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When mobilized, civil society - sometimes called the “third sector” (after government and commerce) - has the power to influence the actions of elected policy-makers and businesses. But the nature of civil society - what it is and what it does - is evolving, in response to both technological developments and more nuanced changes within societies.

Who and what is ’civil society’?

It is a phrase that is much bandied about in media and by politicians but if you were to stop and ask a casual passer-by what is meant by “civil society” it is unlikely many people could give an in-depth answer

As a young lawyer working for the Solicitor General of the United States, Roger Fisher, author of the best-selling negotiation book Getting to Yes, won eight straight cases before the Supreme Court. His boss then advised him that while the government wanted to win each case, it wasn’t in the interest of the republic for the government to win every case.

Why negotiators should lose sometimes

Lose a battle to win the war

Emmanuel Macron’s U.S. state visit on April 23-25 will showcase the very personal relationship the French president has managed to establish with Donald Trump since both assumed power.

Macron goes to Washington

The French president has his work cut out in persuading Trump to appreciate the benefits of multilateralism and the transatlantic relationship

We are witnessing the emergence of innovative technological trends such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things, robotics, 3D printing, nanotechnology, and others with applications as diverse as the technologies themselves.

India’s opportunity and role in shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The world is on the brink of a new, all-encompassing revolution moving at exponential speed

Today’s society often doesn’t allow for this type of flexibility, thus we have to conform to today’s sleep/wake schedules. It is generally thought a continuous seven to nine-hour unbroken sleep is probably best for feeling refreshed. Such a schedule may not suit our circadian rhythms however, as we desynchronise with the external 24-hour light/dark cycle.

Sleeping in stages could be good for your health

Around a third of the population have trouble sleeping, including difficulties maintaining sleep throughout the night

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