A Resurgence in Inequality and Its Effects on Culture ~ Akei | Society -
"Social inequality may be returning, but that doesn’t mean that the masterpieces will follow. The highbrows were co-opted or killed off by the middle, and the elitism they championed has been replaced by another kind, the kind that measures all value, cultural and otherwise, in money. It may be time to build a new ladder."
Philippines up 7 notches in global competitiveness index ~ Akei | Innovation -
"In the institutions pillar, the key marker of governance, the Philippines is now ranked 67th, leapfrogging by 50 places since 2010. Despite the pork barrel scam and the Disbursement Acceleration Program controversy, the WEF said the efforts made against corruption are now starting to bear fruit."
How Would You Redefine Study Abroad? ~ Akei | Higher Education -
"The Generation Study Abroad Green Paper reports that an international experience can have a positive impact on grades, graduation rates, and other indicators of academic achievement. That doesn’t even encompass the maturity, cultural competencies, and global awareness gained while abroad. But it also warns us that "all international experiences are not equal" and we should be thoughtful, intentional, and strategic about the experiences we build for our students."
The 10 Most Important Business Skills in 2020 ~ Akei | Administration
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Ang mga “mahirap” pala sa Pilipinas ay halos 55 milyon at hindi pa umaabot sa P10,000 – P12,000 ang kanilang kita noong Hunyo. ~ Akei | Araling Pilipino -
"Mas matinding nararamdaman ang kahirapan tuwing Marso, Mayo, Agosto, at Setyembre kasi mas mataas ang poverty threshold sa mga buwan na ito. Hindi naman masyado pero mahirap pa rin tuwing Hunyo at Disyembre."
Guingona bill seeks tighter vetting of NGOs ~ Akei | Administration -
"Under the bill, NGOs and POs wishing to implement publicly funded programs must pay an accreditation fee and must meet set criteria, including on its legitimacy, successful track record and being free of conflict of interest or nepotism issues in connection with the projects they wish to undertake."
Masterworks vs. the Masses ~ Akei | Information -
"It is the height of summer, and millions of visitors are flocking to the Louvre — the busiest art museum in the world, with 9.3 million visitors last year — and to other great museums across Europe. Every year the numbers grow as new middle classes emerge, especially in Asia and Eastern Europe. Last summer the British Museum had record attendance, and for 2013 as a whole it had 6.7 million visitors, making it the world’s second-most-visited art museum, according to The Art Newspaper. Attendance at the Uffizi in Florence for the first half of the year is up almost 5 percent over last year."
The Allure of Imagined Meals ~ Akei | Food -
"“Why,” asks Sandra Gilbert in “The Culinary Imagination,” a new history of “eating words” in a cultural context, “do we so massively—and often so hungrily—meditate on food, its history, its preparation, its stories, its vices and virtues?” An obvious response is: Why wouldn’t we? Along with sex and death, food is one of the three great universals, and it can be discussed in a far wider range of registers than those other two. When breaking the ice with someone you’ve just met, you might hesitate to bring up sex (creepy!) or death (morbid!). Food, on the other hand, provides an instant topic of conversation that anyone can join, inoffensive without being boring."
The Manila Declaration on Philippine Higher Education ~ Akei | Higher Education -
"Philippine Higher Education is an integral component in shaping well-rounded individuals who are able to take part in meaningful human, social, cultural, and economic development. When academic freedom is promoted and protected, it is able to generate new ideas and enhance the skills and talents of graduates."
5 Truths the Fast Fashion Industry Doesn't Want You to Know ~ Akei | Dress -
"The industry giants have dedicated millions of dollars to massive PR campaigns, going so far as to launch "conscious collections" and donate proceeds to worthy causes. Yet despite these efforts, the truth remains — fashion is one of the dirtiest industries in the world. "
Rape in the Philippines: Numbers reveal disturbing trend ~ Akei | Gender & Sexuality -
"Last year, the PNP tallied 7,409 reported rape incidents, or one every 72 minutes."
A Sustainable Approach to Combating Human Trafficking ~ Akei | Society -
"How do we go about breaking this cycle so that we can effectively combat human trafficking? Moving forward, multilateral institutions like the UNODC, as well as other governments, civil society and labor organizations, academics, and actors from the private sector can push for the enactment and implementation of legislation that establishes greater environmental protections and strategies for sustainable livelihoods and management of natural resources. Ultimately, it is necessary to strengthen partnerships between these stakeholders and enhance a global dialogue that amplifies the connections between human trafficking, poverty, and lack of decent work and respect for the environment. "
Ateneo sets up Convergence Lab ~ Akei | Innovation -
"Ateneo de Manila University has set up a new research facility for convergent platforms, to help content creators optimize interactive media."
College Must Be More Than Just a Classy Trade School ~ Akei | Higher Education -
"But, as I describe in Beyond The University: Why Liberal Education Matters, there is another tradition stretching back just as far questioning the "real world" relevance of these lofty ideals. Is it right to speak of "finding meaningful work" when available work might necessarily involve drudgery and worse? Is it right to emphasize citizenship and finding one’s passion to students who first and foremost are desperate to find a job? Such questions, so much on our minds today, were especially urgent for freed African slaves and their descendants at the beginning of the 20th century. "