(CNN)Ah, Eurovision -- the kitsch, camp, glitzy annual spectacle that captivates a continent and profoundly confuses the rest of the world. The annual singing competition attracts hundreds of millions of viewers, has given the world acts including Abba, Celine Dion and Olivia Newton-John, and may even have brought Europe together in the wake of the World War II. But truly understanding the joys and many, many oddities of Eurovision is trickier than it seems. It blends geopolitical skullduggery and skin-tight leather trousers like no other international event can. It sees entire countries glued to their televisions, certain in the knowledge that victory alone can secure a unifying sense of national pride. And -- most importantly -- it tears through copious amounts of glitter, crates of pyrotechnics and wardrobes full of frilly national dress, all in the name of transboundary cooperation. Make sense yet? Don't worry -- here's an explainer. Read More What is Eurovision? In … [Read more...] about What is Eurovision and why do people care?
Why traditional knowledge is important
Dr Melenaite Taumoefolau is Tongan, and a senior lecturer at the Centre for Pacific Studies, Te Wānanga o Waipapa at the University of Auckland, New Zealand Dr Melenaite Taumoefolau examines the gulf between modern and traditional Tongans and why the language has no term for human rights. It strikes me that Tongan people are sharply divided into two camps by the English language and the global knowledge embodied in it. The first group is the minority English-speaking group. Knowledgeable of the ins and outs of today’s globalised world, they are ‘modernists’, educated, have been overseas and include many in government, the public service and the professions. It is they who push for democratic change and seek to ratify human rights treaties like CEDAW (the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discriminations Against Women). The other group, the majority of Tongans, are the ‘traditionalists’. Mainly Tongan-speaking, they have … [Read more...] about Why Tongan language has no word for human rights
Prior to founding his own firm, John spent several years as a professional athlete, becoming the first Brit to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In 2007, John Amaechi also became the first former NBA player to publicly announce he was gay. At the 29th EAPM Congress, taking place in Bled on 4-5 April for the first time not only in Slovenia but in Eastern Europe, he will present his incredible story about his transformation from NBA player to organisational psychologist. He promises “a little bit of science wrapped in some really good stories.” Sport seems to be a good metaphor for management and leadership. What are the main lessons you gained as a NBA player that are relevant to your career as an organisational psychologist and consultant? A lot of things that we learn from sport are not very evident. I think we like the idea of learning from sports more than we like the truth. Sport is a business at the elite level. What I have learned from sport is … [Read more...] about HR is not compliance, it is how we win!
For me being a doctor and practising clinical medicine was my dream job, a fulfilment of my dream. There are the great parts... Such as walking into the hospital every day feeling that you (excuse the cliche) had the chance to make a really positive difference in the world; of being able to fill in the gaps and explain to vulnerable humans what was going on that was causing their symptoms. In a great many cases, that meant being able to reassure them that it wasn't as bad as they feared. In other cases it meant being the one that pretty much confirmed their worst fears - but hopefully doing it in a compassionate and skilled way. Then there is working with great teams and truly amazing consultant physicians at times; knowing on some occasions that the immediate actions you took and decisions you made may have been the difference between life and death. On the good days, it was feeling ultimately that doing this was your destiny in life. Being a doctor is a true privilege. You are privy … [Read more...] about This is going to hurt… why doctors are walking away
Men continue to vastly outnumber women in science, tech, engineering and maths roles in the UK – despite more women graduating in the relevant subjects. According to WISE, a campaign for gender balance in science, technology and engineering, the sector is fast growing, with overall core STEM employment increasing by 6.3 per cent in 2017 – more than six times that of overall employment overall in the UK. Yet in 2018, women made up just 22 per cent of the core STEM workforce – down from 23 per cent in 2017. The WISE figures reveal that although there’s been an increase in women working in STEM in the UK since 2017, there also been an increase in the number of males entering the industry, and growth rates for women is 1% lower than the growth percentage for men. Testament to the industry’s rapid acceleration, a £10m investment in the North of England’s life science infrastructure was confirmed in December by Bruntwood SciTech, a joint venture … [Read more...] about Why are there so few women in science, technology and engineering?