“Sexuality, more broadly defined, is an incredibly powerful lens with which to study a society, because it gives you a view not only of the miniature of people’s intimate lives but also the wider canvas of public life. Beliefs and values, attitudes and behaviors around sex are shaped by bigger forces — politics, economics, religion, tradition, gender, generations. If you really want to know a people, start by looking inside their bedrooms.”

– Shereen El Feki, author of “Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World“, on how politics of sex give a lens on society.

(via explore blog)

While every education system in the world is being reformed at the moment, Sir Ken Robinson thinks that it is not enough to reform a broken model. He suggests instead, a a radical shift from standardised schools to personalised learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish.

“You know, to me, human communities depend upon a diversity of talent, not a singular conception of ability. And at the heart of our challenges — At the heart of the challenge is to reconstitute our sense of ability and of intelligence. This linearity thing is a problem.”

“… We have to go from what is essentially an industrial model of education, a manufacturing model, which is based on linearity and conformity and batching people. We have to move to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture. We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process; it’s an organic process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do, like a farmer, is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish.”

– Sir Ken Robinson.

Life, Quotes

“Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don’t look back at it too long. Mistakes are life’s way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come.”

– Og Mandino

“Whenever you make a mistake…

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“Gender matters. Men and women experience the world differently.”
“My own definition of feminist is: a feminist is a man or a woman who says:’Yes, there is a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better.’”

– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, at TEDxEuston.