“If a man takes photos on the sly, does it mean I have to call him out publicly?”

By Kelly Clarke

So, the ‘MeToo’ hashtag. You won’t find me tweeting about it. My Facebook status won’t make mention of it either. Not because I don’t support it; quite the contrary. This hashtag has all the makings of an effective social movement. And it’s working. People are speaking up. But the buzz will fade. The hashtags will fade. The stories, ultimately, will fade. When it comes to personal narrations, social media has never been my platform of choice. That’s why I won’t be hashtagging. Continue reading “If a man takes photos on the sly, does it mean I have to call him out publicly?”

“We carried safety pins in college and moved in packs to protect one another”

By Deepthi Nair

Ever since Alyssa Milano urged her Twitter followers to come out against sexual harassment and abuse with the hashtag #metoo, my social media feed has been abuzz with heartbreaking outpourings. I was surprised to see no woman had been spared. And I was ashamed to publicly disclose that I had been subjected to sexual harassment too. After all, what good would it do, I wondered. Continue reading “We carried safety pins in college and moved in packs to protect one another”

What if you had to live with only 50 things, what then?

By Bikram Vohra

It is a sobering thought that though we all set the virtues of spartan living to music, the average amongst us may have a thousand possessions. The more ‘fortunate,’ if one can use that word, would rise to over 10 times that. Amazing how we still see ourselves as managing on the bare essentials — like we believe in the virtues of simple living. Continue reading What if you had to live with only 50 things, what then?

How to nudge people with simple rules and make nations happy

For more than two centuries, many people have tried to shake that peculiar branch of the tree of knowledge called economics. Perhaps no one has done it better in recent decades than Richard Thaler, a University of Chicago professor who has challenged the traditional idea that free markets reflect the self-interests of rational individuals. Continue reading How to nudge people with simple rules and make nations happy