Talk of the Week


Lessons from
the mental hospital

In society’s architecture, mental hospitals are the garden sheds; they may be excluded from the main construction plan, but they are built close enough to store everything that the main plan won’t fit. With feelings being an intimate and raw expression of our inner worlds, our mental health is a […]


How to Fix a Broken Heart

Where is the love? While love is in the air this month, not all of us is in the mood for it, especially if we’re going through a heartbreak. There are thousands of books and songs about it. Still it feels like none of them do justice to how you […]


Why you haven’t achieved your goals this year – and how you will in 2019 1

The year 2018 has come to an end. Looking back, how do you feel? Have you achieved your goals? What goals? Let me help you remember. Have you lost those 5 kilograms you promised yourself you would? Have you quit smoking? Have you gone out more often and made new friends? […]


Paper beats plastic? How to rethink environmental folklore

”We have to find ways if we’re actually going to address sustainability … making better choices that result in net environmental gains. What we need to learn is how to do more with less.” – Leyla Acaroglu Let’s talk about sustainability. It’s a word we like to throw around for […]


How to counteract climate change

“(…) Combatting climate change by capturing carbon isn’t just about saving a polar bear or a glacier. It’s about saving human lives.” – Jennifer Wilcox As fossil fuel consumption increases relentlessly, global greenhouse gas emissions also continue to rise. According to several estimates, a person  produces more than 20 tons […]



Fed up with global hunger

3.100.000 children die each year because they didn’t have enough to eat (UNICEF, 2018a). 3.100.000 times mothers went into labor unaware of the fact that they will lose their baby to malnutrition. Think of all the untouched cribs, the blank schoolbooks, the first kisses that never were. The graduation hats […]


Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

The way we shop, consume, the hours we spend online, our constant food cravings… All compulsive and often harmful. We are all addicts. Still, as long as we don’t become addicted to drugs or alcohol, a second thought on addiction is never on the table. If that is completely okay, […]


Confessions of a bad feminist

“We have this tendency to put visible feminists on a pedestal. We expect them to pose perfectly. When they disappoint us, we gleefully knock them from the very pedestal we put them on…Many women, particularly groundbreaking women and industry leaders, are afraid to be labeled as feminists. They’re afraid to […]


Anxiety and Custard Traps

What’s better than using a metaphor to explain something…? If that metaphor is about food! This extremely relatable TEDxTalk by Neil Hughes makes light of an issue that a vast majority of people struggle with. And although mental health and laughter don’t often go hand in hand, he manages to […]