Broach Diplomacy

2019-02-25T19:16:38+00:00 By |Tags: , |

Broaches may be a bit too 90's for your choice of apparel, but when flaunted on the lapel of negotiation power woman Madeline Albright, they packed some serious semiotic power. As U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Albright was faced with a rather undiplomatic comment: former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein referred to her as a serpent. Instead of reacting the provocation with a jab of equal pettiness, Albright took the opportunity to make statement. She retrieved an old pin from her collection and wore it at every future negotiation with Iraq: a snake pin. Two decades on, in a purportedly more progressive and respectful world, such slings and slurs are not an uncommon experience for professional woman. Whether they be a manifestation of prejudices that take more than a generation to phase out, or a reaction to the tumultuous and confronting political climate of 2019, snarky verbiage is a reality woman [...]

Everyone Has A Place

2019-02-20T18:30:08+00:00 By |Tags: |

"Spinifex grass: it’s spiky, dominates a quarter of Australia, and has no recognised grazing value. To top it all off, people have reportedly experienced anaphylactic shock from being pricked by its sharp leaf tips." Nature is full of creatures that are highly evolved to cause harm to others, but beautiful nevertheless — think of the majesty of a proud lion, or the silent efficiency of a great white shark. We might not like these creatures, but we inherently recognise their value and role in the world. We should also remember, though, that even nature’s more minor annoyances have their place too, and can even be far more vital or impactful for local ecosystems. Spiny spinifex grass might annoy us when we walk through it, but hopping mice and mallee emu wrens use it as a “fortress of safety”, using it to forage and dine in peace from larger predators. Similarly, [...]

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