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Crowdfunding a Nation

Everything can be crowdfunded nowadays. One pitches an idea to the internet and people who are interested can contribute. It provides great opportunities for a lot of individuals, businesses and projects. Crowdfunding started out as an alternative way to fund medical bills, business start-ups and charity causes. People are finding more and more ways to put this way of funding ... Read More »

The Power of a Flower: Recovering Rwanda’s Agriculture

Chrysanthemum Cinerariifolium – it is the name of a flower that promises hope and revived agriculture in Rwanda, a country that justifies the very word recovery and proves to utilize every chance to reclaim its economic prosperity. Blooming in between Rwanda’s hills these delicate flowers are re-establishing their position among the most exported products, namely among coffee and tea, and ... Read More »

On Banks, Occupation, and Building a Better Tomorrow…

Before the 1970s, banks were just that – banks. They did what banks were supposed to do in a capitalist state economy. What that is? They took unused funds from your bank account, and transferred them to some potentially useful purpose like helping someone to buy a home or send a kid to college, whatever the funds might be needed for. ... Read More »

Interview with Jean-Pierre Kempeneers

Picture by Nacho Facello

On the 30th of April Clio will host its annual conference under the theme “Diplomacy unravelled?”. At this conference, Jean-Pierre Kempeneers will lead a workshop on the importance of economic diplomacy. Mr Kempeneers has been serving in the Dutch diplomatic service for almost two decades. In 2014 he changed into the private sector and started working as Head of the ... Read More »

Prague: A History of Self-Immolation

Almost every year, Czech students set themselves on fire near Wenceslas Square in Prague. It must be said that, in most cases, this is not a suicidal act. More specifically, this odd tradition is meant to remember Jan Palach, a student who protested by means of self-immolation against the Communist regime and the Soviet invasion in Prague. The hero of ... Read More »

Tackling Ignorance

Did you know that saving the lives of little children in regions of extreme poverty will decrease the overall growth of population in the long run? Or that the deaths caused by natural disasters decreased throughout the 20th century? Today, I want to present you a tool I spent too much time on in the last couple of hours. For me, ... Read More »

Eight Weeks With Ebola

Letters of Andrius Slavuckis Sierra Leone, 2014 September-October Source: Intelligent Life, 2015 April, Nr. 3 (30) Week I As I presented my passport to the frontier-guard I was kindly asked to state the reason of my arrival. Without any further explanation I showed her the MSF – Médecins Sans Frontiéres – sign on my jacket and I was greeted with ... Read More »

Fighting Misinformation: Google vs. The Internet

The internet is full of garbage, you know it, I know it, let’s not kid ourselves. Anti-vaccination websites get to the first page of Google and factual inaccurate “news” stories spread like wildfire, while pictures of “Blue and Gold Dresses” dominate Facebook and fast-track news websites. In a world where most of our information is gathered on the internet, misinformation ... Read More »

Not so ‘Frently’: Student-Landlord Relations in Groningen

An independent life in a city of Groningen inevitably grants one abundant circumstances to substantiate the difficulties that follow after settling in. The complexities of managing one’s household expose unfairness with which the majority of students are being treated. According to Frently – a company established to assist students in the event of  such disagreements – over 10 000 students in ... Read More »