I used to think that automated decision-making removes prejudices, but maybe I was completely wrong.

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Technology is the way to go. I wouldn’t doubt that at all. Can we imagine a world where we are back to pigeon post and not WhatsApp? I genuinely can’t. Technology has changed this world for the better. Well, for now. We think and we believe that technology is better. In the context of social development, we believe that by bringing technology into place, we will be able to reduce prejudice and biases. Using technology in making decisions reduces human error and subjectivity. Using technology contributes to innovative solutions and improves transparency in decision-making. …

Classical mythology offers the earliest glimpse into gender relations in Greek civilisation — what can we learn from it?

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I have this affinity towards Greek Mythology. It started off from reading Percy Jackson, and it ended up with me reading the Homeric Epics. Beyond the blockbuster story plots, heroes, and love — what I enjoyed the most is the implicit story of humanity, its fragility, and its pains of existence. The epic poems are written around the 8th century BC, and it offers one of the earliest insights into human behaviours. I find it fascinating how much life has changed or has not changed over the course of centuries.

I read more than a quarter of the actual poems…

Leaving a well-paying job, spending a fortune for a Master’s degree, and taking a one-year ‘holiday’ in Cambridge.

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This is the time of the year for reflection, and I thought writing this piece will be a perfect way to do that. Sooo, this writing is really personal, and I hope you might find it somewhat useful. If not, that is fine too 😉

When I first told people that I’m gonna leave my full-time job and pursue a postgraduate study, the majority asked me why. My family was not that supportive at the beginning. They think I have a great job; why would I leave that behind? Some of my relatives think that education for girls are a…

MOOCs have claimed to provide greater access to education for anyone, anywhere — promising to bridge the educational gaps within and across countries. But has it delivered what it promises?

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There are many online learning models, but the most famous one is perhaps the MOOCs — Massive Open Online Courses. It was the most hyped educational buzzword in 2012. Platforms like edX, Coursera, and Udacity have millions of registered students. In 2019, Class Central reported that there are over 110 million students from just the top 5 MOOCs providers. MOOCs have claimed to provide greater access to education for anyone, anywhere — promising to bridge the educational gaps within and across countries. But has it delivered what it promises?

Greater Access versus Real Accessibility

Exploring the meaning of fairness in life by Friedman, Tawney, and Rawls

One of the modules I took during my Cambridge time was called “Happiness, Justice, Freedom, and Capabilities”. I have been interested in the topic of happiness since my undergraduate time. It has always been a side interest, where I explored the meaning of life in my spiritual journey and my spare time. When presented with the option to learn it formally at school— of course, I say yes straight away.

It turned out to be a philosophy class. I — coming from a totally different background — never really learned philosophy before. I never thought it would be so interesting…

Three lessons learned from Orwell’s masterpiece

I recently read Animal Farm and was blown away by how relatable the story is. A friend of mine recommended the novel during our discussion about power and politics. I never read it when I was young, so I thought I’d give it a try. It is a really short novel — if you haven’t read it or it has been a while since the last time you read it, I highly recommend you to read it (again).

Animal farm by George Orwell was written based on events that took place in 1917. Some said it is an allegory of…

In a recent webinar, Prof Yunus discussed the failure of our current economic system, how we can build the world of three zeros, and some practical bits of advice for aspiring social entrepreneurs.

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I had the privilege to co-host a webinar with one of my biggest inspirations, Professor Muhammad Yunus. He is a social entrepreneur who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his works in micro-finance through the Grameen Bank. He is the pioneer for the concept of social business, where the business focuses on social impact instead of profit. During the webinar, Prof Yunus shared his entrepreneurial journey, his vision towards a better world, and his pieces of advice for the young generation.

The broken system

Prof Yunus shared his journey on founding the Grameen Bank. He saw that there is something…

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