“The question is no longer what are you doing to do to change the world, it’s how you are going to change the world”.
With those words, Dean Peter Tufano opened the Social Impact Careers Conference at the Saïd Business School on Friday morning. This conveyed the mood for the conference proceedings: one of optimism, urgency and responsibility.
Stories are powerful. They reflect what we socially consider good, valuable, and desirable. As we encounter them from a young age, stories inevitably influence our social imaginaries – that is, our worldviews, values and practices – by providing us with frames of reference and meaning. However, as stories produce and reproduce socially accepted values and expectations, they can come to function as a site for the reproduction of hegemonic norms.
I would like to express my gratitude for the generosity of Max Weidenfeld Travel Grant. Because of this grant I was able to conduct a field trip to the West Bank (Palestine) and Israel in June 2018. My research involved the possibilities and realities for water-energy nexus cooperation between Israel, Jordan and Palestine.
Claudia Coleoni’s Max Weidenfeld Travel Grant enabled her to travel extensively across three areas in Brazil to assess the effectiveness of payment for ecosystem services as a model for better river basin management in Global Biodiversity Conservation hotspots. She will share her dissertation research findings at the annual World Water Week conference in Sweden in August 2018 and will follow-up with a scientific paper in a journal related to her field.
Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholar Julia Standish-White kicks off a new series of blog posts profiling Scholars’ motivations for applying for the WHT Scholarship and Leadership programme, their academic interests, the impact of their time at Oxford and their future plans.
In the 1860s a corrupt New York power broker ‘Boss’ Tweed tried to stop the publication of cartoons of Thomas Nast and is quoted to have said: “Stop them damn pictures. I don’t care so much what the papers write about me. My constituents can’t read. But, damn it, they can see pictures.”