The potential doesn’t age

The potential doesn’t age

Alison Wolf is a British economist and the Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management at King’s College in London. When her book “The XX Factor: How the Rise of Working Women Has Created a Far Less Equal World” came out, I had a great conversation with her. In a phone call across the continents…

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5 reasons why Susan was right

5 reasons why Susan was right

Susan Sontag, the American writer, philosopher, political activist and one of the most aware voices of the last century, acknowledged that we only have one script for aging: the imperative of the eternal youth. In her essay “Is there a double standard of aging?”, she warned us…

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Train yourself to laugh

Train yourself to laugh

It’s a sunny Wednesday morning when I meet with Yodphet Sudsawad in her office. We’re both barefoot and this is the norm at Panyaden, the international school she helped to create in Chiang Mai, some four hundred miles north west of Bangkok. With sustainable architecture and plenty of nature all around, the school is a gem…

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Rethink the need of perfection

Rethink the need of perfection

I got in touch with Debbie Clarke Moderow a few years ago, when I wrote a feature on fitness challenges. I was fascinated by her story and her determination to hit the Iditarod Trail for the second time and complete the race after the first failed attempt. As it generally happens with…

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Challenge the ideology of aging

Challenge the ideology of aging

We are always sensitive and passionate about discrimination and we know how to recognize it when it’s about race, gender, and socio-economical variables. Then, without realizing it, we have a bias against age. We’re so “good” at it, because we practice all the time…

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