One of my personal ‘bucket list’ goals of learning was learning basic Mandarin, and during 2020 I finally found the time to make it happen. Here’s a few resources I really liked to help you get started on learning!
Disclaimer — I am very much a BEGINNER in Mandarin! I can say basic phrases, have a oral vocabulary of 400–500 words, I can read ~250 characters, and I can write ~100 characters.
Resources are at the top, but if you want to learn more about why I wanted to learn Mandarin & my process, I wrote a bit about that after resources. …
The following is notes from a book I read in September 2019 kicking off my academic journey into global health. Any views expressed are my own or notes from the book.
**these notes aren’t comprehensive by any means, and these views are all of the book and a few of my thoughts**
I recently spent two weeks teaching in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina (BiH) with the Ivey LEADER Project. Our teams teach business concepts to promising entrepreneurs in emerging markets around the world.
Immersing myself in a culture while building relationships with my team and entrepreneurs was incredibly rewarding. This article is a summary & reflection of my experiences and learnings while in Sarajevo. Any views expressed here are my own.
Thank you to the LEADER team, Restart & Salih Musić, the Bosnian American Friendship Association, and USAID Diaspora Invest for making the BiH LEADER Project happen!
East meets West: Sarajevo’s history as a crossroads of cultures makes the modern city a mélange: Ottoman and Roman, Eastern and Western, multi-denominational, modern and historic. You can see this history in the city’s structure, architecture, and in people’s stories. …
A personal reflection about balancing work, play, and thought on a short and long term basis. Two strategies for more systematic reflection; clearing my brain in interstitial spaces and scheduling in time to step back.
I found first semester in a new business program to be an invigorating time of meeting amazing people and incredibly rapid intellectual growth. It was also a rollercoaster of recovering from a hip surgery, balancing passions and extracurriculars with school commitments, and adjusting to a new way of thinking about structuring problems.
There were busy, unexpectedly challenging days, and weeks where I felt like I was experiencing tunnel vision and solely focused on getting things done. When I have a lot going on, my usual approach is to go into execution mode — plan things out, deliver work, study for the exam, and keep grinding. I live with this bias for action and a mindset of getting 1% better every day at a new skill, the gym, or a student organization. It’s kaizen in real life. Like the compound growth formula, if you invest 1% daily, you’ll have 320% of your original value 120 days later. Investing consistently in learning also means exponential growth. This mindset is a great way to execute day after day, but it also can promote some form of presentism — when someone asks how I’m doing, I focus almost entirely on my past few hours and maybe the next few days, not the last week or month. This mindset also isn’t so great when you feel like you’ve hit a wall. This really hit me hard when I was doing my physio in October, two and a half months post-surgery and still felt like I was making no progress. I was in a vicious cycle of being discouraged and frustrated because I wasn’t able to go to the gym to destress and other school commitments were consistently present. …
Before I begin, I’m incredibly grateful to @TwitterU and the #DevelopHER team for making this journey possible!
#DevelopHER is one of Twitter’s Take Flight conferences I attended last week in San Francisco, aimed at empowering underrepresented student groups in tech. Spending four days in the Bay Area out of my Toronto element, a myriad of reflections converged as life became tech, art, narrative and life once more. The following is an extended & candid reflection upon these perspective-changing four days, in which my experiences both at the conference and exploration SF informed each other.
Take a peek into my thoughts — here’s a organized summary of my reflections in the last…
Last weekend, I attended two mental health focused events in our community.
I’m writing this article to share with you a huge challenge faced by some London youth and consider how better service integration & improved user experience can be used to improve health care services and other complex systems.
Challenge: For London youth struggling with their mental health, it can be tough to know where to seek appropriate health care services in the city. Where do London youth go when they need help with mental health and other related challenges? …
Religion, meet tech. Vatican, meet hacking. Pope Francis talked about the growth of scientific and technological innovation coming along with more equality and social inclusion in his TED talk last year. This formed the basis of VHacks, the first hackathon at the Vatican.
Adventures at seven other hackathons have taught me that you never fully know what to expect at each event beyond getting little sleep, building something cool, and making new friends. VHacks re-defined the hackathon experience by linking tech-based creation with a focus on human-driven, ethically centered challenges, and creating a diverse participant base to tackle these problems.
I’ve condensed ~72 hours into a trinity of…
Why should I attend a hackathon [as someone who doesn’t have a coding background]?
How to make the most of your first hackathon.
A bunch of helpful resources to help you get started.
Having just finished Hack Western 4, I’m looking back at the last year of hackathon adventures (everything from pitching to social impact investors to sleeping on cardboard boxes) and tackling the most common question I get asked:
Biochemist, business disruptor, and policy leader, Hadi Salah doesn’t let anything stand in his way. Five years ago, he co-founded Hacking Health, an organization that breaks down barriers to innovation in healthcare by bringing together developers, designers, and healthcare experts to co-create solutions. Hadi is currently a health industry lead at Ontario’s Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist; Nspire chatted with him about the future of health care and diving into areas outside of his comfort zone.
“We thought the health system was complicated from the outside, but being on the inside, we see a different level of complexity that we have to manage and try to change.” …