Want to come to Yale with me? Well, maybe not exactly TO Yale, but hopefully the next best thing.
For the next four months I will be at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, on the Yale World Fellows Program. I’d like to share this experience with you as much as I am able, so I have decided to do a couple of video blogs every week to bring you up to date with what is happening here. One blog per week will be an interview with one of my colleagues on the program, and the other will be my own thoughts and reflections.
I won’t post a full transcription of the video, but I will publish the rough notes that I use as a prompt while I am talking to camera. Any resemblance between what I plan to say and what I actually say will be mostly accidental! Regard them more as show notes than as a full-blown blog post.
So here we go, my first video blog from Yale….
Experiences so far since arriving in New Haven
– first impressions of the town – contrast between rich and poor
– Elm City Market – cooperative
– settling into apartment on High St
Off to a flying start:
– Lining up meetings with some professors of psychiatry and neuroscience, research into attitudes towards climate change
– Very interesting and wide-ranging meeting with CJ May, resourcerer about waste management at Yale
Met some of the world fellows at dinner:
– Martin Sturgeon and wife Victoria
– Daniel Weisfield, one of the three US fellows, and his wife Atara
– Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, feminist and scholar from Nigeria
– Paula Escobar-Chavarría, journalist and author from Chile
– Réda Oulamine, human rights lawyer from Morocco, and his wife
– Ruchi Yadav, activist for human rights and women’s rights in Delhi
Goals for the program:
– extend global network of contacts
– academic credibility to underpin future campaigning with regard to policy-makers
– time out to study, acquire knowledge, especially interested in motivation in relation to environment:
- Why are we not acting in our own long term interests?
- Why are we so hooked on consumption when it’s not making us happy?
- How can we use the growing knowledge of neuroplasticity, the science of how we respond to external stimuli to rewire our minds, to find a way to shift our culture to a different value system that prioritises happiness, and indeed our long term survival, over short term financial and material rewards.