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Having financial security plays an important role in securing your own quality of life and standard of living, but where do we draw the line between economic empowerment and the desire for excessive wealth?
Having financial security plays an important role in securing your own quality of life and standard of living, but where do we draw the line between economic empowerment and the desire for excessive wealth?
Finding a balance between empowerment and wealth
Finding a balance between empowerment and wealth
16 February 2020

Often, we think of balance as a scale: having equal weights on either side. In reality, balance may not be what it seems. Instead, it can be thought of as a pendulum. It’s about finding what’s right for you. There isn’t a one size fits all, especially when it comes to wealth.

At the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad, India, teachers and students enjoy a fun moment of sport together on the campus lawn.
At the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad, India, teachers and students enjoy a fun moment of sport together on the campus lawn.
Being healthy children – inside and out
Being healthy children – inside and out
6 February 2020

On the occasion of Children’s Mental Health Week, the Aga Khan Health Board (UK) explores the importance of supporting young people to pay attention to their emotional wellbeing, and shares some advice for children on being healthy, inside and out. We encourage you to read this article with the children in your life.

Cloud computing means storing information over the Internet, rather than on your computer’s hard drive. It can reduce costs of storage, and is potentially unlimited in scale.
Cloud computing means storing information over the Internet, rather than on your computer’s hard drive. It can reduce costs of storage, and is potentially unlimited in scale.
Technologies transforming the world: Part two
Technologies transforming the world: Part two
4 February 2020

In part one, we observed five rapidly-developing technologies being regarded as potentially transformative. Here we take a look at four more innovations having a significant impact on the world of today and tomorrow.

World Cancer Day unites people, communities, and countries to raise awareness, show support, and take action to fight the global challenge of cancer.
World Cancer Day unites people, communities, and countries to raise awareness, show support, and take action to fight the global challenge of cancer.
World Cancer Day: Spotlight on prevention and early detection
World Cancer Day: Spotlight on prevention and early detection
3 February 2020

Cancer is a global challenge: millions of people around the world are diagnosed with the condition every year. World Cancer Day is celebrated on 4 February, and unites people, communities, and countries to raise awareness, show support, and take action. Through prevention and early detection, the global community can reduce preventable suffering from cancer and non-communicable diseases. 

Geographic information systems (GIS) allow us to visualise data by analysing its spatial location.
Geographic information systems (GIS) allow us to visualise data by analysing its spatial location.
Technologies transforming the world: Part one
Technologies transforming the world: Part one
29 January 2020

We have seen rapid technological progress in the last decade. Society has made advancements in energy efficiency, image recognition, and natural language processing, among many other fields. These technological advancements suggest substantial changes to come for our society in the months and years ahead. 

Eating is meant to be a slow, steady, and nourishing process. Modern science suggests opting for fresh food whenever possible.
Eating is meant to be a slow, steady, and nourishing process. Modern science suggests opting for fresh food whenever possible.
The gut-brain connection: Using science to better digest our thoughts
The gut-brain connection: Using science to better digest our thoughts
22 January 2020

Have you ever had a gut feeling about something? What if it isn’t simply an expression, but a statement grounded in scientific fact? This is the story of how your gut and brain have been in constant communication with one another since birth, and how you might want to listen to their conversation.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture trophies lined up in preparation for the prize-giving ceremony to begin.
Aga Khan Award for Architecture trophies lined up in preparation for the prize-giving ceremony to begin.
From Calgary to Kazan: An architect's journey
From Calgary to Kazan: An architect's journey
24 November 2019

As I prepare to leave for Kazan to attend the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, I feel somewhat stunned by the immense privilege of being part of such a unique event set to take place in such a magnificent city...

Calligraphy bearing the name of Prophet Muhammad, in traditional Thuluth script. The pattern is thought to be inspired by a 19th century disc from the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
Calligraphy bearing the name of Prophet Muhammad, in traditional Thuluth script. The pattern is thought to be inspired by a 19th century disc from the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
Milad-un-Nabi
Milad-un-Nabi
7 November 2019

This week, Muslims around the world commemorate Milad-un-Nabi, literally meaning the “birth of the Prophet.” Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) was born in Mecca in the year 570 CE and grew up to be a respected merchant, known for his honesty, integrity and trustworthiness. At the age of 40, he received his first revelation from Allah, marking the commencement of his mission as Allah's last and final messenger.

Mental health conditions often go undetected and unreported, as people can be reluctant to seek assistance.
Mental health conditions often go undetected and unreported, as people can be reluctant to seek assistance.
World Mental Health Day: Recognising the importance of sound mind
World Mental Health Day: Recognising the importance of sound mind
9 October 2019

Mental health is similar to physical health — everybody has it and should take care of it. When we reflect about our health in general, it is important to include the health of our minds as well as the health of our bodies in our thinking, plans, and conversations. On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, 10 October, we reflect on the importance of sound mind and a dignified quality of life.

While each of the industrial revolutions were significant in their own right, Industry 4.0 is seen as more profoundly impacting human life, blurring the lines between physical, digital, and biological.
While each of the industrial revolutions were significant in their own right, Industry 4.0 is seen as more profoundly impacting human life, blurring the lines between physical, digital, and biological.
Industry 4.0 and future trends
Industry 4.0 and future trends
24 September 2019

It’s become an oft repeated cliché that we live in times of exponential change, driven by disruptive technologies, shifting global politics, changing human behaviour, and newly emerging social norms. And yet, as we enter the era of the fourth industrial revolution, we may be witnessing the greatest amount of change ever seen in a single human lifetime. 

Logical thinking, emotional intelligence, and adaptability to change can help prepare us for the technically advanced world of the future.
Logical thinking, emotional intelligence, and adaptability to change can help prepare us for the technically advanced world of the future.
The future of work: Three skills to acquire
The future of work: Three skills to acquire
29 August 2019

Due to advances in technology, the landscape of work and jobs has changed significantly in the last 30 years. Some industries have progressed rapidly, while others have declined, which has shifted and disrupted standards of living and career aspirations. As the relationship between virtual and real becomes ever more blurred, how can we prepare for the next 30 years?

Sleep is essentially our life support system, impacting all areas of the human condition, from mental health and physical activity, to nutrition and general wellbeing.
Sleep is essentially our life support system, impacting all areas of the human condition, from mental health and physical activity, to nutrition and general wellbeing.
The hidden power of sleep
The hidden power of sleep
8 August 2019

When was the last time you woke up feeling rested? If it takes a while to answer, this article is for you. Are you someone who checks their smartphone last thing at night, and first thing in the morning? Getting a regular good night’s sleep is a cornerstone of basic health, and essential to our long-term wellbeing. With some helpful tips, we can reverse unhealthy trends, and prioritise a restful routine.

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