Battle of ideas

Battle of Ideas: Social Entrepreneurs Need To Be Futurists, Too

Posted: 2017-08-23
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , book , social-entrepreneurship


What if we tried to prevent future problems, instead of just solving the ones in front of us?

ЕС встает с колен после Брексита

Posted: 2017-08-22
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , alliance , crysis , eu , military , society


Последнее десятилетие можно без обиняков назвать климаксом "ужасной декады" Европы (cruel decade for Europe). Евросоюз пережил несчетное множество кризисов: финансовый, экономический, Евро, Украину, беженцев и, как вишенка на торте тупика, — Брексит. 

All statues different, all equal

Posted: 2017-08-17
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , europe , freedom , history , lee , statues


My personal opinion on the statues and history, — let them be, people need to remember. It is history, political background doesn't really matter in case of question to be or not be. It already happened, you can't change past, but you can hell change the future. That's the point really matter.

Supporting girls today for the collective well-being of tomorrow

Posted: 2017-08-16
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , development , human rights , women rights


Millions of girls globally face a number of challenges to fulfil their potential. In some parts of the world little girls  see limitless possibilities while in  other parts of the world their  horizons are limited. As they reache puberty social and cultural norms, institutions and discriminatory laws block their path forward.  Little girls may be forced to marry, pulled out of school to begin a lifetime of childbearing and servitude to their husbands.

Политика соотечественников за рубежом. Виденье.

Posted: 2017-08-06
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , compatriots , compatriots politics , russia , russian compatriots , vision , youth


Какая должна быть политика соотечественников за рубежом? Дискуссий на эту тему очень много, и, наверное, у каждой организации соотечественников своё виденье. Я считаю, что движение соотечественников должно быть направлено на создание благоприятной среды для развития личности, поддержку, взаимовыручку друг друга, поддерживать русский язык, культуру и быть открытым миру и новым идеям.

Алексей Весёлый: Сможет ли глобальная экономика пережить протекционизм?

Posted: 2017-07-27
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , economics , future , global economics , mercantilism , russia , uk , us


Протекционизм в мире на подъёме. И санкции против России тут не при чём, — это лишь малая толика всей истории. Пока ЕС и США погрязли в торговых войнах за тарифами экспорта/импорта стали, экономисты предупреждают о возврате эпохи политики меркантилизма 1970-х (Если не вообще не 30-х годов).

Life in Slums. Realising the Potential of the People Living in Slums

Posted: 2017-06-22
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , future , potential , slums , world , youth


Urbanization is one of the most significant trends of the past and present century taking the lead to address many of the global challenges of the 21st century, including poverty, inequality, unemployment, environmental degradation and climate change. Cities have become a center  for driving innovation, consumption and investment in both developed and developing countries.

Education and Innovations Lead to Women Empowerment

Posted: 2017-05-08
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , sintija bernava , wef2017 , women , women empowerment , women rights , world economic forum


Did you know women and girls make up half of the world's population and they represent the majority of the world’s poor? It is  devastating to learn that women and girls all over the world are held back simply because of their gender. They are disproportionately affected by discrimination, violence, and exploitation. Too many are deprived the opportunity to an education and to basic health care services.

Why a Focus on Child Poverty Matters?

Posted: 2017-04-28
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , children , povetry


World’s population has reached 7.5 billion and the number is growing by 1.18 % per year, or approximately an additional 83 million people annually. Children make around a third of the population globally. The gap between rich and poor families has widened in an alarming number and child poverty has become a universal problem with devastating impacts on children and societies.

Стэн Ивашин: Совсем немного о современном творчестве. Без цензуры

Posted: 2017-04-19
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , art , storytelling , writing , блоги , графомания , молодежь

От редакции: слабонервным и впечатлительным не читать. Вы предупреждены.


Совсем немного о современном творчестве, основываясь на примере одной лишь серии книг в жанре фэнтези из категории «Попаданец в иные миры».

True Grit: How to Build Up Your Resilience

Posted: 2017-04-17
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , habits , resilience , routines , think positive , thinking , thinking approach

Three steps that you can take to increase your ability to persevere.


By Christian Jarrett, Photo credits: Aleksey Vesyoliy, Gauja river shore in April 2017 @ Latvia.

Opinion: 5 arguments why non-citizens must have voting rights in the municipality elections

Posted: 2017-04-12
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , latvia , lv , non-citizens , riga , voting rights


Opinion on the non-citizens' question by Vladimir Sokolov.

That's our citizen's problem to take care about gaining voting rights for the non-citizens @ the elections. Remember - non-citizens will elect citizens! That means - while non-citizens can't vote - elected citizens aren't quite right. We're afraid that these "not right" citizens will be elected, thus multiply gap in the civil society.

Another 170 years?

Posted: 2017-03-23
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , human rights , women , women empowerment


If women’s empowerment is such a compelling factor of success why is it so slow to be delivered?

The World has become  more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of girls and women are being reduced and leaving women behind means foresaking the important contributions they  make to the global economy. Gender equality describes the absence of obvious or hidden disparities among individuals based on gender in terms of opportunities, resources, services, benefits, decision-making power and influence.

One reason young people don’t go into science? We don’t fail well

Posted: 2017-03-22
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , europe , science , us , youth



Four weeks into my first semester of college, my academic confidence was completely shredded. I had back-to-back tests in cell biology, chemistry, and calculus, and my time management skills weren’t quite there yet. I failed my calculus exam, and suddenly I wasn’t sure I had the intelligence or the ability to get a degree in science.

