The words “people power” have been thrown around too loosely in the past couple of weeks. Soon after early vote counts indicated that incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo would win a second term, supporters of Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto threatened to unleash street protests to challenge the official vote count conducted by the General Elections Commission (KPU). National Mandate Party (PAN) cofounder Amien Rais, a devoted backer of Prabowo, was among the first to revive the term “people power” as a means to overturn the 2019 election result. But as a political science professor and United States-educated scholar, Amien should have known better that people power has gone out of fashion and that it would achieve little in getting the desired outcome of political change. If anything, Amien himself was not so sure about the effectiveness of people power when he called off a planned demonstration at the National Monument (Monas) on May … [Read more...] about People power is dead, long live people power
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caption People are more attracted to those who are similar to them. This is known as the similarity-attraction effect. source Matt Cardy / Getty Making friends comes naturally to people most of the time, but it’s not always easy. For years researchers have been studying what attracts people to each other, and their findings might improve your friend-making skills. Getting people to like you is surprisingly easy, especially if you follow these 17 science-backed techniques. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Most friendships develop so naturally that you don’t even realize how or when they started. But sometimes you want to make an effort to befriend a new acquaintance or become a better friend to existing pals. Using tricks and techniques like mirroring, subliminal touching, smiling, and letting that other person talk about themselves can make you appear more likable. We scoured the psychological research on the … [Read more...] about 17 psychological tricks to make people like you immediately
By Gail Rosenblum Star Tribune (Minneapolis) Mon., May 13, 2019 To give or not to give? That’s the question many of us struggle with as we see a person holding a cardboard sign at freeway exits or along busy pedestrian malls. What if the person buys drugs or alcohol with it instead of food? Is that even a fair question? We asked three Twin Cities region advocates for ending homelessness to guide us when faced with a person who asks for money in public. They are Cathy ten Broeke (CtB), state director of the Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness, Robert Lilligren (RL), executive director of Minneapolis’ Native American Community Development Institute, and Jonelle Glubke (JG), program director with the Veterans Association Homeless Programs. Their interview was edited for length and clarity. Q: People with cardboard signs asking for money are often called panhandlers or beggars. Is there a term you prefer? RL: We haven’t used panhandling or … [Read more...] about Should you give money to homeless people on the street?
By Natasha Bruno Wed., May 8, 2019 Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’re well aware that on Monday, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The littlest royal arrived to much fanfare, and interest has continued to mount well into the week. In part, that’s because this newborn, seventh in line to the British throne, is the first to be acknowledged as a biracial royal baby. Ever since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry revealed that they were expecting their first child together back in October, it has felt as if the entire world has been on the edge of its seat, anxiously (and impatiently) waiting to find out the baby’s gender, name, and most of all, what Baby Sussex looks like. “Meghan being biracial and Harry being white means that this baby likely won’t have the Afrocentric features people will be looking for,” said Bee Quammie, Toronto-based co-host of the Global News … [Read more...] about What’s behind the curiosity about the royal baby’s looks
The RedQ office even has its own childcare centre, in-house clinic and barbershop. AirAsia Ever wonder what it’s like to work in a company where you can cuddle up in a sleeping pod midday or work right next to the CEO? AirAsia employees, internally referred to as “Allstars”, have the answer. About 2,000 of them work out of the AirAsia RedQ (short for RedQuarters) – located beside Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 2 – where there are no doors or walls separating employees of all levels, including the CEO. At RedQ, there is an “open culture” to encourage open communication between employees and managers, an AirAsia spokesman told Business Insider recently over email. “Being ‘people first’ means management is accessible,” AirAsia Group chief people officer Varun Bhatia said. This means AirAsia’s people are free to approach anyone, including senior management and even AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony … [Read more...] about Here’s what it’s like inside AirAsia’s RedQ, where everyone has access to the CEO, cheaper childcare, a spiral slide and sleeping pods