Tag Archives: controversy

Feminist Frequency is just truth-telling, says Joss Whedon

Originally posted on The Stake:
The work of Anita Sarkeesian and her project, Feminist Frequency, has always been controversial. To some at least. Sarkeesian has been on the receiving end of the worst venom the internet can produce. Everything from mockery to rape and death threats have been directed at her, on and off-line, because of her…

UN women’s rights resolution passed despite backlash

Originally posted on Online News Portal:
United States: A UN General Assembly committee has agreed on a landmark first resolution for women’s rights defenders such as Malala Yousafzai, despite a hard fought campaign by an alliance including the Vatican to weaken the measure. A Norwegian-led coalition, which has prepared the resolution for months, had to…

Update: Pussy Riot’s Visible Leader Nadazhda Tolokonnikova on Hunger Strike. From Irreverent Art Revolutionary to Eloquent Cultural Whistleblower

On Monday, Nadazhda Tolokonnikova went on a hunger strike to protest conditions in the labor camp where she has been imprisoned for “hooliganism” because of a punk rock protest in Russia’s largest cathedral. Her letter published yesterday in the Guardian named inhuman conditions and immediate punishments for speaking out or working together. Although her status […]

Living the Role in Myanmar: Politics, Leadership and the “New” Burma

Aung San Suu Kyi is no longer under house arrest, and a martyr; as a politician leader, she is under fire for her seeming compromises with the military. According to a report this week on NPR,  her iconic image has lost its luster because of her meetings with the military, her support for a copper […]

James Hanson: Stepping Down from NASA to Lead Global Warming Movement

Scientist James Hansen, NASA Veteran, will step down after 46 years to work on the science of global warming. According to the Washington Post today, Hanson said he was leaving “so I can spend full time on science to the implications for young people, and making clear what science says needs to be done.” As […]

Leading Trends: Tracking Changes in Values and Culture

Change may be inevitable, but following the leading edge of transformation often means being surprised and challenged. Here is one surprise in recent news, with a quick assessment of implications for leadership. 1. Social attitudes shift, and leadership shifts with them: according to a recent Washington Post, over the past year there has been “record […]

Bathsheba Syndrome: Leadership and Power, Lust and Sin

Carey Upton, in his blog Creating the 21st Century,  wrote a great essay about Bathsheba Syndrome, about the impact of leaders whose moral failings happen partly because of their success and power. Based on the myth of King David and Bathsheba from the Old Testament of the Bible, and other sources. Upton does a great […]

What Teresa Sullivan has learned — and can teach us about leadership

According to the  June 25 Washington Post Andrea Newman, a member of U Michiganʻs Board of Regents, and a former colleague of Teresa Sullivan, described her as a “change agent.” Ousted, and now returned, to her position as University of Virginiaʻs president, “Sullivan arrived at Virginia’s insular state flagship two years ago as the ultimate outsider. And […]

Good Advice for Leaders: Write Your Own Script!

In her Washington Post column on Wednesday, Sally Jenkins attributes Gabby Douglasʻ bad fall on the balancing beam to demoralization. The attacks on her hair, and the “racial narrative, the rags-to-riches narrative” imposed on her combined to reduce her “from gleaming to grim.” Itʻs a powerful argument, that a small story imposed on someone in […]