Modern Journalism: Objectivity Out, Advocacy In?

Posted: 2017-03-13
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , advocacy , journalism


The challenges facing modern journalism – and how to meet them – was the subject of the 2017 Reuters Memorial Lecture, at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, last Friday. In We broke the news. How do we fix it? Melissa Bell, of Vox Media, said it is time for the industry to admit its own problems.

Алексей Весёлый: Почему национализм побеждает здравый смысл?

Posted: 2017-01-23
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , afrcia , europe , latvia , nationalism , neonationalism , russia , uk , us


2017-й год. От неолиберализма мы шагнули в эпоху неонационализма. Через тысячи красивых лозунгов и обещаний национализм смело шагает по планете. Если в нулевые года принято было считать, что национализм больше свойственен части консервативным странам, то теперь мы видим, что масштаб гораздо более глобальный.

African agriculture at the crossroads

Posted: 2017-01-09
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , africa , economics , research , social , sustainable , sustainable development


Agriculture has been described as the lifeblood of Africa. Africa is the world's second-largest and second-most-populous continent and it  accounts about 15% of the world's human population. Africa's population is the youngest amongst all the continents, the median age in 2012 was 19.7, when the worldwide median age was 30.4.  Despite the fact that Africa is a resource-rich, it remains the world's poorest and most underdeveloped continent.

Nurkhan Babayev: Multiculturalism is the way which leads to the world`s culture

Posted: 2016-12-30
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , azerbaijan , multiculturalism , youth


Nurkhan Babayev - Director of International Relations Department of Azerbaijan Student Youth Organizations` Union, studying Master of Public Policy in ADA University.

Most of our words which are using by our society every day for expressing different emotions, news, and impressions are related to multicultural values, and it means that multiculturalism is one of the most important parts of our daily life. Nowadays, in the whole world when multiculturalism has a very complicated situation and difficult conditions, in Azerbaijan these values are living, developing, also supported by society and the government.

Russian version is available here.

Pro et contra: цифровая этика

Posted: 2016-12-05
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , discussion , latvia , pro et contra , russian youth


В рижском молодёжном дискуссионном клубе «Pro et contra» собрались умные, обаятельные и смелые участники, в основном русская молодёжь. Все кому нравится общаться, размышлять над спорными вопросами, и спорить схлестнулись на тему «Цифровой этике». На последней дискуссии подымались острые ценностные вопросы на которые даже взрослые не сразу ответят.

Рецензия: нулевой взвод

Posted: 2016-10-25
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , movie , post-apocalypsis , preflight , section zero , story , история , нулевой взвод , рецензия


Нулевой взвод (Section Zéro), – шокирующая постапокалиптическая драма, полигон действия которой развернулся на просторах Европы недалёкого будущего. Французская фантастика повествует о новом обществе с новым единым правительством в лице мегакорпорации Прометей. Но главное во всей драме, — истории простых людей. Что это, — хаос, небытие или переломный момент перед утопией? Эдакий New World Order (NWO) на новый лад, но, со своими «интригами».

Эпоха антиутопий: от Оруэлла до Хаксли

Posted: 2016-10-20
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , philosophy , sci-fi


Между утопией и антиутопией всего один лишь маленький шаг. Порой мы не понимаем как близко общество подходит к той грани, когда все благие начинания обращаются против социума. Войны двадцатого и двадцать первого века, — хороший пример того, как низко может пасть человек в погоне за прибылью и личной выгодой, когда месть затмевает взор и желание разбить вымышленного врага берёт вверх над здравым смыслом. То, что кажется невозможным — в один момент превращается в реальность и в конечном итоге решают поступки каждой индивидуальной личности.

Please don’t learn to code

Posted: 2016-10-18
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , coding , lifehack , tech


There’s an idea that’s been gaining ground in the tech community lately: Everyone should learn to code. But here’s the problem with that idea: Coding is not the new literacy.

Danube Diplomacy

Posted: 2016-10-13
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , danube , diplomacy

I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble. Augustus


I would like to start the story with the geographical prelude about the river Danube. The Danube is Europe's second-longest river, after the Volga River, and also the longest river in the European Union region. It is located in Central and Eastern Europe, the most important European historical events took place here. The great forest region which lay beyond the river was fundamental core for Europe. River is really huge, especially if we compare it with our local Baltic rivers, such as Daugava, Nemunas or Narva.

Importance of emotional wellbeing and mental health

Posted: 2016-10-12
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , health , mental health , students , toolkit , youth

Editor's note: very important text on the mental health, and, the most important, — mental health first aid and how-to's.


This is Mental Health Awareness Week and World Mental Health day on 10 October every year.  The theme for World Mental Health Day 2016 is psychological and mental health first aid. The overall objective of  Mental Health Awareness Week is to raise community awareness of mental health issues around the world  and is held every October.

О вызовах Большой Европы

Posted: 2016-09-23
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , army , eu , future , ideas , thoughts


Концепция большой Европы сегодня более чем реальна. Основная проблема откуда один за другим вылезают экономические, мигрантские и прочие эпические кризисы в Европе - безответственные политики, слабые лидеры и наплевательское отношение к интересам всего континента. Ну не могут наши европейские политики понять, что даже глобальные проблемы нужно начинать решать на локальном, местном уровне. Что чем больше языков ты знаешь, тем ты богаче и сильнее, но языки гиганты - такие как английский, испанский, францзуский, русский - тоже надо укреплять. Языки - наше богатство.