffeine Fiend to Caffeine Free

Harvey Wilks | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Harvey Wilks

Caffeine addiction is something from which more people 'suffer' than would probably care to admit, because really we don't see it as an addiction. Nicotine dependence gives you cancer and emphysema; alcoholism gives you liver disease and driving bans; meth could result in a face different to the one you were born with.

Old Endings, New Beginnings

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

If Nairobi had charmed me despite itself, Mombasa, an historic island trading port, had initially done the opposite. It wasn't until a second visit in 2007 that I began to see it as something other than an old, faded, dilapidated city in need of repair.

When Things Fall Apart

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

We were told that someone requiring treatment for Aids had died because they could no longer afford to pay their medical bills. Wives of some of the workers started to turn up at our house (R now worked from home as the company offices had no electricity) with babies and small children, asking for help we couldn't give.

Charity Is Not a Lost Cause - Do Something Amazing Today

Duncan Lindsay | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK
Duncan Lindsay

It doesn't take much to make a real difference to the lives of many. While we all lead increasingly busy lives, we should not forget the privileges we have. Let's take advantage of the benefits we have in our lives and assist those less fortunate than ourselves. It needn't cost us a thing but the payoff is unimaginably huge.

Veganuary: An Omnivore's Attempt at Going Vegan for January

Harvey Wilks | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Harvey Wilks

The cause is, unquestionably, a worthy one, and more than a hollow New Year's resolution this would be a real challenge - one that might produce benefits I couldn't foresee, both in terms of my wellbeing and vis-a-vis the expansion of my limited culinary repertoire.

Three Things I Learnt From Waking Up With Night-Time Nosebleeds

Beatrix A Schmidt | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Beatrix A Schmidt

By the time I was 25, I'd burnt myself out physically, mentally and even spiritually: I developed psoriasis, which covered twenty per cent of my body, and I gained weight. But the alarm bells really started to ring loud and clear when I began regularly waking up in the middle of the night with a nosebleed.

This Time I Didn't Say a Single Word for 72 Hours!

Nicole Ettinger | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nicole Ettinger

It's 20th November, fast approaching 7pm - the start time for Mission Silence, the world's first sponsored silence event. I am on the phone to my best friend who asks if I've remembered to change my answer machine message but I'd completely forgotten.

Why Not Speaking for 48 Hours Is Such a Mission

Nicole Ettinger | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nicole Ettinger

It was without a doubt the most challenging 48 hours of my life. It's our natural instant to talk and the mental energy it took to stop the words in my mind from escaping my mouth was exhausting. For the first few hours I felt it necessary to have tape over my mouth.

Has Feminism Gone Too Far? Or Will We No Longer Have a Place For Mothers in Society?

Olga Levancuka | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

Feminism and the fight for women's equality rights has never backfired as much as during the last decade. Where men demand from women to be what they want, i.e. equal. And rightly so.

Why Collaboration Is Key to Tackling the World's Grand Challenges

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK
Dirk Jan van den Berg

Globalisation has rendered us increasingly inter-dependent with massive opportunities and also risks/challenges as a result. Driven by technological advances from transport, to communications, and electronic networks, globalisation has delivered important advancements in terms of movement and exchange of people, ideas, values, resources, commodities and finance.

Why Sustainable Innovation Prizes Should Reward Collective Intelligence

Green Futures | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK
Green Futures

Forum for the Future and the Technology Strategy Board are exploring how competitions can reward collective intelligence, increasing the impact of funding for innovative projects.

The Challenges Faced by Female Entrepreneurs and the Importance of Female Mentoring

Annoushka Ducas MBE | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK
Annoushka Ducas MBE

One of the most important lessons I have learnt from my years in business is that nothing is possible without hard work. Women today are often juggling family, children and work and this is one of the challenges we face daily. However, as a mother of four children, I know the importance of having a support system, but also being able to be self-reliant.