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Iran’s decade of protests: an interview with Firoozeh Farvardin and Nader Talebi

Gennaro Gervasio and Enrico De Angelis, openDemocracy – 22 March 2021 “Everyday life has become a constant gamble. A taxi driver once told us that ‘they turned the country into a huge casino’”. In this interview Farvardin and Talebi, both Iranian academic researchers at Berlin’s Humboldt University, specialising in Middle Eastern politics, nationalism, migration and gender…

Rethinking impact: Investing in the circular economy to fight climate change

Rob Kaplan, The Jakarta Post – 10 March 2021 Covid-19 has diverted our attention away from critical environmental issues such as climate change and pollution. However, as the world slowly recovers, we need to invest more in sustainable economic growth and the circular economy according to this article in The Jakarta Post. Read the full…

Back to the office? How Japan might work after COVID-19

Eri Sugiura & Akane Okutsu, Nikkei Asia – 19 March 2021 This article in Nikkei Asia explains why the impact of Covid-19 on workplaces may be largest felt in Japan compared to the rest of the world. The country has a reputation for imposing extreme working hours, and levels of stress caused by work are…

Nestle signs pilot deal with co-working firm IWG allowing 10,000 employees in China to work remotely, while DBS surrenders Hong Kong office space in nod to Covid-19

Cheryl Arcibal, South China Morning Post – 24 March 2021 To appreciate the sheer impact of Covid-19 on work practises as we know them, you only have to look at the world’s largest food company and a multinational banking and financial services company, Nestle and DBS. Both companies have adapted to Covid-19 by completely reforming…

The future of work in a post-COVID world

Nurhuda Syed, Human Resources Director – 25 March 2021 The Monetary Authority of Singapore and The Association of Banks in Singapore conducted a joint study into best practises of pandemic-proof and progressive working practises. This article in Human Resources Director details their findings and suggestions for helping companies build resilience in their workplace, including reorganising…

Bangladeshi returnees from jobs overseas sink into debt amid glut of workers

Mohammad Rakibul Hasan & Naimul Karim, The Japan Times – 24 March 2021 Bangladesh, the world’s second largest clothes supplier, has been devastated by the closure of many western shops as a result of Covid-19. The Japan Times details in this article how Bangladeshi nationals have returned from their overseas jobs as a result of…

Microsoft forecasts the next great disruption as hybrid work

Microsoft Stories Asia – 23 March 2021 The research from Microsoft’s first annual Work Trend Index has concluded and the findings point to several key themes highlighting the acceleration of pre-Covid working trends. The report addresses important changes in working behaviour that all leaders should be aware of as we enter this new era of…