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The Social and Behavioural Aspects of Climate Change : Linking Vulnerability, Adaptation and Mitigation

If you had suffered the ordeal of being stranded in flood hit Swat last summer, you are unlikely to choose it as your vacation destination in the future. We keep adapting our behaviour to changes in our environment, based on our past experiences. Climatic change, the result of rapid technological innovations and industrial growth, is [...]

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Compassion Beyond Ramadan

Hunger is not conducive to positive social behaviour. So what motivates individuals and corporations to actively engage in philanthropic ventures during the long month of abstinence- Ramadan? Just before Iftaar time in Ramadhan, we see (and sometimes experience) the most horrific road rage. But that is also the time when strangers will stand on the [...]

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The Truth About Markets

Unless you’re a leftist, you’ve probably been brought up to believe that a free market economy, mode rately regulated, is the answer to all our economic woes. Materialism is stated to be the foremost human motivator and so ‘greed’ in business is an acceptable way of making people part with their money for goods and [...]

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Branded Nation

What is common between Prophets, politicians and playwrights? They all tell stories. What determines the popularity of each? How well they sell their stories Moses’ Ten Commandments, Bush’s WMD and Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ are all ‘stories’ we recognize and relate to. Storytelling is the core of culture it is through stories that we share our feelings, [...]

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