The Reef Alliance Awards is a fantastic opportunity to do this. It is so important that as an industry and a community we recognise the efforts our farmers are making towards improving their land management practices and thereby the water quality flowing into the Great Barrier Reef.
A pioneer of cultural studies, Hall showed a generation how to meld identity and Marxism.
When Stuart Hall died in 2014, he was one of England’s best-known intellectuals, celebrated for his pioneering writings in cultural studies, a field he helped invent along with Raymond Williams, and for his work as a spokesman of the New Left. Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. described him as “the Du Bois of Britain,” and The Guardian called him the “godfather of multiculturalism.” During the six decades he lived in England, Hall appeared regularly on TV and radio (including on his own BBC series about the history of the Caribbean), popularized the term “Thatcherism,” co-wrote an influential book on race and policing, and helped found The New Left Review.
Hall took a more expansive view of popular culture than the previous generations of British leftists, who tended to deride it as a monolithic means by which the working-classes were subjected to upper-class hegemony. He saw pop culture as a field of struggle, which held the potential to bring about positive change, rather than simply oppression. As his thinking evolved, he came to insist on a larger vision of politics, one that ventured beyond traditional actors and institutions into more subjective realms. Politics, he argued, was not simply a matter of elections: Politics was everywhere, present in everything from soccer games to soap operas. “The conditions of existence,” he once remarked in an interview are “cultural, political and economic”—in that order
Stories portray how agriculture can be transformed to become resilient, productive and climate-savvy
Climate change impact on agriculture systems and consequently food security has been quite vivid in the South Asian region. Notwithstanding the fact that the response to such challenges through a wide range of means and methods have led to improvements, the region is still far from the last mile in its run towards climate resilience.
The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has been active in the region since 2010 and, through a strong network of CGIAR and other local and national partners, has been engaging in research and extension activities to build climate-resilient agriculture systems. Its research and related activities in conjunction with its partners have led to some successful outcomes while some remain in the pipelines for the same.
Khalili engineers’ “Pipe” is composed of solar panels that provide 10,000 MWh of power each year to pump seawater through an electromagnetic filtration process, generating 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water for the city.
ENTER THE PIPE
Is it a power station or a public art installation? Well, this shimmering piece of architectural wonder, called “The Pipe,” might just blur the lines between the two.
A finalist at the 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative design competitionfor the Santa Monica pier in California, the “Pipe” is designed as a floating installation off the coast that not only looks dazzling on the horizon, but also desalinates seawater using the power of the sun.
And that’s exactly the premise of the LAGI design competition, which asked this year’s participants to come up with concepts for electricity and clean water generation that could be placed near the Santa Monica Pier. The goal: point out that today’s increasing demands for power shouldn’t pave the way for eye sores.
Among those who took up the challenge was the Canadian engineering firm Abdolazis Khalili and Associates, which specializes in processing plants for food and packaging industries
“In each of us two powers preside, one male, one female… The androgynous mind is resonant and porous… naturally creative, incandescent and undivided.”
BY MARIA POPOVA
In addition to being one of the greatest writers and most expansive minds humanity ever produced, Virginia Woolf
(January 25, 1882–March 28, 1941) was also a woman of exceptional wisdom on such complexities of living as consciousness and creativity
, the consolations of aging
, how one should read a book
, and the artist’s eternal dance with self-doubt
So incisive was her insight into the human experience that, many decades before scientists demonstrated why “psychological androgyny” is essential to creativity, Woolf articulated this idea in a beautiful passage from her classic 1929 book-length essay A Room of One’s Own (public library).
A year after she subverted censorship and revolutionized the politics of gender identity with her novel Orlando, Woolf writes:
Work with love, embrace the unexpected, let no one else make intellectual decisions for you, and always remain in direct touch with the fountain-head.
BY MARIA POPOVA
The English-American astronomer and astrophysicist Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin (May 10, 1900–December 7, 1979) — the first person to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy at Radcliffe-Harvard and the first woman to chair a Harvard department — overcame tremendous counterforces of cultural resistance to change our understanding of the cosmos and pave the way for women in science